Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkans' own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres, and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 28 days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.
Hotels/pensions (28 nts).
Train, long-distance bus, local bus, ferry, walking, private vehicle.
Wander beautiful medieval cities, opt for a soak in a thermal bath in Budapest, kayak the Bay of Kotor, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split
G Adventures for Good: Magdas Hotel, Vienna Carte Blanche: Berlin Carte Blanche: Budapest. Auschwitz entrance and guided tour (Krakow). Orientation walk of Prague. Vienna walking tour. Petrovaradin Fortress visit. Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade). "Tunnel of Life" tour (Sarajevo). Mostar stay. Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor). Beach time in Hvar. Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands. Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 15 Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)
After a full day's train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.
Day 16 Novi Sad/Belgrade (1B)
Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.
Day 17 Belgrade (1B)
Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.
Day 18 Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)
Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.
Day 19 Sarajevo (1B)
Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'.
Day 20 Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)
Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.
Day 21 Mostar/Kotor (1B)
Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.
Day 22 Kotor (1B)
Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas.
Day 23 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)
Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafes, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.
Day 24 Dubrovnik (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.
Day 25 Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)
Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.
Day 26 Hvar (1B)
Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.
Day 27 Hvar/Split (1B)
Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Day 28 Split (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 14 Budapest (1B)
Spend a free day exploring this charming city.