About the tour: Tales of the Balkan Peninsula

Immerse yourself in the history of the wonderful Balkan Peninsula, a land of magnificent contrast. From pretty villages and a picturesque coastline, to historic cities and stunning mountain and lake scenery, this fantastic part of Europe certainly has a lot to offer. See towns steeped in history and tradition, and enjoy experiences you will never forget as we visit Croatia, neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

Tour Includes

  • 14 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 12 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Ancona to Split in en-suite cabins with breakfast and an evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points

16 days from £2479 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    Continue south through France and Italy to our hotel in northern Italy.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We travel across Italy to the port of Ancona, where we board the overnight ferry for the crossing to Split in Croatia. Accommodation is in 2-berth cabins.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Split

    We arrive in Split this morning and disembark the ferry. We include a guided tour of the city and a visit to Diocletian’s Palace, which lays claim to being one of the Roman Empire’s finest buildings.

    We later commence our journey crossing the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to later reach Mostar, situated on the Neretva River. During Turkish occupation a bridge (Stari Most) was built across the river, which became a symbol of the city. However the bridge was totally destroyed during the Croatia-Bosnia conflict in the early 1990s.

    Since then, there has been a painstaking rebuilding of the bridge, which now represents a symbol of unity.

    We include entrance to the Muslim Mosque and the 350-year-old Turkish House. We later head to Sarajevo, where we stay overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mostar Bridge

    Included Highlights

    • Split Guided City Tour
    • Mostar Guided City Tour

    Spend the morning in Sarajevo, one of the most historically interesting and varied cities in Europe. It has been both an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural integration.

    Today the city has physically recovered from the war damage caused by Yugoslav Wars of 1992-1995 and is now a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist. Sarajevo became the only city outside of the European Union to be nominated for the European Capital of culture in 2014. We include a guided city tour.

    We continue into Croatia, to reach Dubrovnik for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Sarajevo Guided City Tour
    • Sarajevo

    Enjoy a day at leisure in our resort, described as ‘Paradise on Earth’, and a ‘Jewel in the Crown of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik has been called the most perfectly preserved medieval town in the world and is a city, which for centuries rivalled Venice as a major sea trading port. It has now been fully restored to its former glory with the huge walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries still intact.

    Dubrovnik has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and the beautiful old town is a joy to explore. Take a walk along the stone ramparts of the city for the best views, before venturing inside to experience the many treasures.

    Our included guided city tour will show the main highlights including entrance to the Cathedral and Franciscan Monastery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Dubrovnik Guided City Tour
    • Dubrovnik

    We leave Dubrovnik and cross the border into neighbouring Montenegro, reaching the well-preserved city of Kotor. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, and you can enjoy the sights on our included guided sightseeing tour.

    The entire city is criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. Byron judged this part of the coast as 'the most beautiful encounter between land and sea'.

    We continue to Budva, where we stay overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Kotor, Montenegro
    Kotor, Montenegro

    Included Highlights

    • Kotor, Montenegro

    We pass Lake Skadar and continue inland across the border into North Macedonia, to later reach Skopje, where we stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Spend the day exploring the North Macedonian capital, a city with a 2000 year-old tradition. Skopje is now a modern capital and boasts a bustling quayside on the River Vardar.

    Explore the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar, which is the largest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today. Our included city tour will show the main highlights and we include entrance to Kale Fortress.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Skopje

    Head north into Serbia and to the capital, Belgrade for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Belgrade lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It has a long history dating back to the 4th century BC when the area was first settled by Celtic tribes. Later it became the Roman city of Singidunum and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly the Kalemegdan Fortress.

    Join our included sightseeing tour of Belgrade’s main attractions including the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, Republic square, Saint Sava Temple and of course Tito’s Memorial.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Belgrade
    • Belgrade Sightseeing Tour

    We continue our journey north and into Croatia. We make a short stop in the capital, Zagreb, a charming medieval city. See the majestic cathedral, St. Marks Church and the Opera House.

    We continue into Slovenia to reach Ljubljana for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Zagreb

    Spend the morning in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

    Enjoy our included city tour taking in the sights of the city. This cosmopolitan city boasts a rich history and is situated along the River Ljubljanica, which is characterised by its architecture from the baroque period.

    Why not sip a coffee by the riverbank, where your views will encompass the old city centre overlooked by the mighty castle.

    This afternoon, we offer an optional excursion into the Slovenian Alps, to the picture-postcard resort of Bled on the bank of this glistening blue lake.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ljubljana Guided Sightseeing Tour

    Included Highlights

    • Ljubljana Guided Sightseeing Tour
    • Ljubljana

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2022 2023
    • Bled with Boat Cruise
    £26.00 £27.00
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    We head into Austria to our overnight hotel in the Salzburg area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Head north through Germany and into Belgium to reach our overnight hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £619.00 (16 days).

    Tales of the Balkan Peninsula 16 days from £2479pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay overnight in northern Italy, followed by an overnight crossing into Split, Croatia. You will then stay for one night in the Sarajevo area, before travelling to Dubrovnik for a two night stay; you will then stay overnight in the Budva area, and then a further two nights in the Skopje area. You will then travel to Belgrade for a two night stay, followed by two nights in Ljubljana. Finally, you will stay for one night in the Salzburg area in Austria. Throughout the tour, you will stay in minimum 3-star hotels. All hotels will have a restaurant and bar.

    Overnight stays in Belgium and northern France will be in city-style hotels. 

    On your overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite cabins.

    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan

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    We have hundreds of coach joining points throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note joining points are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, select option 1, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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