The Best of the Balkans (RE)

17 Day Tour from Dubrovnik to Athens

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For the traveler who wishes to see it all, this is the perfect vacation to explore the Balkans. Visit the must-see sights and hear about the long and fascinating history as you journey through Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece on your guided tour.

Tour highlights include Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, a gothic-renaissance palace dating to the 15th century; Mostar’s Old Bridge, a reconstruction of the city’s original 16th-century Ottoman bridge; Serbia’s capital Belgrade; the Romanian cities of Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Bucharest, and Brasov, where you’ll visit the impressive Black Church; Ruse, Bulgaria’s Little Vienna; the ancient Holy Sofia Church, built in the 6th century and today a symbol of Sofia; plus Thessalonika’s Basilica of Saint Demetrious, and Athens’ Acropolis, in Greece.

You'll visit Dracula’s 14th-century Bran Castle in Romania; the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria, and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Sarajevo Tunnel built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War.

These are just some of the many highlights on this guided tour of Eastern Europe. You’ll also have a special farewell dinner in Athens—a great way to end your vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DUBROVNIK
Guided walking tour; visit Rector’s Palace
MOSTAR
Take pictures of the famous Mostar Bridge
SARAJEVO
Guided sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Sarajevo Tunnel
BELGRADE
Guided sightseeing, see Kalemegdan Fortress
TIMISOARA
Admire the Orthodox Cathedral
SIBIU
Orientation
SIGHISOARA
Stop in the walled town
BRASOV
Guided sightseeing, visit the Black Church; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local restaurant
BRAN CASTLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Dracula’s castle
BUCHAREST
Guided sightseeing, visit the People’s Palace
RUSE
Stop in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”
SOFIA
Guided sightseeing, visit Holy Sofia Church
RILA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided visit of the monastery
THESSALONIKA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of St. Demetrious
ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinner

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
  • Historic Centre of Sighisoara
  • Old Bridge of the old city of Mostar
  • Old city of Dubrovnik
  • Rila Monastery

Transportation:

Motorcoach; free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Dubrovnik, a special dinner in Brasov, and a farewell dinner in Athens

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Welcome to Dubrovnik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century RECTOR’S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 DUBROVNIK–MOSTAR, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA–SARAJEVO

Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city’s symbol, ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566, to replace the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the 1984 Olympics took place, and the first city in Europe to own an electric tram network.

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Day 4 SARAJEVO

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian War, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A visit has been included to the SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War to supply the inhabitants with food and war supplies. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city.

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Day 5 SARAJEVO–BELGRADE, SERBIA

A scenic drive through Bosnia brings you to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

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Day 6 BELGRADE

First mention of Belgrade was in the 3rd century. Morning guided sightseeing features a drive to see the main sights, like the Santa Sava Church and a walking tour through the fascinating Kalemegdan Fortress, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and symbol of the strategic importance of the city in the past. For centuries, the city population lived within the walls of the fortress. Afternoon at leisure. Choose from our exciting optional excursions.

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Day 7 BELGRADE–TIMISOARA, ROMANIA–SIBIU

In Timisoara, admire the Romanian Orthodox Church, seat of the archbishop, before arriving in elegant Sibiu with its towers, churches, and buildings dating back to the 14th century.

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Day 8 SIBIU–SIGHISOARA–BRASOV

Enter the heart of Transylvania and stop at the fortified town of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful, well-preserved inhabited citadels in Eastern Europe. Continue to Brasov, where guided sightseeing features the Old Town Hall, the Merchants’ Hall, the 15th-century Monastery and School of St. Nicholas, a walk through the Old Town, and a visit to the impressive BLACK CHURCH. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite This evening, you can try the local food at one of Brasov’s excellent restaurants.

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Day 9 BRASOV–BRAN CASTLE–BUCHAREST

Highlight today is Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a visit to Dracula’s BRAN CASTLE, built in the 14th century. The castle is dramatically located on top of a hill and has, because of the legends, attracted people from all over the world. Next stop is Bucharest, capital of Romania.

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Day 10 BUCHAREST

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive along flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees. Also see the palace where Ceausescu, the former Romanian dictator, lived, and visit the impressive PEOPLE’S PALACE, the second-largest government building in the world after the Pentagon.

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Day 11 BUCHAREST–RUSE, BULGARIA–SOFIA

Stop in Ruse, Bulgaria’s most important river port and nicknamed “Little Vienna” because of its neo-baroque and neo-rococo architecture. Arrive in Sofia, proud capital of Bulgaria.

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Day 12 SOFIA

Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled at one time by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the HOLY SOFIA CHURCH.

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Day 13 SOFIA–RILA–THESSALONIKA, GREECE

Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a scenic trip takes you high up towards the RILA MONASTERY, a beacon of the Bulgarian nation during a half-millennium of Ottoman rule. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because throughout the centuries, it has always been the spiritual, educational, and cultural center of Bulgaria. Continue through the Struma Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland, before crossing the Greek border and arriving in Thessalonika.

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Day 14 THESSALONIKA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS

During your guided sightseeing, see the White Tower; the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire; the Rotonda; and visit the BASILICA OF SAINT DEMETRIOUS. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay from the walls of the Upper City. On the way to Athens, drive along the eastern and southern side of Mount Olympus and through the battlefield of Leonidas and the 300, the Spartan forces he led during the Second Persian War and the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

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Day 15 ATHENS

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 16 ATHENS

A full day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city or take an optional cruise to the islands. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate the success of your vacation.

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Day 17 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANTHONY MICALEFF

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

After years of extensive travelling and touring, I make it a priority to share my personal experiences and bring my guests inside the story that each country has to offer. After all, a wise man once said, "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich."

Tour Director - ANTHONY MICALEFF

 Accommodations

Dubrovnik
Sarajevo
Belgrade
Sibiu
Brasov
Bucharest
Sofia
Thessalonika
Athens

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Dubrovnik
Sarajevo
Belgrade
Bucharest
Sofia
Athens

Dubrovnik

Adriatic Sunset Cruise and Dinner

Adriatic Sunset Cruise and Dinner

Enjoy your cruise along the Adriatic coast with dinner

Price Range: $$

Sarajevo

Bosnian Dinner

Bosnian Dinner

Like the country's storied past, Bosnian food is rich with its own East-meets-West culinary culture.

Price Range: $$

Belgrade

Belgrade Foodie Tour

Belgrade Foodie Tour

Feast on hearty local dishes and lots of fun information about the Serbian culture during this fantastic foodie tour in historic Belgrade.

Price Range: $$

Bucharest

Traditional Flavors of Bucharest

Traditional Flavors of Bucharest

An evening of authentic local cuisine and lively traditional entertainment await on this unforgettable dinner excursion.

Price Range: $$

Sofia

National History Museum and Boyana Church

National History Museum and Boyana Church

Take the chance to visit Bulgaria's largest National History Museum and the impressive Boyana Church.

Price Range: $

Bulgarian Evening

Bulgarian Evening

Enjoy an evening of authentic Bulgarian folklore in a typical country inn.

Price Range: $$

Athens

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

Enjoy a Greek-style 4-course dinner at a typical Greek taverna with folklore show.

Price Range: $$

Spectacular Cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina Islands

Spectacular Cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina Islands

Enjoy a one day cruise to three spectacular and unique islands of the Saronic Golf

Price Range: $$$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $3,760*
12 guests in a party: $1,556*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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