Balkan and Adriatic 10 days

10 Days

1-8 People

Leisurely Walking Pace

Day 1 – Arrival to Belgrade

Upon arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, our driver will welcome you and drive you to your hotel. You will enjoy the short ride from the Nikola Tesla airport and along the way; you will hear some stories about Belgrade’s landmarks you will see on the way to your hotel. Check-in at your hotel.
Upon arriving at the hotel, take some time to rest, because it will be fun and busy 7 days ahead. At 7pm in the hotel reception, you will be greeted by your guide who will give you all the necessary information about your trip. For the rest of the evening, we recommend you take a short walk through one of the oldest Belgrade quarters, the bohemian heart of Belgrade – Skadarlija. In this picturesque cobbled street you will find numerous restaurants – ‘kafanas’ where you can try delicious local specialties while listening to traditional music. Overnight.

Day 2 – Belgrade Sightseeing

After breakfast starts the tour (driving and walking) around Belgrade. Serbia’s capital city is known for its various architectural styles, dynamic history, and fantastic view from Kalemegdan fortress on one of the biggest river confluences in Europe. We start the tour by visiting the Museum of Yugoslav History, a memorial complex devoted to the life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito, the political leader of former Yugoslavia. Next, you will pass by the stadium of FC Red Star – the former European and World Cup champions, and proceed to the Temple of Saint Sava, Belgrade’s patron saint. This impressive building can be seen from any part of the capital and represents the symbol of Belgrade. After a short break at the Temple’s plateau, the panoramic tour will then take you from Slavija Square, to Saint Mark’s Church, the Serbian National Parliament and White Palace, and on to Republic Square. This most central point of Belgrade is surrounded by such cultural institutions as the National Theatre and National Museum. The tour will then head along the main pedestrian and shopping zone, Knez Mihailo Street, before stopping for a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, which is located just across from the Building of Patriarchate. Your guide will tell you about the tavern around the corner, the oldest in the city and intriguingly known as “?” (Question Mark), before continuing on to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, the most important cultural-historic complex of the city, situated on the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube.

Optional excursions in Belgrade:
Belgrade rivers cruise and Zemun: Danube & Sava, two great rivers that flow through Belgrade and confluence into each other, as well as their beautiful shores will help you experience a special side of Belgrade. Nothing can compare to evenings at the riverside, so explore the charming Zemun neighborhood or enjoy dinner in one of the traditional fish restaurants.
Skadarlija bohemian night: A traditional Serbian dinner in Skadarlija – the bohemian heart of Belgrade.

Day 3 – Belgrade – Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – Belgrade

Breakfast. Today we explore the wonderful sights of Vojvodina, a northern province of Serbia. We drive through picturesque scenery and Serbia’s famous wine region towards the ‘Serbian Holy Land’, home to 17 Serbian Orthodox monasteries. We will visit the well-preserved monastery Krušedol, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy wine and rakija made by the monks.

The tour continues on to Sremski Karlovci. Scattered between the green slopes of Fruška gora and the blueness of the Danube, Sremski Karlovci is guarding the rich treasury of Serbian culture and spirituality in its edifices of priceless historical values. Sremski Karlovci feels like a ‘museum town’ with its Baroque center, the Patriarchal Court, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, and the first Serbian secondary school (gymnasium). It is also famous for wine production and the town’s annual Wineball festival. We finish your tour of this charming town with a visit and wine tasting at one of the region’s most prominent wineries.

Next on our tour of the day is the 2021 European Capital of Culture, Novi Sad. Located on the historical border of two former empires – the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman – as a result, the capital of Vojvodina is a multi-cultural city with an interesting mix of architectural influences. On a sightseeing tour around the city, you will walk around the city’s pedestrian zone, past the City Hall, a Catholic church, the old city center, the former house of Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva, the cultural foundation Matica Srpska and a synagogue. Then you’ll follow the right bank of the Danube and visit Petrovaradin, or the so-called ‘Danube’s Gibraltar’, where the fortress is located. Drive back to Belgrade. Overnight.

Day 4 – Flight to Montenegro – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik

Breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to Belgrade Airport for the flight to Tivat, Montenegro. Upon arrival, you’ll take a tour around the Bay of Kotor, one of Montenegro’s famous landmarks, which is more than 20 km in length. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) is the largest Adriatic bay between Montenegro and Croatia. The Bay of Kotor is sometimes called Europe’s southernmost fjord. The best way to explore is a walking tour around the old Mediterranean town of Kotor, with the Kotor Fortress that rightfully takes its place in the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will have free time to continue wandering around the old paved town and enjoy the beautiful squares and cafés and restaurants alike.
The next stop in Kotor Bay is the town of Perast, a little settlement in baroque style. From Perast, you’ll start a relaxing boat ride around the Bay of Kotor to the picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rocks. This manmade island is home to a church with valuable paintings by local artists, silver votive tablets, and a famous votive tapestry.
Drive to Dubrovnik. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 5 – Leisure day – Dubrovnik Sightseeing

Breakfast.  After breakfast, we start the walking tour around Dubrovnik, the city situated on the southern Adriatic Sea coast. It is usually regarded as the most picturesque city on the Dalmatian coast and is referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”. The old town is surrounded by a 2 km long wall that gives a great opportunity to see old Dubrovnik from above during a one-hour relaxing walk; the city’s churches, fortifications, and monuments are a real must-see. A great flourishing of art and literature, in the 15th–17th century, earned it the title of ‘the South Slav Athens’. You will find numerous art galleries and unique shops here and in the historical center of Dubrovnik, you will visit the main street Stradun, the main square Placa, Pile Gate, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, the walls of the Old Town, the church of Saint Blaise, the cathedral, the Jesuit church, Orlando’s Column, Big Onofrio’s Fountain, the city port and other hidden gems. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Optional excursions in Dubrovnik:
Cable Car Ride: The Dubrovnik Cable Car will take you to the top of Srđ Hill, where you can stretch your view up to 60 km across the Adriatic coast, and this wonderful city.
Seafood dinner: In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local restaurant where you can enjoy Croatian seafood dishes and wines.

Day 6 – Dubrovnik – Mostar – Međugorje – Split

Breakfast. Drive along the beautiful Makarska coast – during this drive, you will enjoy the incredible views of Croatian islands, wine & olive plantations, and stone-made villages towards Mostar. A walking tour around Mostar starts with a visit to the symbol of this city, Balkan TOP 10, and the Old Bridge which is a UNESCO-protected landmark. You will then proceed to Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge, and the old Tanner’s Quarter Tabhana. Free time in Mostar for lunch. You will enjoy your lunch on the banks of the Neretva River, with the bridge rising above you.
On the way to Split, we will stop for a visit to the famous pilgrimage site of Međugorje a place where allegedly apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported since 1981. In recent times it has been one of the best-known and most visited places of pilgrimage in the whole Catholic world.
Drive to Split. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 7 – Leisure day – Split – Trogir – Split

Breakfast. After breakfast, we go on a sightseeing tour of Split, the largest Dalmatian city, founded 1700 years ago. Your guide will lead you through the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO Heritage Site), built in the 4th century for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and show you the former Temple of Jupiter in the central square of the imperial complex. You will also pass through the Golden and Silver Gates and walk around lively markets and Riva, the city’s shopping zone.
The afternoon will be spent in the beautiful town of Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. It is a picturesque town, with a whimsical Mediterranean feel that takes you back to the past days. Return to Split.
Free time for a relaxing evening by the sea.

Day 8 – Split – Šibenik – Zadar – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Breakfast. The tour will then head towards Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, located in the most protected natural harbor, in the center of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River and near the bottom of Dinara Mountain. Magnificent medieval centers, fortifications, cafés, and restaurants make this city an authentic Mediterranean destination with its own Dalmatian lifestyle. Spend your free time strolling through the charming streets and enjoying lunch in a square surrounded by Venetian architecture.
The next stop on your discovery of the Dalmatian coast is Zadar, a city located at the heart of the Adriatic and is the urban center of Northern Dalmatia. It is 3 thousand years old and full of historical and cultural sights.
Nowadays, it is one of the most famous Croatian tourist destinations. The city offers a unique atmosphere, and it’s full of life. The city’s seafront is a beautiful place for walks and just enjoying the nature and sun, and it also has a beautiful view of the islands of Ugljan and Pašman. Among the most famous historical building, there are the Church of St Donatus and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. The Church of St Donatus is the trademark of the city of Zadar. Today, it’s used for different musical events because of its extraordinary acoustic properties. Zadar is a city that merges the past and modern life and you will definitely enjoy your time spent here. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. In the refreshing atmosphere, you can relax and enjoy dinner either in the hotel restaurant or a local restaurant nearby.

Day 9 – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Zagreb

Breakfast. We are headed to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, home to 16 different lakes which change color by the second. In the blink of an eye, you can see blue, green, aquamarine, and turquoise. Within a beautiful karst landscape dominated by a mix of forests and meadows, the magnificent Plitvice Lake system stands out, fascinating scientists and visitors alike. Interconnected by many waterfalls and watercourses above and below ground, the lakes are grouped into upper and lower lakes. And although swimming is forbidden in these lakes, the beauty of this place will leave you breathless.
The final stop on this great Balkan tour is the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The city illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of Croatia. Its favorable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps, and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication. Sightseeing around Zagreb, touring the city’s main attractions: Kaptol (the medieval part of Zagreb), the Franciscan monastery, and the 13th-century Church of Saint Francis. You will also get the chance to walk around Dolac, Zagreb’s best-known farmers’ market, and admire the baroque architecture of the 18th-century Church of Saint Mary. The tour will end in the heart of Zagreb, at Ban Josip Jelačić’s monument in the square named after him.

Day 10 – Departure

Breakfast and hotel check-out.

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