14 Nights / 15 Days through 6 Ex-Yugoslavia countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia + Albania
Day 1 BELGRADE (Serbia)
Arrive to the Belgrade Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Start with panoramic Belgrade sightseeing by bus followed by a walking tour of the city center. 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. 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 transfer birthday greetings from all part of Yugoslavia as well as gifts that he received from all over the world during his rule. 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. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 BELGRADE – NOVI SAD (Serbia) – ILOK (Croatia) – VUKOVAR – OSIJEK
After the breakfast, we depart to Novi Sad, city rich in tradition and 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 below. Lunch. Drive to Ilok. Ilok (known as Croatian “kingdom of antiques and wine”) is the easternmost village and the center of a rich wine region. Visit to Ilocki wine cellars where we will have wine tasting. Continue our journey to Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube River with short city tour (Homeland War Victims Memorial Cemetery, Baroque center…). Ride to Osijek. Check-in, dinner. Overnight.
Day 3 OSIJEK – ZAGREB (Croatia)
After breakfast start the city tour of Osijek. This charming city, situated on the Drava river, has a rich history that dates back to the Roman times. We first visit the Fort Tvrđa. It is located in the Old Town of the city of Osijek and it is a Habsburg star fort built on the right bank of the River Drava. Tvrđa has been described by the World Monuments Fund as “a unique example of an eighteenth-century baroque military, administrative, and commercial urban center”. Followed by a walking tour of the city center and The church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Church is a Neo-Gothic co-cathedral. The church was built in 1898 and is currently the tallest building in Croatia outside of Zagreb. Lunch. Depart Ilok and drive to Zagreb (capital of Croatia). Check-in to hotel, and transfer to dinner in city center. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Day 4 ZAGREB (Croatia) – LJUBLJANA (Slovenia) – BLED
After breakfast start the city tour of Zagreb by bus followed by a walking tour: National Theater, Mimara Museum, St. Mark’s Church, Parliament, Lotrščak Tower, Ban Jelačić Square, then entrance to the Cathedral. Lunch in the city. Continue our journey to Ljubljana (capital of Slovenia). Ljubljana city tour. Baroque buildings are reminiscent of the Vienna style: Prešeren Square, Dragons Bridge, Plečnik Market. Ride to Bled, nestled by a lake at the foot of the Alps. Check-in, dinner. Overnight.
Day 5 BLED (Slovenia) – POSTOJNA – PLITVICE (Croatia)
Walking tour of town Bled, flagship of Slovenian tourism. You will visit the church of Assumption of Mary (built near the end of the 17th century) in the middle of the lake and take a traditional boat cruise on the lake. Drive to Postojna and its most impressive caves in Europe. Postojna cave is second-longest cave system in the country with length of 24.340m and is also world’s only cave with underground post office. After lunch, you will visit the cave, known for its natural beauty. Return to Croatia and continue to Plitvice National Park. Dinner and overnight in Korenica or Slunj (Plitvice region)
Day 6 PLITVICE (Croatia) – ZADAR – SPLIT – TROGIR
Visit of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, protected by UNESCO. Walk around the 16 lakes with turquoise and crystal clear waters connected by superb waterfalls. Departure for Zadar. Lunch. Free time of about 1 hour for a walk in the city to discover from the outside the most important sites: it’s ancient churches, palaces, squares and alleys. Continue to Split where you will visit the fascinating city center: the Diocletian Palace with its cellars and the Church of St. Domnius. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the region of Trogir or Split.
Day 7 TROGIR – LIVNO (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – SARAJEVO
Route through the landscapes of the hinterland of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Livno and Sarajevo, the capital of the country, one of the martyr cities of the last civil war in the 90s. Lunch in a restaurant offering a traditional “ćevapčići” menu. You will visit the famous “Baščaršija” district with its souvenir shops and cafes, the Gazi Husrev-Begova Mosque, the old Orthodox Church and the Latin Bridge, where Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife were killed. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sarajevo.
Day 8 SARAJEVO – MOSTAR (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – DUBROVNIK (Croatia)
Drive to Mostar. You will discover its famous medieval bridge, destroyed in the 90s during the last war and completely rebuilt. You will take a tour in the bazaar and then visit the Turkish house and the mosque. Free time after lunch and then continue to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight at hotel in the Dubrovnik area.
Day 9 DUBROVNIK (Croatia)
In the morning, discover the city of rare beauty, inscribed on the World Heritage of UNESCO. Dubrovnik was the main filming location for King’s Landing, a fictional city in TV series Game of Thrones. Besieged in 1991, it was restored identically and its buildings bear witness to various historical influences. You will visit the palace of the Rector and the Dominican monastery. You will also see the church of Saint-Blaise, the fountain of Onofrio. Lunch in the old town and free afternoon. Dinner in town. Overnight at the hotel in the Dubrovnik area.
Day 10 DUBROVNIK (Croatia)
Free day. You can go for yourself in the old Dubrovnik to stroll or shop. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in the Dubrovnik area.
Day 11 DUBROVNIK (Croatia) – KOTOR (Montenegro) – BUDVA – CETINJA
Departure to Kotor, the deepest fjord of the Adriatic and the city with same name, surrounded by ramparts with architecture strongly influenced by the 400 years of Venetian occupation. You will visit the Saint-Triphun Cathedral. Continue towards Budva and its magnificent ramparts. Lunch and drive to Cetinje, the former capital and residence of the princes of Montenegro. You will visit the palace of King Nicolas. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Podgorica.
Day 12 CETINJE (Montenegro) – SHKODRA (Albania) – TIRANA
Drive to Albania and stop at Shkodër, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, departure for Tirana. Outside visit to the main sites: Skanderbeg monument, Ethem Bey mosque, President’s palace. Then you will visit the museum of Tirana. Check-in at the hotel in Tirana, dinner and overnight.
Day 13 TIRANA (Albania) – OHRID (Macedonia) – SKOPJE
Continue to Ohrid in Macedonia, a city classified by UNESCO. Lunch in a Macedonian specialty restaurant. The town is home to the oldest Slavonic monastery and 800 Byzantine-style icons from the Middle Ages. Boat trip on the lake and visit of the gallery of Icons as well as the fortress of Samuel. Continue towards Skopje. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Skopje.
Day 14 SKOPJE (Macedonia) – BEOGRAD (Serbia)
Visit of Skopje, capital of Macedonia. Visit the exterior of its many monuments: the old stone bridge, the Mustapha Pacha mosque, the Kala fortress, the Bit Pazar market. Lunch then drive to Belgrade. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
Day 15 BELGRADE (Serbia)
After the breakfast, checking out from the hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure flight
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;
- 14 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.