Croatia and the Balkans

Classic, Budapest to Split
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Tour description

The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination — we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments, and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery while allowing time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: DEŠA Women's Centre Visit, Dubrovnik Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad)
  • Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)
  • 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo)
  • Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)
  • Beach time in Hvar
  • Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands
  • Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the bay of kotor
  • Enjoy beach time in hvar
  • Explore the ancient roman palace of diocletian on a guided tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

Day 2: Budapest/Novi Sad After a full day's train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.

Day 3: Novi Sad/Belgrade Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.

Day 4: Belgrade Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.

Day 5: Belgrade/Sarajevo Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

Day 6: Sarajevo Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'.

Day 7: Sarajevo/Mostar Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.

Day 8: Mostar/Kotor Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.

Day 9: Kotor Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor or relax on picturesque beaches.

Day 10: Kotor/Dubrovnik Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Visit the G Adventures-supported Deša project, a non profit dedicated to empowering and employing women in the community. Then, choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.

Day 11: Dubrovnik Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

Day 12: Dubrovnik/Hvar Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.

Day 13: Hvar Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

Day 14: Hvar/Split Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

Day 15: Split Depart at any time.