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12 days

from ₹2,42,700 trip_detail hint icon

Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Expedition Overview

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Trip Details
TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Take a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, and walk the medieval city walls of Dubrovnik.
  • Venture into the Croatian countryside, exploring the cascading waterfalls of Plitviče Lakes National Park and enjoying a traditional Dalmatian meal.
  • Get a local perspective on Sarajevo’s past on a guided walk through the storied capital alongside a war historian.
  • Spend two days on the sparkling Bay of Kotor, a picturesque World Heritage site in Montenegro.
Itinerary

On the crossroads between East and West, the Balkan Peninsula dazzles with less-discovered gems. Enjoy a fascinating introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro, discovering an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural treasures along the way.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

Day 1: Zagreb

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

Enjoy an excursion to Plitviče Lakes National Park. Take in the splendor of its karst formations, gem-like pools, and cascading waterfalls on a guided walk along boardwalks, and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population of this World Heritage site. For dinner this evening, savor a traditional peka, a Dalmatian dish of vegetables, herbs, and meat baked over hot coals.

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

Begin our exploration of the sparkling Adriatic coast in Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the dazzling Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built of luminous white stone imported from the nearby island of Brac, this imposing palace dates to the third century A.D.

Day 4: Split

Spend a day at your leisure to explore the lively seaside town of Split, which was once a major Byzantine city. Step through the Golden Gate and into the historic old town, situated within the old palace walls. Sample Croatian delicacies at the local market, opt to ascend to Marjan’s peak for breathtaking views of the city, or consider joining an optional tour of one of the world’s oldest cathedrals, a colonnaded octagon built in the early fourth century.

Day 5: Split/Sarajevo

Enjoy a scenic drive across the border to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stroll around the ancient town and pay a visit to the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), considered a symbol of the city’s resilience. This reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge was first built in the 17th century—and then meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the Bosnian War. Later, continue to Sarajevo for the evening.

Day 6: Sarajevo

Learn about the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through this devastating period. Gain more insights at the Tunnel of Hope and War Tunnel Museum, and view bunkers, minefields, and trenches at Trebević Mountain, the site of several battles. After, experience the city’s resurgence at a market and during lunch at a local spot.

Day 7: Sarajevo

Enjoy a free day to explore the capital at your leisure. Discover the cobblestone streets of its alluring Old Town, noting the architecture of its diverse places of worship, and ponder history at the arched Latin Bridge, the famed site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination—the fateful event that triggered World War I.

Day 8: Sarajevo/Kotor

Cross over the border to Montenegro and soak up two days on the sparkling Bay of Kotor, designated a World Heritage site for its terraced waterfront landscape and medieval architecture. Opt to visit the one time capital of Risan, home to well-preserved Roman mosaics, take a leisurely stroll in the quaint seaside town of Perast and the islands, or set out by sea kayak to explore the spectacular bay.

Day 9: Kotor

Enjoy a free day to explore. Discover the Mediterranean spirit of Kotor, surrounded by fortifications built by the Republic of Venice. Consider hiking up the medieval steps of the fortress for panoramic views of the city and harbour. Or opt to experience mud therapy at a local spa to test the natural healing properties of the area’s sand.

Day 10: Kotor/Dubrovnik

Visit a family-run agrotourism villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Join our local host on a spirited walk around the picturesque grounds, pick fresh fruits and vegetables in the gardens, and watch a baking demonstration. Then sit down together to share a traditional lunch of local ham, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and walk the medieval city walls. Head to the Old City and meet locals preserving traditional foods and handicrafts through the women-run nonprofit, DEŠA, founded in the early 1990s during the Croatian War of Independence.

Day 11: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day in Dubrovnik, which once rivaled Venice as a maritime power. Explore its World Heritage–designated Old City, where distinctive red roofs make for spectacular photos. Order the catch of the day at a seaside café, or consider setting out on a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.

Day 12: Dubrovnik

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date May 16-27, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,42,700 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,00,900 Per Person

  • date May 23-Jun 3, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,42,700 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,00,900 Per Person

  • date Jun 20-Jul 1, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,15,800 Per Person

  • date Jul 18-29, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,15,800 Per Person

  • date Aug 15-26, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,15,800 Per Person

  • date Sep 12-23, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,65,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,23,300 Per Person

  • date Sep 19-30, 2021
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,65,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,23,300 Per Person

  • date May 22-Jun 2, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,42,700 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,17,300 Per Person

  • date Jun 19-30, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,32,300 Per Person

  • date Jul 17-28, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,32,300 Per Person

  • date Aug 14-25, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,57,600 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,32,300 Per Person

  • date Sep 11-22, 2022
  • double occupancy ₹ 2,65,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹3,39,700 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. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.



    What's Included

    • 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
    • Your G for Good Moment: DEŠA Women's Centre Visit, 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

Travel Insurance

A minimum level of medical and emergency travel insurance is required in order to travel with National Geographic Journeys. Details are outlined in our Terms and Conditions and you will not be permitted to join the group until you have provided evidence of adequate travel insurance. Please read the trip details to learn more about recommended policy options.

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 $3,998

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.