Balkan Extended with Budapest: Hungary – Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia – Montenegro
*If you are arriving in Budapest a few days prior to the tour departure, you can book additional nights with us, at the same hotel, for a surcharge of €55 (Standard package) or €90 (Premium package). Prices are per person, per night, in a double room.
Arrival to Budapest
Upon arrival in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, you will be welcomed by your driver and escorted to your hotel. On the short coach ride from the Ferenc Liszt International Airport, sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Budapest, the city of bridges and thermal baths. Known by its youthful atmosphere and beautiful architecture, Budapest is with good reason nicknamed “Paris of the East”. Check-in at your hotel.
Use your free time to rest and prepare for the trip. At 7pm in the hotel reception, you will be greeted by your guide who will introduce himself and provide you with detailed information about the entire trip. Overnight.
Day 2 / Leisure day
After breakfast, you will set off on a tour (walking and driving) around Budapest. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture, it is nicknamed the ‘Paris of the East’. Thanks to their cultural and architectural significance, the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Budapest sightseeing tour will show you all the major landmarks of the city: Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge, the Castle District with Matiass Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion with the beautiful panoramic views, Gellért Hill (Citadel) with the most spectacular view of Budapest, Elisabeth Bridge, the Central Market Hall, the largest synagogue in Europe, the City Park, Heroes’ Square with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes, the Opera House, Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian Parliament Building and many others.
Optional excursion in Budapest:
– Danube Cruise: experience the beautiful sights of Budapest from a different perspective, during a 1.5 hour cruise along the Danube River. On board you can enjoy a welcome drink and one glass of wine, with the option of a traditional Hungarian buffet dinner.
Budapest – Zvonko Bogdan Winery – Novi Sad – Belgrade
Breakfast. Drive to Belgrade. Today you will explore the most interesting sights of Vojvodina, a province in the north of Serbia. After a leisurely drive through the Pannonian Plain, you will reach the pearl of secessionist architecture, the Zvonko Bogdan Winery. The magnificent building, which clearly points to the almost inevitable blend of wine and art, was built in the style of traditional architecture of the nearby town of Subotica. During a one-hour guided tour, pay attention at different works of art displayed in the winery and enjoy tasting three different wines made from grapes from the Palic vineyard.
Your next stop will be Novi Sad. The 2021 European Capital of Culture, this multi-cultural city is famous as the home of EXIT, the biggest musical festival in south-eastern Europe. On a sightseeing tour around the city, you will walk around the city’s pedestrian zone, past the City Hall, a Catholic church, the old city centre, the former house of Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva, the cultural foundation Matica Srpska and a synagogue. Then you’ll follow the right bank of Danube and visit Petrovaradin, or the so-called ‘Danube’s Gibraltar’, where the fortress is located. On the place where you can enjoy wonderful view of Danube and the entire city, you will have a time to take a dinner in wonderful ambience.
Drive to Belgrade. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 4 / Leisure day
After breakfast, you will embark on a tour (driving and walking) around Belgrade, a capital city well known for its various architectural styles, dynamic history and fantastic views of one of the biggest river confluences in the whole of Europe. Start the tour visiting the Museum of Yugoslav History, a memorial complex devoted to the life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito, the political leader of Yugoslavia. Next, you will pass by the stadium of FC Red Star – the former European and World Cup champions, and proceed to the Temple of Saint Sava, Belgrade’s patron saint. Very much a symbol of the city, this impressive building can be seen from any part of the capital. After a short break at the Temple’s plateau, the panoramic tour will then take you from Slavija Square, to Saint Mark’s Church, the Serbian National Parliament and White Palace, and on to Republic Square. This most central point of Belgrade is surrounded by such cultural institutions as the National Theatre and National Museum. The tour will then head along the lively Knez Mihailo Street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone, before stopping for a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, which is located just across from the Building of Patriarchate. Your guide will tell you about the tavern around the corner, the oldest in the city and intriguingly known as “?” (Question Mark), before continuing on 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 excursions in Belgrade:
– Belgrade rivers cruise and Zemun: Danube & Sava, two great rivers and their shores will help you feel the Belgrade’s spirit. You’ll meet this great city from a different perspective and in the evening, explore the charming Zemun neighbourhood, enjoying dinner in one of the traditional fish restaurants.
– Skadarlija bohemian night: A traditional Serbian dinner in Skadarlija – the bohemian heart of Belgrade (drinks not included).
Belgrade – Zagreb – Otočec – Ljubljana
Breakfast. The tour continues to the Croatian capital of Zagreb. This small gem of European culture and civilisation is located in the heart of the continent. Sightseeing around Zagreb, touring the city’s main attractions: Kaptol (the medieval part of Zagreb), the Franciscan monastery and the 13th century Church of Saint Francis. You will also get the chance to walk around Dolac, Zagreb’s best known farmers’ market, and admire the baroque architecture of the 18th century Church of Saint Mary. The tour will end in the heart of Zagreb, at Ban Josip Jelačić’s monument in the square named after him.
After the lunch break, you will be driven to Slovenia, the world’s first green destination. On your way, you will make a stop at Otočec Castle. A jewel rising above the misty Krka River, this landmark is the only water castle in Slovenia and the surrounding area, and the short break here will refresh you. Afterwards, you will continue on to Ljubljana. Check-in at the hotel and take your time to rest for next days of this amazing tour.
Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Piran – Portorož
Breakfast and check-out. Start your guided tour around Ljubljana, the magical capital of Slovenia that boasts of real charm and a great cultural scene. You will be led along the riverfront to the city’s beautiful cultural landmarks, including the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the baroque Town Hall, the medieval town square “Mestni Trg” and Robba’s Fountain, as well as the picturesque central open-air market and the Triple Bridge. After the tour, you will have free time to take a lunch on the banks of the romantic Ljubljanica River.
The afternoon is reserved for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a visit to the spectacular limestone Postojna Cave. Inside you will see incredible stalactites, stalagmites, limestone pools, subterranean gorges and underground waterfalls. The most popular Slovenian tourist attraction, the cave is a definite must-see on your trip through Slovenia.
After the cave, the next stop is Piran, one of the most beautiful towns of Slovene Istria. The town is actually a large museum with its medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and cramped houses give the town a special charm. After exploring the small yet delightful Tartini Square, climbing to the Cathedral of Saint George and wonderful view from the top of the hill will further add to your feeling that Piran is a special place.
Your final stop of the day is Portorož, which has been a tourist destination for 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 the majestic Hotel Palace opened its doors and Portorož hosted almost 7000 guests yearly, becoming internationally renowned. Check-in at the hotel in Portorož.
Portorož – Pula – Rovinj
Breakfast. Drive to Istria, an amazing part of the Croatian coast and the perfect place to enjoy first-class gourmet food, Malvasia wine, gorgeous beaches and Venetian history. Your first stop will be Pula, a beautiful town possessing a wealth of historical sites and examples of Roman architecture. The star of the show is the remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheatre, the 6th biggest Roman coliseum in the world. The Temple of Augustus, the Triumphal Arch of Sergius, the Twin Gates and other sites of the old town will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.
After Pula, you will proceed to Rovinj, the pearl of the Adriatic. Wander the cobbled streets of this historic town and let your tourist guide show you why this town is called an Istrian gem. With beautiful architecture that dates back to the 1700s, the narrow streets lead you up to the top of the peninsula, where, at the plateau of the Church of Saint Euphemia you can enjoy the view of the old town, surrounded by amazing Istrian nature. Walking back down, past a cute row of seafood restaurants, you can visit the old neighbourhood of Grisia, famous for its small shops and art galleries. At the bottom, you will come across a typical Istrian market where you can get a real feel for the flavours of the region. After the tour, you will have free time to relax and enjoy on the shore of Adriatic Sea, or continue exploring along Rovinj’s coast. The evening will be spent soaking up the relaxing atmosphere of one of the many great hotels in Istria.
Rovinj – Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park
Breakfast. Drive to Opatija, an aristocratic town that is just 80 km away yet so different in its history, architecture and atmosphere compared to other towns on the Istrian Peninsula. With its picturesque surroundings, Opatija’s rich history is visible in the buildings built in different architectural styles, including Renaissance, Venetian, Secession and Baroque. Enjoy the sights and feel the pulse of Opatija as you walk along the famous Lungomare promenade, complete with panoramic views of the sea.
Free time for lunch in one of the restaurants by the sea. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. In the refreshing atmosphere, you can relax and enjoy dinner either in the hotel restaurant or a local restaurant nearby.
Plitvice Lakes National Park – Šibenik – Split
Breakfast. Start exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park, a beautiful park that contains 16 interconnected cascading lakes. On old maps, it was called ‘Devil’s Garden’ and it is the first site in the Balkans to get UNESCO World Heritage status. You will enjoy a 3-hour guided tour that includes a visit to the upper and lower lakes. While swimming is forbidden, you will find the best places for relaxing and contemplating the untouched beauty of this lush paradise.
In the afternoon, you will drive along the Dalmatian coast to Šibenik, a medieval Venetian town famous for its narrow curvy streets, stone-made houses, stairs and remains of the city walls. It is home to many significant landmarks, among which the Cathedral of Saint James (on the UNESCO World Heritage List), constructed by locals for hundreds of years, has a special place. Šibenik is the perfect place for a break during our trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Spend your free time strolling through the charming streets and enjoying lunch in a square surrounded by Venetian architecture.
Drive to Split and check-in at the hotel.
Day 10 / Leisure day
Split – Trogir – Split
Breakfast. Start the sightseeing tour of Split, the largest Dalmatian city, founded 1700 years ago, with a well preserved, enormously rich history. Your guide will lead you through the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO Heritage Site), built in the 4th century for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and show you former Temple of Jupiter in the central square of the imperial complex. Today, the temple is now the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral that remains in use in its original structure. You will also pass through the Golden and Silver Gates and walk around lively markets and Riva, the city’s shopping zone.
The afternoon will be devoted to the beautiful town of Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are a lover of photography, this is the perfect spot for you. Located on a tiny island, it boasts beautiful architecture, stunning sea views and palm trees that spread along its pleasant waterfront promenade. Watch out, or you will find yourself lost in medieval times. Walking its charming streets, you will find yourself immersed in the blend of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Look out for the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, the Clock Tower, the Loggia, the Land Gate, Kamerlengo Castle and Saint Mark’s Tower. Return to Split.
In the evening, relax in the charming Mediterranean atmosphere and while your free time enjoy dinner in a restaurant by the sea.
Split – Međugorje – Mostar –Trebinje
Breakfast. Drive along the beautiful Makarska coast – with wonderful views of Croatian islands, wine & olive plantations and stone-made villages towards Mostar. On the way, you will stop for a visit to the famous pilgrimage site of Međugorje. Since 1981, alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported in the town and it has become a must-see destination for many travellers to the Balkans. In Međugorje, you will visit the Church of Saint James with the outer altar and statue of Christ. Continue on to 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 – the Old Bridge (a UNESCO protected landmark). You will then proceed to Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge and the old tanner’s quarter Tabhana. Free time in Mostar for getting lunch on the banks of the Neretva River, with an amazing view of the bridge that rises above you.
The next destination of the day is Trebinje, a picturesque town with a wonderful mix of sights originating from a mix of different cultures. The tour starts with a visit to Arslanagića Bridge, a dream for artists and photographers alike; this stone bridge with its peaceful atmosphere will take you 400 years back in time. During the leisurely walk through the narrow streets of the old town, you’ll see the most important sights of Trebinje as you make your way to the so called ‘Poet’s Square’ where you can sit under the 115 year old trees, which are the symbol of the town. In this beautiful town, Emir Kusturica, the world famous movie director, made one of his last movies, with Monica Belluci in the leading role. Overnight in the hotel.
Trebinje – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik
Breakfast and check-out. This day is devoted to the Republic of Montenegro, a country that boasts of rich heritage and immense natural beauty. The Bay of Kotor with its unique landscape is a must-see location for more than 500 cruisers per year. On the way to the marvellous Kotor, you will make a stop at the town of Perast, a little settlement baroque in style. From Perast, you’ll start a relaxing boat ride along the Bay of Kotor to the picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rocks. This manmade island is home to a church with valuable paintings by local artists, silver votive tablets and a famous votive tapestry.
After the boat ride, you will arrive in Kotor, an old Mediterranean town that dates back to the 12th and 14th century. A walking tour will allow you to explore this UNESCO site, including the churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luke, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and other cultural moments. You will have free time to continue wandering around the old paved town, or have lunch in a restaurant on one of romantic squares.
Drive to Dubrovnik. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.
Day 13 / Leisure day
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 by a 2 km long wall that gives a great opportunity to see old Dubrovnik from above during a one hour relaxing walk; the city’s churches, fortifications and monuments are a real must-see. Dubrovnik has enchanted a lot of famous persons to devote their pieces of art to the city, thus in this city of marble and light coloured stone, you will find numerous art galleries and unique shops. In the historical centre of Dubrovnik, you will visit the main street Stradun, the main square Placa, Pile Gate, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, the walls of the Old Town, the church of Saint Blaise, the cathedral, the Jesuit church, Orlando’s Column, Big Onofrio’s Fountain, the city port and other hidden gems.
Optional excursions in Dubrovnik:
– Cable Car Ride: The Dubrovnik Cable Car will take you to the top of 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 you can enjoy Croatian seafood dishes and wines.
Breakfast and hotel check-out. As most of our clients decide to extend their trip within their own organisation, transfer to the airport at the end of the tour is not included in the overall price. Any guests who would like Serbia Tour Operator to organise a departure transfer on their behalf are welcome to contact us. End of services.
*Wishing for MORE TIME IN DUBROVNIK? If you would like to spend a few more days in the world-famous destination, you can book additional nights with us, at the same hotel, for a surcharge of €95 reg.s / €125 high.s (Standard package) or €120 reg.s/ €160 high.s (Premium package). Prices are per person, per night, in a double room.
General inclusions // Valid both for Standard and Premium Package:
- Airport arrival transfer
- All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary, except those marked as ‘optional excursion’
- Entrance tickets to the Museum of Yugoslav History, monastery Krušedol, Postojna Cave and Arena in Pula
- Guided tour of the Zvonko Bogdan winery and tasting of three wines from the Palić vineyards
- 3 hour tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park: includes entrance tickets, boat ride and tram ride
- Boat trip from Perast to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
- 1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger
- Professional tour guidance throughout the tour
- VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes
- Tour logistics and organization by licensed incoming agency
STANDARD package – Price includes:
- 2 BB in Budapest in Hotel Expo Congress 4* / Hotel Danubius Arena 4* / Hotel Hungaria City Center 4* or similar
- 2 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 in Hotel Wellness Apollo 4* / Hotel Act-ION Neptun 4* / Hotel Remisens Lucija 3* or similar
- 1 BB in Istria (Rovinj or Poreč) in Hotel BO Palazzo 4* / Hotel Valamar Riviera 4* / Hotel Valamar Diamant 4* or similar
- 1 HB in Plitvice Lakes 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
Regular seasonDiscount 20% until oct 1stper person
High seasonDiscount 20% until oct 1stper person
PREMIUM package – Price includes:
- 2 BB in Budapest in Hotel Ambra 4* / Hotel Continental Budapest 4* / art’otel budapest, by Park Plaza 4* or similar
- 2 BB in Belgrade in Hotel Saint Ten 5* / Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* / Hotel Hilton 4* or similar
- 1 BB in Ljubljana in Hotel Grand Union 4* / Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* / U Hotel 4* or similar
- 1 BB in Portorož in Hotel Remisens Premium Metropol 5* / Hotel Mind Slovenija 5* / Hotel Grand Portorož 4* or similar
- 1 BB in Istria (Rovinj or Poreč) in Hotel Eden 4* / Hotel Valamar Parentino 4* / BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or similar
- 1 HB in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Hotel Degenija 4* / Hotel 16 lakes 4* or similar
- 2 BB in Split in Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 4* / Hotel Cornaro 4* / Hotel Jupiter Heritage 4* or similar
- 1 BB in Trebinje in Hotel Nar 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* or similar
- 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* / Hotel Neptun 4* / Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar
Regular seasonDiscount 20% until oct 1stper person
High seasonDiscount 20% until oct 1stper person
Standard package supplements:
- 1/1 Room supplement (on basic price): €630 in Regular season; €760 in High season.
- 1/3 Room reduction (per person on basic price): – €70 in Regular season; – €80 in High season.
Premium package supplements:
- 1/1 Room supplement (on basic price): €880 in Regular season; €1.080 in High season.
- 1/3 Room reduction (per person on basic price): – €90 in Regular season; – €120 in High season.
Child policy (related to both packages):
- 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: 14 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: 1.
- 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.
- It is the responsibility of the passengers to get acquainted with visa requirements of all the countries they are travelling to or will be in transit
- General Travel Conditions issued on January 25, 2019 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 60 days before departure – 100% refund.
For cancellation from 59 days till 46 days before departure – 90% refund.
For cancellation from 45 days till 31 days before departure – 80% refund.
For cancellation from 30 days till 16 days before departure – 70% refund.
For cancellation from 15 days till 8 days before departure – 50% refund.
For cancellation from 7 days till 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: 1.
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.