8 Countries | 14 Days | 1 Amazing Experience
Tour Code: BD22PT
Throughout history, the Balkans were known as the powder-keg of Europe. Indeed, history is full of sudden burst of the strong Balkan passions. But wars are left in the past. We can now only enjoy the beautiful features of the sunny face of the Balkans – beautiful and preserved nature, old monasteries, cozy towns – a different and slightly old-fashioned Europe. We offer you to tour together several countries and see the most interesting places in each of them – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria – all alike but at the same time very different in their own way. This is the place, where Europe meets the Orient, where Christians and Muslims have lived together for centuries, where old traditions coexist with the rhythm of XXI century.
- The monastery of “Studenica” established in the XIII century, under the auspices of UNESCO
- Mehmed Pasha Bridge near Visegrad, built in XVI century is under UNESCO auspices
- Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Mostar whose old part is a World Heritage Site
- Dubrovnik the masterpiece of the Adriatic, the sea and commercial rival of Venice, under the auspices of UNESCO
- The picturesque Kotor Bay and the town of Kotor, forming a beautiful ensemble of natural, historic and cultural heritage, under the auspices of UNESCO
- Visoki Decani Monastery with the largest medieval church in the Balkans, under the auspices of UNESCO
- Tirana the capital of Albania
- Ohrid a medieval literary center and the last capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. Together with the Ohrid Lake the town is under UNESCOs protection
Day 1 | Sofia
Arrival in Sofia and transfer to your hotel. Free time to explore the Bulgarian capital.
Day 2 | Sofia – Kruševac – Studenica (Serbia)
Departure by coach tour bus to Serbia. Our first stop is in the old capital – the town of Kruševac. Then we will visit Studenica – the most important monastery of medieval Serbia. Overnight in a hotel next to the monastery. (370 km)
Day 3 | Studenica – Visegrad – Sarajevo (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Today we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina. After crossing the border we will see the famous bridge of Mehmed Pasha near Visegrad, praised in the novel “The Bridge on the Drina” of the Nobel laureate – Ivo Andrich. Then we will continue to Sarajevo. Overnight in the town of Sarajevo. (340 km)
Day 4 | Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A walking tour through the center of the Bosnian capital – Sarajevo, whose mosques and old Turkish bazaar with shops and cafes still keep the traditional oriental atmosphere of the region. Free time. Overnight.
Day 5 | Sarajevo – Mostar – Radimlja – Dubrovnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia)
Mostar is famous for its old houses and the old bridge, a symbol of peaceful coexistence of different cultural and religious communities in the Balkans. On our way to the border we will stop at Radimlja to see the unic stecci – grave stones from XV century. Arrive in Dubrovnik in the evening. (280 km)
Day 6 | Dubrovnik (Croatia)
A walking tour in the historic part of the town – the Pile Gate and Stradun Street, the Franciscan Monastery, the Dominican church, the Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, “St. Blaise” cathedral. Free time. Overnight.
Day 7 | Dubrovnik – Herzeg Novi – Kotor (Croatia/Montenegro)
Our tour of the Balkan countries continues with Montenegro. After crossing the border we will visit the old town of Herzeg Novi and then head off to the famous Kotor Bay with the old towns of Perast and Kotor. A walking tour in Kotor – fortress walls, St. Luka square, Beskuća Palace, St. Trifon’s cathedral. Overnight. (90 km)
Day 8 | Kotor – Pec (Montenegro/Kosovo)
In the morning we will start with driving up the scenic road above the Kotor Bay, admiring some breathtaking views towards the Adriatic Sea. Then continue to the border with Kosovo. Overnight in the vivid town of Pec. (300 km)
Day 9 | Pec – Prizren (Kosovo)
In the morning we will visit Visoki Decani Monastery still guarded by KFOR. Then continue to the town of Prizren. Walking tour in the center of the town – Sinan pasha mosque, Our lady of Ljevis, the old stone bridge. Overnight. (80 km)
Day 10 | Prizren – Tirana (Kosovo/Albania)
Drive to the capital of Albania. Walking tour in the afternoon – Skanderbeg square, Tanner’s bridge, the residence of Enver Hoxha. Free time. Overnight. (180 km)
Day 11 | Tirana – Ohrid (Albania/Macedonia)
We continue to Macedonia. We will spend the afternoon strolling along the shore of Ohrid lake and roaming the narrow streets of Ohrid, where we will see Samuil’s fortress, the churches St. John Kaneo and St. Pantaleimon. Overnight. (130 km)
Day 12 | Ohrid – Skopje (Macedonia)
Admire the natural beauty of Matka Canyon. Afternoon walking tour in the capital of Macedonia. Visit Old Bazaar and explorer the architecture and curious and controversial statues around Macedonia Square. (170 km)