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Balkan – Extended

Balkan – Extended: Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia – Montenegro

Day 1

Belgrade

Upon arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, you will be welcomed by your Tour Manager and escorted to your hotel. When you get into your coach, just relax and meet New Belgrade by a short drive from Nikola Tesla Airport. You’ll see prominent Belgrade’s blocks, classic example of Socialistic architecture built after World War II, and modern business centers among which Ušće Center surely predominates. During the drive enjoy the image and stories about Western Gate of Belgrade, famous Belgrade Arena and monumental Palace of Serbia. Check-in at your hotel.

Day 2

Belgrade Sightseeing

After breakfast, start coach & walking tour around Belgrade, capital that is well known for its different architectural styles, dynamic history and fantastic views of the biggest river confluence in the whole Europe. Start the tour visiting Yugoslavian History Museum, memorial complex that emphasizes life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito. Then you will pass by the stadium of FC Crvena Zvezda (Red Star), former European and World Cup Football champion, and proceed to Saint Sava Temple, symbol and patron of Belgrade, impressive building that can be seen from any part of the capital. After a short break at the Temple’s plateau, panoramic tour will go on to Slavija Square, Saint Mark’s Church, Serbian National Parliament and President’s residency, all to the Republic Square, most central point of Belgrade that is surrounded by cultural artistic institutions, the National Theatre and National Museum. Go on with a walking tour through lively Knez Mihailo Street, main walking and shopping zone, and visit the Congregational Church, just across the building of Serbian Patriarchy. Hear great stories about “Question Mark – ?”, the oldest tavern in the city, and continue to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, the most important cultural-historic complex of the city, situated on the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube. Optional Tours in Belgrade: – Belgrade Rivers Cruise + Zemun. Danube & Sava, two great rivers and there shores will help you to fell Belgrade’s spirit. You’ll meet this great city from other perspective, and in the evening, you’ll explore charming Zemun district and enjoy the dinner in one of traditional fish restaurants. – Skadarlija Bohemian Night: Traditional Serbian dinner in Skadarlija – Bohemian heart of Belgrade.

Day 3

Belgrade – Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – Belgrade

Breakfast. Today you will explore most interesting sights of Vojvodina, Serbian Northern Province. Drive through picturesque sceneries and famous wine region toward “Serbian Holly land” that hosts 17 functioning Serbian Orthodox monasteries. You will stop by and enter in two impressive and well preserved monasteries – Krušedol and Novo Hopovo, where you’ll have an opportunity to buy monastery wine and rakia. Tour continues to Sremski Karlovci. Sremski Karlovci presents a real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality. Baroque town center, Patriarchy, Cathedral of Saint Nicolas and first Serbian Gymnasium – all this make Sremski Karlovci a “museum town”. It is also famous for wine production and annual festival “Wineball”. As Sremski Karlovci lies on the banks of Danube you’ll seize the moment and have a time for lunch at the shore of the biggest Central-European river. Further on, you are going to future European capital of culture 2021, Novi Sad. The capital of Vojvodina has been historical border of two Empires – Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman, which resulted in multi-cultural city with interesting mix of architectural influences. We’ll see Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina Street that compose city’s pedestrian zone, the City Hall, Catholic Church, old city center, house of Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva, cultural foundation Matica Srpska and Synagogue. Then you’ll follow to the right bank of Danube and visit Petrovaradin, so-called Danube’s Gibraltar, where the Fortress is located. On the place where you can enjoy in wonderful view of Danube and whole Novi Sad, you will end this day with dinner in wonderful ambience.

Day 4

Belgrade – Zagreb – Otočec – Ljubljana

Breakfast. Tour continues to Zagreb – small gem of European culture and civilization, located in the heart of the continent. Sightseeing tour around Zagreb will show you all main Zagreb’s sights: Kaptol (the medieval part of Zagreb), the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of St. Francis from the 13th century. You’ll walk around farmer’s market called Dolac, and visit Baroque Church of St. Mary from the 18th century. The tour will end in the heart of Zagreb, at Ban Josip Jelačić’s monument on the square called after him. After lunch break drive to “green” Slovenia. On your way you will make a stop at Otočec castle. A jewel rising above misty Krka River is the only water castle in Slovenia and the vicinity. Short break in Otočec will definitely refresh you. Proceed to Ljubljana. Check-in at your hotel and get some rest for next days and rest of this amazing tour.

Day 5

Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Piran – Portorož

Breakfast and check-out. Start your tour around Ljubljana, the fairytale-like capital of Slovenia which boasts of real charm and great cultural scene. Guided tour will take you along the riverfront to city’s beautiful cultural monuments – the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Baroque Town Hall, Medieval Square “Mestni Trg” and Robba’s Fountain, as well as the picturesque Central open-air market and the Triple Bridge. In Ljubljana you can use free time to get a lunch at the romantic bank of Ljubljanica River. Afternoon is reserved for an once-in-a-lifetime event: visit to spectacular limestone Postojna Cave. You’ll see incredible stalactites, stalagmites, limestone pools, subterranean gorges and underground waterfalls. The most popular Slovenian tourist attraction is definitely must-see location during your trip through Slovenia. In the afternoon hours visit Piran, one of the most beautiful towns of Slovenian Istria. The town is actually large museum with the medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and cramped houses give a special charm to this town. After exploring small, but charming Tartini’s square, climbing to St. George Cathedral will help you to feel Piran’s special character and, as a reward, to enjoy wonderful view from the top of the hill. Your final stop in this day is Portorož, which has been a tourist destination as far back as the 13th century, when people were treated with seawater. It reached its golden age at the beginning of 20th century when majestic Hotel Palace opened its doors. It was a charming pearl of the era. In these years Portorož hosted almost 7000 guests yearly and become internationally renowned. Check-into the hotel in Portorož or Piran.

Day 6

Portorož – Pula – Rovinj

Breakfast. Drive to the amazing part of Croatian coast called Istria, perfect place to enjoy first-class gourmet food, Malvasia wine, gorgeous beaches and Venetian history. Your first stop will be Pula. This beautiful town possesses a wealth of historical sites and examples of Roman architecture. The star of the show is the remarkable well-preserved Roman amphitheater, the 6th biggest Roman coliseum in the world. Temple of August, Triumphal Arch of Sergius, The Twin Gate and other sites of the old town will make a feel that history is right in front of your eyes. After Pula you will proceed to Rovinj, the pearl of Adriatic. Wander via cobbled streets of this historic town and let your tourist guide show why this town is called Istrian gemstone. Beautiful architecture that dates back to 1700’s and narrow streets will lead you to the top of peninsula, where, at the plateau of St. Euphemia Church, you can enjoy the view to old town Rovinj, surrounded with amazing Istrian nature. Walk the streets down, through romantic stripe of seafood restaurants and visit old neighborhood Grisia, which is famous for its small shops and art galleries. At the bottom come across a typical Istrian market and feel the flavors of this region. Free time to relax and enjoy at the shore of Adriatic Sea, or to explore Rovinj’s coast on your own. Evening is reserved for nice, relaxing atmosphere in one of the many great hotels in Istria.

Day 7

Opatija – Plitvice

Breakfast. Drive to Opatija, aristocratic town that is just 80 km away and so different for its history, architecture and atmosphere in comparison with the towns of Istrian Peninsula. Opatija has quite a picturesque surrounding. Rich history is visible on every edifice built in different architectural style – Renaissance, Venetian, Secession and Baroque. Enjoy the sights and discover pulse of Opatija with the panoramic sea-view, during a walk on famous Lungomare pedestrian zone. Free time for lunch in one of the restaurants nearby the sea. Drive towards Plitvice. In refreshing atmosphere of the hotel you might relax and enjoy the dinner in hotel restaurant or in nearby local restaurant.

Day 8

Plitvice – Šibenik – Split

Breakfast. Start exploring Plitvice Lakes, magnificent area that consists of 16 connected lakes terraces. On old maps it was named as “Devil’s Garden”, and it is a first sight in Balkans that got UNESCO World Heritage status. You will enjoy a 3-hour guided tour that visits Upper and Lower lakes and lets you contemplate untouched nature. Although swimming is forbidden here, you will see best places for relaxation in this green paradise. In the afternoon hours, you will drive to Dalmatian coast and Šibenik, city famous for its narrow curvy streets, stone-made houses, lots of stairs and remains of the city walls. Mediterranean atmosphere of the city hosts lots of monuments, among which St. James Cathedral (UNESCO protected monument), constructed by locals for hundreds of years, has a special place. Drive to Split and check-into the hotel.

Day 9

Split – Trogir – Split

Breakfast. Start the sightseeing tour in Split – the largest Dalmatian city, which was founded 1700 years ago and preserves enormously rich history. Your guide will lead you through narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO Heritage site), built in the 4th century by Roman Emperor, show perfectly preserved basement and former Temple of Jupiter in the central ancient Peristyle Square. Nowadays the Temple hosts city Cathedral, and this complex is one of the world’s oldest building of that kind. You’ll pass through Golden and Silver Gates and walk via noisy markets and Riva, shopping zone. Afternoon hours will be devoted to fairytale Trogir, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour walking through blend of Romanesque-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. See Cathedral of St. Lawrence, Clock Tower, the Loggia, the Land Gate, Kamerlengo Castle and St. Mark’s Tower. Return to Split. In the evening, enjoy charming Mediterranean atmosphere, relax and take a dinner at the sea shore.

Day 10

Split – Mostar – Blagaj –Trebinje

Breakfast. Drive along beautiful Makarska coast with wonderful views over Croatian islands, wine & olive plantation and stone-made villages, towards Mostar. Walking tour around Mostar starts with a visit to the symbol of this city, Balkan TOP 10 and the most photographed sight in the country – Old Bridge (UNESCO protected monument). You proceed to Koski Mehmed pasa Mosque, the Crooked Bridge and old tanner’s quarter Tabhana. Free time in Mostar for getting a lunch at the bank of the Neretva River, with amazing view of the bridge that rises above you. The excursion continues at Blagaj (monument is on the tentative UNESCO list), old town from the 15th century where Kosača noble family ruled. Also Blagaj was the crib of Islam of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, when dervish Sari Satluk built a khanqah at the river-head of Buna. During a short tour, enjoy the view of the Monastery located in a fairy-tale environment, beneath the cliffs on the shores of the emerald green river Buna. The next destination of the day is Trebinje, picturesque town with a wonderful mix of sights that origin from different cultures. Start a tour with a visit to artists’ and photographers’ dream Arslanagica Bridge. This stone bridge and its peaceful atmosphere will bring you 400 years back in time. During leisure walk through narrow streets of the old town you’ll see most important sites of Trebinje, on your way to “Poet’s Market” where you can sit under 115 year old trees which are the symbol of the town. In this beautiful town, Emir Kusturica, world famous movie director, made one of his last movies with Monica Belluci featuring the leading role. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11

Trebinje – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik

Breakfast and check-out. This day is devoted to the Republic of Montenegro, country that boasts of rich heritage and immense natural beauty. Bay of Kotor with its unique landscape is a must-see location for more than 500 cruisers during a year. On the way to marvelous Kotor you will make a stop at the town of Perast, little settlement in baroque style. From Perast you’ll start a relaxing boat ride along Boka Kotorska Bay to picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rock. This manmade Island hosts a church with valuable paintings of local artists, silver votive tablets and a famous votive tapestry. After the boat ride you will get to Kotor, old Mediterranean town that dates back to the 12th and 14th century, and have a walking tour around this UNESCO site with prominent sights: St. Nicolas and St. Luke Church, Cathedral of St. Tryphon and other cultural monuments. In Kotor you’ll have free time to wander around the old bricked town, or take a lunch at one of romantic squares of the old town. Drive to Dubrovnik. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.

Day 12

Dubrovnik sightseeing

Breakfast. Start walking tour around Dubrovnik – one of the most significant monuments in the world, and one of Europe’s best preserved walled cities known since the 7th century. The old town is surrounded with a 2 km long wall that gives a great opportunity to see old Dubrovnik from above, during one-hour relaxing walk: city churches, fortification and monuments are a real must-see. Dubrovnik enchanted lots of famous persons to devote their pieces of art to the city, so in this city of marble and light colored stone you’ll find numerous art galleries and unique shops. In the historical center of Dubrovnik you will visit the Main Square Stradun, also called Placa, Pile Gate, Rector’s Palace, Sponza palace, Old Town Walls, the church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, the Jesuit church, Orlando’s Column, Onofrio’s Large Fountain (Great Onofrio Well), the city port and other hidden gems. Optional Tours in Dubrovnik: – Cable car – Dubrovnik Cable Car will drive you to the top of the Srđ Hill, where you can stretch your view up to 60 km across Adriatic coast, and this wonderful city. – Seafood dinner in Dubrovnik – In the evening you’ll have opportunity to visit a local restaurant where the group will enjoy Croatian seafood dishes and wines.

Day 13

Departure

Breakfast and hotel check-out. Depending of the time of departure, use your free time and explore Dubrovnik on your own. Transfer to the Airport. End of services.

BALKAN EXTENDED LOW SEASON RATES 2019

Price per person and group departure dates:
Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Friday, October 4, 2019.

€1559
in a 1/2 room

BALKAN EXTENDED HIGH SEASON RATES 2019

Price per person and group departure dates:
Friday, June 21, 2019.
Friday, July 19, 2019.
Friday, August 9, 2019.
Friday, September 6, 2019.

€1659
in a 1/2 room

Price includes:

  • 3 BB in Belgrade in Hotel Royal Inn 4* / Hotel Life Design 4* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar,
  • 1 BB in Ljubljana in Hotel Austria Trend 4* / M Hotel 4* / Hotel Lev 4* or similar,
  • 1 BB in Portorož or Piran in Hotel Lucija 3* / Hotel Remisens Premium Moreto 3* / Hotel Piran 4*or similar,
  • 1 BB in Istria (Pula, Rovinj or Poreč) in Hotel Eden 4* / Hotel Valamar Crystal 4* / Hotel Molindrio Plava Laguna 4* or similar,
  • 1 HB in Plitvice National Park in Hotel Grabovac 3* / Hotel Macola 3* or similar**,
  • 2 BB in Split in Hotel Globo 4*/ Hotel President 4*/ Hotel Art 4* or similar,
  • 1 BB in Trebinje in Hotel Platani 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* or similar,
  • 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Lapad 4* / Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel Uvala 4* or similar,
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers,
  • All sightseeing tours and transfers that are written in this program, except those marked as optional tours,
  • Entrance tickets to the Museum of Yugoslav history, Postojna Cave, Arena in Pula,
  • 3 hours tour to Nature Park Plitvice Lakes: entrance tickets, boat ride and tram ride,
  • Boat trip from Perast to the Island Our Lady of the Rock,
  • Professional tour guidance throughout the tour,
  • VAT, Accommodation taxes and City taxes in every country,
  • Tour logistics and organization by licensed incoming agency

 

Optional tours:

  • Belgrade Rivers Cruise + Zemun,
  • Skadarlija Bohemian night,
  • Dubrovnik – Cable car,
  • Seafood dinner in Dubrovnik.

Notices

  • 1/1 Room supplement (on basic price): € 450 in Regular season and € 550 in High season.
  • 1/3 Room reduction (per person on basic price): -80 €.
  • Child from 0 to 2 years old – FREE of charge.
  • Child from 2 to 12 years old, in existing bed – 50% discount on basic price.
  • Child from 2 to 12 years old, in extra bed – 1/3 Room Reduction Policy.
  • Child from 12 years old and above – 1/3 Room Reduction Policy.

  • Tour duration: 13 days.
  • Tips and porterage services are not included in price.
  • Final choice of the hotels depends on current availability. Tour organizer reserves the right to change the hotel due to availability reasons, but warrants the same category, service quality and similar location of the accommodation unit.
    ** Due to limited choice of accommodation units at Plitvice, in case of unavailability in high season the overnight will be organized in closest nearby accommodation,
  • Minimum number of passengers needed for guaranteed tour departure: 3.
  • Tour organizer reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour due to unexpected slow-moving traffic at international borders. These changes will not affect the basic itinerary.
  • Tour passengers’ responsibility is to get acquainted with visa requirements of all the countries they are travelling to or transit.
  • General Travel Conditions issued on January 25, 2018 by “Tour Operator doo” and reconciled with YUTA standards are valid for this program.

If you or any member of your party wishes to cancel your tour, you should notify us or the travel agent you made the booking with, in written. If you cancel the tour we will then apply refund policy as defined below. Cancellation schedule will be applied starting the date of written notification receipt. The refund amounts shown represent a percentage of the total tour price.

For cancellation up to 22 days before departure – 100% refund.
For cancellation from 21 days to 15 days before departure – 80% refund.
For cancellation from 14 days to 8 days before departure – 60% refund.
For cancellation from 7 days to 4 days before departure – 30% refund.
For cancellation from 3 days to 2 days before departure – 10% refund.
For cancellation 1 day before departure, and on the day of departure – 0% refund.

Beside all standard reasons, the above stated cancellation policy will also apply if tour participant cancels the tour for a reason with medical grounds, visa issuance, jury service etc.

Minimum number of passengers for this tour: 3.

There must be a minimum number of passengers who book the tour in order for us to run it. If the minimum number of people condition for a specific date is not satisfied, we may cancel the tour for that departure date. In that case our Company will refund the full amount you paid for the services rendered by Serbia Tour Operator. We cannot be responsible for any other costs which incurred as a result of cancellation due to lack of passenger participation (airplane/train/bus tickets etc.).

We will notify you regarding the tour cancellation over the phone, email or in written at least 14 days prior to the departure date.

If there are not enough of passengers for the particular departure date and the agency decides to cancel the departure within the prescribed deadline, the passengers will be given the possibility to be serviced in a private tour manner for a supplement of EUR 250 per person.