Traces of the Ottoman Empire

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13 days from Split to Belgrade

Being called the Forefront of Christianity, medieval Croatia was the battlefield of two worlds. Having conquered large territory of today’s Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, the Ottomans left a lasting footprint, visible here in many ways. On one side there are numerous proud fortresses witnessing brave resistance of the local people and on the other side astonishing Ottoman legacy still present in food, habits, architecture and language.

Itineray

Day 1: ZAGREB (D)
Arrivals. Transfer to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: ZAGREB (B)
In the morning we will take a tour of the city with our local guide. The city of Zagreb developed from two medieval small  towns: the ecclesiastic Kaptol and the secular Gric. Our tour takes us fi rst to the city’s main cemetery Mirogoj – don’t worry we are only here for a short visit to admire the imaginative and nostalgic melancholy of the architecture, so appropriate for this place. We will continue by roaming the two cores of the ancient times, before ending at the main square where the city became one. Afternoon at leisure and time for dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation.

DAY 3: ZAGREB-PLITVICE-SPLIT (B, D)
After breakfast we take the road to arguably the most beautiful nature sight in Croatia, lakes Plitvice. The National park is the most visited nature site in Croatia for a good reason: its 16 crystalline lakes connect through various waterfalls spread out over travertine barriers or dropping steeply from heights and off ering amazing colours and views wherever you turn. Watch your step, stay on the m arked paths and enjoy a train ride through the park and/or a boat ride over the lake Kozjak to get the most of it. After the visit we will continue to Split.

Dinner and overnight

DAY 4: SPLIT (B)
This morning we visit the ancient city of Split. It is more than 1700 years old and plenty of its history is still visible and preserved in the historical centre, intertwined with more recent and even modern buildings in an almost cacophonic whole that is very particular of this town. Your local guide will introduce you to the city and we have included entrances to the Cellars of the emperor Diocletian, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple. After a lunch break we will continue our day visiting the fortress Klis, once a stronghold against the Ottoman, today renowned as a Game of Thrones filming sight.

Overnight.

DAY 5: SPLIT-DUBROVNIK (B, D)
Today we depart towards Dubrovnik. The journey there takes a bit of time as we are crossing two borders on route, over a narrow Bosnia and Herzegovina outlet to the sea. There will be time for a light snack on the way. Upon arrival we will check-in at our hotel and have some time to refresh, before meeting again to go on city tour and get to know our destination for the next three nights. The historic core of Dubrovnik is situated within its medieval walls where we will walk the alleys surrounded by stone walls of houses, palaces and churches. After the visit, evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: DUBROVNIK -KOTOR-DUBROVNIK (B, D)
In the morning we will continue our journey to Montenegro, once again crossing the border to a new country. On the road we will visit the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks and learn the details on how it was created. A short drive will take us on to Kotor, a small fortified gem in the Adriatic south, nesting at the bottom of hill. After free time for lunch, we will visit the town with our local guide and then go back to our base, the city of Dubrovnik.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: DUBROVNIK (B)
A day at leisure. You can use the time to add to the fl avour of the city: visit the city walls, take the funicular to mount Srdj or a short cruise along the walls or to the island of Lokrum and in the evening try and fi nd the small sea gate leading onto the rocks outside the walls – this is the place to enjoy the sunset in Dubrovnik and there is a bar called Buza so you can accompany the sunset with a nice glass of wine.

Overnight.

DAY 8: DUBROVNIK-MOSTAR-SARAJEVO (B, D)
In the morning we depart towards Mostar, crossing once more to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UNESCO hit for today is the Old Bridge, rebuilt in the original manner after the 90’s war when it was destroyed. In Mostar make sure to try Baklava, a pastry left by the Ottoman and have a coffee, mind you, you will find it extremely strong here. After lunch in the area we continue to Sarajevo, the cou ntry’s Capital. Dinner and overnight.evening you can take a walk on the famous ‘Copacabana’ beach, as the locals call their favourite beach the river Drava.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 9: SARAJEVO (B)
This morning is the time to visit Sarajevo on a guided city tour. We will visit the Bascarsija area which is where you will get the sense of history and cultural heritage of Sarajevo. Sarajevo is the place to try ‘ćevapčići’, a local meal consisting in minced meat fi nger sausages in general eaten with ‘kajmak’ a sort of milky cream. Free afternoon and evening to explore the city on your own.

Overnight.

DAY 10: SARAJEVO-OSIJEK (B,D)
After breakfast we depart towards Osijek, the Capital of eastern Croatia. We will make stops along the road as it is a quite the ride we have ahead of  us today and have a lunch break mid-way. Upon arrival to Osijek we will visit the city. The fortress of Osijek once served as the great defence against the Ottoman. In the evening you can take a walk on the famous ‘Copacabana’ beach, as the locals call their favourite beach the river Drava.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 11: OSIJEK-NOVI SAD-BELGRADE (B,D)

Morning departure towards Belgrade, but before we reach Serbia’s Capital we will stop in Novi Sad, the city well into the Balkans but with a very European feel to it as there are several strong minorities here trying to maintain harmony which is visible through the fact that there are three offi cial languages and alphabets here. After the visit free time for lunch before visiting the Petrovaradin fortress, renown for a music festival Exit held here every year. The fortress off ers beautiful views of Novi Sad across the Danube and of the old town below. We continue onwards to Belgrade where we expect to arrive in the evening.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 12: BELGRADE (B)
We start the day with a guided tour of the city. We will explore part of the city on the bus and continue around the Kalemegdan fortress on foot. The site offers magnificent views of the Danube and Sava rivers. The rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight.

DAY 13: BELGRADE – DEPARTURES (B)
Well, it is time to say goodbye. Transfer to the airport and departure.

7 DAYS FROM ZAGREB TO DUBROVNIK

Dates & prices

per person

DEPARTURES 2019

24 May
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE – 1825€
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – 533€
3 rd REDUCTION – -92€

11 Oct
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE – 1620€
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – 438€
3 rd REDUCTION – -80€


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels
  • 7 x half board dinner at hotel
  • Air-conditioned motor coach throughout
  • Tour escort throughout
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Mostar, Sarajevo, Osijek, Novi Sad, Beograd
  • Entrances to: National Park Plitvice; Diocletian Palace, Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple in Split; Klis fortress; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast
  • Departure transfer to Belgrade airport

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Porterage days 1-4
  • Tips
  • Anything else not explicitly specified under ‘includes’

HOTELS:

  • Zagreb: Panorama 4*
  • Split: Ora 4*
  • Dubrovnik: Valamar 4*
  • Sarajevo: Colorsinn 4*
  • Osijek: Osijek 4*
  • Beograd: Belgrade city 4*

NOTES:

  • These programmes are not suitable for persons with restricted mobility.
  • Drinks at meals are not included in the above prices
  • Whereas the program will be delivered in full, we maintain the right to change the order should circumstances require it (disrupted timeline due to traffi c, border crossings etc.)
  • We maintain the right to adjust the prices in case of changes of EUR exchange rate higher than 3%, change of the fuel price and change of taxes imposed by the government.
  • All services not specifi ed in the off er are considered not included in the given prices.
  • The agent is not considered aware of the services not specifi cally required by the client.

PAYMENT POLICY
A deposit of 200€ per person per tour is required at the time of booking. Deposit payments are not refundable. Full payments are partially refundable depending on the date of cancellation stated below. The deposit forms part of your final payment which is due 30 days prior to departure. If we do not receive final payment by the specified date, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation. In case of billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice with correct pricing.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancellations must be advised to Kompas Zagreb Cruise d.o.o. in writing.
From the day of confirmation up till 30 days prior to arrical – DEPOSIT (200€ per person) – non-refundable
29-22 days – 30% of the remaining balance
21-15 days – 50% of the remaining balance
14-0 days – 100% fee
Date change fee – 20 € per person (valid only if the change is done 30 or more days prior to the booked departure, otherwise regular cancellation clause will be applied)
The stated expenses apply to changes in departure dates or accommodation facilities as well as for all all conditions for consuming the stated travel arrangement. If the traveler has not paid the remaining amount or insured the undisputable payment of the travel arrangement 21 days before the travel departure, Kompas Zargreb Cruise shall consider that the traveler has terminated the reservation, without possibility of reimbursement of the settled advance payment for the travel arrangement.

BOOKING MODIFICATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS
Kompas Zagreb Cruise reserves the right to cancel the departure in case of less than 10 participants. In case of cancellations by Kompas Zagreb Cruise a suitable replacement ship (the same or higher category) will be put in place at no extra cost or we will re-book the passengers on the same tour with a the money paid to Kompas Zagreb Cruise; there is no additional liability.

INSURANCE
Kompas Zagreb Cruise strongly recommends taking out a travel insurance policy to cover cancellation
charges, accidents and baggage loss. Kompas Zagreb Cruise accepts no responsibility for damage or loss
of baggage or other personal property.