Best of Central Balkans
Our multi-day tour package Best of Central Balkans includes visiting six European countries and their greatest attractions: Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although you may not know as much about the Balkan Peninsula as other European regions, you will be surprised to stumble upon some of the most stunning cities and landmarks on earth. Embark on this incredible journey and check amazing places like Belgrade, Skopje, Ohrid, Lovćen National Park, Dubrovnik, Mostar and Sarajevo off your bucket list!
Highlights: Belgrade, Skopje, Ohrid, Elbasan, Budva, Lovćen National Park, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Višegrad, Kamengrad
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- Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
- Tour package includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off at Belgrade Airport,
- All transportation per program,
- Sightseeing per program,
- Entrance fees to: Dubrovnik City Walls, Lovćen National Park, underground tunnel “tunel spasa”,
- Private vehicle with driver,
- English-speaking guide,
- 11 breakfasts,
- 11 overnight stays on twin/double sharing basis in 3* or 4* hotels: 3 nights in Belgrade, 1 night in Skopje, 2 nights in Ohrid, 2 nights in Budva, 1 night in Dubrovnik, 2 nights in Sarajevo,
- All applicable tolls, fees and taxes.
Day 1: Arrival, Belgrade
Our agent will welcome you at Belgrade Airport and take you to your hotel for check-in (after 14:00). You will have time for unpacking and lunch, which will be followed by a light walk downtown with a panoramic city tour. Dinner is recommended in the bohemian quarter Skadarlija accompanied with “starogradska” music. Overnight stay in Belgrade.
Day 2: Belgrade
After breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Belgrade, former capital city of Yugoslavia and today’s capital of the Republic of Serbia. From the Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade, we will have a wonderful view of the confluence of the rivers Danube and Sava. We will visit the Sahat Tower and walk along the Knez Mihajlo Street, visit the former Federal Assembly of the former Yugoslavia, the mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka Broz, called “Kuća cviječa”, and the Church of Saint Sava, the biggest Orthodox church in the Balkans. Overnight stay in Belgrade.
Day 3: Skopje
After breakfast, the path through Serbia will lead us to Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Afternoon walk around the city centre, evening free. Overnight stay in Skopje.
Day 4: Skopje
After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of Skopje and you can enjoy your lunch in the Old Town. After lunch, we will continue our way to Ohrid. Overnight stay in Ohrid.
Day 5: Ohrid
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ohrid and an afternoon rest by Lake Ohrid. Overnight stay in Ohrid.
Day 6: Elbasan, Budva
In the morning, we head off to Albania, visiting the town of Elbasan. The very first settlements in that area date back to the time of the Byzantine Empire, when Elbasan was a military post. After a short city tour, we continue to Budva, a modern resort in Montenegro. We will take an evening walk around the town and have dinner in one of the resort’s many restaurants with live-music. Overnight stay in Budva.
Day 7: Lovćen National Park, Cetinje, Kotor
After breakfast, we will visit Lovćen National Park (Mausoleum of P. Petrović Njegoš, the founder of Montenegro country) and Cetinje (the historical capital of Montenegro). An old panoramic road offers multiple photo stops with amazing views and attractions. There are 461 steps leading to the top of the Mausoleum, which will in turn reward you with a striking panorama of Montenegro, stretching across about 60 % of the country’s territory. After the visit, we will continue driving along the coastline to Kotor, feasting our eyes on the marvellous landscape passing by. The Bay of Kotor is also known as “the most southern fjord in Europe”. We will visit the old city centre and stroll around this small medieval fortified town, which boasts 18 churches, a basilica and 2 monasteries. The Venetian influence left its own distinctive mark on the architecture of the old town, which is under the protection of UNESCO. Afterwards, we will return to Budva, where you will have some free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in Budva.
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Our journey will continue to Croatia through Herceg-Novi to Dubrovnik. We will explore the city, which is the pearl of southern Dalmatia, an old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will experience the charm of the remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic, enjoy the view of the Renaissance architecture with some traces of Gothic, see the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, the Sponza Palace and the church of St. Blasius, a majestic cathedral. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: Mostar
After breakfast, our journey will lead us to Bosnia and Herzegovina through Trebinje to Mostar (short tour) and all the way to Sarajevo. Overnight stay in Sarajevo.
Day 10: Sarajevo
We will visit the heart of the old Sarajevo, see sites such as Baščaršija, Viječnica, the most representative building from the Austro-Hungarian era, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Old Orthodox Church and the Catholic Cathedral. We will also visit the bridge of Gavrilo Princip, where Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which triggered the start of World War I in 1914. In the afternoon, we will visit the underground tunnel under the airport (“tunel spasa”), which was the only way out of besieged Sarajevo during the war in 1991. We will visit the source of the Bosna River, the so-called “vrelo Bosne”. Overnight stay in Sarajevo.
Day 11: Višegrad, Kamengrad
After breakfast, our journey will lead us to Serbia, with a stopover in Višegrad. We will see a more than 500-years-old Turkish stone bridge, which was described by the Yugoslav Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić in his novel “Most na Drini”. We will visit Kamengrad, which is based on the ideas of the film director Emir Kusturica. Once in Serbia, we can visit Drvengrad just across the border, another city that was constructed following the idea of Kusturica. The path through Serbia will lead us through Bajina Bašta and Valjevo all the way to Belgrade, where we will arrive in the evening hours. Overnight stay in Belgrade.
Day 12: Departure
Check-out, transfer to Belgrade Airport.
In the case of unexpected events (traffic conditions, weather conditions or other inconveniences that we cannot influence), we can change the order of trips and sometimes the contents to make the tour as logistically convenient as possible.
What to see in Belgrade
When in Belgrade, you can walk along Knez Mihajlo Street, see the Sahat Tower, the Church of Saint Sava, the former Federal Assembly of the former Yugoslavia and the Marshal Tito’s Mausoleum “Kuća cviječa”, while Kalemegdan Citadel (Belgrade Fortress) offers a wonderful view of the confluence of the rivers Danube and Sava.
What to see in Macedonia
Macedonia is among the most diverse Balkan countries and a perfect place for adventurers. The capital city and cultural hub Skopje, Bitola, Lake Ohrid with Ohrid Town, Canyon Matka, and the national parks of Mavrovo, Pelister and Galičica are the country’s top attractions, while the captivating mountains take a special place in one’s heart.
What to see in Albania
Albania’s most popular places are the capital city Tirana, the town of Elbasan, modern resort Budva, Butrint National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites Berat and Gjirokastra, as well as various national museums with intriguing collections. A special feast for the eyes is also Albania’s spectacular coast.
What to see in Montenegro
Absolute must-see in Montenegro are Lovćen National Park with Njegoš Mausoleum, the Bay of Kotor a.k.a. “the most southern fjord in Europe” and Kotor Old City, Cetinje, the ultimate party stop Budva, Ostrog Monastery, Sveti Stefan, Skadar Lake, and most importantly: long, pristine, divine beaches!
What to see in/near Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List with remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic and Renaissance architecture with traces of Gothic. A must-see are the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blasius, Lovrijenac Fort and the famous Walls of Dubrovnik.
What to see in Sarajevo
Sarajevo’s most popular sites are Baščaršija, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Old Orthodox Church and the Catholic Cathedral, Sarajevo City Hall, the bridge of Gavrilo Princip, underground tunnel “tunel spasa”, the source of the Bosna River “Vrelo Bosne and the tallest skyscraper in the Balkans, Avaz Twist Tower.
What to do in Belgrade
To learn about the captivating history of Yugoslavia, visiting the Museum of Yugoslavia is a must. On a more contemporary note, you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, check out Escape Rooms, chill by the lake beach Ada Ciganlija, or have dinner in the bohemian quarter Skadarlija accompanied by the traditional “starogradska” music.
What to do in Macedonia
As a country of numerous natural and historic treasures, Macedonia offers excellent experiences such as sightseeing in cities like Skopje and Ohrid, hiking in the Shar Mountains or exploring the national parks, Matka Canyon and the underworld of Gorna Slatinska. If you are drawn by ancient tales, be sure not to miss the archaeological site Stobi.
What to do in Albania
From visiting bunkers, bathing in natural water springs and hiking the Albanian Alps, to tasting the traditional “burek” and having a drink in the rotating Sky Tower Bar, Albania impresses with its unique selection of adventures. Another possibility to experience something new is jumping across the border and visiting the Republic of Kosovo.
What to do in Montenegro
Climbing 461 steps to the top of Njegoš Mausoleum will reward you with a striking panorama stretching across about 60 % of the country’s territory. Aside from impressive natural beauty, Montenegro also offers splendid activities, such as Tara River rafting for adventurers, hiking in Durmitor National Park, skiing in ski resorts, canyoning, boat tours and more.
What to do in/near Dubrovnik
When in Dubrovnik, there are numerous attractions you can discover. If you are interested in historical heritage, you can visit the Museum of Croatian War of Independence or Gornji Ugao Tower. For nature lovers and leisure tourists, you can take a trip to the Island of Lokrum or Korčula Island, Mount Srd or relax on the Sveti Jakov Beach.
What to do in Sarajevo
Strolling around Old Town, you can discover cute souvenir and coppersmith’s shops (if there is one thing you can buy, let it be copper dzezva!) and get the chance to taste the national brandy “rakija” and dish “ćevapi”. For a historical reminder, visit the stone plaque marking the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, which triggered World War I.