Grand Tour of the Balkans 2

Resort: Grand Tour of the Balkans 2
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Price From: £2295.00

Overview

This tour explores four of the countries of former Yugoslavia – Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia – each with contrasting scenery and distinctive cultures. Visit the highlights of the region including Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Mostar, and Sarajevo, where the influence of European, Ottoman and Slavic culture is evident in the ornate palaces, cathedrals and mosques. Meanwhile, the Bay of Kotor and Plitvice Lakes National Park offer spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque waterfalls. A number of extensions are available to explore further afield.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Belgrade (Serbia)

Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Belgrade. Transfer to the Hotel
Constantine the Great (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Belgrade

Morning walking tour of the Serbian capital,
where two of Europes great rivers collide the
Danube and the Sava. Belgrade means white city and is one of the oldest inhabited cities
in Europe. Visit the Kalemegdan fortress and
Saint Sava Cathedral before some free time to
explore independently. (B)

Day 3: Mokra Gora Sargan Drvengrad

Drive through the wine regions of Serbia to
Mokra Gora then take a 2-hour train journey
through the mountains to Sargan, on board
one of the last working steam trains in the
Balkans. Transfer to Drvengrad and overnight
at Resort Mecavnik. (B)

Day 4: Viegrad (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Sarajevo

Drive to Sarajevo, stopping in Viegrad en
route. Viegrad is known for its Ottoman-era
Mehmed Paa Sokolovi Bridge, popularized by
Ivo Andri in his novel The Bridge on the Drina.
Overnight in Sarajevo at the President Hotel
(or similar). (B)

Day 5: Sarajevo

Morning tour of Sarajevo including the
Tunnel Museum. These tiny tunnels were
the only means of transportation and
communication during the devastating
siege of the city from 1992-1995. Then visit
the site where Archduke Franz Ferdinand
was assassinated, sparking the beginning
of the first world war, and the historic
Bascarsijska district, to see its bazaars and
Ottoman-inspired architecture. Afternoon at
leisure. (B)

Day 6: Mostar Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Drive to Dubrovnik. En route, stop in Mostar
and visit the reconstructed 16th-century
Ottoman bridge that was destroyed in 1993
during the Balkan wars and which is now
a Unesco world heritage site. Continue to
Dubrovnik and stay at the Hotel Neptune for 3
nights. (B)

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Morning walking tour of the walled old town.
View the gates of Pile and Ploce, the Franciscan
monastery, the Church of St Blaise and the
Sponza Palace. Continue to tour the city walls,
which were built between the 13th and 16th
centuries and are some of the finest in the
world. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Sveti-Stefan (Montenegro) Budva
Kotor

Full-day excursion to Montenegro, first visiting
Sveti-Stefan, a fortified island village that is
now a luxury resort. Short walking tour of
Budva old town, featuring similar architecture
to Dubrovnik. The final stop is Kotor, the
largest fjord in southern Europe. Explore the
town including St Tryphon Cathedral, then
return to Dubrovnik. (B)

Day 9: Split (Croatia)

Transfer to Split, via Ston. Visit the many
cultural and historical relics that the ancient
city has to offer. The core of the city consists
of the vast quadrangular palace, built from
295-305AD by the Emperor Diocletion for his
retirement. Fortified and self-sufficient, it was
almost a small town in itself. Overnight at
the Rotondo Hotel (or similar) in neighbouring
Trogir. (B)

Day 10: Trogir Plitvice Lakes National Park

Tour of Trogir, considered one of the
best-preserved Romano-gothic complexes
in central Europe. Unesco protected, Trogir
is full of buildings and monuments testifying
to its rich history. Continue to Plitvice Lakes
National Park and stay overnight at the
Hotel Lyra, with a barbecue dinner in its
garden. (B, D)

Day 11: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Zagreb

Tour of Plitvice, renowned for its beautiful chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by a series
of waterfalls and cascades. Transfer to
Zagreb, Croatias compact capital and take
a short walking tour including the funicular
railway. Overnight at the Hotel Panorama
(or similar). (B)

Day 12: Fly to London

Transfer to Zagreb airport and fly to
London. (B)

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