BALKAN CULTURAL TRIP – 10 DAYS
SERBIA, MACEDONIA, ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO, CROATIA.
DAY 1: APT – BELGRADE
Please flight details are needed in advance
Upon arrival meet our guide and drive, and start the tour
Highlights of the day: Kalemegdan fortress and park, Terazije square, King Milan Street,Old Royal Palace, New Royal Palace, St Sava Orthodox church, The House of Flowers , The old bohemian quarter “Skadarlija”
After tour check in hotel
Dinner with traditional music will be organized at the old bohemian quarter “Skadarlija”.
HOTEL MR.PRESIDENT 4*
Day 2 : BELGRADE – NIŠ – SKOPJE
Early departure in this day, Take note its very long driving day ,
We start our journey heading for the south of Serbia. Visit Monasteries Manasija and Ravanica.
Travel to Nis.
Visit Nis, one of the oldest cities in Europe and long considered a gateway between the East and the West. You’ll enjoy scenic views on the drive from Sofia. Explore the Roman ruins at Medijana and try a Serbian grill for lunch in the city center.
You’ll find some fortress remains, a shopping street, and lovely gardens. The approach to Nis is very scenic, with the road passing through a river gorge.
Your first stop is to visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower). Learn about the atrocities committed by the Turks and see the unique monument to the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries.
The next important site is in suburban Medijana, where you’ll explore an archeological site of a Roman estate. See remains of an ancient villa, a granary, villas, and baths. The museum houses sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use, and other objects unearthed at the site.
You’ll have some free time to walk around the central square and try the famous Serbian grill for lunch
Continue to Skopje, Macedonia.
Upon arrival check in hotel and accommodation
Dinnerat the hotel.
Overnight in Skopje.
HOTEL HOLIDAY INN 4*
Or HOTEL KARPOS 4*
Day 3: SKOPJE – OHRID
08:00 Check out hotel and leave start the tour of SKOPJE
The capital and at the same time the biggest city in the Republic of Macedonia has about 800,000 inhabitants. Needless to say, it is the most important political, cultural, economic and academic center of the country.
During this all day, all-encompassing tour, our friendly and knowledgeable guide will lead you through the story of Skopje, beginning with the new “Skopje 2014th”, across the Stone Bridge, through the Old Town, up to the fortress Kale where the earliest evidence of human existence are. It will raise you to the Millennium Cross on the top of Mount Vodno for a spectacular panoramic view on Skopje, the tour will also take you to the nearby village of Gorno Nerezi, at St. Pantelejmon church, to witness the frescoes that are among the highest ac hievements in existing Byzantine art ect
Possibility to visit KANYON MATKA IN THIS DAY
Extra payments to be considered
Tour around and continue to Ohrid.
HOTEL MILLENIUM PALACE 4*
Or HOTEL BELVEDERE 4*
Day 4: OHRID all the day
08:00 After Breakfast, check out and start city tour of Ohrid
In 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. High above the city, rises Samuilova Fortress. It is located at the top of the hill. Whole day to enjoy Macedonian pearl.
Explore the center of Christianity for all Slavs on a half-day tour of Ohrid, and discover the seat of the Archbishopric. See all the historic city’s main sights, such as the Cathedral of St. Sofia, the burial place of St. Kliment, and more.
Walk through the Lower Gate to the Archeological Museum in the Robev Family House, and tour an exhibition of ancient artifacts, including a statue of the Goddess Isis. Continue to the 11th-century cathedral church of St. Sofia, the Ancient Theater from the 2nd century BC, and the beautiful icons at the church of St. Mary Perivleptos.
Get fantastic views of Ohrid Lake from the medieval walls of Samuil Fortress. Descend to Plaosnik at the crossroads of civilizations on Ohrid Hill.
Optional VISIT OF ST.NAUM BY BOAT
Extra Payment to be considered
Overnight in Ohrid
HOTEL MILLENIUM PALACE 4*
Or HOTEL BELVEDERE 4*
Day 5: OHRID –BERAT
08:00 After Breakfast, check out and drive TO Berat
Berat – The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”, due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town.Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Ossum River: Goritsa (“little mountain” in Old Slavonic, Mangalem and Kalaja, the latter being a residential quarter within the old Byzantine citadel that overlooks the town. The town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churchs of the Albanian Orthodox Church. Of inters it is also the Onufri Museum in the city.
- THE CASTLE
- THE ONUFRI MUSEUM
Berat : after tour driving to WINE FACTORY COBO Company brief tour in private company
Share experience with specialist of company –meet the people who working and taste the wine
SNAC service with wine
Overnight in Berat
HOTEL GRAND WHITE CITY 4*
Or MANGALEM 3*
DAY 6. TIRANA- SHKODRA
08:00 Breakfast and leave to SHKODER
Shkodra ,known as the “capital of north Albania” it is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in the 4th century B.C. as the center of the Labeat tribe of Illyrians. Shkodra is rich in cultural heritage; the city itself as well as the people bears the pride that the large number of artists, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, and writers born here strove to create. Shkodra’s main tourist attraction is Rozafa Castle. Rising majestically upon a rocky hill west of the city, the outcroppings and battlements paint a blazing picture against the setting sun. It is surrounded by the waters of three rivers; the Drini, Buna, and Kiri. Much like the town it protected, the castle has Illyrian origins. Historians tell us a less enchanting and more scientific background of the castle’s characteristics. It reflects the dominion of the Balshaj family but passed through enough other ruling periods that each left their own signs and markings on the grounds, including a distinct Venetian flare, some Ottoman architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. Within the castle walls is a museu.
Visit Rozafa, the castle of Shkoder
Cathedral of the city.
The Cathedral of Shkodra is called the Great Church because, at the time of construction, was one of the largest churches in Balkan. Then we will visit the Mosque in Shkodra. The New Mosque, EbuBekr, is the largest in Albania and among the largest in Balkan.
After Tour turn back to Hotel
Accommodations and Dinner in HOTEL
HOTEL COLOSSEO or TRADITA HOTEL(Traditional hotel)
DAY 7. SHKODRA – PODGORICA-CETINJE -BUDVA
Departure towards Cetinje, former capital of Montenegro.
After the arrival to Cetinje, visit of the town and one of numerous museums of Cetinje
Cetinje is the historic capital of Montenegro. The city is located in the southern part of the republic, at the foot of the mountain Lovcen. Because of its authentic architecture and a large number of historic buildings, relics, monasteries, churches and museums, this city was named “museum city”.
It will take a one-hour visit to get to know the treasure of Montenegrin history and culture.
Traditional lunch in a restaurant.
Continue to Budva, the capital of Montenegrin tourism,visit in the Old Town along with the city of Budva where was said to have been discovered by a Greek sailor by the name of Boutoua, founded in 4th century B.C.
Accommodation at the 4* star hotel.
HOTEL BUDVA4* or
QUEEN of MONTENEGRO 4*
DAY 8. BUDVA – KOTOR –DUBROVNIK
08:00 After breakfast, proceed to Podgorica
Our walking tour Kotor start with the guide in the front of the main gate (1). He will take you to place of merchants and sailors and lead you through two and a half thousand years of history of this amazing fortification. Kotor as we know now was built between 12th and 14th century and contains numerous monuments of historical heritage and outstanding medieval architecture as well, which have made Kotor a UNESCO listed „World Natural and Historical Heritage Site“.
When you enter the Old Town, you’ll step on the main town square that is Arms Square (2), with the Town Clock Tower (3) which dates back from 1602. By the tower facade there is a pyramidal pillar, a pillory, a testimony of the moral as well as legal norms respected in the town.
Highlights of the day: one of the most beautiful bays in the world – Bay of Kotor, City of Kotor – a UNESCO World Heritage site
Continue to Dubrovnik for overnight.
HOTEL ADRIA Dubrovnik 4*
OR Grand Park Hotel Dubrovnik 4*
DAY 9: DUBROVNIK
We recommend you our city tour which will include all the interesting sites that are listed in the program of Dubrovnik Old Town Walk but additionally we will take you for a short panoramic ride. We will drive up to the slopes of hills above the city to get to the best view points.
The highest hill in the area, Srd Mountain is the place where in 1990s war the front line was located. From some of the viewpoints you will not only admire absolutely beautiful panoramic views of Dubrovnik but also some of the Adriatic islands. On the way down you will be amazed again by unique, breathtaking view of Dubrovnik opening right in front of your eyes. Taking some pictures during this tour is a must so don’t forget your camera!
Highlights of the day: Stradun, Onofrio`s Fountain, Orlando`s Column, Church of St Blaise, Cathedral with it’s famous Treasury, Franciscan Monastery and Dominican Monastery
Afternoon free for leisure.
Dinner with folklore at local restaurant.
HOTEL ADRIA Dubrovnik 4*
Or Grand Park Hotel Dubrovnik 4*
After breakfast free time until transfer to Dubrovnik Airport and departure flight.
Finish of the services