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Szia! Welcome to Hungary.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe.
Known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is the perfect city to enjoy from the water. From here, you can see the buildings that line the banks of the Danube River and the bridges linking Buda to Pest. Take one of the tourist boat trips to see the sights or cross the Chain Bridge for a spectacular view of the Parliament Building and the Castle District.
With so much to see and do, hire a bicycle for a great way to move between the city sights.
Head out to Statue Park to see all the communist monuments that were removed from the city streets after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
One unmissable activity is a soak in the hot thermal baths. There are several around the city centre ranging from the sumptuous and elegant to simple outdoor types. There are pools of varying degrees - some with whirlpools, chess boards and seats where you can enjoy it all while recuperating in the therapeutic waters.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt)
Travel by train through the Hungarian Puszta to the Slavonian capital of Osijek (approx 6 hrs).
Osijek offers an enchanting medieval citadel, as well as the nearby new town, which is only a short walk along the banks of the Drava. Many cafes line the river, inviting you to join the Croatian national pastime: people watching.
Those wishing to learn more about recent history can take an optional journey to nearby Vukovar. The town's ruined water tower now stands as a memorial of the ethnic war that raged in this region during the early 90's.
In free time choose to take a trip to the small provincial town of Dakovo (30km) The town is dominated by an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral. The Lipizzaner horses from here are famous, why not visit the Lipizzaner training stables and view a workout session?
Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts)
Travel by bus into Serbia and the historic town of Novi Sad (approx. 3hrs).
Known as the Serbian Athens, Novi Sad has been built, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries and is an interesting mixture of old Serbian cultural heritage, Austro-Hungarian architecture and scenic beauty. Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, the city is surrounded by fertile farms and vineyards, framed with hills in the distance.
Visit a local vineyard in Sremski Karlovci, which is a fantastic opportunity to see the workings of a family-run wine making business. Also attached is a unique honey museum where we can sample the produce.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt)
Travel by train or Bus to Belgrade (approx 2 hours).
Known as the White City, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is still an important intersection of Eastern and Western Europe, as it has been since ancient times.
Take a guided walk to uncover some of the history of this fascinating city.
In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street (Bohemian Quarter) where you'll find inviting restaurants with authentic local food and lively entertainment.
Take a ninety minute cruise along the Kalemegdan Fortress, to Pancevo Bridge and the artists village of Zemun
The markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours. Throughout the summer months, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events, so the city is always full of activities while the cafes overflow with people.
Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts)
Travel by bus through the beautiful countryside to Sarajevo (approx 7 hrs).
More than ten years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful destinations.
Meet a local guide for a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital, to gain an insight into the history and culture of this enchanting city.
Enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija where you can find the best bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat, mixed with some mild spices).
Take a picturesque day trip to Ilidza where you find the source of the River Bosna (Vrelo Bosna), thermal springs and beautiful green parks.
Visit the Tunnel Museum near Ilidza for a behind-the-scenes look at the Yugoslav wars.
Head out to Mostar to see the famous town and bridge that made headline news during the Yugoslav wars. The town has been rebuilt since with many countries contributing funds and is now on Unesco's World Heritage list.
Accommodation: Pension (3 nts)
Drive south by bus to Montenegro (approx 5 hrs) and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Our accommodation for the night are little rafting cabins above the river Tara, which mark the border between Bosnia and Montenegro. There are options for short hikes in the surrounding hills, or just relax on the expansive grounds of the camp and take in the views.
Accommodation: Cabin (1 nt)
Drive south to the stunning Ostrog Monastery (approx 2 hrs).
Built into the side of a rocky mountain in the 17th century, Ostrog Monastery has since been a destination for visiting Orthodox Christian pilgrims as well as those seeking a cure for their bodies and soul. Many miracles are believed to have taken place here.
Go on a hike to the Upper Monastery (approx 1 hr), where relics of the founder, St Vasilije, are kept.
After the visit to the Monastery travel by bus to Kotor (approx 3 hrs).
Set on a secluded bay, Kotor is listed as a World Heritage site, and its crooked alleyways give lots of opportunities to get lost and mingle with the locals.
After a short orientation walk we can climb the hills behind the city and visit the old rulers' ruined castles.
Take a cruise on the Kotor Fjord - the longest fjord south of Scandinavia - and visit grottos and an island with a church that is almost as big as the island itself!
Consider a day trip to nearby Budva, the Montenegrin Miami, which is just a 30 min bus ride.
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts)
Depart Montenegro and travel north by bus to Dubrovnik on the beautiful southern coast of Croatia (approx 3 hrs).
The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the old town - with its tiled roofs and stone buildings - remains as charming as ever. Extensive restoration has taken place to return it to its original splendour, and even today repairs are still being undertaken. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot.
Enjoy views of the ocean from the 2 km-long city walls surrounding the town.
Visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, a masterpiece built by famous European architect Onofrio della Cava. This 15th-century landmark was built to supply water to the city, flowing from the spigots into the collection trough surrounding it.
Be sure to check out the Franciscan monastery with one of the world's oldest, continuously functioning pharmacies, founded in the 13th century.
Don't miss the Sponza and Rectors Palace - the only two buildings from the Renaissance that survived the devastating earthquake and fire of 1667.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt)
International flights, departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for a fun, informative experience.
This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid.
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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later
You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information.
Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.