Ex-Yugoslavia Tour - Private Guide Bulgaria

A LEGACY OF UNITY: A TOUR THROUGH THE FORMAR YUGOSLAV STATES 

During our Ex-Yugoslavia tour, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the former Yugoslav states (North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Kosovo, Croatia and Montenegro) with all its political changes, ethnic diversity and key historical events.

This private tour around the Balkans offers an unparalleled way to soak the regional atmosphere. At every twist and turn of this unforgettable private Balkan tour, you’ll encounter miraculous natural landmarks and historical monuments contributing to the region’s allure. Below, you can find more information about the history of Former Yugoslavia. 

If our current itineraries do not cover the destinations you wish to explore within the former Yugoslav states, we are delighted to assist you in crafting a personalized Balkan trip. When requesting a quote, inform us of your preferred locations, essential sights, desired duration, and group size. Within less than 24 hours, our Balkan travel specialists will provide you with a sample itinerary tailored to your interests.

Discover our collection of Ex-Yugoslavia Tours

  • EX-YUGOSLAVIA TOUR #1 | “Epic Balkans: A 21-Day Adventure Across Ex-Yugoslavia” – 7 Balkan Countries
    North Macedonia – Serbia – Kosovo – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia
  • EX-YUGOSLAVIA TOUR #2 | “Beyond Borders: A 17-Day Odyssey through Former Yugoslavia” – 7 Balkan Countries
    North Macedonia – Serbia – Kosovo – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia

If our current itineraries do not cover the destinations you wish to explore within the former Yugoslav states, we are delighted to assist you in crafting your dream Balkan trip. Just inform us of your preferred locations, desired duration, and group size when requesting a quote. Within 24 hours, our team of Balkan travel specialists will provide you with a sample itinerary in accordance with your interests.

EX-YUGOSLAVIA TOUR #1 | “Epic Balkans: A 21-Day Adventure Across Ex-Yugoslavia”

North Macedonia – Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia

Duration: 21 days/ 20 nights
Starting Point: Skopje, North Macedonia
Finish Point: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Number of countries: 6

 
Check full itinerary:

North Macedonia – Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN SKOPJE, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Welcome you at Skopje International airport (SKP)
→ Transfer to your hotel in Skopje city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight
Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 2 | SKOPJE, NORTH MACEDONIA

Skopje→ Walking tour of Skopje after breakfast (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.
→ Transfer to Matka Canyon (30 min)
→ Free time for boat tour or have a walk to explore one of the most popular outdoor
→ Transfer back to Skopje (30 min)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 3 | PRISTINA AND PRIZEN, 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 4 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

Ohrid

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

Overnight in Ohrid, North, Macedonia

DAY 5 | NIS, SERBIA

Nis, Serbia→ Transfer to Nis, Serbia (5 hours + border) with stops on the way
→ City tour of Nis, Serbia (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Nis fortress; the Concentration camp “Red Cross” (The only preserved concentration camp from the Second War War in the Balkans); The skull tower and The Mediana (the birthplace of Constantin the greatest)
→ Free time in Nis for dinner

Overnight in Nis, Serbia

DAY 6 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

Belgrade→ Transfer to Belgrade, Serbia (1.5-2 hours)
→ 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 7 | NOVI SAD, SERBIA

Novi Sad→ Transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia (2 hours)
→ Discover the old town of Novi Sad, Serbia
Take a walk through the charming old town and explore the historical treasures such as the Petrovaradin Fortress. After the walk you will have free time for lunch.
→ Transfer back to the Serbian capital Belgrade (2 hours)
→ Free time in Belgrade for dinner

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 8 | MOKRA GORA, SERBIA AND VISEGRAD, BOSNIA

Mokra Gora→ 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 9 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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 10 | 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 11 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

Kotor→ 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 to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 12 | BUDVA AND SVETI STEPHAN, MONTENEGRO

Sv 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 around Sveti Stefan island.

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 13 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Dubrovnik→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia (2 hours + border )
→ 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 14 | SPLIT, CROATIA

Split, Croatia→ 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 15 | HVAR ISLAND, CROATIA

Hvar→ Take the ferry to the Hvar island, Croatia (1 hour)
→ Explore the Hvar island old town
Visit the Hvar Cathedral and the Arsenal and Explore the medieval architecture and lively squares and bustling markets.
→ Take the ferry back to Split (1 hour)
→ Free time for dinner in Split

Overnight in Split, Croatia

DAY 16 | SIBENIK, TROGIR AND ZADAR, CROATIA

Zadar→ Transfer to Trogir (30 min)
→ City tour of Trogir old town
Visit the Kamerlengo Castle (15th century fortress); the St. Lawrence’s Cathedral, Cipiko Palace (well-preserved medieval palace, an example of Trogir’s historic architecture); The central square
→ Transfer to Sibenik, Croatia (1 hour)
→ City tour of Sibenik, Croatia
Visit the St. James’s Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece of Renaissance and Gothic architecture; St. Michael’s Fortress (Tvrdava Sv. Mihovila);
Four Wells Square (Trg četiri bunara); Barone Fortress (Tvrdava Barone); St. Nicholas’ Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Nikole)
→ Transfer to Zadar, Croatia (1.5 hours)
→ Free time at the hotel for relax and dinner

Overnight in Zadar, Croatia

DAY 17 | PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA

Plitvice, Croatia→ Transfer to Plitvice lakes area (2 hours)
→ Explore the Plitvice lakes national park
Discover 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 18 | ZAGREB, CROATIA

Zagreb, Croatia→ Transfer to Zagreb, Croatia (2 hours)
→ City tour of Zagreb
Admire the impressive Zagreb Cathedral, a symbol of faith and architectural splendor. Experience the serenity of St. Mark’s Church, a monumental Serbian Orthodox church in medieval style, adorned with intricate details. Delight your senses at Dolac Market, a bustling center with a colorful array of flowers, fruits, vegetables and meats in a vibrant indoor and outdoor setting. Discover Lenucijeva Potkova and its unique urban planning, which symbolizes the horseshoe-shaped layout of Zagreb. End your journey at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, the central square that pulsates with energy and embodies the spirit of Zagreb.
→ Free time in Zagreb, Croatia

Overnight in Zagreb

DAY 19 | POSTOJNA CAVE, PREDJAMA CASTLE AND LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

Postojna and Predjama→ Transfer to Postojna area in Slovenia (3.5 hours)
Visit the Postojna cave (The biggest tourist cave in Europe) and Predjama castle (an unique cave medieval cave castle)
→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (1 hour)
→ Free time to explore the lake, take a boat, or walk around the beautiful nature landmark
→ Transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia (30-40 min)
→ Free time in Ljubljana for dinner

Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 20 | LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

Ljubljana→ City tour of Ljubljana after breakfast (1.5-2 hours walking)
Visit the iconic Dragon Bridge, where mythical creatures guard the city. Cross the Tromostovje, a trio of bridges that seamlessly connects the historical and modern worlds of Ljubljana, creating a picturesque link. Discover the heart of the city on Preseren Square, a central point in the old town’s pedestrian zone. Admire the 17th-century Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, known for its fascinating interior and the 18th-century Robba Fountain, an exquisite creation made of limestone and marble, and stroll across the Bucher Bridge. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the town square, dominated by the architectural splendor of Ljubljana City Hall. Explore the lively town market, where fresh produce and local delicacies are on offer.
→ Free time for lunch, shopping, relax and packing before the departure

Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 21 | DEPART FROM LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

→ Transfer to Ljubljana Airport (LJU)

END OF THE TOUR

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EX-YUGOSLAVIA TOUR #2 | “Beyond Borders: A 17-Day Odyssey through Former Yugoslavia”

North Macedonia – Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia

Duration: 17 days/ 16 nights
Starting Point: Skopje, North Macedonia
Finish Point: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Number of countries: 6

 
Check full itinerary:

North Macedonia – Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN SKOPJE, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Welcome you at Skopje International airport (SKP)
→ Transfer to your hotel in Skopje city center (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time for relax after the long flight
Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 2 | SKOPJE, NORTH MACEDONIA

Skopje→ Walking tour of Skopje after breakfast (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.
→ Transfer to Matka Canyon (30 min)
→ Free time for boat tour or have a walk to explore one of the most popular outdoor
→ Transfer back to Skopje (30 min)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 3 | PRISTINA AND PRIZEN, 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 4 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

Ohrid

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

Overnight in Ohrid, North, Macedonia

DAY 5 | NIS, SERBIA

Nis, Serbia→ Transfer to Nis, Serbia (5 hours + border) with stops on the way
→ City tour of Nis, Serbia (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Nis fortress; the Concentration camp “Red Cross” (The only preserved concentration camp from the Second War War in the Balkans); The skull tower and The Mediana (the birthplace of Constantin the greatest)
→ Free time in Nis for dinner

Overnight in Nis, Serbia

DAY 6 | BELGRADE, SERBIA

Belgrade→ Transfer to Belgrade, Serbia (1.5-2 hours)
→ 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 7 | MOKRA GORA, SERBIA AND VISEGRAD, BOSNIA

Mokra Gora→ 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 8 | SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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 9 | 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.
→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro (3 hours + border)
→ Free time in Budva, Montenegro

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 11 | KOTOR AND PERAST, MONTENEGRO

Kotor→ 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 to Budva, Montenegro (40 min)
→ Free time in Budva for dinner

Overnight in Budva, Montenegro

DAY 11 | DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Dubrovnik→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia (2 hours + border )
→ 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 12 | SPLIT, CROATIA

Split, Croatia→ 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 13 | PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA

Plitvice, Croatia→ Transfer to Plitvice lakes area (3 hours)
→ Explore the Plitvice lakes national park
Discover 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 14 | ZAGREB, CROATIA

Zagreb, Croatia→ Transfer to Zagreb, Croatia (2 hours)
→ City tour of Zagreb
Admire the impressive Zagreb Cathedral, a symbol of faith and architectural splendor. Experience the serenity of St. Mark’s Church, a monumental Serbian Orthodox church in medieval style, adorned with intricate details. Delight your senses at Dolac Market, a bustling center with a colorful array of flowers, fruits, vegetables and meats in a vibrant indoor and outdoor setting. Discover Lenucijeva Potkova and its unique urban planning, which symbolizes the horseshoe-shaped layout of Zagreb. End your journey at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, the central square that pulsates with energy and embodies the spirit of Zagreb.
→ Free time in Zagreb, Croatia

Overnight in Zagreb

DAY 15 | POSTOJNA CAVE, PREDJAMA CASTLE AND LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

Postojna and Predjama→ Transfer to Postojna area in Slovenia (3.5 hours)
Visit the Postojna cave (The biggest tourist cave in Europe) and Predjama castle (an unique cave medieval cave castle)
→ Transfer to Lake Bled, Slovenia (1 hour)
→ Free time to explore the lake, take a boat, or walk around the beautiful nature landmark
→ Transfer to Ljubljana, Slovenia (30-40 min)
→ Free time in Ljubljana for dinner

Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 16 | LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

Ljubljana→ City tour of Ljubljana after breakfast (1.5-2 hours walking)
Visit the iconic Dragon Bridge, where mythical creatures guard the city. Cross the Tromostovje, a trio of bridges that seamlessly connects the historical and modern worlds of Ljubljana, creating a picturesque link. Discover the heart of the city on Preseren Square, a central point in the old town’s pedestrian zone. Admire the 17th-century Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, known for its fascinating interior and the 18th-century Robba Fountain, an exquisite creation made of limestone and marble, and stroll across the Bucher Bridge. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the town square, dominated by the architectural splendor of Ljubljana City Hall. Explore the lively town market, where fresh produce and local delicacies are on offer.
→ Free time for lunch, shopping, relax and packing before the departure

Overnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia

DAY 17 | DEPART FROM LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

→ Transfer to Ljubljana Airport (LJU)

END OF THE TOUR

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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

A little bit more about the Yugoslav history:

Formation and Early Years (1918-1941):

The Balkan Wars of 1912-13 were of significant historical importance as they ended the Ottoman rule in the Balkan Peninsula. This, together with the defeat of Austria-Hungary in the First World War, created new boundaries across the Balkans.

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was established in 1918 after World War I and was later renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It brought together various South Slavic ethnic groups under a centralized monarchy. The interwar years were characterized by political tensions, economic challenges, and the rise of royal dictatorship under King Alexander I.

World War II and Communist Era (1941-1980):

During World War II, Yugoslavia was occupied by Axis powers. Resistance movements, led by Josip Broz Tito and the Partisans, played a crucial role in liberating the country.
After the war, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed in 1945 under Tito’s leadership. Tito implemented a unique form of socialism, maintaining independence from the Eastern and Western blocs during the Cold War.

This period is historically known as the Second Yugoslavia. The country’s territory remained untouched with the addition of land acquired from Italy. The newly formed federation consisted of six nominally equal republics: Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. 

Tito’s Death and the 1980s:

Josip Broz Tito passed away in 1980, leading to a period of increased ethnic tensions and economic challenges. Calls for greater autonomy and nationalism began to surface among the constituent republics. Furthermore, problems such as unemployment, inflation and low productivity were taking over. 

There was a rising conflict between the wealthier northern and western regions on the one end, which were demanded to contribute funds to federally administrated programs for development and the poorer southern and eastern regions, where the funds had to be invested. Such conflicts contributed to the disintegration of the Second Yugoslavia.

The Fall of Yugoslavia  (1991-2001):

The early 1990s witnessed the breakup of Yugoslavia into independent nations. Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia declared independence.
The disintegration led to a series of conflicts, notably the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995) and the Bosnian War (1992–1995), characterized by ethnic violence and atrocities. 

The Dayton Agreement in 1995 ended the Bosnian War and established the current structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Kosovo conflict erupted in the late 1990s, leading to NATO intervention and the eventual establishment of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Post-Conflict Era and Independence (2000s-2010s):

In the 2000s, the former Yugoslav republics focused on post-conflict reconstruction, economic reforms, and building new identities.
Montenegro declared independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a move recognized by numerous countries but not universally accepted.

Modern Identities and Challenges (2020s):

Today, the countries that emerged from the former Yugoslavia—Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo—continue to shape their modern identities while facing political, economic, and social challenges.
The history of ex-Yugoslavia is a testament to the region’s resilience and its ongoing journey of self-discovery and development.

But enough with the history lesson! If you are intrigued to visit the countries that were once united under the Yugoslavian flag, consider embarking on a Balkan tour with a private guide. You are the boss and make the rules of your desired trip!

Choose the countries, list your preferred stops along the route and leave the rest to us. If you lack the time to do research online, worry not! We’ve got you covered – drop us a message with the dates and number of travelers, and we will design your perfect Ex Yugoslavia tour from scratch. 

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