The great Balkan tour

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  • 2 Weeks
  • Belgrade, Budva, Cetinje, Dubrovnik, Kopaonik, Kotor, Kraljevo, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Makarska, Neum, Ohrid, Opatija, Oplenac, Plitvice Lake, Postojna, Skopje, Split, Studenica monastery, Tirana, Zadar

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Five Capital Cities of the Balkan – Belgrade, Skopje, Tirana, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Royal Mausoleum of Karadjordjevic family in Oplenac, Studenica Monastary, Mountain Kopaonik
Many churches, monastires and basilicas in Skopje and Lake Ohrid
Enjoy in beautiful Montenegrian and Croatian coast
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in all countries visited – Ohrid, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice lakes
Postojna Caves in Slovenia and Lake Bled.

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Price Includes

  • Travel by air conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers in Belgrade and Zagreb (Day 1 and Day 14)
  • The service of a licensed guide
  • Hotel accommodation in Belgrade, Kopaonik, Skopje, Ohrid, Budva, Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Bled, Zagreb.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
  • Dining highlights: breakfast daily, 1 dinner in bohemian quarter Skadarlija, 1 dinner in hotel at Kopaonik, tasting food ( smoked dried ham and cheese ) in village Njegusi , 1 dinner in local restaurant at Ohrid, 1 lunch in Ljubljana, Cruise dinner in Dubrovnik, “Farewell Dinner” in local restaurant in Kumrovci (Croatia) with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.
  • Tickets to sites as per programme.

Day 1Arive in Belgrade


You will be welcomed at Belgrade’s Airport and transferred to your Hotel. Relax for the afternoon or stroll through the streets and enjoy the atmosphere of this friendly city.

Day 3Belgrade – Oplenac – Kraljevo – Studenica – Kopaonik


After breakfast we depart from Belgrade and drive through the picturesque countryside of Central Serbia known as the Sumadija region. Our first visit will be to the Royal Mausoleum of Karadjordjevic family in Oplenac, located at the 19th century church of St George. Its entire interior is covered with copies of frescos from 60 medieval monasteries and an incredibly beautiful Mosaic consisting of 725 panels and around 1500 figures. At the next stop in Kraljevo, the opportunity to visit the church of the Ascension of the Most Holy Mother of God as it presents the most sacred preserved structure in the city before we continue our journey through the valley of river Ibar. Here we will find the richest and the largest of all Serbian Orthodox Monasteries, the Studenica Monastery. This Monastery was established in the late 12th century as the endowment of Stefan Nemanja, the founder of medieval Serbian state. Its importance has been recognised by UNESCO earning it a place on the list of World Heritage sites. In the evening we will enter the National Park of Kopaonik and proceed to our Hotel for an included dinner.

Day 5Skopje – Ohrid


We continue our trip through Macedonia to the town of Ohrid idyllically located on the lake with the same name. Here, lived the saints Kliment, Naum and Cyril who formulated the Cyrillic alphabet used in many countries of Eastern Europe. During our walking tour we will see some of its ancient churches, basilicas and monasteries (some of them dating back from 11th century) listed on UNESCO heritage site since 1980. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. We dine tonight at the local Restaurant next to the serene Ohrid lake.

Day 7Budva – Cetinje – Kotor – Dubrovnik


This morning we visit the old Royal capital of Montenegro, the city of Cetinje where we see the former Royal Palace and the Blue Palace used as the official residence of the President of Montenegro. Later at the village of Njegusi we will sample some of its smoked dried ham and cheese for which it is well renowned. Winding roads with some breath taking vistas will bring us to the town of Kotor where you will see a well preserved walled settlement and learn about its turbulent history. Along the shores of Bay of Kotor also known as the European most “southern fjord” (in reality it is a submerged river valley!!) we reach the Croatian border and shortly afterwards we arrive to Dubrovnik.

Day 9Dubrovnik – Neum – Makarska – Split


A little known fact, due to some turbulent and sometimes confusing history, is that Bosnia and Herzegovina has a small enclave on the Adriatic coast. We will make our morning stop at its only resort, Neum before returning back to Croatia and the spectacular Dalmatian coast. Later enjoy the stroll in Makarska, the city noted for its palm-fringed promenade, where fashionable cafes, bars and boutiques overlook the pretty harbour and the mooring of many pleasure crafts. A walking city tour with a local guide has been arranged upon our arrival to Split which will feature the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor's Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. The evening is free for you to dine at one of many local restaurants.

Day 11Opatija – Postojna Caves – Lake Bled


A short drive this morning will bring you to Slovenia. Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this UNESCO World Heritage site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90 minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot. In the afternoon we arrive to Bled and its picturesque glacial Lake Bled. Walk around its paved shore or take a traditional boat called Pletna to the island where you can ring the famous bell and make a wish inside the pilgrimage church.

Day 13Zagreb Sightseeing - excursion to Croatian Hinterland


Learn about the Croatian capital from your local guide during our sightseeing tour. The city grew out of two medieval communities, Kaptol and Gradec, each sited on a hill and divided by a river long since dried up. You will visit the Cathedral and the Open Market called Dolac and see St Mark’s church before you are given free time to further explore the city’s main square Ban Jelacic. Later in the afternoon a scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito, where you’ll explore his house, now a museum. Then we celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Day 2Belgrade Sightseeing and Royal Palace visit


Our morning tour of extensive sightseeing will include the most significant sights of the old part of the city: Knez Mihailova street, Kalemegdan park and Belgrade fortress, the Republic and Terazije squares, National Theatre, St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral, National Assembly. Later we visit the Royal Palaces of Karadjordjevic family and get acquainted with the history, art and culture of the Serbian heritage. The tour includes the magnificent Royal and White Palaces and the Royal Chapel dedicated to the patron Saint of the Royal family. Spend the afternoon individually sightseeing before enjoying the included dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in Skadarlija, the Bohemian quarter of the city.

Day 4Kopaonik – Skopje


This morning is your free time to immerse yourself in the scenic landscapes of Serbia's highest mountain, well over 6500ft above the sea level. With a total of 25 ski lifts this is the best ski-resort in this part of Europe. Enjoy the fresh air and a pleasant walk through the natural surroundings. In the afternoon we travel across the border into the FYRM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) where we will take you sightseeing in its capital of Skopje. There you will see the monument and the memorial house of Mother Theresa, the Stone Bridge originally from the 6th century, Daut Pasha Hamam – monument of the Islamic architecture which nowadays houses the National Gallery of Macedonia, the church of St Spas built in the 17th century, the fortress Kale and then stroll at your leisure through the old Bazaar.

Day 6Ohrid – Tirana – Budva


The next country on our journey around the Balkans is Albania. For many people it still remains a big mystery as it was the last country in Europe to overthrow its paranoiac Communist leadership two decades ago. Even though the big reforms are under way, Albania remains one of the poorest European countries. Its vibrant capital city of Tirana will amaze you with an interesting combination of Turkish Ottoman architecture and later the Italian influence but also the most recent Socialist examples. In the afternoon we cross the border into Montenegro. Driving along the coast we pass the very picturesque resort of St Stefan, the former fishing village now turned into an exclusive spot where some famous celebrities have spent their vacations. Tonight we will stay along the coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera. It is the center of Montenegro coast, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.

Day 8Dubrovnik – Sightseeing and time at leisure


Dubrovnik, dubbed “pearl of the Adriatic”, has one of the best preserved walls of any European medieval fortified city. With our local guide we walk through its narrow paved streets seeing the Onofrio’s fountain, Church of St. Blaise, Rector’s Palace and visit the Franciscan Monastery where you can see one of the oldest active Pharmacies on the Continent. The rest of the day you can spend individually sightseeing, scaling the old city walls or simply relaxing by the pool or on the beach. This evening enjoy the sunset cruise followed by a delicious dinner at the sea-food restaurant with the most beautiful views over this incredible city.

Day 10Split – Plitvice Lakes – Opatija


Admire some more beautiful landscapes today as we travel to the forested National Park of Plitvice. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site will be shown to you on your walking tour with a Park Ranger. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Later return to the coast and one of the most elegant resorts of Istrian Peninsula, the town of Opatija. By the end of the 19th century it became a fashionable destination for the Austrian imperial family and Austrian nobility. Due to its raised profile more luxury hotels and villas were built.

Day 12Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb


This morning you visit the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Ljubljana’s geographical position has governed its colourful past, since it is situated on a natural passage leading from the Alps to the Mediterranean and towards the East. Its interesting history will be revealed during your walking sightseeing tour with a local guide who will also show you the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum and the Three Bridges Square. After lunch you will return to Croatia and shortly afterwards arrive to Zagreb. Spend the evening exploring the vibrant Tkalciceva street with its' many outdoor cafes and restaurants.

Day 14Depart Zagreb


Say goodbye to your fellow travellers this morning as your holiday comes to an end and we transfers you to the Airport.

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