Balkan Explorer/ North to South

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Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

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Overview

 

Travel across historic Central Balkan, from Belgrade Serbia. Visit cultural sights and cities in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,Croatia,Montenegro,Albania,Greece

13 day program

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1:
 Beograd
Arrival at the airport and transfer to the city for the tour. The dinner with traditional music will be organized in the old bohemian neighborhood "Skadarlija". Accommodation in a 4-star hotel.
Day 2:
 Beograd
Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Castle dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox church in the city and the Tito Memorial. Enjoy dinner with live local music in a typical national restaurant in the old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3:
 Beograd/ Zlatibor
We start with an unforgettable nostalgic 15 km. board the old and narrow steam train, "Sarganska Osmica". Capturing stunning scenery through 20 tunnels, 10 bridges and as many viaducts, the trail weaved its way through the enchanting landscapes of Serbia and Bosnia. City walk Overnight in Zlatibor, dinner as desired.
Day 4:
 Zlatibor- Mokra Gora / Visegrad(BiH) Old Bridge – Sarajevo
After breakfast, cross the Drina River on the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Located here in a particularly beautiful view is Višegrad. Višegrad has a famous stone bridge built by the Ottomans in 1571, by order of Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic. Travel to Sarajevo: the old town below with handicrafts and oriental architecture. Accommodation in a 4* hotel. Optional, traditional dinner in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old quarter - optional, traditional Bosnian food. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Day 5:
 Sarajevo - Mostar – Dubrovnik
After breakfast drive to Mostar - newly reconstructed bridge over Neretva river, old town, traditional exhibition of handicrafts and filigree. Short free time, shopping and traditional dega / grilled Bosnian kebab /. Travel to Dubrovnik - "Pearl of the Adriatic": Stradun, Pile Gates, old part of Dubrovnik, Franciscan Monastery with its 14th century Pharmacy, Rectors' Palace which was once the seat of government of the Republic of Dubrovnik, Lovrijenac Tower, Minceta Tower , Revelin Tower. Accommodation in a 3* hotel. Dinner as desired. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 6:
 Dubrovnik
There is a walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" this morning; Rector's Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is free. During the night.
Day 7:
 Dubrovnik-Kotor-Budva
After breakfast the journey begins passing through Herceg Novi - the first city west of the Montenegrin coast. The first stop is in Risan, a small town on the border of the Bay of Kotor, known for its archaeological site with Roman mosaics. Continue to Kotor. Visit the old town, surrounded by 4.5 km long city walls and its cathedral from the 12th century. Lunch in a restaurant, and transfer to Budva - the capital of Montenegrin tourism. Visit of the old city founded in the 4th century BC. Free afternoon, dinner and overnight at a hotel in Budva.
Day 8:
 Budva – Cetinje-Podgorica- Shkoder
Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro. Upon arrival in Cetinje, visit the city and one of the many museums of Cetinje. Free time for coffee, continue to the capital of Podgorica in Montenegro, sightseeing tour and lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch go to Shkodër, the ancient city in Albania. Walking tour of the city's heritage center where you can see the Watch Tower, the great church and the great mosque etc. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel. During the night in Shkodër.
Day 9:
 Shkodra – Kruja -Tirana
After breakfast visit Rozafa Castle and its museum to learn more about the legend of the buried woman named Rozafat (lucky rose). This castle has been built since the 2nd century Continue to the medieval town of Kruja. This is one of the most visited cities in Albania also for the reason that its history is closely related to the national hero Skënderbeu. Visit the castle which houses the national historical museum and the ethnographic museum to get more information about the traditions of the area. After that some free time in the typical bazaar to buy souvenirs. Late afternoon transfer to Tirana (the capital of Albania). Accommodation in a 4* hotel. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 10:
 Tirana – Durres – Berat
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for the tour in Tirana, starting from Skënderbej square. Visit to the National Historical Museum with rich objects that testify to the long history, the E`them Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, etc. Then continue to the main boulevard where there are various ministries, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Main University, etc. After leaving Tirana, travel to the ancient city of Durrës, which is also the most important seaport in Albania. Visit the Amphitheater, the largest in the Balkan Peninsula (capacity 20,000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which dates back to the 2nd century AD. After lunch continue to Berat. The UNESCO World Heritage City is known as the "city of a thousand windows" to showcase its 2,400-year history. Visit to the castle, built on a rocky hill 260 m above sea level. Churches here have survived within its mighty stone walls. Of interest is the church, which preserves the iconostasis carved in wood, which houses the "Onufri" museum. Visit to other facilities: Lead Mosque, Bachelor Mosque, Gorica Bridge and some residential houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the afternoon, the visit continues to the museum district of Mangalemi and Gorica, Accommodation in a 3-star hotel. During the night in Berat.
Day 11:
 Berat-Gjirokastra-Saranda
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will continue to the city of Gjirokastra, which is part of the world heritage protected by UNESCO. In Gjirokastra, residential houses have the shape of medieval towers that make up a building ensemble with a characteristic architecture. Visit to the Castle and the Weapons Museum. Continue accommodation in Saranda at Brilant 4* hotel. During the night in Saranda. Dinner at the restaurant
Days 12:
 Butrinti and Corfu Town, /UNESCO
Our journey continues to the archeological park of Butrint, a World Heritage Site- Visit the new excavations of the Roman Colony of Butrint. The journey continues to the port of Igoumenica and part by ferry to Corfu. Arrival and Visit to the World Heritage City of Corfu, Visit to the castle and the palace of Mon Repos King. Afternoon visit to the old bazaar where there are many shops. Hotel accommodation.
Day 13:
 Departure from Corfu
After breakfast at the hotel, free time depending on the time of departure from Corfu. Transfer to the airport departure to your country, taking with you a special unforgettable memory of this trip.

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