Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery

8 days from $3,728 per person*
  • Take a private tour of Sarajevo, including the tunnel that helped citizens weather the longest siege in modern history.
  • Pause for pictures at Stari Most, Mostar’s breathtaking stone bridge.
  • Hike up Bjelašnica for incredible views of Bosnia’s Rakitnica river valley.
  • Tour beautiful Dubrovnik and the scenic Konavle on Croatia’s Adriatic coast.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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It doesn’t take long to appreciate why Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have been fought over for centuries by foreign powers. The Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Soviets, and others have all laid claim to these ruggedly beautiful nations at varying points in history, and while each has left its mark on the local culture, both countries have embraced their independence with fierce pride. Alpine forests, stunning architecture, Adriatic charm and more await curious travelers on this trip. Join us and discover for yourself what you never knew you were missing.

We begin in Sarajevo, the political and cultural heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a private tour through the city’s fascinating and often turbulent history, including stops at the Turkish-influenced Bašcaršija marketplace, the historic Morica Han caravanserai, and the Sarajevo Tunnel, which kept the besieged city alive during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. Later, get an early start and hike up stunning Bjelašnica for an incredible view of the Rakitnica river valley and lunch along the way in the isolated mountain town of Umoljani before a full-day tour of Mostar, the historical capital of Herzegovina and site of the famed 16th-century Stari Most bridge. A one-time mercantile power that lured artists, poets, and scientists to its charming Baroque Old Town, seaside Dubrovnik comes by its “Pearl of the Adriatic” nickname honestly. Here, you’ll take a lovely privately guided walking tour of this UNESCO-protected gem with stops at a Franciscan monastery that preserves the contents of a 14th-century pharmacy, the Gothic Rector’s Palace, and other enchanting landmarks. Next, unwind on a private tour of the gorgeous Konavle region with visits to coastal Cavtat and Cilipi, where you’ll be welcomed into a local family’s home for a traditional Dalmatian peka lunch before free time to explore the boutiques, cafes, and winding streets of Dubrovnik on your own. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sarajevo
    Sarajevo
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Sarajevo
    Sarajevo
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with War Tunnel (6 Hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Sarajevo
    Sarajevo
    • Tour - Private - Hiking the Bjelasnica Mountain (8-9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Sarajevo to Dubrovnik
    Sarajevo to Dubrovnik
    • Sarajevo - Dubrovnik [via Mostar Walking Tour (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver
    • Croatia - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide/Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Tour - Private - Konavle Region with Cavtat (with Lunch, 6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Transfer - Private - Airport Departure - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Sarajevo

Enjoy your private airport transfer to your hotel with vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, an English speaking guide will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.

A welcome package with a city map and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival.

Accommodation: Hotel Europe (5*)

Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated. Upon entering the lobby, every stay at Hotel Europe unfolds like a journey along which you will be guided by the gracious staff. Welcoming soft lounge music and the enticing interior design worth analyzing is what you discover first. The spirit of the past times is preserved in the traditional section of the hotel showcasing the flamboyant decor of the years gone by, whereas a new section is designed with modern style.

Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe

Day 2: Sarajevo

Meet your guide and depart on a private tour of Sarajevo including a visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel. A walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its past. With your guide, you will explore Bascarsija, the most famous market-place, known for the various authentic shops and workshops where craftsmen make handmade pottery, metalwork, and jewelry. You will also visit Morića Han - a caravanserai which once provided accommodation, meals, and storage for merchants and travelers. You will stroll along the Miljacka River and see the bridges built during Ottoman times. Then your guide and driver will take you to visit Sarajevo War Tunnel, the best-kept secret of the war in Bosnia. The tunnel is also unique as it represents the survival by a resilient people of the longest siege of a city in modern history. Entrance fee included.

Accommodation: Hotel Europe (5*)
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sarajevo
Sarajevo

Day 3: Sarajevo

Meet your guide for a private hiking adventure in the Bjelasnica Mountain, one of the most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your first stop is in the village of Umoljani, across Bjelasnica mountain, where you will enjoy a quick breakfast. During your adventure, you will hike to the village of Lukomir, the highest, permanent (inhabited whole year) and most isolated village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here you will have some time to relax, enjoy lunch and take in the outstanding view of Rakitnica Canyon that drops down more than 2625 feet! Your tour includes private guide, Jeep, and meals (breakfast and lunch).

Please note you will be hiking 2-3 hours on mostly flat paths, classed as easy to medium in the level of difficulty.  

Accommodation: Hotel Europe (5*)
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stone Hut on Hiking Trail, Lukomir
Stone Hut on Hiking Trail, Lukomir

Day 4: Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik. On your way, stop at Mostar and meet your guide for a lovely private walking tour of the Old Town of Mostar. Walk along the Old Bridge and to Mostar’s cobbled Ottoman Quarter, which houses the city’s artists and craftsmen, as well as beautiful 16th-century mosques, museums, and cafes. The old town (carsija) that developed around the new stone bridge (Stari most) was completed by Dalmatian craftsmen, in 1566. This oriental part of the city still preserves its old tradition of highly skilled craftsmen in metal engraving, painting, and rug-weaving. During your tour, you will also visit the Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque from 1671 and the Muslibegovic House one of the most representative monuments of the Ottoman residential architecture. Spend some time on your own before your transfer to Dubrovnik.

A welcome package with a city map and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Excelsior Exterior
Hotel Excelsior Exterior

Day 5: Dubrovnik

This morning meet your local guide for a private walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world.  An important maritime port and a one-time state, it has always been a cultural metropolis. More than a thousand-year history is reflected in every part of the town. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. The works of artists, writers and scientists of Dubrovnik have been woven into the texture of the town.  While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. You will also discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo and many other valuable relicts. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. Dubrovnik is full of charming cafes, boutiques and local curiosities, nestled in the intricate network of the cobblestone streets. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls (2500 m around the old town), visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Stradun
Stradun

Day 6: Dubrovnik

This morning meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private tour of the Dubrovnik Hinterland – the region of Konavle. The region of contrasts and exceptional beauty, mountains and valleys, green hills and naked stone; inclines down to the cozy coves of small fishermen villages. Your first destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Like many Dalmatian towns, Cavtat began as a Greek settlement, called Epidaurus, and later became a Roman colony. At the beginning of the 7th century, Avars and Slavs invaded Cavtat and destroyed the town. Refugees from the town formed another settlement - Dubrovnik. Since those times, Cavtat has always been inseparably bounded with the history of Dubrovnik. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town – its cobbled streets with traditional red-roofed houses, narrow stairways and charming promenade along the shore. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family, a work of Ivan Meštrović, the most prominent Croatian sculptor. After the walk, you will continue your exploration of the countryside of Konavle. In the village of Čilipi, you will be welcomed by a local family on their humble rural estate of Bakicevo. You will enjoy their hospitality in a unique ambiance of a traditional stone-built house. Your hosts will take you around their garden where they grow various sorts of vegetables in an old-fashioned way. The ingredients that will be used for your lunch today come from their garden. With the alluring scents of the local cuisine, your hosts will prepare the traditional Dalmatian specialty of peka – food prepared under the iron bell, for you. After this delicious lunch, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cavtat
Cavtat

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)

Day 8: Dubrovnik

A private transfer will be provided for you today between your hotel and Dubrovnik airport in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Europe (5*): Sarajevo

Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated. Upon entering the lobby, every stay at Hotel Europe unfolds like a journey along which you will be guided by the gracious staff. Welcoming soft lounge music and the enticing interior design worth analyzing is what you discover first. The spirit of the past times is preserved in the traditional section of the hotel showcasing the flamboyant decor of the years gone by, whereas a new section is designed with modern style.

Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lounge
Lounge

Excelsior (5*): Dubrovnik

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Excelsior Exterior
Hotel Excelsior Exterior
Cultural Bosnia & Croatia Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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