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Balkan Tour: Serbia – Bosnia – Croatia

Balkan Tour: Serbia – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Croatia

Day 1

Belgrade

After border-crossing formalities the bus departs from the Nikola Tesla Airport and goes for a sightseeing tour around Belgrade. We will drive through New Belgrade where you’ll see prominent Belgrade’s “blocks”, classical example of Socialism architecture built after World War II, along with modern business centers among which Ušće Center surely predominates. We cross the river over the Brankov Bridge and drive to Tasmajdan Park, Slavija Square and the Church of Saint Sava. The tour then goes on at the street of Serbian Rulers and then we’ll see New and Old Palaces, Terazije Square, Republic Square, National Theater. Arrival at Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan, the best place to see Belgrade’s symbol – Statue of the Victor – and observe the history of Roman and Ottoman Rule in Belgrade. Then we’ll move on walking in the main city’s pedestrian zone, Knez Mihailova Street and Republic Square. At the end, we’ll finish the sightseeng tour near the building of the National Assembly. Optional: Serbian night (bohemian quarter Skadarlija). Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 2

Belgrade

Breakfast. Free time or Optional: Zemun, New Belgrade, Tito Museum Complex, Avala. The tour leads to Zemun, downtown at Danube’s banks that used to be an important Roman fortification. We’ll walk by Main post office, Square of Magistrate and then by Gospodska Street and Massaryk Square and finally reach the river and surely the most beautiful place in Zemun. We go on to Gardoš hill and the most famous symbol of Zemun – the Millennium Tower or as locals call it Tower of Sibinjanin Janko. It offers a view of Danube and almost the whole Belgrade. When coming back from Gardoš we’ll pass by Nikolaj Church, the most important Serbian church in Zemun, and then the tour goes near the House of Karamatin, the most beautiful baroque building in Zemun, and finally reaches the famous „White Bear“ – the oldest building in Zemun and the only Balkan-style house in the part of Belgrade. Way from Zemun goes via New Belgrade where we’ll see famous Belgrade Blocks, classical example of Socialistic architecture, built after World War II. New Belgrade is connected with several bridges over Sava and on our way to Dedinje we’ll cross the river via the newest one – Ada Bridge – and get to the Tito Museum Complex „25th of May“. The complex has a symbolic name after the date of birth of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, one of the greatest rulers of post-War Europe and the leader of communistic movements during the Second World War in Yugoslavia. „25th of May“ contains Museum of History of Yugoslavia and the House of Flowers with Tito’s grave and Old Museum. Next, we’ll drive to Avala, the best viewpoint and one of the locals’ favorite places for a getaway, where the monument to Unknown Hero was unveiled in 1938. Optional: Organized group dinner in one of the national cuisine restaurants or a night-out in best Belgrade’s club. Overnight.

Day 3

Belgrade – Novi Sad

Breakfast. Free time or Optional: Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci. Novi Sad, capital of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, is located 80 km to the north from Belgrade via road E-75. Thanks to its geographical position Novi Sad used to be border between two Empires – Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman and in 1748 Queen Maria Theresa proclaimed Novi sad „free royal city“ Neoplanta. Melting point of different nations and ethnic groups, Novi Sad with its 250 000 population is a real multicultural ambient and an example of true modern European metropolis. Tour in Novi Sad is a walking tour in the center of the city. We’ll see Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina Street that compose city’s pedestrian zone, the City Hall, Catholic Church, old city center, house of Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva, cultural foundation Matica Srpska, Synagogue and city beach Štrand. Then we’ll follow to the right bank of Danube and a visit to Petrovaradin where the Fortress is located. It was built of medieval fortification foundation by Austrians in the 17th and 18th century in order to defend themselves from Turks. The Fortress is sometimes called „Danube’s Gibraltar“ for its strategic position. Nowadays the Fortress is famous for one of the most prestigious music festivals EXIT. Organized lunch in one of authentic Fruška Gora restaurants or wine-cellar, the tour then continues in Sremski Karlovci. Sremski Karlovci is located in the bottom of Fruška gora and presents a real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality. Baroque city center, Patriarchy, Cathedral of Saint Nicolas and Catholic Church of Saint Trinity, first Serbian gymnasium built in 1881 and the Library of Karlovac gymnasium – all this make Sremski Karlovci a “museum town”. The town is famous for wine production and annual festival “Wineball”. Optional: Organized group dinner in one of the national cuisine restaurants or a night-out in best Belgrade’s club. Overnight.

Day 4

Mokra gora – Drvengrad

Departure from Belgrade in morning hours and transfer to Mokra Gora – picturesque mountainous village hidden between Zlatibor and Tara. This is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Serbia, mainly because of the “Šargan Eight” and Kusturica’s Drvengrad or Küstendorf. Ethnic-village Drvengrad or Kustendorf – authentic complex created by the famous movie director Emir Kusturica and located at Mećavnik mount near the Tara mountain chain (location is on the tentative UNESCO list). All the objects, including Mećavnik Hotel, apartment houses, galleries, shops, cinema and churches are made of natural materials, mostly from wood, the reason Drvengrad is called this way (Drvo – wood, grad – town). Here the traditional film festival „Kustendorf“ is held, biggest movie stars from all over the world come here to enjoy Drvengrad. Optional: Šargan Eight. After arrival in Mokra Gora we change our vehicle and one part of the way pass on old trained called “Ćira”. The train travels of the bottom of Šargan mount, on a retro way shaped in the form of number eight; this is why it is called “Šargan eight”. It used to be a part of railway from Belgrade to Sarajevo. Journey on “Ćira” brings you back to past and lets you enjoy mountain sceneries and numerous tunnels and viaducts. Train journey is over at Jatare station and get to Kustenforf, our next destination. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 5

Višegrad – Sarajevo

After breakfast we drive towards Višegrad. Emir Kusturica used his imagination and creativity here as well and built Andrićgrad complex. It is a cultural center with numerous buildings and facilities built in 2012 on the banks of Drina River nearby the famous Bridge (monument under the protection of the UNESCO). That exactly bridge was described in the title of novel by Nobel prized writer Ivo Andrić “The Bridge on the Drina”. In his honor Kusturica’s grad was called Andrićgrad. After the sightseeing we will drive to Sarajevo. After arrival Sarajevo sightseeing tour starts: Building of Vijećnica or the City Assembly finished during the Austro-Hungarian period, old downtown of the city called Baščaršija, historical and cultural center of Sarajevo with authentic shops and souqs from the Ottoman era, Orthodox Church from the 16th century, Gazi Hüsrev Bey mosque, Sahat Tower from the 17th century and the first public toilette in Europe. We go on to Latin Bridge where Gavrilo Princip shot the successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne Franz Ferdinand which caused the beginning of the World War I. We move on to Bezistan, market complex from the 16th century, then to the main pedestrian zone Ferdahija with the Synagogue from 1580 and Catholic Cathedral from 1881. We will also visit the Markale bazaar, symbol of Sarajevo’s victims during the last Civil War, and then Alija Izetbegović Square, Cathedral Church and Eternal Flame, the monument to the soldiers and civilians deceased in the World War II, where the tour ends. Optional: Bosnian Night – organized group dinner in one of the national cuisine restaurants. Feel real Sarajevo accompanied with traditional Bosnian cuisine in one of the most famous Sarajevo restaurants. Bey’s soup, Bosnian pot, sogan-dolma, ćevapi… these are just several of the authentic delicacies that will surely be enjoyed by any gourmet. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 6

Sarajevo – Mostar – Počitelj Fortress – Blagaj – Trebinje

Drive from Sarajevo to Počitelj Fortress (monument is on the tentative UNESCO list) founded by Bosnian King Tvrtko I. The actual look of the Fortress was completed in the 16th century during the Ottoman rule at this area. Fortress complex contains a mosque, Sahat-Tower, hammam, han or inn and traditional houses in Mediterranean-Oriental style. The whole fortification is built from the natural stone from the local quarry. The excursion goes on at Blagaj (monument is on the tentative UNESCO list), old town from the 15th century where Kosača noble family ruled. Also Blagaj was the crib of Islam of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, when dervish Sari Satluk built a khanqah at the river-head of Buna. After an organized lunch we go on to Mostar, one of the most beautiful towns of Balkan Peninsula. The Old Bridge (monument under the protection of the UNESCO) built by Mimar Hayruddin is the symbol of this town on the Neretva river. We will learn more about history of the Old Bridge and famous tradition of jumping from it. Afterwards we proceed to Koski Mehmed pasa Mosque, Goldsmith Street, first Ottoman bridge in Mostar, the Crooked Bridge, old tanner’s quarter Tabhana. Overnight in Trebinje – typical Herzegovina old town located only 35 km from the next destination – Dubrovnik. Downtown of Trebinje has been raising over the banks of the Trebišnjica river since the 18th century. Nowadays Old Town of Trebinje is called Kastel – it was transformed in the former commercial and craft center. In the end of 19th century and early 20th century and Austrian military camp was built on fortifications of Roman, medieval and Turkish fortifications. Nowadays it hosts the museum of Herzegovina. Overnight.

Day 7

Dubrovnik – Makarska

Dubrovnik (location under the protection of the UNESCO) is one of the most significant monuments in the world. City’s old town is known since 7th century. For centuries it had the status of a city republic all till Napoleon came here in 1806. The old town is surrounded with a wall that is 2 km long that give a great opportunity to see whole old Dubrovnik from one point: city churches, fortification and monuments are a real must-see. Dubrovnik enchanted lots of famous persons that devoted their pieces of art to the city. No wonder, as Dubrovnik has numerous legends and beauties that should not be missed. In the historical center of Dubrovnik we will visit main Square Stradun, also called Placa, Pile Gate, Rector’s Palace, Sponza palace, Old Town Walls, the church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, the Jesuit church, Orlando’s Column, Onofrio’s Large Fountain (Great Onofrio Well), the city port and other hidden gems. Drive to Makarska Riviera, one of the most beautiful parts of Adriatic coast. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 8

Makarska – Split – Šibenik

Check – out. Drive to Split, the largest Dalmatian city and port. During era of Ancient Rome, approximately 1700 years ago, Split was founded on the Marjan Peninsula that surrounded by ancient Salona and Trogir (location under the protection of the UNESCO), whose history is enormously rich. We will walk via narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace (monument under the protection of the UNESCO), that was built in 4th century by Roman Emperor, see perfectly preserved basement and visit former Temple of Jupiter in the central, ancient Peristyle Square. Nowadays the Temple hosts city Cathedral, and this complex is supposed to be one of the world’s oldest building of its kind. We pass through Golden and Silver Gates and walk via noisy markets and Riva, shopping zone. The tour goes on to Šibenik, oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic that is located in a central Adriatic Sea harbor. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 9

Šibenik – Zadar

After breakfast we go on for a sightseeing around Šibenik with its narrow curvy streets, stone-made houses, lots of staircases and remains of the city walls. Mediterranean atmosphere of the city hosts lots of monuments, for example, St. James Cathedral (monument under the protection of the UNESCO) constructed by locals for hundreds of years. We go on driving to Zadar, ancient city in the center of the Croatian Adriatic. Zadar is three thousand years old and it is proud of tumultuous and dynamic history: destructions, reconstructions, poverty and riches and indescribable beauty. Zadar existed already in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians. Since then its name changed several times and now it is presented as Zadar. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 10

Zadar – Plitvice Lakes – Zagreb

Check – out from the hotel in Zadar and a drive to Plitvice Lakes. UNESCO World Heritage status was given to the National Park Plitvice Lake, located halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, in 1979. On old maps it was named as “Devil’s Garden”, this magnificent area consists of 16 connected lakes terraces. We will enjoy a 4-hour guided tour that visits Upper and Lower lakes and lets you contemplate untouched nature. Although swimming is forbidden here, you will see best places for relaxation in this green paradise. After it we will drive to Zagreb, Croatian capital. This small gem of European culture and civilization is located in the heart of the continent. Hotel check-in and overnight.

Day 11

Zagreb – Airport

Sightseeing tour around Zagreb. Combined coach ride and walking tour will let you explore all main Zagreb sights: Kaptol (the medieval part of Zagreb), the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of St. Francis from the 13th century. We’ll walk around farmer’s market called Dolac Baroque Church of St. Mary from the 18th century. The tour will end in the heart of Zagreb, at Ban Josip Jelačić’s monument on the square called after him. Transfer to the Airport. End of Services.

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  • PRIVATE LICENSED ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE
  • TRANSFER TO ALL DESTINATIONS
  • 3 BBs IN A 3* OR 4* HOTEL IN BELGRADE
  • 1 BB IN A 3* OR 4* HOTEL IN MOKRA GORA, IN SARAJEVO, TREBINJE, MAKARSKA RIVIERA, ŠIBENIK, ZADAR, ZAGREB
  • 00-24H AT YOUR SERVICE AGENCY’S REPRESENTATIVE
  • SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED ABOVE
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Group tour organization. Send a request for a group of 5+ clients and meet Serbia for a better price! Place and time of departure are up to you.

  • LICENSED ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE
  • TRANSFER TO ALL DESTINATIONS
  • 3 BBs IN A 3* OR 4* HOTEL IN BELGRADE
  • 1 BB IN A 3* OR 4* HOTEL IN MOKRA GORA, IN SARAJEVO, TREBINJE, MAKARSKA RIVIERA, ŠIBENIK, ZADAR, ZAGREB
  • 00-24H AT YOUR SERVICE AGENCY’S REPRESENTATIVE
  • SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED ABOVE
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Notices

  • The price shown relates to departure from Belgrade. If you want to organize a tour from another location, click “Book”, specify departure and arrival location in “Additional information” field and send the request. You will get the answer as soon as possible.

  • Tour duration: 11 days.
  • Booking is needed min.2 days before the excursion.
  • Free! Children under 6 years accompanied by parents. For children from 6 to 12 years we offer a 30% discount.

  • Agency has the right to cancel the tour in case of insufficient number of reservations.
  • Agency has the right to cancel the tour in case of unexpected climate conditions or other circumstances that are important for excursion realization.