21-day “Complete Balkans” Tour

21 Day Balkan Tour

Excitement for 21 day Balkan Tour

There’s no other way to describe this tour: it’s the complete, comprehensive Balkans experience. If you’ve always wanted to go on a Balkans tour – and you really want to get the best out of your time in this amazing region – the Complete Tour is the one for you…

Like our other Balkan experiences, it includes a tour itinerary which you can tailor to meet your every preference and personal desire. In 21 days, you’ll have the chance to do it all:

Explore the lakes and mountains which make Balkan geography an exceptional destination to explore. Taste unique Bulgarian wines in sunny, tree-lined vineyards. Wander along Serbia’s incredible rivers and medieval and ancient fortresses. Go on city tours of some of the most historic cities of Europe and the world.

You’ll be travelling in comfort in a spacious, air-conditioned minivan. Whatever your need throughout your tour, you’ll have at your disposal a fully licensed tour guide there to make the best of it.

21-day Balkan Tour Itinerary

Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria – Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania – Montenegro – Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Slovenia

Day 1: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrad fortress→ City tour of Belgrade in the morning
Visit the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan” (Enduring fortress built in 535 BCE) with a view to Sava and Danube rivers; The Pobednik Monument (Monument inside the Belgrade fortress); Church of the Holy Mother of God / Crkva Ruzica (Serbian Orthodox church located inside the Belgrade fortress); The “Knez Mihaylova” pedestrian street; t. Sava cathedralS (The biggest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans );
The House of Flowers (Josip Broz Tito mausoleum); History museum of Yugoslavia; The Republic square, The National Assembly, The bombed buildings.→ During your free time you can take a walk around the Belgrade waterfront or enter some of the museums in Belgrade: Nikola Tesla Museum; The History museum of Serbia; etc.→ Free time Belgrade, SerbiaOvernight in Belgrade, Serbia

Day 2: Novi Sad

Novi Sad bridge→ Day tour to Novi Sad, Serbia→ Depart after breakfast from Belgrade

→ Transfer to Novi Sad (2-2.5 hours)
Visit the old part of the city and the Petrovadian fortress

→ Transfer to Zagreb, Croatia

Overnight in Zagreb

Day 3: Sibiu and Sighisoara

Sibiu→ Transfer to Sibiu

→ City tour and free time
Visit the Consul tower of Sibiu, the Large Square, the bridge of Lies, Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral;→ Transfer to Sighisoara

→ City tour and free time
Visit the Sighisoara Citadel, The Clock tower, Vlad Dracul House

Overnight in Sighisoara

Day 4: Bran and Sinaia castles, Brasov, Romania

Castle in Sinaia→ Transfer to Sinaia area

Visit the Peles castle and Dracula’s castle (Bran castle)

→ Transfer to Brasov

Free time in BrasovOvernight in Brasov

 

Day 5: Bucharest, Romania

BUCHAREST→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania

→ City tour and free time

Visit the Palace of Parliament, Old town, Piata Victoriei, Cec Palace, unirii Square, Revolution square, National Museum of Romanian history, Constitution square, Lui Carol monument, Palace of justice.Overnight in Bucharest

Day 6: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Turnovo→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Visit the Tsarevets fortress and the craft streetOvernight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 7: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Old House→ Transfer to Kazanlak area via the Shipka pass→ Visit Etar complex on the way

→ Visit Kazanlak Thracian tomb Golyama Kosmatka

→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Visit the Old town from the 19th century; the Ethnographic museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theatre of Philippopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philipopolis, The St St Constantin and Elena church, The Djumaya mosque and square, The building of the Regional Historical Museum, the Main walking street, “The Trap” neighborhood; Nebet tepe.

→ Free time in the afternoon

Overnight in Plovdiv

Day 8: Sofia, Bulgaria

Back to Sofia→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria

→ Walking city tour of Sofia
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden; The museum of Sofia.Overnight in Sofia

Day 9: Rila monastery and Skopje

Arrive at Rila Monastery→ Transfer to the Rila monastery
Explore the biggest monastery complex on Balkans→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (3-4 hours)→ Walking city tour (1.5 – 2 hours ) and free time in the afternoonVisit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fontain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum buildingOvernight in Skopje

Day 10: Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren→ Day tour to Kosovo

Depart from Skopje after breakfast

→ Transfer to Prizren via the mountain road

Visit the city center; Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church); Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th Century mosque)→ Transfer back to SkopjeOvernight in Skopje

Day 11: Mavrovo, Macedonia

Mavrovo→ Transfer to Mavrovo area

Visit the St. John the Baptist monastery

→ Transfer to Ohrid at late afternoonOvernight in Ohrid

Day 12: Ohrid, Macedonia

→ Walking Ohrid City tour in the morning

Visit the Ohrid lake, the Monument of St.

Naum of Ohrid, the Monument of St Kliment Ohridski, Catcher of a cross monument, the Church of St Sofia, “St Kiril and Metodius” monument, the Ancient theatre of Ohrid; the St John at Kaneo church.

→ Boat ride or transfer to St. Naum MonasteryOvernight in Ohrid, Macedonia

Day 13: Berat, Albania

Berat, Albania→ Transfer to Berat, Albania

Visit the old part of town and the fortress

→ Transfer to Tirana, AlbaniaOvernight in Tirana, Albania

Day 14: Tirana, Albania

Tirana→ City tour of Tirana and free time

Visit the “Skanderberg square” (The main square in Tirana) with the Skanderberg Statue; the “Ethem bey” mosque (the Only historical mosque in Tirana) the “Enver Hoxha” pyramid.

The Peace bell, the Building of the historical museum of Tirana, a Preserved bunker (In one of the bunkers there is a museum about the victims of the Albanian Communist regime) Maria Theresa boulevard, the University of Tirana, the Old government square; The Clock tower (19th Century)Overnight in Tirana

Day 15: Kruje, Albania and Skadar Lake, Montenegro

Skadar Lake→ Transfer to Kruje, Albania→ Explore the Birthplace of Skanderberg

→ Visit the fortress and the old part of town

→ Transfer to Skadar lake (The biggest lake on Balkans)

→ Boat trip on the lake

→ Transfer to Budva

Overnight in Budva

Day 16: Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor

→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro

→ City tour of Kotor Old Town
Visit the Kotor old city, Kotor harbour, city walls, St Tryphon cathedral, St Nicola church, Piaza of the arms, Church of St Luke, Gurdich gate, Clock tower, Grubonja palace, Karampana well, Drago palace, Pima palace,

Beskuca’s Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace, Prince’s Palace, Sea gate, Old Kotor prison building

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Free time in Dubrovnik, CroatiaOvernight in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 17: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kotor

→ City tour in the morning
Visit the Old town, the Ancient city walls, the Dubrovnik “Saint Saviour” church (16th century church with Renaissance architecture); the Dubrovnik cathedral (Early 18th-century baroque cathedral);

The Onofrije’s fountain, The Franciscan Monastery (Landmark monastery built in the 1300s, noted for its cloister, library & historic pharmacy displays); the Gates of Pile; the Old port; the Clock Tower, the Sponza Palace, the

Rector’s Palace; the Fort Saint John; the Stradun (The main walking street in Dubrovnik old town);Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 18: Mostar, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Mostar and Sarajevo

→ Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia

→ Short walk in the old town

Visit the Old bridge, The Old city, The Old turkish bazar “Kujundziluk”, The Old turkish quarter, “Koskin – Mehmed pasha’s” mosque, Tito’s palace, “Mehmed Karadoz” Mosque.

→ Visit Blagaj near Mostar

→ Transfer to Sarajevo via KonjicOvernight in Sarajevo

Day 19: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo

→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina→ City tour of the old town in Sarajevo

Visit the Bascarsija (The historical Turkish market); Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Ottoman mosque from 16th century);

The Latin Bridge/ The Assassination Bridge (Ottoman-era stone bridge near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1914 assassination);

The Sebilj Monument (Famous 18th century wooden fountain); the “Sacred Heart” Cathedral (Gothic cathedral from the 19th century); The Sarajevo city hall, The Abandoned Bobsleigh Track (Built in 1984 for the Winter Olimpic games in Former Yugoslavia The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the long Sarajevo siege the bobsleigh track been used as a base for the artillery); The Tunnel of Hope (Military-history museum at the site of a storied Bosnian War–era underground tunnel);

→ Free time in the afternoonOvernight in Sarajevo

Day 20: Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb

→ Transfer to Zagreb, Croatia→ City tour and free time in Zagreb, Croatia

Visit the Old Town; The Zagreb Cathedral; St. Mark’s church (Monumental, medieval-style, Serbian Orthodox church); Dolac Market (Large market with many stands offering flowers, fruits, veggies & meats in an indoor/outdoor setup);

The Lotrscak Tower; The Medieval Stone Gate; The Lenucijeva Potkova. Ban Josip Jelačić Square (The central square of Zagreb)Overnight in Zagreb, Croatia

Day 21: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana→ Transfer to Slovenia

→ City tour of Ljubljana and free time

The Dragon Bridge; Tromostovje (The Triple Bridge is a group of three bridges which connects the historical part of Ljubljana with the modern part of the city); Preseren Square (The central square in Ljubljana part of the old town’s pedestrian zone), Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (17th-century Franciscan church famous with its interior). Robba fountain (18th-century fountain made of limestone and marble); The Butcher’s bridge; The town square; Ljubljana Town Hall; The city market of Ljubljana; The Ljubljana cathedral (Roman Catholic cathedral with a baroque interior, including gilded columns & ceiling frescoes).

→ Visit Lake Bled in the afternoon
End of the tour

What your Complete Balkan tour price includes

  • An attentive and helpful fully licensed guide to provide insight as well as interpret
  • A completely tailored tour experience – customize your itinerary however you please
  • Have one of our advisers also hand-pick some ideal accommodation for your trip
  • Enjoy your own private tour – it’s just you and your nearest and dearest
  • Your transportation is roomy, comfortable and – of course – air conditioned

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Benefits

Private tour! No other tourists!
Friendly local tour guide
Starting point and time at your convenience
Breaks and photo stops at your convenience
Pay cash at the end of the tour

Includes

  •  Licensed local tour guide
  • Entrance for the museums (upon request)

Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Good to Know

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes is recommended
Don’t forget your camera