Itinerary Notes

 

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Itinerary

Day 1Zagreb

Arrive at any time.

 

If you'd like to explore this city, consider booking a night or two of pre-accommodation.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities - Day 1

Museum of Broken Relationships
Zagreb1h-2h
30HRK per person

Whether you’ve just had a nasty breakup or are blissfully in love you can’t miss this unique museum. Memorabilia and stories from the ones that got away or were run away from are paired with individual’s stories. From hilarious to heartfelt the vibe of the mementos in the museum are worth checking out. Whether you’ve just had a nasty breakup or are blissfully in love you can’t miss this unique museum. Bring some tissues and stop at the museum café afterwards to recover with a glass of mulled wine and traditional pepper cookies. 

 
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Zagreb
20HRK per person

Stop by this small museum to see some of the work of Croatia’s Naïve artists as well as pieces from foreign artists. This style of painting is known for its simplistic, almost child-like rendering of forms and originated during the 18th century. While it’s believed that many artists who practice this style never trained as artists, this is rarely true. Vivid colours and interesting perspectives line the walls of this museum, a must see for art and art history buffs.

 
Museum of Contemporary Art
Zagreb1h-2h
30HRK per person

Spend an hour or two wandering through the exhibits at this large, modern museum. The exterior was designed by the contemporary architect Igor Franić who submitted the unique design for the building to a competition held by the museum. The roomy interior isthe perfect place to escape crowds and take some time to reflect on the exhibits. When you’re ready to head back into the city try taking the slide exit! 

 
Cathedral of the Assumption
Zagreb
Free

The Gothic Zagreb Cathedral is a must see for those who love architecture. Someone is definitely watching out for this holy site, it’s been damaged by invaders and earthquakes and somehow is still standing (using numerous repairs of course). Sitting atop a tall column is a golden statue or Mary, surrounded at the base by four angels. The exterior is covered in sculptures and reliefs while the inside has large pillars, stained glass windows, and paintings. 

 
St Mark's Church
Zagreb
Free

Not far from St Mark’s Square in Zagreb, the Church of St Mark has some unique architecture features compared to most Gothic style churches. The roof is tiled in a pattern of colours, patterns, and the coat of arms of the city. The church interior is usually closed off to visitors, but take a stroll by to take a few photos of the exterior. 

Accommodation

 
Hostel Bureau (or similar)
Hostel

Day 2Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

Explore Zagreb on an orientation walk before transferring to Plitvice for the night.

 

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Local bus
Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes National Park4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Optional Activities - Day 2

Museum of Broken Relationships

 

Zagreb1h-2h
30HRK per person

Whether you’ve just had a nasty breakup or are blissfully in love you can’t miss this unique museum. Memorabilia and stories from the ones that got away or were run away from are paired with individual’s stories. From hilarious to heartfelt the vibe of the mementos in the museum are worth checking out. Whether you’ve just had a nasty breakup or are blissfully in love you can’t miss this unique museum. Bring some tissues and stop at the museum café afterwards to recover with a glass of mulled wine and traditional pepper cookies. 

 
Croatian Museum of Naive Art

 

Zagreb
20HRK per person

Stop by this small museum to see some of the work of Croatia’s Naïve artists as well as pieces from foreign artists. This style of painting is known for its simplistic, almost child-like rendering of forms and originated during the 18th century. While it’s believed that many artists who practice this style never trained as artists, this is rarely true. Vivid colours and interesting perspectives line the walls of this museum, a must see for art and art history buffs.

 
Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Zagreb1h-2h
30HRK per person

Spend an hour or two wandering through the exhibits at this large, modern museum. The exterior was designed by the contemporary architect Igor Franić who submitted the unique design for the building to a competition held by the museum. The roomy interior isthe perfect place to escape crowds and take some time to reflect on the exhibits. When you’re ready to head back into the city try taking the slide exit! 

 
Cathedral of the Assumption

 

Zagreb
Free

The Gothic Zagreb Cathedral is a must see for those who love architecture. Someone is definitely watching out for this holy site, it’s been damaged by invaders and earthquakes and somehow is still standing (using numerous repairs of course). Sitting atop a tall column is a golden statue or Mary, surrounded at the base by four angels. The exterior is covered in sculptures and reliefs while the inside has large pillars, stained glass windows, and paintings. 

 
St Mark's Church

 

Zagreb
Free

Not far from St Mark’s Square in Zagreb, the Church of St Mark has some unique architecture features compared to most Gothic style churches. The roof is tiled in a pattern of colours, patterns, and the coat of arms of the city. The church interior is usually closed off to visitors, but take a stroll by to take a few photos of the exterior. 

Accommodation

 

 
Hotel Bellevue (Plitvice) (or similar)

 

Hotel

Day 3Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

 

Explore the terraced lakes, waterfalls, and hiking trails of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then travel to Split for an orientation walk upon arrival.

 

Entrance to the park is included.

 
Free Time

 

Plitvice Lakes National ParkMorning

Get out and explore this beautiful park.

 
Local bus

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split5h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Orientation Walk

 

30m-1hEvening

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation

 

 
Hostel Quasimodo (or similar)

 

Hostel

Day 4Split

 

Enjoy a guided walk of Diocletian's Palace. The rest of the day is free, opt to visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Bol, head to Trogir or the ancient ruined city of Solin, or experience the nightlife once the sun goes down.

 

 
Free Time

 

SplitHalf Day

Get out and explore Split and its surroundings.

 
Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk

 

Split2h-2h30m

Take a guided walk around Diocletian's Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe. It took over 10 years to construct and is built of white stone imported from the island of Brač. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site is a perfect way to learn more about the history of Split.

Optional Activities - Day 4

Trogir Excursion
Trogir4h-6h
15-41EUR per person

Take an excursion to the historic city of Trogir, where the Old City core is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Found in the centre of Dalmatia on the eastern coastline of Adriatic sea, this pretty seaside town is a great place to walk and explore.

 
St Duje Cathedral Visit
Split
15-40HRK per person

The Cathedral of St Duje is said to be the oldest cathedral in the world, built around 305 AD. Climb up the bell tower for excellent views of Split and the surrounding port area.

 
Marjan's Peak Visit
Split3h-4h
30EUR per person

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to visit Marjan's Peak. The area has nice hiking and biking trails for those that want to embrace nature and escape the port town. 

 
Bacvice Beach Visit
Split
Free

Head to this local hot spot to soak up some rays or play in the calm waters. The sandy shores are often packed with rows of lounge chairs and umbrellas, but it's still a great place to spend some time if you’re looking to cool off. Visit some of the cafes along the waterfront, wade out into the shallow water, or rent a lounge chair and relax. 

 
Mestrovic Gallery
Split
30HRK per person

Filled with the incredible sculptures of Croatian artist and architect Ivan Meštrović, this gallery is beautiful inside and out. The gallery is housed in a villa designed by Meštrović as a summer home which overlooks a wonderful garden where you can view more sculptures and enjoy the breeze from the sea. 

Accommodation

 
Hostel Quasimodo (or similar)
Hostel

Day 5Split/Hvar

Take a morning ferry to Hvar. Upon arrival, enjoy an island-hopping boat cruise that stops at secluded coves around the Pakleni Islands.

 

 
Ferry
Split – Hvar1hMorning

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Pakleni Islands Boat Cruise 
Hvar5hAfternoon

Enjoy a cruise that visits the Pakleni Islands, stopping at secluded coves along the way for swimming.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Hvar Fortress Visit
Hvar
25HRK per person

Explore the 16th century fortress that looks over the city of Hvar. Tour the interior and see some of the artifacts on display like the canon. Climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top for an incredible panoramic view of the city, nearby islands, and the ocean. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Delfin (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6Hvar/Dubrovnik

Travel by bus and ferry to Dubrovnik. Enjoy an optional night on the town with the group.

For great atmosphere with good music, check out the East/West Beach Club. It's one of the best nighttime party spots and attracts a good crowd during the day as well.

 
Ferry
Hvar – Drvenik1h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Local bus
Drvenik – Dubrovnik3h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Border Crossing (Croatia - Bosnia)
Klek – Neum

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Border Crossing (Bosnia - Croatia)
Neum – Zaton Doli15m

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Free Time
DubrovnikAfternoon

Get out and explore this beautiful walled city.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Dubrovnik City Wall Walk
Dubrovnik1h-2h
120HRK per person

Opt to take a walking tour or head out on your own to explore the city's ancient walls. A trip to Dubrovnik isn't complete without doing this 2km (1.1 mi) walk. See highlights along the way that include Fort Minceta, Fort St. John, Fort Lawrence, Fort Revelin, and St. Luke’s Tower. There are three main entrances to the city walls, the principal one located by the Inner Pile Gates.

 
Cable Car Ride
Dubrovnik
100HRK per person

Get an amazing view of the rows of red roofs of Dubrovnik and the sea on a scenic cable car ride. While you slowly creep up the side of the mountain, look down on the winding streets and out to the nearby oceans. If you run out of time during the day hop on the cable car near sunset to see the tints of pink, red, and orange spread across the sky. 

Accommodation

 
Hostel 365 for U (or similar)
Hostel

Day 7Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day for exploration.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

 
Free Time
DubrovnikFull Day

Get out and explore this beautiful seaside walled city.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Dubrovnik City Wall Walk
Dubrovnik1h-2h
120HRK per person

Opt to take a walking tour or head out on your own to explore the city's ancient walls. A trip to Dubrovnik isn't complete without doing this 2km (1.1 mi) walk. See highlights along the way that include Fort Minceta, Fort St. John, Fort Lawrence, Fort Revelin, and St. Luke’s Tower. There are three main entrances to the city walls, the principal one located by the Inner Pile Gates.

 
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
 

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

 
Cable Car Ride
Dubrovnik
100HRK per person

Get an amazing view of the rows of red roofs of Dubrovnik and the sea on a scenic cable car ride. While you slowly creep up the side of the mountain, look down on the winding streets and out to the nearby oceans. If you run out of time during the day hop on the cable car near sunset to see the tints of pink, red, and orange spread across the sky. 

 
Kayaking Tour (Half-Day) 
Dubrovnik
280HRK per person

Get out on the waves and enjoy a half-day kayaking tour. Let your export guide lead the way and enjoy seeing the sights from the water. 

Accommodation

 
Hostel 365 for U (or similar)
Hostel

Day 8Dubrovnik/Kotor

Cross the border into Montenegro and go hiking or visit Lake Skadar. 

 

Please note that we use a mixed sex dormitory in Kotor.

 
Private Vehicle
Dubrovnik – Kotor2h100km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Border Crossing (Croatia - Montenegro)
Karasovići – Herceg-Novi

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Free Time
KotorAfternoon

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful small country.

Accommodation

 
Old Town Kotor Hostel (or similar)
Hostel

Day 9Kotor

Enjoy an included day trip to the beautiful nearby village of Perast. Later, opt to explore the city of Kotor or the beaches of Herceg Novi.

 

Please note that we use a mixed sex dormitory in Kotor.

 
Perast Visit
Perast

Visit the small seaside town of Perast for a taste of the quaint in Montenegro.

 
Free Time
KotorHalf Day

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful small country.

Optional Activities - Day 9

Sea Kayaking
Kotor
20EUR per person

Head out by sea kayak to fully appreciate this gorgeous area. Start just outside the Old Town walls and explore the coast. Stop at a beach bar for a break or a swim.

 
Kotor City Exploration
Kotor15m-30m
Free

Take some time to explore this picturesque town surrounded by a walled fortress built by the Republic of Venice. Kotor has a Mediterranean feel to it and the bay offers a stunning backdrop for photographs. 

Accommodation

 
Old Town Kotor Hostel (or similar)
Hostel

Day 10Kotor/Tirana

Check out all that the capital of Albania has to offer on an included orientation walk.

Be sure to check out the lively nightlife here.

 
Private Vehicle
Kotor – Tirana4h-5h200km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Border Crossing (Montenegro - Albania)
Sukobin – Muriqan15m-30m

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities - Day 10

National Gallery of Arts
Tirana1h-2h
2EUR per person

Check out the National Gallery of Arts to see collections of realist paintings, historic and political pieces, propaganda, as well as modern paintings and sculptures. The gallery also houses temporary exhibitions and has one of the best collections of Socialist Realism paintings. 

 
National History Museum
Tirana1h-2h
2EUR per person

Learn about the history of Albania by spending some time at the National History Museum and checking out the archaeological and historic artifacts. Most displays are translated into English and French to help visitors understand the collections. One of the darker but vastly important sections focuses on the oppression of the communist regime in the country, however this section is a recent addition and has few translations in English. 

 
Piramida Visit
Tirana
Free

Take a visit to this obscure, culturally-significant building from 1987. It's vandalized state is reflective of the ongoing debate on what, exactly, it should be used for today; originally intended to be used as a museum, and currently being considered for "memorial" status for Albania's 45-year isolation after WWII. Until someone decides, it continues to be the turf of grafitti artists, and skaters. 

 
Dajti Ekspres Cable Car Ride
Tirana
6EUR per person

Take a ride up to the top of Dajti Mountain. Spanning 1 km long, this is the longest cableway in the Balkans and offers views of the city.

Accommodation

 
Hostel Freddy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Tirana/Saranda

Travel through the Albanian countryside to coastal Saranda, stopping along the way to explore towns and local sights. Opt to take a dip in the Blue Eye Spring and stop for lunch in the historic centre of Gjirokastër, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The exact stops along the drive depend on the day and weather.

Depending on traffic and arrival/departure times to Saranda, groups may opt to stop by Albania's largest archaeological site from the Greek era, which includes a large Roman amphitheatre and a Byzantine basilica.

 
Private Vehicle
Tirana – Saranda4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ptional Activities - Day 11

Butrint Archaeological Site Visit
Butrint
20EUR per person

Take a taxi to the nearby ruins of the city of Butrint, excavated in 1944. This Greek city and UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a stopping point along trading routes but when the Roman Empire began to decline residents started to leave. After the city was flooded during an earthquake Butrint was abandoned and laid untouched for years under the mud and debris from the quake, preserving artifacts and protecting the ruins. 

 
Bay Visit
Saranda1h-4h
Free

Take a walk along the town's horseshoe shaped beach. Grab a scoop of ice cream, rent a paddle boat, or try the catch of the day at a seaside restaurant,

 
Mirror Beach Visit
Saranda

Take a taxi south to Mirror Beach, a secluded natural bay. If you are looking for some quite time in paradise (read: turquoise waters and limestone cliffs), this is the place.

 
Syri Kalter Visit
Saranda
Free

Syri Kalter is a natural spring in the hills of Saranda. The name of this natural phenomenon translates to "the Blue Eye" because the waters glisten a deep shade of blue, much like the iris of an eye, on a clear day. Take some time to explore this area, made tranquil by towering oak and sycamore trees.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Palma e Arte (or similar)
Hotel

Day 12Saranda/Corfu

Take a late afternoon ferry across the border to the island of Corfu. Enjoy an orientation walk in the old town of Kerkyra, then enjoy free time to hit the beach and the clubs in the evening.

 

 
Ferry
Saranda – Corfu1h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Border Crossing (Albania - Greece)
Saranda – Corfu

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Free Time
CorfuEvening

Do as much or as little as you'd like on this slice of Greek paradise.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Bretagne (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Corfu

Free time to hit the beach and the clubs. Opt to explore the island by horseback, visit some of the older churches and historic buildings found on the island, or relax on one of its many beautiful beaches.

 

 
Free Time
CorfuFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like on this slice of Greek paradise.

Optional Activities - Day 13

Archaeological Museum
Corfu
3EUR per person

See some of the amazing artifacts housed at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu, including relics excavated from the ancient city of Corfu, Cassiope, the Gorgon pediment and The Lion of Menecrates. While small, this museum is a great place to see local artifacts and get a sense of the area’s history. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Bretagne (or similar)
Hotel

Day 14Corfu/Athens

Morning flight to Athens and free afternoon to explore Greece's capital city.

Spend the day in one of the most renowned ancient capitals of the world. Wander around the open-air museum that is the historic centre. Sample mouthwatering greek food such as Saganaki (fried cheese), or Spanakopita (spinach pie). Opt to visit the Acropolis site, the new Acropolis Museum, the Roman agora and the National Archaeological Museum.

 

 
Plane
Corfu – Athens2h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

 
Free Time
Athens

Start exploring this fascinating ancient city. Parthenon, anyone?

Accommodation

 
Hotel Economy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 15Athens

Depart at any time.

 

Please note that there are many things to do in and around Athens. Booking extra accommodation after your tour is recommended to take in the sites as this tour only spends one night in the city.

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

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