Experience the best of Hungary, Italy and the Balkans with Intrepid Travel.

Experience the many charms of eastern Europe and Italy – from the hearty cuisine of Hungary to the glamorous beaches of Split and stunning alpine scenery of Slovenia – on this unforgettable small group adventure. Be seduced by Belgrade's Bohemian vibe, see why Montenegro's emerging as Europe's next tourism hotspot, feel the press of history on a stroll through Split's old town and fall head over hells for ever-seductive Venice. Whether you're heading to this part of the world for your first time or tenth, eastern Europe never fails to enamour.

Budapest, Hungary
Venice, Italy
Bosnia & Herzegovina,
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  • Learn about the dark history and rebuilding of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a walking tour of Sarajevo, then visit Mostar’s famous Old Bridge and witness a traditional bridge jumper hurl themselves into the icy waters below
  • Immerse yourself in the edgy street scene of Belgrade's Bohemian Quarter, then dance the night away in one of Europe’s nightlife hotspots
  • Admire the restored architecture of World Heritage-listed Kotor, Montenegro, on a climb along the ancient city walls
  • Split is a haven of relaxation and culture. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and admire the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace
  • Stroll through Plitvice Lakes National Park, marvelling at luminous lakes and waterfalls that appear to have been sketched by an artist
  • Croatia's amazing array of food specialities mix multiple European influences, and Zagreb harnesses the best of them. Feast on Mediterranean fresh seafood, Italian-influenced antipasti and the crunchy, doughy dessert of fritule
  • The floating city of Venice is one place you’ll be happy to get lost in. The city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands lead to over 130 churches, all with their own distinct character


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 15 October 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Szia! Welcome to Hungary. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with the hotel reception about where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. In the evening after the welcome meeting perhaps head out with your new travel buddies and your leader for dinner, then take a night walk along the Danube River to see the surrounding buildings and bridges lit up in lights. Not to be missed are Budapest's funky 'ruin pubs'.

On day 2 you have a full free day to explore Budapest. Known as 'The Pearl of the Danube', Budapest is a great city to enjoy from the water. Perhaps take a boat trip along the river or catch a funicular up to the castle for spectacular views of the Parliament Building. Alternatively head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess. You also might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Budapest Custom Tour or Bites and Sights. Check them out at urbanadventures.com. In the evening, board an overnight train to Belgrade.
This morning arrive into Belgrade after your overnight train journey. Known as the' White City', Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is an important intersection between the Eastern and Western part of the continent. Your leader will take you on a short orientation walk to give you some familiarity with the area and local amenities. After the walk, you'll have almost two full days of free time to explore the city. Perhaps take a stroll through the Nikola Tesla Museum to learn about the life and work of Serbia's greatest inventor, or check out the city's Ethnographic or Military Museums. If the weather is warm, why not brave the crowds on Ada Ciganlija beach, where you can swim, take part in water-sports or simply soak up the sun with a cocktail right on the banks of the Danube?

You might like to take a 90-minute cruise along the Danube River, passing the Kalemegdan Fortress, Pancevo Bridge and the artist village of Zemun. The markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours. Throughout the summer months, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events and the city is abuzz with people and activities. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the Bohemian Quarter to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively entertainment.
Travel by bus through beautiful countryside to Sarajevo. The journey will take around eight hours in total, so sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital, and is increasingly regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful capital cities. On arrival, embark on an orientation walk to gain insight into the history and culture of this enchanting city.

Sarajevo was significantly damaged during the Bosnian War, and has undergone extensive reconstruction in recent years. In your free time today, uncover this history with a visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnels and along Sniper Alley, or learn about the tragedies faced by the city's Jews at the Jewish Museum. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old bazaar. It was badly damaged during the war, but has since been restored to its former glory, and the traditional copper smiths have moved back in. Try the local specialty of bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).
Continue by train (two hours and 40 minutes) to Mostar. Mostar was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Bosnia during the war. The old town has since been rebuilt, however, and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On arrival, perhaps head to the famous Stari Most bridge to witness brave members of the Mostar diving club dive into the waters below. We advise against having a go yourself, as the bridge is high and the water is freezing. You might like to follow local custom and hand the divers a few Marks. Alternatively, there's an interesting museum about the history of the city's most famous landmark next to the bridge itself.
Today take a six-hour bus ride to Montenegro. Head to Europe's most southerly fjord, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), before arriving into Kotor town. This World Heritage-listed city is set in a secluded part of the bay. Head out on a short orientation walk, checking out the ancient Cathedral of St Tryphun. The tour will also take you past the South Gates of Kotor (the Gurdich Gate) and the Armoury Square. Afterwards, you might like to climb the hills behind the city to visit Kotor's ruined fortification walls. A one-and-a-half hour hike to the fortress at the top rewards you with magnificent views across town and brooding Kotor Bay.
Depart Montenegro on a three-hour bus ride along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. Take a walk along the city walls of Game of Thrones' fame, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city. Perhaps check out the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the world's oldest continuously-functioning pharmacies, founded in the 13th century. The Sponza and Rector's Palaces were the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667. You might prefer to check out the city's War Photography Museum, or even take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island. Tonight perhaps enjoy a meal with the group.

Notes: As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting on day 10 to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Take a public bus for about three hours up the coast to Split. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the second largest city in Croatia. Split grew out from Diocletian's Palace and you can almost see it evolving in a multitude of different ways. Some cultures might have made the palace a museum, but the city of Split has always been a dynamic and vibrant place, and the palace houses many businesses and homes. Interact with the locals of Split at Marmontova fish market or the markets just outside of the palace walls.

On Day 13, take a daytrip out to the island of Brac and visit the town of Supetar. Spend a day exploring this island or simply take it easy, lie on famous Zlatni Rat beach and enjoy the sun with a drink in your hand.
Travel by bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park and continue later in the day to Zagreb (approximately five hours of driving in total). Plitvice Lakes National Park is a forested area of waterfalls and blue lakes, which is fed by the Bijela and Crna (White and Black) Rivers. Walk around the upper and lower lakes, exploring grottoes, pine tree forests and search for an abundance of wildlife. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring that there's as little impact on the park as possible. Look to the canopy for over 120 species of birds, including hawks and owls.

Leave Plitvice Lakes National Park behind and head to Zagreb, where you'll go on an orientation walk on arrival. Your leader will point out local amenities and attractions you might want to visit along the way, so ask any questions you might have about the city during the walk. Day 15 is a free day in Zagreb, so check out both the upper town and the lower town to understand the city's culture. The tallest building in town is the gothic Zagreb Cathedral, with iconic twin spires that can be seen from virtually everywhere in the city. Ban Jelacic Square is the city's central point, which is surrounded by multiple structures that reflect different periods of Zagreb's past. One of the more unusual places you could visit is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which documents the history of failed relationships and unrequited love.
Travel by train for around two and a half hours to Ljubljana (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana'), the cosmopolitan capital of Slovenia. On arrival into Ljubljana, check in to your accommodation and then head out to get to know the city. Located in the centre of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants. In your free time you can visit Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Dragon Bridge or the open market under the arcade.

There may be time on Day 17 to take an optional day trip to Bled. With a stunning lake, a castle, a picturesque island church and plenty of outdoor activities, Bled is a great place to explore. There's also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating.
This morning travel by bus to one of the world's most unique cities - Venice (approximately 3.5 hours). A grand city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. Still rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture. The best way to enjoy your free time and explore is by foot, taking in all the famous sights - the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica, and of course, the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges.

There are shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner. Don't miss taking a gondola trip through the romantic canals or sampling a slice of region's desert speciality, tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake). On the final day of the trip, there are no activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to do in Venice we recommend you to extend your stay by a few days. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Please enquire at the time of booking.
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2 breakfasts
Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight sleeper train, Ferry, Metro, Taxi
Hotel (5 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Pension (6 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights) Overnight slleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - Entrance


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