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7 Day Ottoman Trek

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CROATIA, BOSNIA, SERBIA, BULGARIA, & TURKEY

Gorgeous Croatia to the gateway to Asia, the Ottoman Trek is 7 days of pure discovery!  The dazzling beauty of the Croatian Coast gives way to the diversity and history of Sarajevo via magnificent Mostar.  From Bosnia to Belgrade, stunning Serbia comes to life before our eyes as we explore Ottoman ruins, Orthodox churches, incredible people and pumping nightlife, before heading in to Bulgaria where the boulevards, chic style and excellent nightlife of Sofia await.  From Sofia to Plovdiv then, for mind blowing ruins and history, before amazing Asia and Istanbul - exotic, mysterious and an awesome end to our tour.

Eastern Trekker is now part of Busabout. Go to www.busabout.com/eastern-europe for our new website.

What's Included

  • All transport with Guide and Driver
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Belgrade walking tour
  • Sarajevo walking tour with tunnel entrance
  • Istanbul orientation walk
  • Free Lonely Planet guidebook

Highlights

  • The stunning drive along the Croatian coastline to Bosnia
  • The atmosphere in Mostar, the bridge and the bakeries
  • Sarajevo walking tour with a Cevapcici lunch in the old town
  • The buzz of Belgrade
  • Café culture in Sofia
  • Ottoman ruins in Plovdiv
  • Istanbul and the Blue Mosque

Freetime

Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide.

  • Welcome to Sarajevo dinner
  • Turkish baths, Istanbul
  • Traditional gypsy music and dinner in Sofia
  • Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv

Itinerary >

Day 1: Split - Mostar -Sarajevo

From the Croatian coast to Mostar today, famed for its stunning bridge, Stari Most, and our first stop for the day.  After an orientation walk and the chance to grab some traditional food it’s on to Sarajevo, with its incredible history and people, and tonight we’ll get to know the locals and our trip mates as we check out some of the best nightlife in the East, with live music, great clubs and awesome food, for a fab first night in this mind blowing city.

Day 2: Sarajevo

Today we explore the capital and discover the history and culture of this unforgettable part of the East, with a walking tour and entrance to the famous Sarajevo tunnel - a lifeline to the city during the Bosnian war and an incredible testament to the endurance and ingenuity of the people of Sarajevo.  Our local guide will show you the hidden history of the city and bring the past to life and then the afternoon is yours to explore and get to know stunning Sarajevo at your own pace.

Day 3: Sarajevo - Belgrade

From Bosnia to Belgrade today; capital of Serbia and our base for one night.  With some of the most impressive Orthodox churches you’ll ever see, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt no less than 40 times, and the people and the culture of the city are as unique and rebellious as the history that defines them, whilst the cheap prices and great local food are pretty awesome too.

Day 4: Belgrade - Sofia

Today we head to Nis, home to awesome Ottoman ruins and our lunch spot for the day.  Then it’s into Bulgaria towards the capital Sofia.  With its chic streets, great eateries and super cheap prices Sofia is awesome, and tonight we’ll feast on some traditional Bulgarian food and wine before heading out to trial the local nightlife in some of the best clubs in the city.

Day 5: Sofia - Plovdiv

A free morning to explore Sofia.  Relax at one of the gorgeous cafes, go shopping in the chic boutiques or check out one of the many museums before we head south to Plovdiv, a stunning town with some of best preserved ruins of the region, for a chilled out afternoon and evening exploring with your trip mates.

Day 6: Plovdiv - Istanbul

Bustling bazaars, towering mosques and the exoticism of Asia today as we meet the end of Europe and head in to incredible Istanbul.   Your guide will show you the sights, sounds and scenes of this amazing city, then for our final night a feast of local food awaits, celebrating the end of our tour in true Turkish style.

Day 7: Istanbul

Trek finishes after breakfast.  For more tastes of the East link up with our awesome Classic Balkan or Mini Balkan Treks, both of which link perfectly with the Ottoman.