Balkan tour 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. Overnight 

Day 3 – Belgrade – Šargan Eight – Wooden-town – Zlatibor

Breakfast and check-out. After breakfast, we depart from Belgrade and are heading west towards the unique Ovčar-Kablar Gorge, through which the West Morava River meanders. The tour will continue on to Tara National Park. You will have time to enjoy its beauty from aboard the authentic, retro ‘Nostalgia’ train which runs along the narrow-gauge heritage railway, Šargan Eight. Traveling from the bottom of Šargan mountain on a route shaped like a number eight (hence the name), you will be transported back in time while enjoying the stunning mountain scenery and numerous tunnels and viaducts. This railway used to be a part of the railway from Belgrade to Sarajevo during the 20th century. After enjoying the incredible nature, you will arrive at the ethno village Drvengrad (Wooden Town), built by prominent movie director Emir Kusturica. The village, which includes the Mećavnik Hotel, houses, galleries, shops, a cinema, and a church, is a town of dreams, a town that has turned an image of utopia into reality. Since 2008, the village plays host to the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival and Drvengrad has been visited by many internationally acclaimed actors and directors, such as Johnny Depp, Monica Belucci, Jim Jarmusch, and many others.
After exploring Drvengrad, there will be a short drive to Zlatibor Mountain, home of the first royal resort in Serbia. You will have some free time to take a walk around the city center, enjoy the fresh mountain air and in the evening, a dinner of traditional Serbian food typical of the region will be served in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 4 – Zlatibor – Višegrad – Sarajevo

Breakfast and check-out. Our tour continues to Bosnia and Herzegovina and after a short drive we come to Višegrad, where again, the acclaimed director Emir Kusturica used his imagination and creativity to build Andrićgrad (also known as Stone Town). It is a cultural center with numerous buildings and facilities built on the banks of the Drina River near the famous bridge (a monument under the protection of UNESCO). The bridge is referenced in the title of Ivo Andrić’s novel The Bridge on the Drina and in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning author, Kusturica’s town was called Andrićgrad or Andrić Town. In Andrićgrad, the tour will stop for lunch at an unusual restaurant called Zlatna Moruna, the interior of which is decorated with frescoes by well-known artist Bisenija Tereščenko.
After lunch, the tour continues to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Check-in at the hotel. After a short rest, we continue with the sightseeing tour of the city, covering all the main sights including Vijećnica or Sarajevo City Hall, the building of which was finished during the Austro-Hungarian period; the old downtown of the city called Baščaršija; the historical and cultural center of Sarajevo with authentic shops; the Orthodox Church from the 16th century; the Gazi Husrev-bey mosque; the Sahat Tower from the 17th century; and the first public toilet in Europe. After that we head to the Latin Bridge where Gavrilo Princip shot the successor to the AustroHungarian throne Franz Ferdinand, consequently starting the First World War. After crossing the bridge, you reach Bezistan, a market complex from the 16th century, and then on to the main pedestrian zone Ferhadiya with the Sarajevo Synagogue from 1580 and a Catholic cathedral from 1881. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 5 – Sarajevo – Mostar – Blagaj – Trebinje

Breakfast and check-out. We start the day with a drive to one of the most beautiful cities of the Balkan Peninsula, Mostar. During the walking tour, you will visit the symbol of the city, the most photographed sight in the country – the Old Bridge (a UNESCO-protected landmark). Next, we will visit Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge, and the old Tanner’s quarter Tabhana. Free time in Mostar and lunchtime on the banks of the Neretva River, with an amazing view of the bridge that rises above you.
Our excursion continues to Blagaj (a site on the UNESCO Tentative List), an old town from the 15th century. Blagaj was also the crib of Islam of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, when dervish Sari Satluk built a khanqah at the Riverhead of Buna. During the short tour, you will enjoy the views of the beautiful shores of the emerald green river Buna and the monastery located beneath the cliffs of this truly breathtaking environment.
Our final destination of the day is Trebinje, a picturesque town that dates back to the 10th century. Being the town on the caravan road between Kotor and Dubrovnik to Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro, the town has a rich history and a very picturesque feeling. The tour starts with a visit to Arslanagića Bridge, a dream for artists and photographers alike. During the leisurely walk through the narrow streets of the old town, you’ll see the most important sights of Trebinje as you make your way to the so-called ‘Poet’s Square’ where you can sit under the 115-year-old trees, which are the symbol of the town. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6 – Trebinje – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik

Breakfast and check-out. On our next to last day of the Balkan tour we are headed to the Republic of Montenegro, a country that boasts of rich heritage and immense natural beauty. The Bay of Kotor with its unique landscape is a must-see location for more than 500 cruisers per year. On the way to the stunning town of Kotor, you will make a stop at the town of Perast, a charming settlement baroque in style. From Perast, you’ll start a relaxing boat ride along the Bay of Kotor to the one-of-a-kind 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.
After the boat ride, we arrive in Kotor, an old Mediterranean town that dates back to the 12th and 14th centuries. A walking tour will allow you to explore this UNESCO site, including the churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luke, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, and other cultural monuments. You will have free time to explore this wondrous town, its narrow, paved streets, as well as many cafés, restaurants, and beautiful stores.
Our final destination of the day is Dubrovnik, 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.

Day 7 – Dubrovnik – Split

Breakfast. Start a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, a beautiful coastal town in Croatia, and one of the most beautiful places in the Balkans. Dubrovnik recently gained additional fame for its appearance in a film set as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. It is known for its delightful townscape, comprising medieval architecture and marble pavings. At 2 pm we continue further. We start a beautiful drive along the Makarska coast – with wonderful views of Croatian islands, wine & olive plantations, and stone-made villages. Afternoon arrival in Split, the largest Dalmatian city, where you can see the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world – The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Diocletian palace as well as numerous historical sites. Check-in at your hotel. Free time for relaxing by the sea at one of many cafés or restaurants and enjoying the Mediterranean atmosphere of this magical town.

Day 8 – Split – Šibenik – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Breakfast and check-out. Split sightseeing tour – 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 tour will then head towards Plitvice, with a short break in 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.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the world-famous destination and the most visited national park in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here, you can enjoy the fresh air and enjoy your dinner in one of the local restaurants or in your hotel.

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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