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Best of the Balkans

Operated by: CostSaver

10 Days from $1,395 per person

Countries Visited

Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina ...more Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Locations Visited

Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice ...more Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

    Zagreb's dragon didn't stand a chance if the bronze statues dotted around the Croatian capital are anything to go by. Kickstart your dragon-free adventure through the Balkans on the romantic promenades of Strossmatre or people-watch with a crisp pivo brew in hand. Over the next two days you'll uncover the city's fiery legends, but first meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening and a glimpse into what lies ahead.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Panorama
  2. Day 2 Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

    Rub shoulders with the stylish Zagrebians when you join your Local Specialist on a sightseeing tour of this medieval European city. View the Upper and Lower town, St. Mark's Church, Cathedral on Kaptol, the Croatian National Theatre and Dolac Market, the 'stomach' of Zagreb. You'll have the rest of the day to explore the city your way, perhaps choosing to soak up the local špica coffee culture around the bustling Ban Jelačič Square. Consider joining a Local Specialist for an optional visit to Kumrovec, the birthplace of the late president of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. Then enjoy a meal of delicious regional specialities against the backdrop of the beautiful Croatian countryside.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing (1 Night)

    Small villages and lush green forests line your route south into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Arrive later today in its capital Sarajevo, whose rich religious and multi-cultural heritage has earned it the nickname, the Jerusalem of Europe. Centuries of religious history are reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic churches as you'll discover when you join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour. Visit the Old Town and see the largest mosque in the Balkans. The Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city stand as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured decades ago. Warm Bosnian hospitality is on the menu tonight if you choose one of our two Optional Experiences. Join a local family in their home for tasty traditional cuisine or enjoy a lively encounter in a favourite local restaurant with dinner and entertainment.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Styles
  4. Day 4 Sarajevo – Mostar (1 Night)

    Head to Mostar, joining a Local Specialist for an exploration of a historic multicultural city that is restoring itself with enviable verve after the Bosnian War. Part of its resurrection can be seen in the traditional reconstruction of its medieval 'Stari Most' Ottoman-style bridge. You'll delve into a tragic time not long ago when Catholic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs fought for supremacy amidst the colourful cobbled streets overlooking the Neretva River. There's time to explore the city on your own or perhaps join a Local Specialist for a visit to Blagaj, famous for its natural spring and one of the most mystical cultural and historical villages in the country.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel City Hotel
  5. Day 5 Mostar – Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time(2 Nights)

    See 'paradise on earth' if George Bernard Shaw is to be believed when you visit Dubrovnik. This famous playwright was a big fan of this medieval fortified city on Croatia's Dalmatian coast and you'll discover why as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing walking tour of the main sights. Admire the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the city walls which were never breached by the invading Turks. Stroll through elegant courtyards and along its limestone streets, admiring the remnants of Dubrovnik's Golden Age. Tonight, there's no better way to enjoy this shimmering coastline than embarking on an optional sunset dinner cruise to a secluded bay - the illuminated city of Dubrovnik provides the perfect end to the evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Adria
  6. Day 6 Dubrovnik – Free Day or Optional Experience to Montenegro

    Straight out of a storybook, Dubrovnik's enchanting stone façades reveal a rich trading history from the 7th century. You'll have a full free day to explore the city on your own today. But if you're feeling adventurous, you may wish to switch the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' for the Mediterranean mountain nation of Montenegro, joining an Optional Experience instead. A Local Specialist will take you on a panoramic boat trip across the Bay of Kotor to the UNESCO-listed fortified town of the same name, tucked deep within enchanting fjord-like surrounds. Fortified walls encircle the city - a rambling labyrinth of steep cobbled lanes reaching high up into the hills, medieval churches and Venetian palaces wait to be discovered. Return to Dubrovnik later for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

    Sit back, relax and watch the stunning Adriatic coastline go by as you pass old fishing villages and modern resorts bound for Split, whose modern façades reveal glimpses of an ancient Roman past. A Local Specialist takes you behind the city walls to this harbour town's heart, the 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian Palace. See how Gothic, Roman and Renaissance structures merge seamlessly across the cityscape, Admire Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the 7th-century Cathedral of Saint Domnius as you explore its maze of narrow alleys. You'll have an evening to discover the Dalmatian capital on your terms or join an Optional Experience in a traditional stone basement konoba for a Dalmatian dinner and live music.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mondo
  8. Day 8 Split Free Day

    Today is yours to delve into the history of a city that was built for the retirement of a Roman Emperor. Much of Diocletian's home town survives as you'll come to discover as you get lost in the narrow lanes of its Old Town. You could choose to spend your free day joining an Optional Experience to one of the glittering Dalmatian islands. A Local Specialist will guide your leisurely walking tour through the historic Old Town, followed by some time on your own to soak up the stunning views from its hilltop. You could choose instead to indulge in some of the local vintages which have justifiably earned the islands their reputation as a celebrated wine centre for centuries.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Split – Plitvice – Zagreb (1 Night)

    Leaving the salty sea air behind, you'll embark on a scenic drive north to the UNESCO-listed National Park of Plitvice. Prepare for an encounter with a whimsical landscape, one filled with waterfalls set against colourful shades of green, grey and blue. As you explore your magical surrounds of cascading lakes and waterfalls, a Local Specialist reveals the Legend of the Black Queen who is credited with creating the kaleidoscopic lakes to stave off a drought. After a day connecting with nature, you'll return to Zagreb where tonight a farewell dinner in your hotel closes the curtain on an exhilarating encounter with the Balkans.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Panorama
  10. Day 10 Depart Zagreb

    You've explored medieval monuments, witnessed the revival of war-torn cities and relaxed on the sun-kissed shores of the Adriatic. The allure of the Balkans will linger long after you've said goodbye to new friends. Prepare for your return trip and take a transfer to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of the Balkans
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dubrovnik Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist includes a visit of the Old City. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries
  • Mostar See the historic bridge and visit the Bazaar with a Local Specialist
  • Plitvice National Park See the waterfalls and lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist
  • Sarajevo Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Old Town
  • Split See the Diocletian's Palace with your Local Specialist
  • Zagreb Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, St Mark's Church, and the Opera House

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Zagreb

Kumrovec with Food and Drinks

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialties in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.
Adult Price: €60

Sarajevo

Sarajevo Home-Hosted Evening

Enjoy a true insight into local culture as you’re invited into a Sarajevo local's home, to savor warm hospitality and tasty traditional cuisine. There’ll be no more than several guests with each family, ensuring a cozy and memorable evening.
Adult Price:  €56

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine, accompanied with lively entertainment, to ensure an unforgettable final evening in Sarajevo.
Adult Price: €49

Mystical Blagaj

Journey with your Local Specialist through the picturesque Old Tsar vineyards and magnificent valleys of fruit trees, to the town of Blagaj, famous for the natural spring of the Buna River, the largest karst spring in Europe and one of the most mystical cultural and historical monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We'll visit a well-preserved 17th-century Ottoman House, a living museum, where we can sample the famous Bosnian coffee and enjoy a guided tour of the surroundings.
Adult Price: €43

Montenegro

Montenegro Adventure

We drive south along the Adriatic coast into the country of Montenegro. At the border, we meet our Local Specialist and embark on a panoramic boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks island, constructed by local sailors over six centuries in veneration of a holy relic discovery. Afterward, we sail across the Bay of Kotor, past spectacular fjord-like scenery, approaching the fortified town of Kotor, surrounded with steep mountains and protected by UNESCO. After a guided walking tour, we will have free time to enjoy delicious local cuisine and buy last Montenegrin souvenirs before returning to Dubrovnik. Please see the Visa Information section of this document.
Adult Price: €56

Split

Sunset Cruise And Dinner

Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we'll enjoy a delicious local dinner with drinks. To complete the evening, we'll cruise outside the old city walls and explore the beautifully illuminated city of Dubrovnik, before returning by coach to our hotel. (n.b. This optional is weather dependent and may not be available on all departures)
Adult Price: €57

Traditional Konoba Dinner

If you want to truly experience Dalmatian cuisine, a dinner in a traditional stone basement 'konoba' is the best choice. You’ll select from a variety of seafood or meats accompanied by all you can drink Dalmatian wines and typical live music, which will add a traditional touch to the end of your journey on the Croatian Adriatic coastline.
Adult Price: €51

Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to view the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.
Adult Price: €53

Jewel of the Adriatic

A memorable day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the Croatian archipelago. Embarking on a boat ride from Split harbor, we'll explore the historic Hvar Old Town on foot with our Local Specialist. You'll spend free time relaxing along one of the seafront restaurants or soaking up the stunning views from the Venetian hilltop fortress. At the end of the day, we'll sail back over the Adriatic on our return to Split.
Adult Price: €59

Reviews
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Vacation
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Louis Evangelista
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Service
Kaitlin Fitzpatrick was attentive and responsive.
Vacation
Saw everything and did everything advertised and optional activities made trip more enjoyable and informative.
David Comfort
Monday, June 10, 2019
Service
Michelle Gumringer is the best. She takes care of everything for us, and goes out of her way to ensure that we get all the discounts we are entitled too.
Vacation
The Best of the Balkans was one of the bst trips we have taken with GET. The scenery and the history of the area was spectacular. the trip gives one a better appreciation of what we experience in the USA. We would recommend this trip to everyone who loves beautiful scenery, wonderful people and history.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Needed more stops along the way for photographs. As we were driving along on the Tour bus it would have been nice for the tour director to point out points of interest.
Vacation
From my experience traveling the world, The Tour Director makes the trip. I was a bit disappointed with our Tour guide. She used the word "perfect" at the end of her remarks about 500 times ... it drove me crazy.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your experience. We appreciate your suggestions and you taking the time to share your comments. We will share them with our team in hopes that improvements can be made.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Phyllis Schlesinger
Monday, October 15, 2018
Service
From the time I booked the trip to my travels everything was handled correctly.
Vacation
Good value for the money.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 15, 2018
Service
This was my fourth trip with GET. I really enjoyed the vacation. Everything was well planned.
Vacation
The tour was very exciting and our tour guide and driver were very professional and fun.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
Daniel Pelletier make it very easy to buy, he always explaine the trip, make his recommendatios. We are going next year and I already have two friends thar will gomwith us ans will boo with GET
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear! Thank you for your business and for recommending us to your friends.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Beautifu. Hotels were fine and clean, food delicious, good service
Mario Magana
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Service
Croatia was a beautiful country and Trafalgar/ Costsaver was a good option on price with almost same level of expertise travels from Trafalgar. I was afraid on this lower cost option but on reality it was acceptable level on tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. The Costsaver product is an excellent and affordable way to see the beautiful sights of Croatia and other cities in Europe. We are so happy you enjoyed yourself.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Vacation
Good price and same level of Tour from Trafalgar. Croatia was a beautiful hidden country with great cities like Split. And Dubrovnik is a jewel city that compete with other Europe cities.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 21, 2018
Service
all worked out as discussed
Vacation
The optional trips should have been included in the purchase price; one price!
Keri Bokor
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service
Our booking eventually worked out but only because GET's consultant Michelle fixed original consultant Alyssa's poor customer service. Alyssa failed to respond to our requests for several days which caused us undue stress considering our desired Trafalgar trip was sold out when I contacted them directly & we were unsure GET had secured our reservation. Thank goodness Michelle came to the rescue & processed our trip & we ended up having the best time ever in Croatia.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. They will be shared with our management team in our ongoing effort to provide the best customer service.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation
Had an absolutely fantastic time & loved the trip. Croatia is so diverse & their people so friendly. It's a beautiful country & Petula, Trafalgar's tour director for our trip was an excellent organizer & the best person to show us the sights.
George Lane
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service
The tour director was one of the best we have experienced.
Vacation
good value for the money.
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