The best of Balkans tour
Step into the magic world of rich culture, turbulent history and delicious food on this unique tour of Balkan countries. Our experienced and professional local driver/guides will help you explore Balkan superb cuisine, interesting traditions and fascinating history and culture.
* Note: All our tours can be customized according to your wishes and preferences (number of days, sites, accommodation, etc.)
Day 1 ZAGREB - Arrival. Overnight in Zagreb (Croatia).
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and one of the oldest central European cities. Your guide will meet you at Zagreb Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After you check in, we suggest that you relax yourself in an evening walk through the center of Zagreb and enjoy your first evening in one of Zagreb’s many cafes and restaurants.
Day 2 ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES. Overnight on Plitvice lakes (Croatia).
This morning we will take you to experience Zagreb and its surroundings. We'll reveal you the secrets of the oldest medieval parts of Upper town (St. Mark's church, Stone gate, Lotrščak tower) and show you beautiful parks and squares of Lower town (Lenuci's horseshoe, theatre building, etc). In the afternoon journey takes us to the most famous natural wonder of Croatia and this part of Europe – Plitvice Lakes national park. On the way we'll stop in Rastoke miller village, unique example of traditional 17th century village architecture which once had more than 50 water mills built on a breathtaking waterfalls. Just 25 min further south we we'll start a comfortable hike along the sixteen beautiful and crystal-clear lakes with numerous cascades and waterfalls. In Plitvice lakes national park consists of 16 breathtaking lakes cascading in dozens of waterfalls. Our tour would take around 4 hours making it possible to see both Upper and Lower lakes. In the evening we enjoy local dinner in Lika type of restaurant with local cuisine.
Day 3 PLITVICE LAKES - ZADAR - SPLIT. Overnight in Split (Croatia).
After breakfast we make our way to Zadar a city built from Roman Iadera and a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Once we arrive in Zadar we will take a walk along its ancient streets and Roman Forum to its most famous modern monuments: Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun. Leaving Zadar we head south to Šibenik, the oldest autochthonous Croatian town where we’ll visit the unique monument of European sacral architecture – St. Jacobs Cathedral, which has been listed as UNESCO's World Cultural Monument. After leaving Šibenik on our way to Split we can stop in Trogir, an old Croatian town first inhabited by Greeks and Romans and famous for its Romanesque and gothic old core with St. Lawrence Cathedral. We reach Split in late afternoon/evening for dinner time.
Day 4 SPLIT - SARAJEVO. Overnight in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
This morning your guide will take you for a walk through the „most beautiful city in the world“, how Split if often called by its citizens. You’ll visit the Diocletian Palace and it's famous cellars in the heart of Split, built as a residential palace in 3rd century AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian and a priceless monument included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage. Diocletian was also know as the last Roman emperor persecutor of Christians. After noon we are leaving Split and soon after crossing the border to Bosnia our path takes us through some beautiful parts of the country which was heavily affected by the war during 1990's. Country consists of 3 entities, Muslim, Serbian and Croatian which still have difficulties to find compromise and dialog between each other to help country prosper and start looking forward.
Sarajevo was often called „little Istanbul“ as it was a place where worlds collided for centuries. Upon our arrival and check in we will take a walk in the city center visiting: Baščaršija, Gazi-Husrev Beg Mosque, Latin bridge and more.
Day 5 SARAJEVO – MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK. Overnight in Dubrovnik (Croatia).
Today, after spending some more time in Sarajevo we are heading south towards Croatian coast. On the way we could stop in Mostar, the 3rd biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and visit it's famous Old bridge which connects western (Croatian) and eastern (Muslim) side of Neretva river which cuts the city in two.
Entering back to Croatia we will drive through the Neretva valley and we will pass next to town of Ston on the beginning of the Pelješac peninsula, known for the 3,5 miles long fortification complex dating from the 14th century. Mali Ston and Ston area are known for great and fresh seafood especially oysters which are grown in the Mali Ston bay. In the evening we arrive to one of the oldest towns on Mediterranean, Dubrovnik.
Day 6 DUBROVNIK – KOTOR BAY - BUDVA – SKADAR LAKE (Albania). Overnight In Skadar.
After breakfast our journey takes us south into Montenegro, driving through scenic and dramatic Bay of Kotor. We'll pay the visit to town of Kotor and later that aftrenoon Budva, exploring practically the whole coast of Montenegro. On our way we pass next to the most famous Montenegran island/resort Sveti Stefan. In the evening we arrive to Skadar lake area in Albania which is the largest freshwater lake on the Balkans and a great natural and historical area of the region. We stay overnight in Skadar.
Day 7 TIRANA - PRIŠTINA. Overnight in Priština (Kosovo) .
This morning we are heading to Tirana, world's Mercedes car capital and the only European capital without McDonalds. This is the place where whole families come out on the main strech/boulevard for an evening stroll and chat. After visiting Durres, one of the oldest towns in Albania, from the 7th Century with a largest amphitheater in the Balkans from late 1st century AD and on our way to Kosovo if the weather conditions and time will permit us, we can explore Koman Lake area, a unique natural area of breathtaking views of the mountain gorges. On our way to Priština we'll also make a stop in Prizren, Kosovo's cultural capital also know after great local cuisine and great wineries. Later today we arrive to Priština, capital of Kosovo and the only European capital with Bill Clinton Boulevard. Also Priština has pretty youthful demographic, with an average age of just 25.
Day 8 PRIŠTINA - SKOPJE (Macedonia). Overnight in Skopje.
Today we are leaving Priština driving south to Macedonia with beautiful views of Shar mountain known after high quality dairy products, mainly cheese and feta cheese made on many sheepfolds on Shar and the adjacent mountains. In the afternoon we are arriving to Skopje, birth place of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Skopje is also known after the largest monument dedicated to the Alexander the Great, claimed both by Macedonians and Greeks at the same time. Skopje has been hit by at least two devastating earthquakes in its history, the most recent of which was in 1963. The magnitude 6.1 quake destroyed 80 per cent of the city and killed more than 1,070 people.
Day 9 SKOPJE - SOFIA (Bulgaria). Overnight in Sofia.
This morning we’ll have some more time to explore Skopje and then we are driving along the countryside of Macedonia and Bulgaria. Our next stop is capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. After we arrive to Sofia, you'll have a chance to relax in the city center area.
Day 10 EXPLORING SOFIA and surroundings. Overnight in Sofia.
Today we are exploring Sofia. This city offers a wealth of cultural entertainment, including Byzantine churches, museums full of ancient archaeological treasures, towering monuments and numerous mineral baths adjacent to the magnificent Mount Vitosha. Laid back and cosmopolitan, Sofia offers a thriving and diverse street life, including open-air cafés, busy markets such as the famous Ladies’ Market, rattling trams all adding to the ambience. At the foothills of Mount Vitosha about 8 kilometers from the city center you can visit the 900 year-old Boyana Church, considered among the masterpieces of medieval European painting, which features murals and frescoes dating back to 1259 AD, medieval architecture and monumental art. As the locals would say: Sofia is a place always growing but never aging...
Day 11 SOFIA - BELGRADE (Serbia). Overnight in Belgrade.
We are leaving Sofia after breakfast and driving towards border with Serbia and continuing further north Serbian capital Belgrade. Once the biggest city in Ex-Yugoslavia and it's capital for 73 years today is a real center of Balkan culture. Located on the intersection of the Danube and the Sava river, with almost 2 mil. people Belgrade (White city) found itself at the intersection of Western and Oriental Europe. Upon you check in we invite you for a short stroll in the city center before dinner time.
Day 12 EXPLORING BELGRADE. Overnight in Belgrade.
After breakfast we'll go for a scenic drive through Belgrade boulevards before we go for a city walking tour which includes some of the main city attractions: Belgrade fortress, Kalemegdan park, Sv. Sava church, Knez Mihailova street, Nikola Tesla Museum, there are all some of city attractions not to be missed. People in Belgrade live 24/7 and they love their famous „Splavs“ - bars and restaurants on permanently moored boats along the banks of the Danube and Sava river. Music is to be found everywhere and food is something Serbs are truly proud of. Do not hesitate, try it.
Day 13 BELGRADE - BUDAPEST (Hungary). Overnight in Budapest.
Today we are leaving Belgrade and heading up north towards Hungary. We will first pay visit to Novi Sad , third biggest Serbian city known after it's elegant architecture and rich history. Afterwords we are leaving for Budapest where we arrive in late afternoon. Budapest was once biggest rival of Vienna in great Austro-Hungarian monarchy and it one of most beautiful European cities. We suggest that you relax yourself in an evening walk through the center of Budapest and enjoy your evening in one of many cafes and restaurants.
Day 14 EXPLORING BUDAPEST. Overnight in Budapest.
After breakfast we are taking you on an eye-opening city tour of Budapest. Buda castle, Hero's square, Fisherman's bastion, Jewish quarter, Chain bridge and many more attractions attract people from all over the world, witnessing about rich history of Budapest which was one of the wealthiest European cities rivaling with Vienna and Prag. In the evening try one of many traditional Hungarian restaurants or take a breathtaking river cruise on Danube river.
Day 15 BUDAPEST - DEPARTURE
Today is the last day of our tour. Your guide will drive you to Budapest airport where you are expecting your flight back home. We wish you a safe journey and we hope that you will always gladly remember Tour of Balkans and have great memories of these days spent with us. Goodbye!
Highlights: Zagreb, Plitvice lakes, Split, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Skadar lake, Tirana, Priština, Skopje, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest
Price: from 2400EUR for 5-6 people, 2900EUR for 3-4 people, 3500EUR for 2 people
15 days with 14 overnight stays in 4* hotels with breakfast included
Comfortable AC van transportation with all costs included (fuel, toll, parking, ferry, VAT)
Services of the professional and experienced English speaking driver/tour guide for the whole tour
Sightseeing in every destination listed in the itinerary
Entrance tickets for all major sights according to the itinerary