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Best of the Balkans

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £2,566

Check availability and prices for your preferred airport below. To book, please call our travel specialists on 0800 223 0179

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 17 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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. From the lofty towers in the Transylvanian countryside that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, to the underground tunnel that sustained Sarajevo during the Yugoslav Wars, you'll explore the seminal and moving sights of these captivating countries.

At a glance

  • Dubrovnik Take a walking tour of the city to take in its beautifully preserved medieval ramparts and monasteries. Evening at leisure to soak up the atmosphere in the lanes of Dubrovnik's pretty Old Town, or join an optional boat trip.
  • Sarajevo Reflect on the tragic Bosnian War on a visit to this diverse and multicultural city, which still bears the scars. Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel, a lifeline for the inhabitants during this time.
  • Belgrade A guided tour will introduce you to the main sights of this historic Serbian capital, including the Kalemegdan Fortress. There's free time to explore, or a choice of optional excursions.
  • Sofia Follow your local guide around the Bulgarian city, with a visit to Holy Sofia Church, which stands in the middle of the ancient necropolis. 
  • Athens Three nights in the Greek capital with a guided visit to the ancient sites including the Acropolis, Old Parliament House and Panathenaic Stadium. There's also the chance to go island hopping on an optional boat trip.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

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. From the lofty towers in the Transylvanian countryside that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, to the underground tunnel that sustained Sarajevo during the Yugoslav Wars, you'll explore the seminal and moving sights of these captivating countries.

Total meals included:

  • 16 breakfasts, 10 dinners

UK - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day
1

Fly to Dubrovnik where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Dubrovnik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Dubrovnik

Day
2

Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivalling Venice. 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. Also visit the fascinating 15th-century RECTOR’S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dubrovnik - Mostar, Bosnia - Herzegovina - Sarajevo

Day
3

Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Meet your Local Guide and hear about the turbulent history of this interesting city. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city’s symbol, ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566, to replace the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the 1984 Olympics took place, and the first city in Europe to own an electric tram network.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sarajevo

Day
4

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sarajevo - Belgrade, Serbia

Day
5

A scenic drive through Bosnia brings you to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Belgrade

Day
6

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. To make the most of your stay, choose from our exciting optional excursions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Belgrade - Timisoara, Romania - Sibiu

Day
7

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov

Day
8

Enter the heart of Transylvania and stop at the fortified town of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and 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
  • Dinner

Bravsov - Bran Castle - Bucharest

Day
9

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
  • Dinner

Bucharest

Day
10

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 Ceausescu, the former Romanian dictator, lived, and visit the impressive PEOPLE’S PALACE, the second largest government building in the world after the Pentagon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bucharest - Ruse, Bulgaria - Sofia

Day
11

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
  • Dinner

Sofa

Day
12

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 byzantine HOLY SOFIA CHURCH.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sofia - Rila - Thessalonika, Greece

Day
13

Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where a scenic trip takes you high up towards the RILA MONASTERY, 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 Thessalonika.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Thessalonika - Thermopylae - Athens

Day
14

Guided sightseeing features the White Tower; the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire; the Rotonda; a visit of the BASILICA OF SAINT DEMETRIOUS; and 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
  • Dinner

Athens

Day
15

Discover one of the world’s oldest cities with a Local Guide and start with 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 drive features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, 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

Athens

Day
16

A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity to take an optional cruise to the islands. This evening, celebrate the success of your trip during a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Athens - UK

Day
17

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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