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Suggested Tour Nr. 1

SLOVENIA-CROATIA – BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA – SERBIA - ALBANIA

Day 1- Ljubljana arrival
Meet your guide upon arrival at Ljubljana airport. Transfer to your hotel and short orientation (if you are not too tired, the city tour from day 2 could be organized already on day 1). Overnight in Ljubljana.

Day 2-Ljubljana-Lake Bled-Ljubljana

In the morning after breakfast, a private city tour with a local guide will be followed by a ¾ of a day trip to one of the most beautiful spots of the western Balkans – lake Bled. There you will be visiting Castle Bled, enjoying a traditional Slovenian desert and taking a traditional, „pletna“ boat ride to see the island church dedicated to the Assumption. Return to Ljubljana for overnight.

Day 3- Ljubljana-Zagreb

Today, transfer from Ljubljana to Zagreb, the Croatian capital. Here, private half day tour with a local authorised guide. From Trg Jelacica you will head  to the UpperTown for a taste of Old Zagreb. Highlights include visitingthe Cathedral, the City Museum, Dolac Market, the Stone Gate and St Mark'sChurch.Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 4- Zagreb-Plitvice-Split

Afterbreakfast, transfer to Plitvice Lakes and a visit to this spectacular natural park full of waterfalls and beautiful lakes. At the end of the day, travel south to Split, for overnight.

Day 5- Split-Dubrovnik

Breakfast is followed by a private tour of Split to discover Stari Grad -the Old City, the impressive Diocletian's Palace, Peristil, the harbor area, the fish market, the main square, etc. In the afternoon, drive along thespectacular coast line, enjoying the scenery, till Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, private city tour including entrance to the old city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 6- Dubrovnik

A full day at leisure in Dubrovnik – you can use it to explore the city, or take a trip to one of the many islands in the vicinity (Lokrum is the closest) or, if you wish, take a day trip to Kotor/Montenegro – at extra cost. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 7- Dubrovnik-Mostar-Sarajevo

Afterbreakfast, head for Bosnia and Hercegovina. The first stop for a privatetour is in Mostar - the biggest and the most important city in the Herzegovina region, located on the river Neretva. Mostar was named after "the bridge keepers" who kept the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva river – the Old Bridge is the most distinctive landmark of the town. At the end of the day, drive to Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 8- Sarajevo

In the morning, after breakfast, discover the Balkan atmosphere in the Bosnian capital, on the border between East & West. During the tour you will see some of the landmarks of the city – Bascarsija quarter, The Latin Bridge, Morica han, Avaz tower, etc. You’ll be taken on a trip back in time to the days of the Ottoman empire and the co-existence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. Then, visit also the Tunnel Museum, a reminder of the recent civil war events. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Overnight inSarajevo.

Day 9- Sarajevo-Mokra Gora- Gornji Milanovac

After breakfast, leave behind Sarajevo and drive to Serbia. Just before the border, short stop in Visegrad for photos of Bridge on the Drina-UNESCO heritage (famous book by Ivo Andric – Nobel prize winner). Afterwards, drive to “Drven grad” – built by Hollywood movie director Emir Kusturica as the set for his movie, « Life Is a Miracle ». It is located near to Mokra Gora. Ride on the Sargan 8 train - a narrow gauge heritage
railway in Serbia, running from the village of Mokra Gora to Šargan Vitasi station. It has been restored recently to its 1925 glory and is now very attractive. Dinner and accommodation in a rural household near Gornji Milanovac.

Day 10- Gornji MIlanovac-Topola-Belgrade

After breakfast, leave your host family and drive to Topola and tour Karadjordje´s Memorial Complex and St. George Church (beautifully decorated with mosaics, the church is also Karadjordjevic´s family Mausoleum). Then transfer to Belgrade and upon arrival take a half day city tour highlighting the best sites of the Serbian capital . Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 11-Belgrade

This day is free at your disposal to enjoy Belgrade and explore a little  on your own or to take one of our day trips to Vojvodina area or to the Iron Gates (see description on our web site: http://www.tours2serbia.com/day-trips-from-belgrade.html). Overnight in Belgrade.

Day12 -Belgrade-Nis-Skopje

After breakfast, head southwards to Serbia’s third largest city Nis and upon arrival tour its major sights: its medieval fortress (stroll on its grounds), the Skull Tower (visit) and Mediana ruins (outside view only). Then cross the border into Macedonia and stop for overnight in its surprising capital city, Skopje. After check in, take an orientation tour that will show you the main square, Mother Theresa’s memorial home, the Old Quarter (or the Ottoman quarter) and outside view of the Kale fortress.

Day13-Skopje-Mavrovo-Ohrid

Leave Skopje and head for Ohrid. The route you will be taking is very scenic, through Mavrovo national park. Along the way, stop for a visit also at St John Bigorski monastery, originally established in the 11th century, rebuilt in the 18th century. Once in Ohrid, take a private walking tour with a local guide, highlighting some of the cities most impressive sites and churches. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 14-Ohrid-St. Naum-Ohrid

After a leisurely breakfast, take a short trip along Ohrid lake to St Naum monastery for a visit there. Optionally, you can have lunch at a lovely restaurant right outside the monastery and also take a small boat ride (organized by the restaurant). Afterwards, return to Ohrid for an afternoon free at your disposal. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 15-Ohrid-Tirane

Breakfast. Cross the border into Albania and drive through its interesting countryside to the capital city Tirana. Here, a private city tour with a local guide will cover the city’s best sites. Then check in at your hotel for overhight in Tirana.

Day 16- Tirane-departure transfer

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Tirana and end of our services.


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Suggested Tour Nr. 2

MONTENEGRO – BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA – SERBIA - ALBANIA

Day 1 – Dubrovnik – Herceg Novi – Kotor
Meet and greet at your hotel in Dubrovnik. Immediate departure to Montenegro, driving along the coast. Stop for city tour and lunch in Herceg Novi, continue then to Kotor. Overnight in Kotor (private home/apartment).

Day 2 – Kotor
Full day in Kotor – visit the old town (UNESCO heritage site), the city walls and take a boat trip to the island of Our Lady of Stone in Kotor Bay. Overnight in Kotor (private home/apartment).

Day 3 – Kotor - Cetinje - Kotor
Full day sightseeing around Kotor area. Drive to Njegus – place of origin and production of the famous Montenegrin specialty Njeguski ham (tasting included) and drive up to Lovcen mountain and visit the mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegus (Montenegrin ruler and man of culture) – if weather is good, you can see all of Montenegro from the top – locals claim even Italy is visible!!! Overnight in Kotor.

Day 4 – Kotor – Niksic (Monastery Vasilje Ostroski)
Drive to Niksic area (must try the local beer – Montenegro’s best). Visit to Monastery Vasilje Ostroski (17th century ) – place of pilgrimage for all orthodox Yugoslavs, known as a miracle working place. Overnight in Niksic area.

Day 5 – Niksic - Mostar (and Medjugorje)
Drive to Bosnia. Visit Medjugorje – famous Catholic pilgrimage site. Stop for visit and overnight in Mostar – largest town of Hercegovina area, famous for its old bridge over Neretva river, built during the Turkish domination, destroyed during the recent civil war in Yugoslavia and rebuild now – excellent picture opportunities in this quaint little town. Overnight in Mostar area.

Day 6 – Mostar – Sarajevo
Drive to Sarajevo. Half day city tour of Sarajevo, including Avaz Twist Tower, Tunnel Museum, Gazi Husrev Mosque and old town quarter (Baščaršija). Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 7 – Sarajevo
Full day at leisure in Sarajevo – free time OR excursion to Jahorina mountain region – where the winter Olympics were held in 1984. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 8 – Sarajevo – Travnik – Jajce
Today short visit of Travnik – birth place of famous Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric and continue to Jajce – set in a nice mountainous region, with many remnants of its medieval past and a waterfall right in town. Overnight in Jajce.

Day 9 – Jajce - Banja Luka
Drive to Banja Luka – second largest city of Bosnia Hercegovina and administrative center of Republika Sprska. City tour and free time. Overnight in Banja Luka.

Day 10 – Banja Luka – Novi Sad
Drive to Serbia. Arrival in Novi Sad – orientation walk in town center. Overnight in Novi Sad.

Day 11 – Novi Sad – Monastery tour – Belgrade
Visit Petrovaradin fortress – dubbed as the Gibraltar of the Danube, landmark of Novi Sad. Continue to Sremski Karlovci (nice Baroque city center), city walk. In the afternoon, visit Krusedol Monastery (16th century) – most famous of all monasteries of Fruska Gora mountain region (known also as the Serbian holy mountain due to many monasteries here). End the day in Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 12 – Belgrade
Full day in Belgrade, with extensive morning city tour, including panoramic drive through Old and New Belgrade, visit to Tito’s Mausoleum and St Sava Church, walk through Kalemegdam (Belgrade fortress) grounds and lunch. Afternoon free time. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 13 – Belgrade – Topola – Monastery Racasnica - Gornji Milanovac region
Drive southwards to heart of Serbia. Visit Topola (with memorial house of Karadjordje- legendary leader of first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans and also St George Church – mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic dynasty – beautiful church whose interior is covered in mosaic frescoes). Continue with visit to Racasnica Monastery (15th century), then overnight in Gornji Milanovac region (home stay in ethno-house).

Day 14 – Gornji Milanovac – Ovcar Kablar Gorge (visit to St Nicholas Monastery, St John Monastery) – Zlatibor Mountain
Drive to Zlatibor Mountain region – most famous Serbian winter resort. On the way, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Ovcar- Kablar Gorge and also visits to Serbian medieval monasteries of St Nicholas and St John. Overnight at Zlatibor. 

Day 15 – Zlatibor Mountain – Mokra Gora – Raca monastery – Valjevo
Drive to Mokra Gora. Here, well known Hollywood director Emir Kusturica has built ethno-village Drvengrad and holds his annual film festival Kustendorf. Visit of ethno village and ride on narrow gauge train Sargan 8 – with spectacular mountain views of Tara Mountain. In the afternoon, visit Raca monastery (13th century) – one of the best known Serbian medieval monasteries and centers of culture. Overnight in Valjevo.

Day 16 – Valjevo – Pozarevac (Viminacijum) – Iron Gates region (Veliki Gradiste)
Drive across Central Serbia to Pozarevac area. Here visit ruins and museum of Viminacijum – ancient Roman city, former capital of the province of Moesia Superior. Overnight in Veliki Gradiste area, at one of the ends of the famous Iron Gates gorge.

Day 17 - Iron Gates – Zajecar
Spend the entire morning driving along the Danube through the Iron Gates area, all the way to the Iron Gates Dam I (Kladovo). Spectacular picture opportunities. After lunch, drive to Zajecar for overnight.

Day 18 – Zajecar – Nis (Mediana)
Morning visit to Felix Romuliana/Gamzigrad (UNESCO Heritage, ancient Roman complex of palaces built by Emperor Galerius). Continue to Nis, birth place of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and visit Mediana – Roman archaeological site and former imperial residence. Overnight in Nis area.

Day 19 - Nis – Djavolja Varos – Skopje
Morning short tour of Nis, with views of well known Skull Tower and Nis Fortress. Continue to Leskovac area, where we shall visit the impressive natural site “Djavolja Varos” (Devils’ Town). Travel to Macedonia and overnight in its capital city, Skopje (local hotel).

Day 20 – Skopje.
Full day in Skopje, with morning city tour with local guide and afternoon free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 21 – Skopje – Ohrid
Drive to Ohrid – city by the well known lake with the same name. Walking tour of Ohrid with local guide and free time. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 22 – Ohrid – Tirana
Transfer to Albania’s capital Tirana. Afternoon city tour of Tirana with local guide. Overnight in Tirana at local hotel.

Day  23 - Tirana – Durres – Shkodra – Podgorica
Drive to the Durres – city with troubled history of over 2500 years - to see the Albanian coast. Continue to Shkodra – old town with dramatic setting by Balkan’s largest lake with same name. City visit, then continue to Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica. Overnight in Podgorica.

Day 24 - Podgorica – Studenica
Short panoramic drive of Podgorica – the city is really not touristic and hasn’t got too much to offer in terms of sightseeing. Enter Serbia again and head to Studenica monastery for a visit – UNESCO heritage site dating back to the 12th century, burial place of its founder Stephan Nemanja and part of his family (first king of Serbia’s most significant medieval royal dynasty). Overnight and dinner in the Studenica monastery complex.

Day 25 – Studenica Monastery – Novi Pazar area –– Sopocani Monastery –  Kosovo border.
Drive south to Kosovo area with visits to Novi Pazar area  (St Peter and Paul’s Church – 9th century, considered to be the oldest church on Serbian territory + Djurdjevi Stupovi – 12th century Serbian monastery, UNESCO heritage site), then Sopocani Monastery (UNESCO heritage site dating to 13th century, famous for its beautiful original fresco art) and end by Kosovo border.


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