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.
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 - 12 Days
Day 1 — Zagreb
Arrive at any time. This evening, opt to gather with your travel companions for dinner at a local restaurant.
Days 2, 3, & 4 — Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split
Travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a naturalist-led walk amid its stunning turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and limestone gorges. Learn about the reserve’s diverse wildlife populations, including rare bird and butterfly species. Enjoy a traditional peka dinner cooked on hot coals. The next morning, take another walk through the park before traveling to Split. Enjoy a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, an imposing Roman fortress. With free time, explore the city, visit its archaeology museum, see the Cathedral of Saint Duje, or take an excursion to the historic city of Trogir. (3B, 1D)
Days 5, 6, & 7 — Mostar/Sarajevo
Drive to Mostar to see the Stari Most, or Old Bridge—a beautiful Ottoman-style bridge that was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the Bosnian War. Continue to Sarajevo and take an orientation walk around the city. Visit the local market and enjoy Bosnian specialties for lunch. Take a tour of the “Tunnel of Hope,” and then spend some free time exploring the city on your own. (3B, 1L)
Days 8 & 9 — Kotor
Cross over to Montenegro and spend two days in the Gulf of Kotor. Enjoy free time to explore the beautiful bay, surrounded by mountain slopes and charming waterfront towns. Opt to see the Roman mosaics in Risan, go kayaking in the bay, or visit enchanting Perast to explore its many churches and grand palazzos. (2B)
Days 10 & 11 — Dubrovnik
Travel to Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Take a walking tour of the old city walls, stopping along the way to see its various forts and towers. Spend the next day exploring the city on your own. You may also opt to visit Lopud island or go on a sea kayaking excursion. (2B)
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.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
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: Add $599
Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional dinner in Zagreb, as well as the optional excursions in Split, Sarajevo, Kotor, and Dubrovnik are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (11 nights)
Meals Included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $465-605 for meals not included.
Transportation Private van, bus, boat
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.