THE BALKAN & ADRIATIC (CROATIA–BOSNIA–MONTENEGRO) (10 DAYS)
DAY 01: ZAGREB Arrival to Zagreb. Meet & greet followed by a transfer to your hotel. Accomodation and overnight stay in Zagreb.
DAY 02: ZAGREB We'll make a city tour of the Croatian capital and start our walking tour of Zagreb by seeing the fortified, medieval Upper town, St. Mark's church with its multi-coloured tile roof, the baroque church of St. Catherine, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the Parliament with the Government Palace. In the lower city, stretching around the main square with the statue of Ban Jelacic, we will see the 19th century National Theater, Museum of Arts and Crafts, the University and the beautiful Zrinjevac Park with numerous elaborate Secession (Art Nouveau) buildings. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: ZAGREB-PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK-SARAJEVO We will continue our tour to Plitvice Lakes which are among Europe's most beautiful national parks. They are situated in the mountainous region of Lika. A total of 16 lakes at different altitudes are separated by travertine barriers and linked by foamy waterfalls and cascades. Their creation is a natural phenomenon. Here a combination of traditional water mills and waterfalls will take up a lot of space on your camera's memory card for sure. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of the World's Natural Heritage. A few hours drive will take us to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Overnight stay in Sarajevo.
DAY 04: SARAJEVO-NEUM You will not only learn about the city but you will probably make at least one new friend. The mysticism of the city offers sights of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture, a beautiful City Hall, the National library, old Hans – caravan-sarays, Husrev Bey's Mosque in the centre of the old city, Bas Carsija, where the east meets the west, where you will have the chance to admire and negotiate the price of the best hand made products. See the famous tunnel of survival used during the war in Bosnia and then continue further to Mostar where we'll have a brief stop at its landmark the famous stone bridge (on UNESCO’s World Heritage list) as well as the picturesque old town and restored Turkish "Muslimbegovica-house" and the mosque from the 16th century - absolutely worth seeing. Through picturesque canyon of the Neretva river we'll reach Neum on the Adriatic, where we'll spend the night.
DAY 05: NEUM-DUBROVNIK-BUDVA RIVIERA Dubrovnik is one of Europe's most beautiful coastal settlements (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). Located at the tip of the Croatian South coast, the city has been welcoming visitors for decades. Our walking tour will show you around the historical parts of the city, through the old Town via Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Along the way you will pay a visit to St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old. Ships from Dubrovnik were renowned throughout the Mediterranean and galleons from the Republic could be found in navies across Europe and beyond. These ships were built and loaded in the legendary Arsenal, which is another stop on the tour. Once in the Old Port, your guide will relate the stories of the famous Quarantine and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John as well as legends about the Church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando's Column. We will continue further to Montenegro. Overnight stay in Budva.
DAY 06: BUDVA-KOTOR-BUDVA We will be driving to Kotor. With its fascinating landscape and the sites Kotor has become an UNESCO World natural and World Heritage Site. We'll enjoy a walking through the maze of Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well-preserved fortified walls of Kotor protect it from the sea. We'll pass a visit to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, which was constructed in 1166. You will see the remains of 14th century frescoes and the valuable treasury with both local and Venetian gold works. You must not miss the Maritime Museum where you will see a unique collection representing the maritime history of Boka (the Gulf of Kotor). After Kotor we'll reach the ancient town of Budva, which is the most famous resort in Montenegro. While you are in Budva you will enjoy walking tour and enjoying some free time. The old town of Budva is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV. century, including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defence walls and towers. Afterwards you'll enjoy a photo stop of St. Stefan, a luxurious resort that used to be a small fishing village. This small island is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The island is private property so it can only be photographed from the shoreline. Overnight stay in Budva.
DAY 07: BUDVA-LOVCEN AND CETINJE-BUDVA You will start the day with a spectacular drive along the Mount Lovcen Pass giving you the most stunning views over the most beautiful bay in the Mediterranean. We will stop at the famous mausoleum. Driving to Cetinje, the historical and cultural capital of Montenegro, here you will visit the foreign residence of King Nikola, today a museum and the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Cetinje. During our visit you will be able to pass by the church where the only king of Montenegro and his wife are buried, as well as the building Billiarda, once the residence of the bishop Petar II Njegus. Overnight stay in Budva.
DAY 08: MONTENEGRO-MAKARSKA RIVIERA Goodbye Montenegro. We will drive along the coast to Makarska riviera, to where we'll arrive in the afternoon. There will be an overnight stay in lively Makarska. You will have free time to enjoy the waterfront "Riva" and the city square Kacic. Overnight stay in Makarska.
DAY 09: MAKARSKA RIVIERA-TROGIR-ZAGREB We will visit Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about its manifold and complex heritage, including from Romanesque yards and modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries. If the time and weather permit it, we can visit the famous Krka Waterfalls, another UNESCO World natural site. There is a pleasant walk through a network of pathways and wooden bridges with a marvellous panorama. After that we will make our way to Zagreb and stay overnight.
DAY 10: ZAGREB Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport/end of services.