Travel across historic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Croatia
Welcome to the Balkans - where East meets West and new merges almost seamlessly with old. Over the centuries people have travelled to this region of Eastern Europe for its fertile soil, natural resources and healing waters. This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, boasts rich tradition, vibrant culture and mouth-watering cuisine. With historical attractions in Budapest, nightlife in Belgrade, Sarajevo's beautiful old town, Montenegro's Durmitor National Park and lively Dubrovnik, this adventure tour is delightfully different.
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Cross the Chain Bridge in Budapest and take the funicular up to Buda Castle for beautiful views over Pest
Sip Serbian wine at a family-run vineyard in quaint Sremski Karlovci, just outside of Novi Sad. Known as the Serbian Athens, Novi Sad has been built, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries
Wander through Belgrade’s Bohemian quarter and grand 19th-century boulevards, before launching yourself into its animated nightlife
Witness Mostar's famous bridge divers hurl themselves from the stones of a bridge that has spanned the river here for centuries
Sarajevo is one of the most scenically located cities in Europe. See the sights on a guided walking tour and learn about its recent history as a city under siege
As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. Please note that only some of our hotels and none of the public trains and buses in this region have air-conditioning.
As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be rather small, especially by American or Australian standards. Please also note that some of the accommodation used on this trip offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Day 12 and 13: Kotor
Our Balkan Adventure trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 56 reviews in the last year.
A good sweep through the former Yugoslavian provinces affected to a different extent from each other in the war. A good insight into the cultural faultlines between legacies of western christians, eastern orthodox and islamic cultures existing in the same region. The time in Sarajevo and Mostar were highlights, with a relaxing 2 days at scenic coastal Kotor near the end also much enjoyed. Make sure extra days added to start and finish of trip.
Review submitted 23 Dec 2017
Please use my previous comments. My main advice is to prepare for what you want to see in cities/towns at the beginning or end of the tour. The best way to do this is to obtain a map of the city and mark the main attractions, and the location of the hotel. I would also be wary of 'regional' group dinners that 'take 3 hours to prepare'. There were two instances on this holiday where these were offered, one not on the tour but on a non-Intreprid boat trip, where regional dinners turned out to be poor value. The Osijek 'regional' dinner should be dropped. A few people in the group became ill from the poor-quality, possibly old meat used, which was supposed to be venison but turned out to be beef and lamb on arrival at the restaurant. Also, some of the tipping is not consistent. While some of it seems reasonable, at other times it isn't. I do not think that someone who is running a business (e.g. by running an optional tour in addition to providing an Intrepid walking tour) needs to be paid tips. Also, recommended tipping should be commensurate with the time each guide spends with the group. In one case the suggested tip seemed excessive for a two-hour walking tour. The tipping should be more transparent based on a formula and perhaps a range should be suggested rather than a specific amount.
Review submitted 04 Dec 2017