Discover the Balkans
On the crossroads between east and west, the Balkan Peninsula is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. These 12 rich days are the ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the eastern delicacies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro. Plus, enjoy an exclusive experience walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park with a naturalist. History, nature, culture, food, and people. This one's got it all.
Visit the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, Explore the ancient town of Mostar and the Stari Most (Old Bridge), Take a tour of the "Tunnel of Life" in Sarajevo, Spend a couple days on the Bay of Kotor.
Private minivan, walking, bus, boat.
Hotels (11 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Siege of Sarajevo Tour, Sarajevo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Agroturizam Experience, Dubrovnik. Plitvice Lakes National Park walk. Traditional peka dinner. Split orientation walk around Diocletian's Palace. Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge). Kotor orientation walk. Dubrovnik city wall walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Zagreb
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park (1B, 1D)
Enjoy an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park with a local guide and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population. This evening, enjoy a traditional peka (baked vegetable and meat dish) dinner cooked on hot coals.
Day 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split (1B)
Enjoy a morning walk in Plitvice before continuing on to Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the Diocletian Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe.
Day 4 Split (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Day 5 Split/Sarajevo (1B)
Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), then continue to Sarajevo for the evening.
Day 6 Sarajevo (1B, 1L)
Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through it. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and TrebeviÄ‡ Mountain, and gain insight into how the people of this city moved beyond conflict. After, visit a market and enjoy a local lunch with your CEO.
Day 7 Sarajevo (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.
Day 8 Sarajevo/Kotor (1B)
Cross over to Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor. Opt to visit the Roman mosaics in Risan, take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking in the spectacular bay.
Day 9 Kotor (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore.
Day 10 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B, 1L)
Visit a family-run agroturizam villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Meet our local host and then enjoy a traditional lunch of local hams, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and walk the old city walls.
Day 11 Dubrovnik (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafes serve up delicious seafood.
Day 12 Dubrovnik (1B)
Depart at any time.