Budapest to Bled

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Come on a journey where East meets West and new merges almost imperceptibly with old. This enchanting land 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 locals. Experience both history and nature at their best - from Roman ruins and towering castles to pristine beaches and sparkling lakes. Make new friends, quaff wine and lose yourself in the serenity of this charming and picturesque region.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Budapest

Built on the banks of the Danube River, this beautiful city is best seen from the water. Take a boat trip to admire architecture or cross the iconic Chain Bridge to explore the Castle District and soak up incredible vistas.

Days 3-4 Osijek

Cross the border into Croatia and travel to enchanting 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.

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

Uncover 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 wander the boulevards to see Orthodox churches vying for space alongside 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, Mostar 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, a World Heritage site. Climb the hills behind the city to discover the ruined castle of the former ruler. In free time, a cruise on the Kotor Fjord will not disappoint.

Days 14-16 Dubrovnik

Walk along the city walls for panoramas of the sparkling Adriatic Sea or climb Mt Srd for an aerial view.

Days 17-18 Korcula

Visit an inland farm and vineyard and enjoy a feast made from Dalmatian produce - be sure to leave room for dessert!

Days 19-20 Hvar

Spend the afternoon hiking among Hvar's fields of lavender and rosemary, relax at one of the island's many quiet beaches or enjoy a sunset stroll along the promenade.

Days 21-22 Split

The site of Roman Emperor Diocletian's retirement palace, Split is the heart and soul of Dalmatia. Explore the palace grounds which are now filled with homes, businesses and restaurants.

Day 23 Zadar

This coastal town is home to St Donatus Church, which possesses some of the finest Dalmatian metalwork in existence. For an insight into the relationship between the city and the sea, be sure to visit the musical steps on the waterfront.

Days 24-26 Rab Island

Relax on one of Rab's many unspoilt beaches or hike to the top of Kamenjak hill for panoramic views. Alternatively, explore the thick Kalifront forest and experience the natural wonders of this rugged island.

Days 27-29 Bled

Discover the gorgeous surrounds of Bled with its pristine lake and medieval fortress. There is plenty of time to work up an appetite for an optional final group dinner - perhaps canoe on the lake, delve into the depths of a cave or cycle to nearby Vintgar Gorge.

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