Timeless Beauty of the Balkans
12 days from £1,749 per person
Like the most gripping of history books, stories abound in this fascinating region. We explore the Croatian capital, Zagreb, where Austro-Hungarian and socialist buildings stand side by side. In Belgrade, we visit President Tito’s grand mausoleum. In Sarajevo, we see Principe Bridge, site of the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and in Mostar we witness the impressive post-conflict restoration efforts. On the sparkling Adriatic coast, we meander around historic Budva. Our story concludes in Dubrovnik, with its spectacularly photogenic old town.
Your holiday includes:
11 excursions and visits
- City tours of Zagreb; Osijek (2021 only); Belgrade (including Tito's Mausoleum); Sarajevo; and Dubrovnik
- Entrance to Principe Bridge, Gazi Husrefbey Mosque and Svrzo House
- Visit to the War Tunnel, Sarajevo (2020 only)
- Tours of Mostar, Budva and Kotor with local guides
- 11 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 23 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 2-12) 1 lunch (day 3) 11 dinners (days 1-11) 2020 departures don’t include lunch on day 3
- Kotor city tax
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Zagreb
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Zagreb. On arrival our coach transfers you to our base for our first two nights.
Sheraton Zagreb (5-star)
We take a sightseeing tour of this stunning and historical capital city with a local guide. The tour includes the Upper Town, the historical centre of the city, the Church of St Mark with its famed multi-coloured tiled roof, the Cathedral and Croatian National Theatre. We will pass by the beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery. You have free time this afternoon.
Osijek - Belgrade
Our scenic journey today takes us from Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia and our hotel for two nights. We’ll make a stop on the way in the leafy historic town of Osijek for a guided tour of the city and gardens, and a wander along the waterfront promenade, before stopping for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant. Please note: 2020 departures won’t stop in Osijek.
Hyatt Belgrade (5-star)
Today, our full-day sightseeing tour of Belgrade introduces us to the most important sights of the city. On foot we will visit the biggest park in Belgrade, Kalemegdan, which encompasses Kalemegdan Fortress. Our coach will then take us in the direction of Terazije, Parliament, City Hall, Pioneer Park and Slavija Square. We then take a walk through the park of Karadorde to visit the Temple of Saint Sava. The coach tour continues to Knez Milos Street, known as the ‘Street of the Embassies’, and to Tito’s mausoleum.
Our journey today takes us from Belgrade to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. The route takes us through Zvornik, a historic town devastated in the Bosnian War. We continue, with a backdrop of scenic views of Romanija Mountain and along the River Drina, to Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo, where we stay for two nights.
Hotel President, Sarajevo (4-star)
In the company of an expert local guide, take a half-day walking tour of Sarajevo - a city in which, over a period spanning four hundred years, mosques, synagogues, orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have been built side by side. We will visit Bašcaršija, one of the best maintained old bazaars with diverse stores and restaurants, and Principe Bridge, site of the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, which led directly to the First World War. Please note: 2020 departures also include an afternoon tour to the War Tunnel - a lifeline to the citizens of Sarajevo during the 1990s conflict.
Sarajevo - Mostar
After some free time in Sarajevo, we travel to Mostar. It was the worst affected Bosnian city in the Yugoslav wars but a sightseeing tour will show the local effort that has gone into making this city beautiful once again. See the famous Old Stone Bridge, the colourful Old Bazaar and a typical Turkish house.
Hotel Mostar (4-star)
There’ll be free time in Mostar this morning, before departing for Becici, on the outskirts of the popular Montenegrin resort of Budva, where we stay for two nights.
Hotel Budva, Becici (4-star)
Your morning sightseeing tour of Budva will take you through its rich tapestry of cobbled streets and shady piazzas. The local guide will bring tales of this ancient city, one of the oldest in the Balkans, to life. The afternoon is free for further exploration, to stroll along the promenade or relax on one of the numerous sandy beaches.
Kotor - Cavtat
We continue for Kotor this morning for a tour of this coastal city. This beautiful fortified old town, protected by UNESCO, is surrounded by stunning scenery, between steep mountains and the deepest natural ria in the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll make a stop Kotor’s market (2021 only) for the chance to buy some tasty local sweets and produce. During your free time here, it may be easy to lose yourself in the maze of lanes and hidden piazzas within the medieval walls, but its small size makes it easy to find your way again. We depart for Cavtat, a lush peninsula just south of Dubrovnik, where we stay for two nights.
Hotel Croatia Cavtat (5-star)
After breakfast we enjoy a fascinating city tour of Dubrovnik, followed by a panoramic coach drive above the city with breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. With an abundance of places to visit in Dubrovnik, the afternoon is free to explore independently. Maybe walk the city walls, experience one of the museums dedicated to defenders of Dubrovnik during the Yugoslav wars, including the powerful War Photo museum or Visia Cinema, which brings the city’s history to life through 3D films and holograms, or enjoy delicious gelato in a sun-bleached square.
Day 12 Dubrovnik - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.