AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

Croatia and Bosnia Escorted Tour

15 May 2014 - Specialist tour operator to Croatia, Prestige Holidays, has launched a nine-day tour to Bosnia and Croatia departing 20th October and escorted by Martin Bell, OBE and a Croatian-speaking tour manager.


The tour costs £1995 per person. It starts in Zagreb, Croatia and continues by train to Osijek a lovely town on the river Drava. It then takes in the Vukovar in Croatia, the site of intense shelling and attacks in the early 90’s and travels south to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and visits Snipers Alley and The Sarajevo Tunnel. Participants will enjoy drinks in the famous Holiday Inn, Sarajevo that appeared on the world's television stations having become an informal press centre during the endless shelling of the city

From here it goes across Bosnia-Herzegovina to Mostar where the famous Ottoman bridge was destroyed in 1993 and then rebuilt in 2004. The tour ends with a three-night stay in Dubrovnik. Here guests will enjoy a day trip to the island of Korcula and a private performance of the famous Moreska sword dance-drama as well as a half-day in Cavtat.

The nine-day break includes: flights from Gatwick to Zagreb on 20th October and from Dubrovnik to Gatwick on 28th October plus four and five star hotel accommodation on a BB basis, most meals, a special farewell dinner, entrances to most attractions ,local guiding and porterage. The tour is limited to just 20 people and Martin will give three talks and will be available to talk with participants.

The launch of the tour is timely as 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s famous win for their “Bolero” dance at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. It is also 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo (June 1914), which led to the outbreak of the First World War.

Martin Bell, who had a long and distinguished career as a BBC foreign correspondent, was selected as the perfect host due to the amount of time he spent covering the Balkan conflict in the early Nineties. He reported from Vukovar, Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and from Zagreb in Croatia and travelled widely across the region.

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