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See the picturesque Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
The iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) of Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a forest reserve in central Croatia.
See the Adriatic Sea beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Church of St Mark, Zagreb, Croatia.
Cathedral and Dolac Markets in Zagreb, Croatia.
Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb, Croatia.
Bled Castle, Slovenia.
Lake Bled and Bled Island, Slovenia.
Popular Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Postojna Caves, Slovenia.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Rastoke, Croatia.
Sarajevo's Old Town, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Step into Sarajevo's historical Bas-Carsija Bazaar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Explore Mostar's Old Bazaar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Dubrovnik's Old Town is circled by stone walls in Croatia.
Kotor's well-preserved medieval old town is a popular destination in Montenegro.
Enjoy some leisure time in Shkoder, Albania.
Tirana, capital of Albania.
Picturesque Ohrid Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in North Macedonia.
Ohrid, North Macedonia.
Art Bridge in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Macedonia Square in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Our 2 for 1 Balkan's itinerary takes you to 7 fantastic countries.
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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2 for 1 Balkans

Operated by TripADeal
Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, North Macedonia & more
Discover 7 spectacular countries on a bucket list tour
See Plitvice Lakes National Park, Bled Castle, Sofia, Dubrovnik & much more
Dates: 13 Oct 2024 - 30 Mar 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Includes return full-service flights on premium airlines
14 nights in centrally-located hotel accommodation
Enjoy daily breakfast
Return airport transfers
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Overview

Discover seven spectacular countries with a friend on a bucket list tour that takes you back in time visiting Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia in 16 days. 

Start in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, where you will visit the iconic traditional architecture of Ban Jelačić Square, St Mark's Church and the vibrant Dolac Market on a half-day city tour. Travel to Slovenia and the enchanting Lake Bled to join a guided tour of Bled Castle, dating back to the 11th century. In Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, a half-day guided tour will take you to the New Square and Dragon Bridge, among other landmarks. Travel to the amazing Postojna Cave, one of the largest caves in Europe, and the only karst cave with a railway. Continue to Croatia on a scenic drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you will explore cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery.

Next, depart to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you’ll see the West and East clash into one spectacular city where cobbled streets and enchanting cafes offer centuries of culture for the astute traveller. This rich mix of historic old towns and coastal living is enjoyed in picturesque places such as Montenegro’s Kotor and Croatia’s Dubrovnik, each as interesting as the next.

The third part of the trip will take you across Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria, where the Ottoman Empire’s influence is apparent, mixed with Greco-Roman culture, giving each destination a particular culture. Unique places, like beautiful Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia, Shkoder in Albania and Sofia’s gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Bulgaria are only some of the highlights of this final part of the trip.

With return full-service flights on premium airlines, 14 nights in centrally-located hotels, daily breakfast and return airport transfers, this 2 for 1 deal will offer memories to cherish for a long time7

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover the highlights of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania & Bulgaria
  • Visit Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Sofia, Kotor and more
  • Wander the streets of Zagreb on a guided tour to see the Stone Gate & more
  • Enjoy a visit to the picturesque Lake Bled and Bled Castle
  • Explore Ljubljana, Europe's greenest capital city
  • Discover the mesmerizing Postojna Cave in Slovenia
  • Marvel the lush greenery Plitvice Lakes National Park on a guided tour
  • Discover the charming & wonderful little village of Rastoke
  • Explore the historical Bas-Carsija bazaar of Sarajevo on a guided tour
  • See Mostar and its UNESCO-listed Old Town
  • Stay in Dubrovnik, known as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town, and soak in the Adriatic views of Dubrovnik
  • Explore Kotor's medieval charm on a guided tour
  • Admire the picturesque and oldest European town of Shkoder
  • Discover Albania’s capital city, Tirana, on a guided walking tour
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Ohrid city situated on the banks of the lake
  • Spend a day at leisure in the Ottoman and Byzantine city of Skopje
  • See the famous gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia on a leisure day
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service premium airlines (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
ACCOMMODATION
  • 14 nights in 3 and 4-star centrally-located hotel accommodation
DINING
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
ESSENTIALS
  • English-speaking tour leader and guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details)
  • Optional Tours: Optional experiences and tours are available to add to your itinerary. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)
  • Preferred Airline: Fly with a preferred airline. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.


Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Zagreb, Croatia

Today depart for Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

Please note: Some departures may depart on Day 2 and arrive on Day 2.



Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Welcome to Zagreb

Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, you will be met by a representative and be transferred to the hotel.



Overnight: Central Hotel or similar, Zagreb

Meals included: None

Day 3 Zagreb City Tour

Today enjoy a half-day city tour of Zagreb with a local guide. 

Visit the iconic traditional architecture of Ban Jelačić Square, St. Mark's Church, and the vibrant Dolac Market. 

In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the city's museums (not included, additional charges might apply), relax in its green parks or take the evening to stroll through Zagreb's historic Upper Town, filled with charming streets, cafes, and historic landmarks with amazing city views from the Strossmayer Promenade.


Overnight: Central Hotel or similar, Zagreb

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Zagreb, Croatia - Lake Bled, Slovenia

After breakfast, you will be driven to the enchanting Lake Bled. Upon arrival join a guided tour of Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, dating back to the 11th century. Perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, the castle creates a dramatic backdrop to the city.

Enjoy the serene beauty of this alpine paradise.

Afterwards you can enjoy some time at leisure, or join an optional activity.

Optional Activity - Bled Island - $40 per person

Take an optional scenic ride on a traditional pletna boat on the emerald-green and picturesque Bled Island to admire lush scenery

Today's travel is approximately 190km.

Overnight: Astoria Hotel or similar, Bled

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Bled, Slovenia - Ljubljana, Slovenia

After breakfast travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals. Upon arrival enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city, see the main tourist attractions of Ljubljana’s city centre. These include the National University Library, Congress Square, Cobbler’s Bridge, the New Square, the main square with the Prešeren Monument, the Three Bridges, the river promenade, the Open-Air Market, Butcher’s Bridge, the Old Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Dragon Bridge.

Next you will visit Ljubljana Castle, a medieval castle with Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements, located on the summit of Castle Hill which dominates the city centre. Enjoy the city's lively atmosphere in the evening.

Optional Activity - Ljubljanica River ride - $35 per person

Today travel approximately 50km.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis or similar, Ljubljana

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Postojna, Slovenia & Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

After breakfast, travel to the Postojna Cave, one of the largest caves in Europe. Visit the mesmerizing Cave (entrance not included), Postojna Cave is the only karst cave with a railway, which was built more than 140 years ago.

Continue on a scenic drive to Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park. Explore the cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes, surrounded by lush greenery. It is Croatia’s oldest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will enjoy a guided nature walking tour, and you will be amazed by the colour of the water.

Today travel approximately 250km.

Overnight: Hotel Lyra or similar, Plitvice

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Plitvice, Slovenia

Spend the morning exploring more of Plitvice Lakes.

In the afternoon, visit the charming village of Rastoke, Croatia known for its watermills, waterfalls and picturesque landscapes.

Rastoke village is often referred to as the “Small Lakes of Plitvice” as it has the same occurring natural phenomena of Plitvice National Park namely, water rushing through, over and around porous limestone (referred to as travertine) in the form of 23 waterfalls. In the afternoon, return back to your hotel.

Today's travel is approximately 50km.

Overnight: Hotel Lyra or similar, Plitvice

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Plitvice, Slovenia - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Today depart to Sarajevo, a singular city with an enticing East-meets-West vibe all of its own. It was once renowned as a religious melting pot. Upon arrival enjoy a half-day guided city tour. Explore the historical Bas-Carsija bazaar, visit iconic mosques, and learn about the city's diverse cultural heritage.

Enjoy the evening in Sarajevo's atmospheric streets.

Today travel approximately 350km.

Overnight: Novotel Hotel or similar, Sarajevo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Sarajevo - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Dubrovnik, Croatia

After breakfast your journey continues to the UNESCO-listed town of Mostar, known for its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge). Explore the Old Bazaar and witness a traditional bridge-jumping performance. Mostar is a unique city, with its Islamic architecture, hearty dishes and undisturbed natural surroundings.

Continue to Dubrovnik, known as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’.

Upon arrival enjoy time at leisure in the medieval Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, travel approximately 260km.

Overnight: Lero Hotel or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Today enjoy a half-day guided tour of Dubrovnik. Walk along the medieval city walls, explore the UNESCO Old Town, and soak in the Adriatic views. Discover Onofrio’s Fountain and enjoy a walk along Prijeko Street to the Old Port, the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Lero Hotel or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Day 11 Dubrovnik, Croatia - Kotor, Montenegro

Today, after breakfast, travel to beautiful Kotor, the fortified town on Montenegro's Adriatic coast. It's a dramatic and delightful place where the past coexists with the present. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure.

Today, travel is 90km.

Overnight: Aurel Cost Hotel or similar, Kotor

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Kotor, Montenegro - Shkoder, Albania

This morning explore Kotor's medieval charm on a half-day guided tour.

Kotor is one of the most atmospheric medieval towns on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains - a delight to those with a love of history and architecture. Glimpse ancient churches, an array of rustic palaces, and a maze of streets and squares. Kotor is also a gateway for other extraordinary Montenegro destinations.

In the afternoon your journey continue to Shkoder, known for its historical significance and picturesque landscapes. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and arguably the most attractive urban centre in Albania surrounded by high mountains. Upon arrival enjoy some time at leisure.

Today travel approximately 100Km.

Overnight: Hotel Tradita or similar, Shkoder

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Shkoder - Tirana, Albania - Ohrid, North Macedonia - Skopje, North Macedonia

Today visit Tirana, Albania's capital, on a half-day guided tour. See the main tourist attractions in the city centre. These will include Tirana’s massive main square (Skanderbeg), Et’hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg’s statue and the National History Museum (entrance not included).

Next travel to the town Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy a half-day guided tour of the old city. Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, therefore it has been referred to as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans". You will have the chance to wander through the narrow streets and squares of the city situated on the banks of the lake with the same name. Lake Ohrid is famous as it’s Europe's oldest lake having formed over three million years ago. The tour will include the Ancient Theatre, the Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress, old churches, monasteries, basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church) and the famous pedestrian shopping street. 

Finally, in the late afternoon reach Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, the city famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa.  

Today travel approximately 400Km.


Overnight: Hotel Macedonia Square or similar, Skopje

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Skopje Free Day

Today enjoy a full day at leisure to discover the most attractive landmarks of Skopje: the quay of the Macedonian river ‘Vardar’, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander the Great on his horse, the 1500-year-old fortress Kale and the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar (additional charges might apply). As one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the Balkans, the Old Bazaar has been Skopje's centre for trade and commerce since the 12th century and is still home to several active mosques, churches, and a clock tower.

Don't miss the excellent eating and drinking scene in Debar Maalo, a lovely tree-lined neighbourhood.

Optional Activity: Dinner at a traditional restaurant: $55 per person


Overnight: Hotel Macedonia Square or similar, Skopje

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Skopje, North Macedonia - Sofia, Bulgaria

This morning, travel to the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia. Upon arrival, explore the city with your Tour Leader. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

See the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church, the main shopping street Vitosha, the Synagogue, St George Rotunda, the National Theatre and Banya Bashi Mosque.

You may like to visit the country’s most important museum, The Museum of National History that contains some of the most important artefacts in Bulgaria’s history (entrance not included). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore some more on your own in this beautiful city.  

Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it's a modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. 

Today, travel approximately 240km. 

Overnight: Hotel Budapest or similar, Sofia

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Sofia, Bulgaria – Australia or (New Zealand)

Today, at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia or New Zealand after your trip of a lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 17 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day.

Important Info

Booking information


After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.



 



Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.



 



On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 



 



Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.



 



CANCELLATION POLICY



Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.



 



Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.



 



We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.



 



Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 



Offer essentials


This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 30th March 2025.



 



This travel offer is priced for 2 people, based on a twin share. 



 



Single Traveller Supplement



For solo travellers, a full-priced voucher must be purchased.



Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability. 



 



Departure Dates



2024



October: *13, 20



November: 10, *24



 



2025



February: 9, 23



March: 2, 16, *30



Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.



 



Surcharges



Please note: 



• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $430 per person.



Flights


Departure Cities



Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Auckland



 



Departure City Surcharges



*Brisbane or *Adelaide: $200 per person



*Auckland: $450



 



International Full-Service Airline(s) Used



• Cabin Class: Economy Class



• Airlines: Qatar, Etihad, Qantas, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Swiss, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and partner airlines (subject to availability).



Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 



 



Missed Flights



If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 



 



Preferred Airline surcharge



• Cabin Class: Economy Class



• Singapore Airlines: $370 per person 



• Emirates: $580 per person 



Please note: 



• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.



• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.



• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.



• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners.



 



Arrive Early Options



Zagreb, Croatia - $300 per person



High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



- 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024



- 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024



- 6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025



- 28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025



- 16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025



- 15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025



- 1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026



 



Stay Behind Options



Sofia, Bulgaria - $300 per person



High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



- 1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024



- 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024



- 6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025



- 28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025



- 16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025



- 15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025



- 1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026



 



Stopover Packages



* Dubai



Twin share: $1000 per person/one way



Solo Traveller: $1500 one way



 



 * Doha



Twin share: $1000 per person/one way



Solo Traveller: $1500 one way



 



* Singapore



Twin share: $1200 per person/one way



Solo Traveller: $1800 one way



Includes:



• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation



• Daily breakfast



• Return airport transfers 



 



Please note: 



• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.



• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.



• Stopover packages are subject to availability.



• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.



• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:



- Singapore Taylor Swift Concert: 1 - 10 March 2024



- Doha MotoGP: 6 - 12 March 2024



- Singapore Grand Prix: 18 - 24 September 2024



- Doha Grand Prix: 28 November - 2 December 2024



- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (for Dubai): 4 December - 10 December 2024 



 



Flight Class Upgrades



Business or Premium Economy Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.



Please note:



• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).



• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed



Accommodation


Accommodation Used:



3-4 Star Properties (Self-Rated)



• Zagreb, Croatia: Hotel Central



• Bled, Slovenia: Hotel Astoria Bled



• Ljubljana, Slovenia: Ibis Styles



• Plitvice, Croatia: Lyra Hotel Plitvice



• Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina: Novotel Bristol



• Dubrovnik, Croatia: Hotel Lero



• Kotor, Montenegro: Hotel Aurel Coast



• Shkoder, Albania: Hotel Tradita



• Skopje, North Macedonia: Hotel Macedonia square



• Sofia, Bulgaria: Hotel Budapest



 



Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.



 



Extra Nights



Not available at checkout



Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post-tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 4-6 weeks before departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel, please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 



 



Maximum Room Capacity



2 people



 



Child Policy



• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.



• Valid for children 12 years old and over.



Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.



 



Triple Share



Not available



 



Bedding Configuration



Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).



General information


Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.



 



Optional Tours/Activities



• Day 4: Pletna boat ride to Lake Bled Island (minimum 10 people): $40 per person



• Day 5: Boat ride along the Ljubljanica River (minimum 10 people): $35 per person



• Day 14: Farewell 3-course dinner in Skopje (minimum 10 people): $55 per person



Please note:



• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.



• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 



• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



Exclusions


• Visa fees and requirements 



• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer



• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer



• Optional gratuities/tipping 



• Optional activities/tours 



• Personal expenses



• Travel insurance



• Mandatory city tax



Other important information


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER



Tour Guide: 



Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 



 



Tour Leader:



An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 



Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 



 



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES



Balkans - October and November



Balkans have a lot to offer in the fall shoulder season. The weather is still comfortably warm in the south, while northern countries like Serbia begin experiencing cooler weather.



If you have the right clothing for the chilly weather, autumn is the best season to enjoy some refreshing time in the Balkan countryside surrounded by fairy-tale-like streets and buildings.



October and November are the peak months for autumn foliage in the Balkans, offering beautiful scenery and opportunities for photography.



October and November are the seasons of harvest festivals, offering the best of traditional food and local music.



 



Balkans – January to February



January and February are the coldest months in all of the Balkans. Temperatures may be as low as 5°C inland, and weather in the mountainous countries is crisp, bringing heavy snowfall.



• Many Balkan countries host festivals and events during the winter months that are worth experiencing.



• Winter is a great time to experience local culture in the Balkans. You can warm up with traditional dishes such as goulash, sarma, and čevapi.



• The Balkans can be incredibly picturesque in winter, with snow-covered mountains, forests, and towns.



 



Balkans – March



Spring is the best time to visit the Balkans, as the changing countryside hosts some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes. Temperatures rise in March, but occasional rains last till early April. So, packing up for wet weather is recommended. 



These are also the shoulder months, meaning that you will find the streets and historic sites less busy than in summer. 



• A great time to explore the region’s outdoor attractions, such as national parks, lakes, and beaches in the Balkans.



• You can enjoy popular tourist destinations without the crowds and have a more peaceful and relaxed Balkans trip.



• Many festivals and events take place during spring in the Balkans



• During spring, the region comes alive with colourful flowers and blossoming trees.



 



FLIGHTS



Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:



We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.



 



Passport Validity:



Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.



 



COACH TOUR



Meals:



For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.



 



Luggage:



You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.



 



OTHER



Mobility:



If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.



 



Fitness Level Required:



A leisurely level of fitness will be required. 



Leisurely is described as ight walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility. 



Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



 



Gratuities / Tipping:



Land



Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is € 5-7 Euro per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 



Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.



 



Sightseeing:



Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).



 



Shopping:



Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 



Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.



Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.



Visas


A tourist visa is not required in Europe for stays of up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport. 



Important: 



• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.



• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.



Please note: 



• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.



Travel insurance 


Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance



Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes



This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error



• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Supplier Fees



In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.