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Balkan Delight

Embark on a 12 day journey to 7 charming cities in 3 remarkable countries.

Book by Jan 31, 2019

The astonishing natural beauty and charming medieval cities of the Balkans show few signs of the conflicts that have shaped this region. 

September 14-25, 2019

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HIGHLIGHTS 

• City tour in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split and Trogir

• Orientation of Mostar

• Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, Kotor in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park

• View the Cathedral in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik and the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park

• Small group sightseeing enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests

 

INCLUSIONS 

• Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

• Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

• Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

• Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

• Hand-picked Trip Highlights

• Optional Experiences and free time

• All porterage and restaurant gratuities

• Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

• An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

• All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

• VIP entry to many sights

• Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

 

EXCLUSIONS

• Airfares to and from your destination unless purchased the air-inclusive package

• All items of a personal nature i.e phone calls; minibar; beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary

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PRICE

$4095 CAD per person
Land only. Price is based on double occupancy.

 

Day 1 - September 14

Arrive Zegreb
Welcome Reception

Embark on an epic discovery of the Balkans. The capital city of Zagreb is your springboard to a fascinating journey through what was once a troubled region and is today a land of diverse cultures and traditions which you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy with newfound friends. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

Day 2 - September 15

Zagreb Sightseeing And Free Time
Buffet Breakfast

The paved squares and steep alleyways of Zagreb are ours to explore this morning as we join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s rich medieval and religious history. See the majestic Cathedral on Kaptol and St. Mark’s Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof. Admire the Opera House, then take a stroll around the 17th-century Ban Jelačić Square. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own - enjoy panoramic city views from Strossmatre, pay tribute to Zagreb’s patron saint at the Stone Gate or wander through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble through its labyrinthine lanes. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to, Kumrovec, the birthplace of iconic leader Tito and enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialities with magnificent views of the Croatian Countryside.

Day 3 - September 16

Zagreb and Sarajevo Sightseeing
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

We journey to Sarajevo, whose rich religious and multicultural heritage has earned it the nickname, the Jerusalem of Europe. Its centuries-old religious history is reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Delving into the depths below Sarajevo, we join a Local Specialist for an insider tour of a Bosnian war tunnel which allowed food, war supplies and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear war-time tales of bravery and tragedy. This evening, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

Day 4 - September 17

Sarajevo Sightseeing and Free Time
Buffet Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of the city’s old town, past the largest mosque in the Balkans, the Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured decades ago. During your free time this afternoon perhaps ramble along Copper Street seeking treasures, or drink from the fountain of Sebilj to secure your return to Sarajevo.

Day 5 - September 18

Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik
Buffet Breakfast

We journey to the secluded coves and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast that for centuries have attracted famous artists, actors and aristocrats. En route to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, we stop at the magnificent Mostar Bridge. Hear the tales of this impressive bridge over the Neretva River and the bridge keepers who watched over it in Medieval times - giving Mostar its name. The 16th-century bridge, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect, was destroyed during the war and has been rebuilt using age-old traditions. Enjoy some free time to explore the town, before continuing to the ancient city of Dubrovnik. This evening, consider joining a private sunset cruise with dinner, enjoying the best views of this enchanting city from the water.

Day 6 - September 19

Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Stroll through the marble streets of this stunning medieval city, joining a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights of Dubrovnik with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking an afternoon boat ride to the seaside oasis of Cavtat. Travel to Osojnik and ‘Connect With Locals’, joining the Muhoberac family for a traditional Be My Guest meal in the village their ancestors have lived in for over 500 years.

Day 7 - September 20

Dubrovnik, Excursion to Montenegro
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Dazzling natural surrounds are ours to enjoy today as we travel to the Republic of Montenegro, where we will meet a Local Specialist and head towards the mouth of the Bay of Kotor. Celebrate centuries of history in the charming town of Kotor, with its Venetian palaces and medieval churches. We return to Dubrovnik this evening and dine tonight at our hotel.

Day 8 - September 21

Dubrovnik and Split
Buffet Breakfast

We pass old fishing villages and modern resorts, arriving in the vibrant city of Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s 4th-century Palace. See Split’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Spend the evening on your own, or join an Optional Experience to savour traditional Dalmatian flavours.

Day 9 - September 22

Split Free Day Or Optional Excursion to Hvar
Buffet Breakfast

Indulge in a full free day to discover Split on your terms. Ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs that edge onto the Adriatic or consider a full-day Optional Experience to the beautiful island of Hvar.

Day 10 - September 23

Split, Trogir and Plitvice
Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we visit the walled island of Trogir with a Local Specialist. The stone town is a boon for lovers of art and Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture churches. We leave the coast and journey to the forested National Park of Plitvice, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Day 11 - September 24

Plitvice National Park and Zagreb
Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

The tranquil turquoise, emerald and grey waters of Plitvice’s multitude of lakes and waterfalls are explored today on a walking tour with a Local Specialist. Amble past the scenic natural landscapes, admiring the lush green vegetation in this UNESCO World Heritage site. We return to Zagreb for a final Farewell Dinner together, reminiscing over an enchanting Balkan exploration.

Day 12 - September 25

Depart Zagreb
Buffet Breakfast

Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

Terms & Conditions

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Provided full payment has been received travel documents will be sent in electronic format no later than 21 days prior to departure. You may opt to receive hard copy documents in which case these will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the departure date. If hard copy documents are required the next day or earlier than 21 days prior to departure an additional fee based on actual shipping cost will apply. CANCELLATION AND CANCELLATION FEES Trafalgar must receive all cancellations and revisions in writing. Guided Vacations that are postponed or require any date change are considered cancellations, penalties will be assessed as per the below. Individual land cancellations: • 60 days and over prior to departure - loss of per person deposit ($200) • 59 - 22 days prior to departure - 25% per person of the total trip cost • 21-8 days prior to departure - 30% per person of the total trip cost • Less than 7 days prior to departure - 50% per person of the total trip cost • Day of departure/no-show - 100% per person of the total trip cost Additional cancellation penalties may apply based on special inclusions and individual hotel policies. Pre- and post-trip accommodations cancelled between 14 days and the day of departure may incur penalties up to 100% of the accommodations cost. Travel agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT CONDITIONS: This discount applies to the land only portion of the vacation and is not guaranteed. Offer is subject to availability, and may be withdrawn at anytime without notice. GENERAL INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS Guided Vacation Prices Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies and exchange rates as at time the brochure went to print. Should these change, the price of your holiday may increase. All are subject to change. No surcharges in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment for the deposit of your land tour is received. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total tour price increases by more than 7%, guests will have the right to cancel their guided vacation within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. Other Fees and Taxes are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed at time of booking. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. Passport and Visas – All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas; and they must comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited. Due to government imposed security immigration measures, passport and emergency and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents The Operators and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by guests for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements. TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN – Manulife Travel Insurance for The Travel Corporation. Underwritten by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and First North American Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife and offered by Trafalgar. If you have any questions regarding Manulife Travel Insurance for The Travel Corporation or to request a copy of the policy, please call 1-866-298-2722. Manulife is a trademark of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it, and by its affiliates under license. For further booking terms & conditions covering the operation of all our guided vacations, please refer to the Trafalgar Europe & Britain brochure. Further clauses regarding operator responsibility and other matters are contained within the brochure. Please note that we operate only non-smoking coaches Speak to your Travel Advisor for more details.