Get set for the ultimate Balkan adventure. Explore the natural and cultural treasures of the region and learn about its stormy history.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BALKAN ADVENTURE
Amazing beauty of Kotor bay
Walk through the old bridge of Mostar
Tito´s secret bunker
Arrival to Belgrade airport. Meet and greet with your private guide for the tour who will take you to the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight in Belgrade.
We start the day with a tour of Belgrade. Visit old fortress- Kalemegdan, Knez Mihajlova street, the Cathedral and drive to one of largest churches in the world St. Sava. Finish the day in Dedinje where we visit tomb of Yugoslav president Tito. Overnight in Belgrade.
Today we go on a excursion to Fruska Gora National Park, a green mountain/hill range. Hidden in the forest, you can find up to 16 medieval monasteries that makes the area known as the Sacred Mountain. Continue to Novi Sad and enjoy the best views of Danube from Petrovaradin Fortress. Return to Belgrade for an overnight.
Leave Belgrade in the morning and cross the border to arrive to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Check-in to the hotel and free time to relax and stroll down the city center. Overnight in Sarajevo.
In the morning we explore the old streets of Sarajevo. Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo was sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe”. Visit of Bascarsija district where East meets West and drive in the suburbs to visit “Tunel of life” that saved the city during the siege in 1990s. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Our first stop is Tito’s bunker, one of the biggest secrets and largest investments of former Yugoslavia, is hidden under the mountain Zlatar near the city Konjic. Tito’s bunker was an investment worth 4.6. billion USD, making it the third largest investment of Yugoslavia. Before arriving to Mostar you will also visit Blagaj with spring of river Buna and Blagaj Tekija (Tekke) built around 1520 as a Dervish cult monastery. Overnight in Mostar.
After breakfast we visit Mostar with its Turkish style old town and famous bridge. Walk on alleys that form a bazaar and are full of shops and market stalls and the Old Bridge Museum. A narrow staircase leads to the terrace of Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s for panoramic city views and in Turkish house you can see tipical architecture of medieval Bosnia&Herzegovina. In the evening drive to Dubrovnik for an overnight.
Full day to explore the most famous Croatian town of Dubrovnik with its mighty defensive walls along the coast. On the tour you will walk through the old town on Stradun street (Pjaca) along Onofrio`s fountain, Franciscan monastery and towards old harbour, past St. Blaise church, Rectors palace and cathedral. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Drive to Kotor to visit the beautiful bay of Kotor and old town that goes by the same name. Later we continue to Budva, the most famous coastal site in Montenegro. Overnight in Budva.
We leave Budva and continue to Kruje, small town perched high on a mountain facing the Adriatic Sea and the Western plain of Albania. Walk through the bazaar and visit of the Skenderbegs fort, today National musuem of Albania. In the evening drive to Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Upon arrival, sightseeing of the town and some free time. Overnight in Tirana.
In the morning we drive to Durres- the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium. The legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of the area, who called it by his own name and named the port area after his grandson – Dyrrah. In the afternoon we arrive to Berat. Visit the Lead Mosque, Bachelor’s Mosque, Gorica Bridge and many dwelling houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. Overnight in Berat.
In the morning we continue to lake Ohrid which is half Albanian, half Macedonian. There used to be 365 churches around Ohid in the past. Stop at St. Naum, just accross the border to admire the beautiful monastery. Overnight in Ohrid.
From Ohrid we continue to Skopje. Sightseeing of the old town with famous stone bridge, fort Kale and Railway clock. Overnight in Skopje.
In the morning we continue first to Gracanica monastery, bulit by serbian king Milutin in 1321 which is nowadays one of the princpial UNESCO sites in Kosovo. We continue our drive and make a short coffee stop in Pristina. In Prizren visit of the Ottoman Old Town, known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen, the hammam, the museum of Prizren League, the Helveti Tekke, Sinia Pasha Mosque and the church of Our Lady of Ljevis. In the evening we return to Skopje for an overnight.
Transfer to the Skopje airport and end of our services.
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• Accommodation in double room with breakfast in selected hotels
• Private guide/driver along the whole tour
• Rent of a private car/van for the time of the tour with all expenses (fuel, parkings, insurance…)
• English speaking local guides (Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Kruje, Tirana, Durres, Berat, Skopje, Ohrid, Kosovo)
• Entrance fees (Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, City walls Dubrovnik,
tunnel of hope in Sarajevo, Tito´s bunker, Tito mausoleum in Belgrade, cathedral in Kotor, mosque in Mostar, st. Kanev and st. Naum in Ohrid)
• Organisation of the programe
Lively and colorful capital city of Albania: Tirana, known for ts colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Skanderbeg Square with a statue of a national hero is city´s focal point.
The 15th-century Stone Bridge in Skopje connects the Ottoman Old Bazaar (Čaršija) on the Vardar River’s north bank with contemporary Macedonia Square to the south with lots of modern-antique buildings.
Old Bazaar in Sarajevo where you can purchase traditional hand-made copper items and many other antiques or just enjoy in the walk through the market to get the real feel of the city atmosphere.
A city of thousand windows, as it is often called is one of Highlights on any Balkan tour. Old Ottoman hills climbing uphill to the castle located in the heart of Albania.
Impressive Kalemegdan Fortress, located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad, is the city´s most visited tourist attraction and offers beautiful views over confluence of the Sava and the Danube and is one of highlights on Balkan tour.
Beautiful small village of Perast on the shores of goregeous Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska). Its most famous landmarks are set on the water: two picturesque islands; Our Lady of the Rocks and Island of Saint George.
Pearl of Adriatic as it is called today. Proud small city that maintained independence in very turbulent history surrounded by much stronger Otoman empire and Venetian republic. Smart diplomacy, great trading fleet and massive defensive walls protected the city until arrival of Napoleon.
Lake Ohrid is half Albanian, half Macedonian. There used to be 365 churches around Ohid in the past.