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Discover the Balkans
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12 days

from $3,249 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 16

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Take a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
  • Cross the magnificent Stari Most bridge in Mostar, and enjoy local market specialties in Sarajevo.
  • Walk the old city wall of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”
Itinerary

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.

Day 1: Zagreb

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

Enjoy an excursion to Plitviče Lakes National Park with a local guide and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population. This evening, enjoy a traditional peka (baked vegetable and meat dish) dinner cooked on hot coals.

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

Continue on to Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the Diocletian Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe.

Day 4: Split

Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

Day 5: Split/Sarajevo

Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), then continue to Sarajevo for the evening.

Day 6: Sarajevo

Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through it. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and Trebević Mountain, and gain insight into how the people of this city moved beyond conflict. After, visit a market and enjoy a local lunch with your CEO.

Day 7: Sarajevo

Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.

Day 8: Sarajevo/Kotor

Cross over to Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor. Opt to visit the Roman mosaics in Risan, take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking in the spectacular bay.

Day 9: Kotor

Enjoy a free day to explore.

Day 10: Kotor/Dubrovnik

Visit a family-run agroturizam villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Meet our local host then enjoy a traditional lunch of local ham, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and walk the old city walls.

Day 11: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafés serve up delicious seafood.

Day 12: Dubrovnik

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 10 May 2020 - 21 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 17 May 2020 - 28 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,338 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 May 2020 - 04 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,338 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 18 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,338 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Jun 2020 - 02 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,139 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jul 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,139 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jul 2020 - 30 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,139 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Aug 2020 - 27 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,139 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Aug 2020 - 10 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,139 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 17 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 24 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 01 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,698 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts).
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private minivan, bus, boat.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Siege of Sarajevo Tour, Sarajevo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Agroturizam Experience, Dubrovnik
  • Local Life: Traditional Peka Dinner, Zagreb
  • Plitviče Lakes National Park walk
  • Traditional peka dinner
  • Split orientation walk around Diocletian's Palace
  • Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
  • Kotor orientation walk
  • Dubrovnik city wall walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $4,248

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.