Explore the old town of Budva.
Discover the incredible walled city of Dubrovnik.
- Makarska Riviera
Enjoy a hotel stay on the glorious Makarska Riviera.
See the romantic Ottoman bridge in Mostar.
Call at the rural village of Pocitelj.
Split is home to the Diocletian’s Palace.
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Six cities, three countries, one journey…
Unravel the rich tapestry of history and culture that makes up the Balkan countries of Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina as you travel from coasts, through forests to mountains. Learn about Sarajevo’s poignant past, cross the Ottoman bridge in Mostar, gaze up at the high walls of Dubrovnik and top it all off with a relaxing three-night stay on the Makarska Riviera.
14 nights in hotels
28 meals: 14 breakfasts and 14 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels.
- Walking tour of Split
- Visit to Pocitelj
- Tour of multicultural Sarajevo
- Visit to Jablanica
- Tour of fairy-tale Mostar
- Tour of the old town Budva
- Tour of the walled city of Dubrovnik
- Tour of Makarska on the Adriatic coast
Day 1 UK to Split
Fly to Split and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel President Split (4Q), where you spend the next four nights. D
Day 2 Split
Look forward to an included walking tour of Split, where much of the old town is encompassed by the amazing Diocletian’s Palace. You’ll have some free time to explore the city after your tour. B, D
Day 3 Split
At leisure. B, D
The old city of Trogir is enclosed behind high stone walls on a tiny island linked to the mainland by bridges. Marble streets are edged by an eye-catching collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, while a range of lively bars and cafes follows the wide promenade.
Day 4 Split
At leisure. B, D
Pay a visit to Krka National Park, where the Krka River flows through dense forest and creates a total of seven beautiful waterfalls. The vibrant azure of the water is a dazzling contrast to the green of the forest. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the wealth of birdlife too, more than 200 species make the park home. You also visit the city of Sibenik to explore its glorious medieval heart.
Day 5 Split to Sarajevo
Begin the journey to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, pausing at the medieval town of Pocitelj en route. Sarajevo is famously known as the place where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914 – the spark that lead to the start of WWI – but today it’s a multicultural haven, filled with an inspiring combo of mosques, synagogues, churches and temples. Enjoy an included tour when you arrive. Spend two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Hollywood (4Q). B, D
Day 6 Sarajevo
At leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion to the Sarajevo Tunnel. B, D
This fascinating tour will show you some of the landmarks closely associated with the Bosnian War – Sarajevo was under siege for four years from 1992-1996! See the War Tunnel, which was dug in secret by the Bosnian army to link to a UN-controlled zone – the land surrounding the city was held by Serbian forces and this was the only relatively safe way to receive supplies or flee. You’ll also visit Bjelasnica mountain to the south of the city, which was the scene of heavy conflict during the siege.
Day 7 Sarajevo to Mostar
Visit the town of Jablanica, surrounded by lush forested mountains, before continuing to Mostar. Discover the beautiful Ottoman influence of this city during an included tour which will show you the gorgeous UNESCO-listed bridge that spans the river Neretva. Spend the night at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Mostar (4Q). B, D
Day 8 Moster to Budva
Travel to the fortified seaside town of Budva, known for its Venetian stone walls and stunning sandy beaches. Spend two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Avala (4Q). B, D
Day 9 Budva
At leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion to Kotor. B, D
Discover the UNESCO-protected old town of Kotor, where you can explore its labyrinthine medieval quarter, bustling market and beautiful Renaissance architecture. Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and its architecture is heavily influenced by its past Venetian occupiers.
Day 10 Budva to Dubrovnik
Take a tour of the incredible walled city of Dubrovnik, followed by an afternoon at leisure. Although badly damaged during the civil war, it has been superbly restored to its former glory, and its Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Petka (4Q). B, D
Day 11 Dubrovnik
At leisure. Perhaps join an optional trip to Korcula. B, D
Explore the town that claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, which in medieval times fell under the rule of the Venetian Republic. You’ll see the glorious architecture dating from this period, including the walls that encircle the old town, the towers that defend it, and the Gothic-Renaissance cathedral.
Day 12 Dubrovnik to Makarska
Head to Makarska on the Dalmatian coast, flanked by the glorious Biokovo mountains, where an included tour will reveal the lengthy waterfront and charming medieval churches. Spend three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Medora (4Q). B, D
Day 13 Makarska
At leisure. B, D
Discover the stone churches and fortresses of this historic port town, divided by Cetina river.
Day 14 Makarska
Discover the incredible geology behind two of Croatia’s most beautiful lakes. Blue Lake lies in sinkhole and its depth fluctuates over the course of the year. In the spring it can reach up to 90 metres deep, while in summer the like can completely dry up – locals even use the lake bed as a football pitch! Nearby Red Like is named for the colour of the high cliffs, which reach over 240 metres above the water! The lake itself is thought to be almost 300 metres deep. This trip also includes a tasting of local wine.
Day 15 Makarska to UK
Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B