Whichever side to the Balkans you’re hoping to explore you’ll never tire of this extremely interesting area of southeast Europe.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza / Zagreb airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||According to your scheduled flight arrival time|
|RETURN TIME||According to your scheduled flight back time|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing and shoes|
|Month||March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October|
Day 1: Tirana arrival
The tour starts from the city centre, where we visit the statue of Skanderbeg and Clock Tower. Next to the Tower stands the Ethem Bey Mosque, one of the few religious monuments that survived communist era regime. Our next stop is the National Museum and National Gallery of Art. After that we will visit Piramida, built by Enver Hoxha (Albania’s communist leader 1945 – 1985) and Tabaks Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve) built in the 18th century.
Day 2: Ohrid, Skopje
Visit to Ohrid Museum, church of St Sophia, Roman amphitheater, Samoil Fortress and the most photographed spot in Ohrid. Travel to Tetovo where we will visit unique Painted Mosque from XV century and Arabati Baba Tekke. Visit Kale fortress, river Vardar, Mustafa Pasha mosque and the Skopje Central Square – famous with huge statue of Alexander the Great and the Stone Bridge. Overnight stay in Skopje.
Day 3: Podgorica
Visit the Square of the Republic, Stara Varos with Turkish Clock tower, Old Dogonj Mosque, Ramparts of medieval town of Nemanjic Dynasty and Turkish bastion, Sastavci – Skaline and Old Turkish bridge (15th Century), Parliament and Presidential House, National Theatre and Njegosev park and Podgorica bridges. Overnight stay in Podgorica.
Day 4: Ulcinj, Budva, Dubrovnik
Visit Ulcinj, ancient fishing port which was a shelter of pirates for a long time, but also a great reminder of Illyrian presence in the region. Visit Budva and Kotor. Travel to Dubrovnik and visit Dubrovnik’s famous Pile Gate that has served as the main entrance and is still the most interesting access point to this fabulous old city. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 5: Kravice, Počitelj, Mostar
After breakfast, travel to amazing sparkling waterfalls Kravice. Visit Počitelj, the village built in a natural karst amphitheater along the Neretva river. It is believed that the fortified town along with its attendant settlements were built by Bosnian’s King Stjepan Tvrtko I 1383. Tour of Mostar, the Old Bridge, Tower museum… Overnight stay in Mostar.
Day 6: Blagaj, Konjic, Sarajevo
Discover the Medieval Blagaj Fort. Visiting River Buna with a view of the historic Dervish House. Visit Konjic. Refreshments at the six-arched Ottoman Stone Bridge. Continue out trip to Sarajevo and overnight stay there.
Day 7: Sarajevo, Old Town Tour
Tour visits to the main historical monuments in The Old Town including the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emperor’s Mosque, The Latin Bridge, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Congregational Church, Catholic Cathedral and Gazi-Husrev Bey’s Mosque and Library. Visit natural spring ”Vrelo Bosne”. This is a natural park in which there are many springs and streams that form pools and small islets, one of the favorite excursion spots of Sarajevo. After the river spring going to the Tunnel of Hope (famous war tunnel).
Day 8: Travnik, Jajce, Bihać
Breakfast in the hotel and travel to Travnik, capital city of Bosnia from 1697 to 1850. Visit the Fortress of Travnik, the Colored Mosque and Elci Ibrahim Pasha’s Madrasah. Continue our tour to Jajce. The city itself is an open air museum with 17 meter waterfall in the heart of the town. Tour the remains of the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Travel to Bihać and overnight stay there.
Day 9: Plitvice lake, Ljubljana
Breakfast in the Hotel. Travel to Plitvice Lakes to enjoy the unity and harmony of the 16 lakes and their rare natural and cultural value. Continue to Ljubljana, the main capital of Slovenia is a modern city that nurtures friendly and peaceful atmosphere of a small place. The highlights of Ljubljana are wonderful bridges and banks of Ljubljanica River on which the city sprang twice as it was destroyed by earthquake in history. Overnight stay at Ljubljana.
Day 10: Bled, Zagreb
Visit the pearl of Slovenian Alps, Bled. Glacier lake Surrounded by high and mighty mountain peaks in the middle of which lies a small island with a church that is protected by a thousand year old castle situated on a mountain. Take time to walk by the lake and possibility of driving a traditional boat on the lake to the Bled island. Travel and overnight stay in Zagreb.
Day 11: Zagreb
The Zagreb sightseeing tour shows all the historic parts of Zagreb’s lower and upper town. The St Stephan’s Cathedral, the Farmers market and the small Gradec town. Our guides know all the sweet photo spots and hidden places. Free time. Overnight stay in Zagreb.
Day 12: Departure to Zagreb airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Zagreb Airport.
The sightseeing and activities were better than we even thought! I still can’t believe we did so much in such a short time, but we did not feel stressed. We really loved the tour and would do it all over again in a minute! Thanks.
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