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Best of the Balkans

From Bucharest to Budapest, take in the Best of the Balkans in all-inclusive luxury over 15 days. Visit Sofia, Ohrid Lake, Dubrovnik and Sarajevo.

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 6,995
  • 2019 Bucharest > Budapest

    Discover some of history’s most fascinating chapters

    The Balkans have always stood right at the crossroads of Europe. The dynamics that have shaped its history have left deep impressions in the cultures that call this beautiful region home.

    That’s partly what lends the towns and cities here such an enduring fascination. You’ll have a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the stories that have forged these proud people, stretching from recent times all the way back to the Byzantine Empire that supplanted Rome. Of course, the allure of history is just one of the reasons to visit, and you’ll find plenty of time to simply relax, and absorb some of the most stunning natural scenery on view anywhere in the world.

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    15 Days

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  • 15 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bucharest

      Your journey begins in Bucharest with an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Bucharest > Sofia

      Journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Sofia

      With your local guide, discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects. This evening, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and folk show at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Sofia > Ohrid Lake

      Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at Ohrid Lake for a two night stay.


      Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Ohrid Lake

      Tour the town with your knowledgeable guide this morning. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans.


      Visit the Monastery of St. Naum or enjoy a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, take a guided hike through the Galicica National Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 6 - Ohrid Lake > Tirana

      Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel before embarking on a city tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Tirana > Budva

      Travel to Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 8 - Budva > Dubrovnik

      Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the Bay of Kotor. Take in amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik. You’ll enjoy a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Dubrovnik

      Today see Onofrio’s Fountain and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.


      Take a scenic journey through the pretty countryside, visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

      This evening visit a local farm house where you will get to meet the owners and taste their delicious home grown produce during a mouth watering dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

      En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the Old Bridge. Later, check into your hotel for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Sarajevo

      Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.


      Tonight you’ll be treated to a private home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Sarajevo > Zagreb

      Continue to Zagreb and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb

      Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Zagreb > Budapest

      Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Budapest

      Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast