10-day Balkans Tours - Private Guide Bulgaria

10 DAYS BALKAN ADVENTURE

This 10-day tour of the Balkans is enough to explore historic cities, mountains, lakes, rivers, beautiful coastlines, rolling fields and hidden places.

Have you dreamed of boating across great lakes? Have you pictured climbing up to view medieval monasteries? Do you want an in-depth history of Serbia’s incredible past from a fully licensed local guide? How about a thrilling drive along Kosovo’s mountain roads?

Whatever parts of the Balkans call out to you, a 10-day trip is enough for a true adventure. Let us know what you have in mind and we can tailor your tour itinerary to meet your needs – and your imagination.

Why should choose us:

Personalized Itinerary: Enjoy the freedom to create a tailor-made itinerary based on your interests, ensuring you visit the places you’re passionate about.

Flexible Duration: Modify the tour’s duration to match your schedule, allowing for an extended exploration of captivating destinations or a more condensed travel experience.

Customized Pick-up and Drop-off: Choose convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, making your journey seamless and avoiding unnecessary travel time.

Exclusive Local Insights: Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of local guides who provide in-depth insights, unique stories, and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Efficient Time Management: Maximize your time by skipping attractions that don’t align with your interests and focusing on the ones that matter most to you.

Here you can find out the best 10 – day Balkan Tours:

If the places you desire to explore aren’t included in our itineraries, we are pleased to help you create a personalized Balkan tour. Just let us know where you want to go, the attractions you don’t want to miss, the duration of your trip, and the size of your group when requesting a quote. We’ll respond in less than 24 hours with a customized sample itinerary.

You can pick and mix the following countries:

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

Experience the Flexibility of Our Private Balkan Tours:

Adjust the Duration: Love our Balkan itineraries but want to tweak the duration? Let us know if you’d like to extend or shorten your travel days, and we’ll tailor the program accordingly.
Modify Pick-up and Drop-off Locations: Our flexible Balkan tour itineraries accommodate various pick-up and drop-off locations, minimizing travel time. If you prefer to start and end at the same spot or have specific preferences, just inform us, and we’ll customize the program accordingly. All private Balkan tours can commence from any location mentioned in the program.

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BALKAN TOUR #1 | “Bulgarian and Romanian Tapestry: A 10-Day Adventure”

Bulgaria – Romania

Duration: 10 days/ 11 nights
Starting Point: Sofia, Bulgaria
Finish Point: Bucharest, Romania
Number of countries: 2

 
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Bulgaria – Romania

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN SOFIA, BULGARIA

→ Meet your guide in Sofia airport (SOF)
→ Airport transfer to your hotel (30-40 min)
Overnight in Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 2 | SOFIA, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to the Sofia surroundings and Boyana church in the morning (30-40 min)
→ Visit Boyana Church, a UNESCO-listed medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church renowned for its remarkable frescoes, showcasing exceptional artistry and historical significance.
→ Transfer back to Sofia city center (30-40 min)
→ Sofia walking city tour (2.5 – 3 hours)
Visit St. Nedelya Church; St. Sofia Monument; The Old Serdika Ruins; The Mineral Springs; The Council of Ministers; The “St. George” Rotunda; The Presidential Office; The National Archaeological Museum (exterior only); The Bulgarian National Bank; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The Royal Palace; The Russian Church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument to the “Unknown Soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church (Constructed as a tribute to the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877); The City Garden
→ Free time in Sofia, Bulgaria for dinner
Overnight in Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 3 | RILA MONASTERY, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria (2 hours)
→ Guided tour of the Rila Monastery complex, nestled in the serene Rila Mountains—a masterpiece of Orthodox Christian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria (4 hours )
→ Free time in Plovdiv in the afternoon

Overnight in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

DAY 4 | PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

→ Walking city tour of Plovdiv historical center (1-2 hours)
Visit the Old Town of Plovdiv (from the 19th century); the Ethnographic Museum from the outside (the most beautiful house in Plovdiv); the Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis; (ancient Roman-style amphitheater); the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis (the largest and best preserved in the Balkans); the Roman Forum; the Church of the Holy Mother of God, Plovdiv; the Sts. Constantine and Elena Church; the Djumaya Mosque and Square; Glavnata (the main pedestrian street); Kapana (“The Trap” neighborhood); Nebet tepe (a hill with a great view of the city);
→ Free time for lunch in Plovdiv
→ Transfer to Bachkovo Monastery (40 min) Eastern Orthodox monastery known for its rich history, religious significance, and stunning frescoes.
→ Explore the monastery complex
→ Transfer to Asen’s fortress for short walk (20 min)
→ Explore its well-preserved ruins and panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
→ Transfer back to Plovdiv (30 min)
→ Free time in Plovdiv for dinner
Overnight in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

DAY 5 | THE ROSE VALLEY AND VALIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

→ Depart after breakfast from your hotel in Plovdiv
→ Transfer to the rose valley and Kazanlak area (2 hours)
Explore the Thracian tomb Golyama Kosmatka in Kazanlak or the Buzludzha monument
→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo via Shipka pass (1:30- 2:00 hours)
→ Short city tour of Veliko Tarnovo
Discover the majestic Tsarevets Fortress, an icon of medieval splendor perched atop a hill, providing panoramic views over the city and the Yantra River. Stroll through the enchanting Craft Street, where traditional Bulgarian crafts and handicrafts come to life, creating a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the city’s cultural heritage.
→ Enjoy free time in Veliko Tarnovo in the afternoon
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

DAY 6 | BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania (3 hours + border)
→ Walking Bucharest tour (2-3 hours)
Dive into the rich Romanian history and vibrant culture of Bucharest as you explore the Palace of Parliament, stroll through the charming Old Town, experience the splendor of Piata Victoriei, admire the architectural elegance of Cec Palace, discover the historic Unirii Square, stand on Revolution Square, experience the magnificence of Constitution Square, pay homage to the Lui Carol Monument and marvel at the imposing Palace of Justice.
→ Free time at the afternoon

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 7 | SIBIU, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Arutela Roman Castrum (3 hours) with a scenic drive on the Olt River Valley
→ Walk around the Roman ruins surrounded by beautiful landscape
→ Transfer to Astra Museum of the Folk Civilization (1 hour)
Explore the open-air museum that showcases the traditional rural architecture and lifestyle of the Romanian people.
→ Transfer to Sibiu city center (30 min)
→ Sibiu city tour
Visit the Consul tower of Sibiu, the Large Square, the bridge of Lies, Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral (14th century)
→ Free time in Sibiu, Romania
Overnight in Sibiu, Romania

DAY 8 | SIGHISOARA, VISCRI TRADITIONAL VILLAGE – PREJMER FORTIFIED CHURCH – BRASOV, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Sighisoara, Romania after breakfast (1.5 Hours)
→ Visit the Sighisoara Medieval Citadel.
The medieval citadel of Sighișoara, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enchants visitors with its well-preserved medieval architecture and cobbled streets that embody the spirit of Transylvania.
→ Transfer to Viscri Traditional Village and Fortified Church (50 min)
The traditional village of Viscri in the heart of Transylvania captivates visitors with its charming rural surroundings, UNESCO-protected fortified church and traditional Saxon architecture, which offers a glimpse into a bygone era.
→ Transfer to Prejmer Fortified Church (1.5 hours)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable example of medieval defensive architecture, demonstrating its well-preserved fortifications and its historical importance in Transylvania.
→ Transfer to Brasov (30 min)
→ Free time in Brasov, Romania

Overnight in Brasov, Romania

DAY 9 | BRAN AND PELES CASTLES, ROMANIA

→ Morning city tour of Brasov Old Town while having a coffee. Explore the heart of Brașov by visiting the lively Piața Sfatului, admire the architectural beauty of St. Nicholas Church, walk through the historic Șchei Gate and St. Catherine’s Gate and enjoy the medieval charm of the Black Tower and Casa Sfatului.
→ Transfer to Bran (40 min)
→ Explore Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, is a medieval fortress on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, known for its picturesque location, rich history and legendary connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
→ Transfer to Sinaia, Romania (1 hour)
→ Visit the Peles castle, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains near Sinaia, Romania, is a stunning neo-Renaissance royal residence known for its architectural splendor, opulent interiors and picturesque surroundings, serving as a symbol of Romania’s royal heritage.
→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania (2.2 hours)
→ Free time in Bucharest, Romania for dinner

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 10 | DEPART FROM BUCHAREST AIRPORT

→ Transfer to Bucharest Airport (OTP)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #2 | “Balkan Trio Adventure: A 10-Day Journey in Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia”

Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Sofia, Bulgaria
Number of countries: 3

 
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Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Welcome you at Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade
→ Transfer to your hotel in Belgrade city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 2 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

On the second day of the 3 Weeks Balkan tour, your Balkans exploration kicks off with a morning meeting with your local guide for the first walking tour.

→ Walking Belgrade city tour (2-3 hours)
Discover the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan,” built in 535 BC, offering panoramic views of the Sava and Danube rivers. Marvel at the Pobednik Monument inside the fortress and visit the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Mother of God (Crkva Ruzica). Stroll along the charming pedestrian street “Knez Mihaylova” and explore the cultural significance of Republic Square and the National Assembly. After the tour, your guide will recommend a lunch spot, and you’ll have free time to savor delicious Serbian cuisine and explore Belgrade at your own pace.
→ Free time in Belgrade in the afternoon
Use your free time to wander along the Belgrade waterfront or delve into the city’s history in its museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum, St. Sava Cathedral (the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans), the House of Flowers (Josip Broz Tito’s mausoleum), the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, and the Museum of the History of Serbia.
Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 3 | NOVI SAD, SERBIA – TIMISOARA, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia (2 hours)
→ Discover the old town of Novi Sad, Serbia
Stroll through the charming old town and explore historical treasures like Petrovaradin Fortress. Enjoy free time for lunch.
→ Continue to Timisoara, Romania after lunch (2.5 hours + border)
→ Free time in Timisoara, Romania
After checking in at the hotel, enjoy free time to wander around Piata Unirii and Victoriei Square.
Overnight in Timisoara, Romania

DAY 4 | CORVIN CASTLE – SIBIU, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Corvin Castle, Romania (2.5 Hours)
Explore the Corvin Castle – medieval fortress, a remarkable example of Gothic architecture.
→ Transfer to Sibiu, Romania (1.5 hours) via the Astra Museum of Folk Civilization
→ Sibiu city tour
Visit the Consul tower of Sibiu, the Large Square, the bridge of Lies, Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral (14th century)
→ Free time in Sibiu, Romania
Overnight in Sibiu, Romania

DAY 5 | BRAN AND PELES CASTLES, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Bran Castle, Romania (2.5 hours)
→ Explore Bran Castle, famously known as Dracula’s Castle. This medieval fortress, situated on the Transylvania-Wallachia border, boasts a picturesque location, a rich history, and a legendary connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
→ Transfer to Sinaia, Romania (1 hour)
→ Visit Peles Castle, an exquisite neo-Renaissance royal residence nestled in the Carpathian Mountains near Sinaia. Recognized for its architectural grandeur, lavish interiors, and scenic surroundings, Peles Castle stands as an emblem of Romania’s royal heritage.
→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania (2.2 hours)
→ Free time in Bucharest, Romania, for dinner
Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 6 | BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania (3 hours + border)
→ Walking Bucharest tour (2-3 hours)
Dive into the rich Romanian history and vibrant culture of Bucharest as you explore the Palace of Parliament, stroll through the charming Old Town, experience the splendor of Piata Victoriei, admire the architectural elegance of Cec Palace, discover the historic Unirii Square, stand on Revolution Square, experience the magnificence of Constitution Square, pay homage to the Lui Carol Monument and marvel at the imposing Palace of Justice.
→ Free time at the afternoon

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 7 | VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, after breakfast (3.5 hours + border)
Discover the majestic Tsarevets Fortress, an icon of medieval splendor perched atop a hill, providing panoramic views over the city and the Yantra River. Stroll through the enchanting Craft Street, where traditional Bulgarian crafts and handicrafts come to life, creating a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the city’s cultural heritage.
→ Enjoy free time in Veliko Tarnovo in the afternoon
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

DAY 8 | PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria (3 hours)
→ Check in the hotel and have some free time for lunch in restaurant recommended by your local Plovdiv guide
→ Walking city tour of Plovdiv historical center (1-2 hours)
Visit the Old Town of Plovdiv (from the 19th century); the Ethnographic Museum from the outside (the most beautiful house in Plovdiv); the Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis; (ancient Roman-style amphitheater); the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis (the largest and best preserved in the Balkans); the Roman Forum; the Church of the Holy Mother of God, Plovdiv; the Sts. Constantine and Elena Church; the Djumaya Mosque and Square; Glavnata (the main pedestrian street); Kapana (“The Trap” neighborhood); Nebet tepe (a hill with a great view of the city);
→ Free time in Plovdiv at the late afternoon

Overnight in Plovdiv

DAY 9 | SOFIA, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria, after breakfast (3 hours)
→ Sofia walking city tour (1.5 – 2.5 hours)
Visit St. Nedelya Church; St. Sofia Monument; The Old Serdika Ruins; The Mineral Springs; The Council of Ministers; The “St. George” Rotunda; The Presidential Office; The National Archaeological Museum (exterior only); The Bulgarian National Bank; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The Royal Palace; The Russian Church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument to the “Unknown Soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church (Constructed as a tribute to the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877); The City Garden
→ Free time in Sofia, Bulgaria for dinner
Overnight in Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to Sofia Airport (SOF)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #3 | “Balkan Coastal Charms”

Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Zagreb, Croatia
Finish Point: Budva, Montenegro
Number of countries: 3

 
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Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN ZAGREB, CROATIA

→ Welcome you at Zagreb international airport (ZAG)
→ Transfer to your hotel in Zagreb city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight

Overnight in Zagreb, Croatia

DAY 2 | ZAGREB, CROATIA NAD LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

→ City tour of Zagreb in the morning (2 hours)
Admire the impressive Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, Dolac Market, Lenucijeva Potkova, and Ban Josip Jelačić Square
→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (2.5 hours) after lunch
Free time for boat ride or walk around the beautiful natural landmark
→ Transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia (40 min)
→ Free time in Ljubljana for dinner

Overnight in Ljubljana

DAY 3 | LJUBLJANA, POSTOJNA CAVE AND PREDJAMA CASTLE, SLOVENIA

→ Transfer to Postojna area in Slovenia (1 hour)
Visit Postojna Cave (The biggest tourist cave in Europe) and Predjama Castle (an unique medieval castle).
→ Transfer back to Ljubljana, Slovenia (1 hour)
→ City tour of Ljubljana after breakfast (1.5-2 hours walking)
Visit the iconic Dragon Bridge, Tromostovje, Preseren Square, Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Robba Fountain, and Bucher Bridge. Explore the lively town market.
Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 4 | PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Plitvice Lakes area (3.5 hours)
→ Explore the Plitvice lakes national park
Enjoy a symphony of waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and lush greenery as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike along a network of boardwalks that allow you to traverse the park’s unique terrain without disturbing the fragile ecosystems
→ Free time in Plitvice lakes area to relax after the walk

Overnight in Plitvice lakes area

DAY 5 | ZADAR, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Zadar, Croatia (2 hours )
→ City tour of Zadar old Town.
Visit the Church of St. Donatus and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, ancient architectural gems that stand as a testament to Zadar’s historical legacy. Spend time at the unique Sea Organ, where the waves create harmonious melodies, providing a one-of-a-kind auditory experience by the water. Have free time at the main square, Narodni trg, where the vibrant atmosphere and charming surroundings encapsulate the heart of Zadar’s lively spirit.
→ Transfer to Split (1.5 hours)
→ Free time for dinner in Split

Overnight in Split, Croatia

DAY 6 | SPLIT, CROATIA

→ City tour of Split Old Town (2-3 hours) in the morning
Visit the Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, a venerable building from the 4th century AD that exudes ancient charm. Stroll along the vibrant Riva, the central heart of Split, and experience the dynamic atmosphere of the city. Discover the ancient Temple of Jupiter, a testament to Split’s rich history, whose origins date back to the 3rd century AD. Cross the enchanting “Let me pass” street and immerse yourself in its unique flair. Marvel at the Golden Gate, a Roman stone gate from the 4th century, decorated with arches and ornate statues, which marks the grand entrance to Diocletian’s Palace.
→ Free time to explore Split Old Town at the afternoon

Overnight in Split, Croatia

DAY 7 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia (3 hours )
→ City tour of Dubrovnik old town (1.5 – 2 hours walking)
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik old town, where centuries of history come to life. Follow the ancient city walls, an impressive testimony to Dubrovnik’s resilience over the centuries. Admire the Renaissance architecture of Dubrovnik’s Church of the Holy Savior, a 16th-century marvel that is a beacon of artistic elegance. Enter the sacred ambience of Dubrovnik Cathedral, an 18th-century Baroque masterpiece that reflects the city’s religious heritage. Pause at the Onofrije Fountain,the Clock Tower, the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace, all of which tell a unique story from Dubrovnik’s rich past. Climb up to Fort Saint John for a panoramic view.

→ Free time to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia for dinner

Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 8 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (2 hours + border)
→ Take a boat to visit the “Our Lady of the Rock”(Gospa od Škrpjela) is a unique and enchanting site nestled in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (30 min)
→ Guided tour of Kotor Old town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the rich history that lies in every corner. Trace the ancient city walls that have stood for centuries, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding landscapes. Explore the venerable St. Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the Church of St. Nicholas, a testament to Kotor’s religious heritage. Stroll through the Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems such as the Church of St. Luke, the Gurdic Gate and the imposing Clock Tower. Admire the splendor of the historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Free time in Kotor
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 9 | BUDVA AND SVETI STEPHAN, MONTENEGRO

This day gives opportunity for different activities in Montenegro
Hiking to a view point in Kotor, relaxing on the beach in Budva or having a short walk to Sveti Stefan island.

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE FROM PODGORICA AIRPORT

Transfer to Podgorica airport (TGD)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #4 | “Balkan Odyssey: Cultural Marvels and Natural Beauty”

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Budva, Montenegro
Number of countries: 4

 
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Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Welcome you at Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade
→ Transfer to your hotel in Belgrade city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 2 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Walking Belgrade city tour (2-3 hours)
Explore the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan”,” which was built in 535 BC and offers a panoramic view of the Sava and Danube rivers. Marvel at the Pobednik Monument inside the fortress and visit the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Mother of God (Crkva Ruzica). Stroll through the charming pedestrian street “Knez Mihaylova” and discover the cultural significance of the Republic Square and the National Assembly. After the tour your guide will recommend a good place for lunch and you will have free time to enjoy the delicious Serbian food and explore Belgrade at your own pace.

→ Free time in Belgrade at the afternoon
In your free time, stroll along the Belgrade waterfront or explore the city’s rich history in its museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum, St. Sava Cathedral (the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans), the House of Flowers (mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito), the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, the Museum of the History of Serbia and much more.

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 3 | ZAGREB, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Zagreb city center (4 hours + border)
→ City tour of Zagreb in the morning (2 hours)
Admire the impressive Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, Dolac Market, Lenucijeva Potkova, and Ban Josip Jelačić Square
→ Free time in Zagreb
Overnight in Zagreb

DAY 4 | LJUBLJANA AND LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (2.5 hours)
Free time for lunch, boat ride or walk around the beautiful natural landmark
→ Transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia (40 min)
→ City tour of Ljubljana after breakfast (1.5-2 hours walking)
Visit the iconic Dragon Bridge, Tromostovje, Preseren Square, Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Robba Fountain, and Bucher Bridge. Explore the lively town market.
Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 5 | PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Plitvice national park (3.5 hours)
→ Explore the Plitvice lakes national park
Enjoy a symphony of waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and lush greenery as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike along a network of boardwalks that allow you to traverse the park’s unique terrain without disturbing the fragile ecosystems
→ Free time in Plitvice lakes area to relax after the walk

Overnight in Plitvice lakes area

DAY 6 | SPLIT, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Split (3 hours)
→ City tour of Split Old Town (2-3 hours) in the morning
Visit the Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, a venerable building from the 4th century AD that exudes ancient charm. Stroll along the vibrant Riva, the central heart of Split, and experience the dynamic atmosphere of the city. Discover the ancient Temple of Jupiter, a testament to Split’s rich history, whose origins date back to the 3rd century AD. Cross the enchanting “Let me pass” street and immerse yourself in its unique flair. Marvel at the Golden Gate, a Roman stone gate from the 4th century, decorated with arches and ornate statues, which marks the grand entrance to Diocletian’s Palace.
→ Free time in Split for dinner

Overnight in Split, Croatia

DAY 7 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia (3 hours )
→ City tour of Dubrovnik old town (1.5 – 2 hours walking)
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik old town, where centuries of history come to life. Follow the ancient city walls, an impressive testimony to Dubrovnik’s resilience over the centuries. Admire the Renaissance architecture of Dubrovnik’s Church of the Holy Savior, a 16th-century marvel that is a beacon of artistic elegance. Enter the sacred ambience of Dubrovnik Cathedral, an 18th-century Baroque masterpiece that reflects the city’s religious heritage. Pause at the Onofrije Fountain,the Clock Tower, the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace, all of which tell a unique story from Dubrovnik’s rich past. Climb up to Fort Saint John for a panoramic view.

→ Free time to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia for dinner

Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 8 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (2 hours + border)
→ Take a boat to visit the “Our Lady of the Rock”(Gospa od Škrpjela) is a unique and enchanting site nestled in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (30 min)
→ Guided tour of Kotor Old town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the rich history that lies in every corner. Trace the ancient city walls that have stood for centuries, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding landscapes. Explore the venerable St. Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the Church of St. Nicholas, a testament to Kotor’s religious heritage. Stroll through the Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems such as the Church of St. Luke, the Gurdic Gate and the imposing Clock Tower. Admire the splendor of the historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Free time in Kotor
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 9 | BUDVA AND SVETI STEPHAN, MONTENEGRO

This day gives opportunity for different activities in Montenegro
Hiking to a view point in Kotor, relaxing on the beach in Budva or having a short walk to Sveti Stefan island.

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE FROM PODGORICA AIRPORT

Transfer to Podgorica airport (TGD)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #5 | “Deep Balkans: A Balkan Cultural Dive”

Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 4

 
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Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Welcome you at Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade
→ Transfer to your hotel in Belgrade city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 2 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Walking Belgrade city tour (2-3 hours)
Explore the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan”,” which was built in 535 BC and offers a panoramic view of the Sava and Danube rivers. Marvel at the Pobednik Monument inside the fortress and visit the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Mother of God (Crkva Ruzica). Stroll through the charming pedestrian street “Knez Mihaylova” and discover the cultural significance of the Republic Square and the National Assembly. After the tour your guide will recommend a good place for lunch and you will have free time to enjoy the delicious Serbian food and explore Belgrade at your own pace.

→ Free time in Belgrade at the afternoon
In your free time, stroll along the Belgrade waterfront or explore the city’s rich history in its museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum, St. Sava Cathedral (the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans), the House of Flowers (mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito), the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, the Museum of the History of Serbia and much more.

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 3 | MOKRA GORA, SERBIA AND VISEGRAD, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Mokra Gora, Serbia (3 hours)
Free time to explore Mokra Gora (Drvengrad) which is a unique and charming village with traditional architecture made by the filmmaker Emir Kusturica for his film “Life is a Miracle.”
→ Transfer to Visegrad, Bosnia (30-40 min + border)
Visit the historic Othoman Visegrad Bridge and have free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia (2 hours)
→ Free time in Sarajevo for dinner

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 4 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

→ Tour of Sarajevo surroundings by car after breakfast
Visit the “Tunnel of Hope” which will help you understand the crucial role the tunnel played for the city and its inhabitants during one of the most difficult times in Sarajevo’s history. Visit the abandoned bobsleigh track (built in 1984 for the Winter Olympics in the former Yugoslavia. The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate the sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia the bobsleigh track was used as a base for artillery during the long siege of Sarajevo);
→ Walking city tour of Sarajevo (2-3 hours)
Explore the bustling Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s historic Turkish market, where centuries-old traditions come to life in the winding alleyways and vibrant market stalls. Admire the impressive Gazi-Husrev-beg Mosque, an exquisite example of 16th century Ottoman architecture with great spiritual significance. Cross the famous Latin Bridge, also known as the Assassination Bridge, an Ottoman-era stone structure near the site of the fateful assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the 19th century
→ Free time for dinner

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 5 | MOSTAR, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Mostar (2 hours )
→ City tour in Mostar (1 hours) and free time for lunch
Visit the Stari Most (Mostar Bridge), which stood for 427 years until its destruction in 1993 during the Croatian–Bosniak war. Stroll through the charming old Turkish bazaar, known as “Kujundziluk”,” where cobbled streets and lively stalls invite you to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Visit the “Koskin Mehmed Pasha” Mosque, a small architectural gem from the 17th century.
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (3 hours + border) after lunch
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 6 | KOTOR, PERAST AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (1 hour)
→ Take a boat to visit the “Our Lady of the Rock”(Gospa od Škrpjela) is a unique and enchanting site nestled in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (30 min)
→ Guided tour of Kotor Old town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the rich history that lies in every corner. Trace the ancient city walls that have stood for centuries, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding landscapes. Explore the venerable St. Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the Church of St. Nicholas, a testament to Kotor’s religious heritage. Stroll through the Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems such as the Church of St. Luke, the Gurdic Gate and the imposing Clock Tower. Admire the splendor of the historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Free time in Kotor
→ Transfer back to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 7 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Shkoder, Albania (2.5 hours + border)
→ City tour of Shkoder (1 hour)
Visit the Xhamia e Madhe – Ebu Bekr mosque and the Shkoder fortress (Rozafa Castle) , a centuries-old, historic and legendary fortress. With panoramic views of Lake Shkodra, the Drin River and the Albanian Alps.
→ Free time in the afternoon (option for boat trip at Skadar lake)

Overnight in Shkoder, Albania

DAY 8 | BERAT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (3.5 hours)
→ City tour of Berat in the morning
Visit the Berat Castle (The historic castle of Berat is a testimony to Albania’s rich cultural heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site invites visitors to stroll through its cobbled streets, explore ancient churches and enjoy panoramic views); The Orthodox Church “The Holy Trinity” ;The Gorica Bridge and the city center
→ Free time in Berat at the afternoon

Overnight in Berat, Albania

DAY 9 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the vibrant city center of Tirana and visit “Skanderberg Square” the lively main square with the famous Skanderberg statue. The 19th-century clock tower, which reflects the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage and the “Ethem Bey” Mosque, Tirana’s only historic mosque. See the striking Enver Hoxha Pyramid, a unique architectural landmark. Experience Albania’s communist history, housed in a fascinating bunker dedicated to the victims of the communist regime and enjoy the walk along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
→ Free time for lunch, packing and relaxation

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 10 | DEPART FROM TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Tirana Airport (ALL)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #6 | “Balkan Rhapsody: A Melodic Exploration of Rich Histories”

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Number of countries: 5

 
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Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Welcome you at Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade
→ Transfer to your hotel in Belgrade city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 2 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ Walking Belgrade city tour (2-3 hours)
Explore the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan”,” which was built in 535 BC and offers a panoramic view of the Sava and Danube rivers. Marvel at the Pobednik Monument inside the fortress and visit the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Mother of God (Crkva Ruzica). Stroll through the charming pedestrian street “Knez Mihaylova” and discover the cultural significance of the Republic Square and the National Assembly. After the tour your guide will recommend a good place for lunch and you will have free time to enjoy the delicious Serbian food and explore Belgrade at your own pace.

→ Free time in Belgrade at the afternoon
In your free time, stroll along the Belgrade waterfront or explore the city’s rich history in its museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum, St. Sava Cathedral (the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans), the House of Flowers (mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito), the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, the Museum of the History of Serbia and much more.

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 3 | ZAGREB, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Zagreb city center (4 hours + border)
→ City tour of Zagreb in the morning (2 hours)
Admire the impressive Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, Dolac Market, Lenucijeva Potkova, and Ban Josip Jelačić Square
→ Free time in Zagreb
Overnight in Zagreb

DAY 4 | LJUBLJANA AND LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (2.5 hours)
Free time for lunch, boat ride or walk around the beautiful natural landmark
→ Transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia (40 min)
→ City tour of Ljubljana after breakfast (1.5-2 hours walking)
Visit the iconic Dragon Bridge, Tromostovje, Preseren Square, Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Robba Fountain, and Bucher Bridge. Explore the lively town market.
Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 5 | SPLIT, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Split, Croatia (5 hours)
→ City tour of Split Old Town (2-3 hours) in the afternoon
Visit the Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, a venerable building from the 4th century AD that exudes ancient charm. Stroll along the vibrant Riva, the central heart of Split, and experience the dynamic atmosphere of the city. Discover the ancient Temple of Jupiter, a testament to Split’s rich history, whose origins date back to the 3rd century AD. Cross the enchanting “Let me pass” street and immerse yourself in its unique flair. Marvel at the Golden Gate, a Roman stone gate from the 4th century, decorated with arches and ornate statues, which marks the grand entrance to Diocletian’s Palace.
→ Free time to explore Split Old Town at the afternoon

Overnight in Split, Croatia

DAY 6 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia (3 hours )
→ City tour of Dubrovnik old town (1.5 – 2 hours walking)
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik old town, where centuries of history come to life. Follow the ancient city walls, an impressive testimony to Dubrovnik’s resilience over the centuries. Admire the Renaissance architecture of Dubrovnik’s Church of the Holy Savior, a 16th-century marvel that is a beacon of artistic elegance. Enter the sacred ambience of Dubrovnik Cathedral, an 18th-century Baroque masterpiece that reflects the city’s religious heritage. Pause at the Onofrije Fountain,the Clock Tower, the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace, all of which tell a unique story from Dubrovnik’s rich past. Climb up to Fort Saint John for a panoramic view.

→ Free time to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia for dinner

Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 7 | KOTOR, PERAST AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (2 hours + border)
→ Take a boat to visit the “Our Lady of the Rock”(Gospa od Škrpjela) is a unique and enchanting site nestled in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (30 min)
→ Guided tour of Kotor Old town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the rich history that lies in every corner. Trace the ancient city walls that have stood for centuries, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding landscapes. Explore the venerable St. Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the Church of St. Nicholas, a testament to Kotor’s religious heritage. Stroll through the Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems such as the Church of St. Luke, the Gurdic Gate and the imposing Clock Tower. Admire the splendor of the historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Free time in Kotor
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 8 | MOSTAR, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Mostar Old town (4 hours + border)
→ City tour in Mostar (1 hours) and free time for lunch
Visit the Stari Most (Mostar Bridge), which stood for 427 years until its destruction in 1993 during the Croatian–Bosniak war. Stroll through the charming old Turkish bazaar, known as “Kujundziluk”,” where cobbled streets and lively stalls invite you to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Visit the “Koskin Mehmed Pasha” Mosque, a small architectural gem from the 17th century.
→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia (2 hours) after breakfast
→ Free time in Sarajevo for dinner

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 9 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

→ Tour of Sarajevo surroundings by car after breakfast
Visit the “Tunnel of Hope” which will help you understand the crucial role the tunnel played for the city and its inhabitants during one of the most difficult times in Sarajevo’s history. Visit the abandoned bobsleigh track (built in 1984 for the Winter Olympics in the former Yugoslavia. The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate the sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia the bobsleigh track was used as a base for artillery during the long siege of Sarajevo);
→ Walking city tour of Sarajevo (2-3 hours)
Explore the bustling Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s historic Turkish market, where centuries-old traditions come to life in the winding alleyways and vibrant market stalls. Admire the impressive Gazi-Husrev-beg Mosque, an exquisite example of 16th century Ottoman architecture with great spiritual significance. Cross the famous Latin Bridge, also known as the Assassination Bridge, an Ottoman-era stone structure near the site of the fateful assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the 19th century
→ Free time for dinner

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 10 | DEPART FROM SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Sarajevo airport (SJJ)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #7 | “Balkan Delights: A Cultural and Natural Odyssey”

Bosnia – Montenegro – Albania – North Macedonia – Kosovo

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Finish Point: Skopje, Macedonia
Number of countries: 5

 
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Bosnia – Montenegro – Albania – North Macedonia – Kosovo

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

→ Meet your guide in Sarajevo airport (SJJ)
→ Airport transfer to your hotel (30-40 min)
Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 2 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

→ Tour of Sarajevo surroundings by car after breakfast
Visit the “Tunnel of Hope” which will help you understand the crucial role the tunnel played for the city and its inhabitants during one of the most difficult times in Sarajevo’s history. Visit the abandoned bobsleigh track (built in 1984 for the Winter Olympics in the former Yugoslavia. The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate the sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia the bobsleigh track was used as a base for artillery during the long siege of Sarajevo);
→ Walking city tour of Sarajevo (2-3 hours)
Explore the bustling Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s historic Turkish market, where centuries-old traditions come to life in the winding alleyways and vibrant market stalls. Admire the impressive Gazi-Husrev-beg Mosque, an exquisite example of 16th century Ottoman architecture with great spiritual significance. Cross the famous Latin Bridge, also known as the Assassination Bridge, an Ottoman-era stone structure near the site of the fateful assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the 19th century
→ Free time for dinner

Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 3 | MOSTAR AND BLAGAJ, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Blagaj, Bosnia (2 hours)
Visit the Blagaj Tekija (Dervish Monastery from 16th-century Dervish built into the cliffs next to the Buna River; Buna Spring, karst spring with crystal-clear water and the surrounding natural beauty located beneath the cliffs near the Tekija.
→ Transfer to Mostar Old town (40-30 min) after lunch
→ City tour in Mostar (1 hours)
Visit the Stari Most (Mostar Bridge), which stood for 427 years until its destruction in 1993 during the Croatian–Bosniak war. Stroll through the charming old Turkish bazaar, known as “Kujundziluk”,” where cobbled streets and lively stalls invite you to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Visit the “Koskin Mehmed Pasha” Mosque, a small architectural gem from the 17th century.
→ Free time at the afternoon

Overnight in Mostar, Bosnia

DAY 4 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (4.5 hours + border)
→ Take a boat to visit the “Our Lady of the Rock”(Gospa od Škrpjela) is a unique and enchanting site nestled in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (30 min)
→ Guided tour of Kotor Old town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the rich history that lies in every corner. Trace the ancient city walls that have stood for centuries, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding landscapes. Explore the venerable St. Tryphon Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the Church of St. Nicholas, a testament to Kotor’s religious heritage. Stroll through the Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems such as the Church of St. Luke, the Gurdic Gate and the imposing Clock Tower. Admire the splendor of the historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Free time in Kotor
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 5 | SAINT STEPHAN ISLAND, MONTENEGRO AND THETH, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Sveti Stefan (30 min)
Short walk around Sveti Stefan (Picturesque island, originally a 15th-century fishing village, transformed into a fortified village in the 20th century. In the 1960s, it became a high-end resort attracting celebrities and prominent figures from around the world.
→ Transfer to Theth, the first National Park of Albania (3 hours + border)
→ Nature walk in the park (7 km with some easy climbing) to visit some of the natural attractions, the Grunas Waterfall and Grunas Canyon, Qafe Thore view point.

Overnight in local guesthouse in Theth, Albania

DAY 6 | SHKODER AND TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Shkoder, Albania (2 hours).
→ City tour of Shkoder (1 hour)
Visit the Xhamia e Madhe – Ebu Bekr mosque and the Shkoder fortress (Rozafa Castle) , a centuries-old, historic and legendary fortress. With panoramic views of Lake Shkodra, the Drin River and the Albanian Alps.
→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the vibrant city center of Tirana and visit “Skanderberg Square” the lively main square with the famous Skanderberg statue. The 19th-century clock tower, which reflects the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage and the “Ethem Bey” Mosque, Tirana’s only historic mosque. See the striking Enver Hoxha Pyramid, a unique architectural landmark. Experience Albania’s communist history, housed in a fascinating bunker dedicated to the victims of the communist regime and enjoy the walk along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
→ Free time for dinner in Tirana
Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 7 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia (3 hours + border)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia (1-1.5 hours)
Begin your journey at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem that sets the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, a tribute to the revered saint and a testament to the city’s spiritual heritage. Continue to the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honoring the legacy of the scholar and patron saint of Ohrid. Continue the Ohrid city tour with a visit to Church of St. Sofia, the Ancient theater of Ohrid; the St John at Kaneo church. (Historical church with lake views), Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site)
→ Free time in Ohrid at the late afternoon

Overnight in Ohrid, North, Macedonia

DAY 8 | SKOPJE AND MATKA CANYON, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Matka Canyon (1.5 hours)
→ Free time for boat tour or have a walk to explore one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Balkans
→ Transfer to Skopje (30 min)
→ Walking tour of Skopje (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge (Old bridge from 15th Century); the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa (From outside); the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque (Renovated 15th-century mosque with historic architecture, a rose garden & a tomb, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, The Civilization bridge; the Archeological museum building.
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner
Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 9 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

→ Transfer to Pristina, Kosovo (1.5 hours + border)
→ Walking tour of Pristina (1 hour)
Explore the city center, including the Pristina Library and the Great Mosque (15th Century Mosque).
→ Continue to Prizren, Kosovo (1 hour)
→ Stroll through the old town of Prizren
Visit the city center, including Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church) and Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th Century mosque).
→ Enjoy free time in Prizren, Kosovo, before heading back to Skopje
→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (2 hours + border)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner
Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to Skopje airport (SKP)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #8 | “Jewels of the Balkans: A Treasure Hunt of History and Nature”

Romania – Bulgaria – North Macedonia – Kosovо – Albania

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starting Point: Bucharest, Romania
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 5

 
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Romania – Bulgaria – North Macedonia – Kosovо – Albania

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

→ Meet your guide in Bucharest Airport (OTP)
→ Airport transfer to your hotel (30-40 min)
Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 2 | BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

→ Walking Bucharest tour (2-3 hours) after breakfast
Dive into the rich Romanian history and vibrant culture of Bucharest as you explore the Palace of Parliament, stroll through the charming Old Town, experience the splendor of Piata Victoriei, admire the architectural elegance of Cec Palace, discover the historic Unirii Square, stand on Revolution Square, experience the magnificence of Constitution Square, pay homage to the Lui Carol Monument and marvel at the imposing Palace of Justice.
→ Free time at the afternoon

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 3 | BRAN AND PELES CASTLES, ROMANIA

→ Transfer to Brasov area (3 hours)
→ Explore Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, is a medieval fortress on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, known for its picturesque location, rich history and legendary connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
→ Tranfer to Sinaia (2 hours)
→ Visit the Peles castle, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains near Sinaia, Romania, is a stunning neo-Renaissance royal residence known for its architectural splendor, opulent interiors and picturesque surroundings, serving as a symbol of Romania’s royal heritage.
→ Transfer to Bucharest, Romania (2 hours)
→ Free time in Bucharest, Romania for dinner

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 4 | VELIKO TARNOVO AND SOFIA, BULGARIA

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria after breakfast (3.5 hours + border)
→ City tour of Veliko Tarnovo, the old Bulgarian capital
Explore the majestic Tsarevets Fortress, a symbol of medieval splendor, perched atop a hill and offering panoramic views over the city and the Yantra River. Stroll through the charming Craft Street, where traditional Bulgarian crafts and handicrafts come to life, creating a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the city’s cultural heritage.
→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria (3 hours)
→ Walking city tour of Sofia (1.5 – 2.5 hours)
Visit the St. Nedelya Church; St. Sofia Monument; The Old Serdika Ruins; The Mineral Springs; The Council of Ministers; The “St. George” Rotunda; The Presidential Office; The National Archeological Museum (do not enter); The Bulgarian National Bank; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The Royal Palace; The Russian Church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument to the “Unknown Soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The City Garden
→ Free time in Sofia, Bulgaria for dinner

Overnight in Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 5 | RILA MONASTERY AND SKOPJE

→ Transfer to the Rila monastery, Bulgaria (2 hours)
→ Guided tour of the Rila monastery complex. Located in the tranquil Rila Mountains, the Rila Monastery is a masterpiece of Orthodox Christian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
→ Transfer to Skopje, North Macedonia (3.5 hours + border)
→ Walking tour of Skopje (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge (Old bridge from 15th Century); the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa (From outside); the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque (Renovated 15th-century mosque with historic architecture, a rose garden & a tomb, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, The Civilization bridge; the Archeological museum building.
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 6 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

→ Transfer to Pristina, Kosovo (1.5 hours + border)
→ Walking tour of Pristina (1 hour)
Explore the city center, including the Pristina Library and the Great Mosque (15th Century Mosque).
→ Continue to Prizren, Kosovo (1 hour)
→ Stroll through the old town of Prizren
Visit the city center, including Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church) and Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th Century mosque).
→ Enjoy free time in Prizren, Kosovo, before heading back to Skopje
→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (2 hours + border)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner
Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 7 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia (2 hours)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia (1-1.5 hours)
Begin your journey at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem that sets the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, a tribute to the revered saint and a testament to the city’s spiritual heritage. Continue to the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honoring the legacy of the scholar and patron saint of Ohrid. Continue the Ohrid city tour with a visit to Church of St. Sofia, the Ancient theater of Ohrid; the St John at Kaneo church. (Historical church with lake views), Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site)
→ Free time in Ohrid at the late afternoon

Overnight in Ohrid, North, Macedonia

DAY 8 | BERAT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (3:30 hours + border)
→ City tour of Berat, Albania
Visit the Berat Castle (The historic castle of Berat is a testimony to Albania’s rich cultural heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site invites visitors to stroll through its cobbled streets, explore ancient churches and enjoy panoramic views); The Orthodox Church “The Holy Trinity” ;The Gorica Bridge and the city center
→ Free time in Berat at the afternoon

Overnight in Berat, Albania

DAY 9 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the vibrant city center of Tirana and visit “Skanderberg Square” the lively main square with the famous Skanderberg statue. The 19th-century clock tower, which reflects the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage and the “Ethem Bey” Mosque, Tirana’s only historic mosque. See the striking Enver Hoxha Pyramid, a unique architectural landmark. Experience Albania’s communist history, housed in a fascinating bunker dedicated to the victims of the communist regime and enjoy the walk along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
→ Free time for dinner in Tirana
Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to Tirana airport (TIA)
END OF THE TOUR

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