Save Up to $500 CAD Per Person on Experience the Balkans with Collette
Price: $4,849 CAD per person
(based on land only, double occupancy, tour inclusions and available options may vary based on departure date)
Savings: Up to $500 Per Person
Departure Date: May 21, 2022
- Uncover a region where rocky coastlines and towering mountains meet a complex history and medieval city walls
- Personalize your time in Dubrovnik, choosing between a kayaking tour, a walking tour, or an excursion to Lokrum Island
- Travel by boat to Montenegro’s seaside village of Perast. Discover Sarajevo, home to a multitude of religious sects all living in harmony
- Enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a Bosnian home, sampling klepe and burek
- Explore the natural wonder of Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO) with a guide
- As you make your way through the Balkans, get a glimpse into generations of traditions and connect with welcoming locals
Photo: The Balkans Itinerary Map
The Balkans Featuring Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Slovenia Itinerary:
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Uncover a region where rocky coastlines and towering mountains meet a complex history and medieval city walls. As you make your way through the Balkans, get a glimpse into generations of traditions and connect with welcoming locals.
Day 2: Dubrovnik, Croatia - Tour Begins
Discover the twisting cobblestone streets and burnt-orange rooftops of Dubrovnik, your gateway to the Balkans. Meet your fellow travelers and look out over the sparkling Adriatic Sea during dinner, featuring local seafood dishes.
Day 3: Dubrovnik
Personalize your day in Dubrovnik because it’s your choice! See the famous city walls from a new perspective and join a local guide on a kayaking tour -OR- explore the city with a guide on foot and then discover the city walls on your own -OR- embark on a tour of the city before venturing to Lokrum Island with a local guide, where you can swim or meander along the wandering peacocks. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you please.
Photo: View of Dubrovnik Old Town, in Dalmatia, Croatia, the prominent travel destination of Croatia
Day 4: Dubrovnik – Kotor, Montenegro
Leave Croatia and make your way into Montenegro. Get acquainted with Kotor’s Old Town (UNESCO), taking advantage of some free time to explore. Settle into your historic hotel – an 18th-century building that is part of the original city walls. Enjoy a fresh Mediterranean dinner as the day draws to a close.
Day 5: Kotor
Start your morning on a private boat and head to the nearby islet of Our Lady of the Rocks. Visit the church before continuing on to the seaside village of Perast. Return to Kotor – the rest of the day is yours. Perhaps you’ll go on an optional excursion to a family-owned olive grove, where you’ll tour the property before enjoying some local snacks.
Day 6: Kotor – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo
Cross into Bosnia and Herzegovina and spend time in Mostar, home to the iconic arched Stari Most bridge (UNESCO). Explore with your guide before discovering the area on your own. Continue on to Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city where East meets West, and your home for the next 3 nights. Reminiscent of a European Jerusalem, find an ever-evolving conglomeration of religious sects all living in harmony. Perhaps you’ll take an evening stroll with your Tour Manager to get familiar with the area.
Day 7: Sarajevo
With an expert guide, discover Sarajevo, perhaps most famous as the starting point of WWI. As you make your way along the storied roadways, admire the significant blend of religions and architectural styles. Take advantage of free time before it’s your choice! Uncover the city’s past with a local siege survivor, spending time in the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum before visiting the bobsled track on Trebevic Olympic Mountain -OR- visit Gallery 11/07/95, which documents the city’s 20th-century turmoil through photography.
Day 8: Sarajevo
Enjoy time on your own today. Consider an optional excursion to Lukomir Highland, where you’ll hike to a remote village and bond with locals over lunch. Or maybe you’ll embark on an optional tour of Tito’s Bunker, exploring the former president’s personal hideout. No matter how you spend the day, connect with locals at a home-hosted dinner. Enjoy regional favorites such as klepe (meat dumplings) and burek (flaky filled pastries). Drink Bosnian coffee as you listen to traditional folk music.
Photo: Romantic Ljubljana's city center, the capital of Slovenia, Europe. City hall and Roba's fountain shot at dusk.
Day 9: Sarajevo – Plitvice, Croatia
Make your way through Bosnia and into northern Croatia, arriving in Plitvice in the late afternoon. Your hotel supports a Serbian community center where local women produce traditional crafts and bake homemade goods. During this Impact Moment, learn how the local women are keeping the community alive through their traditions and crafts. As the day ends, enjoy an authentic “under the bell” dinner, where lamb and vegetables are slow-roasted under a giant iron bell for hours.
Day 10: Plitvice Lakes – Motovun
Take in the forested landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO) with a guide. Walk along the cascading lakes and the free-flowing waterfalls before cruising through the park by boat. Head to the Istrian Peninsula, where rolling hills and vineyard rows meet seaside towns full of Mediterranean cuisine. For a 3-night stay in Motovun, settle into the Roxanich Wine and Heritage Hotel, nestled at the base of a hilltop village.
Day 11: Motovun – Rovinj – Motovun
Travel off the beaten path to the fishing village of Rovinj. Uneven cobblestone streets lead into sidewalk cafes, boasting an atmosphere of welcoming locals. After getting acquainted with the humble port town, take advantage of some free time to explore on your own. Return back to Motovun – the rest of the day is yours.
Day 12: Motovun
Feel like a local and join a family on their forested property for a truffle-hunting adventure. Follow their friendly dogs on your quest for the coveted mushrooms, then sit down for a tasty truffle-inspired lunch. Head back to town for an evening on your own. Consider joining your Tour Manager on a leisurely walk to the top of the village for views of the surrounding area.
Day 13: Motovun – Bled, Slovenia
Cross into Slovenia and spend time at Lipica Stud Farm, the famous breed of the Habsburgs Empire. Meet purebred Lipizzan horses, dating back to the 16th century, and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to a picnic lunch in the meadows. End your day along the shores of Lake Bled. With the Julian Alps towering along the skyline and the ethereal turquoise water lapping against the tiny islet, enjoy an evening on your own to take in the tranquil beauty of Bled.
Photo: Slovenia - Aerial view resort Lake Bled
Day 14: Bled
Today it’s your choice! Experience the old-world charm of a traditional Pletna boat ride, heading to Lake Bled’s island and its 17th-century cathedral -OR- visit the nearby village of Bohinj with a local guide, getting a feel for everyday life and learning about Slovenian traditions. The remainder of the afternoon is yours.
Day 15: Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb, Croatia
Head to Ljubljana, where curving canals and picturesque bridges form the capital of Slovenia. See the city with a local guide, strolling along an intriguing mix of foreign architecture. Take advantage of some free time to explore on your own. Continue on to Zagreb, the storied capital of Croatia. After independently discovering the city, toast to the end of your Balkan adventure at a farewell dinner.
Day 16: Zagreb - Tour Ends
Wish Croatia goodbye as you depart for home.
Photo: City view of Zagreb, Croatia during the daytime
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