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Balkans Discovery

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10 nights accommodation
10 nights in Hotel
Live it up in comfy hotels every night of the trip, staying right in the heart of the action. Sleep twin or triple share, or upgrade to your own room for a bit of extra cash.
15 included Meals
5 Dinner, 10 Breakfast
Discover culinary delights you didn't even know existed as you sample the best of Eastern European cuisine. In addition to breakfast every day, you'll be treated to 5 scrumptious dinners in our favourite local spots. Think hearty meals in Bosnia and tasty stew in Hungary.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
7 included, 7 optional that you can add
We'll whirl you round to all the best bits of each destination we visit. Learn about previously besieged Sarejevo with a walking tour of the city and experiment with goulash in a fun cooking class.
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There's so much to fit in with this 11 day adventure around 5 incredible Balkan countries. Take in the Dalmatian Coastline as we head to the scenic city of Dubrovnik, explore the architecture of Belgrade before finishing up in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
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DAY 1 - Arrive Split
Split
What better place to get acquainted with your new squad then here on the coast of Croatia. Spend a free day roaming around or rest in your hotel room before we catch up over our first cosy Croatian dinner.
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Hotel Dalmina (or similar)
DAY 2 - Split to Dubrovnik
Split
Split it's been fantastic, but we have to leave for other Croatian gems further down the coast.
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See the fortified city and the Old Port
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dinner Cruise
EUR 37.00
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dubrovnik
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. After you've been guided around the city by our team, 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. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high and the show's not over yet!
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Petka Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Dubrovnik
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.
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Local walking orientation in Dubrovnik
See the fortified city and the Old Port
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
City Walls Kayaking Trip
EUR 34.00
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Petka Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Dubrovnik to Budva via Kotor
Dubrovnik
Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to Montenegro via the dramatic Adriatic Coastline.
Kotor
All good journeys are broken up by fjords, steep mountain landscapes & a trot in a town that meets old and new. Our journey between Dubrovnik and Budva will tick all the boxes,  stopping in the super-yacht spot of pretty Kotor.
Budva
If you tire of European coastal towns, you have tired of life. Take it easy tonight with the assurance that you have all day tomorrow in Montenegro's seaside beauty of Budva.
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Slovenska Plaza Hotel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Budva
Budva
Just what does one do with a whole day free to explore the 2,500 year old town of Budva? Well - you could start with a dip in the dreamy Adriatic Sea, continue with coffee in a café draped in vines down a narrow cobbled stone road, finish with the Church of St. Ivan, and eat some milk-soaked lamb and buttered polenta along the way. That should get you started.
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Slovenska Plaza Hotel (or similar)
DAY 6 - Budva to Sarajevo via Mostar
Budva
The time has come to farewell our ocean hangs in exchange for rivers, countrysides and captivating culture, which means a sad goodbye to beautiful Budva.
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Walk across the Mostar Bridge
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dining with the locals
EUR 34.00
Mostar
Mostar is home to the world's cutest bridge. According to us. But still - we've seen a lot of bridges. You'll have plenty of time to oohh and aahh before we kick on to our 2-night site of Sarajevo.
Sarajevo
Later on in our perfect day, we'll skip into the brimming with lively culture town of Sarajevo, also known as Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital. With all the day's explorations you may just want to hang out and take on the city with the fresh eyes of a new day.
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Hollywood Hotel (or similar)
DAY 7 - Sarajevo
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 before leaving you to lighten the mood with an evening of bars and nightlife, should you so choose.
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Guided walking tour
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Guided War Tunnels Tour
EURO 15.00
Dining with the locals
EUR 34.00
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Hollywood Hotel (or similar)
DAY 8 - Sarajevo to Belgrade
Sarajevo
Rise up, roamers! We're departing for the town of Belgrade to continue our epic frolic through the Balkans. 
Belgrade

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 Sava rivers, others can see the fortress of Beogradska Tvrđava & enjoy the lively mood of Belgrade by night. 

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Prag Hotel (or similar)
DAY 9 - Belgrade to Budapest
Belgrade
Leaving Belgrade behind, today we're onto beautiful Budapest. 
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Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
River Cruise with Dinner
EUR 39.00
Budapest
Fast becoming one of the hottest destinations in Europe, Budapest is on our beeline. Despite having all day tomorrow to get cosy with this city, we'll get stuck into it today checking out the likes of the royal palace, the famed chain bridge & the stunning parliament building. Later you'll have the option to take a cruise and make the most of your first Hungarian 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!  
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Hotel Danubius (or similar)
DAY 10 - Budapest
Budapest
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. We'll see St Stephen's Basilica, a grand neo-Classical Roman Catholic affair named after the first King of Hungary, and the largest church in the country. The rest of the day will be yours to lounge about at the famous thermal baths and soak up the city alfresco. This evening we'll join forces as a group for the final time (sob) for a guided demo in making traditional goulash, and a chance to chow down together.
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Goulash Cooking Demonstration
Locally guided tour of Budapest
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photo
EUR 10.00
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Hotel Danubius (or similar)
DAY 11 - Depart Budapest
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 in Latin America?
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
Would highly recommend for those looking for local experiences
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Ann Johnson
Traveled Aug 2018
Overall the trip was a wonderful experience, and our guide and driver were fantastic! Contiki corporate needs to do a better job of securing hotel rooms, however. In Dubrovnik, the hotel was overbooked, and although I purchased a double room with a friend, we were forced to have triples. This is poor planning on Contiki's part.
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Edie Carson
Traveled Aug 2018
I was able to see the unique countries I wanted to visit and make friends for a lifetime.
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Emma Youngsmith
Traveled Jul 2018
Amazing. Would do again. Exceeded expectations
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Kamille
Traveled Jun 2018
5 countries, 11 days, countless border crossings - Definitely good value for money. I am not sure I can do this on my own for the same amount or even less.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jun 2018
What an incredible experience! Contiki made everything so easy, and every city we visited was absolutely breathtaking!
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Traveled Jun 2018
I thought the price was very reasonable for the places we visited and the included activities. The hotels were clean and the add on activities were not super price and well worth the money.
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Robear
Traveled Sep 2017
One of the best vacations I've ever been on. The tour group was amazing, and the tour manager was incredibly awesome and knowledgeable. The tour manager and driver went out of their way to make this an amazing trip.
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Corinna Heidt
Traveled Sep 2017
Alles perfekt gelaufen und super viel Spaß gehabt!
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Catharina Brenner Doria
Traveled Jul 2017
Tudo perfeito, melhor viagem!
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Traveled Jun 2017
So fun! Amazing! I would go back.
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