Highlights Of Croatia & Montenegro

Escorted Small Group Tour
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The laid-back, leisurely feel of this journey enables you to seamlessly experience the wonders of Croatia and Montenegro with a day trip across the border into Albania for spellbinding lake views. Spend time on the glittering Adriatic on this relaxing and restorative journey as you take a scenic cable car ride over the medieval city of Dubrovnik and discover the tranquil beaches of Budva.

• Dubrovnik: 3 nights
• Budva: 2 nights

5nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Dubrovnik 3 nights
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptized by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’

Day 1: UK to Dubrovnik Depart the UK for Dubrovnik, one of Croatia’s most famous coastal cities. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel by your English-speaking local tour leader who will offer some interesting introductory facts about this beautiful and historic city. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and your local tour leader over a delicious welcome dinner. Approx. journey time: 30 minutes, 16 miles. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). D.

Day 2: Dubrovnik Reflecting the leisurely pace of the itinerary, most of your mornings will begin between 9 and 10am, meaning you can enjoy regular lie-ins if you wish. Following breakfast, you’ll be met by your local leader in the lobby of your hotel at 10am for a walking tour of Dubrovnik. Strolling around this beautiful medieval walled city, you’ll visit a historic Franciscan Monastery with a 14th-Century pharmacy, Rector’s Palace and Cathedral. Take in the sights that this beautiful city has to offer over two to three hours. With everything inside the walls classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is plenty to see. Wander through the Old Town, seemingly frozen in the past with its romantic, Renaissance-era architecture. Walk along the limestone-paved pedestrian Main Street (locally known as Stradun or Placa), marked at each end by a 15th-Century fountain, and watch as local life unfolds. Encircling the city, the ancient walls are interrupted by two main gates that are watched over by statues of the Saint Blaise, the city’s patron saint. During your tour, you’ll enjoy a stroll around part of the city walls, looking down over the bustling streets. While in the Old Town, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at leisure. With such a variety of cuisine on offer here, there’s a great choice, and your local tour leader will be on hand to offer recommendations for those that would like them. This afternoon is a real highlight as you board a cable car for a scenic ride to the top of Srđ Mountain. One of the city’s most popular highlights, the trip to the top is all about the view you’ll enjoy once you get there – providing the perfect spot to snap some enviable photographs of the picturesque terracotta roofs. After descending back into the city, you’ll enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. You could take this opportunity to visit some of Dubrovnik’s forts, enjoy the peaceful view of the harbour, or visit the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B.

Day 3: Dubrovnik
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Trsteno Arboretum. Established in the 15th Century, the pretty landscaped gardens and the summer residence are idyllic spots on a warm summer’s day. Game of Thrones fans will also enjoy spotting some filming locations as they wander around. Leaving the arboretum, head out on another short journey to the walled town of Ston at the south of the Pelješac peninsula. Here, you will see the oldest salt pans in Europe and afterwards enjoy a superb seafood lunch in a place renowned for its tasty oysters and mussels. From Ston, you’ll continue along the peninsula for an indulgent 45-minute wine tasting. Pelješac is famed for its fine local wines, and those who appreciate a good red will certainly enjoy this experience. Drive back to Dubrovnik in the afternoon. This evening, you’ll experience a sunset dinner cruise like no other (available May to September). Step on board a karaka, a traditional wooden ship complete with majestic sails – a replica of the 16th-Century ships of Dubrovnik’s powerful naval past. Sip on Champagne as you sail around Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island under the moonlight. Then enjoy the traditional cuisine of the Dalmatian coast for dinner on board in the perfect way to say farewell to Croatia. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours, 124 miles. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Dubrovnik to Budva
After breakfast, head southeast towards Montenegro. Stop at Dubrovnik airport, though not for a flight, as directly beneath the runway sits one of Dubrovnik’s most quirky attractions – a wine cellar in a cave. Descend into the vast Đurović cave and visit the Skycellar, where you can taste some superb Croatian wine among ancient stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Kotor where you’ll visit the 12th-Century Cathedral and the intriguing Maritime Museum which contains artefacts from the town’s former days as a naval power. Another medieval city on the shimmering Adriatic coast, Kotor has long been a hub of activity for traders and sailors, filled with compelling history. Its many architectural and historic cultural sites mean that Kotor has also received UNESCO World Heritage status. Here, you’ll enjoy some time to explore and have lunch at your leisure. From Kotor, follow the road that meanders along the coast towards the mountain, enjoying stunning views of the Bay of Kotor. On arrival in Budva, you’ll embark on a walking tour. Sitting on a small peninsula, tranquil beaches and historic monuments define this beautiful, old city. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Old Town in the company of your fellow guests and local tour leader. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 105 miles. Stay: Hotel Budva (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Budva Breakfast this morning is a leisurely affair with your journey to Shkodra (Skadar) beginning at 10am. Drive by the renowned resort town of St. Stefan, a hotspot for royalty and celebrity sightings. You’ll have the chance to linger at the shore for photographs of this impressive islet, topped with 15th-Century villas and connected to the mainland by a slender isthmus. Cross the border into Albania and continue into one of the country’s most historic cities. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the shores of Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe, and enjoy far-reaching views that stretch across the length of this vast body of water, which sits astride the border of Montenegro and Albania. Take some time to admire your pretty surrounds and enjoy a serene moment amid the stillness of the lake and its surrounding mountains before leaving Shkodra (Skadar) and journeying back to Budva for your farewell dinner at the hotel. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours, 137 miles. Stay: Hotel Budva (or similar). B, L, D.


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Dubrovnik 3 nights
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptized by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Offering the perfect blend of leisure time and sightseeing, this laid-back itinerary allows you to relax and reconnect and get off the beaten track.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 11 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• No early starts or long days
• Dinner cruise on Day 3 runs May-Sep; tour groups travelling at other times will enjoy dinner in the city.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve hand-picked hotels to ensure a balance between relaxation and a close proximity to city centres for exploring. An excellent base located conveniently close enough to Dubrovnik, yet far enough away to have the tranquillity of an outer-city hotel, Hotel More has direct sea access and an amazing natural cave bar.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £285.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Apr 12; May 10; Jun 14; Sep 06; Oct 11

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1148 per person, ref HR002.

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

Providing a subtle blend of culture, sightseeing and an abundance of relaxation time, this leisurely journey encompasses the highlights of each spectacular destination while offering plenty of time to explore at your own pace. We really take our time to show you each destination in depth, and offer a range of extensions if you want to explore more of Croatia at the end of your journey.