Day 1: ARRIVAL TO DUBROVNIK
Arrival at the airport of Dubrovnik, accommodation at the hotel in Dubrovnik. Let the travelling the Balkans begin in beautiful Croatia.
Day 2: DUBROVNIK
Breakfast. Visit of the city Dubrovnik, which is famous as the pearl of the Adriatic, and is considered to be the most beautiful city in Croatia. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stroll through the backstreets of this “paradise on earth” with a local guide. You will visit the historic center of Dubrovnik with numerous churches, palaces, and secret corners.
Among them you will see on the outside: the Regent Palace and the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. After the guided tour you will have free time to explore the incredible walls or take a boat trip to the “wild” island of Lokrum, the paradise ten minutes from Dubrovnik where you can arrive by boat and visit the Nature Reserve full of vegetation, the botanical garden and the Benedictine monastery built in 1023. Accommodation in Dubrovnik.
Day 3: DUBROVNIK – BAY OF KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast take a daily excursion to the beautiful neighbouring country of Montenegro, with its Venetian towns of Perast and Kotor full of impressive architecture located on the banks of a grand fjord. Among other things we’ll take a boat trip to the small islet of Our Lady of the Rock built by sailors in the Middle Ages. Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and accommodation.
Day 4: DUBROVNIK – STON – BLAGAJ – MOSTAR
Breakfast. Start the day by photographing the “European Chinese Wall” a spectacular fortress in the little town of Ston, located just at the foot of the Pelješac peninsula. While travelling the Balkans you will continue to Bosnia and Herzegovina through the citrus groves filled delta of Neretva River. Next stop is a picture-perfect Dervish Monastery at the spring of Buna River in Blagaj. The day will end with a guided tour of the capital of Herzegovina – the famous town of Mostar famous for its turbulent history and the UNESCO-protected Old Bridge which gave the town its name (most in a local word for a bridge). Night in Mostar.
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Day 5: MOSTAR – SARAJEVO
Breakfast and transfer to the Olympic city of Sarajevo – the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We’ll start a tour by visiting the infamous Tunnel of Hope which served as a vital connection with the unoccupied territory during the almost 4-year long siege of Sarajevo during the Balkan War of the 90s. Later the local guide will take you even further back to city’s history by showing you the exact spot where WWI was triggered and introducing you to a vivid Turkish bazaar called Baščaršija. We strongly recommend trying typical Balkan dishes čevapčiči and/or burek. Accommodation in Sarajevo.
Day 6: SARAJEVO – MEDJUGORJE/KRAVICE – SPLIT
Breakfast. On our way from Sarajevo to Split, the second largest Croatian city we will make a stop at Medjugorje that attracts numerous Catholic pilgrims from all over the world by supposedly being the place of the most recent apparitions of Virgin Mary. Alternatively you can also visit the beautiful Kravice Waterfall where the Trebižat River plummets into an emerald-coloured pond from a height of 25 meters. Night in Split.
Day 7: SPLIT
After breakfast it’s time to learn everything about the the roman emperor Diocletian, who chose this place for his retirement residence. Local guide will take you on a tour of Split‘s historical center which used to be his palace and is today listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. For history buffs we recommend a peek into the Temple of Jupiter and the underground cellars. Free afternoon to buy souvenirs before ending your short Balkan Tour. Accommodation in Split.
Day 8: SPLIT – AIRPORT
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. And so, slowly, your travelling the Balkans comes to an end…
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If you want to get to know the Balkans also from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, combine this itinerary with a small ship cruise in Croatia.