Balkan Highlights+Croatia

$945/per person

Embark on this fascinating Balkans tour covering all the highlights all the way from Skopje to Tirana and Podgorica, through the pearls of the Adriatic, Budva and Dubrovnik. Finish off with cliff-jumping, and hop on your comfy boat at the walled city for a week of sailing the crystal blue Adriatic and the famous Croatian islands. It is time to relax under the sun, visit the prettiest natural parks, taste Mediterranean’s many delicacies, and party all night.

Duration
11 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans / Croatia
Starts in / Ends in
Belgrad / Split
Departs on
Thursdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star & A Category Boat
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Belgrade
    Belgrade

    Belgrade is the capital and largest city of the southeast European country of Serbia.

  • Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik

    This complex is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe, but the lively streets show that there is more! Party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?

  • Hvar
    Hvar

    Among the most popular of the Adriatic, it was named a top destination to travel in 2012. Crowding streets and the crazy nightlife can’t go unmentioned.

  • Korcula
    Korcula

    The birthplace of Marco Polo reminds many of a miniature Dubrovnik with its walls. Make your way to the old city tower to grab a cocktail and enjoy the stunning view.

  • Makarska
    Makarska

  • Mljet
    Mljet

    A true beauty of nature, the island of Mljet is covered in green with some small villages and lakes. A third of the island is an amazing Natural Park.

  • Mostar
    Mostar

    Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge).

  • Omis
    Omis

    Omis is a small port located at the mouth of the Cetina River and surrounded by huge gorges

  • Sarajevo
    Sarajevo

    Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its main cultural, economic centre.

  • Split
    Split

    The largest city of Adriatic has a stunning coastline with countless cafes, bars or shops. Emperor Diocletain’s palace, a World Heritage Site, is open for visitors.

  • Trebinje
    Trebinje

    Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 28 km far from Dubrovnik.

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Belgrade
Welcome to Serbia! Look out for the Travel Talk sign at the Nikola Tesla Airport for your transfer to the hotel. We have an informal welcome meeting at the hotel with our guide at 6pm. After we get all the crucial information about the tour, we hit the roads for a driving tour of Belgrade and map out the fascinating landmarks. With impressive views over the Danube and Sava rivers, the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together form the heart of the capital, hosting all sorts of cultural and sporting events for generations. We make our way towards the main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, one of the prettiest and most vibrant areas of Belgrade, filled with cafes, shops and charming sites. We will get to see the impressive sights of the Republica and Castle Square, Istanbul Gate and the Clock Tower, pass through the Leopold or Dungeon door, and visit all the other incredible landmarks Belgrade has in store. After finishing the tour, we have an optional group dinner. Alternatively, you can rest up or explore the vibrant city.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting, Belgrade City tour
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner, Belgrade City tour
2
Day 2: Sarajevo
After a substantial breakfast, we hop on the bus for Sarajevo; Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital. As one of the most historically interesting and diverse cities in Europe, Sarajevo has been through it all. It is where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where the people of the Roman Catholic’s, Eastern Orthodoxy’s and the Ottoman’s met, lived and warred. Today, Sarajevo has physically recovered from most of the damage caused by the Yugoslav War; but there are still many reminders with bullet holes on the buildings. Sarajevo is a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist, making it a delight to visit. The walking tour will cover the fascinating history and background of Bosnia, as well as the old town - Bash Town, the Latin Quarter, Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque – one of the world’s finest examples of Balkan architecture with Islamic influences, and all the hidden corners, small shops and stalls.
  • Included Activities; Sarajevo City Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Mostar, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Today, we make our way towards the amazing Adriatic shore, next stop Mostar! As we arrive in this dreamland, we pay a visit to the Old Town of this Herzegovina pearl, see the iconic Old Bridge – Stari Most, and the old čaršija (market). Learn all about how the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Old Bridge, which is now called the "New Old Bridge" although it dates to the 16th century. Have the guts to jump off the 20-metre-high bridge? Great for adrenaline junkies, you can take up the challenge following a quick training by the locals, and even earn a certificate to show for – but beware, this jump is no joke! While the beautiful old town has been restored to its former beauty, if you stroll outwards, you can still see the marks left by war. In the afternoon, we continue along the coast until we reach Trebinje, an 18th century town located 28km from Dubrovnik, and after checking into our hotel, we make our way to the walled city of Dubrovnik. After discovering this amazing town and roaming the vibrant streets, we return to Trebinje.
  • Included Activities; Sarajevo City Tour, Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Dubrovnik, City Tour
After the breakfast we will drive to Dubrovnik and check-in our “A” category cruiser at the Dubrovnik harbour. After enjoying our lunch on board, we head off to explore the city with our tour leader and local tour guide. The walled city of Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the walls one of the main tourist attractions – the view of the Adriatic from the top is a must-see. Spend your free afternoon exploring these walls and the pedestrian-only Old Town’s marble streets; head to the beach or enjoy a cold beer. For dinner we can feast on fresh seafood before experiencing Dubrovnik nightlife and partying in a 13th Century fortress.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting, Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; Lunch
5
Day 5: Dubrovnik, Mljet
We depart Dubrovnik after breakfast and cruise down the coast to the forest-covered island of Mljet. The picturesque island is dotted with fields, vineyards and small villages and one-third was declared a National Park in 1960. According to legend, Mljet is where Odysseus was trapped for seven years with his lover, Calypso – though locals believe it was the island’s natural beauty that charmed him. You have the afternoon here to visit the salt lakes, go swimming, kayaking, cycling or ride a scooter. In the evening, it’s our famous on-board ‘Pirate Party’ with a special BBQ and traditional Croatian cuisine. We’ll play games and “P-aaarrrr-ty” the night away!
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Mljet
  • Optional Activities ; Pirate Party
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
6
Day 6: Mljet, Korcula
Today we sail to Lumbarda Beach and spend hours swimming, sunbaking or playing water-sports. Afterwards we continue to Korcula, a town blessed with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled old town that looks like a miniature Dubrovnik. Korcula is the birthplace of Marco Polo and you will be given the afternoon free to visit the place where he lived after an orientation walk. You could also spent the afternoon checking out the markets and local handicrafts or enjoy a drink in a bar located at the top of the old city tower for some phenomenal views.
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Korcula
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
7
Day 7: Korcula, Hvar
This morning we farewell Korcula and set sail for Hvar – one of the sunniest islands in the Adriatic and one well-known for its pumping nightlife, gorgeous beaches and for being a celebrity hot-spot. The island is also famous for its lavender, sage, rosemary and wine. After an orientation walk of Hvar, we can sample the fresh cuisine in the numerous restaurants then get ready to party at the local bars and clubs.
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Hvar
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
8
Day 8: Hvar, Makarska
This morning we stop at hidden bays to go swimming then depart for the popular mainland resort town of Makarska – a town with a stunning backdrop courtesy of the Biokovo mountain range. We have a brief orientation walk then you’ve got the afternoon free to lie on the beautiful stretches of beach or do some water sports. There are loads of cafes, bars and restaurants that line the coastline too. At night we get ready to party in a cave!
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in  Makarska
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
9
Day 9: Makarska, Omis
Today we have ample time to stop and swim before we sail to Omis, the Riviera with a rich and turbulent history of pirates – there’s evidence found on every corner including ancient names and old stone monuments. Omis is located at the mouth of the Cetina River and surrounded by massive gorges with a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Here we go rafting which is one of the highlights of the week!
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Omis
  • Optional Activities ; White Water Rafting
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
10
Day 10: Omis, Split
Today is another day in paradise as we sail further along the coast and stop for swimming and a lunch break along one of the amazing coastal beaches. Soak up the sun and relax before we arrive in the buzzing city of Split. In the 4th Century the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace here as a retirement home but today you will find countless restaurants and shops. During your free afternoon and evening you have the chance to pick up some souvenirs at the markets, relax in a café along the promenade or have one last suntan or swim at the beach.
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Split
  • Optional Activities ; Ziplining, Thrash Bag Party
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
11
Day 11: Split
Our trip has sadly come to an end after one last breakfast before we disembark and say goodbye to new friends.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

4 Star hotels at Balkans & twin, double, triple and quadruple cabins in 'A' category private boats with ensuite facilities in Croatia.

Meals

10 breakfasts | 7 lunches | 1 liter of drinking water per day on the boat.

Sailing

'A' category traditional Croatian motor cruiser with air condition in common areas.

Tour Leader

Services of an experienced Travel Talk tour leader.

Crew

Services of the captain and experienced crew.

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus.

Airport Transfer

From Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (on day 1)

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

B-HOTEL - BELGRADE


HOTEL EXLUISE - SARAYEVO


HOTEL LEOTAR - TREBINJE


MS RIBIC


Ribic is a traditional A class cruise boat for the Croatian islands. Ribic provides the right atmosphere to enjoy sailing the turquoise waters of the Adriatic with its 2 decks, bar,TV,  Our 25m cruise boat is at your service with 10 cabins with private facilities.

MS LAV


Lav is a unique boat sailing the waters of the Adriatic. It is a modern Pirate ship built in 2003 and renovated in 2010. The 25m long beautiful ship awaits its passengers with its 10 cabins with private facilities. Don’t let its authentic image confuse you because Lav also has 2 decks, bar, lounge, dining room, sun decks wiht sunbeds and chairs, TV & audiovisual equipment in main lounge and water sports equipment.

Tour Review Scores And Breakdown

At Travel Talk we do not only provide excellent value for premium adventures, but also strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.9% customer satisfaction for 2016. We believe that our affordable tours, quality accommodation, transportation and sightseeing tours combined with likeminded people, passionate tour leaders and the overall atmosphere of a Travel Talk tour have made these results. However, we are never ones to rest on our laurels, and we continually try to improve on this year after year; and what do we get out of this? The satisfaction of our travellers!

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