BEAUTYS OF CROATIA & BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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Explore Balkan peninsula and Adriatic coast and dicover the fascinating heritage while witnessing stunning coastal scenery and exploring ancient walled cities. The combination of Croatia’s beauty with the myriads of delight of the largely undiscovered Bosnia and Herzegovina makes this tour a true cultural mosaic – a unique blend of intact rocky littoral washed by the Adriatic sea and cobbled narrow streets of ancient cities telling a story of the times that once were.

Tour highlights:

HERITAGE:
mostar__old_bridge_by_citizenfresh-d3iitmlDiocletian’s palace in Split; Old bridge in Mostar; Dubrovnik city walls; Rector’s Palace; Stradun; Latin Bridge and Gazi – Husrevbey Mosque in Sarajevo; castle Tikveš; baroque style buildings in Osijek.

 

CULTURE:
Ivan Meštrović Gallery in Split; Mimara Museum in Zagreb; Tunnel Museum and History Museum in Sarajevo; Museum of Slavonia; Sarajevo Film Festival.

 

NATURE:
Plitvice National Park famous for its breathtaking waterfalls and pristine nature dominated by 16 turqoise lakes connected in cascades; Kopački Rit Nature Park covers the wetland area around the confluence of Drava and Danube rivers, and due to its inaccessibility, has remained in the intact state since the olden times. It is home to many rare and endangered species.

 

GASTRONOMY:
dalmatian Pašticada; dalmatian pršut (smoked ham); specialty dishes with fres fish and seashells;kulen; bosanski  lonac (slow roasted pot of meat and vegetables); tufahija (apples filled with walnuts and topped with cream);  homemade liquers called rakija;

 

EXPERIENCE:
relax in primeval ambiances of wetland, forest and deluvial fields in Kopački Rit; wine degustation of the best Croatian and Bosnian wines; savouring first class traditional dishes; witness the unique and harmonous blend of different cultures and beliefs; strolling ancient cobbled streets; hear dalmation song echoing narrow cobbled streets; overwhelming hospitality and warmth of local people.

Itinerary:

 

1. Day / Zagreb
croatia_6Arrival in the city of Zagreb, the capital city and cultural and political centre of the Republic of Croatia. You will be met at the airport by your host and driver and transfered to the one of the Zagreb hotels. Zagreb began its life in middle ages as two separate entities, Kaptol and Gradec, which today comprise the historic Gornji Grad. It was only in the 19th century that these two merged into one city after which the city flourished into cultural and scientific centre, and now commercial and industrial as well. After settling in and short break, there will be an organized sightseeing tour of the city and of its most famous destinations, like St. Marko’s church, Croatian National Theatre, Croatian parlament… After the tour, return to hotel.

 

2. Day / Zagreb – Osijek – Kopački Rit Nature Park – Osijek
In the morning you will leave Zagreb and go towards Slavonia and the baroque city of Osijek. Upon accomodating in one of the hotels in the city center, you will continue your journey and visit Kopacki rit Nature Park. Kopački rit is a floodplain that developed due to the activities of two large rivers, the Danube and the Drava. Due to its inaccessibility, it has remained in the intact state since the olden times and is a home to many rare and endangered species. A guided tour of the park will be organised in small boats as well as a visit to ZOO reserve and famous castle Tikveš. Return back to Osijek and guided sightseeing tour of the city center: Ante Starčevića Square, Tvrđa, the 18th century Baroque citadel, the promenade along the Drava (“promenada”), and the suspension pedestrian bridge toward Baranja.

 

3. Day / Osijek – Sarajevo
After the breakfast you will go further towards Bosnia and Herzegovina and the city of Sarajevo, a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist that is a delight to visit. Upon arrival in the capital of Bosnia and accomodating in the hotel, there will be an organized private sightseeing tour of the city. You will visit the most famous parts of the city: Baščaršija, Sarajevo cathedral, Sarajevo Tunnel, Old town…and eperience a unique blend of east and west. After the sightseeing, return to hotel.

 

4. Day / Sarajevo – Mostar
1526_dubrovnik1In the morning you will leave Sarajevo and head for Mostar, economic, cultural and tourist centre of the Herzegovina region. Mostar stands in the middle of a beautiful valley bedded between high mountains as a monument to the harmonious blend of different cultures and believes, of old and new. What makes this city known is its famous bridge, The Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was bult during the Ottoman Empire by the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who had succeded in the impossible mission of crossing the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. After the sightseeing you will return to the hotel.

 

5. Day / Mostar – Dubrovnik
Continue your journey further to the city of Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic. On the way to Dubrovnik you will make a stop in the city of Ston, famous for its oysters and salt, the most famous products of this area, and for its city walls, the second biggest walls in the world. There you will enjoy specialty dishes with fresh oysters and taste samo of the first class red wines of Pelješac peninsula. After lunch you will continue to Dubrovnik, a truly stunning city with its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. Private guided tour will be organized in the afternoon followed by dinner in local restaurant.

 

6. Day / Dubrovnik – Split – Salona
karta_beautys_cro_bhAfter the Dubrovnik you will proceed to the north of the Dalmatian coast, and head towards the city of Split, a 1700 years old city, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the guided private walking tour around the narrow ancient streets of Diocletian’s Palace discovering many architectural beauties; basements, St. Duje’s Cathedral, Peristil, Jupiter’s Temple are only some of the attractions which make this city unique in this part of the world. This splendid tour is followed by visit to Salona, ruins of the roman city located near Split. Return to hotel.

 

7. Day / Split – Plitvice NP – Zagreb
You will leave Split in the morning and head towards one of the most beautiful National Parks in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes consist of 16 turquoise lakes, connected by series of waterfalls and cascades, all embraced by magical greenery of the beech and fir forests and meadows. NP Plitvice was declared a UNESCO world’s cultural and nature heritage in 1979 . Guided walking tour and boat ride over the lake will take to the most fascinating parts of the park after which you will continue journey towards Zagreb.

 

8. Day / Departure day
Return transfer to the airport.

  • PRICE PER PERSON
    (min. 8 PAX)
  • 825 €
  • hotels with 3* stars. Additional fee for a single room is 15 € per person/ day
  • Residence tax: 1€ per person/day

THE TOUR COST INCLUDES:

  • 1 night in 3* hotel in Osijek, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split with breakfast
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Zagreb with breakfast
  • All the transfers from airport and to airport
  • Breakfasts daily, all taxes and VAT
  • Professional English speaking tour companion throughout the tour
  • Professional English speaking local guides and hosts throughout
  • Professional chauffeur for all transfers as stated in the program
  • All lunches and dinners as stated in the program
  • Guided tour with tickets of Kopački rit Nature Park and Plitvice lakes National Park with tickets
  •  Tour of Osijek, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split and Salona with tickets to locations include in the tours

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals and beverages other than those listed
  • Entrance tickets to museums, some churches, national parks etc. unless noted
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance, gratuities

TRIP TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (50% of program price). The balance is due 30 days prior to departure
  • We accept Bank payment only
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary

CANCELLATIONS OF CONFIRMED BOOKINGS:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus administrative fee

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