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Best of the Balkans: From Medieval Fortresses to the Majestic Adriatic Sea

Program Number: 15878RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2013 - 10/7/2013; 4/25/2016 - 5/11/2016; 5/23/2016 - 6/8/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/21/2016; 10/12/2016 - 10/28/2016;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Montenegro/Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Serbia/Slovenia
Price starting at: $4,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 44; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Journey through five nations of the former Yugoslavia, crossing the dramatic Dinaric Alps, discovering ancient palaces and marveling at the sun-dappled water of the Adriatic Sea. Learn about the complex ancient and recent history of these resilient countries at medieval UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in bustling capital cities. Immerse yourself in the Balkans’ renowned scenic splendor, walking in pristine national forests and discovering picture-perfect Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most photographed site.


• Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Zagreb and more.
• Enjoy a boat excursion on the captivating Adriatic Sea.
• Discover Lake Bled, a scene right out of a storybook with a tiny island, mountain landscape and romantic hilltop castle.

Activity Particulars

Walking through city streets; cobblestones and many stairs.

Date Specific Information

9-21-2013, 4-25-2016, 5-23-2016, 9-5-2016, 10-12-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Herceg Novi (Montenegro), 4 nights; coach to Split (Croatia), 2 nights; coach to Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), 2 nights; coach to Belgrade (Serbia), 3 nights; coach to Zagreb, 2 nights; coach to Ljubljana (Slovenia), 2 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Herceg Novi (Montenegro)
4 nights

One of the smallest and newest countries in Europe, Montenegro regained its independence in 2006. Lectures introduce the two Balkan republics of Montenegro and Croatia and an excursion to Dubrovnik introduces the Pearl of the Adriatic. Explore the medieval architecture in Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Coach to Split (Croatia)
2 nights

In Croatia’s second-largest city, discover the summer residence of the Roman emperor Diocletian, now a living museum of Classical and Medieval architecture. The palace has been absorbed by the city and people have lived among its walls for more than 1700 years.

Coach to Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
2 nights

Local experts focus on the history of and present-day life in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Muslims, Jews and Christians once offered their prayers in harmony. The Bascarsija bazaar evokes the city’s Ottoman past and the former Jewish quarter offers another perspective on the city’s history.

Coach to Belgrade (Serbia)
3 nights

In the former capital of Yugoslavia, discuss Serbian history and life in the modern Serb capital. Above the city, the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel has kept watch since the third-century B.C., reflecting the history of Belgrade itself. Discover monasteries and vineyards amid a tranquil national park on an excursion to Northern Serbia.

Coach to Zagreb
2 nights

Marvel at the riches in the vibrant capital of European Union candidate Croatia before venturing to explore the nation’s natural wonders. In Plitvice Lake National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hike amid the park’s crystal clear lakes, waterfalls and idyllic cascades.

Coach to Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2 nights

En route to Ljubljana, enjoy an excursion to Lake Bled, where postcard-perfect scenery includes a church atop a tiny island and a hilltop castle surrounded by the breathtaking Julian Alps. As you acquaint yourself with the delightful capital city of Ljubljana, expert scholars consider the reasons for Slovenia’s success. A member of the European Union since 2004, Slovenia enjoys a robust economy while its capital city boasts marvelous Art Nouveau architecture.

Herceg Novi: Resort by seaside promenade. Split: UNESCO-protected hotel with Diocletian's palace. Sarajevo: Hotel near historic Bascarsija section of town. Belgrade: Four-star hotel in heart of city. Zagreb: Three-star hotel in city center. Ljubljana: Three-star hotel in heart of town.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
  Herceg Novi, Montenegro 4 nights
   Hotel Slavija
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
   Hotel Bosnia
  Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 nights
   Design Hotel Mr. President
  Belgrade, Serbia 3 nights
   Hotel Central
  Zagreb, Croatia 2 nights
   City Hotel
  Ljubljana, Slovenia 2 nights
 Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is pleasantly situated by the seaside promenade. The heart of the historic downtown is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.
  Contact info: ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg Novi,  85340 Montenegro
phone: + 382 31 355 006
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, hair dryer, mini bar, air conditioning and free wifi Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, café, lounge, laundry, fax, pay phone, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness center (solarium, Finnish and infra sauna, massage rooms, manicure-pedicure), hairdresser, and an Internet corner.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

 Hotel Slavija
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Slavija is in the core of the old town, a 5-minute walk on cobblestone streets to the airport bus terminal, the train, and the bus station. Due to its location within Diocletian's palace, Hotel Slavija is under the protection of UNESCO as an international monument of culture. The building was built above western Diocletian baths and can be traced back to the late 16th and early 17th century. The bus can stop approx. 300 meters from the hotel and participants must walk to the hotel.
  Contact info: Buvinina 2
Split,  21000 Croatia
phone: +385 21 323 840
  Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, floor-heating, satellite/cable television, telephone, high speed Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry service, air conditioning, room service, safe-deposit box at the front desk and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hotel Bosnia
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Bosnia is located in the city center in the vicinity of the historic Bascarsija section of town. It often hosts major political, cultural and educational events.
  Contact info: Kulovica 9
Sarajevo,  71000 Bosnia-Herzegovina
phone: +387 33 567 010
  Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, mini bar and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, tavern, summer garden, lounge, meeting rooms, laundry, wireless Internet access, fax, and pay phones.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Design Hotel Mr. President
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Belgrade, the Design Hotel Mr. President is a luxurious hotel that boasts unique local flare. Sculptures, paintings and modern art pieces by local artists adorn the interior of the hotel, and in each of the hotel's 61 rooms hangs a portrait of one of the world's presidents. Enjoy nearby restaurants and shops, along with the modern comforts and eclectic style of this Design Hotel.
  Contact info: Karadordeva 75
Belgrade,  11000 Serbia
phone: +381 11 360 22 22
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, laundry services, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry services, currency exchange, airport shuttle and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Central
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Central is situated in the city center, across from the main railway station and very close to the bus station and the bus terminal to the Zagreb Airport. The two-story building was built in 1893 and the hotel was established in 1952. The hotel was expanded in 1959 and newly renovated in 2001.
  Contact info: Branimirova 3 PP 97
Zagreb,  HR-1000 Croatia
phone: +385(0)1 4841122
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, hair dryer, and free wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, currency exchange, laundry service, computer with Internet access, fax machine and pay phone.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 City Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Rebuilt in 2007, the three-star City Hotel offers all modern amenities with a cheerful design and staff. It is located in the center of Ljubljana.
  Contact info: Dalmatinova 15
Ljubljana,  61000 Slovenia
phone: +386 1 239 00 00
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, air conditioning, television, telephone, and wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, laundry service, fax machine, pay phone, and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Herceg Novi, Montenegro. 6:00 PM Welcome Dinner in hotel dining room. You will be staying at Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Ljubljana, Slovenia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at City Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Ferry, bus and train also operate in the region, more exact details can be found on,,
To Start of Program
  Location:  Herceg Novi
  Nearest city or town:  Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Tivat (25 km), Dubrovnik (29 km)
  Transportation to site: The hotel offers transfers from Dubrovnik and from Tivat as well. The price depends on how many people travel at the same time: 1-3 persons costs 40 Euro for one car; 4-15 persons costs 150 Euro for a minivan. Contact the hotel to book.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Ljubljana
  Nearest city or town:  Ljubljana
  Nearest highway: A1, A2
  Nearest airport:  Ljubljana Airport
  Transportation from site: Take the airport shuttle. The trip is approx. 45 minutes, shuttle runs every hour. Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi, trip is approx. 30 minutes and costs 35 Euro/car.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Saturday, September 21)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Dubrovnik.

Day 2: Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, September 22)
 Afternoon: Arrival. Transfer from the airport in Dubrovnik (DBV) to the hotel in Herceg Novi.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation meeting.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Herceg Novi
(Monday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Boat excursion on the Adriatic, where we will see such sites as Mamula, the Blue cave and Rose. If weather does not cooperate, we will visit the Monastery of Savina.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Herceg Novi.
 Afternoon: We will enjoy a guided walk in the medieval town of Herceg Novi. Founded in 1382, it was formerly known as Castel Nuovo, referring to its many fortresses. Explore the winding streets, the Forte Mare and the port of the city. Enjoy some free time before taking in a lecture on the history and present-day life of Montenegro.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kotor / Budva
(Tuesday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Situated in front of the small but well-preserved Baroque old town of Perast are two tiny islands that are home to the St. George and Lady of the Rocks churches. Take a short boat ride and explore one of the islands. Then we have an excursion in Montenegro's coastal town of Kotor. A World Heritage Site, Kotor is situated at the head of Southern Europe’s deepest fjord, nestled at the foot of a high cliff. We explore its labyrinthine streets and piazzas.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Kotor.
 Afternoon: We explore Budva, the most popular town along the coast with an old town that dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dubrovnik
(Wednesday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will walk through the beautiful town of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site. See such sites as Rector's palace, Onofrio fountain and St. Blaise's Church.
 Lunch: Lunch at Restaurant Dubravka.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time before driving back to Herceg Novi.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: Take in a lecture on the present-day life of Croatia with a special focus on Dalmatia.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trogir
(Thursday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel to Split along the beautiful seafront, enjoying the view of the picturesque islands and the rich Mediterranean vegetation.
 Lunch: We will have lunch en route at a local restaurant in Omis, along the Cetinje River.
 Afternoon: As we continue our journey to Split, we visit Trogir, yet another World Heritage Site. The city of Trogir is situated on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a bridge. The city is full of rich Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Diocletian’s Palace
(Friday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We enjoy an excursion to Diocletian’s Palace in Split (World Heritage Site). The palace is a living showcase of 1700 years of history.
 Lunch: Lunch at Restaurant Adriana.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in Split. You may want to see the Gallery of Ivan Mestrovic, the best known Croatian born sculptor.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Slavija
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mostar
(Saturday, September 28)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel to Sarajevo. On the way, take a guided walk in Mostar (World Heritage Site). The old bridge of Mostar symbolizes the unity of the different nationalities living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge was destroyed in the war, but was rebuilt in its original shape in 2004.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Mostar.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Mostar before departing for Sarajevo.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Bosnia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Sarajevo
(Sunday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit the bustling market of Sarajevo before hearing a lecture on the history and present day of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 Lunch: Lunch in the old town.
 Afternoon: We take a guided excursion in Sarajevo. We will see such sights as; the "War Tunnel" which kept the city alive during the war, the former Austro-Hungarian area, the Bascarsija bazaar, and the former Jewish quarter.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Bosnia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dinaric Alps
(Monday, September 30)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel to Belgrade. During this journey, we will cross the impressive Dinaric Alps.
 Lunch: Lunch en route at Restaurant Chardak in Majur, near the town of Sabac.
 Afternoon: Lecture on historic as well as current life in Serbia.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Design Hotel Mr. President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Belgrade
(Tuesday, October 1)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: An exciting excursion through Belgrade. We will see the old Kalemegdan fortress, St. Sava Church, and the memorial of Tito.
 Lunch: Lunch at Restaurant Dorian Grey.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant on Skadarlija Street, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Enjoy live music.
Accommodations: Design Hotel Mr. President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Novi Sad / Fruska Gora
(Wednesday, October 2)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Full day excursion to northern Serbia, where we will explore the city of Novi Sad during a guided walk along the city center, and some free time. We also have the opportunity to visit Fruska Gora, a tranquil national park filled with monasteries and vineyards.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take a walking excursion through the small town where the famous Karlowitz peace treaty was signed between the Austrians and the Turks. Visit the Krusedol Orthodox Monastery, founded in the 15th century and adorned with beautiful frescos from the 18th century. Wine tasting in the bee-keeping museum before departing for Belgrade.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Design Hotel Mr. President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Zagreb
(Thursday, October 3)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel to Zagreb. Along the way we will cross the northeastern part of Croatia, the “bread-basket” of the country.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: A guided excursion in Zagreb – we will see the Cathedral as well as St. Mark’s Church. Enjoy some free time.
 Dinner: Dinner at Restaurant Vinodol.
Accommodations: Hotel Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Plitvice Lake National Park
(Friday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: An excursion to Plitvice Lake National Park (World Heritage Site). Plitvice is the most beautiful national park of Croatia, with crystal clear lakes, amazing waterfalls and cascades. We will hike a few hours in the park.
 Lunch: Enjoy a unique trout lunch at Restaurant Poljana.
 Afternoon: Drive back to Zagreb, some free time in the city.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Ljubljana
(Saturday, October 5)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We travel to Ljubljana. On our way, we will cross the rolling hills of the Dolenjska region.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A guided excursion through Ljubljana by bus and on foot. We will explore the diplomatic area of the city by bus, and walk through the charming downtown to appreciate its unique character designed by the famous architect, José Plecnik.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: City Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Lecture on Slovenia
(Sunday, October 6)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture on Slovenia and discussion to wrap up the program.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner with folklore program at Pod Vrbo restaurant.
Accommodations: City Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departures
(Monday, October 7)
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Ljubljana/Slovenia (LJU) airport for departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Split Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum, located north of the Old Town, has a large stock of archaeological objects from prehistoric times; from the period of the Greek colonization of the Adriatic and from the Roman, Early Christian and early Medieval ages. It is the oldest museum in Croatia. For additional information, visit
  The Split City Museum
Within the complex of Medieval buildings is the Gothic palace of the Papalic family, designed and built by the native master Juraj of Dalmatia and his stone carvers. The museum shows artifacts from the medieval period of Split. For additional information, visit
  Belgrade Concert
You will have the opportunity to attend an optional concert in the evenings. A list of choices will be available to you on your program.
  Zagreb Croatian History Museum
Located in a beautiful 18th-century Baroque palace, this museum houses more than 140,000 artifacts from the cultural and national heritage of Croatia from the Middle Ages to the present day. Everything from stone monuments to fine art, and religious artifacts to heraldry is on display.
  Croatian Museum of Architecture
Founded in 1995, the museum holds a collection of about 18,000 copies of various archival materials including plans, drawings, models, photographs, slides, correspondence, and other documents related to the history of Croatian architecture.
  Ljubljana Food Market
Explore how Slovenians do their daily shopping at the old food market in Ljubljana.
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