DAY 1, ARRIVAL TO BELGRADE – BELGRADE CRUISING DANUBE AND SAVA
Upon arrival at Belgrade airport meet with your guide and transfer to hotel.
Spend a perfect evening and enjoy Belgrade by night. Evening sightseeing cruise on Danube and Sava Rivers is one of the best ways to see the beauties of Belgrade.
DAY 2, CITY TOUR OF BELGRADE THE CAPITAL OF SERBIA – NIS
After breakfast find out more about Belgrade famous cultural heritage. Belgrade sightseeing – guided tour. We continue our journey heading for the south of Serbia, town of Nis.
Belgrade: The capital of Serbia, situated where where the Sava River meets the Danube.
Grandiose coffee houses and smoky dives all find rightful place along Knez Mihailova, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, crown of the city. The old riverside Savamala quarter is the city's creative headquarters. In Belgrade center one can many museums guarding the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. We will visit Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street, St. Sava Temple, Skadarlija-Bohemian Quarter.
DAY 3, NIS – VISIT OF SKOPJE THE CAPITAL OF MACEDONIA – PRISHTINA
Enjoy some free time in Nis, before we continue the trip to Macedonia, country with metropolis capital Skopje, protected lake Ohird, old world culture, fantastic home-produced food.
We will visit Skopje, that perfectly connects the old world and ancient history with the new modern present. City tour of Skopje. Late afternoon, continue to Pristina.
Skopje: Capital of the Republic of Macedonia. The town with the beautiful quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar which is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today, internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa. He has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as an exciting tourist destination with the 1500 years old fortress Kale and monastery St. Pantelejmon with the fresco ”Lamentation of Christ”, with the first signs of the Renaissance, the Islamic monuments Sultan Murat’s- Hjunkar Mosque, the Daut Pasha’s bath.
DAY 4, TOURS OF PRISHTINA, PRIZREN AND PEJA IN KOSOVO – PODGORICA
Today we will experience Kosovo, we will discover cities of Peja, Prizren and Pristina and enjoy delicious local food. Late afternoon we will continue to Montenegro, Podgorica.
Peja: Peja is city in northwestern Kosovo. It has extraordinary history, richest cultural heritage and great natural potentials. Thanks to the mixture of the past and the opportunities of the present, Peja will always offer you something new and completely original.
Prizren: Large enough to be colorful and lively, small enough to remain cozy and simple. The architecture of Prizren represents its complicated history and various influences. Catholic and orthodox churches, monasteries, cathedrals and chapels stand next to Muslim mosques. Next to the mystical mosques and gorgeous churches, there are little stores, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. All creating a captivating mixture of culture and ages.
Pristina: The capital of the republic of Kosovo. Notable landmarks include the 15th century Faith Mosque, opposite the historic Clock Tower; the "Newborn" obelisk, Rilindja Tower, Pristina's tallest building; Nena Tereza containing a statue of Saint Mother Theresa, as well as a few galleries and the prestigious National Theater.
DAY 5, EXPLORING MONETENGRO: PODGORICA, KOTOR AND PERAST – DUBROVNIK
Take a scenic day in Montenegro, soak up the atmosphere of Podgorica, the capital, enjoy a tour of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region, visit Perast and stop with a boat on the Our Lady of the Rocks small island.
Afternoon travel to Croatia, overnight Dubrovnik.
Podgorica: Capital city of Montenegro is the official commercial and cultural center. The name originates in 1326 and it is built amongst five rivers, the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica. Podgorica is relatively new, with modern buildings at every step of the way and green spaces as well as parks.
Perast: Peaceful and quiet Baroque village-a unique jewel in the Boka Bay’s crown.
And no visit to the Bay is complete without stopping at the iconic Our Lady of the Rocks, a small island holding a beautiful 17th Century church. This man-made Island was built by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea.
The interior of the church was decorated by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century painter from Perast. On the altar is the famous icon of Our Lady of the Rocks.
Kotor: Surrounded by high mountains reflected in the blue waters, a fjord-shaped Bay of Kotor is one of the most spectacular landscapes on the Mediterranean. Medieval Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by impressive medieval fortress and has perfectly preserved city center, built between the 12th and 14th century.
DAY 6, DISCOVER DUBROVNIK
Walk through historic Dubrovnik, enjoy the cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik with your private guide.
After the tour, settle in a bar or restaurant in Dubrovnik’s old town, there are ones that you absolutely must visit. Here we will name just a few: bar nestled the outside of the city walls, facing the sea with beautiful views of the island of Lokrum, wine bar in the main center of the Old town, or restaurant with a superior view on roof tiles within the heart of the Old Town or one on the highest point of Mount Srd, with a view of Dubrovnik area and surrounding sea.
Dubrovnik: Encircled by its powerful walls and fortresses, city looks like a precious jewel surrounded by the sea from all sides. The town is also a treasure trove of wonderful architecture and works of art, jealously kept and preserved over centuries. Our walking tour takes us to Stradun, an elegant main street with Onofrio`s Fountains, Franciscan Monastery with the ancient pharmacy, Dominican Monastery with it's fine collection of medieval paintings, Orlando`s Column, Church of St Blaise-the city’s patron saint, Cathedral with its famous Treasury and other sights. Enjoy discovering the Old City; City included on UNESCO`s World Heritage List.
DAY 7, DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MEUGROJE AND MOSTAR – SPLIT
Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. First stop is Međugroje, the peaceful Catholic pilgrimage village, then we continue to Mostar. Spend time wandering the small city or visiting the small town's shops and Bazaar.
Late afternoon we continue to Split.
Medugorje: Since 1981, in a small village of Međugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to visionaries and passing through them messages of piece to the whole world. Share the faith with millions of pilgrims from all over the world that have visited Međugorje and left spiritually strengthened and renewed.
Mostar: City included in 2005 on the UNESCO`s World Heritage List. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favorable geographical conditions. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques.
DAY 8, DISCOVER UNESCO CITIES OF SPLIT AND TROGIR
In the morning, meet experienced local guide for a sightseeing tour of Trogir, a magnificent UNESCO-listed medieval town. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town on your own.
Later in the day, we will have guided tour of the UNESCO city of Split. The best way to experience Split and Diocletian's Palace is on foot. Walking from a Golden gate to Riva or Marmontova street, you will see the best old town attractions.
Trogir: A harmonious stone town on a small island. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches...
Split: Rich past of over 1700 years left its traces blended in the town everyday life. The mixture of all historic layers makes a part of its originality.
Today the big city lives by the silent beats of history, lively temperamental spirit of the young and its particular warm Mediterranean charm. Diocletian's Palace is a sight like no other, ancient Roman ruin and the living soul of Split.
Walk inside and you'll see many bars, shops and restaurants blooming amid the atmospheric old walls where life in Split has been going on for 1000s of years.
Temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Cathedral, Diocletian cells, Golden and Silver gate, Peristyle, Marko Marulic’s square, Prokurative and other spending buildings are just part of this beautiful puzzle you will see, love and live....
DAY 9, SPLIT – PLITVICE LAKES DAY TOUR
Spend a day exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in inland Croatia. Private tour of Plitvice Lakes with local guide. Highlight include visit of largest waterfall in Croatia, and ride over the largest and deepest lake in the Park – Kozjak. Overnight Plitvice Lakes.
Plitvice Lakes: Situated in a thick forest, Plitvice Lakes are considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. Sixteen lakes, connected by 92 waterfalls, cascade through its picturesque surrounding.
Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979, they have been on the UNESCO's List of World Natural Heritage. Enjoy the magic beauty of the lakes and waterfalls.
DAY 10, PLITVICE LAKES – OPATIJA – POSTOJNA – LJUBLJANA
On this day we travel to Slovenia. First stop will be in Opatija, the traditional seaside resort, former destination for the Austro-Hungarian nobility, today place of luxury hotels, villas and private summer residences. Enjoy a walk in the well-tended parks and the seaside promenade and have a tasty lunch in one of the luxury restaurants.
Next stop will be to explore magical depths of Postojna Cave and its Underground world.
Find out why this is the most captivating cave in the world while experiencing a 24-kilometre-long cave system in one-of-a-kind ride on Postojna Cave's underground train.
Postojna cave: Postojna Cave and its exciting interior will take you on a fantastic journey beneath the surface of the Earth. 24,120 m long karst cave system, fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features.
Thus, it is no wonder that it has, during the 200 years since it was opened to the public, hosted over 36 million visitors from all over the world.
DAY 11, EXPLORING SLOVENIA: LJUBLJANA AND BLED – ZAGREB
The capital of Slovenia deserves attention, the Triple Bridge is one of the top attractions in Ljubljana, it connects the two sides of Ljubljana: the old medieval town and the modern city.
Today we will see both of it. After delicious lunch in the center, we take a tour of Lake Bled, the charming Alpine resort at the very edge of the Julian Alps.
Travel back to Croatia, accommodation in Zagreb.
Ljubljana: Charming city with a unique spirit which is both traditional and modern. The streets and squares are lively with an exquisite view at every turn. The most important contribution to the city was made by Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana's favorite son, who was responsible for such masterpieces as tromostvoje (the Three Bridges), the colonnades of the open market and the National University Library.
Bled: Often mentioned as the pearl of the Alpine region. It is unique with its emerald-green Alpine lake, a Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island in the middle of the lake, and its medieval castle from the 11th century perched on a cliff above the lake.
DAY 12, SIGHTSEEING ZAGREB – DEPARTURE DAY
Before departing home, we will meet another beautiful city, city of Zagreb.
Explore the Upper and Lower Towns, City tour of Zagreb. Transfer to th Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market, Stone Gate, St Mark’s Church. Try some local chocolate before transfer to the airport for flight back home.
Zagreb: Croatian cultural, scientific, economic and political center. With numerous museums, galleries, theatres, churches, cafes, open markets, clubs and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life. A city which owes its beauty and charm to prosperous periods of baroque, classicism and secession.
After city tour we suggest to take the walk in the most picturesque street in the center – Tkalčićeva Street. It is the funnel of Zagreb lifestyle and a promenade, cafes, bars, boutiques and art shops. It is place where you can find a range of generations. This is the heart of the Zagreb city.
“If you love an ambiance - go here!”
7 beautiful countries: 7 different cultures, 7 warm and friendly nationalities.
12 enchanting days, cross Balkan adventure that offers combination of historic old towns, years of cultural heritage, romantic squares and wonderful landscape, seaside promenades, national parks, and mythical underworld caves. All this paired with local food, made in traditional way, with local ingredients. .
There are simply some places, some kinds of adventures that make you fall in love. So, take your pick and onward for best Balkan getaway ideas.
Croatia: Zagreb city tour, Opatija walking seaside promenade, National Park Plitvice Lakes tour, Split sightseeing, Trogir walking tour, Dubrovnik city tour
Slovenia: Bled pletna boat ride, Ljubljana sightseeing, Postojna Cave train ride and tour
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Medjugorje and Mostar daily excursion
Montenegro: Perast boat trip to the Our Lady of the Rocks, Kotor Old town city tour, Podgorica orientational tour
Kosovo: Peja, Prizren and Prishtina sightseeing
Macedonia: Skopje city tour
Serbia: Nis orientational tour, Belgrade sightseeing and cruise on Danube and Sava rivers
Here we have put together a few of our favorite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweaked or added to.
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