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Discover the Balkans

12 Days, Zagreb to Dubrovnik
Discover the Balkans

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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 stunni read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (11 nts)).
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private minivan, walking, bus, boat).
  • Zagreb city tour.
  • Traditional peka dinner.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park Wildlife walk with a naturalist.
  • Split orientation walk around Diocletian's Palace.
  • Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge).
  • Sarajevo orientation walk, market visit with picnic lunch, and visit to the war tunnel.
  • Kotor orientation walk.
  • Dubrovnik city wall walk.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 465-605 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split
Day 4 Split
Day 5 Split/Sarajevo
Day 6 Sarajevo
Day 7 Sarajevo
Day 8 Sarajevo/Kotor
Day 9 Kotor
Day 10 Kotor/Dubrovnik
Day 11 Dubrovnik
Day 12 Depart Dubrovnik
Departures
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sun, 27 May '18
  • Thu, 07 Jun '18
  • Sun, 10 Jun '18
  • Thu, 21 Jun '18
  • Sun, 24 Jun '18
  • Thu, 05 Jul '18
  • Sun, 08 Jul '18
  • Thu, 19 Jul '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Thu, 02 Aug '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Thu, 30 Aug '18
  • Sun, 02 Sep '18
  • Thu, 13 Sep '18
  • Sun, 09 Sep '18
  • Thu, 20 Sep '18
  • Sun, 23 Sep '18
  • Thu, 04 Oct '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Zagreb
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Split
  • Sarajevo
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik
  • DAY 1 Zagreb

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and has a very charming old city, complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Be sure to sample some of the delicious local food and drink. There are also a number of museums to explore focusing on art, history, and archaeology.

    After the meeting, opt to head out for a meal in a local restaurant to get to know your CEO and travelling companions.

    Hotel check-in time is approximately 3:00pm. If you'd like to explore this city, consider booking a night or two of accommodations before the tour begins.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Enjoy an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park on a conservation walk with a naturalist 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.

    Entrance to the park is included and there are many opportunities for walking and relaxing in one of Croatia's most famed wonders.

    Private Vehicle
    Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes National Park 3h-3h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Plitvice Lakes National Park with a Naturalist
    Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Enjoy an exclusive experience at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Join a park naturalist on a conservation walk through the majestic park and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population. Admire blue lakes and limestone gorges while keeping an eye out for a southern festoon, osiris blue, or one of the area's other stunning butterfly species.

    Free Time
    Plitvice Lakes National Park Evening
    Enjoy time on your own. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Plitvice Lakes National Park - Split 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk
    Split 2h-2h30m
    Take a guided walk around Diocletian's Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe. It took over 10 years to construct and is built of white stone imported from the island of Brac. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site is a perfect way to learn more about the history of Split. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Split

    Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

    Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak, with gorgeous views over the city, or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

    Free Time
    Split Full Day
    Opt to visit the Archaeology Museum or take an excursion to Trogir.

    Optional Activities
    St Duje Cathedral Visit

    Split
    15-40HRK per person
    The Cathedral of St Duje is said to be the oldest cathedral in the world, built around 305 AD. Climb up the bell tower for excellent views of Split and the surrounding port area.

    Archaeology Museum
    Split 1h-2h
    Free
    The Archaeological Museum is the oldest museum in Croatia, built in 1820. It showcases a wide range of artifacts, from prehistoric times through Greek colonization and the Roman, early Christian, and medieval ages.The collections include stone epitaphs from Salona, Greek Hellenistic ceramics, Roman glass, clay lamps, antique and medieval coins, and a variety of artifacts made of bone, metal, and gems.

    Trogir Excursion
    Trogir 4h-6h
    15-41EUR per person
    Take an excursion to the historic city of Trogir, where the Old City core is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Found in the centre of Dalmatia on the eastern coastline of Adriatic sea, this pretty seaside town is a great place to walk and explore. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Split/Sarajevo

    Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), then continue to Sarajevo for the evening.

    Private Vehicle
    Split - Sarajevo 5h-6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Croatia - Bosnia)
    Klek - Neum
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Stari Most (Old Bridge) Visit
    Mostar 1h-2h
    Visit the city's symbol; a beautiful, reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge. The bridge was constructed in the 1600s and was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the war. It's a reminder of the tenacity of the Bosnians and is a gorgeous sight to behold. Wait at the bottom for daredevils to dive into the icy river below. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Sarajevo

    Explore this historic city on an orientation walk with your CEO. We also visit a local market and enjoy a picnic lunch. Take an included tour of the "Tunnel of Life" to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Tunnel of Life Tour
    Sarajevo1h-2h
    Visit the "Tunnel of Life," which played a crucial role in the survival of the people of Sarajevo during the fairly recent civil war. Visit the airport and the house of a brave Bosnian who allowed the smuggling of supplies. Hear firsthand accounts of the horrors of war and the resilience of the people of Sarajevo. Drive into the mountains and learn more about the sombre history. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Sarajevo

    Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.

    Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Stari Grad) while taking in the architecture of diverse places of worship. This is also a great place to shop and visit markets. The Latin Bridge is worth a visit as it played an important role in the history of this area. This is the sight where the Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, leading to the beginning of World War I.

    Free Time
    Sarajevo Full Day
    Explore this fascinating city at your own pace.

    Optional Activities
    Latin Bridge Visit

    Sarajevo
    Free
    The Latin Bridge is worth a visit as it is a direct link to history. This is the sight where the Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, leading to the beginning of World War I. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Sarajevo/Kotor

    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.

    Continue to Montenegro and travel to the Bay of Kotor, a region that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Private Vehicle
    Sarajevo - Kotor 5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Border Crossing (Bosnia - Montenegro)
    Hum - Scepan-Polje 15m
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Free Time
    Kotor Afternoon
    Enjoy some time to explore this evening. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Kotor

    Enjoy a free day to explore.

    Opt to visit the Risan Roman mosaics and take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area's sand.

    Free Time
    Kotor Full Day
    The day is yours to do as much or as little as you choose.

    Optional Activities
    Kotor City Exploration

    Kotor 15m-30m
    Free
    Take some time to explore this picturesque town surrounded by a walled fortress built by the Republic of Venice. Kotor has a Mediterranean feel to it and the bay offers a stunning backdrop for photographs.

    Risan town and Roman Mosaics Visit
    Risan 2h-4h
    10EUR per person
    Risan, once the capital of Kotor Bay, is a lovely town. Its most famous characteristic is the archaeological site is known as the Roman Mosaics. The mosaics are found in what remains of an ancient Roman villa, built sometime between the 2nd and 3rd century BC.

    Sea Kayaking
    Kotor
    20EUR per person
    Head out by sea kayak to fully appreciate this gorgeous area. Start just outside the Old Town walls and explore the coast. Stop at a beach bar for a break or a swim. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Kotor/Dubrovnik

    Travel to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and walk the old city walls.

    Cross into Croatia and travel to Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Set on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik has been an important maritime town in the region for centuries. Surrounded by medieval walls, it is rich in history and is a beautiful city to explore, filled with stunning architecture, museums, and fountains.

    Private Vehicle
    Kotor - Dubrovnik 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Montenegro - Croatia)
    Herceg-Novi - Karasovici 15m-30m
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Dubrovnik City Wall Walk
    Dubrovnik 1h-2h
    Opt to take a walking tour or head out on your own to explore the city's ancient walls. A trip to Dubrovnik isn't complete without doing this 2km (1.1 mi) walk. See highlights along the way that include Fort Minceta, Fort St. John, Fort Lawrence, Fort Revelin, and St. Luke's Tower. There are three main entrances to the city walls, the principal one located by the Inner Pile Gates. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Dubrovnik

    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.

    Free Time
    Dubrovnik Full Day
    Opt to visit museums, take a day trip to Lopud Island, or go sea kayaking.

    Optional Activities
    Lopud Island Visit

    Lopud
    Escape the city on a ferry ride to Lopud Island, part of the Elafiti Islands and home to one of Croatia's most stunning beaches, Plaza Sunj.

    Sea Kayaking
    Dubrovnik
    36EUR per person
    Head offshore by sea kayak to gain a different perspective of Dubrovnik and fully appreciate this gorgeous area. Tour around the city walls and take a loop around Lokrum. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Dubrovnik

    Depart at any time.
    We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 465-605 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. LOCAL GUIDES

    It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.


  10. LUGGAGE

    In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.


  11. ITINERARY CHANGES

    Please note that this itinerary has been revised (compared to the itinerary in our 2014 brochure), to improve the flow and travel times.



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