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12 Days
Availability : May to Sept 2019
Zagreb - Croatia
Dubrovnik - Croatia
National Geographic Expeditions

TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Take a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
  • Cross the magnificent Stari Most bridge in Mostar, and enjoy local market specialties in Sarajevo.
  • Walk the old city wall of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”

ITINERARY

On the crossroads between east and west, the Balkan Peninsula is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. These 12 rich days are the ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro. Plus, enjoy an exclusive experience walking through Sarajevo with a local war historian. Whether you’re in it for the food, the history, the culture, or the nature, this adventure’s got it all.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

 
DAY 1: ZAGREB
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations:Hotel Dubrovnik (or similar)
 
DAY 2: ZAGREB/PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park with a local guide and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population. This evening, enjoy a traditional peka (baked vegetable and meat dish) dinner cooked on hot coals.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Mirjana & Rastoke (or similar)
 
DAY 3: PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK/SPLIT
Enjoy a morning walk in Plitvice before continuing on to Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the Diocletian Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel President (or similar)
 
DAY 4: SPLIT
Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:St Duje Cathedral Visit, Archaeology Museum, Trogir Excursion
Accommodations:Hotel President (or similar)
 
DAY 5: SPLIT/SARAJEVO
Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), then continue to Sarajevo for the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel President (or similar)
 
DAY 6: SARAJEVO
Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through it. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and Trebević Mountain, and gain insight into how the people of this city moved beyond conflict. After, visit a market and enjoy a local lunch with your CEO.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel President (or similar)
 
DAY 7: SARAJEVO
Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Latin Bridge Visit
Accommodations:Hotel President (or similar)
 
DAY 8: SARAJEVO/KOTOR
Cross over to Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor. Opt to visit the Roman mosaics in Risan, take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking in the spectacular bay.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Kotor City Exploration, Sea Kayaking, Kotor Maritime Museum, Sveti Ivan Fortress Hike
Accommodations:Hotel Porto In (or similar)
 
DAY 9: KOTOR
Enjoy a free day to explore.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Perast Visit, Kotor City Exploration, Herceg Novi Beach Visit, Kotor Maritime Museum, Lake Skadar National Park, Sea Kayaking, The Ladder of Kotor Hike, Donji Stoliv Hike, Risan town and Roman Mosaics Visit, Sveti Ivan Fortress Hike
Accommodations:Hotel Porto In (or similar)
 
DAY 10: KOTOR/DUBROVNIK
Visit a family-run agroturizam villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Meet our local host and then enjoy a traditional lunch of local hams, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and walk the old city walls.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Adria Dubrovnik (or similar)
 
DAY 11: DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafes serve up delicious seafood.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Lopud Island Visit, Sea Kayaking
Accommodations:Hotel Adria Dubrovnik (or similar)
 
DAY 12: DUBROVNIK
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts).
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private minivan, bus, boat.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park walk
  • Traditional peka dinner
  • Split orientation walk around Diocletian’s Palace
  • Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
  • Kotor orientation walk
  • Dubrovnik city wall walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
MY OWN ROOM

During your trip, sometimes it’s just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That’s why we offer the “My Own Room” option – a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,798

 

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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