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Mini Balkan

(From March 2021)

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The one that keeps it short and sweet visiting the best of Balkans

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Places

    5 places

  • Meals

    4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Budapest, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Krka National Park

Mini Balkan (From March 2021)

4 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
  • See picturesque Lake Bled
  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park

5 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
  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana EUR 24.00
  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana EUR 24.00
  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more EUR 42.00
  • Krka Waterfall

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 4 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    4 nights in Hotel

    It's all about hotels baby! Sleep easy and catch those zzz's with comfy sheets for sweet sleeps.

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Budapest

  2. 2 2 nights

    Ljubljana

  3. 1 1 night

    Plitvice

  4. via via

    Krka National Park

  5. 1 1 night

    Split

DAY 1 - 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.

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.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Ljubljana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a guided walking tour

  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch a classic Slovenian folk show as you enjoy a traditional feast

    EUR 34.00

DAY 2 - Ljubljana

Ljubljana

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. After a morning of swoonin  at all that beauty, we'll head back into Ljubljana for a free evening to grab dinner. We recommend our Bitemojo FTA, which allows you to head to local eateries and try authentic cuisine, guided by an app on your phone.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Ljubljana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See picturesque Lake Bled

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana

    EUR 24.00

  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana

    EUR 24.00

DAY 3 - Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes

Ljubljana

Next up is something altogether drop dead gorgeous....

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.

Stay

Bellevue Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park

DAY 4 - Plitvice to Split via Krka National Park

Plitvice

We'll hit the road this morning for Split.

Krka National Park

On the way we'll have an option to experience even more natural beauty at the famous Krka Waterfalls. As well as being one of the most photogenic places you've ever seen, you'll also have a chance to cool down and take a dip in the azure river as tumbling waterfalls spray all around you.  These 7 magnificent falls are some of the most beautiful in the world. The best part? Unlike Plitvice, you can actually take a dip in the azure waters. 

Split

On the way we'll have an option to experience even more natural beauty at the famous Krka Waterfalls.These 7 magnificent falls are some of the most beautiful in the world. The best part? Unlike Plitvice, you can actually take a dip in the azure waters. After a day of swimming and plenty of selfies, it's time to head onto split, where we'll enjoy an optional farm-to-table Croatian feast, washed down with local wine.

Stay

Hotel Split Inn (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more

    EUR 42.00

  • Swim at the epic waterfalls of Krka National Park

DAY 5 - 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

IMPORTANT
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 not 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 at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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