Classical Balkan tour

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Classical Balkan tour

Countries: Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia
Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights
Activity: Classical tour


DAY 1 BELGRADE AIRPORT –  BELGRADE
 
Arrival to the airport and transfer to hotel in Belgrade.

DAY 2 BELGRADE  – MONASTERIES OF SERBIA – NIŠ

After breakfast in hotel, we start our journey heading for the south of Serbia. We follow E-75 highway and our first stop are Monasteries Manasija and Ravanica. Manasija is a Serbian Orthodox monastery, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevid between 1407 and 1418. It is one of the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian culture and it belongs to the "Morava school". Ravanica Monastery, like Manasija Monastery, is very important monument  of medieval Serbian Culture. After having lunch in a local restaurant, we continue our road to Niš, which is usually called, the gate of the East and  the West. We will have a dinner and an overnight at hotel in Niš.

DAY 3 NIŠ – SKOPJE

We will start our morning with Niš sightseeing and visit of Mediana, located 5km from the city center, which is now a protected archeological site that occupies 40 hectares and exhibits the remnants of a granary, craft centre, villas, thermae, and the remains of an ancient villa with rich mosaics, most of which depict geometrical or floral motifs. After visiting Chegar Hill, we go back to city where we have a lunch in one of the local restaurant.  After Niš we are heading for Skopje. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Skopje, Macedonia.

DAY 4 SKOPJE –  STOBI RUINS – OHRID


After breakfast, we will visit Stobi Ruins. Stobi was built where the River Crna joins the Vardar, making it important strategically as a center for both trade and warfare. It is located on the main road that leads from the Danube to the Aegean Sea and is considered by many to be the most famous archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia. After sightseeing, we continue to Ohrid. On the way to Ohrid we will stop in Prilep to have lunch. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

DAY 5 OHRID -  TIRANA


We will spend our morning, sightseeing of Ohrid. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located  southwest of Macedonia. In 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. High above the city, rises Samuilova Fortress. It is located at the top of the hill. After having lunch in a local restaurant, we will proceed our journey to Tirana, the capital of Albania. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Tirana.

DAY 6 TIRANA – DURRES

Tirana is the capital and the largest city of Albania. In the morning, we go sightseeing of Tirana and visit the most important attractions like Skanderbeg Square, Skanderbeg Statue, Et’hem Bey Mosque,Clock Tower. This is a great opportunity to meet Albanian culture and everyday life in Albania. After lunch drive towards Durres the country second largest and one of the oldest cities in Albania. Interesting remains of the long communist era in Albania are the numerous concrete bunkers found in and around Durres. Dinner and overnight in Durres.

DAY 7 DURRES –  SHKODER - BUDVA

After breakfast in hotel, we continue to Shkoder. It is a city located on Lake Skadar in northwestern part Albania. It is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre. After lunch in local restaurant drive towards Montenegro. Overnight in Budva, Montenegro’s top tourist destination.

DAY 8 BUDVA –  KOTOR – BUDVA


After breakfast, drive to Kotor, the old Mediterranean port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by Republic of Venice and the Venetian influence remains dominant among the architectural influences. The Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea is sometimes called the southern-most fjord in Europe. Kotor is part the World Heritage Site Natural and Cultural-Historical Region of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Budva.

DAY 9 BUDVA - ŽABLJAK


In the morning, after breakfast we continue to Žabljak. It is the city on the highest altitude of the Balkans in the Durmitor Mountain, located at the altitude of 1456m. Durmitor National Park, most known of Tara River canyon, is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Žabljak.

DAY 10 ŽABLJAK – SARAJEVO

After breakfast, we will have time to enjoy in natural beauties of Durmitor. Around the slopes of Durmitor Mountain, you will find over 18 glacial lakes. There are different kinds of lakes but Black Lake is Dumitor’s largest, deepest and best-known lake, and like many mountain lakes formed by receding glaciers. After lunch in a hotel we continue our road to Sarajevo. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Sarajevo.


DAY 11 SARAJEVO –  ZLATIBOR

After breakfast in hotel, we will take a stroll and visit Sarajevo. Sarajevo is located in the Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated around the Miljacka River. We will see famous Baščarsija, the coblet old town market where we will have a chance to taste traditional coffee, buy interesting souvenirs. In the afternoon we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, tasting national food and after lunch, we have transfer to Zlatibor. Folkllore dinner and overnight at hotel in Zlatibor.

DAY 12 ZLATIBOR – MOKRA GORA – SIROGOJNO –  KRALJEVO

After breakfast in hotel, we continue to Mokra Gora. Mokra Gora is best known for its spectacular Šargan Eight Railway which is designed as unique in the world due to its lane that, viewed from the sky, looks like number 8. This is a great opportunity to observe beautiful nature of Zlatibor from the perspective that is unique in the whole world. We will have lunch in a local restaurant on and after lunch, we continue further to Sirogojno to visit Open-Air Museum. The ethno-village displays a set of traditional wooden buildings, including a bakery, a dairy and an inn, all in authentic form. In Sirogojno, we are being able to experience old crafts from Serbia, which can be very interesting. Our trip leads us further to Kraljevo. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kraljevo.

DAY 13 KRALJEVO – BELGRADE

In the morning we will visit Studenica Monastery, situated 40 km from Kraljevo. Studenica represents the endowment of Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja and a spiritual and artistic centre of the Serbian people. Studenica Monastery is listed as UNESCO World Heritage and represents real pearl of Serbian spirituality. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit Žiča Monastery. Žiča Monastery was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned. After visiting Žiča we continue to Belgrade. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Belgrade.


DAY 14 BELGRADE


Belgrade is a city that welcomes everybody. A city that nobody leaves indifferent. Situated in Southern Europe, at the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube, between the Pannonia Plain to the north and the hilly central region of Serbia known as Šumadija to the south. We will visit Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street, St. Sava Temple, Skadarlija-Bohemian Quarter. We will have lunch in one of Belgrade restaurants and enjoy in popular Belgrade atmosphere. After lunch, we will have half-day visit of Kovačica Village. Kovačica Village is situated 50km from Belgrade and it is well-known by its naïve art. Drive back to Belgrade and enjoy in dinner at Scadarlija. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15 BELGRADE


After breakfast, transfer to Belgrade Airport for a return flight.