The Balkans Trail

  • Destination: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: $2100

Overview

A once in a lifetime fairytale-like journey across the Balkans Peninsula through the countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. From medieval towns and charming alpine villages to breathtaking lakes and the mighty Alps with an adrenaline fix along the way.

Highlights

- Ljubljana, one of Europe’s most charming cities
- The beautiful alpine lakes of Bled & Bohinj
- Triglav National Park, the Julian Alps & Soca Valley
- Cable Car ride to Mount Vogel
- Canyoning & Ziplining in the Julian Alps
- Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most beautiful towns
- Sea Kayaking around Lokrum Island
- The spectacular Kotor Bay in Montenegro
- Speed Boat tour into Kotor Bay and the amazing blue cave
- Rafting the rapids of Tara river in Durmitor National Park
- Beautiful Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina and the stunning Kravice waterfalls
- The beautiful island of Hvar
- Kayaking Zrmanja River with its many waterfalls and beautiful scenery
- Hiking Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most beautiful national park
- The charming forest village of Korana
- Zagreb, the historic capital of Croatia

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Slovenia
Arrival in Slovenia

Arrival in Ljubljana airport, Slovenia’s beautiful capital. Pickup and transfer to the hotel and spend the day exploring the charming old town by Ljubljanica river with its famous bridges and rich medieval architecture.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park

After Breakfast we will drive into the Julian Alps, Slovenia’s section of the Alps mountain range. Stop at stunning Lake Bled then hike to a breathtaking viewpoint over the lake, afterwards drive into Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only national park then take a scenic cable car ride to the top of Mount Vogel for amazing panoramic views over Lake Bohinj and Triglav National park.

Accommodation: Mountain Hut
Meals: BD

Day 3: Across the Alps

Across the Alps

Breakfast then make our way to Bohinj Lake, the largest lake in Triglav National Park and Slovenia. Afterwards we will drive through a scenic mountain pass to Soca valley and the beautiful alpine town of Bovec, check-in our hotel then drive to Slovenia’s biggest Zipline park for an adrenaline-packed Ziplining adventure across the Alps.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 4: Alpine Adventure

Alpine Adventure

Being the adventure hub of Slovenia, Bovec offers endless amount of adventurous activities and today we go Canyoning! An adventurous sport that combines hiking, scrambling, swimming, abseiling, sliding into waterfalls and jumping into water pools all in in one amazing adventure in Susec Canyon. Later on we drive across a beautiful mountain pass to visit the stunning Lake Predil then drive back to Ljubljana.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 5: To Dubrovnik

To Dubrovnik

Today we move to our next destination on our adventure in the Balkans. First we drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb airport to catch our flight to Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is one the most beautiful towns in the world. Its well-preserved old town is stuffed with many historic features such as the ancient city walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches. After our pick-up from Dubrovnik airport and check-in formalities, we will have time to explore the old town or opt for one of the beaches on the Adriatic coast.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 6: Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

Breakfast at the hotel then embark on a sea kayaking adventure to Lokrum Island. This sea adventure will give us the chance to marvel at the spectacular Dubrovnik city walls from a different prespective as we paddle under the walls and rocks on which they were built on with breathtaking views of the fortified city. Afterwards we will paddle across the bay to Lokrum Island to explore hidden beaches, caves and the amazing crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 7: Montenegro

Montenegro

Pickup early morning then drive south along the Adriatic coast to the small country of Montenegro, home of Europe’s most southern fjord. We will stop at Kotor where we will take a speed boat to explore the amazing Kotor Bay. First we stop at ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’ island to visit its small church then continue sailing to the Blue Cave, a natural hall with 9m high vault where we can jump for a swim in its crystal-clear waters then we will make a stop at one of the beaches where we can relax by the Adriatic then sail back to town. Lunch in town then we can opt to hike to the top of the fortress for an amazing view over Kotor bay and the old town which is considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval walled towns in the entire Mediterranean then drive to our hotel for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 8: Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park

Today we go on a scenic road trip across the mountains of Montenegro to Durmitor National Park for an exciting white water rafting adventure along the rapids of Tara river in Europe’s deepest canyon. Afterwards we will drive to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 9: Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina

After Breakfast we will visit Mostar, the cultural and economic center of Bosnia & Herzegovina. The town is over five centuries old and situated between high mountains divided by the Neretva River. The Old Bridge of Mostar (Stari Most) is one of the top highlights of our tour, which was originally built in 1566 during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, destroyed during the war in 1993 but rebuilt in 2004 in its original form, the Old Bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will drive to the stunning Kravice waterfalls on the Trebizat river for a refreshing swim then drive back into Croatia to Split for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 10: Split & Hvar

Split & Hvar

Today we get to explore the beautiful Adriatic town of Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. First we can explore Diocletian’s Palace the historic center of the town then sail to the beautiful island of Hvar and explore it’s pretty old town then go for a short hike to Hvar fortress for an amazing panoramic view over the island and the Adriatic. Afterwards we can relax by one of Hvar’s beautiful beaches then sail back to Split.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 11: Along the Dalmatian Region

Along the Dalmatian Region

Today we make our way to Zrmanja river for a river kayaking expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of Zrmanja River in Velebit Nature Park in the Dalmatian region. Its perfectly clear and green waters, several rapids and waterfalls, hidden pools and steep sided canyons will make this excursion an unforgettable adventure. After an amazing day on the river, we will return to our vans and drive to Novigrad for lunch then drive to a charming forest village by Plitvice Lakes National Park for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Meals: B

Day 12: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Breakfast then drive to the entrance of Plitivce Lakes National park, get our tickets then spend the day hiking along the wooden paths and bridges around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s most beautiful national park. We will pass by exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves. Later in the afternoon we will drive to Plitvice village for the most breathtaking view over the national park then return to our accommodation for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Meals: B

Day 13: Adventure Concludes

Adventure Concludes

Today we explore the fairytale-like village of Korana where we can go for a short walk to swim in a hidden waterfall in the middle of the forest or just chill by the beautiful meadows in the midst of the surrounding green hills and the serene Korana river. In the afternoon we will drive to Zagreb where our adventure concludes in the capital of Croatia.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 14: Departure

Departure

Say our farewells to our epic journey and transfer to Zagreb airport for final departure

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- Accommodation for 10 nights in standard hotels in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Montenegro
- Accommodation for 2 nights in a standard guesthouse in a forest village in Croatia
- Accommodation for 1 night in a mountain hut in Bohinj in Slovenia
- All mentioned activities and tours
- All land transfers between the 4 countries in a private vehicle
- All mentioned meals (B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – D=Dinner)
- Airport Pickups

Price Excludes

- International flights to Ljubljana and return from Zagreb
- One way domestic flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik (avg. $75)
- Visa Expenses


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