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.
Arrive at any time. This evening, opt to gather with your travel companions for dinner at a local restaurant.
Travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a naturalist-led walk amid its stunning turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and limestone gorges. Learn about the reserve’s diverse wildlife populations, including rare bird and butterfly species. Enjoy a traditional peka dinner cooked on hot coals. The next morning, take another walk through the park before traveling to Split. Enjoy a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, an imposing Roman fortress. With free time, explore the city, visit its archaeology museum, see the Cathedral of Saint Duje, or take an excursion to the historic city of Trogir. (3B, 1D)
Drive to Mostar to see the Stari Most, or Old Bridge—a beautiful Ottoman-style bridge that was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the Bosnian War. Continue to Sarajevo and take an orientation walk around the city. Visit the local market and enjoy Bosnian specialties for lunch. Take a tour of the “Tunnel of Hope,” and then spend some free time exploring the city on your own. (3B, 1L)
Cross over to Montenegro and spend two days in the Gulf of Kotor. Enjoy free time to explore the beautiful bay, surrounded by mountain slopes and charming waterfront towns. Opt to see the Roman mosaics in Risan, go kayaking in the bay, or visit enchanting Perast to explore its many churches and grand palazzos. (2B)
Travel to Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Take a walking tour of the old city walls, stopping along the way to see its various forts and towers. Spend the next day exploring the city on your own. You may also opt to visit Lopud island or go on a sea kayaking excursion. (2B)
Depart at any time. (1B)
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