Welcome to the Balkans - where East meets West and new merges almost imperceptibly with old. Over the centuries people have been drawn to this region for its fertile soil, natural resources and healing waters. This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, holds much tradition and a rich and diverse culture. Embark on a memorable adventure to discover its natural beauty, mouth-watering cuisine, pulsating nightlife and hospitable people.
Days 1-2 Budapest
Built on the banks of the Danube River, this beautiful city is best seen from the water. Admire architecture, cross the iconic Chain Bridge to explore the Castle District and take in incredible vistas, then discover history on a visit to Heroes' Square, or head to the Szechenyi Baths for a soak in the healing thermal waters.
Days 3-4 Osijek
Cross the border into Croatia and travel to the beautiful city of Osijek. Explore grand buildings, stroll along the Drava River and search out otters, beavers and other unique wildlife in the beautiful wetlands of the Kopacki Rit Nature Park.
Days 14-15 Dubrovnik
Walk the city walls for views of the Adriatic Sea or climb Mt Srd for an aerial perspective.
Day 5 Novi Sad
With a fascinating blend of old Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, the historic town of Novi Sad will enthral. Call into a family-run vineyard and a unique honey museum while visiting the picturesque town of Sremski Karlovci.
Days 6-7 Belgrade
Soak up the history of one of Europe's oldest cities and experience a mix of progressive flamboyance and conservative tradition. Built on the confluence of two major rivers, the Sava and the Danube, this city is an important intersection of Eastern and Western Europe. Stroll through the Bohemian quarter or explore the boulevards to see Orthodox churches vying for space amid fashionable nightclubs.
Days 8-10 Sarajevo/Mostar
Travel through serene countryside to the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the evening, be sure to head to Bascarsija, the main street of Sarajevo, to find the best bosanski cevapi - grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices. A day trip to Mostar affords an opportunity to see the famous town and bridge, both reduced to rubble during the Yugoslav wars. Since being rebuilt, this town has become an important symbol of the new Balkans.
Day 11 Ostrog Monastery
Follow pilgrims up the rocky mountain path to this 17th-century monastery. Hike to the upper monastery where relics of the founder, Saint Vasilije, are kept, then head down to the lower monastery to spend the night in humble konaks.
Days 12-13 Kotor
Get delightfully lost in the crooked alleyways of Kotor. Climb the hills behind the city to discover the ruined castle of the former ruler. In free time, a cruise on the Kotor Fjord is a must.