Highlights Of Croatia & Montenegro

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
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

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
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

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 have 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. At around 10am you’ll be met by your local leader in the lobby of your hotel before setting off on a walking tour of Dubrovnik. Strolling around this beautiful medieval walled city, you’ll visit a historic Franciscan Monastery with its 14th-Century pharmacy, as well as the Ethnographic Museum and the 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 Mount Srđ. 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. You can also choose to visit Museum of the Croatian War of Independence while on Mount Srđ. After descending back into the city, there will be some free time to explore at your own pace. You could take this opportunity to visit some of Dubrovnik’s forts or enjoy the peaceful view of the harbour. 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. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B, D.

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 which is located 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 and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours, 124 miles. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Dubrovnik to Budva After breakfast, head southeast towards Montenegro. Stop in the Konavle region en route, where you’ll have a tasting of Croatian wines at a local winery. 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. 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. Cross the border into Albania and continue into Shkodra (Skadar), one of the country’s most historic cities. Afterwards, head 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.

Day 6: Budva Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Dubrovnik 3 nights
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptised by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Return to Dubrovnik for a further three nights to explore city at your own pace.

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 have 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. At around 10am you’ll be met by your local leader in the lobby of your hotel before setting off on a walking tour of Dubrovnik. Strolling around this beautiful medieval walled city, you’ll visit a historic Franciscan Monastery with its 14th-Century pharmacy, as well as the Ethnographic Museum and the 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 Mount Srđ. 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. You can also choose to visit Museum of the Croatian War of Independence while on Mount Srđ. After descending back into the city, there will be some free time to explore at your own pace. You could take this opportunity to visit some of Dubrovnik’s forts or enjoy the peaceful view of the harbour. 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. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B, D.

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 which is located 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 and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours, 124 miles. Stay: Hotel More (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Dubrovnik to Budva After breakfast, head southeast towards Montenegro. Stop in the Konavle region en route, where you’ll have a tasting of Croatian wines at a local winery. 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. 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. Cross the border into Albania and continue into Shkodra (Skadar), one of the country’s most historic cities. Afterwards, head 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.

Day 6: Budva Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Dubrovnik 3 nights
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptised by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Return to Dubrovnik for a further three nights to explore city at your own pace.

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

• 2019 departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• No early starts or long days

• Return journey time from Budva to Dubrovnik of approximately 4 hours including waiting time at the border

• The dinner cruise on Day 2 runs May-September on select days; tour groups travelling at other times will enjoy dinner in the city

• This itinerary is subject to change.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve handpicked 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 £280

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

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• No early starts or long days

• Return journey time from Budva to Dubrovnik of approximately 4 hours including waiting time at the border

• The dinner cruise on Day 2 runs May-September on select days; tour groups travelling at other times will enjoy dinner in the city

• This itinerary is subject to change.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve handpicked 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.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Apr 11; May 02; Jun 20; Sep 12; Oct 10

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 £1156 per person, ref HR002.

Tour dates

2020 Apr 09, 30; Jun 18; Sep 10; Oct 08

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.

Kuoni highlights

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.

Kuoni highlights

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.