Small Group 20 PAXNew 2021

The Great Balkan Journey 2021

Ljubljana - Bled - Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes NP - Split - Korčula - Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo - Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade - Niš - Sofia - Rila - Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Baile Govora - Cozia - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt - Bukovina - Piatra Neamt - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Code: K3

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Ljubljana

Upon arrival to Venice, Trieste or Ljubljana airport transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Ljubljana - Bled - Ljubljana

This morning, we will first head to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town, the lakeshore, and a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. After the visit of Bled return to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for a walking tour. See the sights of the old city centre, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. (B)

Day 3
Ljubljana - Postojna - Zagreb

After breakfast, we head to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe - Postojna Cave. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. (B)

Day 4
Zagreb

This morning enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town. (B)

Day 5
Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Split

Travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then we continue our journey to Split. (B)

Day 6
Split

Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Finally, see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. (B)

Day 7
Split - Korčula

Today we head to the Island of Korčula. Upon arrival free time to enjoy this beautiful island. (B)

Day 8
Korčula - Dubrovnik

The beautiful medieval town of Korčula has streets arranged in the shape of a fish bone, which ensures the flow of fresh air and protects from strong winds. According to legend, the famous adventurer Marco Polo was born here. After the visit, head to Dubrovnik. (B)

Day 9
Dubrovnik

Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town this morning. Visit the Rector's Palace, and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Next, see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, enjoy the picturesque setting, shop or simply relax. (B)

Day 10
Dubrovnik - Mostar

We continue our trip towards Mostar. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. (B)

Day 11
Mostar - Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Sarajevo has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. On your city tour, visit the Turkish Bazaar Baščaršija, Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque, Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum. (B)

Day 12
Sarajevo - Belgrade

Today, we travel to Belgrade, Serbia. (B)

Day 13
Belgrade

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions; the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers, Republic Square and Mihajlova Street, Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city, and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free. (B)

Day 14
Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade

In the morning, departure to Sremski Karlovci, the museum-city that was the centre of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop with a wine tasting included, we continue to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the administrative, economic, cultural and university centre of the region, which also has the well-preserved Petrovaradin Fortress that faces the city from the other side of the Danube. Return to Belgrade. (B, T)

Day 15
Belgrade - Niš - Sofia

Today, we travel to Bulgaria. Our first stop is Niš, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Niš is a university centre but also one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia. Continue to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. (B)

Day 16
Sofia - Rila - Sofia

Today, we enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia. Among others, the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of Saint George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi Mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon, travel to the Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and the language for centuries. After visiting the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, return to Sofia. (B)

Day 17
Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo

Leaving Sofia behind, we head toward the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv. This is a city with an ancient history. During our city tour we will see the Roman Forum and the stadium, as well as the Roman amphitheatre. We will walk through the cobbled streets of the small and ancient city surrounded by houses and beautiful churches. After the visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains through the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russian-Turkish War for the Liberation of Bulgaria. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. (B)

Day 18
Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Baile Govora

In the morning, panoramic visit of the city of Veliko Tarnovo with a walk to Tsarevets, where the kings of Bulgaria once lived. We will walk along the oldest street in the city called Samovodska Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanasi, a small village in Bulgaria located 4km from Veliko Tarnovo, known for its interesting architecture. In the village, we can see the Konstancalieva House and the Church of the Nativity, whose wall paintings are a work of art. Then we head to the mountain resort of Baile Govora (long transfer). (B)

Day 19
Baile Govora - Cozia - Sibiu

Head to Cozia for a visit of the Byzantine style Cozia Monastery. A model of harmonious proportions, the main church is richly decorated with frescoes dating back to 1390. Then we cross the Olt Valley into Transylvania. In the afternoon we take a panoramic walk through the city of Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and bears a strong resemblance to a southern German or Austrian town. The old city centre has retained a largely Saxon aspect and managed to fuse the Middle Ages with the new. (B)

Day 20
Sibiu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures

Today, we travel first to the picturesque city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. It is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania and is an enchanting city of sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. We continue to Targu Mures. (B)

Day 21
Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt

Targu Mures remains a noticeably Hungarian town. Dating back at least to the 14th century it has long been an important commercial and academic centre. After the visit that includes the Palace of Culture, we continue to Piatra Neamt through the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its hill station. (B)

Day 22
Piatra Neamt - Bukovina - Piatra Neamt

Departure to the Bukovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their brightly coloured interior and exterior fresco paintings stand out. Visit of the Monasteries of Sucevita and the black pottery workshops of Marginea. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery, considered the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the "Sistine Chapel" in the East. Return to Piatra Neamt. (B)

Day 23
Piatra Neamt - Brasov

In the morning, we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. Arrival in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town and see the exterior of the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania. (B)

Day 24
Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Continue towards the town of Bran. Visit of its famous Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In the afternoon arrival in the city of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians" because of its beauty. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles Castle, the former summer residence and retreat place of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I. (B)

Day 25
Bucharest

We will get to know the Romanian capital, once known under the nickname "Little Paris". The visit will take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation, the Military Academy and the Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. With 2 million inhabitants in the city proper and more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in South-eastern Europe. (B)

Day 26
Bucharest

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 26
  • 25 Nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 25 Breakfasts (B)
  • Wine Tasting in Sremski Karlovci (T)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Porterage

Sightseeing

  • Ljubljana
  • Bled
  • Postojna
  • Zagreb
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Split
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik
  • Mostar
  • Sarajevo
  • Belgrade
  • Sremski Karlovci
  • Novi Sad
  • Sofia
  • Rila
  • Plovdiv
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Arbanasi
  • Cozia​
  • Sibiu​
  • Sighisoara​
  • Targu Mures
  • Bukovina
  • Brasov
  • Bran​
  • Sinaia
  • Bucharest

Entrance

  • Bled - Castle
  • Postojna - Cave
  • Zagreb - Cathedral
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Split - Diocletian Palace
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery
  • Sarajevo - Baščaršija, Husrev Bey’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum
  • Belgrade - Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Novi Sad - Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Sofia - Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Rila - Monastery
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets
  • Arbanasi - Nativity Church
  • Cozia - Monastery​
  • Targu Mures - Palace of Culture
  • Bukovina - Painted Monasteries Sucevita & Voronet, Ceramica Neagra Marginea
  • Bran - Dracula’s Castle​
  • Sinaia - Peles Castle

Exclusions

  • Half Board Supplement NZ$1,010 per person

Pricing and Accommodation

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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Korčula - Hotel Liburna

Mostar - Hotel Mepas

Sarajevo - Hotel Europe

Belgrade - Hotel Moskva

Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel

Baile Govora - Hotel Palace

Piatra Neamt - Central Plaza Hotel

Brasov - Hotel Aro Palace

Bucharest - Hotel Capitol

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