Example trip

Alternative Europe Adventure

Best for:

Culture vultures, history fans and curious types

14 nights
$7,500
All year

Itinerary highlights

  • Take in the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

  • Enjoy a private boat ride around the Bosphorus

  • Laze on the pink-sand beaches of Montenegro

  • Wander the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik

  • Cruise to the island of Mljet - one of the most beautiful in the Adriatic

Curated by Belinda

“Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro offer so much more than just beach holidays. Soak up the unique culture and history of these destinations that also play host to beautiful sunrises and sunsets.”

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrival Turkey

Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be met by a representative and privately transferred by car to your accommodation.

After settling in you’ll have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings, or just relax.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 2
Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast, you’ll head off with your guide to explore the Goreme Open Air Museum - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - to view some of the fascinating frescoed and rock carved churches.

Afterwards, you’ll stop in the historic village of Cavusin to stroll among the majestic fairy chimneys of Pasabag before continuing to Sarihan, a restored 13th century Seljuk caravanserai.

You’ll stop to admire the bizarre rock shapes in the Devrent valley before driving to Avanos, a town renowned for its traditional pottery work.

After lunch, you’ll visit the pottery artisans in their workshops and maybe buy a souvenir or two.

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Day 3
Pigeon Valley - Sinasos

Today is full of adventure and exploration.

You’ll start with a visit to Pigeon Valley, passing through some traditional Anatolian villages to arrive in Soganli Valley. Here you can embark on a leisurely hike and explore the Cappadocian rock carved churches and monastery ruins.

After lunch you’ll be driven through the village of Sahinefendi - home to some incredible mosaic work - on your way to Taskinpasa Caravanserai, which serves as the village library.

You’ll see the Byzantine Keslik Monastery, followed by Mustafapasha (Sinasos), renowned for its Ottoman and Greek architecture.

Your final stop will be the ancient town of Urgup before you’re driven back to your hotel. The drive back will take you past the famous chimneys known as ‘The Three Beauties’.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 4
Cappadocia - Istanbul

This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul.

Upon arrival you’ll be privately escorted to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure to simply relax, or to make a start on exploring the endless opulent palaces, mosques, churches, museums and bazaars. Lightfoot Travel can recommend activities prior to departure.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 5
Tour of Istanbul

Today you’ll head out with your guide to uncover the beauty of Istanbul.

Take in Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the famous Grand Bazaar where you’ll be spoilt for choice by the mesmerising amount of stalls and boutiques.

End your day with a traditional Turkish bath.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 6
The Bosphorus

Enjoy a visit to the Old City and the famous Egyptian Spice Market, located in the busy part of the city.

Next, continue to Rustem Pasa Mosque where you can see the best tiles in Istanbul, followed by the Church of the Holy Savior of Chora.

Later in the day enjoy a private boat ride which will introduce you parts of the Bosphorus that you can’t reach on foot.

 

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 7
Local Food Tour

Today’s the day to loosen your belt and discover the gastronomical delights Turkey brings.

Enjoy street food such as fried mussels, stuffed mussels and simit (bagel), and visit small shops and local bazaars to taste fresh fruits and homemade classics.

Walk your indulgences off with a tour of the famous street, Istiklal.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 8
Istanbul - Sveti Stefan

This morning you’ll head to the airport for your flight to Montenegro.

Upon arrival, you’ll be met and driven by a private car to your accommodation.

The remainder of the day will be spent at your leisure to explore your surroundings, visit the spa, or simply marvel at Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 9
Days at leisure

Spend the day at leisure in Montenegro.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend suitable activities prior to departure.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 10
Day at leisure

Spend the day at leisure in Montenegro.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend suitable activities prior to departure.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 11
Sveti Stefan - Dubrovnik

This morning you’ll be privately transferred to Dubrovnik – a pearl of the Adriatic.

On the way to your hotel you’ll stop at Budva, considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans, followed by Kotor, Cathedral of St. Trifun, Maritime Museum and the old town of Perast.

After settling into your accommodation the rest of your day will be spent at leisure.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 12
Tour of Dubrovnik

Embark on a private walking tour of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world.

Visit the Franciscan monastery of the ‘Order of Friars Minors’, and continue down to Orlando Column, the Sponza Palace and the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town.

The afternoon will be free for you to continue exploring, or to just kick back at a charming café and watch the world go by.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 13
Visit Korcula

Enjoy a private motor boat ride to Korcula Island.

Upon arrival you’ll have a tour of the old town which is known as the home town of Marco Polo – the first world traveller. Wander through the cobblestone streets and see the Cathedral of St. Marko, an architectural masterpiece in Gothic and Renaissance style.

You’ll head back to your next hotel in the afternoon.  

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 14
Private Motorboat Tour, Mljet Island

Start your day with a cruise to the island of Mljet, one of the greenest and most beautiful islands in the Adriatic.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to Dubrovnik for your final evening.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 15
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

From: $7,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing