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West­ern Balkan

Itin­er­ary

Day 1: ZAGREB, CROATIA

Wel­come to Zagreb, the cap­i­tal and the largest city of the Repub­lic of Croa­tia. Our guide will pick you up at the Zagreb Air­port and trans­fer you to your accom­mo­da­tion. Once you have set­tled down, we are tak­ing you on a tour of the city cen­ter where you will see the most famous sights of Zagreb. You can choose between two pos­si­ble routes for your visit of the city. The first is ded­i­cated mostly to the city’s his­tor­i­cal land­marks and the sight­see­ing starts at the Main Square, from where we move on to the Zagreb Cathe­dral and con­tinue through Tkalčićeva street and the “Bloody Bridge” (Krvavi Most) to the Stone Gate and St Mark’s Church. We end our tour vis­it­ing the Lotrščak Tower and tak­ing a pleas­ant ride on the Zagreb Funic­u­lar. The alter­na­tive route is a panoramic one, as we will take you for a ride on the Zagreb horse­shoe: we will visit the Zrin­je­vac Square, the King Tomis­lav Square, the Botan­i­cal gar­den and the Croa­t­ian National The­ater. Later on, we will make a short visit to Mak­simir, Zagreb’s old­est pub­lic park and the Mirogoj ceme­tery. After the walk, it is time for you to relax over a nice wel­come din­ner with spe­cial­ties of the local cui­sine. You will spend the night in a 4* hotel.

Day 2: ZAGREBBANJA LUKASARA­JEVO, BOSNIA

After break­fast, we are leav­ing Croa­tia and head­ing to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try of Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina. First, we will visit Banja Luka, the sec­ond largest city in Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina. It rep­re­sents the cul­tural, eco­nomic and admin­is­tra­tive cen­ter of the Repub­lika Srp­ska entity. Banja Luka is the best exam­ple of Bosnia’s reli­gious diver­sity as you can admire reli­gious build­ings among which the Ortho­dox Sanc­tu­ary of Christ the Sav­ior, the Fran­cis­can Monastery of Mar­ija Zvi­jezda, Ferhat-​Pasha Mosque (also called Fer­hadija mosque). We will take a stroll through the Gospod­ska street, Banja Luka’s main street and see Ban­ski Dvor (Governor’s Palace), the city’s main cul­tural cen­ter. We con­tinue our tour along the Vrbas river­bank and visit the Kas­tel fortress, dat­ing to the Roman ages. We end our tour of Banja Luka by vis­it­ing The Trapist monastery, the only monastery of its kind in the West­ern Balkans and renowned for its excel­lent home­made wines and cheese. In the after­noon, we pro­ceed to Sara­jevo, where we will check in to the hotel.


Day 3: SARA­JEVOMOSTARDUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Today we get to know the cap­i­tal of Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina, the delight­ful city of Sara­jevo. We start our tour on the Baščaršija square, the cen­ter­piece of Sara­jevo and the place where you can truly expe­ri­ence the city’s charm and atmos­phere. Dur­ing the stroll through Baščaršija you can seize the oppor­tu­nity to taste the authen­tic Bosn­ian cof­fee and local food and to buy a memento from one of the hun­dreds of street sell­ers. Later we move on towards Kazandžiluk street (Coppersmith’s street), (neki clan tu?) burned library — Vijećnica and Inat Kuća, con­tin­u­ing towards Sarajevo’s famous bridges, includ­ing Šeher-​ćehaja, the Impe­r­ial bridge and the infa­mous Latin bridge, best known for the assas­si­na­tion of Franz Fer­di­nand that took place there. We con­tinue our tour vis­it­ing the Impe­r­ial mosque, the Gazi Hus­ref beys mosque com­plex, the Old Ortho­dox Church, known for its uncom­mon design, being wider rather than longer. We end the tour vis­it­ing the Old Ortho­dox Church of St Archangel’s Mikhail and Gabriel, the Cathe­dral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Old Jew­ish Tem­ple before leav­ing Sara­jevo and head­ing to Mostar. Mostar is the city of con­trasts, where “the east and west meet”, as you will observe vis­it­ing the tra­di­tional Kujundziluk (old bazaar) and a con­tem­po­rary city cen­ter. Mostar is famous for its mag­nif­i­cent stone bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge), built in 1566. over the Neretva River. The city is divided by not only the Neretva River that flows through it but also by reli­gion and cul­ture from one bank to the other, as Mus­lims and Chris­tians live on oppo­site banks of the river. After a short tour of Mostar we head to Dubrovnik where we will spend the night.

Day 4: DUBROVNIKSPLIT

Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adri­atic” is a stand­out attrac­tion and a per­fectly pre­served baroque city-​state. Our sight­see­ing tour, which cov­ers all the major sights of Dubrovnik’s Old Walled City, will intro­duce you to its rich his­tory, cul­ture and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries. Start­ing at Onofrio’s Foun­tain, which for cen­turies has brought fresh drink­ing water into the city; our route leads us along Pri­jeko Street to the Old Port, once the key of Dubrovnik’s trad­ing and mar­itime suc­cess. We will visit St. Saviour’s church (Crkva sv. Spasa), a fine exam­ple of the town’s Renais­sance archi­tec­ture that with­stood the dis­as­trous 1667 earth­quake. We will pass through the Old Port and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John. After that, the route takes us to the church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint, the Cathe­dral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace and Orlando’s Col­umn to give you an overview of the city to bet­ter under­stand and fur­ther explore its multi-​layered past. Later we are going to admire the amaz­ing panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the sur­round­ing islands from the mount Srđ, a 405-​meter ascent above sea level. In the evening, we pro­ceed to Split, where we will have din­ner and stay the night at a 4* hotel.

Day 5: SPLITŠIBENIKPLITVICE LAKES

Today we con­tinue our tour of the Dal­ma­t­ian coast to intro­duce you to the ancient yet thriv­ing city of Split. The heart of Split is the city’s majes­tic cathe­dral that rises from within the 1700 year old walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Her­itage site and one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and best pre­served struc­tures of the late ancient archi­tec­ture. Built upon the octag­o­nal base of a Roman Mau­soleum, the Cathe­dral of Saint Dom­nius (Sveti Duje) is a tes­ta­ment to many eras of Split’s his­tory, from Roman Times, through to the Mid­dle Ages and the Renais­sance. Our walk­ing tour takes us to the Peri­style in cen­ter of the palace, the Roman tem­ples, the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Nin­ski. Before head­ing to Šibenik we will take a short break for lunch in one of the restau­rants hid­den among the pic­turesque streets of the old city cen­ter. Šibenik sits between Pri­mošten and Vodice at the mouth of the Krka River. It is a city of rich spir­i­tual and mate­r­ial cul­ture with an excep­tion­ally pretty water­front. Sit­u­ated on its own mag­nif­i­cent square over­look­ing the sea is the city’s main claim to fame – the Cathe­dral of St. James (Sv. Jakov), dat­ing from the 1400’s, which has been a UNESCO World Her­itage site since 2000. The Cathe­dral has been com­pletely restored with no vis­i­ble changes after being dam­aged by artillery in 1991 dur­ing the Yugosla­vian War. We will also visit other Šibenik’s churches dat­ing to the Mid­dle Ages, the old city hall and the fortresses of St. Michael, St. Nicholas and Šubiće­vac. After the tour, we head to Plitvice where we will spend the night at a 4* hotel.

Day 6: PLITVICE LAKESPOS­TO­JNA CAVE, LJUBL­JANA, SLOVENIA

As we got to know the beauty of the Dal­ma­t­ian coast, we will spend the day in con­tact with nature, on a sight­see­ing tour of the famous Plitvice lakes. The Plitvice lakes are the old­est national park in South­east Europe and the largest national park in Croa­tia and because of its rare nat­ural and cul­tural value the park is famous not only through­out Croa­tia, but also world­wide; earn­ing a cov­eted place on UNESCO’s list of World Her­itage sites. A total of 16 lakes are con­nected by hun­dreds of water­falls pre­sent­ing a con­tin­u­ous amaz­ing arrange­ment of water and light. The Plitvice lakes are a pro­tected ecosys­tem and have been a National park since 1949. Nature has been cre­at­ing this per­fect pic­ture for mil­len­nia and it is going to leave you breath­less. Take an idyl­lic boat ride on the Koz­jak Lake and enjoy the aston­ish­ing view of the pure sparkling water gush­ing through thou­sands cas­cades while fill­ing your lungs with clean, fresh air. Take plea­sure in admir­ing the endemic flora and fauna and feel free to take pho­tos and pre­serve the mem­ory of this unique loca­tion for­ever. After an exten­sive tour of the lakes, we are going to relax savor­ing the tra­di­tional food of the Lika region in a cozy restau­rant in the vil­lage of Ras­toke. Next, we head to Slove­nia, where we will visit its most famous tourist attrac­tion – the amaz­ing Pos­to­jna caves. A small train will take you on a tour of the 27-​kilometre sys­tem of under­ground caves, tun­nels, gal­leries and cham­bers dec­o­rated with spec­tac­u­lar drip­stones, which are also known for pro­vid­ing habi­tat for an endemic amphib­ian sala­man­der, some­times called the human fish or the baby dragon. We will spend the night in Slovenia’s cap­i­tal — Ljubl­jana — in a 4* hotel.

Day 7: LJUBL­JANABLED CAS­TLEZAGREB, CROATIA

After break­fast, the tour of the city of Ljubl­jana begins in front of the Town Hall and con­tin­ues through the his­tor­i­cal city cen­ter with its mix­ture of Baroque and Art Nou­veau archi­tec­ture and mas­ter­ful cre­ations by the 20th cen­tury archi­tect Jože Plečnik. The excur­sion includes a stroll around the medieval Old Town, vis­it­ing the New and Old Mar­kets, the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana’s trade­mark. The tour ends with a funic­u­lar ride, which departs from the Krekov square and takes us up to the Ljubl­jana Cas­tle to enjoy one final view of the city set along the river Ljubl­jan­ica. After lunch, we get in touch with nature again to visit the charm­ing lake resort of Bled, famous for its medieval cas­tle sit­u­ated on a cliff high above the lake and the amaz­ing sur­round­ing Alpine peaks. Cas­tle ter­races offer spec­tac­u­lar views of the lake and the tiny island in the mid­dle. After that, we will take a break to taste the deli­cious vanilla cus­tard and cream cake “kremšnita” – one of the most famous Sloven­ian desserts. In the evening we return to Zagreb where our delight­ful 7 day jour­ney through the West­ern Balkans ends.

Prices

PRICES (per person):

12 per­sons 2.750
34 persons 2.290
56 persons 1.950
78 persons 1.700



The price includes:

  • 7 overnights (break­fast included) in Zagreb, Sara­jevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice lakes, Ljubl­jana, Zagreb
  • 4* hotels
  • A/​C car or mini­van transportation
  • air­port transfer
  • licensed Eng­lish speak­ing guide/​driver
  • entrance tick­ets: Plitvice lakes, Šibenik and Tro­gir Chat­e­dral, The Walls of Dubrovnik
  • sight­see­ing: Zagreb, Ras­toke, Plitvice lakes, Zadar, Kor­nati National park, Split, Tro­gir, Dubrovnik
  • tra­di­tional din­ner in each city
  • all taxes and VAT

*Note: all tours can be cus­tomized by chang­ing the accom­mo­da­tion type and city of departure

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