Balkans Explorer - Multi-centre Holiday

GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN MONTENEGRO, SERBIA AND BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Code: EBLCL

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Flora
  • Food & drink
  • High Mountains

Level

  • 2
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,299.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Head off into the wilderness in 4x4 jeeps for walks on Bjelasica Mountain before lunch with views of Biograd Lake. Uncover the mountains around Zlatibor and ride the Sargan 8 railway. Visit the highest point on the River Tara canyon for exceptional views. Explore Mostar and get holiday photos of its picture-perfect old bridge.

Holiday highlights

  • Visit Uvac river canyon with its meanders and circling Griffon vultures
  • Ride the Šargan Eight historic railway through pretty Serbian landscapes
  • Walk in the Biograd Lake National Park and return by jeep safari
  • Explore Mostar’s sights including the famous bridge and Turkish houses

Price includes

  • A multi-centre tour with a walk every day
  • All transport
  • The services of an experienced tour guide plus local walking guides
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board – breakfast and evening meal, plus one lunch
  • Some entrance fees
  • Two jeep safaris

In pictures...

Accommodation

All of our partner hotels are 4-star rated and have been selected for their superb facilities and ideal locations for your holiday.

The Hotel Bianca, Kolasin

Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa, Kolasin – 2nts

Our holiday starts in Kolasin in the Hotel Bianca. This exclusive resort provides all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel combined with a chalet ambience and the elegance of a private residence.

All rooms are ensuite and have WiFi, a telephone, radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar and complimentary toiletries.

Kolasin is home to the restless Rivers Tara and Moraca and is surrounded by mountains.

Hotel Mona, Zlatibor

Hotel Mona, Zlatibor – 2nts

Hotel Zlatibor Mona is surrounded by beautiful pine trees, located in the very centre of Zlatibor.

All rooms are ensuite with a TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi.

Zlatibor is a mountain region situated in the western part of Serbia. The name means 'Golden Pine' ('zlati' - golden, 'bor' - pine) and you'll see why, from the many pine trees in the local area.

Hotel Polar Star, Zabljak

Hotel Polar Star, Zablijak – 2 nts

The hotel Polar Star has been designed in a traditional mountain style, surrounded by unspoilt wildlife, meadows and mountain ranges.

Renovated in 2015, the hotel features a wellness and spa centre and all rooms feature a TV, ensuite, haridryer and minibar.

The hotel is located in Borje, 4 km from the centre of Zabljak, on the road to the famous bridge on Tara.

Hotel Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Hotel Mostar, Mostar – 1nt

This newly built 4 hotel is the perfect finish to your holidays. Located a 15 minute walk to the Old Town, the hotel features a fitness centre with jacuzzi and spa, and a Turkish hammam.

Rooms are ensuite with WiFi, TV, telephone, minibar, hairdryer and safe.

Mostar is the cultural capital of the Herzegovina region, located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also known as the city of flowers, so there is plenty of colour to enjoy when out exploring.

Itinerary

This walking and touring programme offers one walk each day and various sightseeing opportunities:

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

5 to 8 miles on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft of ascent in a day.

 

 


Day 1: Arrival Day – Kolasin, Montenegro

You will be met at Dubrovnik airport for the transfer to Kolasin resort, driving through the beautiful canyon of Moraca River to enjoy the contrast between the steep, dark cliffs and the light-green river. We'll stop at the Moraca Monastery, one of the oldest orthodox monasteries in Montenegro, and walk from here along a beautiful coastal path to a cafe for well-earned refreshments (5 miles/8km, 100ft/30m ascent and 1,200ft/360m descent).

Hotel: Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Kolasin, Montenegro

After breakfast, we take a jeep safari to Bjelasica Mountain, reaching a height of 1,750m where small wooden cabins serve national cuisine. After lunch we take a walking tour of Lake Biograd, located in the heart of Biogradska Gora National Park. Lake Biograd is the biggest and most attractive of seven glacial lakes scattered across the national park. We'll return to the hotel by jeep.

Hotel: Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 3: Kolasin – Zlatibor, Serbia

This morning we proceed to Serbia with a stop at Uvac Special Nature Reserve where we walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Uvac Canyon. We continue walking along the bank of the River Uvac, an area famous for its Griffon vultures, which we'll undoubtedly spot during this walk. There is also a huge variety of local birdlife along the way.  Later, we transfer to Zlatibor.

Hotel: Hotel Mona Zlatibor

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 4: Zlatibor, Serbia

Today we enjoy a walking tour to the summit of Mount Cuker (altitude of 1,359m).  From the top, we'll have spectacular views of Zlatibor and Ribnicka Lake.  After lunch, we enjoy a train ride on the Šargan Eight, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia before returning to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Mona Zlatibor 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 5: Zlatibor – Zabljak, Montenegro

Breakfast is followed by a transfer to Zabljak, stopping along the way to visit Husein-paša's Mosque in Pljevlja, regarded as one of the most beautiful sacral monuments of Islamic architecture in Montenegro. We take time for a walking tour on the Tara Djurdjevica Bridge, a concrete arch bridge spanning the Tara River (2km). After settling into our hotel in Zabljak, our group will take a walk around the Black Lake.

Hotel: Hotel Polar Star

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 6: Durmitor Ring

After breakfast we are transported around Durmitor, stopping at Curevac where we can view the Tara River and the deepest canyon in Europe. We then continue via Mala Crna Gora, Susica Lake, Nedajno, Trsa and Sedlo Pass stopping for walking tours along the way back to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Polar Star

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 7: Zabljak – Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

Today takes us to Mostar for a city tour, including a visit to the well known old bridge spanning the River Neretva. The original Ottoman bridge was built in the 16th century, and has since been re-built, becoming a symbol of freedom. It's considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. We also visit the Turkish house Biscelica. There's also free time for you to explore Mostar independently. Whatever you choose, a visit to the Karadjoz-Begova mosque is highly recommended. The mosque's large dome and high minaret make it the largest in the region.

Hotel: Hotel Mostar

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 8: Departure Day

Breakfast and transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Travel

All walks transport is included in the price of the holiday.

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are traveling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the first hotel of the tour is included. The transfer has been arranged to meet the arrival of the London Gatwick flight (current arrival time 12.15pm).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 Sep 2018 EBLCL - Multi Centre Balkans Explorer - Without Flights 7 £1,299.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2018 EBLCL - Multi Centre Balkans Explorer - Without Flights 7 £1,299.00 Book Now

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  • Single room: £19 per night
  • Non member associate fee: £10 per person

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