Experience the best of Hungary, Italy and the Balkans
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 Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid. 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.
Learn about the dark history and rebuilding of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 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.
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's increible culinary scene harnesses the best of them.
This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
This tour is a ‘combo’ – a combination of two shorter itineraries that have been stitched together to make a longer adventure. Because of this, your group leader and the composition of your group may change in Dubrovnik.
As space it at a premium in Europe, a single supplement is not available on this trip. Single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people. Couples should be aware that hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Rooms can be rather small by American or Australian standards and in most cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than en suite.
Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C). Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air conditioning and carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
If you have more time to explore the region you may want to check out our other trips in Europe, such as our trip ‘Budapest to Rome’ (trip code ZMRRC), a 26-day trip taking in the highlights of the Balkans and beyond. It takes in Hungary, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. This trip can also be booked in individual segments to suit the amount time you have available for your trip in Europe.
1. A single supplement is NOT available on this trip.
2. As this is a combination of two trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Dubrovnik.
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