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Best of Balkans

(Start Budapest - Until August 2020)

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The one that will have you utterly bewitched by the Balkans, from Split to Budapest

15 Days
6 Countries

Visiting Budapest, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Budva, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kotor, Mostar

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style



  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a guided walking tour
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • Watch a classic Slovenian folk show as you enjoy a traditional feast
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

14 nights accommodation

14 nights in Hotel

Live it up in hotels every night of the trip, one with a rooftop pool overlooking the sparkling Bay of Lapad in Dubrovnik. Sleep twin or triple share, or upgrade to your own room for a bit of extra cash.

21 Meals

15 Breakfast, 6 Dinner

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 6 dinners in our favourite local spots. Think hearty meals in Bosnia and tasty stew in Hungary.


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.


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.


10 included, 8 optional that you can add


- View the remains of the Wall & hear the stories of Berlin in a guided Historical walking tour
- Marvel at the intriguing 'bone church' in the bohemian town of Kutná Hora, Czech
- Soak in the famous outdoor thermal pools set amongst Art Nouveau architecture in Budapest*
- Go deep underground to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mines on a guided tour from Krakow*
- Learn how to cook traditional goulash at a local's home in an EatWith Budapest experience*
- Entrance & a guided tour of the sobering Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Hit up an incredible 6 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.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See Ljubljana's castle & old town


Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park


See the city's Roman Ruins


Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations


See the famous Mostar Bridge, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture


Take a sea kayaking trip around the UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik City Walls

EUR 34.00


Best of Balkans (Start Budapest - Until August 2020)

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a guided walking tour
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park
  • See the city's Roman Ruins
  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • See the famous Mostar Bridge, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture
  • Guided walking tour
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • See how traditional Goulash is made then eat some as part of a Hungarian feast
  • Locally guided tour of Budapest

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Watch a classic Slovenian folk show as you enjoy a traditional feast EUR 34.00
  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more EUR 42.00
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Take a sea kayaking trip around the UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik City Walls EUR 34.00
  • Dine with the locals in their homes and hear their stories of wartime living in Sarajevo, Bosnia EUR 34.00
  • Journey through time at the inspirational Sarajevo War Tunnels museum, where civilians escaped to safety EURO 15.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • Group Photo Budapest EUR 11.00


Nights spent per location

  1. Budapest

  2. 1 1 night


  3. 1 1 night


  4. 1 1 night


  5. 2 2 nights


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    Bosnia & Herzegovina

  7. 2 2 nights


  8. via via


  9. 2 2 nights


  10. via via


  11. 2 2 nights


  12. 1 1 night


  13. 2 2 nights


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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WIFI on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki's sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more here

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

What currencies will I use on trip?

Croatia: the Croatian Kuna; Montenegro and Slovenia: the Euro; Bosnia: Bosnian Mark; Serbia: Serbian Dinar; Hungary: Hungarian Forint.

Will I need a visa?

If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or the USA, you can enter Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro without a visa. The length of you stay differs per country. Slovenia is in the Schengen zone which allows free travel and a 90 day stay. Visit Balkan Travel Services to find out more.


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