13 Day Central Europe & Balkans Exploration

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13 Day Central Europe & Balkans Exploration
Prestige Hotel Budapest Budapest
Hotel Timisoara Timisoara
Courtyard by Marriott Belgrade City Center Belgrade
Swissotel Sarajevo Sarajevo
Mostar Marriott Hotel Mostar
Hotel Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Mlini

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Budapest, Dubrovnik-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Budapest
    • 1 night Timisoara
    • 2 nights Belgrade
    • 2 nights Sarajevo
    • 1 night Mostar
    • 3 nights Dubrovnik
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • During your private cooking class, learn how to prepare traditional Hungarian dishes
  • Stop at Fisherman's Bastion, for enthralling panoramic views of Budapest
  • Take a carriage ride through the Puszta, a grassland biome on the Great Hungarian Plain
  • Visit Timisoara, the city where the Romanian revolution started in 1989
  • Explore Novi Sad with its beautiful Cathedral and the Serbian National Theater, the first theater in the country
  • Tour Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the best-preserved artillery bastions in Europe
  • Visit Kalemegdan Citadel, the crown and heart of Belgrade
  • Tour Sarajevo, a beautiful city with splendid architecture and a complex history
  • Marvel at the iconic Stari Most, the reconstructed 16th century arched bridge in Mostar
  • Discover the walled town of Pocitel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Capljina, visit a carpet center and learn about the carpet weaving tradition
  • Tour the Franciscan Monastery with its 14th century pharmacy, the oldest still in function pharmacy in Europe
  • Ascend by cable car to the top of Mount Srdj, for breathtaking views of Dubrovnik's Old City

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Hungary
Depart on your flight to Budapest, Hungary

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, capital of Hungary and one of Europe's most enchanting cities. After transferring to your hotel, take time to settle in and adjust to your new surroundings before tonight’s orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the adventure that lies ahead. Afterwards, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Cooking Lesson, Tour Budapest
Begin the day with a walk through a local market with your guide. Here, shop like a native for ingredients needed to prepare a typical Hungarian meal. Then, travel to a nearby professional kitchen to learn how to cook traditional Hungarian dishes. After the cooking lesson, reward yourself with a 3-course lunch that you and your fellow travelers have created. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour that takes you to Pest with a chance to view the Parliament, Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. You will cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. Arrive at Castle Hill and visit its 13th century Matthias Coronation Church, one of the most unique churches in Europe. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Later, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Wednesday - Kecskemet, Horse Show, Timisoara Historical Center
A scenic drive to Kecskemet, situated in the heart of the southern Great Plain. Arrive at the farmhouse called “Csarda” with its equestrian park. Hungarian horsemen welcome you with a special bread cake and Palinka (a Hungarian fruit brandy). Later, take a carriage ride through the Puszta, a grassland biome on the Great Hungarian Plain. Attend an equestrian show exhibiting the art and skills of the local horsemen. Following lunch at the farmhouse, travel to Timisoara, the city where the Romanian revolution started in 1989. At Timisoara Historical Center, visit the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, an iconic sight of Timisoara, built in 1946 in Neo-Moldavian style. Walk to Piata Victoriei, the city's picturesque main square to view Huniade Castle, the oldest monument in Timisoara, built between 1443 and 1447. Later, view the Fabric district and the 19th century Fabric Synagogue, a Neologue synagogue with an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Conclude the tour with dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Timisoara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Novi Sad, Wine Tasting, Belgrade
Today, cross the border to Serbia and visit the beautiful city of Novi Sad. During your walking tour, view the major attractions, including Liberty Square, the beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the city and the Serbian National Theater, the first theater in the country. Next, see the Petrovaradin Fortress, nicknamed “Gibraltar on the Danube” due to its strategic location and significance that the fortress had for the Hapsburg monarchy. It represents one of the best-preserved artillery bastions in Europe with more than 10 miles of underground ways and tunnels. Later, learn about the region's wine industry at a local wine cellar, where you sample regional wine specialties. Continue your journey to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Tonight, enjoy dinner with live music in a typical restaurant in Skadarlija, the Bohemian quarter of Belgrade
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Tour Belgrade, Historic Topola
The morning tour of Belgrade includes a visit to the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, bustling Knez Mihajlova Street, the imposing Saint Sava Temple, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and Marshal Tito’s Memorial. In the afternoon travel to Topola, a small town south of Belgrade, that once was the residence of Karadjordje, founder of a royal dynasty and leader of the 1804 uprising against the Ottoman Empire. Head to the forested Oplenac hill - above the town of Topola, to visit St. George’s Church with its beautiful mosaics and the Mausoleum of the Serbian and Yugoslav Royal House of Karadordevic. After, return to the hotel. Tonight, opt to explore the exuberant nightlife of Belgrade
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - Uzice, Drvengrad, Visegrad, Sarajevo
Depart Belgrade this morning and travel towards Sarajevo, making a stop at Uzice, a city where Josip Broz Tito, the ruler of Yugoslavia, created an independent state, called the Republic of Uzice. Continue to Drvengrad (Wooden town), where famous director Emir Kusturica built the beautiful ethno village. Later, proceed to Visegrad with its historic Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge on the Drina River. The bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built at the end of the 16th century and represents a masterpiece of civil engineering. It's also one of the best remaining examples of Ottoman architecture. Following lunch at a local restaurant, journey to Sarajevo for overnight
Overnight: Sarajevo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Picturesque Sarajevo
Begin your morning tour of Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a visit to a local coffee shop, where the owner will explain how Bosnian coffee is made. Afterward, enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee before heading to the picturesque Turkish Bazaar (Bascarsija), an ancient trading place with artisan workshops. Later, visit the nearby Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, one of the world's finest examples of Ottoman architecture. View the stadium from the 1984 Winter Olympic Games and visit the Gavrilo Princip Museum, dedicated to Archduke Ferdinand. Stop for lunch, that includes Cevapi (Bosnian national dish, grilled minced meat, a type of kebab with bread on the side). In the afternoon visit Sarajevo War Museum also known as Tunnel of Rescue and Tunnel of Hope. It was an underground tunnel constructed between March and June 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War. Enjoy your evening at leisure
Overnight: Sarajevo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Monday - Dervish House, Multicultural Mostar
Enjoy a beautiful drive through the gorge of the Neretva River to the historic town of Mostar. Along the way, stop in Blagaj, where you visit the Dervish House. The picturesque monastery, is a national monument, that dates back to 1520 and is located at the base of a cliff next to the river Buna. Continue to Mostar with its blend of cultures and religions, regarded as where East meets West. Walk the cobbled lanes of the attractively restored Ottoman Quarter with its vibrant bazaars and Turkish style houses. Marvel at the iconic gravity-defying Stari Most (Old Bridge), the reconstructed 16th century arched bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, gather together for dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Mostar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Historic Pocitelj, Capljina Carpet Center, Olive Oil Tasting, Dubrovnik
The walled town of Pocitelj is revealed today. Located on the left bank of Neretva River, this historic hillside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural gem, blending Ottoman and Mediterranean style architecture. Continue to Capljina, where you visit a carpet center and learn about the carpet weaving tradition. Admire the richness of colors, motifs and design of the beautifully handwoven carpets. Later, visit a family home in the charming village of Orasac. Learn from the owner how olive oil production is made the traditional way. Taste the olive oil and some homemade cheese before continuing to Dubrovnik, with its picturesque setting on the Adriatic Sea
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Explore Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe's most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history. Visit the Gothic-Renaissance Rector's Palace, that served as the seat of the elected Rector. The palace is now a Cultural History Museum. View the richly decorated offices and quarters of the Rector, plus a collection of artwork and costumes. Afterward, tour the Franciscan Monastery with its 30,000-volume library, and the 14th century pharmacy that is the oldest still in function pharmacy in Europe. Enjoy stunning views of the Old Town and the Adriatic when you walk along the city's fortress wall. This 1¼ -mile stroll around Dubrovnik's perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. Later, visit a local artisan to learn about the traditional craftsmanship that still thrives today. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Morning Lecture, Cable Car Ride, Home Hosted Farewell Dinner
Today, attend a morning lecture to learn more about this fascinating medieval city. Later, ascend by cable car to the top of Mount Srdj, located at an elevation of 2,550 feet above sea level. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Dubrovnik's Old City, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and the numerous islands. The afternoon is free for individual explorations. Tonight, join a local family in their home for a traditional home hosted dinner. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends on your last night in Croatia
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Depart Croatia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Amazing China with Tibet, May 2018
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I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!

Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
The Wonders of New Zealand, May 2018
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We enjoyed everything about our tour of New Zealand. We felt it was well thought out. The hotels were very good. The itinerary was excellent, as were the dinners. Our guide, Malcolm, was superb. He was so knowledgeable about NZ and tied in the Maori culture whenever possible which made the tour that much more interesting. Thank you for an excellent tour of NZ.

Frances R. San Jose, CA
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!

Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Majestic Balkans, May 2018
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It was fantastic. Both drivers Peter and Leonard were super. Bus was always clean. Windows always clean. And then there’s Ana. One of best guides we’ve had. Always smiling. Never flustered. Humour galore. Great travel mates. Rate the trip as a 10+. Hang on to Ana. She was super

Susan M. St. Peters, NS, CA
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, May 2018
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This trip was fabulous. Croatia and Slovena are beautiful and relaxing places. This was a small group of 20 people who were very friendly...Gate 1 allows for just enough free time and unlike other tour companies we did not spend a majority of the vacation on the bus getting from one place to the next. 2+ nights in some places added to the feeling of seeing a place. Hotels were all really close to center of things. Our hotel in Venice was literally a 3 minute walk to St. Mark’s Square. Our tour guide was funny, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about all the places we went to. Local guides added variety to the tours. Even our bus driver engaged with us in a funny and friendly way. Great trip!

Patrice G. New City, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA
Amazing China with Tibet, April 2018
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Trip was great - our guide Jason was fantastic - loved all of tour - only wish it would have included one more day in shanghai for individual time, shopping etc think everyone in our group felt like they would have liked to stay in shanghai one more day for some free time!! Love it - great accommodations, local guides, travel - very happy with trip - but especially loved our guide - he made trip fantastic!!

Ann B. Edmonds, WA