Characteristically offbeat and uncommonly Europe

Incomparable. Legendary. Surprising. In southeastern Europe, the Balkan Peninsula is cradled by the Adriatic, Ionian and Black Sea. With its medieval towns, castles, islands, and diverse history, the Balkans are calling.

Highlights

  • Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo

  • Explore within Dubrovnik's compact Old Town

  • Taste local wine and honey in Sremski Karlovci

  • Visit islands in Kotor Fjord on a boat trip

  • Get back to nature at Durmitor National Park

Itinerary for Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia

Day 1: Belgrade

Welcome to Belgrade. Begin your Balkan adventure by meeting your Local Leader and fellow travelers. Venture out for dinner at a favorite local spot. (d)

  • Airport transfers are not included, but available for purchase. Please ask your Club Adventures representative to assist you
  • Dinner tonight is at local restaurant, walking distance from our hotel
  • Our hotel in Belgrade: Design Hotel Mr. President

Day 2: Belgrade > Novi Sad

Journey to the captivating town of Novi Sad. Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, the city is an eclectic mix of traditional Serbian cultural heritage and Austro-Hungarian architecture. Connect with the local culture in Sremski Karlovci at a unique vineyard and honey museum, where you can sample the local produce while relishing the scenic surroundings. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Belgrade: Design Hotel Mr. President

Day 3: Novi Sad > Sarajevo

Traverse through the beautiful countryside to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s vibrant capital. The balance of the day is yours to write your own adventure. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s old bazaar. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Sarajevo: Boutique Hotel Central

Day 4: Sarajevo

Twenty years since war, Sarajevo is asserting itself as one of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting destinations. In a genuine encounter, our Insider Expert shares his personal perspective about the blockade of Sarajevo and how his people lived through the longest siege of a capital city in history. Learn more about the collapse of Yugoslavia as we visit the Cemetery of Heroes. Hear moving stories along the Tunnel Museum and Sniper Alley. The rest of the day is yours. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Sarajevo: Boutique Hotel Central

Day 5: Sarajevo > Durmitor National Park

Our adventure continues to Montenegro, where bays, beaches and national parks will leave you breathless. Nature’s masterpiece, the beautiful Durmitor National Park, is a World Heritage site formed by glaciers and crisscrossed with rugged mountains, pristine pine forests, deep canyons and crystal lakes. An easy hike through this wonderful, lesser-explored wilderness will leave you mesmerized. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Wear comfortable shoes today as will be exploring beautiful scenery, but potentially uneven terrain
  • Our hotel will be in Durmitor National Park

Day 6: Durmitor National Park > Kotor

Set on a secluded bay, we explore Kotor, a 5th-century World Heritage city. Venture out by boat to Kotor Fjord, visiting the twin islands of Our Lady of the Rocks and Sveti Djordje. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Kotor: Hotel Rendez Vous

Day 7: Kotor

Today is entirely yours to explore as you choose. Perhaps you’ll check out Budva, considered Montenegro’s little version of Miami. For a stroll through history, head up to Montenegro’s former capital, Cetinje. Enjoy a final night in Kotor, where live local music can be found. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Kotor: Hotel Rendez Vous

Day 8: Kotor > Dubrovnik

Journey along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. Embark on a sightseeing tour with your Insider Expert to the amazing Stari Grad (Dubrovnik’s compact Old Town). We visit the Franciscan monastery, the Rector’s Palace and take a walk along the city walls. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Dubrovnik: Hotel Dubrovnik

Day 9: Dubrovnik

Personalize your experience today in Dubrovnik. Explore the beaches and scenery of this idyllic coastal city that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. Craft the perfect ending to your Balkan adventure. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • There’s plenty to do in and around Dubrovnik! Be sure to ask your Local Leader for suggestions to help you write your own adventure
  • Our hotel in Dubrovnik: Hotel Dubrovnik

Day 10: Dubrovnik > Split

After breakfast today, drive to Split, where our tour comes to an end upon arrival in the popular coastal town. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet

Things to know before traveling to Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia

The local currency in Serbia it is the Serbian Dinar (RSD), in Bosnia & Herzegovina the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) and Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna (HRK). After independence Montenegro has adopted the common currency of the European Union, the Euro (EUR), even though they are not a member of the EU.

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account/card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it’s recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia

Pre-Night Add-ons

BELGRADE - $200 USD per room, double occupancy or $150 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

DUBROVNIK - $330 USD per room, double occupancy or $325 single occupancy


Optional Tours

DAY 9 – DUBROVNIK

  • Lokrum Island Boat Trip
  • War Photography Museum
  • Museum of Croation Independence

 

Slovenia Post-Extension on ‘Discover the Balkans’

 

Length: 5 days/4 nights

Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Price: $2,499

Single Supplement: $400

Passengers: Maximum 7, average 4

 

Day 1: Transfer this morning on your included transfer from Dubrovnik to Split. Join an Insider Expert for a walking tour of the city to learn about its history. (d)

Day 2 Today we will visit one of Croatia’s most beautiful sites – Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was given World Heritage status 20 years ago and is 19 hectares of wooded hills that surround 16 stunning turquoise lakes, all connected by a series of waterfalls. The area is populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and some rare bird species, and the thick, primeval forest vegetation of beech trees, fir spruce and white pine adds another element to the park’s beauty. Enjoy time to explore here and look to the canopy for over 120 species of birds, including hawks and owls. After our memorable visit to the lakes, drive to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. Take an afternoon orientation walk on arrival with our Local Leader. (b)

Day 3 This morning, embark on a walking tour with an Insider Expert and learn about both history and culture as well as the modern everyday life of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.  In the afternoon cross the border into Slovenia and travel into the Julian Alps to Bled. Take in the mountainous backdrop, lake, and impressive cliff-top fortress, which all combine to make this a wonderful place to visit. (b)

Day 4 This morning walk with your leader to the cliff-top Old Bled Castle, dating from the 11th century and overlooking sparkling Lake Bled, then take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled – climb up the 99 steps to St Mary’s Church and ring the wishing bell. Continue on a walk around beautiful Lake Bled. This scenic walk passes some impressive villas, mostly from the beginning of the 19th century, including the residence of the former Yugoslav president ‘Marshal’ Tito – today the Hotel Vila Bled. (b, d)

Day 5 There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. (b)

 

Accommodation

Split – Hotel Slavija

Zegreb – Garden Hotel

Bled – Hotel Kompas

10 days, from $2,549 USD