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Balkan Explorer

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Balkan Explorer

Discover the fascinating history, vibrant culture and medieval relics of this enchanting region as you venture through the lush landscapes of the Balkan States on this luxurious rail journey.      

  • Style: Rail (Luxury Rail Journey)
  • Duration: 11 days/10 nights
  • Starts in: Venice
  • Learn of the Balkan War from a local guide who lived through the conflict        
  • Full day to explore Dubrovink
  • Explore Venice    
  • Visit the Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul  
  • City tour of Belgrade          
  • Explore Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria    
  • City tour of Ljubljana    
  • City tour of Trieste  
  • Dinner in the atmospheric city of Thessaloniki    

Days 1-2 Venice, Italy  
Arrive into this romantic city and transfer to the iconic Danieli Hotel located only a short stroll from St Mark’s Square. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with your fellow travellers. On day two, embark on a walking tour of the city to see St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge.          

Day 3 Venice to Trieste    
This morning, board the Golden Eagle Danube Express to begin your journey through the Italian countryside to the port city of Trieste. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour to see the vast Piazza Unita d’Italia and climb the hill to the famous medieval Church of San Giusto for a close up view of the precious mosaics.          

Day 4 Trieste to Ljubljana, Slovenia   
After breakfast, visit Preseren Square, Three Bridges, Dragon Bridge and Plecnik Market upon arrival into Ljubljana. This afternoon, visit Predjama Castle overlooking the Inner Carniola region. Continue to Postojna Cave to ride an underground train for a tour of the magnificent halls.      

Day 5 Ljubljana to Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina    
Depart early to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo and discover the city’s poignant history on an informative tour detailing the horrors of the Balkan War from a local guide who lived through the conflict. This afternoon, travel to Mostar to see the iconic stone arch bridge linking the Christian and Muslim areas of this historic city.            

Day 6 Mostar to Dubrovnik, Croatia  
Explore the 13th Century city of Dubrovnik today including Ploce Gate, the Franciscan Monastery, the Old Harbour, St Laurence Fortress and the Rector’s Palace. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Adriatic before some free time to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. This evening re-board the train for dinner and to continue onto Serbia.          

Day 7 Dubrovnik to Belgrade, Serbia    
Arrive into the former Yugoslavian capital, Belgrade this morning. Spend a full day exploring the sights including the House of Flowers, the Town Hall, Republic Square, Knez Mihajlova Street, Varos Gate and visit the mighty Kalemegdan Fortress.    

Day 8 Belgrade to Thessaloniki, Greece    
Discover the little-visited city of Skopje where Ottoman influences are still strong. Explore the Old Town, meander the Old Bazaar and cross the 15th Century Stone Bridge. In the evening, arrive into the Greek city of Thessaloniki to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Aristotelous Square over dinner.

Day 9 Thessaloniki to Plovdiv, Bulgaria      
Embark on a morning tour of Bulgaria’s modern capital, Sofia to see sections of the Roman wall, admire the ancient church of St George, the golden domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Turkish Bashi Mosque. Enjoy lunch on the train as you travel to Plovdiv, ‘The City of Seven Hills’. One of the oldest cities in Europe, spend the afternoon exploring the charming Old Town’s ancient theatres, medieval walls and Ottoman baths.          

Days 10-11 Plovdiv to Istanbul, Turkey      
Arrive into Istanbul this morning and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Old City. Discover how old meets new and east meets west as you tour this fabled city. Visit the Hagia Sofia, one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world and Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest in the world. After breakfast on day 11, transfer to the airport for your onward travels.  

2021 Departures:    
16 Jun

2022 Departures:
11 Jul   

Guide Price £11695
  • Returns airport transfers in Italy and Turkey
  • 4 nights 5star hotel accommodation including the Danieli Hotel, Venice
  • 7 nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 10 dinners
Not Included
  • International flights
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The tour itinerary, inclusions and departures are based on travel from 19/06/2019 to 31/12/2021. Guide prices are based on twn/dbl share, are subject to availability and may vary by departure date. For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please ask for details.

As we can offer you such a flexible choice of flights, we don't include international airfares with our tour prices. The price you pay will be determined by the time of year you travel, your departure airport, airline and availability.

However, to give you a general idea of prices, flights to Venice currently cost from £133 in Economy and £387 in Business Class

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