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Best of the Balkans - Croatia to Montenegro - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 01 - 17 October 2019
Best of the Balkans - Croatia to Montenegro Walking Holiday

Cobble-stoned old towns, medieval monasteries, canyon and mountain walks feature on this two and a half week Balkan journey. Meeting in bustling Dubrovnik, we the visit the Great Walls of Ston then cross into Bosnia and Herzegovina. At Pocitelj, an Ottoman-era fortress overlooks this World Heritage listed old stone town. Continuing to Blagaj, we visit the mystical 16th century monastery built beside the Buna spring. In Mostar, the rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge of Stari proudly spans the Neretva River. In the vineyards above the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo, we relish a nine-course slow food dinner with matching local wines. The following day in nearby Dinaric Mountains, we visit isolated yet traditional villages, then enjoy short walks to the Peruce Waterfall and Rakitnica Canyon. At Sutjeska, Bosnia’s largest national park, we walk through dense forests and mountain pastures to glacial lakes and waterfalls. Crossing the border into Montenegro, paths lead to the lakes and mountains of World-Heritage listed Durmitor National Park. From the impressive Djrudjevica Tara Bridge, we drive the river canyon to Dobrilovina, a Serbian Orthodox monastery. While based in the town of Kolasin, we have two days for walks in Biogradska Gora, Montenegro’s oldest national park. The coastal town Kotor provides sea change for four nights. Walk through the World Heritage listed old town, climb the fortress and enjoy a guided walk of the old royal capital Cetinje. Enjoy the coastal views, forest paths and a home-made lunch in Lovcen National Park. Near the resort of Budva, we visit Skadar National Park with the largest single lake in the Balkans. After a short boat ride near Perast, we visit the important pilgrimage site, Ostrog monastery, which is built into a cliff-face above the Zeta River. Celebrate with walks and wine tasting in the hills above Podgorica.

Overview

Cobble-stoned old towns, medieval monasteries, canyon and mountain walks feature on this two and a half week Balkan journey. Meeting in bustling Dubrovnik, we the visit the Great Walls of Ston then cross into Bosnia and Herzegovina. At Pocitelj, an Ottoman-era fortress overlooks this World Heritage listed old stone town. Continuing to Blagaj, we visit the mystical 16th century monastery built beside the Buna spring. In Mostar, the rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge of Stari proudly spans the Neretva River. In the vineyards above the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo, we relish a nine-course slow food dinner with matching local wines. The following day in nearby Dinaric Mountains, we visit isolated yet traditional villages, then enjoy short walks to the Peruce Waterfall and Rakitnica Canyon. At Sutjeska, Bosnia’s largest national park, we walk through dense forests and mountain pastures to glacial lakes and waterfalls. Crossing the border into Montenegro, paths lead to the lakes and mountains of World-Heritage listed Durmitor National Park. From the impressive Djrudjevica Tara Bridge, we drive the river canyon to Dobrilovina, a Serbian Orthodox monastery. While based in the town of Kolasin, we have two days for walks in Biogradska Gora, Montenegro’s oldest national park. The coastal town Kotor provides sea change for four nights. Walk through the World Heritage listed old town, climb the fortress and enjoy a guided walk of the old royal capital Cetinje. Enjoy the coastal views, forest paths and a home-made lunch in Lovcen National Park. Near the resort of Budva, we visit Skadar National Park with the largest single lake in the Balkans. After a short boat ride near Perast, we visit the important pilgrimage site, Ostrog monastery, which is built into a cliff-face above the Zeta River. Celebrate with walks and wine tasting in the hills above Podgorica.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Admire the medieval walls of Dubrovnik & the steep Walls of Ston
  • Visit a Dervish monastery beside Buna springs flowing from a 200m cliff wall
  • Tour the rejuvenated town of Mostar & the vibrant capital of Sarajevo
  • Meet Dinaric highlanders in Bosnia’s highest & most isolated villages
  • Hike the diverse landscapes of Sutjeska NP
  • Cross the wild & mountainous border into Montenegro
  • Walk to glacial lakes in Durmitor NP & beneath the peaks of Biogradska Gora NP
  • Relax in the seaside town of Kotor & visit nearby Lovcen & Skadar NP
  • Glimpse life of the old Montenegrin dynasty at Cetinje

Details

Details:

01-17 October 2019 (16 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Dubrovnik / ends Podgorica)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,250 until 22/02/2019
Early Bird: A$7,450 until 03/06/2019
Regular: A$7,750
Single Supplement: $910
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 2–8km per walking day. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Ana Zaric

    After 10 years working in customer service and sales, Ana decided to change the office environment and pursue her passion to travel full time, thus becoming a tour leader in Montenegro and the Balkans. She has a vast knowledge of local history and culture; she is genuinely interested in people and enjoys showcasing the local areas, characters, biodiversity and food. Her knowledge of the region and concern and care for travellers, will ensure memorable journey. 

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