Day 1 • LJUBLJANA
Arrive at the airport and transfer to Ljubljana. A tour around the capital of Slovenia, which was awarded the title of the Green Capital of Europe in 2016. The guide will take you to its most remarkable sights: the Three Bridges, the Dragon Bridge, the Cathedral, the Castle, the Prešeren Square, the University building, the Ljubljanica River… You will soon start to feel the relaxed and positive atmosphere of the city. Enjoy some free time in the capital; they say Ljubljana is a romantic and pleasant city. Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 2 • LJUBLJANA–ZAGREB–BELGRADE
After breakfast, drive to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The city is also called “the Croatian Vienna”. See the most important cultural and architectural sites (the old town, the Cathedral, the main Ban Jelačič square, the open market, the lively Tkalčič street). It will give you a good story of the city and then enjoy some free time exploring it by yourself and sample some local food. Then continue this ex-Yugoslavia tour to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and arrive in Belgrade in the evening. Overnight in Belgrade. Perhaps you take a stroll through the streets of Belgrade, known for its party mood on Skadarlija street and the river rafts (floating restaurants). Belgrade lies at the confluence of two major rivers – Danube and Sava, so parties at the riverside are pretty popular with the locals. Join them!
Day 3 • BELGRADE–SARAJEVO
After breakfast, visit the former capital of Yugoslavia, now the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, a city with a very tumultuous history and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its history dated back 7,000 years ago. Stroll along the well-known streets such as the Knez Mihailova street, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, the crown of the city and Nemanjina street known for its NATO bombing. Next, you will visit the famous fortress of Kalemegdan, which consists of two Turkish words, kale and megdan (struggle). Visit the mausoleum of the former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. After the sightseeing, head towards Sarajevo but stop in Sremska Mitrovica, a significant Roman settlement where Marcus Aurelius died. See some fascinating Roman excavations in the city centre and taste traditional Serbian food. The journey then continues to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Arrive in Sarajevo in the evening, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that hosted the Olympic games in 1984. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Day 4 • SARAJEVO–MOSTAR–DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, head for a tour around the charismatic Sarajevo, which the Ottomans founded and later occupied by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1878. The city shows the influence of both empires. Despite that, the city still retains its traditional habits – in everyday life and food. Sarajevo became (in)famous in 1914 when a young Serb Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. That was the excuse for the Austro-Hungarian Empire to start a war against Serbia, which then grew into the First World War. Enjoy some free time in the famous oriental old town ‘Baščaršija’ and try some local food or shop for handicrafts. Then drive to the picturesque Mostar, which refers to the famous bridge over the Neretva River (most=bridge). During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), the bridge fell victim to Croatian artillery because they wanted to demolish it as it was a symbol of Ottoman architecture. It has later been rebuilt. In the late afternoon, drive to the Croatian coast and to Dubrovnik, which is the most beautiful city on the Adriatic coast for many people. Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Day 5: DUBROVNIK–BUDVA
Adriatic coast at last… known for its beautiful coast and beaches, rich cultural heritage and the crystal Adriatic Sea. The most southern Croatian city, Dubrovnik, is one of the most photographed towns in the Mediterranean and is a real highlight of this tour. This morning we take a walking tour of this historic walled city that includes the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, and Sponza Palace. It is visited by many celebrities each year. You will find that its nickname “Pearl of the Adriatic” completely corresponds to the beauties of this city. In the afternoon, head to Montenegro to the well-known seaside resort Budva.
Day 6: BUDVA–SKADAR LAKE–SKOPJE
After breakfast, drive to the Skadar National Park, the Balkans’ largest lake, which has a shape of a dolphin with its tail and two-thirds of its body in Montenegro and its nose in Albania. The area is home to around 270 bird species, and it is an essential refuge for the pelicans in Europe. Take a boat trip across the lake and then drive to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Arrive in Skopje in the evening. Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia.
Day 7: SKOPJE–OHRID
After breakfast, head for a guided visit to the city. Skopje was the largest city in the province of Macedonia at the time of the Roman Empire, and in the 6th century, it was destroyed by an earthquake. Yet plenty survives from earlier times – Skopje’s Ottoman- and Byzantine-era wonders include the 15th-century Kameni Most (Stone Bridge), the wonderful Čaršija (old Turkish bazaar) where you can get lost for hours, Sveti Spas Church, with its ornate, hand-carved iconostasis, and Tvrdina Kale Fortress, Skopje’s guardian since the 5th century, the Pasha mosque…Have a stroll in your free time, and you will see that Skopje is a warm and entertaining city. Return to the hotel in the evening, dinner. From Skopje, we continue ex-yugoslavia tour to Ohrid, a beautiful ancient city by the Ohrid lake, the deepest and one of the largest lakes in the Balkan Peninsula. Overnight in Ohrid
DAY 8: OHRID
Today’s morning is planned for walking sightseeing of the old town of Ohrid. That includes visits to the most important monuments and archaeological sites like the church of St Sophia, Tsar Samoil’s Fortress Church of St Jovan Kaneo. In the afternoon, a scenic drive along the lake will take you to the visit of the monastery of St. Naum and the springs of Lake Ohrid, 30 km from the city of Ohrid. Overnight.
Day 9: SKOPJE (FLIGHT)
Breakfast in the hotel and drive back to Skopje for your departure flight. Free time until your flight.
|Number of Participants: 2||Price per person*|
|Low season:||2,790 EUR|
|High season:||2,940 EUR|
* This price is informal. The exact price can be sent when we receive the request with exact dates of travel and the number of passengers intending to travel (2-min and 7-max).
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