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Mini Balkan

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5 nights accommodation
6 nights in Hotel
It's all about hotels baby! Sleep easy and catch those zzz's with comfy sheets for sweet sleeps.
6 included Meals
5 Breakfast, 1 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 also be treated to a tasty dinner.
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.
Your group
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
4 included, 3 optional that you can add
We'll whirl you round to all the best bits of each destination we visit. Indulge in a spot of nature porn at the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, and discover Ljubljana's castle (and learn how to pronounce it).
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If you've got a few short days on the clock, then you better spend it well. With some of the hottest 'it' destinations on the clock, and your phone on full charge, these drool worthy spots are hard names to pronounce but will be hard to forget. Eat, sleep, explore repeat is the name of the game on this incredible snippet of these Balkan faves. 
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DAY 1 - Arrive Budapest
Budapest
You've touched down, now it's time to check in and prepare for your Europe trip that starts tomorrow. 
DAY 2 - Budapest to Ljubljana
Budapest
This morning meet up with your Trip Manager - meet the squad and then we'll be ready for the road to Ljubljana, a name you'll be able to pronounce by the time we're leaving for Croatia.
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Walking tour of the city
See Ljubljana's castle & old town
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Slovenian Folklore Evening
EUR 34.00
Ljubljana
Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries within Slovenian culture, a distinct identity has evolved from this melody of influences. After our guided walking tour, explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of the cities atmospheric watercourses & try all the incredible food on offer.
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Ljubljana Resort (or similar)
DAY 3 - Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes
Ljubljana
Next up is something altogether drop dead gorgeous....
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Visit the UNESCO Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice
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.
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Bellevue Hotel Plitvice (or similar)
DAY 4 - Plitvice to Zadar
Plitvice
We'll hit the road and head south for Zadar. 
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See the city's Roman Ruins
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Bike Ride
EUR 27.00
Zadar
Croatia, we can't get enough. So it's good that we have a couple more days to get to know you better. Arriving in Zadar will see us greeted with Roman ruins, and seaside vibes, so find a local restaurant, ask for the catch of the day and wash it all down with a Rakija, a Dalmatian drink that the region is famous for. All in the name of culture, of course. 
 
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Porto Hotel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Zadar to Split
Zadar
Today there's still exploring to be done and sights to see. 
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Let's Split Dinner
EUR 45.00
Split
Tonight it's best get outside, grab a delicious dinner and & a few hours on the dance floor.  The nightlife here goes off, and your Trip Manager knows all the best places to head, so go on, get out there and make this a night to remember. 
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Hotel Dalmina (or similar)
DAY 6 - Depart Split
Split
This morning, Split becomes sob town as the adventure ends and we say our teary goodbyes. We have two words: reunion trip. It's the only way to ease the pain.
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Traveled Sep 2018
Overpriced for what it was and continually paying out more while you're there. The addons were not worth the money.
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It was amazing but expensive with the extra ad ons that weren't really optional.
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The value for the price was 100% on point!
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Traveled Sep 2018
Great holiday, lots of free time which I really appreciated
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Hollie Scott
Traveled Sep 2018
My trip was only 5 days but felt like we were there for weeks. We packed so much into each day which definitely made the trip value for money. Our trip manager Ric and driver Spaghetti were the best, and made the trip so much more fun with some hidden surprises!
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Lauren Atkinson
Traveled Aug 2018
The Mini Balkan was a great experience, a lot was crammed in to a short period of time and we visited some brilliant places that I wouldn't usually think to visit. Lochie our trip manager, and Kamil our driver were a great team and really made the trip fantastic. I made some great memories on this trip, I'm so glad I booked it. One thing to improve (for contiki in general) would be to know before booking is if the tour has already begun when you join it, or if its the start of a new tour on the first day, otherwise it was great!
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Ursula Fischer
Traveled Jul 2018
We got a great discount and payment was effortless.
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Jessica Parker
Traveled Jul 2018
The Mini Balkan trip is a good trip overall. The locations are amazing, OJ and Roz were great team members and the inclusions/add on's were worth the money. The only negative comment I have is that I found it harder to interact with the group since we joined the 'Best of Balkans' 1 week in their tour. For this reason, everyone already knew each other well before hand, we also joined the group on day 2 in the bus so we didn't feel like we had a good introduction to everyone. The tour is constantly rotating between 3 different tours (Mini Balkan and Best of Balkans start Budapest and Split) so the group is changing constantly. I would recommend this trip again but if possible would suggest doing the Best of Balkans instead, it's worth the extra money. Don't get me wrong, the Balkans are awesome!
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Ashley Armstrong
Traveled Sep 2017
If I have to annoying write into every box I will not complete this survey.
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Yi Chen
Traveled Sep 2017
Overall I did not enjoy the trip. They charged me an initial amount for purchasing the trip and they continue to charge me extra for the 'optional' activities which are pretty much mandatory.
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Anonymous
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Amazing value for the cost of the tour
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Amazing trip! Wish it was longer!
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
Great places. Multiple groups on our trip and no introductions until the third day. Not advertised for as much traveling as it really was- hours of driving each day and limited time for exploring. The exploring was always on our own and involved no opportunities to tour or learn more about the place. We ate in 3 rest stops/gas stations- this should be explained ahead of time, we didn't travel to Europe to eat that way.
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Claire Amy Ritchie
Traveled Aug 2017
Excellent value for money
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Bronwyn Coulam
Traveled Aug 2017
Amazing, would do it all again in a heartbeat !
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Elizabeth Reeves
Traveled Aug 2017
Some of the nicer accommodations that I have stayed in on Contiki. Always a fan of free breakfast. We took an extra detour to Lake Bled and it was a really special extra stop. Completely worth the money spent to avoid having to plan myself!
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Aviroop Sen
Traveled Jul 2017
Read detail review above. Communication needs to improve along with responsibility and accountability.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
This was a unique trip that fit the timeframe, budget, and experience I was looking for, it was perfect.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
My shortest of 3 Contiki trips so far, but I loved it! It was a big group and a lot more age diversity this time so I didn't feel like I was partying with 19-year-olds all week ;)
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Louise Stannard
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I enjoyed the tour. The hotels and locations were really good.
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