The Balkans Revisited

with Paul Davies OBE

Upcoming Tour Date:

  • 03 October–12 October 2020 – Just added
10 days
from £2,299 pp
Tour code: AGT1159

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 03 October–12 October 2020 – Just added
    10 days
    from £2,299 pp
    Tour code: AGT1159

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      Tour Code AGT1159
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £400
      Start/End Point Zagreb / Dubrovnik
      Tour Manager Julia Berg – Read Bio
      Guide Lecturer Paul Davies OBE – Read Bio

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Join Paul Davies OBE on this unique tour of the Balkans, focusing on the events of one of the most brutal conflicts of the last century.

      This is an enduringly popular tour in the company of one of the most distinguished of Britain’s journalists. Previous guests speak warmly of Paul’s insights and approachability, which are strongly in evidence in this exceptionally well crafted and thoughtful tour, taking in the historical and cultural highlights of the region.

      Paul, who reported from Croatia and Bosnia during the conflict, will join the group for the entire journey, sharing his captivating tales relating to his time covering one of the most brutal struggles of the last century. You will also see how the area has been transformed since that time as visitors have gradually returned to experience its beauty and rich cultural tapestry.

      Starting in Zagreb and winding its way down to Dubrovnik via Vukovar, Sarajevo and Mostar, this journey is one of the most distinctive ways of experiencing this part of the Balkans.

      Your Special Guests, Paul Davies OBE…

      Paul is currently a news correspondent for ITN News and has won more awards for his work than any other news television reporter. He reported from the war-torn regions of the former Yugoslavia, and his footage of the onslaught of Dubrovnik by the Serbian dominated Yugoslav army is some of the most powerful war footage ever recorded. Paul’s films are shown on a continuous loop in the theatre at the Museum of Homeland War on Srdj Hill above Dubrovnik. He has also won numerous awards for his reporting on the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and perhaps most notably reporting on the plight of Romanian children during the revolution. In recent years Paul has been involved in reports regarding the missing persons of the Srebrenica plight.

      Paul Davies OBE

      Highlights

      • Exclusive insights from special guest Paul Davies OBE
      • Explore the famous Sarajevo tunnels
      • Visit the moving Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre
      • Enjoy guided city tours of Zagreb, Vukovar, Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London, outbound to Zagreb and inbound from Dubrovnik
      • Nine nights in good standard accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, six lunches and eight evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      On arrival in Zagreb, transfer to your first hotel. En route, visit the Miragoj Cemetery outside the city centre, designed by Herman Bolle and declared by many architects to be the most beautiful cemetery in central Europe.

      This evening, a buffet dinner is served at the hotel before you walk to the Hotel Esplanade, famously used by passengers of the Orient Express, to enjoy a complimentary drink during Paul’s first talk.

      Overnight: Zagreb

      Day 2 - Zagreb / Osijek (B, D)

      Meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour on foot of Zagreb. Highlights include the main square, the pretty Upper Town and the Cathedral.

      Free time for lunch before a mid-afternoon drive to Osijek and check in at our next hotel. Paul gives his second talk before dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

      Overnight: Osijek

      Day 3 - Vukovar / Osijek (B, L, D)

      Depart to Vukovar to visit the hospital, Ovcara Farm, Cemetery, Memorial, and the Water Tower.

      Paul Davies reported from here after his time in Dubrovnik. Enjoy a short cruise on the Danube with a light snack lunch, followed by a short sightseeing tour of Osijek and dinner accompanied by local music.

      Overnight: Osijek

      Day 4 - Srebrenica / Sarajevo (B, L, D)

      Transfer to Sarajevo via Srebrenica. This is the longest drive on our tour (approx. 4 hours) and a coffee stop will be made mid-way with a picnic lunch. Paul will also give a short talk en route.

      Visit the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre and the exhibitions in a former factory. Many of the guides here are survivors who lost family members in the massacre.

      Continue to Sarajevo to check in to our next hotel, Hotel Holiday. This was the former Holiday Inn where the world’s press (including Paul) were based during the siege. It was bombed several times as shown on worldwide news.

      Overnight: Sarajevo

      Day 5 - Sarajevo (B, D)

      Depart to the famous Sarajevo tunnels. Built as a lifeline during the 1992–95 siege of the city, they were used to transport supplies to the besieged populace. Return to Sarajevo to explore the city with a local guide, followed by some free time.

      Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, after which we return to Hotel Holiday.

      Overnight: Sarajevo

      Day 6 - Mostar (B, L, D)

      En route to Mostar, stop for photo opportunities and lunch. On arrival, check in to your hotel and meet with your local guide for a tour of historic Mostar, known for its old Turkish houses and bridge, Stari Most. In the 1990’s conflict, this was destroyed and has been restored with the support of UNESCO and other international charities.

      Overnight: Mostar

      Day 7 - Naroma / Metkovic / Neum / Dubrovnik (B, L, D)

      Leave Bosnia-Herzegovina and transfer to Dubrovnik through the southern Dalmatia region of Croatia and along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Adriatic, with time for photo stops and sightseeing on the way. Visit the Roman ruins of Narona, enjoy a light lunch of local delicacies in Metkovic, and take a short coffee/shopping break in Neum before arriving into Dubrovnik.

      Overnight: Dubrovnik

      Day 8 - Dubrovnik / Cavtat (B, L)

      Paul delivers a morning talk before the group departs for a walking tour of the old city of Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’.

      Take a boat trip to Cavtat (weather permitting — alternative by road), a picturesque coastal town.

      Enjoy a snack lunch and free time to explore before returning to Dubrovnik by road with the chance to spend time independently in the old city this evening.

      Overnight: Dubrovnik

      Day 9 - Mt Srdj / Lokrum (B, L, D)

      Take the cable car to Mount Srdj to visit the Museum of Homeland War, where Paul Davies’ ITN footage is continually shown on a loop as his reports are deemed to be the best. Enjoy coffee and panoramic views over Dubrovnik, then a 10-minute boat ride to Lokrum. This car-free island has a botanical garden, the ruins of a Benedictine monastery, and some small Venus pools. Light lunch at a local cafe-restaurant.

      In the evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner, including pre-dinner drinks in the original sea cave at Hotel More.

      Overnight: Dubrovnik

      Day 10 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £400 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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