Best of the Balkans

9 day Best of the Balkans tour with return flights, transfers, superior accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour guides, sightseeing and more!

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Highlights

 

Found on the southeastern peninsula of the European continent, the Balkans is made up of Greece, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania and the European Turkey.

Stretching from the centre of Europe into the Mediterranean Sea, the Balkans offers a rich history and spectacular landscapes, with charming towns, beautiful mountains, ancient monasteries, stunning beaches and a deep tradition of folk music

See what makes this region so fascinating with a 9 day Best of the Balkans tour. Explore Dubrovnik‘s ancient city wall, see UNESCO’s World Heritage List’s city of Sarajevo, discover the Bulgarian Capital of Sofia and so much more. 

Want to see more of the Balkans? Extend your tour

Your package includes return international flights, transfers, superior accommodation, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing, transportation and more!

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Dubrovnik, Croatia

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Croatia.

Day 2: Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik. Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.

Day 3: Dubrovnik (B)

Today is a free day in Dubrovnik to relax after your long journey. Choose to do as little or as much as you like! The Old Town and its many sights (including the wellpreserved city walls along which you can walk) is one of the top attractions here. The Old Town is also famous for Stradun (also known as Placa), the main thoroughfare – one of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him.

Day 4: Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B)

Today depart for Sarajevo enroute visiting the town of Mostar. Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. Continue on to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting cities.

Day 5: Sarajevo – Novi Sad, Serbia (B)

This morning, after breakfast, depart for Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube River. The old town centre is lined up with beautiful 200 year old houses, out-doors cafes, shops and ice-cream parlors, as well as beautiful places of worship – the ornate Serbian Orthodox church, the tall Catholic Cathedral or the Jewish synagogue (no longer in actual use). Atop a riverside bluff stands Petrovaradin Fortress, much of it dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an iconic clock tower and a network of tunnels. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the old town and marvel at the baroque architecture.

Day 6: Novi Sad – Belgrade, Serbia (B)

Today, we depart from Novi Sade and drive to Belgrade. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires. Upon our arrival, we will visit the city’s wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.

Day 7: Belgrade – Nis – Sofia, Bulgaria (B)

After breakfast, we depart Belgrade for the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Enroute, we visit Nis, a city in southern Serbia. Niš is a lively city of curious contrasts, where Roma in horse-drawn carriages trot alongside new cars, and posh cocktails are sipped in antiquated alleyways. Here, enjoy a tour of the city and learn about the role Nis played in Serbian history all the way back to pre-roman time. After, we continue on to Sofia. On arrival, we enjoy a gentle walking tour of the centre, where you will learn about the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia Church and Sofia’s oldest building – St George Rotunda (from the 3rd century). We also visit the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika (dating back to the 5th-6th century) which was located in the city of Sofia during the Roman times.

Day 8: Sofia –airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

After breakfast, our tour concludes with a transfer to Sofia airport.

Day 9: Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note: due to scheduling some flights might arrive home 1 day later.

OR extend to our 13 Day Balkan Discovery Tour including Macedonia, Montenegro Albania, Croatia, Serbia & Bulgaria 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Skopje, Macedonia

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Skopje.

Day 2: Skopje, Macedonia

Welcome to Skopje. Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. Over time it has experienced Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule. The 15th-century Stone Bridge connects the Ottoman Old Bazaar (Čaršija) on the Vardar River‘s north bank with contemporary Macedonia Square to the south. The Skopje (Kale) Fortress overlooking the river has defended the city for centuries.

Day 3: Skopje – Ohrid, Macedonia (B)

This morning we drive to Ohrid, a UNESCO Heritage town in the south of Macedonia. This Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. In the city’s compact old town, medieval churches, monasteries and open-air ruins stand alongside traditional houses with redtiled roofs. The massive walls of the centuries-old Samoil’s Fortress, at the top of the hill, dominate the city skyline. On arrival, we discover the highlights of Ohrid including the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation.

Day 4: Ohrid—Tirana, Albania (B)

Today we depart for Tirana, the capital of Albania. Enroute we visit the remains of a Turkish fort before continuing on to Tirana. Tirana is known for its known for its colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the national hero. This afternoon, we have a tour to explore Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. In the evening, you can have dinner at a traditional restaurant and then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-Eastern bloc area known as “the forbidden town” where the villas of the communists’ leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jewellery shops and active local pubs.

Day 5: Tirana – Budva – Kotor, Montenegro (B)

Today we leave Tirana behind us after breakfast, making our way to the border town of Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C) before crossing to Kotor via Budva. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches for example, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. After free time in Budva, continue to Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (built in 1166).

Day 6: Kotor – Dubrovnik, Croatia (B)

This morning we departure for Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Ocean. We’ll also visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces. The evening is then at leisure.

Day 7: Dubrovnik, Croatia (B)

Today is a free day in Dubrovnik to relax. Choose to do as little or as much as you like! The Old Town and its many sights (including the well-preserved city walls along which you can walk) is one of the top attractions here. The Old Town is also famous for Stradun (also known as Placa), the main thoroughfare – one of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him.

Day 8: Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo, Bosina & Herzegovina (B)

Today depart for Sarajevo enroute visiting the town of Mostar. Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. Continue on to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting cities.

Day 9: Sarajevo—Novi Sad, Serbia (B)

This morning, after breakfast, depart for Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube River. The old town centre is lined up with beautiful 200 year old houses, out-doors cafes, shops and ice-cream parlors, as well as beautiful places of worship – the ornate Serbian Orthodox church, the tall Catholic Cathedral or the Jewish synagogue (no longer in actual use). Atop a riverside bluff stands Petrovaradin Fortress, much of it dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an iconic clock tower and a network of tunnels. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the old town and marvel at the baroque architecture. 

Day 10: Novi Sad – Belgrade, Serbia (B)

Today, we depart from Novi Sade and drive to Belgrade. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires. Upon our arrival, we will visit the Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.

Day 11: Belgrade – Nis – Sofia, Bulgaria (B)

After breakfast, we depart Belgrade for the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Enroute, we visit Nis, a city in southern Serbia. Niš is a lively city of curious contrasts, where Roma in horse-drawn carriages trot alongside new cars, and posh cocktails are sipped in antiquated alleyways. Here, enjoy a tour of the city and learn about the role Nis played in Serbian history all the way back to pre-roman time. After, we continue on to Sofia. On arrival, we enjoy a gentle walking tour of the centre, where you will learn about the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia Church and Sofia’s oldest building – St George Rotunda (from the 3rd century). We also visit the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika (dating back to the 5th-6th century) which was located in the city of Sofia during the Roman times.

Day 12: Sofia – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

After breakfast, our tour concludes with a transfer to Sofia airport.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note: due to scheduling some flights might arrive home 1 day later.

 
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What You Get

 

Your package includes return flights, transfers, superior accommodation, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing, transportation and more…

  • Return international airfares including 20kgs checked luggage
  • Return airport transfers with a meet and greet on arrival
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in superior 3-4 star accommodation throughout
  • Breakfast daily
  • The services of a professional dedicated English speaking tour guides throughout
  • Professional English speaking local experts at each site
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicles
  • In depth sightseeing

Want more of the Balkans? Extend to include:

All of the above, plus;

  • Additional breakfasts
  • Additional 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Visit Macedonia, Albania & Montenegro

Highlights:

  • Tour around the sun soaked Balkans
  • Visit the Adriatic city of Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most iconic walled cities
  • See the iconic bridge of Mostar
  • See the once war ravaged city of Sarajevo that now restored to rival most European cities
  • Explore the Serbian city of Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube River
  • Witness Belgrade and its imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers
  • Cross the border into Bulgaria and be wowed by Sofia, a city whose landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation

Please note: Due to the limited choice airlines servicing the Balkan countries from Australia, some flights can have up to a 10 hour transit or require the use of Low Cost airlines like Jetstar for individual parts of the journey (eg. Australia – Singapore). 

 
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Fine Print

 

 Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Tipping, Visas, Shore excursions, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with Turkish Airlines (Malaysia Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa or similar)
  • Interstate surcharges apply for passengers departing Adelaide of $250 per person
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates.
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then advise if any surcharges are payable. Should you be unhappy with the additional surcharge amount, you will be provided with a full refund of your voucher.
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Please note: Due to the limited choice airlines servicing the Balkan countries from Australia, some flights can have up to a 10 hour transit or require the use of Low Cost airlines like Jetstar for individual parts of the journey (eg. Australia – Singapore). 
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days. 

Single Supplement:

9 Day Tour: $399 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
13 Day Tour: $599 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 2 – 10 people

Accommodation:

9 Day

Dubrovnik: Valamar Club or similar
Sarajevo: Hotel Hollywood or similar
Novi Sad: Hotel Master or similar
Belgrade: Tulip Inn Putnik or similar
Sofia: Hotel Sofia Plaza or similar

13 Day

Skopje: Best Western Hotel Turist or similar
Ohrid: Belvedere Hotel or similar
Tirana: Tirana International Hotel or similar
Budva: Slovenska Plaza Hotel or similar
Dubrovnik: Valamar Club or similar
Sarajevo: Hotel Hollywood or similar
Novi Sad: Hotel Master or similar
Belgrade: Tulip Inn Putnik or similar
Sofia: Hotel Sofia Plaza or similar

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,200/$1,500 per person due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once your travel dates are booked and confirmed, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and the deposit becomes strictly non-refundable
  • Book early to secure your desired date
  • If your travel date is within 180 days, you will be emailed an invoice shortly after purchase. You will then have 7 days from invoice date to arrange final payment to secure your dates. If payment is not received within 7 days, your booking will be cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable.
  • If your travel date is greater than 180 days from purchase, a final invoice will be emailed to you prior to 180 days. If payment is not received by 180 days prior to your travel date, your booking will be cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable.

Stay behind surcharge: If you wish to extend your trip beyond our trips, a $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Please purchase your voucher first and Webjet Exclusives will invoice the additional supplement charge when finalising your booking. If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

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Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates

9 Day Tour

09 May 2017
23 May 2017
06 June 2017
20 June 2017
04 July 2017
18 July 2017
01 August 2017
15 August 2017
29 August 2017
12 September 2017
26 September 2017
10 October 2017

13 Day Tour

05 May 2017
19 May 2017
02 June 2017
16 June 2017
14 July 2017
28 July 2017
11 August 2017
25 August 2017
08 September 2017
22 September 2017
06 October 2017

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Professional dedicated English speaking tour guides
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicles
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