Private: Montenegro, Bosnia & Croatia – 10 days

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Private: Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia – 10 days

Montenegro – Bosnia – Croatia
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  • 10 days

  • April-October

  • 9 meals

  • Dubrovnik

  • Dubrovnik

  • Explorer

  • 4*/5* hotels

  • Small group

  • 4 UNESCO Sites

What to Expect

You have certainly once in a lifetime come across the saying ’The Pearl of..’ while visiting the most stunning places. Now you have an opportunity to discover two amazing countries – Montenegro and Croatia, popularly called ’The Pearls of Adriatic’, home to the suberbly fresh seafood, prosciutto, homemade olive oil and cheese, rakija, priganice and many other traditional and tasteful specialties.

Would you be amazed by one of the most appealing bays in the World, dazzling crystal clear water, captivating coastline, or heavenly nature, we will leave you to decide.

  • Relish in traditional wines from Skadar Lake NP region, Korčula island, and Monastery Tvrdoš
  • Experience hidden Boka Bay, the southernmost fjord of Europe
  • Visit the worldwide famous Old Town of Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy hearty lunch in front of The Old Bridge in Mostar, where glorious jumps from the bridge take place
  • Step inside the Diocletian’s Palace in Split
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Itinerary

Day 1Arriving to Montenegro

Upon arrival at the airport of your choice, an enjoyable ride with staggering viewpoints waits for you. Accompanied by your guide, you will get the first glimpse at this Mediterranean country during a scenic ride to your hotel. The intervening landscapes of old times’ architecture and contemporary lifestyle will introduce you to the diversity of this small, yet imposing country.

Overnight: Budva or Tivat.

Standard package: Hotel Pine 4* / Moskva 4* / Bracera 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel La Roche 5* / Avala 5* / Budva 4* or similar

 

Day 2Traditional Wine Tasting – Virpazar - NP Skadar Lake with Boat Ride – Besac Fortress

Breakfast. For the first full day here, we have prepared an experience to remember during which you will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines of Montenegro and enjoy the picturesque nature of Skadar Lake National Park. First, we will visit a family-owned winery in the heart of the Montenegrin signature wine region of Crmnica. This adventure will be rounded off by enjoying a wine tasting and comparing different types of wine aged in large barrels, and benefitting from the expertise and knowledge of the resident winemaker.

The fishing village of Virpazar is a departure point for a boat ride on Skadar Lake. As you glide through the mirroring water, the numerous lake’s attractions reveal extraordinary birds, the water lilies in full bloom, and wild, secluded beaches. Skadar Lake has an area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, depending on the water level, and it is the biggest lake in the Balkans.

An opportunity to reflect on the day behind will be given to you at the recently reconstructed 15th-century fortress. The stunning ambiance of Besac Fortress is the place where you can learn more about the history of this region and have a tasty lunch break. Here, your wine journey continues, as you can also enjoy a selection of wines produced in this region with a unique microclimate.

On our way back to the hotel, we will make a short stop above the charming St. Stefan islet, where you will have the opportunity to take the best photo of your stay in Montenegro

Overnight: Budva or Tivat.

Standard package: Hotel Pine 4* / Moskva 4* / Bracera 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel La Roche 5* / Avala 5* / Budva 4* or similar

 

Day 3NP Lovćen Mountain: Gastronomy, History & Culture

After breakfast, we are going up to the Lovćen massif area. Right there, high above and behind those hills, Montenegrin history begins and ends in the very same place. First stop for the day is the Old Royal Town of Cetinje, in which you will learn about the Petrović Njegoš dynasty and the history of our country.

The National Park Lovćen encompasses the central and the highest part of the Lovćen massif, covering an area of 6.400 hectares. On top of one of the mountain’s two imposing peaks, lies a magnificent mausoleum – the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest person in history: Petar II Petrović Njegoš. It takes 461 steps to climb to reach but it is a steep journey well worth the effort. At the very top, you will be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint from the world’s highest mausoleum.

Afterward, we continue to Njeguši, the village known as the birthplace of the royal dynasty Petrović and a ‘guardian’ of the authentic architecture and cuisine in the region. Njeguški sir and pršut (cheese and prosciutto of Njeguši), a real treat for true foodies, are both genuine contributions to Montenegrin cuisine, produced only in this area, following the traditional recipe for smoking and curing meat.

Finally, the stunning view of the Boka Bay will leave you in awe, while driving down the old, Austro Hungarian 25-serpentine-road. At first very rough and steep, but they actually simbolize a love tribute to the former Queen of Montenegro – Queen Milena, as they form the first letter of her name – ’’M’’.

Use free evening and try out some of the finest Montenegrin wines, made from the authentic red grape variety Vranac, as well as some organic honey, figs, and a homemade spirit called rakija. It is highly recommended to enjoy these delicacies at the konoba – a small, traditional restaurants owned by local families, a true essence of Montenegrin’s warm hospitality and friendship

Overnight: Boka Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Blanche 4* / Montebay Perla 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar

 

Day 4The Bay of Kotor: Perast – Boat Ride to The Our Lady of the Rocks Isle – UNESCO’S City of Kotor – Oysters or Wine Tasting

Breakfast. This day is devoted to the Bay of Kotor with its unique scenery. The first stop is at the town of Perast, a little settlement baroque in style, where a relaxing boat ride to the picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rocks starts. This artificial islet is home to a church known for its mystifying story and valuable artifacts like paintings by local artist, votive silver tablets and a hair-made tapestry.

After short boat tour, marvellous Kotor kept in the mediaeval wall-frame is welcoming us. A walking tour though the capital of Europe’s southernmost bay shows multicultural richness through churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luka, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and all the glory of this UNESCO site. Use your free time to continue wandering around the stone paved town, or enjoy offer of fish restaurant at one of romantic squares.

For the end of this day, you are welcome to choose an optional excursion:

Optional 1: A visit to the family-owned and operated shellfish farm. Here you will learn about oyster production and sample some fresh catches amid the charming atmosphere of Boka Bay.
Optional 2: Try one of the most famous wines from Boka Bay, enjoy a wine tasting with a stunning view over Herceg Novi.

Overnight: Budva or Boka Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Moskva 4* / Bracera 4* / Casa del Mare – Blanche 4* / Montebay Perla 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Avala 5* / Budva 4* / Casa del Mare – Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar

 

Day 5Boka Bay: Leisure day or Optional experiences

Breakfast. Leisure Day. Create your own plan for the day, enjoy the beautiful scenery of a coastal town, spend the day at the beach, or book one of the Optional experiences:

Optional 1: Speedboat tour – Blue cave with swimming break. This private tour with a high-class speedboat will reveal to you the most beautiful places located at the entrance to Boka Bay. Our professional skipper-guide will let you know everything about Mamula and Arza forts, Miriste lagoon, and the charming village of Rose. Besides swimming in the amazing Blue cave and snorkeling near Zanjic island, you will enjoy the sounds and smells of nature, as well as the taste of homemade wine made especially for you.

Optional 2: Feel & Taste Luštica tour. For this tour, we will also use a speedboat to get to the location of the day – Klinci Village Resort, a family-owned and operated estate, settled in Luštica Bay. It brings you an exquisite opportunity to feel the spirit and explore the rich heritage of the authentic household, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil of premium quality, try local food and simply enjoy the ambiance of one of Montenegro’s most famed olive growing areas.

Overnight: Boka Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Blanche 4* / Montebay Perla 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar

 

Day 6Dubrovnik Old Town: Sightseeing & Free time

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Montenegro until the next time and head across the border to get to know Croatia.

Start a sightseeing tour of 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 people 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. At the end of the tour, you will have time to sit and enjoy a coffee at one of the charming piazzas or explore Dubrovnik on your own.

Overnight: Dubrovnik.

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

 

Day 7Dubrovnik: Leisure day or Optional experience

Breakfast. Leisure Day. Create your own plan for the day, enjoy the beautiful scenery of a coastal town, spend the day at the beach, or book the Optional experience:

Optional: Wine Duet: Korčula Island & Pelješac Peninsula – Walls of Ston.
Korčula Island got its name from the Greeks due to its dense pine forest – Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu). Korčula Town is also known as Little Dubrovnik for its mighty city walls, medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses. Locals say it still keeps secrets about the life of one of the most famous explorers in history – Marco Polo.

The Mediterranean climate, soil quality and the terrain’s morphology provide the perfect conditions for wine growing. In Lumbarda village, the heart of Korčula’s wine making, you will have the opportunity to taste various sorts of wine, as well as the most authentic ones, pošip and grk. The perfect ending to your visit to Korčula is tasting some of the most known Croatian wines and snacks at the local family winery.

Upon your return to continental Croatia, enjoy the ride through the Pelješac peninsula. The largest Croatian peninsula, covered with macchia, is widely known by two trademarks: wine and oyster. This region, Dingač, with its famous symbol – the donkey, is the first protected wine region in Croatia. On your way back to Dubrovnik, along the coast of the Adriatic, there will be a short photo stop by the impressive old city walls above the town of Ston.

Overnight: Dubrovnik.

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

 

Day 8Dubrovnik – Mostar – Međugorje – Split

After breakfast, drive along the beautiful Makarska coast – with wonderful views of Croatian islands, wine & olive plantations and stone-made villages towards Mostar.
A 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.

On the way to Split, 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. Drive to Split. Check-in at the hotel.

Overnight: Split.

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 9Split sightseeing – 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 the 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.

Overnight: Split.

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 10Departure day

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 Balkan&more 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

Montenegro – Bosnia – Croatia

Accommodation

Standard package:

  • 2 BB in Budva or Tivat in Hotel Pine 4* / Hotel Moskva 4* / Hotel Bracera 4* or similar
  • 3 BB in Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare - Blanche 4* / Hotel Montebay Perla 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Lapad 4* / Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel Uvala 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Split in Hotel Globo 4*/ Hotel President 4*/ Hotel Art 4* or similar

Superior package:

  • 2 BB in Budva or Tivat in Hotel La Roche 5* / Hotel Avala 5* / Hotel Budva 4* or similar
  • 3 BB in Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare - Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar
  • 2 BB in Dubrovnik in Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* / Hotel Neptun 4* / Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Split in Hotel Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 4* / Hotel Cornaro 4* / Hotel Jupiter Heritage 4* or similar

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • Traditional food tasting

Tickets

  • NP Skadar Lake
  • NP Lovćen
  • Njegoš Mausoleum
  • Our Lady of the rocks
  • Kotor Old Town

Transportation

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

Additional

  • All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary
  • Wine tasting in a family-run winery near Skadar Lake
  • Boat ride at Skadar Lake National Park
  • Traditional food tasting in Njegusi village
  • Boat trip from Perast to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
  • 1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes
  • Tour logistics and organization by licensed incoming agency
  • VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes

Optional excursions:

In Boka Bay on Day 4: 

Optional 1: A visit to the family-owned and operated shellfish farm. Here you will learn about oyster production and sample some fresh catches amid the charming atmosphere of Boka Bay.

Optional 2: Try one of the most famous wines from Boka Bay, enjoy a wine tasting with a stunning view over Herceg Novi.

In Boka Bay on Day 5: 

Optional 1: Speedboat tour – Blue cave with swimming break. This private tour with a high-class speedboat will reveal to you the most beautiful places located at the entrance to Boka Bay. Our professional skipper-guide will let you know everything about Mamula and Arza forts, Miriste lagoon, and the charming village of Rose. Besides swimming in the amazing Blue cave and snorkeling near Zanjic island, you will enjoy the sounds and smells of nature, as well as the taste of homemade wine made especially for you.

Optional 2: Feel & Taste Luštica tour. For this tour, we will also use a speedboat to get to the location of the day – Klinci Village Resort, a family-owned and operated estate, settled in Luštica Bay. It brings you an exquisite opportunity to feel the spirit and explore the rich heritage of the authentic household, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil of premium quality, try local food and simply enjoy the ambiance of one of Montenegro’s most famed olive growing areas.

In Dubrovnik on Day 4: 

Optional: Wine Duet: Korčula Island & Pelješac Peninsula – Walls of Ston.

If you are interested in the tours above, feel free to book them directly with our guide while on tour. 

 

Notices:

Tips and porterage services are not included in price

Final choice of the hotels depends on current availability. The tour organiser reserves the right to change the hotel due to availability reasons but guarantees the same category, service quality and similar location of the accommodation unit

Minimum number of passengers needed for guaranteed tour departure: 1

The tour organiser 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 are issued by Boccato DMC d.o.o.

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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