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26 Days | From remote islands to ancient salt mines, explore the Balkans in depth

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Unlock the cultural treasure chest of the Balkans on an in-depth 26-day Premium adventure from Split to Bucharest. Amazing beaches and sunshine give way to medieval towns and castles as lesser known National Parks provide an incredible mountianous backdrop. Get away from the modern world and in with the locals on the remote and beautiful island of Lastovo, and soak up ancient riches of Transylvania, and discover Tara National Park’s spectacular scenery on foot and riding the rails on a historic steam train. Bursting with culinary delights and cultural wonders - the Balkans has it all.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Balkans In Depth including Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania and Serbia
Start
Split, Croatia
Finish
Bucharest, Romania
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMPDC
This trip generates 33.9 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Follow a local guide through Diocletian's Palace in Split, where narrow cobblestone streets are lined with pre-Romanesque churches, Gothic chapels and museums.
  • Spend two nights in Santa Lucia Heritage Hotel – your Feature Stay in Split –located right in the popular Pjaca (also known as the Peoples Square). This gorgeous 1776 building was recently restored and features the la luce terrace, a secret garden and private dining options
  • Take a scenic steam train ride through Tara National Park’s forests and mountains on a historic railway that forms part of the famous Ciro trail connecting Belgrade and the Adriatic Sea, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
  • Explore Balkan history, discovering Saxon villages with fairytale scenery, mideivel Old Towns with pretty market squares, and Orthodox monasteries where you'll taste the famous Tvrdos wine made by its monks.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Croatia’s coast is very hilly and mountainous, which means lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet, so good walking shoes are recommended.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in Croatia (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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Premium Balkans In Depth including Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania and Serbia

Inclusions

Meals

23 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Ferry, Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (20 nights), Feature Stay (5 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Split - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Split - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Visit
  • Korcula Island - Korcula Old Town Orientation Walk
  • Korcula - Local Winery lunch and wine tasting
  • Vela Luka - Vela Spila
  • Korcula - Custom half day tour
  • Trsteno - Arboretum visit
  • Trsteno - Olive Farm tasting and brunch
  • Dubrovnik - Sunset Sailing
  • Dubrovnik - Cavtat Tour
  • Mostar - Guided Tour with Coffee Experience
  • Stolac - Town Visit
  • Trebinje - Tvrdos Monastery Wine Tasting
  • Trebinje - Walking Tour
  • Konjic - Tito's Bunker Tour
  • Sarajevo - Walking Tour
  • Sarajevo - Cooking Demo and Home-made Dinner
  • Višegrad - Town Visit
  • Tara National Park - Hike
  • Tara National Park - Steam Train
  • Belgrade - Walking Tour
  • Timisoara - City Tour
  • Sibiu - Evening Walking Tour
  • Hunedoara - Castle Tour
  • Sibiu - ASTRA Village Museum
  • Alba Lulia - Citadel Tour
  • Turda - Salt Mines Tour
  • Malancrav - Village Stop
  • Medias - Town Stop
  • Biertan - Town Stop
  • Sighisoara - Walking Tour
  • Rupea - Fortress Stop
  • Bran Castle - Tour
  • Mount Tampa - Cable Car
  • Brasov - Walking Tour
  • Peles - Castle Visit
  • Azuga - Winery Tour and Tasting with Lunch
Add on activities
  • Split - Fish Market - Free
  • Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure - EUR64
  • Split - City Museum - EUR4
  • Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery - EUR12
  • Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower - EUR10
  • Split - Ethnographic Museum - EUR3
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars - EUR7
  • Split - Archaeological Museum - EUR8
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - EUR5
  • Korcula - Traditional Moreska Dance Performance - EUR18
  • Korcula – Hop on hop off boat - EUR20
  • Korcula – City Museum - EUR6
  • Korcula – Blato Ethno House Barilo - EUR2
  • Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure - EUR69
  • Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free
  • Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport & entry to sites) - EUR35
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum - EUR10
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace - EUR13
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Cable Car - EUR27
  • Mostar - Old Bridge Museum - EUR5
  • Sarajevo - National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina - BAM8
  • Sarajevo - Sarajevo Museum - BAM10
  • Sarajevo - War Tunnel - BAM10
  • Sarajevo - Trebević Mountain Cable Car - BAM20
  • Belgrade - House of Flowers - RSD400
  • Belgrade - Saint Sava Temple - Free
  • Belgrade - Nikola Tesla Museum - RSD800
  • Belgrade - Military Museum - RSD350
  • Belgrade - Ethnographic Museum - RSD300
  • Belgrade - Danube River Cruise - RSD800
  • Belgrade - National Museum - RSD300
  • Belgrade - Belgrade Fortress - Free
  • Belgrade - Museum of Yugoslav History - RSD400
  • Sibiu - Brukenthal Palace National Museum - RON39
  • Sibiu Museum of Contemporary Art - RON12
  • Sibiu - Holy Trinity Cathedral - Free
  • Bucharest - Village Museum - RON30
  • Bucharest - Bike Tour - EUR25
  • Bucharest - Former Ceauşescu Residence - RON55
  • Bucharest - Romanian Athenaeum - RON10
  • Bucharest - Palace of Parliament Tour - RON60
  • Bucharest - Urban Adventures Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Tour - EUR75

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation https://hybris.intrepidgroup.travel/cockpit/images/icon_func_inlinetext_openwysiwyg.pngthrough us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 

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