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Balkans Encompassed

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Balkans Encompassed - Tucan Travel
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Starts
Dubrovnik
Destinations
+18
Ends
Dubrovnik
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Highlights

  • Visit the sun-kissed islands of Kor?ula and Hvar
  • See plentiful waterfalls in Plitvice National Park
  • Explore Tiarna, the rebult and now hip captial of Albania
  • Wander through the markets in the Old Town of Sarajevo
Age range
18 to 65 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Guesthouse, Apartment
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Ferry
Start and end in Dubrovnik! With the discovery tour Balkans Encompassed, you have a 29 day tour package taking you through Dubrovnik, Croatia and 18 other destinations in Europe. Balkans Encompassed includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • DC
    Written on October 21, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The Balkans -- Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro -- are stunningly beautiful countries, each with its own rich but oftentimes diverse culture. This tour should be a "must do" on everyone's travel list. I thoroughly enjoyed the nearly month-long Balkans Encompassed experience and will highly recommend it to others. Our tour leader was enthusiastic, personable and organized and she handled one or two difficult situations with grace and aplomb. She responded quickly to personal and email requests. Our leader gave us a brief, verbal rundown of each country’s statistics as we arrived, but I would have appreciated more in-depth information and detail along the way. This might have been delivered orally as we traveled, or type-written as handouts given country-by-country, or even distributed daily in digital format via email. What we received in the form of trip notes, plus our leader’s comments, seemed lacking overall. The local specialists were informative, interesting and sometimes even entertaining. I can appreciate the cost of accommodation is a major input cost of tour travel. Most hotels and apartments used were certainly on the “budget side” of quality, but still acceptable. Hotel Sumratin in Dubrovnik, however, was the closest to questionable quality, but perhaps I just drew the unlucky straw and got poor quality rooms both stays there. The private coach drivers did tremendous jobs keeping us safe and on time, sometimes in tricky driving situations, and I enjoyed the diversity that train travel offered. I heard the time spent in Lake Hvar is being considered for reduction. I would discourage that thought. Lake Hvar was a wonderful respite with lots to see and do there. Add a day to the total length of the tour if you want to add an extra day somewhere else, but please leave Lake Hvar at three nights / two days. I appreciated the free time available so I could do my own thing sometimes. I enjoyed all the restaurants at which our tour leader organized group dining, except one. “Mezcal Mexican Restaurant” in Budapest should be dropped from the roster, even though it is proximate to the hotel. Many of us waited 1.5 hours for food; four other tables of people arrived at the restaurant after us but were served before us; one of the four tables mentioned, ate, paid and left the restaurant before we were served! The tour leader, however, was served in reasonable time, while many of us waited and waited. Three people in our group sent food back to the kitchen for additional cooking or because preparation was not done according to their request. Mexican-style food was promoted by the server, even though we were in a cuisine-rich area of Europe. I’m sure you get the drift – axe “Mezcal Mexican Restaurant” so it’s not an annoyance on future tours.) All-in-all, Balkans Encompassed was a very memorable tour experience, one to be treasured forever. Please thank all of those people who worked “in the background” to make the details come together – they did a great job! Where to next? Hmm
    Tucan Travel commented on this review
    Hi Don, thank you for leaving such in depth feedback. We will pass it on to the Destination Manager for Europe. Meanwhile, we have lots of incredible destinations on offer to help you choose where to go next.
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik
  • Day 2-3: Sarajevo
  • Day 4: Mostar
  • Day 5-6: Hvar Island
  • Day 7: Split
  • Day 8: Plitvice
  • Day 9: Zagreb
  • Day 10-11: Lake Bled
  • Day 12-13: Ljubljana
  • Day 14-15: Budapest
  • Day 16: Novi Sad
  • Day 17-18: Belgrade
  • Day 19-20: Pristina
  • Day 21-22: Skopje
  • Day 23-24: Lake Ohrid
  • Day 25: Tirana
  • Day 26-27: Kotor
  • Day 28: Dubrovnik
  • Day 29: Depart Dubrovnik

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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  • December 1, 2016

    Is the single supplement mandatory on this trip?

    A single supplement is possible for this tour for an extra cost but is not mandatory. You can still share a room with the same gender traveller if you want to.

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    Plugs & Adapters

    Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia

    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Albania. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Bulgaria and Bosnia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Dubrovnik.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Tucan Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $500 to confirm this Tucan Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 December 2017 the full payment of $3,397 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3397 for Balkans Encompassed, but the deposit of $500 is non-refundable.
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    The following cards are accepted for Tucan Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,506 km.
    • Dubrovnik (Croatia)
    • 86 km
    • Korcula Island (Croatia)
    • 52 km
    • Hvar Island (Croatia)
    • 40 km
    • Split (Croatia)
    • 164 km
    • Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
    • 110 km
    • Zagreb (Croatia)
    • 117 km
    • Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    • 47 km
    • Bled (Slovenia)
    • 395 km
    • Budapest (Hungary)
    • 256 km
    • Novi Sad (Serbia)
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