Tito and Valter is unique 14 days tour through 3 ex-Yugoslavian countries. During this tour, you will have a chance to visit monuments and places that are related to the life and rule of Josip Broz Tito, as well as the most famous character of the most popular Partisan war themed movies – Valter.
Day 1: BELGRADE
Fly to Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla where you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel in Belgrade.
Dinner at Skadarlija, one of the rare quarters with the authentic ambiance and the center of bohemian life. It is known by the attractive national restaurants with live music. Overnight.
Day 2: BELGRADE (Serbia)
After the breakfast, we start with panoramic Belgrade sightseeing by bus followed by a walking tour of the city centre. The tour includes following sights: Kalemegdan fortress, Assembly of the City of Belgrade, National Assembly, Republic Square, Terazije Square, Old and New Court, Slavija Square, Temple of Saint Sava (largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans). Visit to the House of flowers. The House of Flowers is a resting place of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and it is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History Complex. This is the most visited museum in Serbia, an important symbol of a time and ideology, which ruled in the region for almost 50 years. While visiting House of Flowers, we will see Tito’s tomb, collections of Tito’s army uniforms and batons used to transefer birthday greetings from all part of Yugoslavia as well as gifts that he received from all over the world during his rule.In the evening, dinner in a nice restaurant on the river shore with a breathtaking view. Overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
Day 3: BELGRADE – KRUŠEDOL MONASTERY – SREMSKI KARLOVCI – NOVI SAD – BELGRADE (Serbia)
After breakfast, start the full day tour to Vojvodina. Visit Fruška Gora mountain and monastery Krušedol – a XVI century monastery which is considered for most beautiful monastery of Fruška Gora, and certainly with most important role of its time. It was a seat of diocese of Srem, which was later transferred to Sremski Karlovci. Relics of members of holly family Branković are placed inside of the church and many important people are buried there as well, such as two Serbian patriarchs and King Milan Obrenović. Drive to Sremski Karlovci, the spiritual and cultural center of the Serbs during the Austria-Hungarian reign. Walk through beautiful baroque center and the pedestrian area of Sremski Karlovci – Patriarchal Residence, Saint Nicholas Church, the first Serbian grammar school, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Roman Church of the Holy Trinity, the Four Lions Fountain. Visit the Peace Chapel, erected on the spot where the Treaty of Karlowitz was negotiated. Visit a wine cellar. Short lecture about wine, traditional snacks and tasting of world famous wines of Fruška Gora. Lunch in Novi Sad or in winery in Sremski Karlovci. Continue with sightseeing of Novi Sad-it is a city rich in tradition and culture (Novi Sad is named 2021 European Capital of Culture), where everything flourishes and everything is preserved, most of all, the relaxed nature of the people. Long a center of Serbian culture, and sometimes called the “Serbian Athens”, Novi Sad is a city of art, science and entertainment. Begin your tour at the Dunavski (Danube) Park and stroll through Zmaj Jovina street and Stari Grad, the old town center. Explore Liberty Square which is dominated by the Old Town Hall and the Catholic Church „Name of Mary“. Visit to the Petrovaradin Fortress – “the Danube Gibraltar”, the oldest preserved fortification on the Danube built during the reign of the Queen Maria Theresa, originally built to defend against the Ottoman Turks, but now home to summertime festivals and beautiful views of the Danube and city below. Optional visit to underground tunnels in Petrovaradin Fortress. Depart Novi Sad in the afternoon and drive back to Belgrade. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 4: BELGRADE – TOPOLA OPLENAC – ZLATIBOR (Serbia)
Before leaving this amazing city, one more thing that is an absolutely “must-do” is the underground tour of the city. The tour will take you to the most important historic parts of Belgrade, which is attracted since it hides more than one hundred caves, canals, tunnels, passages and incredible stories. We will hear interesting stories about Tito’s political games and spy secrets from the time of Communist information Bureau. During this tour, we will travel into earlier centuries when Turk and Austrians ruled in this area. At the end of the tour, we will enter one of the underground canals form the time when Serbia finally became independent state and have a wine tasting to round up this adventurous journey through Belgrade past.
On a way to Zlatibor, we stop to the village of Topola to see the Serbian Royal Residence at Oplenac Hill, where the stunning St. George’s Church and the Mausoleum of the Karađorđević royal family stand proudly overlooking serene landscapes. We start with a homage to the site of the First Serbian uprising against the Otoomans lead by local hero Karađorđe Petrović, who was later to become the patriarch and founder of the Karađorđević royal dynasty. Moving onto a hilltop situated natural memorial park, royal quarters and five-domed church will reveal a fascinating blend of Serbian and Byzantine architecture and impressive interior mosaic work. Some of the Europe’s best secret wines are produces by the Royal Winery, so our tour in Oplenac completes with an on-site wine tasting. Arrival on Zlatibor in the evening hours. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel on Zlatibor.
Day 5: ZLATIBOR – UŽICE – KADINJAČA – SIROGOJNO – ZLATIBOR (Serbia)
After the breakfast, we depart to Užice, the city which gained attention during World War II, when it was the first city liberated by the Partisan resistance forces from the Nazi occupation. Within the former Yugoslavia, after the World War II, Užice was renamed in “Tito’s Užice”, and it was one of eight towns renamed Tito’s town in Yugoslavia. For a few months, Josip Broz Tito created an independent state called the Republic of Užice.
Today, the remnants from the Republic of Užice are housed in the city museum. Visit The National Museum of Užice, which has two separate buildings, built just before the World War II as a National Bank, founded in 1947 with the mission off collecting and studying the cultural and political history of the town. In front of the museum we will have a chance to see five meters high statue of this former leader.
Also we will visit The Kadinjača memorial complex, dedicated to the soldiers of the Workers Battalion, officially opened by Josip Broz Tito and it was declared for immovable cultural property of outstanding value. This complex consists of three parts: Užice Republic amphitheater, Workers Battalion Alley and Square of freedom.
Continuing to Sirogojno village to see authentic 19th century Serbian homestands originating from the region of Staro Selo/ Old Village. This village is a fully operational open-air museum, also renowned for producing quality knitwear like jumpers and coats. Traditional early dinner featuring exclusively organic, homemade produce from the area is served on-site prior to the return to Zlatibor. Dinner. Overnight at hotel on Zlatibor.
Day 6: ZLATIBOR – MOKRA GORA (Serbia) – MEĆAVNIK – ANDRIĆGRAD (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After the breakfast, we depart the hotel for a scenic ride on the Šargan Eight, narrow gauge railway which once linked Belgrade and Dubrovnik. Experience breathtaking landscapes of Mokra Gora mountain from this vintage train that is quite unusual in yet another way: in order to make a rapid accent, the train passes through 22 tunnels in just over 15 km making a figure eight – hence its name. Our journey ends in Mećavnik village (a.k.a. Drvengrad), initially built as a movie set by the renowned film director Emir Kusturica for the movie “Life is a miracle”. Today it operates as a holiday resort featuring traditional timber built Serbian houses. Film festivals are also hosted here. The visit includes fresco lunch (weather permitting). Continue to Andrićgrad, a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav, at some 300 meters from the Višegrad bridge. Check in at the hotel. Free afternoon for the individual activities. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel in Višegrad.
Day 7: ANDRIĆGRAD – SARAJEVO (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After the breakfast, sightseeing tour of Andrićgrad, which was created as an idea of director Emir Kusturica about medieval city made of stone, inspired by writing and characters of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić. It is in fact a vision of how the city of Višegrad might have looked like if it hasn’t been changed through history. We will have a chance to see a mixture of different styles and periods that were changing through history of this area: Byzantine style, Ottoman period, renaissance, classicism…
Time at leisure for the individual activities until departure to Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Check in at hotel in this fascinating city. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Baščaršiija where we will taste the most famous specialties from this part of Balkan. Overnight at hotel in Sarajevo.
Day 8: SARAJEVO – TJENTIŠTE – TREBINJE (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After the early breakfast, the group will take sightseeing city tour – Marshal Tito barracks, Avaz Business and visit the most famous places from World War II in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later walking tour and visit to City hall, Spote house, Streets of handcrafts, Bascarsija square with Sebijl fountain, Karavan Seray that used to be a resting place for tradeseman that traveled in caravans, Gazi Husrev bey’s mosques and Madresa – islamic school. Visit of Bay’s mosque, the biggest Islamic structure in this part of the world.
Driving to Sutjeska National Park, the oldest national park in Bosnia, which played a significant role in the history of Yugoslavia and Partisan movement, because this occurred Battle of Sutjeska – one of the greatest battles of the World War II. Visit The Battle of Sutjeska memorial monument in the Valley of Heroes near the Bosnian village of Tjentište and the grave of Sava Kovačević, one of the main commanders of this battle. Visiting the place where the supreme commander Josip Broz Tito was wounded.
Departure to Trebinje, the city which lies in the Trebišnjica river valley, at the foot of Leotar, in southeastern Herzegovina, some 30 km (19 mi) by road from Dubrovnik, Croatia, on the Adriatic coast. Check in at 4* hotel in Trebinje. Some time at leisure. Sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. There are several mills along the river, as well as several bridges, including three in the city of Trebinje itself, as well as a historic Ottoman Arslanagic bridge nearby. For Trebinje is said that it is “the city of the sun and platan trees”, and it is one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dinner in one of the most popular vineries in this area. Overnight at hotel in Trebinje.
Day 9: TREBINJE (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – DUBROVNIK (Croatia) – MOSTAR (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After the breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik, a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Sightseeing tour of the city, one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. Free afternoon for individual activities. Departure to Mostar. Dinner in the traditional restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Mostar.
Day 10: MOSTAR – JABLANICA – KONJIĆ – JAJCE (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After the breakfast, checking out from the hotel and sightseeing tour of the city of Mostar. This city which used to be a real pearl of multi-ethnic architecture and culture. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
Way to Jablanica, where you will have a chance to hear about Battle on the Neretva River, a battle to save over 4,000 wounded partisans against the joint German, Italian, Ustasha and Chetnik forces in February and March 1943. Commander of the partisan forces Josip Broz Tito, in these difficult times ordered the destruction of bridges. The breakthrough of the partisans were not performed in direction that German commanders expected, but is carried over the river Neretva in Jablanica. This battle is entered in a military textbooks the world.
Leaving Jablanica, all the way to Konjic, to visit Tito’s bunker. This 6500 square meter bunker was one of the most expensive structures in the former Yugoslavia. It took 26 years to build (from 1953 to 1979) and it was designed to withstand nuclear war and shelter communist leaders and army, which first was built in the 14th century and served as the capital of the independent Kingdom of Bosnia during its time. Some time at leisure.
Departure to Jajce, a vividly town in north-western Bosnia, where was created the Socialist Yugoslav Republic in November 1943, which is a potential list of UNESCO cultural heritage. Check in at hotel in Jajce. Sightseeing walk tour around the walls of this ancient city. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight.
Day 11: JAJCE – DRVAR (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – PLITVICE LAKES (Croatia) – OTOČAC
After an early breakfast, checking out from the hotel in Jajce and departure to Drvar to visit Tito’s cave, located on the slope of the hill Gradina at about 23 meters above the river bed Unac. Tito used this cave during the time of the attack on Drvar by German paratroopers on May 25th 1944.
Some time at leisure until departure to Croatia. Visit to Plitivice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 14 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. Departure to Otočac, a town in Croatia, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see. Check in at hotel in Otočac, dinner in the hotel restaurant. Overnight.
Day 12: OTOČAC – PULA (Croatia)
After the breakfast, departure to Pula, the largest city in Istria Country, in Croatia, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula. Transfer to The Brijuni Islands, one of the true jewels of Istria, situated almost at the North-Western outskirts of Pula’s port. The Group of Islands consists of two larger islands, Veli and Mali Brijun, and 12 islets. From Istrian coast divides them only 3 km wide Fazana channel. Inhabited in the prehistoric period, are particularly valued as a wonderful space in Roman times, when, as well as in the whole of southern Istria, are popping up mainly large country estate with luxury villas. Since 1947. year, the Islands became the official summer residence of Josip Broz Tito, and it remains until his death in 1980. In this period they built new luxury objects, and are renewed and rich parks, glades and forests. In this period the Brijuni Islands are visited by the most prominent statesmen, and there were held and some of the historical political meetings. Way back to Pula, check in at hotel. Dinner in a restaurant in the city. Overnight.
Day 13: PULA – KUMROVEC – ZAGREB (Croatia)
After the breakfast, departure to Kumrovec, the birth place of the former Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito, and his house of birth is in the center of the village and has been arranged as it was in the time of Tito’s childhood, together with the interior of the Old school that Tito once attended. Time at leisure until departure to Zagreb, the capital city if Croatia, the city which combines a vibrant, modern energy with plenty of old-world charm and graciousness. The town center is full of elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings housing fashionable boutiques, renowned restaurants, rowdy pubs and scruffy beer halls. Sightseeing tour of the city on which we will get to see all the most important cultural and historical places. Check in at hotel in Zagreb. Dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in the center of the city. Overnight.
Day 14: ZAGREB – ZAGREB AIRPORT (Croatia) / BELGRADE AIRPORT (Serbia)
After the breakfast, checking out from the hotel. Transfer to Zagreb Airport. / Or return drive to Belgrade and transfer to Belgrade Airport.
Included in the price:
- Round trip and transfers with private A/C vehicle (motor coach/mini-bus/van) on entire trip;
- Professional English speaking guides;
- 13 night’s accommodation in hotels in double rooms as per itinerary;
- Half board services;
- Tickets and admissions for all sights;
- VAT and other government taxes.
Not included in the price:
- Air tickets to/from Serbia;
- Beverages and drinks during meals;
- Optional entrance tickets and visits;
- Tips for tour guides, drivers, porters and baggage handlers;
- Lunch on first and last day depend on arrival and departure times;
- In case of late/early flight on arrival/departure tour will be extend by one/two nights;
- Personal costs and everything that is not mentioned in the program.