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 amazing trip travels through five countries! This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery and allows 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.
Arrive in Budapest at any time. Check into our hotel any time after 3:00 p.m. and enjoy Hungary’s capital city. We recommended arriving a day or two early to better explore this charming old city. 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.
Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting, typically 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. After the meeting, you might like to take the option of heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to further get to know your tour leader and traveling companions.
Please make every effort to arrive on time for this welcome 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.
After a full day’s train journey, cross into Serbia and arrive in Novi Sad. Please note: You must validate your train ticket in Budapest before getting on the train!
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 train
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 sight. If we have time, we will check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad.
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.
Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by train
We start the day by visiting the Kalemegdan Fortress, also know 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. 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 walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient city.
Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by local bus
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 1990’s. 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. The Latin Bridge is worth a visit, as it 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.
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 1600’s 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 local bus
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.
Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by local bus
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 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 and take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands or to go sea kayaking. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area’s sand.
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.
Opt to take a city wall walking tour (book through local operator for 120 HRK, roughly $20 USD) 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: 4 hrs by local bus
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, cross the Bosnian border, cross back into Croatia, and then 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 local bus; 1 hour 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 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.
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
Our program ends in Split this morning. You may depart at any time.
Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).
If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!
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.
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All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
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. 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., at 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.
For getting to Budapest center city from the airport:
By Taxi: A metered taxi will cost approximately 25 to 30 EUR.
By Public Transportation: Bus 100E (airport to Deák Ferenc tér central metro station) departs from the airport every 30 minutes and the trip takes approximately 35 minutes.
Regular tickets for the airport shuttle bus 100E cost 3€ (900 HUF) per person and can be purchased from the customer service centres, newsagents, ticket offices or ticket vending machine in the arrivals hall.
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: +4915203076785
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, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from within UK: 0844 272 0000
Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +44 7817 262559
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.
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.
Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels. You can also use a local laundromat if need be.
All GEEO trips 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.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in any of the countries we visit on this trip. Non-American participants should check with their government or nearest embassies of the countries to which we are traveling to find out if they need a visa.
As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency, and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note that, if you are carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.
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 for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. 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.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a budgeting guideline, $35-$45 USD per person per week can be used.
You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.
Your trip begins in Budapest and ends in Split. Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Budapest. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our group meeting. You can depart from Split any time on the final day of the trip.
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.
All of the countries visited on this trip primarily use a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
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.
“Do not pack a hair dryer 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 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 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.”
Weather in all of these countries is similar. Summer is hot with daily highs regularly in the 90’s F.
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. Breakfasts are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.
See price in top right corner
Roughly $1,000-$1,700 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
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 well.
We recommend $60-$80 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides on additional activities.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$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.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. 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 feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip. The prices below are in Euros (EUR), Hungarian Forints (HUF), Bosnian Marka (BAM), and Croatian Kuna (HRK).
Danube boat tour: 12 EUR
Bike ride: 5,000 HUF
Great Synagogue: 1,000 HUF
Hammer and Sickle Tour: 7,000 HUF
House of Terror: 3,000 HUF
Hungarian State Opera House Tour: 1,200 HUF
Parliament tour: 1,700 HUF
Transport and entry to Statue Park: 5,000 HUF
Thermal bath: 2,000 HUF
Hungarian National Museum: 800 HUF
Museum of Fine Arts: 1,200 HUF
Vojvodina Museum: Unknown
Old Royal Palace: Unknown
The New Palace: Unknown
National Museum of Serbia: Unknown
Nikola Tesla Museum: Unknown
Tunnel Museum: 5 BAM
National Museum: 5 BAM
Museum of Hercegovina: 1.5 BAM
Turkish House: 2 BAM
Wine tasting tour: 7 EUR
Dubrovnik City Wall Walk: 100 HRK per person
Cable Car: 100 HRK per person
Sea kayaking: 36 EUR per person
Diocletian’s Palace sights: 10 HRK
Archaeological Musem: 20 HRK