Tour Duration: 13 nights/ 14 days
Itinerary: Belgrade – Pristina – Skopje – Matka Canyon – Lake Ohrid – Berat – Tirana – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo – Belgrade
Day 1: Belgrade
Arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Visit the military museum inside the fortress, St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in world. Belgrade is very well known for its nightlife and is a major draw card for Europeans looking for a party.
Day 2: Pristina
Travel to Pristina in Kosovo, Europe’s youngest capital. Visit the Ethnographic Museum for exhibits on life in Kosovo between the 15th and 20th century and marvel at the iconic design of the National Library.
Day 3: Skopje
In Skopje, Macedonia’s capital, you can enjoy 2,000 years of history spanning Oriental and Western cultures, neatly divided by the Vardar River through the centre of the city. Visit Kale Fortress and Daud Paša Amam, a 15th century bathhouse now converted into the city art gallery.
Day 4 – 5: Matka Canyon – Lake Ohrid
Before heading to the gorgeous lake side town of Ohrid, we can enjoy a visit to the Matka Canyon. Hike up to the ancient walled fortress that overlooks the day to day life of the city and explore the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas.
Day 5: Berat – Tirana
On the way to Tirana we stop off at the small town of Berat, a UNESCO Heritage site, also nicknamed “the town of a thousand windows”. Continuing to Tirana, the colorful capital buzzing with life. Visit National History Museum, the Et’hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg’s statue.
Day 6-7: Kotor – Stari Grad
After spending the morning exploring Tirana, move onward to the picturesque town of Kotor in Montenegro. Experience Stari Grad, the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Try climbing the walls of the ancient fort of Sveti Ivan which spans some 4.5 kilometres above the city on almost vertical cliffs. Your efforts will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay.
Day 8-9: Dubrovnik
We now continue to the UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city of Dubrovnik. With a paved town center enclosed in fortress, the city is easy to explore on foot and is full of character. It is hard to believe now but in 1991, two out of every three buildings were damaged during the bombardment of the Yugoslav War. Visit Franciscan monastery and one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in the world.
Day 10-11: Mostar – Sarajevo
Head towards Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’. En route to Sarajevo we will make a short visit to Mostar, famous for this beautiful single span bridge, Stari Most. Arrive in Sarajevo and explore the cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops of the Old Town, visit the Bosnian Historical Museum and discover the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum and “Latin Bridge”.
Day 12-13: Belgrade
Today we drive across the border into Serbia to go to Belgrade. If weather is promising you can relax on the beach at ‘Belgrade Hawaii’, Ada Ciganlija, an island in the middle of the Sava River.
Day 14: Departure
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. It’s time to say “See you next time!”