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Treasures of Croatia & the Balkans

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Whether you are relaxing next to the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic, strolling through the historical city centers of Split or Dubrovnik, or taking in the fairy tale beauty of Plitvice’s 100 synchronized waterfalls, experience life in landscape with endless immersive views. In Bosnia, you will learn about the Balkan region’s tumultuous history, while Slovenia will overwhelm you with exquisite views of alpine lakes and million-year-old cave formations. If that isn’t reason enough, get an early taste of what the world is discovering to be a budding wine region.

Departure Dates

2024 September 17 - October 02
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2024 September 24 - October 09
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2025 April 22 - May 07
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2025 May 06 - May 21
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2025 May 13 - May 28
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2025 September 16 - October 01
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2025 September 23 - October 08
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2025 September 30 - October 15
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The Details

16 days

All-inclusive

$9,595CAD

Per person in double occupancy


Single supplement: $2,000

Max Group Size: 30 travellers

Deposit Terms:
$500 per person at time of booking
$1,000 per person 45 days later
Balance due 90 days before departure

Our approach perks

Private car service to and from your home airport

International flights and transportation while abroad

Meals and excursions that are typically sold separately

Tips for all service providers

24/7 Group Guru (in addition to tour guide and local guides)

$5 million of emergency medical travel insurance coverage, as well as protection for lost, damaged or stolen luggage

All taxes at home and abroad (including airport and hotel taxes)


Total PERKS value: $3,669

This tour also includes

Tour Essentials

Tour essentials

International flights with Lufthansa (details)

14 nights in first class hotels

Dedicated English-speaking tour guide and local guides

Carefully selected visits, with entrance fees

Luxury coach bus transfers and luggage porterage throughout

Food & drinks

Food & drink

All 41 meals, including: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Folkloric dinner (included in meal count)

Farewell dinner (included in meal count)

Welcome cocktail

2 additional local product and wine tastings in Hvar and Zadar

Bottled water daily (2 x 500ml)

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Our happy travellers rave about Croatia

Local restaurants were highly appreciated!

We loved the free time available at each city. This allowed us time to explore further areas of interest. Visits to Dubrovnik, Kotor, Plitvice, and Ljubljana were highlights. Also the selection of local restaurants were highly appreciated!

Shirlanne & Gillian from Etobicoke, ON
Joined us Spring, 2023

Too many wonderful sights and experiences!

Our highlights were Lake Bled, the outstanding hotel at Opatija, the trip to Havar island, walking along the wall at Dubrovnik…Too many wonderful sights and experiences! There was not a single day that did not have a memorable sight.

Royston & Maureen from Yellowknife, NWT
Joined us Spring, 2023

Highly recommend

Just returned from an incredible trip to Croatia with Approach. The destinations were breathtaking! From the charming coastal towns to the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, every view was mesmerizing. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was a nature lover’s paradise. The tour guides were knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend traveling with Approach tours for an unforgettable Croatian adventure!

Deborah from Toronto, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

Thank you for a great vacation

The whole Approach team that we interacted with before the tour gets a gold star for its communication and responsiveness.  Everyone was friendly and prompt in their response. Loved the Tunnel of Hope excursion in Sarajevo, the climb of the Great Wall of Ston Fortress, the lunch tapas and wine tasting at the winery, the hike in the Plitvice National Park and the caves and Lake Bled excursions in Slovenia. Thank you for a great vacation…thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the tour.

Karel & Marie-Line from Welland, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

You are filling the gap!

Super satisfied – we have seen & done wonderful sights & had experiences beyond our expectations. The special event things (truffles, chocolate, champagne-persecco party, etc) were the cherry on top! And we are not novice travellers. A friend in “the business” prides herself on tours for travellers not tourists. She is now retired. You are filling the gap!

Roberta & Ray from Kelowna, BC
Joined us Fall, 2019

Can’t wait to travel with you again!

Approach tours did an amazing job with our trip to Croatia and the Balkans. Incredible food, beautiful hotels and helpful staff and guides along the way made for a great experience! Can’t wait to travel with you again!

Karly from Montreal, QC
Joined us Fall, 2019

All in all a great adventure!

I toured with Approach to Croatia and the Balkans and thoroughly enjoyed it! I was picked up by Lincoln Town car at my door and taken to the airport and picked up and driven home on arrival back in my city. We flew from Ottawa to the take-off city of Toronto for $100. The tour was thorough, covering 4 countries, plus a few islands. An excellent guide accompanied us all the way. She was very knowledgeable and spoke good English. All in all a great adventure!

Marina from Ottawa, ON
Joined us Fall, 2019

We may see you next year.

Back a few weeks ago from Croatia. What a wonderful trip! As travel kits, we got nice backpacks filled with little gifts needed for such a trip. The book informed us of everything we needed to know regarding weather, itinerary, travel tips, etc. I’m still bragging about it to friends who may just experience it for themselves. Chauffeured to and from the airport and best of all, they paid the tips everywhere which is a great relief for all travellers. Hotels, especially food, excellent. Good job Approach! We may see you next year.

Lucie from Ottawa, ON
Joined us Fall, 2019
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This tour’s itinerary

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DAYS 1 & 2 GOODBYE CANADA, ZDRAVO SARAJEVO!

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Travellers departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your dedicated Group Guru and fellow travellers and fly overnight to Sarajevo. Upon arrival, luxury coach transfer to your hotel and free time to settle in before a delightful afternoon welcome cocktail. Overnight in Sarajevo. (D)

DAY 3 EXPLORING SARAJEVO

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sarajevo, from Ottoman era bazaars to Austro-Hungarian architecture. After exploring on foot, learn about its darkest wartime chapter during a moving visit of The Gallery 11/07/95. Free afternoon to explore this culture capital. Bosnian delicacies are served at a local restaurant tonight. Overnight in Sarajevo. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 4 DAY TRIP TO MOSTAR & ON TO DUBROVNIK

Day trip to Mostar, where you will visit landmarks such as the Kajtaz House, the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and the UNESCO-recognized Stari Most bridge. Continue to the Dalmatian coast. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 5 DISCOVER DUBROVNIK

This morning’s tour will introduce you to the “Jewel of the Adriatic”, including the Franciscan Monastery and the Cathedral of the Assumption. During a free afternoon, revel in the old town’s storied past by walking along its iconic ramparts (Game of Thrones fans take note!). Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 6 DAY TRIP TO KOTOR

This morning brings you to stunning Kotor, Montenegro. Check out the bay from countless look out points during a walking tour, followed by tales of the sea during a visit to the Maritime Museum. After a delicious lunch set sail for Our Lady of the Rocks, an island constructed of sunken ships. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 7 SPLENDID SPLIT

Enjoy the endless views of the Adriatic as you make your way to Split. On arrival, feel the hum of Croatia’s second largest city during a guided tour of its cultural center. Explore Diocletian’s Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Overnight in Split. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 8 TRIP TO TROGIR

Start your day in medieval Trogir with a walking tour and visit to the stunning St. Lawrence Cathedral. Following lunch, return to Split to spend free time exploring at your leisure. Overnight in Split. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 9 HVAR ISLAND (FERRY)

Boat ride to the pristine island of Hvar. Enjoy a guided tour of the island and indulge in a tasting of local products served with wine, of course. Spend free time this afternoon in the town of Hvar smelling the locally grown lavender before returning to Split for dinner. Overnight in Split. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 10 WINE TASTING & EXPLORING ZADAR

On the way to Zadar, stop for a tasting at a generations-old vineyard and farm, showcasing organic cheeses, cold pressed olive oils and full bodied reds. Arrive in Zadar for a guided tour of the old town, before you are lulled by its sea organ, an architectural wonder where waves meet stone to create distinct musical notes. On to Plitvice National Park for the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 11 COUNT WATERFALLS IN PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK

A fairylike experience awaits, as you stroll through walkways alongside 16 interconnected pristine lakes and hundreds of waterfalls – bring your camera! End the afternoon with a visit of the beautiful seaside resort city of Opatija. Weather permitting, a walk along the sea will be in order! Overnight in Opatija. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 12 DAY TRIP TO ROVINJ

Today, you will explore Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic, shared by Croatia, Italy and Slovenia. Enjoy the small-scale beauty of Rovinj during our walking tour, followed by lunch consisting of traditional Istrian delicacies. Return to Opatija for an afternoon of free time — a perfect chance to soak up the sun on Croatia’s famous pebble beaches. Overnight in Opatija. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 13 IMPENETRABLE PREDJAMA

Cross into Slovenia for a tour of Predjama Castle, perched on top of a 123 metre-tall cliff and designed to last the test of time. Then explore the impressive two-million year-old Postojna Caves. Overnight in Ljubljana. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 14 LIFE IN LJUBLJANA

Enjoy a scenic walking tour of Ljubljana, the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of Slovenia. Free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure, perhaps strolling through Tivoli Park. Overnight in Ljubljana. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 15 PEACEFUL LAKE BLED

Stroll around storybook Lake Bled, an unspoiled glacial lake fed by hot springs. Discover the medieval Bled Castle before a relaxing boat ride on the lake’s still waters to visit its church-topped island. Return to Ljubljana for free time in the afternoon, followed by our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ljubljana. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 16 HOME SWEET HOME

Fly from Ljubljana to Canada, arrive same day. Your driver will meet you at the airport to help you with your luggage and drive you home. (B)
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Hotels we've previously visited in Croatia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo
Dubrovnik, Croatia Hotel Lero
Split, Croatia Hotel Ora
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Hotel Jezero
Opatija, Croatia Grand Hotel Adriatic
Ljubljana, Slovenia Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana
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Our unique approach

 

When we say we are all-inclusive, we mean it. Our tours have everything you need to sit back and enjoy your experience. No precious time wasted, no extra costs, no fine print.

 

While everything is included on an Approach tour, we built our experiences with different travel styles in mind. After all, your time is yours to enjoy as you please.

WHEN I'M ON VACATION...

I want free time

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

I want to do & see everything!

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

 

We sell directly to you so that you never have to pay for expensive agency commissions

 

 

From 24/7 customer service, to making every interaction as delightful as possible, we make it easy for our guests – every step of the way. Just ask.

 

MULTIPLE GATEWAYS. ONE FLAT SUPPLEMENT.

$100. Flat.
(Toronto gateways are included)

 

 

PRE TOUR

Call, message or email us anytime – we will respond 24/7

ON TOUR

Your dedicated Group Guru is available to help anytime.

 

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

We pick you up and drop off in a private car.
All you need to do is pack and walk out your front door!

 

WORLD-CLASS AIRLINES

  • Assisted check-in
  • Complimentary baggage allowance
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Possibility for upgrades at your discretion

FOOD IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE

We’ve taken time to select our favourite spots for you to safely explore the local cuisine while on tour. Pack your taste buds.

HOTELS WE KNOW AND LOVE

We believe a restful night’s sleep is the cornerstone of any trip. Check out the tour pages for images from our favourite hotels for that destination.

HIGH QUALITY, MODERN COACHES

  • Air conditioning
  • Premium seating
  • Large windows to take in the view
  • Extra seating
  • Dedicated baggage storage so you can stretch out

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