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Best of Balkans | Start Budapest | 2025

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Hit up an incredible 7 countries in just one trip and take in the best sights the Balkans has to offer. Whether it's exploring the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, partying until the early hours in Belgrade or strolling around the historic sights Sarajevo has to offer, this trip has something for everyone.

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Good evening, travellers! Hope you’re ready for an exciting ride across the beautiful Balkans. Today, you’ll exchange hellos with your Trip Manager (and your new crew too!). To celebrate, we’ll feast on a delicious welcome dinner and watch the sun set over this historical city.Accommodation: Ibis Budapest City South Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Budapest > Ljubljana
    This morning we'll set out along the cobbled streets of Budapest for a guided walking tour to explore what this city has on offer. You'll see St Stephen's Basilica, as well as the famed chain bridge & the stunning parliament building. And then we’ll hop onto the coach to our next stop. After a morning full of awesome ancient architecture, we'll be ready to arrive in Ljubljana. Tonight, you can choose to join a traditional Slovenian evening. We're talking: a traditional dancing show paired with a spread of authentic dishes. A feast for your mind and tastebuds alike!Accommodation: Ibis Styles Ljubljana Centre (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Ljubljana > Lake Bled > Radovljica > Ljubljana
    Ljubljana, thank you for the perfect dose of Balkan tradition. But we’ll be back in a while. Because today, something even more exciting is on the agenda. You've probably seen pictures of Lake Bled, but nothing will prepare you for the real thing. With its fairytale medieval castle reaching out of an islet, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Julian Alps and the turquoise waters of the lake itself, it really is like something out of a Disney movie. Satisfied your soul soaking in all that natural beauty? Now satisfy your hungry tummies with some lunch at this quaint Medieval town. It’s been a long but pleasing day. Tonight, we’ll stroll around town and grab some dinner on the way. And with a satisfied smile on our faces, the day has come to an end.Accommodation: Ibis Styles Ljubljana Centre (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Ljubljana > Plitvice National Park
    Next up is something altogether drop dead gorgeous....A strong introduction to Croatia is on the cards today with cascading teal forest pools at Plitvice Lakes. Why this place is not famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea.Accommodation: Hotel Big House Plitvika Jezera (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Plitvice National Park > Split
    Morning, explorers! Fill up on your included breakfast. It’s time to hit the road again…Welcome to the sea-side heaven of Split. With the oh-so-inviting aquamarine waters on our side, we’ll check into our stay. You’ve got some time to explore this beautiful city. And then, you can choose to join us for some dinner at a traditional Dalmatian tavern.Accommodation: Hotel Split Inn (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Split > Dubrovnik
    Split it's been fantastic, but we have to leave for other Croatian gems further down the coast. The drive along the Dalmatian coastline to Dubrovnik is a sightseeing must do all on its own. On arrival in the city you'll be greeted by limestone walls; an Old Town filled with quintessentially Croatian cafes and plenty of clubs; and a mountain meets sea situation will see you falling in love within seconds. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high and the show's not over yet!Accommodation: Hotel Petka Dubrovnik (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Dubrovnik
    The city of Dubrovnik is so much more than just a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones location - not that either of those claims to fame are even mildly mediocre. After you've been guided around the city with intricate detail with our local guide you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content.Accommodation: Hotel Petka Dubrovnik (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Dubrovnik > Budva > Tirana
    Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to Albania via the dramatic Adriatic Coastline. We’ll stop by Montenegro's seaside beauty of Budva. You have the option to grab some lunch at a sea-view restaurant, or spend some time on the beach, before we head to our next stop. Welcome to the capital city of Albania. This hidden gem has a lot to offer, and we’ve got the entirety of tomorrow to see it all. Bet you’re tired after all that travelling, so join us for an included dinner before heading back to our hotel to get some sleep for tomorrow.Accommodation: VH Premier AS Tirana Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Tirana
    Time to wake up! Show-stopping views (and a hearty breakfast) await us. We’ll begin the day with a walking tour, guided by your Trip Manager. And then, for scenic birds-eye views of the lush green landscape of Albania, we’ll hop onto a cable car! Afterwards, you can chill with your crew in the city, and grab some dinner too.Accommodation: VH Premier AS Tirana Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Tirana > Mostar
    Tirana, you’ve been great. But we’ve got another awe-inspiring destination waiting for us. Hello Mostar! We’re officially in Bosnia & Herzegovina, ready to bask in all of its historical glory. Beautiful rivers, iconic bridges, brick-red roofs - it’s gonna be a treat. Tonight, we’ll stroll around the picturesque streets to grab some authentic dinner. Spend the night chilling with your crew and getting some well-deserved rest.Accommodation: A conveniently located Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Mostar > Sarajevo
    Ready? This morning, we’re visiting the legendary Mostar Bridge that arches right over the silent blue river. (And it makes for a perfect backdrop for your Insta photo dump!) The historical streets of Sarajevo have a story or two to tell. And we’ll be listening to them all tomorrow. Tonight, you have the option to taste home-made Bosnian cuisine, learn what living like a local is like (plus support their families in turn). A truly wholesome experience!Accommodation: Hotel Hollywood Sarajevo (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Sarajevo
    The only way to uncover the town of Sarajevo is with the wisdom shared on a guided walking tour. We'll help you tap into history & understand the magnitude of our destination. And then to lighten the mood, we’ll head to a local tavern for a delicious dinner and gags with friends.Accommodation: Hotel Hollywood Sarajevo (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Sarajevo > Belgrade
    Rise up, roamers! We're departing for the town of Belgrade to continue our epic frolic through the Balkans. Another border crossing is on the agenda as we wave our way into Serbia en route to Belgrade. Medieval meets modern in this bustling, pure white city. Zen folk can go sit on the Hill of Contemplation or stroll along the Sava river, others can see the fortress of Beogradska Tvr?ava & enjoy the lively mood of Belgrade by night.Accommodation: Kopernikus Hotel Prag Belgrade (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Belgrade > Budapest
    Leaving Belgrade behind, today we're onto beautiful Budapest. Fast becoming one of the hottest destinations in Europe, Budapest is on our beeline. You'll have the option to take a cruise and make the most of your evening. Later, you'll no doubt want to keep things moving at one of the city's famous ruins bars, that need to be seen to be believed!Accommodation: Ibis Budapest City South Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Budapest
    That's a wrap! Our love affair with the Balkans has sadly come to an end! But perhaps we can get the squad back together for a reunion trip?
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 14 Breakfast (B)

Included Experience

  • Budapest: An expert walking tour that’ll take you past the Royal Palace, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Lake Bled: Take it easy with your new besties as you walk around the scenic lake, framed by the Julian Alps.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Turquoise lakes. Sparkling waterfalls. Lush green forests. You’ll never want to leave this little slice of heaven.
  • Dubrovnik: Stroll through the UNESCO-listed old town with a local guide. And play a game of ‘spot the Game of Thrones film set’ as you go.
  • Tirana: Take an orientation around the rainbow-coloured Albanian capital with your Contiki gang. Familiarise yourself with the landmarks and best places to grab a coffee.
  • Mostar: See this epic piece of Ottoman architecture, which was destroyed by war in 1993 and then rebuilt.
  • Sarajevo: See the sights of the Bosnian capital and get up to speed on 500 years of history, from the Ottomans to the present day.
  • Belgrade: Ramble around the Serbian capital. It’s brimming with culture and history for you to soak up.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Contiki Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 66 reviews about Contiki Tours - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

Prepare to spend more than usual on a Contiki tour.

We were lucky that the group of people with were good, but it was a large group tour and did have some of the downfalls of a trip of that nature, like frequent breaks for the bathroom, difficulty when eating out together, and getting things on and off the coach. The trip was still great and a good value for the money.

It was a good value and the experiences included were worth it. The only part that wasn't the best were the accommodations as it was hit and miss. Half of the hotels on the trip were okay, and the other half were really nice.

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