8-day Balkan Tour - Private Guide Bulgaria

8-DAY “SOUL OF THE BALKANS” TOUR

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

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

Choose the itinerary which matches the Balkans trip of your dreams or contact us to personalize your Itinerary. If there are specific attractions or places you’d like to visit that are not in the standard itinerary, let us know, and we’ll tailor the program to include your desired stops.

Why should choose us:

Tailored Duration: Adjust the length of your Balkan adventure to suit your preferences. Whether you want to extend or shorten your travel days, we can customize the tour duration according to your needs.

Private Vehicle Comfort: Experience the comfort of a private vehicle throughout your journey. You’ll always be traveling in comfortable, air-conditioned transport. Your friendly, fully licensed and very knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide on hand to give you deeper insight behind the beauty.

Flexible Pick up and Drop Off Locations: Modify pick-up and drop-off locations to enhance your convenience.

Local Guides and Insight: Enjoy the expertise of local guides who provide in-depth knowledge about the Balkan region.

Explore our selection of the finest 8-day Balkan tours:

If the destinations you wish to visit are not featured in our itineraries, we are more than happy to assist you in crafting a custom Balkan tour. Simply inform us of your preferred locations, must-see attractions, desired duration, and group size when requesting a quote. Within less than 24 hours, we’ll provide you with a personalized sample itinerary.

You can pick and mix the following countries:

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

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

Adjust the duration. Love our Balkan itineraries but want to change the duration? Just let us know if you’d like to extend or shorten your travel days and we’ll tailor the program to your wishes..

Personalize the pick-up and drop-off locations. Our Balkan itineraries are designed to be adaptable and allow different pick-up and drop-off locations to minimize travel time. Whether you want to start and end at the same place or have specific requests, let us know and we’ll adjust the program accordingly. You can start your private Balkan tour from any location mentioned in the program.

Customize the itinerary according to your wishes. If you like the itinerary but would like to add a specific destination or activity, feel free to inform us, and we’ll share the best options.

BALKAN TOUR #1 | “Four Nations Escape: 8 Days of Cultural Discovery”

Bulgaria – North Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Starting Point: Sofia, Bulgaria
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 4

 
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Bulgaria – Macedonia – Kosovo – Albania

 

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 | PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

→ 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 Square; Glavnata (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 4 | RILA MONASTERY, BULGARIA – SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

→ 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 5 | 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 6 | OHRID, NORTH 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 7 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania (3 hours + border)
→ 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 8 | DEPART FROM TIRANA, ALBANIA

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

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BALKAN TOUR #2 | “Adriatic Trio: A Journey Through Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro”

Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro

Duration: 8 days/ 7 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 | 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 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 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 back to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 8 | DEPARTURE FROM PODGORICA AIRPORT

Transfer to Podgorica airport (TGD)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #3 | “Serbia to Slovenia: A Tranquil Journey Through Croatia”

Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Number of countries: 3

 
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Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

→ 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 | 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 (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 5 | 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 to Rijeka, Croatia (1.5 hours)
→ Free at the afternoon
Overnight in Rijeka, Croatia

DAY 6 | SPLIT, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Split, Croatia (4 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 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 | DEPARTURE

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport (DBV) or Split airport (SPU)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #4 | “Serene Balkan Beauty: 8 Days in Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia”

Serbia – Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Number of countries: 3

 
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Serbia – Croatia – 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 | SPLIT, CROATIA

→ Transfer to Split (5 hours) after breakfast

→ 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 5 | 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 6 | MOSTAR AND BLAGAJ, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Blagaj, Bosnia (4 hours + border)
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 7 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia (2 hours) after breakfast
→ Tour of Sarajevo surroundings by car.
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 8 | DEPART FROM SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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

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BALKAN TOUR #5 | “Balkan Essence: A Weeklong Journey through Time and Tradition”

Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Starting Point: Belgrade, Serbia
Finish Point: Budva, Montenegro
Number of countries: 3

 
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Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – 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 | 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 | 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 8 | DEPARTURE FROM PODGORICA AIRPORT

Transfer to Podgorica airport (TGD)
END OF THE TOUR

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BALKAN TOUR #6 | “Weeklong Wonders: A Balkan Adventure in 8 Days”

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Starting Point: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Finish Point: Tirana, Albania
Number of countries: 3

 
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Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Albania

 

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 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 4 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

→ Transfer to Perast, Montenegro (1.5 hours)
→ 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 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Shkoder, Albania (3 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
→ Free time in Shkoder at the late afternoon
Overnight in Shkoder

DAY 6 | BERAT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (4 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 7 | 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 at the afternoon
Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 8 | DEPARTURE

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

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BALKAN TOUR #7 | “Balkan Essence: A Weeklong Journey through Time and Tradition”

Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria

Duration: 8 days/ 7 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 – VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

→ 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

→ 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 | DEPARTURE

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

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