8-day “Soul of the Balkans” Tour

Balkan tour

Smiles from the Balkans

Spend your time seeing the very best of what anywhere between three and seven unique Balkan nations have to offer. It’s your Balkans tour. And your choice of thrilling itinerary:

From the natural beauty of the Bulgarian mountains and lakes to the streets Romania’s ancient capital, taking in “Dracula”’s castle along the way. View the incredible history of Bosnia and Herzegovina before heading off along Montenegro’s stunning coastline…

Choose the itinerary which matches the Balkans trip of your dreams. You’ll always be traveling in comfortable, air-conditioned transport.

Your friendly, fully licensed and very knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide on hand to give you deeper insight behind the beauty.

8 Days – 7 Countries Balkan Tour Itinerary

ROMANIA – BULGARIA – MACEDONIA – ALBANIA – CROATIA – MONTENEGRO – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 1: Bucharest, Romania

→ City tour and free time in Bucharest, Romania

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 2: Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia old church→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria→ Walking city tour of the historical part of the city

Visit the: St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdica 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.

Overnight in Sofia

Day 3: Skopje , Macedonia

→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (3-4 hours)→ Walking city tour (1.5 – 2 hours ) and free time in the afternoon
Visit 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 4: Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania→ 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 5: Kotor, Montenegro

→ 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 Budva
Free time in BudvaOvernight in Budva

Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik→ City tour and free time

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 7: Mostar, Sarajevo, Bosnia

→ 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 Konjic

Overnight in Sarajevo

Day 8: Sarajevo, Bosnia

Sarajevo→ 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 afternoon

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
End of the tour

SERBIA – ROMANIA – BULGARIA

Day 1: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade→ City tour of Belgrade
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.Overnight in Belgrade

Day 2: Novi Sad, Serbia

→ Transfer to Novi Sad

Visit the old town and the Petrovadian fortress→ Transfer to Timisoara, Romania

Free time in Timisoara

Overnight in Timisoara

Day 3: Sibiu and Sighisoara

Tour in 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 HouseOvernight in Sighisoara

Day 4: Bran and Sinaia castles, Brasov, Romania

Brasov→ Transfer to Sinaia area
Visit the Peles castle and Dracula’s castle (Bran castle)→ Transfer to BrasovFree 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 Tarnovo, Bulgaria

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Visit the Tsarevets fortress and the craft street

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 7: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria→ 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

Sofia→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria→ Walking city tour of the historical part of the city
Visit the: St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdica 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.Overnight in Sofia
End of the tour

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BOSNIA – MONTENEGRO – ALBANIA – MACEDONIA – BULGARIA

Day 1: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina→ City tour of Sarajevo at late afternoon
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 afternoon
During your free time in Sarajevo you can enter the Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 (Compact museum dedicated to historical events in Sarajevo during the Austro-Hungarian period.); The War Childhood Museum (Prominent museum featuring exhibits & videos on the children who lived through the Bosnian War.); The Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and GenocideOvernight in Sarajevo

Day 2: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar and Sarajevo→ Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina→ Short city tour of the old town

Visit the Strati Most/ The most bridge (A rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat military forces during the Croat–Bosniak War.); The Old turkish bazar “Kujundziluk”, The Old turkish quarter, “Koskin – Mehmed pasha’s” mosque, (Small mosque dating to the 17th century)→ Transfer to Budva Montenegro

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

Day 3: 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 Budva
Free time in Budva

Overnight in Budva

Day 4: Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania→ Transfer to 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 5: Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid Lake, Macedonia→ Transfer to 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 6: Skopje, Macedonia

Ohrid→ Transfer to Skopje Macedonia→ Walking city tour (1.5 – 2 hours ) and free time in the afternoon

Visit 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 building

Overnight in Skopje

Day 7: Rila monastery, Bulgaria

→ Transfer to Rila monastery

Explore the biggest monastery in the Balkans.→ Transfer to Sofia
Free time in SofiaOvernight in Sofia

Day 8: Sofia, Bulgaria

Arrive in Sofia→ 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.
End of the tour

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BULGARIA – SERBIA – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Day 1: Sofia and Boyana Church

Boyana Church→ Pick up at any location in the city

→ Transfer to Boyana area
Visit the Boyana church→ Transfer back to Sofia

→ 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 2: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Visit the Old town from the 19th century; the Ethnographic museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theatre of Philipopolis; 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→ Transfer back to Sofia

Overnight in Sofia

Day 3: Nis, Serbia

Day tour Sofia - NIs, Serbia→ Transfer to Nis, Serbia

Visit the Red Cross concentration camp, The Nis Fortress, The Skull Tower and the Mediana – The birthplace of Consantine the Great→ Transfer to Belgrade in the afternoonOvernight in Belgrade

Day 4: Belgrade, Serbia

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→ 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,

→ Free time Belgrade, Serbia
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.Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

Day 5: Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad→ Transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia

Visit the Petrovadian fortress and the old part of town

→ Transfer to Belgrade
Free time in BelgradeOvernight in Belgrade

Day 6: Visegrad, Bosnia

VIsegrad→ Transfer to Mokra Gora (the wooden city

)→ Transfer to Visegrad, Bosnia

Explore the centerOvernight in Visegrad

Day 7: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina→ City tour of 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 afternoon
During your free time in Sarajevo you can enter the Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 (Compact museum dedicated to historical events in Sarajevo during the Austro-Hungarian period.); The War Childhood Museum (Prominent museum featuring exhibits & videos on the children who lived through the Bosnian War.); The Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and GenocideOvernight in Sarajevo

Day 8: Mostar, Sarajevo

Private tours in Bulgaira

→ Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ Short city tour of the old town
Visit the Strati Most/ The most bridge (A rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat military forces during the Croat–Bosniak War.); The Old turkish bazar “Kujundziluk”, The Old turkish quarter, “Koskin – Mehmed pasha’s” mosque, (Small mosque dating to the 17th century)→ Transfer to Sarajevo

Overnight in Sarajevo
End of the tour

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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

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

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  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
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Good to Know

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