Amazing Balkans

Duration

13 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Bucharest

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Bucharest; Sinaia; Bran; Sighisoara; Biertan, Judeţul Sibiu; Sibiu; Hunedoara; Timisoara; Belgrade; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Kravice; Dubrovnik; Split; Plitvice, Plitvicka; Opatija; Postojna, Notranjska; Bled; Ljubljana; Maribor; Venice, Véneto

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHT:  Transfer to the hotel. Citytour of Bucharest.

IMPORTANT -  IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    

Welcome to Bucharest. On arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to  transfer  you to the hotel. Towards 13.00 hrs, after lunch, we take a  panoramic tour  of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Free time.  Dinner included . 

Total distance covered: 325  km.  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes with the Carpathian mountains, remote areas and forests. Small picturesque villages en route.
Note:   Wear suitable clothing. The Sinaia area is located on the mountain, we recommend warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

08.00hrs.- Bucharest. Departure. Today we have a stage of great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian mountains and through forests.  


10.30hrs.- SINAIA,  Arrival. We will stroll in the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor castles (visit of the gardens, the interior of the castle is closed on Mondays).

12.00hrs.- Sinaia- Departure. High mountains.
13.00hrs.- BRAN.  arrival to the 14th-century  fortress, known as “ Dracula’s Castle” (tickets included).  Time for lunch and stroll on the beautiful center.

15.30hrs.- Bran - Departure. The architecture of some of the villages shows that these regions were inhabited by people of German origin.

17.45hrs.- SIGHISOARA,  arrival to this very beautiful walled mediaeval city and Heritage of Mankind. Tonight we  include a very special dinner,  in the restaurant of Count Dracula, in the house where Vlad Tepes was born. 

Note:  The hotel capacity of Sighisoara is limited. On some date the accommodation can be given in SIBIU (departure from Sighisoara after dinner). In these cases the stop in Biertan is removed and the city of Alba Lulia is visited instead.

Total distance covered: 39 5 km.
  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes and towns.

08.30 hrs.- Sighisoara- Departure. In Transylvania there are numerous fortified churches in areas that were inhabited by people of German origin; some of these churches have been declared Heritage of Mankind, and we will see one of them: 
09.00 hrs.- BIERTAN.  Arrival to visit the fortified church  (tickets included) .

10.00hrs.- Biertan, Departure. 
11.15hrs.- SIBIU,  arrival to this important economic and cultural centre that was the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and for lunch. 

14.15hrs.- Sibiu- Departure. 
16.00hrs.- In the afternoon, we visit the impressive  castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included),  which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania.

17.00hrs.- Hunedoara- Departure.
19.30hrs.- TIMISOARA,  Arrival.   T ime for a stroll in its elegant central squares. 

Total distance covered: 170 km .  
Note:  Keep your passport to hand, as it will be required on the border with Serbia.

08.30hrs.- Timisoara- Departure. Among pleasant landscapes we set off for Serbia and the border pass (border procedures sometimes delayed).

11.30 hrs.-   BELGRADE,  arrival. We include a  panoramic tour  of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava, where we can admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan fortress.  Afternoon free.

Total distance:  295 km
Landscapes:  Forests, mountains, rivers, small cities. Great contrasts in our trip through Bosnia.
Note:   Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Bosnia.  Schedules of this stage sometimes can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.  

08.00hrs.- Belgrade. Departure. A stage of pretty forest and mountain scenery. Short stop en route to get pictures of the landscapes.  We enter  BOSNIA. 


14.15hrs.- SARAJEVO , arrival at lunchtime.  Panoramic tour  with a local guide of this city of strong Turkish influence: its mosques, its madrasahs, its busy bazaars. We will also see the  Tunnel of Hope  that saved the city during the Serbian siege.  Dinner included.


Note:   according to arrival time, the Tunel of Hope can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.

Total distance: 315 km.

Scenery: Beautiful landscapes all the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.

Notes: Carry your passport, today we return to Croatia. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for visits and the walk in Kravice.

08.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
11.00 hrs.- Mostar .- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of commercial life and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
14.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
14.30 hrs.- Medjugorje.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.

16.00 hrs. - Medjugorje - departure.
16.30 hrs - Arrival in Bosnia to Kravice, breathtaking waterfalls 25/30 m high whose walls form vertical gardens surrounded by greenery and where people of Dubrovnik or Mostar usually go to bathe and relax for a picnic.
17.15 hrs- Kravice, Departure to Croatia. Very beautiful coastal scenery.
19.45 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.-Accommodation in Cavtat, on the coast near the city.  Dinner included.


Note:  From the end of October until the beginning of March, it is not possible to visit the Kravice waterfalls. 

Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik; We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. We start including the climb by cable car.  From the top of the mountains we can admire the best views of the City. After that, we will walk to know its historic center, a jewel of the world´s architectural heritage. In the visit, we include the entrances to the Franciscan Monastery which holds the oldest pharmacy in Europe; Entrance also included to the cathedral of Dubrovnik .

Free afternoon.
Return to the hotel in Catvat at the end of the afternoon . Dinner included.


Note:  Accommodation in Dubrovnik will be in  Kavtat , a coastal town near the city.
Note:   Due to weather or maintenance, sometimes the cable car does not operate, in these cases we will offer entrance to the walls of Dubrovnik where you will also have fantastic views of the city and the bay.

Total distance: 260 km.

Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.

08:30 hrs. - Dubrovnik. Today´s stage will be exciting. Landscapes of great beauty following the Dalmatian coast.

13:00 hrs. - Split -. Free time for lunch.
14: 00/14: 30 hrs. - Included visit with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included). We will know the Roman period palace, the alleys of the center, the views over the sea. Duration of the visit about two and a half hours.Free time later to walk.

Towards the end of the day we will travel to Trogir where we will stay for the night. Before heading to the hotel, we will go around what is one of the most charming towns on the Dalmatian Coast. Dinner included. Dinner included and accommodation.

Total distance: 450 km.

Scenery:   Varied, mountains, lakes, plateaus.
Note :  Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We also recommend you to wear warm clothing.


08:00 hrs. - Split-Departure. We travel to the north of Croatia following the coast.
11:30 hrs. - Plitvice Lakes National Park, s ite declared World Heritage by Unesco;  Entrance included  to the park where you will be able to admire its lakes. The entrance gives you the right to use the boats of the park to approach the falls or, if you prefer,  the inner train to approach the most picturesque places. Time to visit and have lunch.

15:00 hrs. - Plitvice National Park - Departure - We continue to the north.
18:15 hrs. - Opatija.  Elegant Croatian coastal town that followed the tourist line of the Côte D´Azur or the Italian Riviera.  Dinner  and accommodation.

Note: i n exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train nor boat in Plitvice.

Total Distance: 230 Km.
Scenery:  Very different from those of previous days: alpine type, with forests, high peaks and lakes.
Note:  Carry your passport, it will be required when you pass to Slovenia. Wear a jacket for Postojna where there may be a strong temperature difference between the inside and the ouside of the cave.

07.30 hrs.- Opatija -departure. We leave to Slovenia. Mountains covered with forests, picturesque villages along the route.
09.30 hrs- Postojna-Arrival . We will know one of the world´s biggest and most visited caves in Europe with more than 20 km of galleries and lounges. We will visit it partially in an enabled tourist train where we will travel 3 km of its natural universe of stalactites and stalagmites  (entrance and train ticket included).


11.00 hrs- Postojna, exit.
12.30 hrs. - Bled.  Between mountains and forests, on the edge of the lake, a very beautiful Slovenian enclave on the shore of a lake in the middle of which there is an islet where the bell tower of a monastery stands out at the foot of a medieval castle.  We include a boat trip around Bled’s lake  and a visit of the monastery on the islet. 
Time for lunch in the tourist town of Bled.-

15.30 hrs. Bled-departure.
16.30 hrs. - Ljubljana  - Arrival - Time to visit the small capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city, meeting point throughout the history of Slavs, Germanic and Mediterranean. It emphasizes its castle. We make a two hours  visit with local guide  that will make us know the peculiarities of this small country and its capital.
Dinner included  and accommodation.

Note:  During winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljna during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.

Total distance covered: 240 km .  
Scenery:  Mediterranean scenery.  
NOTE:  Have your passports to hand, we are entering Italy. There may sometimes be delays in arrival due to crowding at the borders.-    

Free time to see the little capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city and a meeting point in history for Slavs, Germans and peoples of the Mediterranean. Its castle stands out.   

16:30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Departure -. After the following mountains covered by dense forests, we come to the Adriatic and enter Italy.  

20:00 hrs. – Venice  - Arrival -. Accommodation in the Mestre area.

08.30 hrs- In the morning we include a  boat transfer  to the area of Saint Mark in Venice, a city built on more than 100 islands connected by bridges. We include a  walking tour with a local guide  around the city of canals. Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the  Murano glass factory  city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. In the afternoon, some might like to take the chance to have a trip on a gondola. 

18.30 hrs.- Transfer to the hotel from the area of St. Marcos. You will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).

After breakfast, end of our services.


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