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A Taste of the Balkans

featuring Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Slovenia

Summary:

Uncover a region where rocky coastlines and towering mountains meet a complex history. Personalize your time in Dubrovnik, choosing between exploring the Dubrovnik city walls or taking a cable car ride. Travel by boat to the islet of Our Lady of the Rocks...

Duration
16 Days
Countries
2
Next Departure
21-Jul-2024
Starting at
USD 3,999.00
Price per day
USD 250.00
Tour Type
Tour Type

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  • Dates and Details
  • Map, Destinations
  • Collette
 
Operator
Collette
Tour
A Taste of the Balkans
Sub-Title
featuring Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Slovenia
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Summary

Uncover a region where rocky coastlines and towering mountains meet a complex history. Personalize your time in Dubrovnik, choosing between exploring the Dubrovnik city walls or taking a cable car ride. Travel by boat to the islet of Our Lady of the Rocks in Montenegro. Discover Sarajevo, home to a multitude of religious sects all living in harmony. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a Bosnian home, sampling klepe and burek. Experience rural life in the northeast corner of Croatia. Explore the natural wonder of Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO) with a guide. As you make your way through the Balkans, get a glimpse into generations of traditions and connect with welcoming locals.

Map: A Taste of the Balkans (Collette)

Short Itinerary / Route

Day 1
Overnight Flight
Day 2
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Tour Begins
Day 3
Dubrovnik
Day 4
Dubrovnik - Kotor, Montenegro
Day 5
Kotor
Day 6
Kotor - Mostar, Bosnia And Herzegovina - Sarajevo
Day 7
Sarajevo
Day 8
Sarajevo
Day 9
Sarajevo - Karanac, Croatia
Day 10
Karanac - Osijek - Karanac
Day 11
Karanac - Zagreb
Day 12
Zagreb
Day 13
Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes
Day 14
Plitvice Lakes - Novo Mesto, Slovenia - Ljubljana
Day 15
Ljubljana - Bled - Ljubljana
Day 16
Ljubljana - Tour Ends

Travel Countries (2): Croatia, Slovenia

Travel Cities (6): Bled, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Osijek, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zagreb

Highlights

City

  • Dubrovnik

Attraction

  • Dubrovnik City Walls or Cable Car Ride

City

  • Kotor

Attraction

  • Mostar
  • Sarajevo
  • Sarajevo Siege Tour or Gallery 11/07/95
  • Home-Hosted Dinner
  • Etno Village Karanac

City

  • Osijek

Attraction

  • Cooking with Locals
  • Wine Tasting

City

  • Zagreb

Attraction

  • Museum of Naive Art

City

  • Plitvice Lakes

Attraction

  • Impact Moment

City

  • Novo Mesto
  • Ljubljana

Attraction

  • Lake Bled

Included in Price

Culinary

  • Get to know the locals by preparing regional specialties and baking bread in Karanac.
  • See why Mediterranean cuisine is world-famous in Dubrovnik.
  • In Sarajevo, join a local family in their home for a meal of regional dishes.

Experience

  • Explore Mostar to witness a blend of Middle East and European influences.
  • Impact Moment: At a Serbian community center, meet the local women who sustain their community through their crafts.

Optional, not included

Sarajevo: Live Like an Authentic Bosnian Villager

  • Explore a different way of life and spend the day in an authentic Bosnian village. It all starts with a scenic drive through the highlands of Bosnia, where you can gaze out the window and admire sprawling greenery and soaring peaks. Then, strap on your hiking shoes because the rest of the journey to the remote village takes place on foot. After working up your appetite during a light hiking trip, enjoy lunch in a traditional Bosnian villager’s home. Spend some more time connecting with the locals before you set out once more to explore a picturesque canyon tucked among the mountain ranges. Conclude your day with a return hiking trip and a relaxing drive back to your hotel. Duration approximately 8 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 8 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.


    To participate in this option, guests should be in good physical condition. A short 30-minute hike is involved. Dress to be outside with comfortable shoes and layers.

Sarajevo: Underground Bunker Exploration

  • Spend your morning touring the nuclear bunker of former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. Nicknamed “Tito’s Bunker,” this underground military command center was built to protect the Yugoslavian president and up to 350 members of his inner circle. During your tour, you can explore historical relics and meander through a wide collection of rooms, from residential areas to places dedicated to strategic planning. Uncover this underground fortress, once a secret to the world. Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 8 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.


Zagreb: Cultural Zagorje

  • Depart Zagreb and head into the beautiful Croatian countryside of Zagorje known for its picturesque, gentle hills full of green forests, vineyards and cultivated fields. Begin by visiting historic Kumrovec, the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, lifetime president of the former Yugoslavia. A visit to the ethno village there is like stepping back in time as you stroll the small houses of the beautiful “Old Village.” Continue on to the delightful little town of Samobor, well-known as a foodie favorite. After a short tour, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant which ends with the famous Samoborske-Kremsnite, a Croatian delicacy of cake with custard cream. You will also sample Bermet, the aromatic, sweet and bitter wine made according to a centuries old secret recipe that is perhaps the most authentic Croatian drink. Duration approximately 6 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 12 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.


Kotor: Mount Lovcen and Coastal Vistas with Njegus

  • Travel up the winding road from Kotor towards Mount Lovcen, taking in magnificent views of the Bay of Kotor (the Boka) and mountains along the way. Stop in Njegusi, a quiet and peaceful village located on the slope of Mount Lovcen, about 900 meters above sea level. Learn about the tradition of prosciutto and homemade cheeses famously produced here and sample these specialties. Then continue through the mountain range until reaching the Adriatic coastline, with photo stops along the way including views of Sveti Stefan (Saint Stephen’s Island), once an islet fishing village, now luxury resort. Throughout the day, you can imagine yourself in scenes from the Bond film, Casino Royale, as you venture through Montenegro. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 10 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.


Travel Package

 

Coming from

 

Going to

Tour...

Dubrovnik

Arrow Going To

Ljubljana

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