Best of the Balkans

  • 17 Days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

An enriching journey through Eastern Europe that gives you a taste of the warm culture, ancient history and wonderful natural beauty of the Balkan countries.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 15

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 2nd May 2018

Meals included: 16 breakfasts, 10 dinners

Overview

An enriching journey through Eastern Europe that gives you a taste of the warm culture, ancient history and wonderful natural beauty of the Balkan countries.

At a glance

Dubrovnik Walking tour of the city with a visit to the Rector's Palace. Free time, with an optional boat cruise.

Sarajevo Guided sightseeing and visit to the Sarajevo Tunnel.

Belgrade Tour of the main sights by coach, explore the Kalemegdan Fortress on foot. Time at leisure, or optional excursions.

Bucharest Sightseeing of the city with a visit to the People’s Palace.

Athens Guided tour with a visit to the Acropolis. Farewell dinner.

Day 1

UK - Dubrovnik

Fly to Dubrovnik where you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Dubrovnik

Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century Rector’s Palace. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo

Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Admire the Old Bridge, 16th-century symbol of the city. Continue to lively Sarajevo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Sarajevo

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914 and the recent Bosnian War, and see the main sights with a local guide. A visit has been included to the Sarajevo Tunnel, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War to supply the inhabitants with food and war supplies. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Sarajevo - Belgrade

A scenic drive through Bosnia brings you to Belgrade, capital of Serbia, where you'll spend two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Belgrade

The first mention of Belgrade was in the 3rd century. Morning guided sightseeing features a drive to see the main sights, like the Santa Sava Church and a walking tour through the fascinating Kalemegdan Fortress, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and symbol of the strategic importance of the city in the past. For centuries, the city population lived within the walls of the fortress. Afternoon at leisure. Choose from our exciting optional excursions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Belgrade - Timisoara - Sibiu

In Timisoara, admire the Romanian Orthodox Church, seat of the archbishop, before arriving in elegant Sibiu with its towers, churches and buildings that date back to the 14th century.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov

Enter the heart of Transylvania and stop at the fortified town of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful, well-preserved inhabited citadels in Eastern Europe. Continue to Brasov, where guided sightseeing features the Old Town Hall, the Merchants’ Hall, the 15th-century Monastery and School of St. Nicholas, a walk through the Old Town, and a visit to the impressive Black Church. This evening, you can try the local food at one of Brasov’s excellent restaurants.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Bucharest

Highlight today is a visit to Dracula’s Bran Castle, built in the 14th century. The castle is dramatically located on top of a hill and has, because of the legends, attracted people from all over the world. Next stop is Bucharest, capital of Romania.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Bucharest

Morning sightseeing with a local guide features a drive along flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees. Also see the palace where the former Romanian dictator Ceausescu lived, and visit the impressive People's Palace, second-largest government building in the world after the Pentagon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Bucharest - Ruse - Sofia

Stop in Ruse, Bulgaria’s most important river port and nicknamed 'Little Vienna' because of its neo-baroque and neo-rococo architecture. Arrive in Sofia, proud capital of Bulgaria.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Sofia

Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled at one time by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the Holy Sofia Church.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Sofia - Rila - Thessaloniki

Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where a scenic trip takes you high up towards the Rila Monatery, a beacon of the Bulgarian nation during a half-millennium of Ottoman rule. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because throughout the centuries, it has always been the spiritual, educational, and cultural centre of Bulgaria. Continue through the Struma Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland, before crossing the Greek border and arriving in Thessaloniki.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Thessaloniki - Thermopylae - Athens

During your guided sightseeing, see the White Tower; the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire; the Rotonda; and visit the Basilica of Saint Demitrius. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay from the walls of the Upper City. On the way to Athens, drive along the eastern and southern side of Mount Olympus and through the battlefield of Leonidas and the 300, the Spartan forces he led during the Second Persian War and the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Athens

Sightseeing with a local guide features a visit to the world-famous Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Athens

A full day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. Alternatively, take an optional cruise to the islands. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at the hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Athens - UK

Return flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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