Balkan Extended

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Balkan Extended

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia – Montenegro
12 nights / 13 days tour

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The Balkan Extended tour truly showcases the finest of Balkan’s heritage and  natural beauty. In the thirteen days you are here, feel the sunny demeanor of  the locals in Belgrade, be amazed at Postojna Cave in Slovenia, visit magical Istria  with its pristine nature, and enjoy Plitvice Lakes National Park with its
interconnected cascading lakes in emerald green and aquamarine color variations.

  • Learn why Novi Sad is called the Serbian Athens
  • Don’t miss the chance to hone your photography skills at Otočec Castle, a picturesque water castle in Slovenia
  • Be captivated by Postojna Cave - “The Queen of the Underground World“
  • Delve into Istria’s beauty – the home of Malvasia wine and the breathtaking beaches of the Adriatic sea
  • Walk through the chambers of Diocletian’s Palace in Split
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Day 1Arrival in Belgrade

Upon arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, you will be welcomed by your driver and escorted to your hotel. During the short ride from the Nikola Tesla airport, sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of New Belgrade with its prominent ‘blocks’ – a classic example of Socialist architecture, built after World War II – and modern business centres, including the imposing Ušće Tower. Along the way, your driver will show you and share stories about the Western Gate of Belgrade, the famous Belgrade Arena, and the monumental Palace of Serbia. 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. For the rest of the evening, we recommend you take a short, leisurely walk through one of the oldest quarters towards the bohemian heart of Belgrade – Skadarlija. In a charming 19th-century cobbled street, you will find numerous ‘kafanas’ where you can try delicious local specialties while listening to traditional music. Overnight in Belgrade.

Standard package: Hotel Royal Inn 4* / Hotel Mark 4* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Saint Ten 5* / Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* / Hotel Hilton 4* or similar

 

Day 2Leisure day: Belgrade Sightseeing

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 by 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, Serbia’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, the 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 excursion in Belgrade:

– Belgrade rivers cruise and Zemun: Danube & Sava, Danube & Sava. Two great rivers and their shores will help you feel Belgrade’s spirit. You’ll meet this great city from a different perspective, and in the evening, explore the charming Zemun neighborhood, enjoying dinner in one of the traditional fish restaurants.

Standard package: Hotel Royal Inn 4* / Hotel Mark 4* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Saint Ten 5* / Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* / Hotel Hilton 4* or similar

 

Day 3Belgrade – Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – Belgrade

Breakfast. Today you will explore the most interesting sights of Vojvodina, a province in the north of Serbia. You will be driven through picturesque scenery and Serbia’s famous wine region towards the ‘Serbian Holy Land’, home to 17 functioning Serbian Orthodox monasteries. You will visit well preserved monastery Krušedol, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy wine and rakija made by the monks.

The tour continues on to the town of Sremski Karlovci. A real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality, Sremski Karlovci feels like a ‘museum town’ with its Baroque centre, the Patriarchal Court, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the first Serbian secondary school (gymnasium). It is also famous for wine production and the town’s annual Wineball festival. You will finish your tour of this charming town with a visit and wine tasting at one of the region’s most prominent wineries. As Sremski Karlovci lies on the banks of Danube, you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on the shore of Central Europe’s longest river.

Further on the tour, you will visit the 2021 European Capital of Culture, Novi Sad. Located on the historical border of two former empires – the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman – as a result, the capital of Vojvodina is a multi-cultural city with an interesting mix of architectural influences. 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. Here you can enjoy wonderful view of Danube and the entire city, before heading back to Belgrade.

Standard package: Hotel Royal Inn 4* / Hotel Mark 4* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Saint Ten 5* / Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* / Hotel Hilton 4* or similar

 

Day 4Belgrade – 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.

Standard package: Hotel Austria Trend 4* / M Hotel 4* / Hotel Lev 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Grand Union 4* / Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* / U Hotel 4* or similar

 

Day 5Ljubljana – 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. 

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 tour, you will have free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

After the cave, the next stop is Piran, one of the most beautiful towns in Slovene Istria. The town is 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, a climb to the Cathedral of Saint George and the wonderful view from the top of the hill will further enhance your appreciation of Piran as a truly 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 the 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.

Standard package: Hotel Wellness Apollo 4* / Hotel Act-ION Neptun 4* / Hotel Remisens Lucija 3* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Remisens Premium Metropol 5* / Hotel Mind Slovenija 5* / Hotel Grand Portorož 4*or similar

 

Day 6Portorož – 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 amphitheater, the 6th biggest Roman colosseum 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 the shore of the 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.

Standard package: Hotel BO Palazzo 4* / Hotel Valamar Riviera 4* / Hotel Valamar Diamant 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Eden 4* / Hotel Valamar Parentino 4* / BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or similar

 

Day 7Rovinj – Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Breakfast. Drive to Opatija, an aristocratic town that is just 80 km away, yet so different in its history, archiceture 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.

Standard package: Hotel Grabovac 3* / Hotel Macola 3* or similar*
Premium package: Hotel Degenija 4* / Hotel 16 lakes 4* or similar*

 

Day 8Plitvice 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 not allowed, you’ll discover ideal spots to relax and admire 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) holds 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.

Standard package: Hotel Globo 4*/ Hotel President 4* / Hotel Art 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 4* / Hotel Cornaro 4* / Hotel Jupiter Heritage 4* or similar

 

Day 9Leisure 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 has been repurposed as the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, making it the oldest Catholic cathedral still 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.

Standard package: Hotel Globo 4*/ Hotel President 4* / Hotel Art 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 4* / Hotel Cornaro 4* / Hotel Jupiter Heritage 4* or similar

 

Day 10Split – 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.

Standard package: Hotel Platani 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Nar 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* or similar

 

Day 11Trebinje – 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.

Standard package: Hotel Lapad 4* / Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel Uvala 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* / Hotel Neptun 4* / Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar

 

Day 12Leisure day: 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 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 excursion 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.

Standard package: Standard Hotel Lapad 4* / Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel Uvala 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* / Hotel Neptun 4* / Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar

 

Day 13Departure

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.

If you would like to book pre or post tour accomodation, you can do that during  check out process
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Inclusions

Countries visited

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia – Montenegro

Accommodation

Standard package:

  • 3 BB in Belgrade in Hotel Royal Inn 4* | Mark 4* | Prag 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Ljubljana in Hotel Austria Trend 4* | M Hotel 4* | Lev 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Portorož in Hotel Wellness Apollo 4* | Act-ION Neptun 4* | Remisens Lucija 3* or similar
  • 1 BB in Istria (Rovinj or Poreč) in Hotel BO Palazzo 4* | Valamar Riviera 4* | Valamar Diamant 4* or similar
  • 1 HB in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Hotel Grabovac 3* | Macola 3* or similar
  • 2 BB in Split in Hotel Globo 4* | President 4* | Art 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Trebinje in Hotel Platani 4* | Central Park 4* | SL Industry 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Lapad 4* | Grand Hotel Park 4* | Uvala 4* or similar

Accommodation

Superior package:

  • 3 BB in Belgrade in Hotel Saint Ten 5* | Hyatt Regency 5* | Hilton 5* or similar
  • 1 BB in Ljubljana in Hotel Grand Union 4* | Radisson Blu Plaza 4* | U Hotel 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Portorož in Hotel Remisens Premium Metropol 5* | Mind Slovenija 5* | Grand Portorož 4*or similar
  • 1 BB in Istria (Rovinj or Poreč) in Hotel Eden 4* | Valamar Parentino 4* | Hotel BO Palazzo 4* or similar
  • 1 HB in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Hotel Degenija 4* | 16 lakes 4* or similar*
  • 2 BB in Split in Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 4* | Cornaro 4* | Jupiter Heritage 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Trebinje in Hotel Nar 4* | SL Industry 4* | Central Park 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* | Neptun 4* | Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar

Meals

  • 12 breakfasts and 1 dinner included

Tickets

  • 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
  • Museum of Yugoslav History
  • Monastery Krušedol
  • Postojna Cave
  • Arena in Pula
  • Plitvice lakes National Park

Transportation

  • Airport arrival transfer
  • Transportation throughout the tour according to the itinerary

Additional

  • Professional tour guidance throughout the tour All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary, except those marked as ‘optional tours’
  • 1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes
  • Tour logistics and organization by licensed incoming agency

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

If you are travelling alone, not as part of a joint private tour, and want to book an exclusive private tour (guide & vehicle) with accommodation in a single room, please send us a request via the booking form, or send us an email on office@balkan-more.com.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Airport arrival transfer is included in this tour. However, 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. If you would like us to organise a departure transfer on their behalf, you are welcome to book the departure transfer during the checkout process, or simply contact us.

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes, we will easily arrange additional overnights upon your request. If you are looking to book only one additional night before, or after the tour, you are welcome to choose the option during the checkout process. If you are arriving few days before the tour departure or you would like to extend your stay after the tour end, get in touch with our agents, and they will help you with booking your pre or post tour accommodation at the same hotel as the one that is already booked for your stay.

What is cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION BY THE GUEST

In case of cancellation by the guest, refund policy will be applied by the terms stated in the list below. The guest is obligated to send official written cancellation notice. Given refund policy will be applied from the time of receiving the notification in writing. The shown refund amount represents 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, cancellation policy will also apply if tour participant cancel the tour with a reason that includes medical ground, visa issues, jury service etc.

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