Culture, Cuisine & Countryside in Croatia & Bosnia

[Small Group Guided Tour]

About Culture, Cuisine & Countryside in Croatia & Bosnia

Summary

Rediscover traditional hospitality & wild countryside in Croatia & Bosnia, unique homesteads, great walks & fabulous food.

START / FINISH - Dubrovnik

Activity code: CRSG01

Duration: 10 nights

This NEW small group guided tour to many of the lesser-visited parts of Croatia's historic landscape will leave you wanting to see much more and wondering, perhaps, why you had not experienced this region away from the coastal resorts before. A holiday in Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina conjures up a heady mix of culture, history, natural beauty, recent turmoil, adventure, traditional food and fun…. come and see, taste, hear and rediscover !

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean. The outstanding scenery of the Dalmatian Coast is not the only jewel in the crown, there is a mountainous interior to explore including the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the many Venetian-influenced towns, the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital, Zagreb, and numerous opportunities to visit the bordering countries (of former Yugoslavia) - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia & Macedonia. Much of rural Croatia and Bosnia is largely untouched and follows a way of life that has diminished into very small pockets, elsewhere in Europe; the centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.

This tour, with our superb Croatian guide, takes you back in time, allows you to meet some of the friendliest people in the Balkans. Whilst you will cover a lot of both countries the tour is relatively relaxed in its pace, helped by the small numbers and the knowledge, experience and flexibility of your guide. It is suitable for all ages and most ability types; much of the sightseeing is done on foot but we are able to use the transport effectively for those less able to walk long distances and there is time available for others who prefer to explore a little more.

Highlights of the Culture, Cuisine & Countryside Tour:

  • Walking & wine-tasting in beautiful Konavle valley
  • Historic Mostar & fascinating Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Kopacki Rit Nature Park & Osijek in Slavonia
  • Home-hosted dinners in rural Croatia & Sarajevo
  • Stunning mountain, river and coastal scenery throughout
  • Guided visits to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb
  • Hiking in Paklenica National Park
  • Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Opportunity to extend stay in a boutique hotel in Dubrovnik or one of the Adriatic Islands

DEPARTURES:

  • June 17th, 2019 - Available
  • September 30th, 2019 - Available

2020 departures - on request.

The above departures are small group tours but we can arrange this holiday for any reasonable date between April and end of October as a Private Journey for a minimum of 4 persons.

The Culture, Cuisine & Countryside is our newest small group tour; it has a well thought through itinerary and a superb local guide. Let us take you right into the heart of these fascinating countries by sharing our knowledge and experience to offer not just important cultural sights, dramatic scenery and historic locations but the opportunity to spend quality time in the villages, often staying in rural communities as guests of local families, where local culture is at its strongest.

REDISCOVER TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights accommodation in a mix of mostly small hotels, guest houses & private homesteads.
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 dinners & 3 lunches
  • All transport during tour provided in comfortable modern vehicle with a/c
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • English-speaking Tour Escort throughout
  • Admission fees to museums, monasteries, national parks & other sites included on the tour
  • Guided tours of Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Osijek, Zagreb & Split
  • Guided visits of Plitvice NP. Kopacki Rit and Paklenica NP
  • Wine-tasting in Konavle Valley
  • All local taxes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR PRICE:

  • Single supplement - £ 335
  • 3rd person sharing room (over 12yrs) - on request
  • Child (under 12yrs) sharing room - on request
  • NO meal kitty, NO hidden extras, NO obligatory local payments (such as taxes)
  • Optional tours, additional meals, snacks, drinks and gratuity are not included

FLIGHTS:

Flights can be booked to match exactly with this tour, please contact us for best current prices and full details or, of course, to arrive early or extend your stay. If you prefer to arrive into a different location we can arrange an overnight hotel and/or onward transfer, bus or flights to the starting point of this tour.

Note on Rediscover Group Tours: Rediscover the World is committed to providing unique and carefully thought out small group tours that combine the highlights of the country together with some of the lesser-known wonders. Running a limited number of departures a year, we opt for quality rather than quantity. Our guides think about the whole experience and will use their experience to allow you into the homes of the locals and many of the lesser-known places that will make your trip unique. We believe that a small group size is imperative for this kind of travel and we therefore keep our maximum number to 14 on this tour.

Contact us now to book this Small Group or a Private Tour for any dates.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Arrival to Dubrovnik airport

    Private transfer from Dubrovnik airport to your hotel in the rural Konavle area near the border with Montenegro.

    Afternoon visit up the coast to Dubrovnik and a sightseeing tour with local guide (approx. 2 hours walking). “Those who seek paradise on earth”, George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “should come to Dubrovnik”. The old city of Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since the thirteenth century. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates - either way, they find themselves joining the evening promenade Stradun which you can either join or watch, a drink in hand, from one of the various cafes and restaurants along the way. The city is alive with open air markets, artisans’ shops, artists' studios, Baroque churches and Gothic-Renaissance palaces, unexpected courtyards, and covered loggias.

    • Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
    • Overnight at a small hotel in Konavle Valley.

  • DAY 2: Walking & wine tasting in Konavle Valley

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Morning walk around the local villages (approx. 2 to 2.5 hours) or "at leisure"; for example, Ćilipi to Cavtat. At the end of your walking route the vehicle will pick you up and the tour will follow as below. For any not taking the walk your driver will collect you prior to meeting the others.

    Walk description: This easy path will take you through the Konavle coast region, starting by St. George's church (15th century), there are several mediaeval tomb monuments close to the church, decorated by carved figure motifs (wheel dancing, animals...). On the way to Močići you will run into a certain number of stone crosses which have been the stations in the course of the religious processional ceremonies held on the occasion of the blessing of the crops. Each one has a carved inscribed monogram of Jesus Christ and a relief of St. Anthony with the child. The oldest one dates from 1762. As well, in Močići you can see one of the most beautiful Mithreum in Dalmatia. A Mithreum is a shrine dedicated to the ancient Persian God Mithras whose cult was widespread in this region from the 2nd until the 4th century AD. In this one, the relief of Mithras killing the bull and facing east is carved in rock; on the opposite side there is a rock with remains of representation of Sylvan, an Illyrian deity which is barely visible.

    Wine tasting with traditional lunch (approx. 3hours); it is always a fun and challenging experience to meet local winemakers and to taste the wines of Konavle. Visitors should not miss this opportunity to taste the quality of the local wines as well as other original products from this region. Konavle as a wine-growing area offers all its visitors the opportunity to taste excellent white and red wines produced and presented in small family wineries and tasting-rooms. Apart from Croatia’s hospitality, beautiful scenery, proximity and security, gastronomy is the one of the main reasons for many visitors arriving to this region.

    • Dinner at local restaurant.
    • Overnight at a small hotel in Konavle Valley.

  • DAY 3: Dubrovnik – Trebinje - Mostar - Sarajevo

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    After breakfast, journey to the north and inland to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina; along the way there will be stops at Trebinje and the ancient town of Mostar. Visit of the traditional market in Trebinje and a short walk along the river to the old bridge then travel through the Bosnian countryside to Mostar for a sightseeing tour with local guide (approx. 1.5 hours). In the true sense of the word it is the city where West meets East meets north meets south; experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town you will have some free time to stroll around and browse among the many old craft shops or maybe take lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. (NB. lunch is not included)

    In the afternoon it is time to continue along the scenic road snaking along the river valley to Sarajevo, arriving late in the afternoon. Enjoy time to relax and settle into your room before dinner.

    • Dinner and overnight at a new city centre hotel in Sarajevo.

  • DAY 4: Full day in Sarajevo

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Sarajevo sightseeing tour with local guide (approx. 2hours); the capital city and largest urban centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the Sarajevo valley of Bosnia proper, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated around the Miljacka River. The city is famous for its traditional religious
    diversity, with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism co-existing there for centuries.

    Afternoon free to explore the city on your own (lots of sightseeing options available, see below for one example).

    • Home-hosted dinner: take advantage of your small group size and split up into even smaller groups to visit the homes of some local families. Many families in Sarajevo have vivid memories of living through the siege of their city, and perhaps you'll gain some first-hand insights into what life was like for them. When you sit down to dinner with your hosts you will experience a taste of genuine Bosnian hospitality.
    • Overnight at your hotel in Sarajevo

    * Optional trip: "Tunnel of Hope" - The Sarajevo Tunnel (aka Tunnel of Hope) was constructed between March and June in 1993 during the siege of Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnia War and was in use until 1996. The 800m corridorhelped the beleaguered city regain access to telephone lines, oil supplies, food and electricity. The museum contains many items from this time and a section of the tunnel from the longest-running siege of any city in modern history.

  • DAY 5: Sarajevo - Baranja (eastern Croatia)

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Drive from your hotel in Sarajevo up through the wild northern Bosnian countryside to return to a much less visited area of Croatia, Slavonia. The destination is Karanac, a charming rural village outside Slavonia's largest city, Osijek, where once more we'll take advantage of the small group size to spend the night at a small farmstead located in this tranquil agricultural region.

    NB. Lunch en route is not included but your guide will discuss suitable places to stop for a meal or snack or assist with preparing a picnic.

    • Dinner and overnight at rural household in Baranja area.

  • DAY 6: Kopacki Rit Nature Park & Osijek

    Breakfast at the rural homestead.

    Excursion to Kopački Rit - a protected nature park, a wetland area that is home to different wild animals and very rare birds. Kopački rit offers visitors the possibility to observe rare birds, wild boar and deer, to walk along old forest paths, to ride a boat along the wetland canals and to experience the unique beauty of untouched nature. This trip includes tickets to the nature park, panoramic sightseeing of a special zoo-reserve by boat, walking tour along the boardwalk, a visit to the exhibit of flora and fauna in the wetland station of Kopački Rit and the chapel. The Nature Park provides an expert guide for the duration of the trip.

    You will then enjoy a visit to Osijek with a local guide - the history of Osijek goes back to Neolithic times and begins with the first known inhabitants who belonged to the Illyrian tribes. Osijek was heavily damaged during the Homeland War, 1991-1995. The peaceful reintegration of Eastern Slavonia and Baranja was successfully completed, opening the way to the revival of the city and the whole region.

    • Dinner and overnight at rural household.

  • DAY 7 – Slavonia - Zagreb - Rural Northern Croatia

    Breakfast at the rural homestead.

    Drive from Karanac, Baranja to accommodation in the Northern part of Croatia – Hrvatsko Zagorje.

    Along the way we have included a Zagreb sightseeing tour with a local guide (approx. 2 hours) - Zagreb grew up on two neighbouring hills: Kaptol - the centre of spiritual and religious life of north-western Croatia and Gradec - the commercial centre of skillful tradesmen and craftsmen. Take a walk with your guide, visiting the Upper Town with its Gothic Cathedral, the beautiful and ornate St. Catherine’s church or the massive St. Mark’s church with its famous colour-tiled roof. Continue to the medieval Stone Gate and “Dolac”, the open-air market, which are a must for all visitors.

    •  Dinner at Vuglec Breg traditional restaurant.
    • Overnight at autochthonous houses (hiža) in Krapina area; where you'll wake up to the chirping of the birds.

  • DAY 8: Plitvice Lakes National Park - Zadar

    Breakfast at your small hotel.

    Drive from Vulgec Breg to Zadar/Pakoštane area.

    Along the way we have included a visit of Plitvice Lakes National Park (approx. 3 hours). Plitvice National Park is one of the best-preserved national parks in the country. Its exceptional beauty is why the entire lakes and surrounding areas were declared a national park in 1949 and are listed on the UNESCO`s list of World Heritage Sites. It is a valley situated between high forested mountains in which lie, one below another, a string of sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue and green waters. Fed by small streams and brooks, they spill into each other in 92 foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls. The lakes themselves cover about 2 square kilometers and the entire national park covers 200 square kilometers.

    After your tour there is some free time for exploring and for lunch on your own.

    • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Pakostane area near Zadar.

  • DAY 9: Paklenica National Park - Walking

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    A short drive will bring you to the Paklenica National Park for a day of walking in this stunning landscape (approx. 4 hrs.). The area of Paklenica National Park stretches on the littoral slope of South Velebit. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature.

    • Activity level: moderate. Don’t forget to bring sun cream & water; in case of colder weather take a long-sleeved shirt. NB. This walk / exploration of the national park is a well-balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture.
    • A lunch box is included.

    Following this there is a drive along the inland highway to your destination, Omis, at the mouth of the Cetina Valley.

    Along the way we have included a sightseeing tour in nearby Split with local guide (approx. 2 hours) - the old town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona – today’s Solin) in the 4th century. The walking tour starts with a visit to the cellars of the Palace that are still very well preserved. The cellars offer a good view of how life in the Palace was organized. Other sites such as the Golden Gate, the Silver Gate, the Peristyle Square etc. will be seen from the outside.

    • Options for dinner at hotel or in resort.
    • Overnight at Omiš.

  • DAY 10: Omis - Split - Ston - Dubrovnik

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    ** Optional Activity: Zipline (duration approx. 3hrs) - the adrenalin infused ZIPLINE is located in the canyon of the River Cetina, 3 km from Omiš. It consists of eight separate steel cables across which participants, sitting in a belt, descend down the canyon.

    Time to enjoy the beautiful resort of Omis or walk along the river if you don't fancy the zip-line.

    Drive along the beautiful Dalmatian coast, through the Bosnian Corridor to the delightful village of Ston, located on a narrow isthmus connecting the peninsula of Peljesac with the mainland, known for their traditional salt production and the construction of a huge, fortified wall complex encompassing the settlements of Mali and Veliki Ston. Here we have included an experience of the food items for which this location is famous - oysters. The locals proudly say, "the best oysters in Croatia and the world come from Mali Ston bay"; this area has been famous for shellfish cultivation since the Roman times. Your first stop is the oyster and mussel farm where the process of production is explained. After that con tinue by boat to a private peninsula where you will taste oysters; fresh, directly from the sea, with the welcoming “grapa” and a light lunch – "buzara" made of mussels.

    Late afternoon you will have free time to visit the walls.

    • Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Ston or Orašac area.
    • Overnight in hotel in Ston.

  • DAY 11: Dubrovnik - departure

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your departure flight or to Dubrovnik if you plan to stay on for a few days.

    Other transfer locations or car hire - on request.

Prices

Culture, Cuisine & Countryside in Croatia & Bosnia

Inclusive tour cost.

Culture & Cuisine - small group departure - available on 17/06/2019

1 to 14 people
£ 2295

All prices are per person

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