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The Big Balkan tour
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The Big Balkan

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
18 days
From: $ 2,677 $ 149 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Mostar
  • Visit Matka Valley
  • Visit Ruse
  • Visit Veliko Târnovo
  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
  • Visit Kotor
  • Visit the Rila Monastery
  • Local guides in Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Sofia and Belgrade
  • Visit the Monastery of Saint Naum

Short Description

Get excited. You’re about to have the best time on this Balkan adventure. We’re taking you from Dubrovnik to Bulgaria, Belgrade, Bucharest and more. This trip has it all: beaches, beers, beautiful scenery and loads of history. Ready to roll? Let’s go!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • 17 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver

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Itinerary

Day 1

It doesn’t get much better than this. Say hi to Dubrovnik before you meet the group for a walking tour to kick things off. Travelling solo? You won’t be for much longer. Exciting times ahead.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then enjoy a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. Alternatively, take to the turquoise water with a spot of optional sea kayaking around the city walls. This is the good life. There’s also a Game of Thrones tour to get stuck into if that’s your jam.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik Walls
-Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik

Day 3

Say bye to Croatia because we’re off to Albania via a pit stop in Kotor, Montenegro. That’s right! Three countries in one day. Check you out! Seeing the world like a boss.

Included today:
-Visit Kotor

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

Today we're off to Ohrid. Think: medieval churches, monasteries, ruins and a lake so blue you'll forget what stress even is.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

We’ve got a free day in Ohrid today. Check out historic monuments one minute, then lie on a deck chair with your toes in the water the next... it ain’t so bad here! This afternoon we’ve got a visit to the Monastery of Saint Naum lined up. From here, the views over Lake Ohrid are incredible.

Included today:
-Visit the Monastery of Saint Naum

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Back on the coach for a drive to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje (pronounced SKOPE-yey.) Before we hit the big city, we’re stopping for a dose of daily greens at Valley Canyon. Think: 5000 hectares of forest, monasteries and cool rocks. Get ready because there are plenty of photo ops of the Matka Canyon.

Included today:
-Visit Matka Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

And, we’re off this morning. Destination = Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. Get caught up in the history and architecture and be amazed at the Rila Monastery. Dinner’s up to you tonight so be sure to seek out somewhere awesome to round up your day.

Included today:
-Visit the Rila Monastery

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 8

To the beach! Today we’re off to Burgas for a dose of sun and sand in this super cute seaside town.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9

Free days are the best days. Today you have two options: flick your towel out on the beach or don your best boots for exploring.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

Another day, another country. We’re off to Bucharest, but first, a pit stop at Ruse. This Viennese inspired UNESCO town is sure to set your Insta feed on fiyah. Spend a few hours here and then wave bye to Bulgaria as we cruise into Romania.

Included today:
-Visit Ruse

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 11

Welcome to Bucharest. Despite what its name suggests, today there’s no rest allowed. You have a mission: cheap beers and hunting vampires. For those wanting to wander, the Palace of Parliament and the Cismigiu Gardens are highly recommended. Psst: ten points if you find the Mini Arc De Triomphe. 10,000 steps? Too easy.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12

The very charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break the day up, we’re stopping at Veliko Tarnovo for some pics.

Included today:
-Visit Veliko Tarnovo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 13

You’ve got a free day to explore this gem of a capital city. But first, get a lay of the land on a walking tour with a local guide. Later on, why not pay a visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral?

Included activities:
-Walking tour of Sofia with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 14

Serbia here we come! Once we arrive in Belgrade, a guide is waiting to show us how to explore this city like a local. After dinner on us, why not hit the town? We've got a free day tomorrow, so it’d be rude not to.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Belgrade with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 15

Sleep in or get up early, today it’s all on you. Stuck for ideas? See your Trip Leader for tips on how to make the most of this super underrated city.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 16

Bye Belgrade! Today we go to Sarajevo. But first, a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial before a guided tour of Bosnia’s capital city. Follow your local guide and learn all about this fascinating city’s war-torn past. Tonight, discuss everything you’ve learned over dinner, it’s on us.

Included today:
-Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
-Walking tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 17

We’ll be stopping in Mostar today where you can jump out and explore before we cross the border back into Croatia. Walking over the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge sitting above the Neretva River, is a must.

Included today:
-Visit Mostar

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 18

All good things must come to an end and today we say goodbye. Swap numbers and get thinking about the next adventure.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Accomodations

Rooms are en-suite and either twin, double or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex unless you have paid an extra fee for your own room.

Age Notes

Max Age: 30

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document.

Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually 'continental breakfasts', which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book, or make note of this in the Topdeck App when you check in (refer below). However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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