13 Day Balkans and Venice
Your Trip starts today in Zagreb where you stay for two nights. The third day you travel to Sarajevo where you will also stay for two nights. Fifth day takes you to Mostar and Dubrovnik where you will have a three night overstay. Following sightseeing in Dubrovnik its onto Split for a nights stay. Ninth day travel to Plitvice where you will stay overnight. Next you visit Ljubljana and Lake Bled for an overnight stay. Eleventh day takes you to Venice this will be your stop for your final two nights.
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Day by day
First day Arrive in Zagreb
Welcome to Zagreb! Spend the afternoon relaxing or explore the city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive including a stroll around Ban Jelacic Square. This will be the perfect introduction to this fascinating city!
Hotel: Westin Zagreb
Second day explore Zagreb with Sightseeing and Free Time
Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside.
Third day Travel from Zagreb to Sarajevo
Travel south from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina before arriving in the fascinating capital city Sarajevo. Due to its rich religious and cultural history Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. The city contains synagogues, mosques, Orthodox as well as Catholic churches – all in one city! In 1914 the city was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which prompted the start of the First World War. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Radon Plaza Sarajevo
Fourth day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Sarajevo
Enjoy an insider tour of the Sarajevo war tunnels with a Local Specialist. During the siege of the city in the early 1990's, the tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link neighbourhoods in the city of Sarajevo, to allow food, war supplies, and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear some of the incredible stories to come out of the city during this time from your Local Specialist. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.
Fifth day go from Sarajevo to Mostar then Dubrovnik
This morning after breakfast travel towards the Dalmatian coast and the spectacular city of Dubrovnik. Stop en route to see the magnificent bridge at Mostar. This city grew up around a trade and bridging point over the Neretva. Mostar is named after this Old Bridge, the 'Stari Most', built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect and one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks. Destroyed during the war it has been rebuilt using the same methods as during the 16th century. After free time to explore the town, continue on towards Dubrovnik.
Hotel: Ariston Dubrovnik
Sixth day Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning experience the delights of this stunning medieval city! Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector's Palace, the city walls, Onofrio's fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. For lunch a special Be My Guest experience awaits you at the village of Osojnik where you meet the Muhoberac family whose ancestors have lives in the village for over 500 years. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs accompanied by home made beverages.
Seventh day Excursion to Montenego
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro with a Local Specialist and enjoy a scenic and relaxing day. Head towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Explore the town of Kotor, a medieval city with charming streets and squares. Later, travel to the coast for a short stop in the village of Budva before returning to Dubrovnik.
Eighth day leave Dubrovnik Arrive in Split
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and modern resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. The evening is free for you to dine at the local restaurant of your choice.
Hotel: President Split
Ninth day Experience Plitvice
This morning travel through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Arrive later at your hotel and enjoy dinner with your travel companions.
Hotel: Jezero Plitvice
Tenth day its off to Ljubljana then Lake Bled
Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament during your orientation. After free time for lunch in Ljubljana, travel to Lake Bled, a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps. Lake Bled is set amid forests and mountains and is one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe.
Hotel: Park Lake Bled
Eleventh day travel to Venice
Travel to the romantic city of Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, why not consider a boat trip to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.
Hotel: NH Laguna Palace Venice
Twelfth day Sightseeing in Venice plus Free Time
Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy or relax at a café on St. Mark's Square. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration with your travel companions before returning to your hotel.
Thirteenth day Depart Venice
Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply.
City tours of Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Montenegro and Split
Cruise the Canals of Venice
Orientation of Lake Bled and Venice
View the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb, the Waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana and St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, Jupiter's Temple, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park
Be My Guest
Meet Anton and Marja along with their children when you visit the village of Osojnik. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs accompanied by home-made beverages.
Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Split, Plitvice and Ljubljana.
Small Group Sightseeing in Dubrovnik, enjoy a guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
Sarajevo war tunnel.
12 hot buffet breakfasts.
5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
1 lunch (Be My Guest).
Kumrovec And Lunch. A scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll explore his house, now a museum, and share a lunch of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.
Sarajevo Home Hosted Evening. Enjoy a true insight into local culture as you’re invited into a Sarajevo local's home, to savour warm hospitality and tasty traditional cuisine. There’ll be no more than several guests with each family, ensuring a cosy and memorable evening.
Traditional Konoba Dinner. If you want to truly experience Dalmatian cuisine, a dinner in a traditional stone basement 'konoba' is the best choice. You’ll select from a variety of seafood or meats accompanied by all you can drink Dalmatian wines and typical live music, which will add a traditional touch to your last night on the Croatian Adriatic coastline.
Trogir Escapade. Continuously inhabited for over 2,300 years, Trogir’s unique culture was shaped by Ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians. A quick drive will take you along the coastline to the UNESCO-listed island, where your Local Specialist will reveal its Romanesque churches and stunning Renaissance and Baroque buildings.
Traditional Slovenian Village Experience. Come with us on a journey to Radovljica, a well-preserved medieval alpine village. After a walking tour of the charming old port, you’ll enjoy a meal at a traditional Slovenian Inn where you’ll be entertained by local musicians, and see the famous living gingerbread museum.
Discover The Magic Of Venice. Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Dinner And Drinks. Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you'll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You'll enjoy dinner with drinks at the nearby 'Island of the Fishermen', Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks. Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you'll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You'll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby 'Island of the Fishermen', Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
Lagoon Cruise to Burano. Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
- Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
- Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- The services of a Local Host if you stay at recommended London hotel
- Airport Transfers
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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