15878
Eastern Europe & Russia
Best of the Balkans: From Medieval Fortresses to the Majestic Adriatic Sea
Discover the rich cultural and social history of the Balkans, a place of ancient trade routes, architecture, breath-taking scenery and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Program No. 15878RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
1,175
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17 days
16 nights
43 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Herceg Novi
D
Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Dinner: Welcome buffet dinner in the hotel dining room. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi
B,L,D
Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

Activity note: Herceg Novi is known as the city of stairs. If you feel the afternoon walking excursion may be too challenging, you have the option of walking back to the hotel along the Adriatic (15 minutes).

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led boat excursion on the Adriatic in Herceg Novi Bay. View an Austrian-built fortress on a small island, the Blue Cave, and then stop in Rose, one of the oldest settlements in the region, for a short stroll.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant in Herceg Novi. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a two-course set menu.

Afternoon: We will enjoy an expert-led walk in Herceg Novi. Founded in 1382, this medieval town was formerly known as Castel Nuovo, because of its many fortresses. Explore the winding streets, the Forte Mare, and the port of the city. Some free time to relax or explore. Then, back at the hotel, take in a lecture on the history and present day life of Montenegro.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Kotor and Kotor Bay
Herceg Novi
B,L,D
Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we have a coach excursion along the Kotor Bay. We will admire the amazing morning views, and take advantage of photo stops, as we wind around the bay. We end up 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: In Kotor at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Kotor before returning to the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Dubrovnik
Herceg Novi
B,L,D
Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We will walk through the beautiful town of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site. Pass by the Onofrio Fountain, St. Blaise's Church and the city walls, and explore the inside of Rector's Palace.

Lunch: In the old town.

Afternoon: Lecture on the present day life of Croatia with a special focus on Dalmatia. Free time in Dubrovnik to explore on your own or walk along the walls. The famous city walls surround Dubrovnik's incredible old town, where the city's history and culture thrive harmoniously with present-day life. Return to Herceg Novi.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Cetina Valley, Split
Split
B,L,D
Hotel Slavija

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Split. Travel by coach along the beautiful seafront, enjoying the view of the picturesque islands and the rich Mediterranean vegetation.

Lunch: We will have lunch en route at an old mill next to the Cetina River.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cetina Valley during a boat ride along the river. Disembark in the old town of Omis for some free time. Continue your transfer to Split by coach.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Diocletian’s Palace
Split
B,L
Hotel Slavija

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We enjoy an excursion to Diocletian’s Palace in Split (World Heritage Site). The palace and fortress was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian shortly after abdicating his throne at the turn of the 4th century, and today is considered one of the most significant living monuments of the Roman era. What remains of the palace is now the old town of Split. Explore the Peristyle, the Cathedral, former gates and rooms of the palace, as well as majestic statues by Ivan Mestrovic, the greatest 20th-century Croatian sculptor.

Lunch: In the old town of Split.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Split. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Mostar
Sarajevo
B,L,D
Hotel Bosnia

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Sarajevo. In the late morning, we stop in Mostar (World Heritage Site) and take an expert-led walk. 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: We will enjoy a lunch en route, in Mostar.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Mostar before continuing to Sarajevo.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Sarajevo
Sarajevo
B,L,D
Hotel Bosnia

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We take an expert-led excursion in Sarajevo by bus and on foot. We will see such sights as the former Austro-Hungarian area, the Bascarsija bazaar and the former Jewish quarter. Have a walking excursion in the Old Town, and visit the "War Tunnel" which kept the city alive during the war. Some free time to explore on your own.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Two-course set menu in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture on the history and present day of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

DAY
10
Dinaric Alps
Belgrade
B,L,D
Belgrade City Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Belgrade. During this journey, we will cross the impressive Dinaric Alps.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and settle in.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture on historic as well as current life in Serbia.

DAY
11
Belgrade
Belgrade
B,L,D
Belgrade City Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Take an exciting bus excursion through Belgrade. See the main pedestrian street, Knez Mihajlova, which is always alive with activity. Explore on foot the old Kalemegdan fortress, St. Sava Church, and the Mausoleum of Tito.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant on Skadarlija Street in the bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Enjoy live music with dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Novi Sad, Fruska Gora
Belgrade
B,L,D
Belgrade City Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Full day excursion to northern Serbia, where we will explore the city of Novi Sad during an expert-led walking excursion. We then visit Fruska Gora, a tranquil national park filled with monasteries and vineyards.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue our excursion in Fruska Gora. Visit the Krusedol Orthodox Monastery, and experience a wine tasting in the beekeeping museum, before going back to Belgrade.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Zagreb
Zagreb
B,L,D
Hotel Dubrovnik

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: Enjoy an expert-led excursion in Zagreb by bus and on foot. See such sites as the Mirogoj Cemetery, the Cathedral, and St. Mark’s Church. We will walk from the Upper town to the main square, the always busy Jelacic Square.

Dinner: Two-course set menu at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Plitvice Lake National Park
Zagreb
B,L,D
Hotel Dubrovnik

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 in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Drive back to Zagreb to enjoy some free time in the city. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Lake Bled
Ljubljana
B,L,D
City Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel to Ljubljana. On our way, we will visit Lake Bled, one of the most famous areas of Slovenia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: We will enjoy the view of the tiny island in the middle of Lake Bled and the romantic castle on the hilltop. This postcard image is the most photographed part of Slovenia. Continue our transfer to Ljubljana.

Dinner: Two-course set menu in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Lecture on Slovenia, City excursion in Ljubljana
Ljubljana
B,L,D
City Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Slovenia and discussion to wrap up the program. After the lecture we will enjoy an expert-led excursion through Ljubljana on foot. We will walk through the charming downtown to appreciate its unique character designed by the famous architect, José Plecnik.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with folk music at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Ljubljana/Slovenia (LJU) airport for departures. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.