16-day Balkan Tour - Private Guide Bulgaria

16-DAY COUNTLESS MEMORIES: THE ULTIMATE BALKAN TOUR

Some parts of the Balkans you simply can’t afford to miss. In our 16 day Balkan tours you’ll have the opportunity to see all of the vital natural and cultural highlights of this magnificent part of the world:

From the mountain monasteries of Bulgaria to the capital Sofia’s eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture to the historic wonders of Dubrovnik, the vibrant streets of Belgrade, Kosovo’s mountain roads and much more. And don’t worry, 16 days are more than enough to explore the most fascinating destinations and enjoy the experience to the full. With the freedom to adjust the duration, handpick your favorite destinations, and savor unique cultural encounters, this is more than a tour – it’s your personalized adventure.

Tailor your tour to include less or even more of the very best of what the Balkans has to offer. You’ll have your fully licensed local guide and driver and your roomy, air-conditioned minivan at your disposal for your entire adventure.

Discover our collection of premium 16-day Balkan tours:

If the destinations you would like to explore are not included in our existing itineraries, we will be happy to help you design a tailor-made Balkan trip. Simply let us know your desired locations, key sights, desired duration and group size when you request a quote. In less than 24 hours, our Balkan travel specialists will answer with an example itinerary built around your interests.

You can pick and mix the following countries:

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

With our private Balkan tours, you have the freedom to:

Adjust the duration. Do you like our Balkan routes, but would like a different trip duration? Just let us know if you’d like to extend or shorten your travel days and we’ll adjust the program accordingly..

Personalize the pick-up and drop-off locations. Our Balkan itineraries are designed to allow different pick-up and drop-off locations to minimize travel time. Whether you prefer to start and end at the same location or have special requests, let us know and we’ll customize the program accordingly. Start your private Balkan tour from any location mentioned in the program.

Customize the itinerary. If the program has piqued your interest but you want to include a specific destination or activity, share your ideas with us. We’ll suggest the best options to ensure that your private Balkan trip is perfectly tailored to your preferences

We will make your Balkan tour special:

Customized itineraries: When you choose Private Guide Bulgaria for your customized Balkan tour, you benefit from carefully crafted itineraries. Our experienced tour guides know the different attractions and cultural nuances of the region and can therefore put together a customized trip that is tailored to your interests, preferences and travel style.

Local expertise: Our tour guides are locals with in-depth knowledge of Bulgaria and the entire Balkan region. Beyond the main attractions, they will show you the hidden gems, take you to the places they go and share local stories of their life.

Flexibility and convenience: Choosing Private Guide Bulgaria for your customized Balkan tour gives you the flexibility to customize your itinerary along the way. Whether you decide to linger longer in a charming village, take a detour to a less-explored location or make last-minute changes, your private guide is there to accommodate your wishes.
Exclusive experiences: Private Guide Bulgaria goes beyond the ordinary to put together exclusive and authentic experiences for your Balkan trip. From private tastings of local delicacies to behind-the-scenes looks at cultural events, your guide will ensure that you have access to unique opportunities that are not part of the standard tourist packages.

BALKAN TOUR #1 | “PAN BALKAN DISCOVERY: A 16-DAY EXPEDITION”

Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria – Nоrth Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania – Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Duration: 16 days/ 15 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Number of countries: 8

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Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria – Nоrth Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania – 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 flightOvernight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 2 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

Belgrad fortress → 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

Novi Sad → 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

Corvin → 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

Bran castle→ 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 – VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

tsarevets→ Bucharest walking tour (2-3 hours)
Explore landmarks like the Palace of Parliament, wander through the charming Old Town, experience the splendor of Piata Victoriei, admire the architectural elegance of Cec Palace, uncover the history of Revolution Square, marvel at Constitution Square, pay homage to the Lui Carol Monument, and be awestruck by the imposing Palace of Justice.
→ 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 7 | SOFIA, BULGARIA

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 8 | RILA MONASTERY, BULGARIA – SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Rila monastery→ 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 Skopje, North Macedonia (3.5 hours + border)
→ Skopje walking tour (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Old Muslim Quarter, the Stone Bridge (a 15th-century marvel), Macedonia Square, and catch an exterior glimpse of the Memorial House of Mother Teresa. Discover the “Warrior on a Horse” monument, the renovated 15th-century Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the Skopje Art Bridge, Daut Pasha Hamam, Mothers of Macedonia Fountain, Divers Statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil Monument, Civilization Bridge, and the Archaeological Museum building (exterior only)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner
Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 9 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

Prizren→ 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 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

Ohrid, Macedonia→ Transfer to Ohrid, Macedonia (2.5 hours)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia
Commence your exploration at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem setting the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid and the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honoring the scholar and patron saint. Continue the Ohrid city tour with visits to Church of St. Sofia, the Ancient Theater of Ohrid, St. John at Kaneo Church, Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon, and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site).
→ Free time in Ohrid in the late afternoon
Overnight in Ohrid

DAY 11 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

tirana, albania→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (3 hours + border)
→ Dive into the vibrant city center with a walking tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore Skanderberg Square, the lively main square with the iconic Skanderberg statue. Admire the 19th-century clock tower, the historic “Ethem Bey” Mosque, and the unique architectural landmark, Enver Hoxha Pyramid. Immerse yourself in Albania’s communist history at a bunker dedicated to victims of the regime. Enjoy a stroll along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
→ Free time in Tirana, Albania, in the late afternoon
Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 12 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

Skoder, Albania→ Travel to Shkoder, Albania (2.5 hours)
→ Explore Shkoder with a city tour (1 hour)
Visit the Xhamia e Madhe – Ebu Bekr mosque and the historic Shkoder fortress (Rozafa Castle), perched on a hill with panoramic views of Lake Shkodra, the Drin River, and the Albanian Alps.
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (2.5 hours + border)
→ Enjoy free time in Budva
Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 13 | KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Kotor, Montengro→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (40 min)
Possibly hike above Kotor’s Old Town for breathtaking views of Kotor Bay (Boka Kotorska).
→ Explore Kotor’s Old Town (1 hour)
Discover the timeless charm of Kotor’s Old Town, stroll through cobbled streets, and absorb rich history. Trace ancient city walls offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. Visit St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Church of St. Nicholas. Stroll through Piazza des Arms, surrounded by architectural gems like the Church of St. Luke, Gurdic Gate, and the Clock Tower. Admire historic residences, including Grubonja Palace, Karampana Fountain, Drago Palace, Pima Palace, Beskuca Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace, and the Royal Prince’s Palace.
→ Transfer back to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Enjoy free time in Budva in the late afternoon
Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 14 | MOSTAR, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Mostar, Bosnia→ Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia (4 – 4.5 hours + border)
→ City tour in Mostar (1 hour) and free time for lunch
Visit the Stari Most (Mostar Bridge), stroll through the charming old Turkish bazaar, known as “Kujundziluk,” and visit the “Koskin Mehmed Pasha” Mosque, a small architectural gem from the 17th century.
→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia (2 hours)
→ Enjoy free time in Sarajevo, Bosnia for dinner
Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 15 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Sarajevo, Bosnia→ Walking city tour of Sarajevo (2-3 hours)
Explore the bustling Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s historic Turkish market, and admire the Gazi-Husrev-beg Mosque. Cross the famous Latin Bridge, also known as the Assassination Bridge, near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s fateful assassination in the 19th century.
→ Tour of Sarajevo surroundings by car.
Visit the “Tunnel of Hope”, crucial during the siege of Sarajevo. Explore the abandoned bobsleigh track built for the 1984 Winter Olympics.
→ Free time in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Explore Sarajevo’s fascinating museums in your free time, including the Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918, the War Childhood Museum, and the Museum of Crimes against Humanity and Genocide.
Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 16 | DEPART FROM SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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

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BALKAN TOUR #2 | “SIX SHADES OF BALKANS: A 16-DAY ADVENTURE”

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

Duration: 16 days/ 15 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 6

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Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – 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

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

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 | PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA

Plitvice lakes→ 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 | LJUBLJANA AND LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

Lake bled→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (3.5 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 6 | POSTOJNA CAVE AND PREDJAMA CASTLE, SLOVENIA

POstojna cave→ 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 to Rijeka, Croatia (1.5 hours)
→ Free at the afternoon

Overnight in Rijeka, Croatia

DAY 7 | SPLIT, CROATIA

Split→ Transfer to Split, Croatia (3 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 8 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Dubrvonik→ 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 9 | MOSTAR, BOSNIA

Mostar, Bosnia→ Transfer to Mostar Old town (3 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 10 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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 11 | KOTOR AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO

Kotor→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro (5-6 hours)
→ 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 12 | BUDVA AND SVETI STEPHAN, MONTENEGRO

Sveti StefanThis 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 13 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

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 14 | BERAT, ALBANIA

Berat→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (3.5 hours)
→ City tour of Berat
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 15 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

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 16 | DEPART FROM TIRANA, ALBANIA

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

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BALKAN TOUR #3 | “BALKAN TAPESTRY: EXPLORING 6 NATIONS S IN 16 DAYS”

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania – North Macedonia – Kosovo – Bulgaria

Duration: 16 days/ 15 nights
Starting Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finish Point: Sofia, Bulgaria
Number of countries: 6

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Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania – North Macedonia – Kosovo – Bulgaria

 

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

Sarajevo→ 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 dinnerOvernight in Sarajevo, Bosnia

DAY 3 | MOSTAR AND BLAGAJ, BOSNIA

Mostar→ 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 afternoonOvernight in Mostar, Bosnia

DAY 4 | OSTROG MONASTERY AND CETINJE, MONTENEGRO

Ostrog monastery→ Transfer to Ostrog monastery, Montenegro (1 hour)
→ Guided tour of Ostrog Monastery (Serbian Orthodox monastery), the holiest place in Montenegro, located up in the mountain, known for its distinctive architecture and scenic views.
→ Transfer to Cetinje, Montenegro (1.5 hours)
→ Explore the old capital of Montenegro
Visit the Cetinje Royal Palace ( the former royal residence); Cetinje’s Central Square; Njegos Avenue; Cetinje Monastery (Serbian Orthodox monastery); Vlaska Church; Cetinje Art Gallery and Cetinje Open Market:
→ Free time in Cetinje, MontenegroOvernight in Cetinje, Montenegro

DAY 5 | LOVCEN, NJEGUSI AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO

Budva→ Transfer to Lovcen National Park, Montenegro (40 min)
Visit of Lovcen National Park and its Mausoleum monument.
→ Transfer to the village of Niegushi (10 min)
Try local food, homemade cheese and the famous montenegrin whole bone-in ham
→ Transfer to Budva via the serpentine road with breathtaking view to Kotor bay and the Adriatic coast (1.5 hours)
→ Free time in BudvaOvernight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 6 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

Kotor, 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 dinnerOvernight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 7 | SAINT STEPHAN ISLAND, MONTENEGRO AND THETH, ALBANIA

st stefan→ 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 8 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

Shkoder→ 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.
→ Free time in the afternoon (option for boat trip at Skadar lake)
Overnight in Shkoder, Albania
→ Free time in Shkoder at the late afternoonOvernight in Shkoder

DAY 9 |KRUJE AND TIRANA, ALBANIA

Tirana→ Transfer to Kruje castle (1.5 hours)
Visit the Krujë Castle, explore its well-preserved walls and towers, which have witnessed significant historical events, including the defense led by national hero Skanderbeg.
→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (1 hour)
→ 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 TiranaOvernight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 10 | BERAT, ALBANIA

Berat→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Berat
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 afternoonOvernight in Berat, Albania

DAY 11 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

Ohrid, 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 12 | SKOPJE AND MATKA CANYON, NORTH MACEDONIA

Skopje→ 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 dinnerOvernight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 13 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

Pristina→ 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 dinnerOvernight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 14 | RILA MONASTERY AND SOFIA, BULGARIA

Rila monastery→ Transfer to the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria (2 hours+ border)
→ 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 Sofia, Bulgaria (2 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 dinnerOvernight in Sofia, Bulgaria

DAY 15 | PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

Plovdiv→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2 hours)
→ 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 SquareGlavnata (the main pedestrian street); Kapana (“The Trap” neighborhood); Nebet tepe (a hill with a great view of the city);
→ Transfer back to Sofia (2 hours)
→ Free time in Sofia for dinner

Overnight in Sofia

DAY 16 | DEPARTURE

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

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BALKAN TOUR #4 | “BALKAN PANORAMA: A 16-DAY BALKAN EXPEDITION”

Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria – Nоrth Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania

Duration: 16 days/ 15 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 6

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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

Belgrade
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

Novi Sad
→ 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

Corvin Castle
→ 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

Peles castle
→ 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

Bucharest
→ Bucharest walking tour (2-3 hours)
Explore landmarks like the Palace of Parliament, wander through the charming Old Town, experience the splendor of Piata Victoriei, admire the architectural elegance of Cec Palace, uncover the history of Revolution Square, marvel at Constitution Square, pay homage to the Lui Carol Monument, and be awestruck by the imposing Palace of Justice.→ Free time in Bucharest, Romania at the afternoon

Overnight in Bucharest, Romania

DAY 7 | VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

Valiko Tarnovo
→ 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

Plovdiv
→ 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

Mostar
→ 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 | RILA MONASTERY, BULGARIA – SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Rila monastery
→ 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 Skopje, North Macedonia (3.5 hours + border)
→ Skopje walking tour (1 hour)
Visit the Old Muslim Quarter, the Stone Bridge (a 15th-century marvel), Macedonia Square, and catch an exterior glimpse of the Memorial House of Mother Teresa. Discover the “Warrior on a Horse” monument, the renovated 15th-century Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the Skopje Art Bridge, Daut Pasha Hamam, Mothers of Macedonia Fountain, Divers Statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil Monument, Civilization Bridge, and the Archaeological Museum building (exterior only)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 11 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

Pristina
→ 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 12 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

Ohrid
→ Transfer to Ohrid, Macedonia (2.5 hours)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia
Commence your exploration at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem setting the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid and the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honoring the scholar and patron saint. Continue the Ohrid city tour with visits to Church of St. Sofia, the Ancient Theater of Ohrid, St. John at Kaneo Church, Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon, and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site).
→ Free time in Ohrid in the late afternoon

Overnight in Ohrid

DAY 13 | BERAT, ALBANIA

Berat
Heading to the 6th Balkan country during the East Balkans 21 days tour

→ 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 14 | GJIROKASTER AND THE BLUE EYE, ALBANIA

Gjirokaster
→ Transfer to Gjirokaster, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Gjirokaster, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania, is known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture and rich history.
Visit the Gjirokastër Fortress (Kalaja e Gjirokastrës) Explore the medieval castle and its various chambers; The Church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shën Marisë) Byzantine-style church (13th century), one of the oldest in Gjirokastër; The Bazaar of Gjirokastër (a great place to experience local life)
→ Transfer to the Blue Eye, Albania (1 hour)
Explore the unique and beautiful natural spring that forms a deep pool of clear, blue water.
→ Transfer to Berat (2 hours)
→ Free time for dinner

Overnight in Berat, Albania

DAY 15 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

Tirana
→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (2 hours)
→ Dive into the vibrant city center with a walking tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore Skanderberg Square, the lively main square with the iconic Skanderberg statue. Admire the 19th-century clock tower, the historic “Ethem Bey” Mosque, and the unique architectural landmark, Enver Hoxha Pyramid. Immerse yourself in Albania’s communist history at a bunker dedicated to victims of the regime. Enjoy a stroll along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
→ Free time in Tirana, Albania, in the late afternoon

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 16 | DEPARTURE

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

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BALKAN TOUR #5 | “BALKAN TRILOGY: A 16-DAY ADVENTURE”

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

Duration: 21 days/ 20 nights
Starting Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 3

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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

Sarajevo
→ 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

Blagaj
→ 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 | OSTROG MONASTERY AND CETINJE, MONTENEGRO

Ostrog
→ Transfer to Ostrog monastery, Montenegro (1 hour)
→ Guided tour of Ostrog Monastery (Serbian Orthodox monastery), the holiest place in Montenegro, located up in the mountain, known for its distinctive architecture and scenic views.
→ Transfer to Cetinje, Montenegro (1.5 hours)
→ Explore the old capital of Montenegro
Visit the Cetinje Royal Palace ( the former royal residence); Cetinje’s Central Square; Njegos Avenue; Cetinje Monastery (Serbian Orthodox monastery); Vlaska Church; Cetinje Art Gallery and Cetinje Open Market:
→ Free time in Cetinje, Montenegro

Overnight in Cetinje, Montenegro

DAY 5 | LOVCEN, NJEGUSI AND BUDVA, MONTENEGRO

Budva
→ Transfer to Lovcen National Park, Montenegro (40 min)
Visit of Lovcen National Park and its Mausoleum monument.
→ Transfer to the village of Niegushi (10 min)
Try local food, homemade cheese and the famous montenegrin whole bone-in ham
→ Transfer to Budva via the serpentine road with breathtaking view to Kotor bay and the Adriatic coast (1.5 hours)
→ Free time in Budva

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 6 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

Kotor
→ 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 7 | SAINT STEPHAN ISLAND, MONTENEGRO AND THETH, ALBANIA

Sveti Stefan
→ 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 8 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

Shkoder
→ 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.
→ Free time in the afternoon (option for boat trip at Skadar lake)

Overnight in Shkoder, Albania

DAY 9 | KRUJE AND TIRANA, ALBANIA

Tirana
→ Transfer to Kruje castle (1.5 hours)
Visit the Krujë Castle, explore its well-preserved walls and towers, which have witnessed significant historical events, including the defense led by national hero Skanderbeg.
→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (1 hour)
→ 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 | BERAT, ALBANIA

Berat
→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Berat
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 11 | GJIROKASTER, ALBANIA

Gjirokaster
→ Transfer to Gjirokaster, Albania (2 hours)
→ City tour of Gjirokaster, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania, is known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture and rich history. Visit the Gjirokastër Fortress (Kalaja e Gjirokastrës) Explore the medieval castle and its various chambers; The Church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shën Marisë) Byzantine-style church (13th century), one of the oldest in Gjirokastër; The Bazaar of Gjirokastër (a great place to experience local life); the Skenduli House
→ Free time in Gjirokaster

Overnight in Gjirokaster, Albania

DAY 12 | THE BLUE EYE AND SARANEDE, ALBANIA

Sarande
→ Transfer to the Blue eye, Albania (1 hour)
Explore the unique and beautiful natural spring that forms a deep pool of clear, blue water.
→ Transfer to Sarande (1 hour)
→ Free time at the afternoon for beach, activities or relax

Overnight in Sarande, Albania

DAY 13 | BUTRINT, ALBANIA

Butrint
→ Transfer to Butrint, Albania (30- 40 min)
→ Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved ancient ruins. Visit the Ancient City of Butrint, which dates back to the 7th century BC; the Theater of Butrint, built in the 3rd century BC; the Baptistery of Butrint, early Christian baptistery dates back to the 6th century AD and the Lion Gate, one of the ancient entrances to Butrint.
→ Transfer back to Sarande, Albania (30-40 min)
→ Free time for relax, beach and other activities

Overnight in Sarande, Albania

DAY 14 | SARANDE FREE DAY

→ Free time for relax, beach activities or day tour to Corfu island, Greece

Overnight in Sarande

DAY 15 | VLORE, ALBANIA

Vlore
→ Transfer to the area of Vlore, Albania and explore the amazing Adriatic coast on the way
→ Free time for beach, walk or relax
→ Transfer to Tirana

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 16 | DEPARTURE

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

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