Tour Croatia+ trip
Every country has its specific rhythm and this part of Europe has an easy-going and relaxing one. Slow down your pace to enjoy colourful landscapes, stunning cities, mesmerising sea, UNESCO protected monuments, the legacy of many of Europe's greatest empires, and hospitable, friendly people.
Step through the gates of Dubrovnik’s old city walls and get the essence of Dubrovnik, whose legacy dates back to the 9th century and don't miss the 1418 Orlando’s Column standing tall in front of the Church of Saint Blaise.
The historic centre of Split, built entirely from white stone, is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the magical beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
The trip takes you to the most breathtaking locations on the Montenegrin coastline and shows you the best of the Bay of Kotor, Perast and Kotor towns. Climb up Lovćen Mountain to see the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest leader and stroll the cobblestone streets of the Budva Old Town, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast.
Visit the world-known pilgrimage of Međugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, see the iconic Old Bridge in Mostar and admire the slender minarets of the Middle Mosque. Be amazed by a Muslim dervish Sufi monastery in Blagaj, visit Tito's Cold War-era nuclear bunker in Konjic and buy some souvenirs in Baščaršija, old Sarajevo merchant streets from the 15th century.
|Suitable for||2-6 people|
|Price per person||from 4,185.00 €|
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Activities are taking place in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina
UNESCO protected Sufi monastery Blagaj Tekija stands by the spring of the Buna river not far from the centre of Blagaj
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Baščaršija, old Sarajevo merchant streets from the 15th century is a must see when you are there!
Sveti Stefan is a former island connected to the mainland by a narrow tombolo. It is known as a favourite gathering place for movie stars, royalty, athletes and politicians
Split is the largest city in Dalmatia, home to the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s palace
You are about to discover the handpicked highlights and cities of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Here you can learn a few interesting facts about some of them.
With approximately 1,200 islands, azure waters and colourful villages rich in history, Croatia is drawing more and more travellers to its shores. Croatia is the Mediterranean’s fastest-growing destination, luring travellers with its pristine national parks, adventure sports and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik. Croatia entered the European Union in the summer of 2013 as the 28th member state.
The mere mention of Croatia conjures up images of colourful landscapes, sparkling waters and fortified towns furnished with quaint outdoor cafés. Many of Europe's greatest empires including the Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Turks and Habsburgs, left their mark on Croatia in the form of architecture, language, art and food. Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and the Balkans, Croatia has it all, from beautifully preserved medieval cities to stunning natural wonders.
Dubrovnik is known as one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world. The neatly contained Dubrovnik centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the result of meticulous reconstruction after the earthquake of 1667. But its allure lies also in the fact that it is a lived-in city, vibrant and bustling with locals whose homes line the narrow streets and sunlit squares.
This historic city-state used to be a maritime powerhouse that gained clout through diplomatic prowess. Dubrovnik was the first country in Europe to abolish slavery and it also introduced sewage and fire safety systems, a retirement home, double-entry bookkeeping, maritime and insurance laws as early as the Middle Ages.
Also, the city government was not allowed to make any important decisions during the period of the “jugo“, a wind that blows from the south that is usually blamed for ill moods by the inhabitants of the Adriatic Region.
Stradun is the main street in the Old Town of Dubrovnik and it connects the Gate of Pile and Gate of Ploče. Its name comes from the old Venetian word for “big street”, but not many know that locals also like to call the street Placa. Stradun is 300 metres long and there are many monuments you can see while walking along the street, such as Large and Small Onofrio Fountain, St. Saviour Church, Sponza Palace and St. Blaise’s Church (the patron saint of Dubrovnik).
Korčula is one of the largest islands in southern Dalmatia and is surrounded by approximately some 50 islets. The town of Korčula, an ancient trading hub, is surrounded by walls that offer a view of the myriad islets and the steep slopes of the Pelješac peninsula on the other side of the strait. Two popular sandy beaches are located on the very south of the island, while somewhat more intimate areas by the sea can be reached by bicycle or on foot.
Two popular theories are circulating on the island of Korčula: that this is the birthplace of Marco Polo and that Odysseus stumbled upon Circe here on this very island some 2000 years ago.
The easiest way to reach Korčula is by taking a 20-minute ferry ride from the town of Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula.
The large Pelješac peninsula in the south of Croatia is one of the foremost wine-producing regions in the country, so once you start exploring the mainland you will discover small secluded wineries growing grapevines on slopes bathed in the Mediterranean sun. The most popular grape variety is Zinfandel's first cousin Plavac Mali, while the most famous vineyards are located in the Dingač area. Besides wine, Pelješac also boasts some gorgeous beaches, ancient walls that used to protect the northern border of the Republic of Ragusa Dubrovnik city-state, and delectable locally grown oysters.
Orebić is famous for its sea captains, who used to build magnificent villas in the town and its long shingle pebble beaches. The stunning historic town of Korčula, which is located on the eponymous island, is easily accessible from Orebić. The nearby village of Viganj holds the reputation of being the best windsurfing location on the Adriatic coast, while hikers who decide to climb Mount St. Elijah will be rewarded with one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Adriatic Sea.
Ston is known for its old saltworks and Mali Ston is famous for its oysters. These two towns are connected by walls spanning several kilometres, which once protected the northern border of the Republic of Ragusa.
Split is the largest city on the Croatian coast, and yet it has preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. You are expected to take it easy here since some call it “The craziest city in the world”. The city grew around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian which had been built almost two millennia ago.
The historic centre of Split, built entirely from white stone, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the ancient landmarks are a normal backdrop of everyday life - they are not enclosed or set up as an archaeological site. So Split has many sides: a rich history, exquisite food and wine, endless fun.
Prokurative, known as the Republic Square, is a big square west of Riva (waterfront), it resembles the Venetian St. Marcus Square and it is surrounded on three sides by Neo-Renaissance buildings with arches the square was named after. It has a wonderful view overlooking the harbour and Riva.
Dalmatian cuisine mostly contains slowly cooked and easily digested food with a lot of fish, olive oil, vegetables and herbs. The little culinary secrets with the scent of bay leaves, rosemary or basil also include capers and olives, bura-dried Dalmatian prosciutto and sheep milk cheese.
Some of the most well-known Dalmatian restaurants, as well as numerous indigenous taverns, can be found in Split.
Try poljički soparnik – a meal made from chard and dough baked on coal under the bell. But the specialities of Dalmatian Hinterland are also interesting, such as sinjski arambašići – meat wrapped in small leaves of sour cabbage, fried frog legs and trout from the river Cetina.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, boasts typical Central European architecture: cobbled streets, impressive public buildings and well laid out greenery. It is a top sight for its wealth of museums, restaurants and nightlife. The Upper Town has delightful hilly narrow streets with cafes, shops and bars filling the 18th-century buildings. Here you'll find the towering Zagreb cathedral, the Dolac market with a panoply of fresh, local produce and the City Museum for a glimpse of Zagreb's history.
Zagreb grew out of two fortified towns on adjacent hills in the Middle Ages: Kaptol, which was the centre of the bishopric, and Gradec, also known as Upper Town, which was granted the status of a free royal town in the 13th century. Zagreb began expanding rapidly in the 19th century, which led to the careful planning of the Lower Town, the centre of city life today.
Nowhere is coffee culture so strong, so obvious, so important as it is in Zagreb.
To have a coffee on Saturday morning in Zagreb is a custom of locals and a “must-do” thing. On the so-called Špica (the rush hour), the locals come to the centre of the city to drink coffee in one of the bars in Bogovićeva or Tkalčićeva Street.
You can walk the entire city of Zagreb without ever needing a car, but if you get tired, you can take a tram: they are very functional and of beautiful blue. The cabs are pretty cheap, too. You will love walking everywhere, and in the Zagreb centre, you will never miss driving, not for a minute.
Montenegro is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon. The country boasts 2 UNESCO sites: Kotor and Durmitor National Park.
Montenegro or the „Black Mountain“ is a small and beautiful country located in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea and it is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the southeast. The official name of the country is Crna Gora, with the largest city which is also the administrative and economic centre, Podgorica that counts 173 000 inhabitants.
The old Royal Capital is Cetinje and in the present day, this is the historical and the cultural centre. Up to the middle of the year 2006, the country had been a part of the Confederate State Union of Serbia and Montenegro but on 3 June of the same year, it declared its independence.
The country of Montenegro has a huge array of both natural and man-made wonders. This land of fairytales will take your breath away with its gorgeous mountains, beautiful beaches, clear sea and remains of its long history.
You will find the basic European cuisine in restaurants, but what you should try by all means is lamb or goat roast meat under sac, pivski kajmak (a special milk cream from Piva), kačamak, cicvara, pie, clear fish soup and boiled fish, fried carp and smoked bleak. Then pour wine Vranac or Krstac for on it all, have something sweet like cheesecake, peach or watermelon; then relax in the afternoon with Nikšicko beer, and in the early evening invigorate yourself with grape brandy, along with smoked ham, goat cheese and tomatoes. If you opt for a slap up dinner you can add some surmuletts in the frying pan or grilled greater amberjack.
This town may be small, but it is also very old. Even though it was inhabited long before, it was officially founded in 1382 by the first King of Bosnia, Stefan Tvrtko I Kotromanić. Thanks to its fortress, palaces, churches and beaches, Herceg Novi became a major Montenegrin tourist destination. This lovely picturesque coastal town offers its visitors an insight into the country’s past with its Old Town, Savina Monastery, Archangel Michael’s Church, Forte Mare Fortress and the Regional Museum of Herceg Novi. If you get tired of sightseeing there are plenty of beaches near the town.
Cetinje, ‘The heart and soul of Montenegro’, is the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro and a cradle of Montenegrin culture. The city was founded in the 15th century when Ivan Crnojevic had to move to the capital of Zeta because of the Turkish conquests. Because of this Cetinje represents a treasure trove of the national heritage of Montenegro. The urban area of the city started to grow in the 20th century, and so historic Cetinje is very much preserved. Cetinje hosts seven museums; some of those are the National Museum of Montenegro, Montenegro Art Gallery (both located in the former parliament building), the History Museum and the Njegos Museum. Cetinje Monastery considered the main attraction of the city, contains several relics: remains of St. Peter of Cetinje, right hand of John the Baptist, a shard of the True Cross and even the royal crown of Serbian king Stephen Uroš III Dečanski. Near Cetinje is Lovcen National Park where you can also see the Njegos Mausoleum.
Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen.
Arms Square (Main town square) is at the same time the largest town’s square. This name was given to it because in the Venetian period it was the place where arms were repaired and stored. It is ringed with the beautiful Prince’s (Duke’s) Palace, Napoleon Theatre, the Clock Tower, the Arsenal building and the Tower of the town guard.
The focal point of the town is the Clock Tower. To the far left of the Clock Tower, you will find the Citadel Bastion. The passage along the fortification walls lead to the South Gate, built in the 12th century. From here, the views of the town and the harbour are both breathtaking and ideal for photography.
Tryphon’s Cathedral is certainly the most beautiful and the most significant church monument in the town. It was built and consecrated in 1166. The earthquakes considerably changed the original looks of the cathedral. The Romanesque bell towers were replaced with the new ones made in Baroque style, as well as the dome, and pilasters were covered in Korcula stone tiles. What attracts special attention are the rosettes on the facade which used to be of Romanesque style, but today they are profiled with Gothic‐Renaissance motifs. Inside the Cathedral are relics brought to Kotor from Constantinople by Venetian traders in 809, along with a 15th-century altarpiece made by Kotor’s goldsmiths.
The Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor has grown out of the collection founded by the “Boka Marine” Fraternity, around the year 1880 and opened to the public in 1900. It was only after the end of World War II that the whole building, the Baroque palace of the noble Grgurina family from the beginning of the 18th century, was completely restored and adapted to meet the needs of the Museum.
In the central exhibition hall are kept memories of the legendary period from the 16’h to the 18th centuries, when our seamen developed domestic shipping and maritime trade, took an active part in the building of the naval and merchant marines in foreign countries, established new routes of maritime trade and fought against pirates and Turks on the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas.
Lucas’s Church, built in 1195, has been up to the mid‐17th century a Catholic church when it was handed over to the Orthodox inhabitants of Kotor. However, the Catholics retained the right to have one altar for their use.
Nicholas’s Church is of a more recent date. The main facade is framed with two bell towers. It possesses a rich collection of icons and a beautiful iconostasis made by Cigler, a Czech artist.
The most popular summer resort in Montenegro, also called ‘Miami of Montenegro’, is well known for its many beaches, Old Town walls and long history. Budva is 2,500 years old and one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, take pictures of the Budva Citadel, visit the Churches of Saint Maria and Saint Ivan, all hidden behind the stone town walls built in the 15th century as reliable fortifications to protect the city from the troops of the Ottoman Empire. On the Mogren beach, located only 150m from the town walls, you can see the symbol of the city – the Dancer from Budva statue.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Bosnia and Herzegovina is an almost landlocked country – it has a narrow coast at the Adriatic Sea, about 20 kilometres long surrounding the town of Neum. It is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south; Serbia to the east; and Montenegro to the southeast. In the central and eastern interior of the country, the geography is mountainous, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and the northeast is predominantly flatlands. Approximately 50% of the land is forested.
The country's population is 3.84 million, most of whom are Bosnians, then Serbs and the least of all are Croats and all three languages are spoken in the country. Islam is the majority religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the remaining population identifies as Christians. There is a small Jewish community as well.
Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not far from the border of Croatia. Thanks to apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary which appeared to six children on 24 June 1981, Međugorje is visited by pilgrims from all around the world as a shrine and оne оf the biggest prayer centres іn the world, comparable tо Lourdes аnd Fatima with more than 1 million visitors every year.
Situated on the Neretva River and surrounded by stunning mountains and valleys which flourish with greenery in the warm months, Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the river Neretva.
A city not only rich in beautiful nature but also a deep history of cultural influence to admire and learn from. Their iconic bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina´s most recognizable landmarks, considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
The city was named after the guardians of the bridge ("mostari" in Croatian).
The Old Bridge is the city’s unique landmark and offers an impressive view of the city. It is also a member of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list for Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of three sites). It was built by the workers from Dubrovnik as ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent and following the project by Hajrudin, the pupil of Sinan, a great Turkish builder from the 16th century.
The capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, is located near the centre of the country.
Sarajevo became known for its large marketplace and numerous mosques, which by the middle of the 16th century numbered more than 100. At the peak of the empire, Sarajevo was the biggest and most important Ottoman city in the Balkans after Istanbul.
Sarajevo occupies an area that has long been inhabited is testified to by the many remains left by the Butmir Civilization, Illyrians, Romans, the medieval Slavic state... And, from the very moment when the Ottoman military leader, Isa Bey Ishaković, laid Sarajevo's foundations around 1460, the town continued to grow, absorbing and ultimately reflecting the various influences it has been subjected to over the centuries.
Over the past 100 years, Sarajevo has found itself a member of six different states and has witnessed the Sarajevo Assassination, the First and Second World Wars, the XIV Winter Olympic Games, the longest-running siege of any town in modern history... And it is infamously remembered as a key battleground of the Bosnian War in the 1990s.
Sarajevo is one of those rare cities where, during a ten-minute walk, you can see places of worship for the world’s most important monotheistic religions: Orthodox and Catholic churches, synagogues and mosques. All of these traditions have given Sarajevo a specific aroma and a particular cultural mix.
Private transfer from Dubrovnik airport to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel.
After sunset, you will have the opportunity to relax while sailing under the starlit sky and enjoy the moonlight reflecting on the Adriatic Sea. You will experience a unique romantic sunset and dinner cruise around Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island (approx. 2 hours). Enjoy dinner on the 16th century Karaka ship, listening to ambient music, sipping champagne, exploring the town walls from the sea and getting to know the tales of old and authentic Dubrovnik.
Return to the port in Dubrovnik and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning guided private 2 hours walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town which weaves the story of its history and its presence into the splendid fabric of fine architecture and magnificent city walls. From Pile square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town, walk through the maze of narrow streets, lively piazzas, and stunning palaces like Sponza and churches like St. Blaise.
Enjoy the moderate tempo of your walk as you stroll down the main thoroughfare of Stradun, all the way to the Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, where you will discover a fine synergy between governance and faith which kept Dubrovnik afloat as the independent Republic of Ragusa for 450 years.
Walk to the Game of Thrones filming location Fort Lovrijenac. Fort Lovrijenac doubles as the Red Keep in King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Lots of the scenes are filmed at this Fort including the tournament thrown in honour of King Joffrey’s name day in season two.
Time at leisure.
We recommend that you take a walk (on your own) along the 2 km long Dubrovnik's city walls and enjoy the views of the fortresses, lively squares, and the hidden narrow streets below.
In the early evening, you can get stunning panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic by taking the cable car up to Srđ Mountain, a fantastic selfie spot.
Have dinner in one of the famous restaurants in the Old Town such as Arsenal, Dalmatino, Kopun or others, and taste local dishes such as pašticada with gnocchi, cheese in oil, and the traditional dessert of Dubrovnik - "rožata".
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast at the hotel.
When anyone mentions wine these two spectacular destinations always come to mind. Pelješac peninsula and the beautiful island of Korčula, as the story goes, is the birthplace of one of the greatest of the world travellers, Marco Polo, will warmly welcome you. Pelješac and Korčula Tour from Dubrovnik will show you the famous scenic peninsula that reaches out into the Adriatic Sea. The Mediterranean vegetation and colourful vineyards that cling to the rocky hillsides will leave you speechless. Taste the local famous wines and enjoy the wine tasting and presentation.
You will be picked up at your hotel at 8 am and drive to Ston, the 14th-century city with the second largest walls in the world, its attractive gothic centre and salt works. The two towns Ston and Mali Ston are connected by walls spanning several kilometres, which once protected the northern border of the Republic of Ragusa.
Visit the 5.5 km long defensive wall, which dates from the 14th century and provided security in times of danger - the longest medieval fortification walls in Europe.
Drive from Ston to Orebić famous for its sea captains, who used to build magnificent villas in the town.
Short boat ride across the channel to Korčula.
Korčula island is almost completely merged with Pelješac through the Pelješac canal. The town of Korčula, located in the northeast of its namesake South Dalmatian island, is among the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns on the Croatian coast and in all of the Mediterranean.
City tour of the stunning historic town of Korčula. What makes Korcula this incredible, is the Old City that is truly beautiful and looks exactly like a mini version of Dubrovnik’s Old City. With its mesmerizing City Walls that were built for defence of the city from Venetians, and many amazing towers that complete this fascinating image of the Old Town of Korcula.
Visit Korcula Town Museum located at St Mark’s Square facing Cathedral Sveti Marko.
The Museum is housed in Gabrieli's palace that was built in the 15th and 16th-century and has various collections covering Korcula’s history and culture from Ancient history to nowadays.
Explore Bishop’s Treasury Museum is located in Bishops Palace in an elegant two-storey palace on Sveti Marko Square. The ground floor covers the parish office, library, archives and Kitchen exhibition hall. On the first floor, there are exhibits of Treasury hall, while the top floor covers the residence of the parish priest.
Take a short boat ride to Orebić and drive to a local winery for presentation and wine tasting at the local estate in the Drače village. Your host family has been in vines forever; this is simply something in the blood of the locals. You will taste Rukatac, certainly one of the best white wines of Dalmatia, Plavac, a very powerful red wine with a full taste, Plavac rose and Pošip. Your friendly host will offer you also house-made prosciutto, cheese, olives and homegrown vegetables.
After the tasting drive back to Dubrovnik (approx.2,5 hours).
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Leave Dubrovnik and continue the trip by private car to Montenegro (about 1.5 hours drive). Arrival to Herceg Novi, situated at the entrance to the Bay, a town with a rich history, where the influence of Turkish, Spanish, Venetian and French cultures is reflected in the architecture, which combines different elements of Roman, Byzantine and Oriental styles.
Check-in at the hotel situated in a gorgeous historic 18th-century building with beach access.
Upon arrival short walking tour (approx. 1 hour) of the Old Town — Herceg Novi’s Old Town is conveniently condensed into a few square meters, which means you can see the city’s main sites without spending time going back and forth. Here are a few attractions to check out:
Nikola Djurkovic Square — This small yet cute square has everything you could ever want from a typical plaza in Montenegro: colourful historic houses, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes competing with one another to see who can come up with the tastiest ice coffee.
Clock Tower — One of the most recognizable symbols of Herceg Novi, the clock tower was built by the Turks in the mid-1660s and served as the entrance gate to the city’s Old Town. Nowadays, you can find souvenir shops and cafes wedged inside the tower, as well as a staircase to an observation platform.
Visit to the beautifully designed Church of Michael the Archangel and Catholic churches of St.Jerome and St.Leopold.
Time at leisure.
Try some specialities at Gradska Kafana (on your own) - one of the most well-known cafes in Herceg Novi, with a history that spans more than 100 years back! It is located on a small cliff overlooking the bay and features a nice mix of Montenegrin cuisine along with seafood, Italian and European dishes...
If you get tired of sightseeing, there are plenty of beaches near the town.
Overnight in Herceg Novi.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a tour through the stunning Riviera of Budva.
The towns of the Riviera boast cobbled streets, medieval towers, imposing battlements, formidable city walls and charming terracotta rooftops mixed with the more contemporary restaurants, bars and modern, luxury, up-market boutiques. Behind the hotels, and business and residential buildings, closer to the sea, there are a multitude of hidden places nestling close to the villages and blending in with the rocky hills, which are covered in olive trees, coniferous trees, oaks, hornbeam, ash or the other Mediterranean and continental trees and vegetation.
During the tour, you’ll walk through the Royal Park in Milocer and have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular view of the attractive island of St. Stefan, while relaxing in the shade of old olive trees.
Sveti Stefan is a jewel on the Riviera of Budva. In the mid 20th century, the island was renovated and opened in 1960 as a hotel. It quickly became a favourite gathering place for movie stars, royalty, athletes, politicians from the 60s such as Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, Doris Day, Princess Margaret, Alberto Moravia.
Although you cannot visit the island, you will enjoy walking through the Milocer park filled with olive groves and various exotic trees. The entire amazingly beautiful area was used as the summer residence of the Serbian royal dynasty Karadjordjevic.
Next, you will be visiting the Old City of Budva, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic. Walking tour of this two and a half millennia old town. The influence of great cultures (Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs…) shaped the past of this town, while the spirit of ancient times and civilizations can be felt even now. Entrance in Old Town is allowed through one of the five gates, two of which are fully preserved ancient gates.
You will have some free time to taste typical Montenegrin lunch (on your own) at one of the local restaurants: steak of Njegusi, Montenegrin national dish.
Return to Herceg Novi and time at leisure.
Stroll along the seaside promenade or relax on the beach — Herceg Novi has a 7 km-long promenade that stretches from the neighbouring town of Igalo to Meljine at the city’s edge. The seafront promenade right in front of Herceg Novi features a ton of things to do, from relaxing at the beach to chilling in a cafe, sitting in the park, or strolling along the walkway.
Overnight in Herceg Novi.
After breakfast at the hotel, departure on a full-day Montenegro Tour. You will learn about the tradition, history and culture of Old Montenegro, including the life of the royal dynasty Petrovic whose castle is located in the old royal capital, Cetinje.
Upon arrival, guided tour of Cetinje. The city was developed the most during the ruling of King Nikola I Petrovic Njegos. See the palace of King Nikola I and find out how in the old times the royal family lived.
The inevitable station is the Memorial Museum «Biljarda», dedicated to the great 19th century Montenegrin spiritual and secular ruler, the writer and philosopher – Petar II Petrovic Njegos.
The castle was built in 1838 and is a two-story building surrounded by a fortress wall and four-square towers. It's named after the billiards table, brought over there straight from Italy. You will see well-preserved furniture, outfits, artwork collections, books, weapons as well as books written by Petar II Njegos himself.
Climbing up 461 steps to the mausoleum of the greatest Montenegrin poet and ruler Petar Petrovic Njegoš, represents a highlight of the visit to the National Park Lovćen. As wished by the ruler, at the very high Jezerski vrh (Lake Peak) at 1660 m the chapel was built during his lifetime.
Jezerski vrh was first targeted by the Turks, and then Austrians, who brought the chapel to the ground in 1916. A new one was built in 1925, but, more importantly, the idea of construction of a more grandiose monument was born, designed by great Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
From Cetinje, the road will continue through «The Sea of Stone» to the mountain Njegusi village, so-called Emerald Valley, hidden deep in the stony terrain of National park Lovcen. With its altitude of around 900m and near the sea, Njegusi is the true air spa. Here you will take a break at the restaurant and taste the famous Njegusi cheese, smoked ham, mead or wine.
Return to Herceg Novi and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
The excursion to the Bay of Kotor takes you to one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Due to dark water and steep surrounding mountains, it is often compared with Norwegian fjords. The coast of the Bay is decorated with numerous stone houses and beautiful churches originating from the middle century. All of the cliffs, gulfs, sparkling straits and old stone towns make this place one of the top attractions in Montenegro.
First, you will visit Tivat, the youngest town in the Bay of Kotor, which has its airport and the most luxurious marina on the Adriatic – Porto Montenegro.
The town is quite small and colourful and is based around the centre and waterfront. With its position in the Bay of Kotor, numerous coves, peninsula Prevlaka, island St Marco, the famous beach Przno, and the Porto Montenegro marina, Tivat is an exceptionally attractive touristic destination.
Next is Perast, the homeland of many world-known sailors and a town whose destiny has always been related to the sea. Its sailors were well-known for their skill and courage. By its lifestyle, it resembled Venice and there are a lot of remains of the old aristocratic palaces that now bear witness to its ancient splendour and richness.
Despite having only one main street, this tiny town boasts 18 luxurious palaces of the noblest families in those times, and there were allocated 50 thousand gold Venetian ducats for the building of the highest bell tower on the eastern Adriatic.
Two small picturesque islands are located in front of Perast: St. George (Sv. Djordje) which is a natural island, and Our Lady of the Rock (Gospa od Skrpjela) a manmade island. The island of Our Lady of the Rock was artificially built by piling stones over a sea rock. The church was erected in 1630.
The sanctuary was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin because this cult was greatly venerated by the Venetians. Most of the present-day church was erected after the great earthquake of 1667 when the original sanctuary was destroyed.
In the depths of the Bay of Kotor, there is the wonderful city of Kotor. Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovcen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It's also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Kotor truly is one of the most dazzling jewels in Montenegro's crown.
A UNESCO world heritage site boasting a majestic location in a spectacular fjord, Kotor's old city is impressive enough on its own even when you don't count the fortified walls that stretch up the surrounding cliffs.
Guided city tour visiting Arms Square, the Clock Tower, St. Tryphon’s Cathedral, The Maritime Museum of Montenegro, St. Lucas’s and St. Nicholas’s Church.
Return to Herceg Novi and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Your driver will bring you to Međugorje, one of the most famous Roman-Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world. What made it famous are the apparitions of the Virgin Mary on the Crnica hill that have been occurring as a phenomenon since 1981. You will visit the shrine accompanied by a local guide.
Drive through impressive Bosnian landscapes to Blagaj, a small medieval town in Herzegovina, home to stunning nature and the imposing spring of river Buna, the biggest well of water in the country.
Visit Blagaj Tekija, a Muslim dervish Sufi monastery that stands by the spring of the Buna river not far from the centre of Blagaj. The musafirhana (guest house) and turbe (mausoleum) are tucked into the natural surroundings, constituting a single entity with the cliffs, source of the Buna river and mills. The ensemble of the Blagaj Tekija was presumably built very soon after Ottoman rule was established in Bosnia, around 1520 at the latest.
Vrelo Bune together with the dervish Tekija is currently under UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
Here you can have lunch (on your own) at one of the local restaurants such as Biser or Vrelo.
Continue to Mostar. City tour upon arrival accompanied by the local guide.
Situated on the bank of the river Neretva, Mostar is the city of contrasts, wide streets, narrow alleys and traditional old bazaars, where eastern and western cultures meet. Mostar is the main centre of Herzegovina and was founded by the Turks in the 15th century.
Known as one of the most fascinating cities in the world, Mostar combines influences from Christian Europe and Muslim Middle East.
The star of the city is the UNESCO protected Old Bridge, built in the 16th century. Most of the city's historic old town (including the Old Bridge) was destroyed in the 1990's conflict. The town has since been rebuilt and restored. The Ottoman-style Old Bridge was rebuilt in 2004 and connects the two sides of the city. It serves as a symbol of reconciliation and harmony between diverse communities. There are also many mosques and Turkish influences throughout the city.
Wander the cobblestone streets of the bazaar and experience the city's multi-cultural and multi-faith vibe on almost every corner. Admire the slender minarets of the Middle Mosque and the ornate wooden balconies of the everyday houses.
Check-in at the hotel.
We recommend that you have dinner (on your own) at one of the famous local restaurants such as Šadarvan or Hindin Han.
Overnight in Mostar.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Continuation of the drive through the beautiful Neretva Valley to Konjic, one of the country’s oldest towns, dominated by its Old Bridge. Constructed under the Ottoman rule in 1682, it stood for centuries until the Germans destroyed it to cover their retreat in 1945. In 2009, the bridge was reconstructed into its original state. Even before its reconstruction, the remains of the Old Stone Bridge were listed as National monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
There you will visit Tito's bunker, a Cold War-era nuclear bunker and a military command centre. Built to protect Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito and up to 350 members of his inner circle in the event of an atomic conflict, the structure is made up of residential areas, conference rooms, offices, strategic planning rooms, and other areas. The bunker remained a state secret until after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Time for lunch (on your own).
The ride continues to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. En route stop at the source of the River Bosne, only 12km southwest of the city centre in the suburb of Ilidža, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of Sarajevo. Even without the urban contrast, it's quite an idyllic place with swans, waterfalls, Austro-Hungarian palaces and horse-drawn carriages.
Check-in at the hotel.
In the evening we recommend dinner (on your own) at the famous restaurant's Kibe or Inat kuća.
Overnight in Sarajevo.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Morning private city tour of the town which has a rich and fascinating culture and which has been home to Muslims, Croats, Turks, Jews and Serbs. The city of many diversities shows the unique link between the East and the West.
Visit Baščaršija, old Sarajevo merchant streets from the 15th century, when Isa-bey Isaković founded the entire city, the historical and cultural centre of the city, as well as oriental Svrzina House and Princip Bridge.
The word Baščaršija stems from the word "baš", which in Turkish means main so that the word Baščaršija means the main market. The market was categorized and organized based on the crafts so that every street had shops dedicated to one or more complementary crafts (for example the streets called Smiths, Coppersmith, Leathersmiths, Jewellers).
Visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum. In 1993 during the Bosnian War, the Bosnian army built the Sarajevo Tunnel also referred as the Tunnel of Hope to deliver food and supplies to those in need. It took over 6 months to dig out and served as a way for people stuck in the towns of Dobrinja and Butmir to escape the siege. About 20 meters of tunnel remain today as a museum with documentaries and demonstrations to provide awareness into the longest-running siege of any city in modern history.
Continuation of the trip.
A gorgeous piece of real estate, Blidinje Nature Park is Herzegovina at its natural best. The Dinaric Alps dominate this stunning expanse of flora and fauna, but there is culture and charm in these hills. We suggest that you stop (self-guided) at Hajdučke Vrleti Blidinje, one of the most remarkable restaurants and hotels in the entire region and have lunch on your own.
Border crossing at Kamensko and drive towards Split.
Check-in at the hotel and overnight in Split.
After breakfast at the hotel you will take a private guided walking tour of Split. This also includes Diocletian’s palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the heart of the old town. You will also visit old Roman cellars and Peristyle, the central square of the palace, located at the intersection of two main ancient roads. Peristyle is dominated by the great Cathedral of St. Domnius, positioned on the area once belonging to Diocletian’s mausoleum. Take a walk then to the magnificent Golden Gate which in Roman times led to Salonae, and then to the statue of the Croatian bishop Gregory of Nin.
After the tour proceeds by car to the Stella Croatica estate, where you will be welcomed by your host, who will let you take a peek into the past – the culture, customs and everyday life of the Dalmatian family.
Take a tour of the (manu)factory where the sweets are handmade, walk through the scenic botanical collection, explore the rich Mediterranean garden, and visit the olive oil museum. Awaken all your senses by tasting different varieties of homemade delicacies and some award-winning olive oils in the authentic atmosphere of the concept store.
Before going to the hotel in Split, visit the Klis fortress. Controlling the valley leading into Split, this medieval fortress offers a fantastic birdseye view of the entire Split “metropolitan” area, the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands.
After taking some photos at this "Game of Thrones" exterior shot location for the city of Meereen, return to Split.
In the evening we recommend that you visit one of the famous restaurants in Split such as Zoi or Zrno soli (reservation required).
Overnight in Split.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Departure for Plitvice Lakes National Park, registered on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. The park is a magical world of lakes, waterfalls, moss and forests. A sightseeing walking tour of the National Park, which includes a boat and train ride, allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right.
Nestled in the embrace of the surrounding wooded mountains are sixteen smaller and larger crystal turquoise lakes, Plitvice Lakes are interconnected by foaming cascades and deep falls. The park includes the headwaters of the Korana River in an area surrounded by dense forests and is additionally ornamented by several caves, springs and flower-filled meadows, which show the vast diversity of flora and fauna in the national park. Free time for lunch on your own.
After the tour, check-in at the hotel and overnight in the Plitvice region.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Continuation of the drive to Zagreb.
Upon arrival, you will take a private walking tour of Zagreb and visit its sights. The tour will take you through the historic parts of Zagreb's Upper Town, along its narrow streets - each with its own stories from the past. The Stone Gate, Grič Cannon, St. Mark's Church and the Cathedral (from outside) are just some of the Upper Town's most cherished sights. There is also the elegant architecture of Zagreb's Lower Town and its Austro-Hungarian buildings and parks. Zagreb also has a colourful “belly” – the market of Dolac, the largest and the most known of the 28 city markets.
Check-in at the hotel and time at leisure.
In the afternoon, we suggest that you visit one of Zagreb's many unusual museums, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships, filled with mementoes of relationships that have in one way or another gone wrong. There is also a Museum of Hangovers where the artefacts related to the alcohol-infused sessions are exposed with an attached background story, and the Museum of Chocolate, a theme park dedicated to chocolate.
You can also take a walk through the city centre by having a cup of coffee or a cake in the relaxed atmosphere of the terraces in Flower Square (Cvjetni trg) and the nearby streets and take dinner at some of the famous traditional restaurants such as Vinodol in the city centre.
Overnight in Zagreb.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Free time until your private transfer to Zagreb airport.
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