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Croatia & The Balkans Holidays


The easternmost of the 3 great peninsulas of Europe, the Balkans are made up of 10 countries, many still relatively undiscovered.

A varied and turbulent history has given the region a melting pot of cultures and architecture, where Roman ruins sit beside Austro-Hungarian villas and Ottoman Bazaars.

Imposing mountains and vast national parks make the region perfect for adventure activities, whilst the countries of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro are ideal for an off the beaten track fly and drive holiday or even laid back beach break beside the crystal clear Adriatic waters.
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OUR HOLIDAYS TO CROATIA & THE BALKANS

Island Hopping on the Dalmatian Coast
Multi Centre Holiday
13 days / 12 nights

Discover the highlights of the Adriatic on this fantastic island hopping adventure. Explore the winding cobbled streets and ancient palaces of Croatia’s most famous cities; relax on stylish Hvar and peaceful Korcula, two of the most charismatic islands in the Dalmatian Coast.
Croatia & Mostar: Cultural Landscapes & Natural Treasures
Fly Drive Holiday
7 days / 6 nights

With history around every corner, this intrepid fly drive holiday explores Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic, before crossing the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina to see the sights of fascinating Mostar and finishing amongst the Roman icons in the Dalmatian city of Split.
Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
15 days / 14 nights

Travel through the valleys, towns and mountainscapes of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. It’s difficult to find a patch of Europe that is as secluded as this one however not impossible. Among the rugged mountains and green fields of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia there are plenty of shepherds, monasteries, lakes, valleys and Byzantine churches – what’s lacking is crowds. It’s taken decades for the Balkans to wipe away memories of conflict and communism, however (amazingly) they’ve emerged strong and smiling. From hip cafes in Skopje and the soft shores of Lake Ohrid to the mosques of picture-perfect Prizren, this 15 day adventure showcases Balkan beauty at its very best.
Absolute Luxury in the Adriatic
Fly Drive Holiday
7 days / 6 nights

Experience Dubrovnik’s towering battlements and fascinating past before crossing the border to the stunning mountain backdrops, historic monasteries and Venetian splendour of Kotor Bay in Montenegro.
Istria in Depth
Fly Drive Holiday
8 days / 7 nights

Experience the spectacular scenery and varied history of Croatia’s northern towns. The contrasting grandeur of Zagreb Upper Town, Opatija’s ‘Austrian Riviera’ and the Venetian romance of Rovinj make the region perfect for a leisurely fly drive holiday.
Croatia Coastal Cruising
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
8 days / 7 nights

Experience Croatia’s elegance and charm as you navigate the Dalmatian Coast on this small ship adventure cruise. Enjoy a perfect mix of relaxing on deck and jumping off at some of Croatia’s best known ports and lesser known gems.
Slovenia Hike, Bike & Raft
Active Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
8 days / 7 nights

With its crystal-clear emerald lake, tumbling waterfalls and lush green forest flanked by the towering peaks of the Julian Alps, Bohinj is a beautiful active paradise and ideal base for your Slovenia adventure.
Montenegro's Capital Culture & Adriatic Bliss
Multi Centre Holiday
7 days / 6 nights

Explore Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. Discover the diverse history behind the modern façade and enjoy its laidback pace. Head for glamorous Tivat to experience Montenegro’s stunning natural landscapes, from the majestic Bay of Kotor to the idyllic Lake Skadar.
Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast
Guided Group Journey
8 days / 7 nights

Explore Croatia’s ancient coastal towns, spectacular national parks and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s long history on this scenic and insightful tour.

WHERE TO GO IN CROATIA & THE BALKANS

Croatia
Holidays to Croatia are filled with adventure and stunning scenery with a break to suit every taste. Hit the open road to explore rural towns and ancient cities on a fly drive, hop between the islands of the sparkling Adriatic on the Dalmatian Coast, relax with a city break or a stay at a 5 star beach resort soaking up the sun whilst enjoying the fresh local cuisine.
Montenegro
Relatively undiscovered, Montenegro is a small but spectacular country. Towering mountain peaks, beautiful national parks and luxury resorts lining the sparkling Adriatic Sea make a visit to this hidden gem a wonderful escape.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Home to an intriguing blend of cultures, history and spectacular scenery, Bosnia & Herzegovina is a captivating gem of the Balkan Peninsula. Whilst the scars of war are still sadly visible, the country’s natural beauty and rich cultures shine through.
Slovenia
An idyllic, natural paradise, Slovenia is an enchanting land of lakes and mountains. Known for its remarkable, lush landscapes, dominated by forests, snowy peaks, and sparkling glacial lakes, Slovenia is an ideal destination for an active holiday.
Kosovo
Europe's newest country may only be small but it’s attractions are mighty.

Despite Kosovo's difficult past, the future looks much brighter and you'll find a warm welcome in this hospitable country.
Moldova
Europe's least visited country is wedged between Ukraine and Romania; two Eastern European powerhouses. But what Moldova lacks in size, it makes up for in surprises.
Albania
Just 3 hours from the UK, Albania is still full of mysteries for most travellers. Shaped by centuries of Ottoman rule and later decades of communist rule under Enver Hoxha, Albania's tangled history is reflected in its diverse cuisine and dearly held traditions.
North Macedonia
Tucked away into a corner of the Balkans, North Macedonia offers an off-the-beaten track experience often missing in Europe.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CROATIA & THE BALKANS

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
4 plus star

Split & The Dalmation Coast

This delightful boutique hotel is set in a traditional limestone building directly on Hvar harbourfront and just a short walk from the shops and restaurants of the Old Town. The welcoming lobby leads out to the waterfront terrace, furnished with plush sofas creating a fantastic spot to enjoy lunch whilst watching glamorous yachts and traditional fishing boats making their way in and out of the bay. Take a short walk along the promenade to discover a choice of stylish beach bars or quiet coves in which to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear Adriatic waters. After exploring Hvar Old Town, guests can retire to the rooftop terrace to cool off and enjoy the magnificent sunset views complemented with a cocktail or two, or head to the peaceful spa to be pampered. The hotel’s cosy Top Bar serves creative Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with a spectacular wrap around balcony making the most of this stunning location.
Family Hotel Amarin
4 star

Istria Peninsula

Right on the seafront, just 2½ miles from pretty Rovinj, this fantastic family focused property offers a huge range of activities and facilities for kids of all ages. Splash around in the pools or drift down the lazy river, enjoy the many outdoor playgrounds, the climbing wall and even the science lab! Parents are pampered too with the adults only wellness centre and spa.
Regent Porto Montenegro
5 star

Bay Of Kotor

With a spectacular backdrop of verdant mountains and the tranquil waters of the UNESCO Heritage listed Boka Bay, the Regent Porto Montenegro offers a luxurious base to explore beautiful Kotor. With an Italian villa inspired façade overlooking a palm tree lined promenade and the stylish marina, this elegant hotel is the place to be seen on the Adriatic Coast. Spend the day relaxing beside the glamourous outdoor pools, soaking up the panoramic views. Dine at the decadent Mediterranean themed restaurant, enjoy tapas and a sophisticated ambience at the library bar or cocktails on the open-air patio beside the beautiful marina.
Valamar Argosy Hotel
4 star

Dubrovnik

Refurbished in 2018, this expansive property offers two lovely infinity pools overlooking the Adriatic Sea and a great range of services. Guests can enjoy the serene location just a few minutes from 3 of Dubrovnik’s best beaches. There is also a fitness centre and a range of wellness treatments available at the stylish spa.
Grand Hotel Toplice
4 star

Lake Bled

In the perfect location directly overlooking Lake Bled, the Grand Hotel Toplice is an elegant base for exploring this picturesque region. The private sun deck offers direct access into the lake and is an ideal spot to soak up the views and take a dip in the smooth waters. If you fancy a closer look, hire a rowing boat from the hotel’s boathouse to explore Bled Island.
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery
4 star

Istria Peninsula

Surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests, this cosy Istrian vineyard is set in the heart of the countryside, just a 40 minute drive from picturesque Rovinj. Stay in a fully renovated, traditional farmhouse enjoying wine tastings, gourmet dining and walking trails in the surrounding scenery or simply relax beside the pool.

WHAT TO DO IN CROATIA & THE BALKANS

Krka National Park Tour
Approx 7 hours
  • Explore the wooden boardwalks
  • Swim underneath waterfalls

  • Crowd Free Dubrovnik
    Approx 2 hours
  • Rise early to see Dubrovnik before the crowds
  • Explore incredible landmarks
  • City’s fascinating history

  • Dubrovnik Sea Kayaking
    Approx 4 hours
  • Enjoy kayaking Dubrovnik's iconic coastline
  • Visit Lokrum Island

  • Game of Thrones Experience
    Approx 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Game of Thrones filming locations
  • Medieval Inspired Lunch
  • Visit the basement of Diocletian’s Palace

  • Dalmatian Wine & Dine
    Approx 3 hours
  • Sample Croatian Zinfandel wine
  • Enjoy Dalmatian cheese & smoked ham
  • Learn of the region’s famous olive oil

  • Triglav National Park Tour
    Approx 10 hours
  • Stunning Lake Bled
  • Explore Triglav National Park

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