Best of the Balkans

From Bucharest to Budapest, take in the Best of the Balkans in all-inclusive luxury over 15 days. Visit Sofia, Ohrid Lake, Dubrovnik and Sarajevo.

15 Days
Bucharest to Budapest
From (CAD)
$ 5,470
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2021 Bucharest > Budapest

History’s most fascinating chapters

The dynamics that have shaped the Balkans, located at the crossroads of Europe, have left deep impressions in the cultures that call this beautiful region home.
That’s partly what leads to such an enduring fascination with the towns and cities here. 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.
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15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bucharest

    Welcome to Bucharest. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest > Sofia

    Depart Romania today and journey to the historic Bulgarian capital of Sofia where you will stay for two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Sofia

    With your local guide, discover neoclassical Stalinist architecture, tree-lined boulevards and buildings by 19th century Russian and Viennese architects.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Sofia > Ohrid Lake

    Your first stop today is Skopje, which has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Continue through the Macedonian countryside before arriving at 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

  5. Day 5 - Ohrid Lake

    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.


    Take in the lush green scenery during a boat ride on stunning Ohrid lake, or learn traditional recipes during a cooking class in a local village. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, explore the lake by kayak.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Ohrid Lake > Tirana

    Arrive in the Byzantine city of Tirana and check into your hotel, before embarking on a city tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tirana > Budva

    Today travel to picturesque Montenegro and arrive in Budva for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Budva > Dubrovnik

    Let a knowledgeable local guide show you around the stunning Bay of Kotor. Then take in the amazing vistas as you journey along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik where you'll enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Dubrovnik

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


    Journey through the pretty countryside to the Konavle villages and the town of Cavtat. Alternatively, those more active can take a walk along Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

    This evening, visit a local farm house and meet the owners as you taste their delicious home grown produce during a mouth- watering dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Dubrovnik > Sarajevo

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Sarajevo

    Explore the treasures of Sarajevo on a guided tour, including Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.


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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sarajevo > Zagreb

    Continue to the intriguing Croatian capital of Zagreb, where you will enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Zagreb > Plitvice National Park > Zagreb

    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, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Zagreb > Budapest

    Journey to Budapest for your overnight stay. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    Depart after breakfast, taking with you a lifetime a wonderful memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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