Tour Duration: 12 nights/ 13 days
Itinerary:Skopje – Ohrid – Tirana – Kruje – Shkoder – Budva – Cetinje – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo – Novi Sad – Belgrade – Nis – Sofia
Day 1: Skopje
Arrival to Skopje. The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the center, visit Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge.
Day 2 : Ohrid
Drive to Ohrid. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. This enormous lake is renowned for the clarity of its water. Discover highlights of Ohrid.
Day 3: Tirana
Continue to Tirana, vibrant capital of Albania. Visit the city, including Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history. Explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as “the forbidden town”.
Day 4 : Kruje – Shkoder
On the way to Shkodra, stop by to Kruja, perched atop a hill and famous for its fortress and the Museum of Skanderbeg. Spend some time wandering the old Kruja Bazaar. Afterwards drive to Shkodra, known as “the cradle of culture”. Visit Rozafa’s Castle and ethnographic museum inside and than relax in one of the bars in the old pedestal.
Day 5 – 6: Budva – Cetije
After breakfast, drive to Budva. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Afterwards drive Cetije, a relatively young city, with its old historical core draws a lot of attention to urban and architectural heritage.
Day 7 – 8 : Kotor – Dubrovnik
Drive along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. Along the way stop at Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Continue on to Dubrovnik and head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Ocean. You’ll also visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces. Check out the city’s War Photography Museum, or take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island.
Day 9: Mostar – Sarajevo
Cross the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first stop is at Mostar, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site, famous for Stari Most Bridge. Afterwards, drive to Sarajevo, the capital city. The city mixes east and west – dotted with minarets, mosques and bazaars.
Day 10: Novi Sad
After breakfast, depart for Novi Sad, which is mostly a baroque town. The old town center is lined up with beautiful 200 years old houses, out-doors cafes, shops and ice-cream parlors, as well as beautiful places of worship – the ornate Serbian Orthodox church, the tall Catholic Cathedral or the Jewish synagogue.
Day 11: Belgrade
Drive to Belgrade and visit the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. In the evening, head down in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.
Day 12: Nis – Sofia
Departure for Sofia via Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. After a sightseeing in Nis, proceed to Sofia. Enjoy a walking tour and learn about the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia Church and Sofia’s oldest building – St George Rotunda.
Day 13: Departure
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. It’s time to say “See you next time!”