Balkan Explorer 2020

Balkan Explorer | Topdeck Travel
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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Top Deck

Join us in the Balkans for historically charged capitals, sun-soaked Dalmatian coastlines and so much more in between. Bonus: this region's culture is just as amazing as its scenery!

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • 18-30 somethings
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Meet your Trip Leader and prepare for two days of getting down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities Buda and Pest! We’ll check out Heroes’ Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and the swanky Andrássy Avenue before tucking into an included dinner. Yum!



Day 2: Budapest

A free day to take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you entertained for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters at one of the original ruin bars. Wanna go one step further? An optional dinner cruise on the Danube has your name on it.



Day 3: Budapest to Belgrade, Serbia

Next up: Belgrade. Prepare for another slice of Eastern Europe's unique mix of glasnost and capitalism! Serbia's religious and political past has cultivated a diverse cultural landscape throughout the city. After you’ve soaked up the sights on a walking tour, make like a local and sip some traditional plum brandy. You'll fit right in.



Day 4: Belgrade

Say hello to freedom – it’s your day, your way! Check out the wartime tunnels or jump on a guided tour to find out more about life in Tito's Yugoslavia. Whatever you do, make the most of Belgrade while you can – tomorrow we’ll be hitting the road again.



Day 5: Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Beat the crowds in up-and-coming Sarajevo – a city that’s shaking off its tragic past. But first: honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sobering reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.



Day 6: Sarajevo

You’ve got a free day to explore one of Europe’s most underrated cities. Spend some time playing ‘I spy’ with the city’s mosques, synagogues and churches – or, if you fancy, there’s also an optional guided tour of the Sarajevo Tunnel on the cards.



Day 7: Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Croatia

We’ll make the most of Mostar before heading for the most famous walled city in Europe: Dubrovnik. Wander the city’s tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.



Day 8: Dubrovnik

Free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Check out the residential homes further up in the Old Town and take in some epic views. Later, crack open a cold beer on the wall and watch as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life!



Day 9: Dubrovnik to Budva, Montenegro

Hands up who needs more beach in their life? Well, you’re on the right trip! Today we’re hitting the road to Budva – the ‘Miami of Montenegro’. Whether you choose to laze on the sand and roll into bed or hit the clubs and party till dawn, you can’t lose!



Day 10: Budva

Part beach paradise, part walled medieval wonder-city, Budva's got plenty to keep you occupied. After breakfast, the city is your oyster. And... go!



Day 11: Budva to Zadar, Croatia

Today we’ll listen to the ocean play an instrument in Zadar. Yep, you read that right. The Sea Organ is a quirky art installation nestled within the city’s eclectic mix of Roman ruins and public art. More cool facts await you on an orientation tour with your brainy Trip Leader.



Day 12: Zadar to Plitvice Lakes

Next up: bliss and waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park.



Day 13: Plitvice Lakes to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Today is brought to you by Mother Nature! Made up of 16 lakes connected by streams and waterfalls, and surrounded by 300 square kilometres of national park, Plitvice Lakes didn’t make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list for nothing. Hike up to see the tallest waterfall in Croatia or glide across the crystal blue lakes in a rowboat. Mindfulness just got a whole new meaning.



Day 14: Ljubljana

Today we’ll take on Slovenia’s capital: Ljubljana. Ljubljana Castle and Old Town have been waiting for you since Celtic times, so it’d be rude not to check them out. Tonight, hit up the strip for a tea or vino with a side of live music.



Day 15: Ljubljana to Budapest, Hungary

Our final destination is Budapest, where this trip wraps up. Go hunt down some tasty goulash, quirky ruin bars and a fiendish Rubik's cube before heading home. See you next time!



  • Driving tour of Budapest
  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
  • Walking tour of Belgrade
  • Local guide in Dubrovnik
  • Walking tour of Sarajevo
  • Wine tasting in Nadin
  • Entry to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • -14 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi.
  • 14 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 5 dinners

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Touring with Top Deck

If you’re between 18-30 something, don’t miss the opportunity to travel with this awesome travel company. Topdeck was born in 1973 when Skroo Turner and his mates bought a double-decker bus and drove across Europe to Morocco. They now offer over 330 amazing tours in 65 countries,  so they will definitely have a touring adventure to whet your appetite.

A collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, they strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. Their passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. Their business is to make travel dreams a reality. They know what works. And they’re not afraid to shout about it. They refuse to sacrifice quality, independence and freedom, and believe solo adventures should go hand in hand with unforgettable moments with like-minded travellers. They offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences.

They are lively, curious, knowledgeable and dedicated; driven with the desire to laugh and have fun. They build the trips. You build the memories. Go on, jump on board and discover what it means to be a #Topdecker!

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