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That’s partly what lends the towns and cities here such an enduring fascination. You’ll have a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the stories that have forged these proud people, stretching from recent times all the way back to the Byzantine Empire that supplanted Rome. Of course, the allure of history is just one of the reasons to visit, and you’ll find plenty of time to simply relax, and absorb some of the most stunning natural scenery on view anywhere in the world.
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Day 1

Your journey begins in Bucharest with an overnight stay.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Bucharest > Sofia
Highlights: Historic Sofia

Journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia, your base for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Highlights: Folk show and dinner

With your local guide, you’ll get to discover neo-classical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and balconied buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects. This evening you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner and folk show at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Sofia > Ohrid Lake
Highlights: Enrich dinner

Your first stop today is Skopje which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at picturesque Ohrid Lake, where you’ll stay for two nights.


Enjoy a traditional Macedonian dinner and folklore show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the region’s unique culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Ohrid Lake
Highlights: Freechoice

Tour the town with your knowledgeable guide this morning. With its temples, ruins and Byzantine basilicas, Ohrid is one of the most ancient towns in the Balkans.


Visit the Monastery of St Naum or enjoy a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively take a guided hike through the Galicica National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Ohrid Lake > Tirana
Highlights: City tour of Tirana

Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana, then check into your hotel for an overnight stay, before embarking on an informative city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Tirana > Budva
Highlights: Continue to Budva

Continuing your journey to Montenegro, you’ll arrive in Budva, for your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Budva > Dubrovnik
Highlights: Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik

Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the Bay of Kotor. Take in amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where you’ll enjoy two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Highlights: Freechoice; Freechoice dining

Today see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and visit the Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan Monastery.

This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants.


Take a scenic journey through the picturesque countryside, and visit the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more energetic, walk Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

En route to Sarajevo, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. Visit the Turkish House and the Old Bridge. Later, check in to your hotel in Sarajevo for two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Highlights: Enrich

Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour that includes Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.


Tonight you’ll be treated to a home-hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Sarajevo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Sarajevo > Zagreb
Highlights: Arrivie in Zagreb

Continue to Zagreb, and arrive at your Special Stay hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb
Highlights: Green lakes

Discover Zagreb on a guided tour, before travelling to Plitvice National Park. Wander meandering pathways that pass emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by magnificent waterfalls.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Zagreb > Budapest
Highlights: Journey to Budapest

Journey to your final destination, Budapest and arrive at your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Highlights: Farewell

Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your tour, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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