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Highlights
  • Wander beautiful medieval cities
  • Opt for a soak in a thermal bath in budapest
  • Kayak the bay of kotor
  • Marvel at the ancient roman palace of diocletian in split

This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkans' own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour – you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres, and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 28 days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.

Trip Description
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
 

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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans

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I had the most magical experience thank you. Especially so , spoilt by having the very best skipper Damir. Through Damir's local knowledge of the Island's, he was able to give us the best possible experience. If I was to go home tomorrow, (& my travel plans are, travelling for some months yet) I would be the happiest woman alive! I rate this adventure, the very best in my life time.Damir's caring thoughts of each & everyone of his passengers needs were to make this sailing trip very special to us all. Our safety & well being was paromount at all times, but always giving us the flexability also. I have already started spreading the word. Thank you so much G Adventures. Warmest regards, Vivienne Nye November 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fun, fun, wonderful fun. I learnt so much from Damir's wealth of knowledge

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K

Recommends

It is a good way to make the most of your trips because you see and experience more than on a 'normal' trip. May 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I liked the mix of visiting places and just hanging on the boat which made it the most Relaxing Holiday in a Long time.

Operator G Adventures

R

Recommends

Great country, and very well organized trip, given us access to unusual places. From the skipper, taking into account different wishes and different focus from all guests to make sure, that everybody feels well. May 2015

5.0
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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
One of the best trips i ever made.....but to be honest, we were lucky, because of only 4 people on the boat.....

Operator G Adventures

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Awesome! January 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was an awesome trip. After a week of running and taking trains around Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre -- that week was a awesome break to just relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at agriturismo and had farm-to-table meals every breakfast and every dinner.

This trip called for a lot of hiking -- not recommended for those who do not hike or exercise on a regular basis.
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M

Recommends

Well organised. Great guide December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Lots of fun.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Berlin

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Berlin (1B)

Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.

Day 3 Berlin/Krakow (1B)

Watch the scenery go by as you journey to Krakòw. With free time, opt to explore the different neighbourhoods like the Jewish section and main square. Dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: None

Days 4-5 Krakow

You may want to end your day embracing Polish social traditions in one of Krakow’s many cellar restaurants and pubs. Dive into the thriving social scene over a few vodkas in one of these cheerful establishments, Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) is a must! Included Activities: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Visit

Day 5 Krakow (1B)

Opt to visit Rynek Główny - Europe’s largest medieval market square; savour a traditional Polish breakfast (kielbasa, yum), or sit back with a coffee and a slice of Poland's famous cheesecake (sernik babci) at one of the many cafes in the area. Then, walk it off with a stroll uphill to marvel at the impressive Wawel Royal Castle.

Day 6 Krakow/Prague (1B)

If you're in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs, which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place to find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine such as fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings. Transport: Local train

Days 7-8 Prague

Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring all Prague has to offer. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or a traditional Czech beer hall with serious helpings of meat and potatoes. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 9 Prague/Český Krumlov (1B)

Travel to Český Krumlov. Spend time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava River. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Český Krumlov/Vienna (1B)

There's plenty of time here to visit world-famous museums, the opera house or indulge in typical Austrian desserts like strudel or Sacher Torte. Included Activities: Vienna Walking Tour Magdas Hotel Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Vienna (1B)

Wander the elegant streets a little more, take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries or just settle yourself on a café terrace, order up a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake and watch the world go by over coffee.

Day 12 Vienna/Budapest (1B)

With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do. Transport: Train

Day 13 Budapest (1B)

Spend a free day exploring this charming and historic city. Opt to take a boat trip down the Danube, or travel further afield to the Etyek wine country.

Day 14 Budapest (1B)

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Day 15 Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)

Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub. Transport: Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Train

Day 16 Novi Sad/Belgrade (1B)

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade. Included Activities: Petrovaradin Fortress Visit Transport: Train

Day 17 Belgrade (1B)

Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history. Included Activities: Kalemegdan Fortress Visit

Day 18 Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)

Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 19 Sarajevo (1B)

Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'. Included Activities: Tunnel of Life Tour

Day 20 Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)

After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a café, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. For a sobering look into the city's recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 21 Mostar/Kotor (1B)

Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area's sand. Transport: Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle

Day 22 Kotor (1B)

Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking

Day 23 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)

The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood. Transport: Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle

Day 24 Dubrovnik (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

Day 25 Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)

Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns. Transport: Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik to beautiful Hvar. Ferry

Day 26 Hvar (1B)

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands. Included Activities: Pakleni Islands Boat Ride

Day 27 Hvar/Split (1B)

Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area. Included Activities: Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk Transport: Ferry

Day 28 Split (1B)

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

Dates & Pricing

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Price Per Day:

$ 141 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Magdas Hotel
  • Vienna
  • Guided tour of Warsaw
  • Auschwitz entrance and guided tour (Krakow)
  • Orientation walk of Prague
  • Vienna walking tour
  • Petrovaradin Fortress visit
  • Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)
  • "Tunnel of Life" tour (Sarajevo)
  • Mostar stay
  • Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)
  • Beach time in Hvar
  • Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands
  • Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 27 breakfasts
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, long-distance bus, local bus, boat, walking.Intercity transport on this trip will be by local bus, and long-distance train and bus. The bus and train systems in Central Europe are generally good, but inevitably travelling by public transport can involve delays and frustrations, and we ask you to keep this in mind. This tour includes some long travel days, but we believe those hours of travel are more than worth it for the reward of seeing so much of this breathtaking region in a short space of time, so unfold your map, pack in your mp3 player and your phrase-book and get ready to enjoy some beautiful landscapes with your Polish or Slovakian neighbour. Between transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 20 mins walk).
Local Flights If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/pensions (28 nts).
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities. Our accommodation in Krakow is a comfortable and modern hostel with double, twin or triple rooms, bathroom facilities may be shared. In the Tatras mountains, we use a simple pension. Rooms may be triple-share and are not all ensuite. However, the location and the homely welcome are unbeatable!
Start City
Berlin
End City
Split
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide in Auschwitz.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. CLIMATE Weather in all countries visited is similar in May – October period. Summer is warm but rainy with 8 – 9 hours of sunshine. 2. YOUR CEO It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. Your CEO will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one. 3. LUGGAGE In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times. 4. RAMADAN Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 7th and July 7th, 2016. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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