Traces of the Ottoman Empire

13 DAYS - FROM SPLIT TO BELGRADE
Being called the Forefront of Christianity, medieval Croatia was the battlefield of two worlds. Having conquered large territory of today’s Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, the Ottomans left a lasting footprint, visible here in many ways. On one side there are numerous proud fortresses witnessing brave resistance of the local people and on the other side astonishing Ottoman legacy still present in food, habits, architecture and language.
Day 1: ZAGREB (D)
Arrivals. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: ZAGREB (B)
In the morning we will take a tour of the city with our local guide. The city of Zagreb developed from two medieval small towns: the ecclesiastic Kaptol and the secular Gric. Our tour takes us first to the city’s main cemetery Mirogoj – don’t worry we are only here for a short visit to admire the imaginative and nostalgic melancholy of the architecture, so appropriate for this place. We will continue by roaming the two cores of the ancient times, before ending at the main square where the city became one. Afternoon at leisure and time for dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation.
DAY 3: ZAGREB-PLITVICE-SPLIT (B, D)
After breakfast we take the road to arguably the most beautiful nature sight in Croatia, lakes Plitvice. The National park is the most visited nature site in Croatia for a good reason: its 16 crystalline lakes connect through various waterfalls spread out over travertine barriers or dropping steeply from heights and offering amazing colours and views wherever you turn. Watch your step, stay on the marked paths and enjoy a train ride through the park and/or a boat ride over the lake Kozjak to get the most of it. After the visit we will continue to Split. Dinner and overnight
DAY 4: SPLIT (B)
This morning we visit the ancient city of Split. It is more than 1700 years old and plenty of its history is still visible and preserved in the historical centre, intertwined with more recent and even modern buildings in an almost cacophonic whole that is very particular of this town. Your local guide will introduce you to the city and we have included entrances to the Cellars of the emperor Diocletian, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple. After a lunch break we will continue our day visiting the fortress Klis, once a stronghold against the Ottoman, today renowned as a Game of Thrones filming sight. Overnight.
DAY 5: SPLIT-DUBROVNIK (B, D)
Today we depart towards Dubrovnik. The journey there takes a bit of time as we are crossing two borders on route, over a narrow Bosnia and Herzegovina outlet to the sea. There will be time for a light snack on the way. Upon arrival we will check-in at our hotel and have some time to refresh, before meeting again to go on city tour and get to know our destination for the next three nights. The historic core of Dubrovnik is situated within its medieval walls where we will walk the alleys surrounded by stone walls of houses, palaces and churches. After the visit, evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: DUBROVNIK -KOTOR-DUBROVNIK (B, D)
In the morning we will continue our journey to Montenegro, once again crossing the border to a new country. On the road we will visit the manmade island of Our Lady of the Rocks and learn the details on how it was created. A short drive will take us on to Kotor, a small fortified gem in the Adriatic south, nesting at the bottom of hill. After free time for lunch, we will visit the town with our local guide and then go back to our base, the city of Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: DUBROVNIK (B)
A day at leisure. You can use the time to add to the flavour of the city: visit the city walls, take the funicular to mount Srdj or a short cruise along the walls or to the island of Lokrum and in the evening try and find the small sea gate leading onto the rocks outside the walls – this is the place to enjoy the sunset in Dubrovnik and there is a bar called Buza so you can accompany the sunset with a nice glass of wine. Overnight.
DAY 8: DUBROVNIK-MOSTAR-SARAJEVO (B, D)
In the morning we depart towards Mostar, crossing once more to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UNESCO hit for today is the Old Bridge, rebuilt in the original manner after the 90’s war when it was destroyed. In Mostar make sure to try Baklava, a pastry left by the Ottoman and have a coffee, mind you, you will find it extremely strong here. After lunch in the area we continue to Sarajevo, the country’s Capital. Dinner and overnight.evening you can take a walk on the famous ‘Copacabana’ beach, as the locals call their favourite beach the river Drava. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 9: SARAJEVO (B)
This morning is the time to visit Sarajevo on a guided city tour. We will visit the Bascarsija area which is where you will get the sense of history and cultural heritage of Sarajevo. Sarajevo is the place to try ‘ćevapčići’, a local meal consisting in minced meat finger sausages in general eaten with ‘kajmak’ a sort of milky cream. Free afternoon and evening to explore the city on your own. Overnight.
DAY 10: SARAJEVO-OSIJEK (B,D)
After breakfast we depart towards Osijek, the Capital of eastern Croatia. We will make stops along the road as it is a quite the ride we have ahead of us today and have a lunch break mid-way. Upon arrival to Osijek we will visit the city. The fortress of Osijek once served as the great defence against the Ottoman. In the evening you can take a walk on the famous ‘Copacabana’ beach, as the locals call their favourite beach the river Drava. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 11: OSIJEK-NOVI SAD-BELGRADE (B,D)
Morning departure towards Belgrade, but before we reach Serbia’s Capital we will stop in Novi Sad, the city well into the Balkans but with a very European feel to it as there are several strong minorities here trying to maintain harmony which is visible through the fact that there are three official languages and alphabets here. After the visit free time for lunch before visiting the Petrovaradin fortress, renown for a music festival Exit held here every year. The fortress offers beautiful views of Novi Sad across the Danube and of the old town below. We continue onwards to Belgrade where we expect to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight. 
DAY 12: BELGRADE (B)
We start the day with a guided tour of the city. We will explore part of the city on the bus and continue around the Kalemegdan fortress on foot. The site offers magnificent views of the Danube and Sava rivers. The rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 13: BELGRADE - DEPARTURES
Well, it is time to say goodbye. Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

Price per person in double room 
DEPARTURES 2019 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  3rd REDUCTION 
24th of May 2019  1.825,00 EUR 533,00 EUR - 92,00 EUR
 11th of October 2019  1.620,00 EUR 438,00 EUR - 80,00 EUR
 
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels
  • 7 x half board dinner at hotel
  • Air-conditioned motor coach throughout
  • Tour escort throughout
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Mostar, Sarajevo, Osijek, Novi Sad, Beograd
  • Entrances to: National Park Plitvice; Diocletian Palace, Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple in Split; Klis fortress; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast
  • Departure transfer to Belgrade airport

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Porterage
  • Tips
  • Anything else not explicitly specified under ‘includes’

HOTELS:

  • Zagreb: Panorama 4*
  • Split: Ora 4*
  • Dubrovnik: Valamar 4*
  • Sarajevo: Colorsinn 4*
  • Osijek: Osijek 4*
  • Beograd: Belgrade city 4*


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