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: ZAGREB — BANJA LUKA — SARAJEVO, 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: SARAJEVO — MOSTAR — DUBROVNIK, 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: DUBROVNIK — SPLIT
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: SPLIT — ŠIBENIK — PLITVICE 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 LAKES — POSTOJNA 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: LJUBLJANA — BLED CASTLE — ZAGREB, 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 (per person):
|1 – 2 persons||2.750 €|
|3 – 4 persons||2.290 €|
|5 – 6 persons||1.950 €|
|7 – 8 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