Budapest & the Balkans

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Budapest & the Balkans
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Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Budapest & the Balkans
Start:Budapest
Finish:Dubrovnik
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (6 nights), Pension (2 nights), Hostel (1 night)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:5 breakfasts
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

Veer off the usual route and discover some of Central Europe’s up-and-coming hotspots on this ten-day Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid. Starting off in cultured and cosmopolitan Budapest, travel to the Serbian capital of Belgrade for a taste of a city on the rise. Learn about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s war years in Sarajevo, stop by the famed Old Bridge of Mostar and finish things up in wonderful Dubrovnik. Melding the past with the present and the raw with the cultivated, this Balkans adventure gives you the power to see Central Europe your way, with a local leader on hand to steer you in the right direction. .......read more
Highlights
  • Enjoy plenty of free time at your own pace to discover the communist past and progressive present of Budapest – the Pearl of the Danube.
  • Immerse yourself in the edgy street scene of Belgrade's Bohemian Quarter, then dance the night away in one of Europe’s nightlife hotspots with your crew of likeminded adventurers.
  • Visit Mostar’s famous Old Bridge and – if you’re lucky – witness a traditional bridge jumper hurl themselves into the icy waters below.
  • Admire the restored architecture of World Heritage-listed Kotor in Montenegro on a climb along the ancient city fortifications.
  • Wind up along Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline in the historic hotspot of Dubrovnik. With walls to scale and beaches to laze on, why not consider extending your stay a day or two here?
Transport
  • Train , Public bus , Private vehicle , Metro , Taxi
Included Activities
  • Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija
Accommodation
  • Hotel (6 nights), Pension (2 nights), Hostel (1 night)

Itinerary

Location: Budapest

Szia! Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital. This is a city split in two – Buda and Pest – right on the banks of the Danube River. In the evening, after the welcome meeting at 6 pm, perhaps head out with your new travel pals and group leader for dinner, then take a night walk along the Danube to see the buildings and bridges lit up in lights. Why not continue the night going in one of Budapest's quirky ruin bars, full of good vibes and eclectic decor.

Optional Activities:
-Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure
-Budapest - Bites & Sights Food Tour Urban Adventure
-Budapest - Best Beers of Budapest Urban Adventures

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Budapest

This morning you have the option to join your leader on a short orientation walk of the city. Afterwards you have a full free day to explore Budapest. This is a great city to enjoy from the water, so perhaps take a boat trip along the river, or catch a funicular up to the castle for spectacular views of the Parliament Building. With so much to see and do, hiring a bicycle is another great way to move between the sights. You could head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Alternatively, you might like to take a tour of the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House or check out the Hungarian National Museum. One unmissable activity is a healing soak in one of Budapest's thermal bath complexes, so try and fit that in your schedule, too.

Optional Activities:
-Budapest - Parliament Tour
-Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from)
-Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour
-Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park
-Budapest - House of Terror
-Budapest - Hungarian National Museum
-Budapest - Bike Ride
-Budapest - Great Synagogue
-Budapest - Central Market - Free

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Belgrade

Take private transport and head to Belgrade, Serbia’s surprising capital and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Sitting at the junction of two major rivers – the Sava and the Danube – it’s an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. Upon arrival, there is the option to join a guided tour, then you'll have plenty of free time to explore the city. Perhaps begin with a wander around the city’s wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kalemegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the 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 heaving nightclubs.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Belgrade

Today is another day to discover Belgrade. You might like to take a cruise along the Danube River, passing Kalemegdan Fortress, Pancevo Bridge and Zemun. Otherwise, the local market Zeleni Venac can keep you occupied for hours. Perhaps take a stroll through the Nikola Tesla Museum to learn about the life and work of Serbia's greatest inventor, or check out the city's Ethnographic or Military museums. If the weather is warm, you could brave the crowds on Ada Ciganlija beach, where you can swim, take up some water sports or soak up the sun. During summer months, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events and the city is abuzz with people and activities.

Optional Activities:
-Belgrade - Nikola Tesla Museum
-Belgrade - Ethnographic Museum
-Belgrade - Military Museum
-Belgrade - Danube River Cruise
-Belgrade - City Tour with Local Guide
-Belgrade - Sveti Sava Church - Free
-Belgrade - Tito’s Mausoleum (House of Flowers)

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Sarajevo

Travel by bus through the countryside to Sarajevo. The journey will take around 8 hours in total, so sit back and enjoy the scenery. Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s small but vibrant capital. The city often draws comparisons with Istanbul as a place that mixes east and west – dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. On arrival, perhaps head on an optional guided tour to gain insight into the history and culture of the city. Sarajevo is one of the few cities in the world that features an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and a mosque (the famous Begova Dzamija) all within close proximity. Make sure you explore Bascarsija – Sarajevo's old bazaar. Out from here the city’s history unfolds – Ottoman-era buildings beside elaborate Austro-Hungarian and communist structures. In the evening, be sure to keep a look out for the local speciality of bosanski cevapi – local grilled and spiced meats.

Included Activities:
-Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija

Accommodation: ,Pension

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Sarajevo

Enjoy a free day in and around Sarajevo. You could take an optional day trip out to the thermal springs and green parks of Ilidza, the source of the River Bosna. You might prefer to discover local history with a visit to the History Museum, the Sarajevo War Tunnels and Sniper Alley, or learn about the tragedies faced by the city's Jews at the Jewish Museum. Maybe get cultural with a stroll through the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina or return to Bascarsija and get lost in the mosques, caravanserais, and stone-vaulted bazaars while snacking on burek. The Pivnica HS brewery, which also has a restaurant, is a good place to sample local award-winning beer and spend the night with your travel crew.

Optional Activities:
-Sarajevo - Jewish Museum
-Sarajevo - City Tour with Local Guide
-Sarajevo - Times of Misfortune Tour & Tunnel Museum
-Sarajevo - Ilidza Park and Springs
-Sarajevo - National Museum
-Sarajevo - Svrzo's House
-Sarajevo - Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
-Sarajevo - City Hall & Old National Library
-Sarajevo - Scars and Smiles Urban Adventure
-Sarajevo - Story of Sarajevo Urban Adventure

Accommodation: ,Pension

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Mostar, Kotor

Early this morning, head out of Sarajevo by train to Mostar (approximately 3 hours). Thanks to the river Neretva, Mostar was able to develop as a city in the barren landscape of Herzegovina. On arrival, perhaps head to the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), first built by the Ottomans in 1565 – it was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. If you’re lucky, you might see the famous brave members of Mostar’s diving club hurl themselves into the icy waters below. It’s tradition for the young men of the town to make the jump, and it’s now an annual competition. However, it’s definitely not advised to have a go yourself, as the bridge is super high and water freezing. Instead, follow the local custom and hand the divers a few Marks (the local currency). Later today, continue to Kotor where you will spend the night (approximately 4 hours).

Optional Activities:
-Mostar - War Photo Exhibition
-Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret
-Mostar - Old Bridge Museum

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kotor

Explore Europe’s most southerly fjord, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) and Kotor town, with free time to discover the city’s narrow alleyways by yourself today. This fifth-century World Heritage-listed city is set on a secluded bay, with towering peaks surrounding a rocky coastline dotted with pretty waterside towns. Check out the 12th-century Cathedral of St Tryphun, the South Gates of Kotor (the Gurdich Gate) and the Armoury Square (Trg od oruzija). Afterwards, you might like to get lost in the crooked alleyways, checking out the boutiques and cafes, or climb the hills behind the city to visit Kotor's ruined fortification walls. A 1.5-hour hike up the stone steps, past churches, gates, and bastions to the Fortress of Sveti Ivan at the top rewards you with magnificent views across town and the Bay of Kotor. In the evening, the city walls are lit up to provide a unique night-time perspective.

Optional Activities:
-Kotor - Cruise on Kotor Fjord
-Kotor - St. Tryphon’s Cathedral
-Budva - Day Trip (by public bus)
-Kotor - Fortress
-Kotor - Maritime Museum

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Dubrovnik

Leave Montenegro by bus, riding along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik (approximately 2.5 hours). Once arrived, the day is free for you to explore Dubrovnik at your own pace. Take a walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea in this renowned jewel of the Dalmatian Coast. Perhaps check out the 13th-century Franciscan monastery or the Sponza and Rector's palaces – the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667. You might like to check out the city's War Photography Museum, or if you have time, even take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island, where you will find the French-built Fort Royal Castle, a monastery, and a botanical garden that dates back to when the Austrian archduke Maximilian had his holiday home on the island. Otherwise, find a secluded beach spot and have some time to unwind. Tonight, why not enjoy a harbourside meal with the group and toast to your adventures.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Dubrovnik

With no activities planned for today, you are free to depart at any time. As there is so much to do in Dubrovnik you might like to extend your stay here. We are happy to organise accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Optional Activities:
-Dubrovnik - Game of Thrones Tour
-Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip
-Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
-Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum
-Dubrovnik - City Walls Walk
-Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace
-Dubrovnik - Church of St. Blaise - Free
-Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free
-Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

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What's Included

Included
  • Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija
  • Meals
    5 breakfasts
  • Accommodation
    Hotel (6 nights), Pension (2 nights), Hostel (1 night)
  • Transport
    Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel

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Touring with Intrepid Travel

Intrepid was started by two friends from Melbourne, Australia, in 1988 after embarking on a trip through the wilds of Africa in a modified ex-council truck, crammed with friends, supplies, a handful of aviator sunglasses and a case or two of beer. Could this type of travel be something others would be interested in? The answer was a resounding yes and today Intrepid send 100,000 travellers across the globe each year with the help of a staff of 1,000.

After three decades, founders Darrell and Manch, feel they know what travellers want. They get that it’s a big decision to fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. They understand that you’re looking for a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience. Their leaders are born and raised in-country and they know their destination better than anyone. So you’ll do more than just see a place, you’ll live it. Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that’s Intrepid’s thing. With 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, you’re sure to find something you like.

Intrepid believe the real magic happens well away from the beaten path. It’s the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas and real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine. Real life experiences are those moments you know you’re really alive and experiencing something special. While it could be the instant you see one of the world’s great icons for the first time, it is more likely to be the moment you find yourself in the middle of a village square soccer game, being treated to a home-cooked meal by your new local friends or sharing a laugh with your fellow travellers as you try a new mode of transport … camel anyone? These unexpected moments are what travelling with Intrepid is all about, giving you a trip like no other.

Intrepid realises the world is a really big place. And there’s a plethora of different languages to learn, borders to cross and cultures to negotiate. Small group adventure travel makes these things easy and allows you to maximise your precious time off. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus all your energy on having the experience of a lifetime. Their tour groups are small enough to feel like you’re exploring a destination independently, but big enough to create a good social vibe. Group size will vary depending on where and how you’re travelling, but the average group size is about 10.

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Start:Budapest
Finish:Dubrovnik
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (6 nights), Pension (2 nights), Hostel (1 night)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:5 breakfasts
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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