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Discover the Balkans

12 days, Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Sunset bridge crossing in Dubrovnik, Croatia

On the crossroads between East and West, the Balkan Peninsula dazzles with less-discovered gems. Enjoy a fascinating introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro, discovering an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural treasures along the way.

12 days - Zagreb to Dubrovnik

From$25359HKD
Valid on May 7 2023
Trip Code: ECWNG

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On the crossroads between East and West, the Balkan Peninsula dazzles with less-discovered gems. Enjoy a fascinating introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro, discovering an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural treasures along the way.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

12 days - Zagreb to Dubrovnik

From$25359HKD
Valid on May 7 2023
Trip Code: ECWNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

90

Everywhere you look in Plitvice Lakes National Park, spearmint green and electric blue water is tumbling, frothing, roaring, pooling, plunging, and bubbling…“ —Marilyn Terrell, Chief Researcher, National Geographic Traveler

Map of the route for Discover the Balkans

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Zagreb

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

Enjoy an excursion to Plitviče Lakes National Park. Take in the splendor of its karst formations, gem-like pools, and cascading waterfalls on a guided walk along boardwalks, and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population of this World Heritage site. For dinner this evening, savor a traditional peka, a Dalmatian dish of vegetables, herbs, and meat baked over hot coals.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Traditional Peka Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

Begin our exploration of the sparkling Adriatic coast in Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the dazzling Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built of luminous white stone imported from the nearby island of Brac, this imposing palace dates to the third century A.D.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Split

Spend a day at your leisure to explore the lively seaside town of Split, which was once a major Byzantine city. Step through the Golden Gate and into the historic old town, situated within the old palace walls. Sample Croatian delicacies at the local market, opt to ascend to Marjan’s peak for breathtaking views of the city, or consider joining an optional tour of one of the world’s oldest cathedrals, a colonnaded octagon built in the early fourth century.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Split/Sarajevo

Enjoy a scenic drive across the border to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stroll around the ancient town and pay a visit to the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), considered a symbol of the city’s resilience. This reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge was first built in the 17th century—and then meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the Bosnian War. Later, continue to Sarajevo for the evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Sarajevo

Learn about the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through this devastating period. Gain more insights at the Tunnel of Hope and War Tunnel Museum, and view bunkers, minefields, and trenches at Trebević Mountain, the site of several battles. After, experience the city’s resurgence at a market and during lunch at a local spot.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Siege of Sarajevo Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Sarajevo

Enjoy a free day to explore the capital at your leisure. Discover the cobblestone streets of its alluring Old Town, noting the architecture of its diverse places of worship, and ponder history at the arched Latin Bridge, the famed site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination—the fateful event that triggered World War I.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Sarajevo/Kotor

Cross over the border to Montenegro and soak up two days on the sparkling Bay of Kotor, designated a World Heritage site for its terraced waterfront landscape and medieval architecture. Opt to visit the one time capital of Risan, home to well-preserved Roman mosaics, take a leisurely stroll in the quaint seaside town of Perast and the islands, or set out by sea kayak to explore the spectacular bay.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Kotor

Enjoy a free day to explore. Discover the Mediterranean spirit of Kotor, surrounded by fortifications built by the Republic of Venice. Consider hiking up the medieval steps of the fortress for panoramic views of the city and harbour. Or opt to experience mud therapy at a local spa to test the natural healing properties of the area’s sand.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Kotor/Dubrovnik

Visit a family-run agrotourism villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Join our local host on a spirited walk around the picturesque grounds, pick fresh fruits and vegetables in the gardens, and watch a baking demonstration. Then sit down together to share a traditional lunch of local ham, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and walk the medieval city walls. Head to the Old City and meet locals preserving traditional foods and handicrafts through the women-run nonprofit, DEŠA, founded in the early 1990s during the Croatian War of Independence.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Agroturizam Experience| Your G for Good Moment DEŠA Women's Centre Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day in Dubrovnik, which once rivaled Venice as a maritime power. Explore its World Heritage–designated Old City, where distinctive red roofs make for spectacular photos. Order the catch of the day at a seaside café, or consider setting out on a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Dubrovnik

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Siege of Sarajevo Tour, Sarajevo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Agroturizam Experience, Dubrovnik
  • Your G for Good Moment: DEŠA Women's Centre Visit, Dubrovnik
  • Local Life: Traditional Peka Dinner, Zagreb
  • Plitviče Lakes National Park walk
  • Traditional peka dinner
  • Split orientation walk around Diocletian's Palace
  • Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
  • Kotor orientation walk
  • Dubrovnik city wall walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts).

Meals

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Allow USD455-595 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private minivan, walking, bus, boat.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $6339.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Discover the Balkans

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