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Treasures of the Balkans - Small Group

16 Day Tour to Romania, Croatia, Sofia & Budapest

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16 Days
8 Countries

Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia

15 Cities

Bucharest, Bran Castle, Brasov, Sinaia, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia, Skopje, Ohrid, Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade

25 Meals

10 Dinner with Wines, 15 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Explore the former Communist headquarters of Romania in Bucharest, see Bulgaria’s Roman ruins in Sofia and marvel at Bosnia’s Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo. After exploring the medieval city of Brașov, take the mountain roads to the Transylvanian border and join a private visit of Bran Castle after hours - better known as Dracula’s haunted abode in Bram Stoker’s infamous novel, followed by private dinner. Delve into the myths and legends before adventuring onwards to Mostar, where a Local Expert guides you through the city’s iconic sights ahead of a Sarajevo Dine at Home experience. Sit down with a Sarajevan family for a feast of local delicacies, traditional Bosnian coffee and tales of local life before your adventure ends in Belgrade. 

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest! Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for your Welcome Dinner, served with wine at a local restaurant.

Arrive Bucharest, Romania
Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest

About the Hotel

Bucharest, Romania

Located in the heart of the city center, the Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest offers comfortable guest rooms and many on-site amenities to enjoy including an indoor pool, sauna and spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Bucharest and Castles of Transylvania

Join a Local Expert for sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Enjoy a delicious private dinner in the recently renovated Queen Mary’s Tea House. This evening after the crowds have left enjoy a private visit to the iconic Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Learn about Queen Maria of Romania, the last inhabitant of the castle, visit the torture rooms and relive the tales of the infamous Count Dracula.

Carpathian Mountain Range Brasov, Romania
Aro Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Aro Palace

About the Hotel

Brasov, Romania

This is the only five star hotel in Brasov with a perfect location in the heart of town and a history of outstanding service that dates back over 70 years.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Bran Castle Transylvania Brasov, Romania
Visit Bran Castle After-hours

Learn about the story of the infamous Count Dracula during a private after-hours visit of Bran Castle, followed by dinner.

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Top Rated Highlights Bucharest Historical Centre Bucharest ,Romania
Bucharest City Tour

During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.

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Top Rated Highlights Bucharest Parliament Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest Palace of Parliament Visit

Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.

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Day 3

Brasov and Sinaia

Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle. Admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armor and tapestries. Return through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. With your Local Expert, walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church.

Black Church Brasov, Romania
Aro Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Aro Palace

About the Hotel

Brasov, Romania

This is the only five star hotel in Brasov with a perfect location in the heart of town and a history of outstanding service that dates back over 70 years.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania
Sinaia Peleș Castle Visit

Witness the opulent and sumptuous decor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Traditional Dinner in the Transylvanian Alps

Join us for gorgeous views of Brasov and the Carpathians as we journey deep into the Transylvanian Alps to Poiana Brasov, one of the best preserved...

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Day 4

Veliko Tarnovo

Cross the Danube into Bulgaria and continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the City of the Tsars, where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Houses in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Yantra Hotel View Hotel Details
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Yantra Hotel

About the Hotel

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Situated at Velchova zavera Square in Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria, the hotel enjoys magnificent views of the Tzarevets Fortress, the Architectural reserve village of Arbanassi and the University of Veliko Tarnovo.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional

Day 5

To Sofia

Meet your Local Expert to climb up to the ruined Tsarevets Fortress, a reminder of the town's former imperial status. Enjoy the stunning views over the old Bulgarian capital and the Yantra Valley. Arbanasi is one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescoed churches and fortified dwellings offer a unique insight into the former wealth and spiritual commitment of the settlement. Visit a traditional 17th century merchant's house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Bulgaria's modern day capital of Sofia. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the archaeological complex, dominated by the church of St. George Rotonda.

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Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Tsarevets Fortress, Bulgaria
Visit Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo

Ascend Tsarevets, the King's Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when...

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Top Rated Highlights Church of the Holy Nativity in Arbanasi, Bulgaria
Visit the Church of the Holy Nativity in Arbanassi

At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.

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Top Rated Highlights St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at sunset in Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia City Tour

Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the ar...

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Day 6

Sofia at Your Pace

Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery to enjoy a fascinating insight into the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria?

St. George Rotunda in Sofia, Bulgaria
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Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences
Rila Monastery With Lunch

Rising out of a forested valley, the magnificent Rila Monastery is the largest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Founded ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Folklore evening with dinner in Sofia, Bulgaria
Traditional Bulgarian Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Experience traditional Bulgarian cuisine with live folk music at one of the oldest folk-style restaurants in Sofia, housed in restored Revival houses dating back from 1866.

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Day 7

Skopje

Cross the border and continue to the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, an ultra-modern city juxtaposed by an ancient bazaar, where Turkish influences can still be seen and felt. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert.

Skopje, Macedonia
Bushi Resort & Spa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Bushi Resort & Spa

About the Hotel

Skopje, Macedonia

Located in the Old Bazaar district, the Bushi Resort & Spa offers classic style rooms with free WiFi. Make the most of your hotel's facilities by visiting its wellness center, complete with free access to the indoor pool, sauna, spa & Turkish Bath.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Art Bridge in Skopje, North Macedonia
Skopje City Tour

Visit the capital of Macedonia with your Local Expert, explore Square Macedonia and see the Stone Bridge before walking through the Old Bazaar.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Lake Ohrid and Tirana

Making your way to the border, stop by the scenic Lake Ohrid for lunch. Cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals.  Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider’s look at the Albanian capital with a Local Expert.

A bunker in central Tirana, Albania
MAK Albania Hotel Tirana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

MAK Albania Hotel Tirana

About the Hotel

Tirana, Albania

The five-star MAK Albania Hotel offers complete comfort in Tirana's city center. The hotel's elegant and modern façade juxtaposes the serene setting of the National Park that sits opposite. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Old Town in Ohrid, North Macedonia
Ohrid Orientation

Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town. 

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights National Museum of History in Tirana, Albania
Tirana City Tour

Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albani...

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Day 9

Kotor and Dubrovnik

Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, its no surprise it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At night, you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Gurdic Gate in Kotor, Montenegro
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

About the Hotel

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Overlooking the sea in the beautiful Lapad Bay, the Kompas hotel was fully renovated in 2015 andis only a 2 minute walk to the beach and close to the popular promenade.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Beach Access

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Old Town in Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor Stari Grad Visit

Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Dine-Around Evening

You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.

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Authentic Dining

Day 10

Dubrovnik Sightseeing

Join a Local Expert for a morning of exploring the stone-paved streets within the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Visit the workshop of Deša during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This important educational center supports vulnerable communities and promotes local cultural heritage. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to a stunning town on the Adriatic coast, Cavtat, where you can wander along the pine-forest paths beside the crystal-clear sea. 

Explore the Old Town, Dubrovnik Croatia
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik View Hotel Details
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Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

About the Hotel

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Overlooking the sea in the beautiful Lapad Bay, the Kompas hotel was fully renovated in 2015 andis only a 2 minute walk to the beach and close to the popular promenade.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Beach Access

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Visit the Desa Workshop Dubrovnik, Croatia
Support Women and Refugees by Visiting the Deša Workshop in Dubrovnik

Visit the workshop of Deša, an organization founded following the Siege of Dubrovnik to help refugees and women who were victims of violence. They ...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights See the Rector’s Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Tour

Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace a...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Cavtat Excursion

The road to Cavtat overlooks the steep coast of the Adriatic sea and presents several opportunities for postcard perfect views. Continue to Cavtat,...

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Optional Experiences Cruise and dinner in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Scenic Cruise and Lunch or Dinner

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. The mighty city walls rise straight from the cliffs that once upon a time ...

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Day 11

Dubrovnik, Paradise on Earth

Spend a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Sunbathe by the pool or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to learn about olive oil traditions at an ancient mill, followed by a delightful home-cooked meal.

 View of city walls and Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik View Hotel Details
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Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

About the Hotel

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Overlooking the sea in the beautiful Lapad Bay, the Kompas hotel was fully renovated in 2015 andis only a 2 minute walk to the beach and close to the popular promenade.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Beach Access

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Pouring extra virgin olive oil into a glass bowl
Ancient Olive Press & Agro-Tourism Experience

Visit a household in a little village above Dubrovnik. Begin with a short walk through the old part of the village while learning about rural livin...

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Day 12

Mostar and Sarajevo

Journey to Mostar. With your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, the Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling traditional handicrafts. Continue your travels following the scenic route to Sarajevo for a unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life as you are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savor the authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories.

Guests enjoy a dip near the old bridge Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Swissotel Sarajevo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Swissotel Sarajevo

About the Hotel

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swissotel Sarajevo is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Sarajevo, ideal for your two-night stay. This newly opened hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Explore Mostar with your Local Expert, Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mostar City Tour

Learn the history and symbolic significance of Stari Most and explore the old town with your Local Expert.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine At Home in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Dine At Home in Sarajevo

You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner and drinks. Savor the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture.

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Authentic Dining

Authentic Dining Try authentic Bosnian coffee Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Taste Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo

Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.

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Authentic Dining

Day 13

Sarajevo, City of Culture

Explore Sarajevo with Insight Choice. Choose to meet an expert on the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo’s astonishing Tunnel of Hope. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River, a protected park just beyond the city, led by a conservation guide. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish.

Sebilj Fountain in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Swissotel Sarajevo View Hotel Details
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Swissotel Sarajevo

About the Hotel

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swissotel Sarajevo is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Sarajevo, ideal for your two-night stay. This newly opened hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Try authentic Bosnian coffee Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Taste Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo

Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.

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Authentic Dining

Make Travel Matter The spring of Bosna River, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo Bosna River Nature Walk

Take a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River, a protected park just beyond the city, led by a conservation guide. 

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Insight Choice Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Visit Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope with a Bosnian War Survivor

Meet an expert of the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope and hear a first-hand account of when the city was under siege for 44 mo...

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Insight Choice

Optional Experiences Try authentic Bosnian coffee Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Charm of Old Sarajevo

For centuries Sarajevo has been a place where East meets West, where different people and religions lived side-by-side. Start exploring the old tow...

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Optional Experiences Traditional dinner with entertainment in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine. With lively entertainment, it truly is an unforgettable evening in Sarajevo.

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Day 14

The Serbian Capital of Belgrade

Trace your way along the Drina River, that lies on the border of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Take in beautiful landscapes of lush, green mountains that create magical forest canyons, winding your way through deep valleys as you make your way to Belgrade.

Serbian Capital of Belgrade, Serbia
Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade

About the Hotel

Belgrade, Serbia

Set within the preserved 19th-century Old Mill near the banks of the Sava River, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade provides a luxurious stay in the heart of the Serbian capital.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional

Day 15

The Best of Belgrade

Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade including Terazije Street, the national museum and national theater in Republic Square, as well as a visit to the famous St. Sava Church. Finish your sightseeing at the Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before joining your fellow travelers for a Celebration Farewell Dinner this evening. 

Visit The Kalemegdan Fortress Belgrade, Serbia
Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade View Hotel Details
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Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade

About the Hotel

Belgrade, Serbia

Set within the preserved 19th-century Old Mill near the banks of the Sava River, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade provides a luxurious stay in the heart of the Serbian capital.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Saint Sava Church Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade City Tour

A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theater, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Belgrade Celebration Dinner

 Toast the culmination of your travels with dinner paired with wine.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia
The Genius & The Leader

The Genius and the Leader Title 'The Genius' is dedicated to Nikola Tesla, undoubtedly one of the biggest inventors and the scientists of our moder...

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Day 16

Farewell Belgrade

Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond doviđenja as you bid your new friends farewell. 

Serbian Capital of Belgrade, Serbia
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Visit Bran Castle After-hours

Learn about the story of the infamous Count Dracula during a private after-hours visit of Bran Castle, followed by dinner.

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Bucharest City Tour

During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.

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Bucharest Palace of Parliament Visit

Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Sinaia Peleș Castle Visit

Witness the opulent and sumptuous decor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo

Ascend Tsarevets, the King's Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Church of the Holy Nativity in Arbanassi

At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Sofia City Tour

Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the ar...

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Top Rated Highlights
Skopje City Tour

Visit the capital of Macedonia with your Local Expert, explore Square Macedonia and see the Stone Bridge before walking through the Old Bazaar.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ohrid Orientation

Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Tirana City Tour

Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albani...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kotor Stari Grad Visit

Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Support Women and Refugees by Visiting the Deša Workshop in Dubrovnik

Visit the workshop of Deša, an organization founded following the Siege of Dubrovnik to help refugees and women who were victims of violence. They ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dubrovnik City Tour

Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace a...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mostar City Tour

Learn the history and symbolic significance of Stari Most and explore the old town with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Sarajevo Bosna River Nature Walk

Take a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River, a protected park just beyond the city, led by a conservation guide. 

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope with a Bosnian War Survivor

Meet an expert of the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope and hear a first-hand account of when the city was under siege for 44 mo...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Belgrade City Tour

A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theater, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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10 Dinner with Wines, 15 Breakfasts

Bucharest Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine.

Dubrovnik Dine-Around Evening

You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.

Dine At Home in Sarajevo

You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner and drinks. Savor the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture.

Taste Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo

Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.

Taste Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo

Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.

Belgrade Celebration Dinner

 Toast the culmination of your travels with dinner paired with wine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest
Aro Palace
Yantra Hotel
Bushi Resort & Spa
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Swissotel Sarajevo

Optional Experiences

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Traditional Dinner in the Transylvanian Alps

Join us for gorgeous views of Brasov and the Carpathians as we journey deep into the Transylvanian Alps to Poiana Brasov, one of the best preserved...

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Rila Monastery With Lunch

Rising out of a forested valley, the magnificent Rila Monastery is the largest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Founded ...

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Traditional Bulgarian Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Experience traditional Bulgarian cuisine with live folk music at one of the oldest folk-style restaurants in Sofia, housed in restored Revival houses dating back from 1866.

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Cavtat Excursion

The road to Cavtat overlooks the steep coast of the Adriatic sea and presents several opportunities for postcard perfect views. Continue to Cavtat,...

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Scenic Cruise and Lunch or Dinner

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. The mighty city walls rise straight from the cliffs that once upon a time ...

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Ancient Olive Press & Agro-Tourism Experience

Visit a household in a little village above Dubrovnik. Begin with a short walk through the old part of the village while learning about rural livin...

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Charm of Old Sarajevo

For centuries Sarajevo has been a place where East meets West, where different people and religions lived side-by-side. Start exploring the old tow...

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Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine. With lively entertainment, it truly is an unforgettable evening in Sarajevo.

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The Genius & The Leader

The Genius and the Leader Title 'The Genius' is dedicated to Nikola Tesla, undoubtedly one of the biggest inventors and the scientists of our moder...

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Balkans

  • Official Language(s) used across the Balkans: Croatian is the official of Croatia, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, and Romanian is the official language of Romania.
  • Currency used in Balkans: The Croatian Kuna (HRK) is used in Croatia, the Hungarian Forint (HUF) is used in Hungary, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is used in Bosnia, and the Romanian Leu (RON) is used in Romania
  • Capital Cites: Zagreb (Croatia), Budapest (Hungary), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania)
  • Time Zone(s) in Balkans: Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Bulgaria and Romania use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

Balkans passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Balkans
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Balkans has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Hungary has a temperate continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F), and occasional heatwaves can lead to higher temperatures. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and frosty conditions are common. Spring and autumn offer mild and pleasant temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly more precipitation in the summer months. Hungary also experiences occasional thunderstorms during the summer season.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

Bulgaria has a diverse climate influenced by its location between the Black Sea and the Balkan Mountains. The climate is mainly continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Coastal regions have a milder maritime climate with cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, and snowfall is common, especially in the mountainous regions. Summers are generally dry and sunny, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The country experiences moderate precipitation, with more rain in the spring and autumn months.

Romania's climate is predominantly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall in many regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall. The Carpathian Mountains influence the climate, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation to the central and western parts of the country. The coastal regions along the Black Sea experience a more moderate maritime climate with milder winters and hotter summers compared to the inland areas.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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I have used GET 3 times and the experiences were terrific. Our tour guide, Erin Robinson and our coach driver, Paulo made everything seem flawless. Their arrention to details and safety were superb Each of the timers I have traveled Kari Nixon and made the arrangements for me and she was wonderful. She had answers to every question. She is a gem. I will travel with GET again in the near future. Thank you.
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We're so glad you joined us for another trip.  And we're not surprised to hear your comments on Kari, she is truly a treasure.
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Everything went smoothly for me and I enjoyed visiting new countries and learning about new cultures.
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Review date: Friday, May 26, 2017
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Everything went very well and the service was great. I initially has some trouble with my camera and our tour director, Alex, fixed it.
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