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      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 07/06/2024 - 07/20/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 15 Days / 14 Nights

      Overview

      The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination — we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments, and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery while allowing time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them. Visit the Balkans with us, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      What's Included:
      • Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad)
      • Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)
      • 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo)
      • Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)
      • DEŠA Women's Centre Visit, Dubrovnik
      • Beach time in Hvar
      • Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands
      • Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
      • 14 breakfasts – allow $445-580 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels/pensions (14 nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by train, public vehicle, ferry
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Budapest at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Europe at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference, overcome any jetlag, and avoid any disruption to your trip due to flight delays or cancellations. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Budapest before the trip. With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do. Opt to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest, or soak in the city's famous thermal baths. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another.

      After a full day's bus journey, cross into Serbia and arrive in Novi Sad. Novi Sad, located on the banks of the Danube River, is Serbia's second-largest city. Atop a riverside bluff stands Petrovaradin Fortress, and across the river is the old quarter, Stari Grad, site of the Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church and Neo-Renaissance City Hall. We will spend an evening wandering this cultural hub. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by bus

      This morning, we take the opportunity to explore Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. We start by visiting the famous Petrovaradin Fortress, construction on which began in the late 1600s. Today, the fortress remains an important landmark for the city. We will also visit the famous "reversed clock" and learn more about the varied history of this site. If we have time, we will check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. Opt to visit some of the neighborhood's many monuments or museums, and stop into a café or shop along the way. In the afternoon, we hop on a train for a short ride to Belgrade, where you will have the rest of the day free to explore on your own. Opt to walk down the pedestrian street of Skadarlija or visit Republic Square. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by private vehicle

      We start the day by visiting the Kalemegdan Fortress, also known as the Belgrade Fortress, which consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park. Located in the Old Town of Belgrade, the sight makes for one of the best lookouts in the city, staring down at the confluence of two rivers. You will be free to explore Belgrade for the rest of the day. There is a lot to see and do. You can take the opportunity to float down the Danube on a river cruise or perhaps to go shopping in one of the many bustling markets. Alternatively, consider visiting the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals, as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum where you can learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history.

      We leave the country of Serbia and travel to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. We will visit the famous Latin Bridge, which played an important part in the history of this area. This is the site where the Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, leading to the beginning of World War I. Soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient city. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by private vehicle

      Today, we will have a tour of the "Tunnel of Life," which played a crucial role in the survival of the people of Sarajevo during the civil war of the mid-to-late 1990s. Visit the airport and the house of a brave Bosnian who allowed the smuggling of supplies. Hear firsthand accounts of the horrors of war and the resilience of the people of Sarajevo. Drive into the mountains and learn more about the somber history. You will have the afternoon to explore Sarajevo on your own. Take the opportunity perhaps to walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Stari Grad) and taking in the architecture of diverse places of worship. This is also a great place to shop and visit markets.

      Today, we travel through beautiful countryside before reaching the charming city of Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. The bridge was constructed in the 1600s and was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the war. Wait at the bottom for daredevils to dive into the icy river below. For a sobering look into the city's recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war. You will have plenty of free time today to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Mostar. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by private vehicle

      We leave Bosnia and cross over to the country of Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor, a region that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area. If relaxing is more your style, the beach of Kotor offers a great escape. Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by private vehicle

      This morning, we will go sea kayaking to appreciate this gorgeous area fully. Start just outside the Old Town walls and explore the coast. Stop at a beach bar for a break or a swim. The sea kayaking will take about 5 hours. You can skip this included activity if you wish. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Kotor. Take some time to walk around 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. You might opt to visit the Risan Roman mosaics. Risan, once the capital of Kotor Bay, contains the Roman Mosaics, found in what remains of an ancient Roman villa, built sometime between the 2nd and 3rd century BC. You can also take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands or continue sea kayaking. The Kotor Maritime Museum features historical, cultural, and living artifacts that connect modern Kotor with its centuries-old naval traditions. Learn about the Boka Marines, a fraternity of sailors and navigators who helped shipbuilding flourish in the Balkans.

      Today, we depart Montenegro, cross into the country of Croatia, and travel to the city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Set on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik has been an important maritime town in the region for centuries. Surrounded by medieval walls, it is rich in history and is a beautiful city to explore, filled with stunning architecture, museums, and fountains. We will visit the G Adventures-supported Deša project, a non profit dedicated to empowering and employing women in the community. Founded during the homeland war in Dubrovnik, Deša runs victim support for survivors of domestic abuse through computer classes, language lessons, cultural preservation activities, and other inspiring programs. During your visit, you will learn about the powerful work undertaken by the women of Deša and their network across Croatia working to preserve traditional foods and handicrafts. Opt to take a city wall 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 2 km (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. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle

      Today, you can enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafés serve up delicious seafood. You may want to escape the city on a ferry ride to Lopud Island, part of the Elafiti Islands and home to one of Croatia's most stunning beaches, Plaza Sunj.

      Today, we will leave Dubrovnik and head to the island of Hvar, where we will enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports. Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by ferry

      Today, we have a scenic boat ride around the famous Pakleni Islands, offering a great escape for those wanting to spend a day relaxing on a quiet beach.

      Today, we leave Hvar and take a ferry to Split. Once there, we will take a guided tour of 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. You will have the afternoon free to explore this charming seaside town. Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by ferry

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Split at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Split, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about the Balkans
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. HOTELS: It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different from other areas of the world you may have traveled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but mansions that have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather “thin” walls. Reception areas, rooms, and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities
      2. AIR CONDITIONING: Some of the hotels we use on this trip do not have air conditioning. Our partner G Adventures adjusts hotels based on customer feedback and according to them the hotels they have chosen should be a comfortable temperature at night. If you have any hot nights where the room was uncomfortable, please let us know ASAP.
      3. LUGGAGE: In Europe, it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels, or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses, etc., and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. You should be able to comfortably walk for 10-30 minutes at a time with your luggage. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage that is compact and lightweight. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
      4. PACE: This trip has a rapid pace and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting. Please know in advance that you will see a lot, but this isn’t a relaxing vacation.
      5. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobblestone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt-out of these walking tours if you wish, as they can be quite physically taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself from the group.
      6. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city, as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats but, are unable legally to share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go your own pace. Getting on and off trains and walking with luggage requires some physical effort.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. When you arrive at the airport, you can either take a taxi or use public transportation. Public transportation: At the airport, take bus NR 200 E to Kőbánya Kispest. From there, take the metro line NR 3 (blue line) to Arany János utca. That is the name of the metro stop. You can then walk to the hotel. When you take public transportation, you should buy single tickets. When you change, you must buy a new ticket. To arrange an arrival or departure transfer, we recommend you book through Viator (double-check your travel dates). Choose from a range of transport options including both private and shared transfer. It is best to use a service that has many reviews and is highly rated. We advise that you book both your arrival and departure transfers in advance. Please make sure you have the following details before booking: - Flight number - Flight Arrival Time and Date - Flight Departure Time and Date - Passenger's Name - Number of Passengers - Email - Valid Mobile Telephone Number - Drop off and/or Pick Up Address
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Berlin office: +441858378000 If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Raincoat and/or umbrella
      • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Bathing suit and small, quick-dry towel
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can also buy snacks when you get there, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      • Light fleece top
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to any of the countries we visit during this program. Non-American participants should check with their government and local embassies to find out if they need visas.
      Money Exchange
      The local currencies on this trip are the Hungarian forint (HUF), Serbian dinar (RSD), Bosnia-Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM), and the euro (EUR) in Montenegro and Croatia. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      Tipping
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 EUR per person per week would be appropriate.
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins in Budapest and ends in Split. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Budapest, which usually means departing the U.S. one days prior. You may want to arrive in Europe one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Split at any time on the final day of the trip, or stay later to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. All of the countries visited on this trip have type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Expectations
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Weather
      The weather in all of these countries is similar; summer is hot with daily highs regularly in the 90s F.
      Advice From Past Participants
      “Do not pack a hairdryer as every hotel had one.” “Dubrovnik is hot and CROWDED. Save your sightseeing of the old town for after the cruise ships depart, if possible!” “Validate public transportation tickets before stepping on public transport (helpful if you are in Budapest before the tour begins).” “We had some issues in Croatia having Kuna bills that were too large. It was difficult in some places to get them broken up into smaller units that people did not complain about. I heard ‘Do you have anything smaller?’ more times there than any of the other 50 countries I’ve been to. Five of us had lunch upon our arrival in Dubrovnik, and I would describe the waiter as hostile when we tried to pay separately because we all had large bills we had just received from the ATM.” “I would recommend that the participants read Brian Hall’s book, The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia. It really helped me understand the centuries-old schisms that exist in the region.” “Learn the PIN of your credit/debit card before you go. I never use my credit card for cash, so was unable to use it for cash because I did not know my PIN, and the credit card companies will not provide that information over the phone. I could have brought my debit card that I did know the PIN for, but I thought I might not get as good an exchange rate, so bring it. I made the false assumption that I would be able to use my credit card for purchases everywhere, but that was not the case. Many of the countries required the cash of their countries.” “There were a surprising number of opportunities to hike so those who didn’t take sturdy walking shoes (other than sandals) wished they had.”

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See price in top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $100-600 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,000-1,700 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Airport Transfers
      $20-60 USD
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      Tipping
      We recommend $60-80 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides on additional activities.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $445-580 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Budapest
      Buda Castle 1,500 HUF Set on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube River and Pest, Buda Castle was once home to the Hungarian kings of Budapest. Admire the gorgeous architecture and visit its two museums; the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Permanent collections depict the past 500 yrs of Hungary's art history, including Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures, and Gothic altars. Danube boat tour: €12 EUR Float down the Danube for a better look at the picturesque sites along the river bend. Bike tour: €28 EUR Join a group for a guided city tour by bike. Buzz around the city on two wheels to cover more ground and get your blood pumping. Hungarian State Opera House Tour: 2,900 HUF Constructed in 1873, the Opera House is one of Budapest's most stunning examples of Neo-Renaissance architecture. Take a tour around this stunning building to get a closer look at the ornate marble statues, frescos, and ornate tin work - to name a few highlights. Hungarian Parliament tour: 5,200 HUF Take a guided tour of one of Hungary's crown jewels - the Hungarian Parliament building. Existing as the third largest Parliament building in the world, its Neo Gothic architecture also makes it a contender for one of the most beautiful. Tour the Hungarian Coronation Jewels in the Dome Hall, the Old Upper House Hall of the bicameral Hungarian Parliament, as well as the Lounge. Guided tours are mandatory for entrance and we recommend booking your tour in advance. Thermal bath: 4,200-5,000 HUF Bring two towels, your bathing suit and an aching body and prepare to be healed in the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Built in 1913, you can test the waters of 18 different pools (15 of which are spring fed) amidst stunning neo-Baroque architecture. Play chess on floating chessboards, relax in the whirlpools and explore the wonderful mosaic domes of these historic thermal steam rooms. Hungarian National Museum: 1,600 HUF Discover a vast collection of relics at the Hungarian National Museum, the oldest in the country. Wander through galleries that feature incredible objects from prehistoric to modern times, including those from the Stone Age, Ottoman period and contemporary Hungary.
      Novi Sad
      Vojvodina Museum: €2 EUR The Vojvodina Museum features a variety of exhibits on the history, culture, and art of Vojvodina, including archeological finds, ethnographic collections, and fine art. Visitors can also learn about the region's traditional customs and way of life. Stari Grad: Free Visit the historic Old Town, or Stari Grad. Opt to visit many of the neighbourhood's monuments or museums. Stop into café or shop along the way.
      Belgrade
      Stari dvor (Old Palace): Unknown The Old Royal Palace served as the royal residence of the Obrenović dynasty in the 19th century. The palace was built in the neo-Renaissance style and features a beautiful façade and a grand central staircase. Inside, visitors can see the palace's opulent chambers, including the throne room, and learn about the history of the Obrenović dynasty. Novi Dvor (New Palace): Unknown The New Royal Palace was built in the early 20th century to serve as the residence of the Karađorđević dynasty. It was built in the neo-baroque style and features a grand marble entrance, ornate staircases and halls, and a central dome. The palace also houses the Royal Palace Museum, which showcases the history of the Karađorđević family and the palace itself. National Museum of Serbia: 300 RSD The National Museum of Serbia was founded in 1844 and contains artifacts from the prehistory and ancient history of the region, as well as a wide range of art, manuscripts, and rare books. The diverse collection of art includes works by Serbian painters such as Paja Jovanović, Uroš Predić, and Sava Šumanović, as well as paintains by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Tintoretto. Nikola Tesla Museum: 500 RSD Dedicated to the life and work of the famous inventor and scientist, the Nikola Tesla Museum is a great place to learn about the life and legacy of one of the most important inventors in history. The museum houses a collection of over 160,000 original documents, photographs, books, and other personal effects belonging to Tesla, and visitors can learn about Tesla's life and work through interactive exhibits.
      Sarajevo
      Tunnel Museum: 10 BAM The Tunnel Museum is a museum located inside a tunnel that was built during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. The tunnel served as a vital lifeline for the city, allowing food, medicine, and other supplies to be brought into the city, as well as providing a means of escape for residents. The museum exhibits artifacts and information about the history of the tunnel and the siege, including photographs, weapons, and personal stories of those who built and used the tunnel. National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina: 10-30 BAM Founded in 1888, the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the oldest cultural and scientific institutions in the country. Gallery 11/07/95: 12-15 BAM This gallery space aims to preserve the memory on Srebrenica tragedy and 8372 persons who tragically lost their lives during the genocide through photography, video and interactive documentary. Svrzo's House: 3 BAM Get a glimpse into the life of an urban, 19th century Muslim family in Sarajevo. Built by Munib effendi Glođo, famous for his involvement in Bosnia’s struggle for autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. This house is a typical example of architecture from the period.
      Mostar
      Museum of Hercegovina: 8 BAM Learn about the culture, history, and heritage of the Herzegovina region. The museum has a wide range of exhibits that cover the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of Herzegovina from prehistory to present day, including traditional clothing, jewelry, and household items, as well as archeological finds and historical artifacts. It also includes an art collection that includes works by famous Herzegovinian painters. Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque and Minaret: €3 EUR Take a visit to Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque, built in 1618 and take a wander around the garden courtyard. Climb up the minaret to amazing views of Mostar. Stari Most (Old Bridge): Free Visit the city's symbol; a beautiful, reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge. The bridge was constructed in the 1600s and was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the war. It's a reminder of the tenacity of the Bosnians and is a gorgeous sight to behold. Wait at the bottom for daredevils to dive into the icy river below. War Photo Exhibition: 6 BAM Immerse yourself in a collection of photos that give visitors a sobering glimpse into the Balkan War of 1912.
      Kotor
      Sea Kayaking: €20 EUR 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 Maritime Museum: €4 EUR At the Maritime Museum, explore the history, culture and living artifacts that connect modern Kotor with its centuries-old naval traditions. Learn about the Boka Marines, a fraternity of sailors and navigators who helped shipbuilding flourish in the Balkans.
      Risan
      Risan Roman Mosaics: €10 EUR Risan, once the capital of Kotor Bay, is a lovely town. Its most famous characteristic is the archaeological site is known as the Roman Mosaics. The mosaics are found in what remains of an ancient Roman villa, built sometime between the 2nd and 3rd century BC.
      Dubrovnik
      Dubrovnik City Wall Walk: 150 HRK 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: 150 HRK 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. Rector's Palace: 70 HRK Originally built in the 12th century, today's Rector's Palace is a cultural history museum with an intriguing past. A mix of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, it began as the seat of Dubrovnik's rector, becoming a place for merchants and citizens of the republic to gather by the 16th century. In the atrium, you'll find a statue of Miho Pracat, one such merchant who bequeathed his wealth to the city. Wander the galleries and admire paintings, sculptures and furniture from Croatia's past. Today the courtyard is a venue for music and cultural performances - and is often used as a filming location for shows such as Game of Thrones. Museum of Croatian War of Independence: 20 HRK Hop in a cable car to the top of Mount Srd and take in a bird's eye view of the walled city of Dubrovnik. Admire the vistas surrounding this ancient fortress perched above the Adriatic Sea, then make your way to the Croatian War of Independence Museum housed in a wing of Fort Imperial. Built to commemorate the war which lasted from 1991-1995, find artifacts such as documents, photos, military equipment, maps and other everyday objects from Croatians who lived through the siege. Pause for a moment at the memorial plaque, engraved with the names of those who died defending the city. War Photography Museum: 40 HRK The War Photo Limited gallery displays exhibits from leading photojournalists who cover recent and present conflicts across the world. Curated by photographer Wade Goddard, who covered the Balkan wars in the 1990s, the gallery is spread over two floors and aims to raise public awareness on the injustices and effects of war. Franciscan Monastery & Museum: 30 HRK Take a wander through this Franciscan Monastery complex. Originally constructed as a public pharmacy in 1317, the Friars Minor pharmacy is the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world today.
      Hvar
      St. Stephen's Cathedral: 10 HRK Originally constructed over 400 years ago, St. Stephen's Cathedral still plays an important role in the lives of local residents. Located in Hvar's main square, step inside the cathedral to admire beautiful altar paintings and bas reliefs made during the Dalmatian Renaissance. Hvar Fortress Visit: 6 EUR 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.
      Split
      Archaeological Museum: 40 HRK Learn about the history of Split from the ancient Roman period to the medieval period. The ancient Roman city of Salona, located next to Split, was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire, and the museum's collection includes mosaics, sculptures, ceramics, and other artifacts from the Roman period. You will also see artifacts from the medieval period, including items from the Diocletian's Palace. Bacvice Beach: 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. Marjan's Peak: €30 EUR 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. St Duje Cathedral: 15-40 HRK 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. Mestrovic Gallery: 30 HRK 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. Trogir Excursion (4-6 hrs): €15-41 EUR 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.