Explore the Balkans with a private guide/driver. The tour covers 7 countries – 6 of them known as ex Yugoslavia and their neighbour Albania. The region that went through turbulent times is waiting for you to be discovered. Definitly a tour not to miss!
HIGHLIGHTS ON GRAND BALKAN PRIVATE TOUR
Meet and greet with the private local guide at Zagreb airport and start of private Grand Balkan tour with drive to the hotel in Zagreb. Later we visit the old town with its market, cathedral and many beautiful parks and galleries. Overnight in Zagreb.
After breakfast we continue to Bosnia & Herzegovina. Our first stop is Jajce which used to be capital of medieval Bosnian state. We go and see is one of the World’s most beautiful waterfalls, famous Pliva Waterfalls. Next, we visit Jajce Citadel (Fortress), the Mithraic Temple, Medvjed Kula, the Tower of St. Luke, famous Catacombs – underground church and Mosque of Esma Sultanija. In the evening we drive to Sarajevo for an overnight.
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. In the evening we continue to Beograd for an overnight.
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.
From Belgrade 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 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.
After breakfast we head towards Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Upon arrival, sightseeing of the town and some free time. Overnight in Tirana.
We leave Tirana 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. Later we continue to Budva, the most famous coastal site in Montenegro. Overnight in Budva.
From Budva we drive to Kotor to visit the beautiful bay of Kotor and old town that goes by the same name and is one of the highlights on Grand Balkan Tour, with scenic location at the end of the bay and protected by massive city walls. In the evening we continue to the Pearl of Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
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.
After breakfast we continue to 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 Split for an overnight.
In the morning we experience the “Roman way of life” with impressive Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Then we continue our tour and make a stop in Zadar. Drive towards the Plitvice Lakes for an overnight.
After breakfast visit of a UNESCO site, Plitvice lakes, visited by more than a millon tourists each year, famous for its 16 lakes and 92 waterfalls. You will hike through it with our private guide. We continue to Slovenia and drive to Postojna to visit no. 1 attraction in Slovenia, 21km long Postojna cave system. Overnight in Ljubljana.
In the morning drive towards Bled – the pearl of Julian Alps. Sightseeing of the castle and the island and free time to relax in unique beauty. Continue to another Alpine lake, Bohinj beautifully settled in the heart of Julian Alps. In the evening return to Ljubljana for an overnight.
Transfer to the Ljubljana airport and end of Grand Balkan Tour and end of our services.
• 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 (Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Mostar, Sarajevo, Skopje, Belgrade)
• Entrance fees (Postojna cave and Predjama castle, Plitvice lakes, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, City walls Dubrovnik,
tunnel of hope in Sarajevo, Tito mausoleum in Belgrade, Bled castle, Bled island, cathedral in Kotor, mosque in Mostar, st.
Kanev and st. Naum in Ohrid)
• Organisation of the programme
Image of paradise, as it was called by Slovenian poet – France Prešeren. View of Bled island with church of St. Mary with view of Bled castle and Karavanke mountains behind.
The most visited town of Montenegro, Budva, known for its amazing beaches and its atmospheric Stari Grad (Old Town), which is one of oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.
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.
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.
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.
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 Grand Balkan tour.
Symbolic Old Bridge of Mostar, a reconstructed medieval arched bridge, which was destroyed in last Balkan war, known as a melting pot of cultures and religions.