the highlits of former yugoslavia
TIRANA - OHRID - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK - MOSTAR - SARAJEVO - BELGRADE - ZAGREB - LJUBLJANA - LAKE BLED - LAKE BOHINJ
Start in Tirana, Albania, and finish in Ljubljana, Slovenia! This 14-day tour covers 7 beautiful countries of former Yugoslavia: Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia. You will also visit Albania and its picturesque capital of Tirana.
Did you know that Lake Ohrid in Macedonia was the second most famous summer destination in former Yugoslavia? No worries you will see Dubrovnik as well, and feel the magic that makes people from all around the world simply adore it.
The fortified town of Kotor and its s stunning natural setting at the very edge of the mountain-rimmed Kotor Bay, Old bridge in Mostar, European Jerusalem – Sarajevo, Big City – Beograd, Charming Zagreb, lovely Ljubljana, all of that and much more.
Enjoy the diversity that these exciting countries have to offer. With a rich history, splendid architecture, this region inherits a tradition of both east and west, north and south. Tradition, kindness and hospitality, delicious food and good wine, beautiful landscapes, what more you could wish for.
We start our 7 countries of Yugoslavia tour in Tirana. Your adventure begins with a welcome, upon arrival at Tirana Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in and overnight. If your flight is earlier in the morning, we can arrange Day 1 with more activities. If arrival is a later afternoon you will join your tour leader on a short orientation tour, the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Tirana.
After breakfast we take a walking tour of the colorful streets of Albania capital: the old castle remains, the Pyramid, Prime Minister’s Office Building, Blloku area, where villas were once occupied by members of The Politburo (a former leading group of the Albanian Labour party) this part f the city today is the lively center of Tirana’s nightlife with trendy bars, cafés, and clubs.
We will visit the National History Museum offering an impressive façade, decorated with a gigantic mosaic known as ‘The Albanians’. The museum’s exhibition gives great insight into Albania’s fascinating past and recent history up to the modern days.
Afternoon at leisure or optional tour to Dures and Skanderberg distillery with cognac and wine tasting.
Excursion to Lake Ohrid Macedonia
Today after breakfast we travel to Macedonia, driving via Elbasan. Before crossing the border at Cafasan we will stop to see the bunkers built during the reign of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha, Paranoid dictator built thousands of Military Bunkers across the country during his reign from 1944 to 1985.
We proceed to the lakeside resort of Ohrid, both old town and lake are, classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. This cute town is an important cultural and spiritual center of the Republic of Macedonia. We will take a sightseeing tour and walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town hearing a lot of interesting stories. In the afternoon we are visiting the magnificent Monastery of Saint Naum, before later afternoon return to Tirana.
Evening at leisure. Overnight in Tirana.
Kotor (Montenegro) to Dubrovnik
After breakfast, we continue our 7 countries of Yugoslavia tour in Montenegro. Today’s destination is the city of Kotor, situated in the picturesque bay of Kotor. Mild beaches, clear waters, and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival at the Gulf of Kotor.
In the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor enjoy a guided tour through one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities on the Adriatic. Sheltered from the sea winds by a natural harbor, the city sits in what is often thought to be Europe’s most southernmost fjord, but it’s actually a submerged river canyon.
After free time for lunch, we continue toward Dubrovnik – the Perl of Adriatic. Check-in. You can join your tour leader for a short orientation tour.
Day in Dubrovnik
Today after breakfast we enjoy the Peral of Adriatic, wonderful Dubrovnik, Not only the pearl of the Adriatic but the Perl of Mediterranean is a place that tourists simply adore and rightly so.
Did you know that the oldest document on maritime law in the world as well as and the oldest European law on maritime insurance were created in the Republic of Dubrovnik? Here you can also find the oldest European pharmacy that is constantly used for pharmaceutical purposes!
After the sightseeing tour, the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. City monumental walls are almost two kilometers long and definitely worth visiting if you want to admire the beautiful view of city rooftops, the old port, and nearby islands. For more spectacular views you can take the cable car up to Srdj Hill behind Dubrovnik for spectacular views of the city and the Dalmatian coastline. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, via Mostar
We are leaving Dubrovnik after breakfast and continue toward Sarajevo via Mostar. We will make a stop in Mostar to admire its old town and the magnificent Old Bridge- the well-known symbol of this gorgeous city.
After a walking tour, you will have enough time to try some delicious local specialties before we proceed toward Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Sarajevo is not just a beautiful, historic city. Set in a magical landscape, it is also an enchanting one, full of life and promise, but with a past as painful as any European city in living history After arrival and check-in, feel free to join your tour leader on a short orientation tour. In the evening optional – Traditional dinner. Overnight.
In Sarajevo, Saturday
Breakfast. Let’s find out why Sarajevo is called “European Jerusalem” and what makes this city so unique. Discover the line between two worlds – Eastern and Western.
Can you imagine that Sarajevo was the center of the world in 1984? It was the year of the 14th Winter Olympic Games. Only eight years later Sarajevo was a war field, it was one of the longest sieges in modern history. After a tour do not miss the opportunity to have a cup of famous Bosnian coffee or to try some of the famous local specialties like ćevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat) or different type of Bosnian pies at Turkish Bazaar – Bas Carsija
Afternoon at leisure. Optional: A horse carriage ride to Vrelo Bosne and a traditional Bosnian dinner Overnight.
From Sarajevo to Belgrade via Visegrad, Drvengrad and Uzice
We leave Sarajevo after breakfast, toward Beograd. On our way, we’ll stop to visit Visegrad old Bridge on the Drina River. This masterpiece of civil engineering was built in oriental style in the 16th century.
The next stop is for a lunch break in Drvengrad (Wooden Town”), a beautiful etno village set between mountains Tara and Zlatibor. The village was built by the famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica and every year hosts the Kustendorf festival, an event visited by some of the world’s top film stars. Last stop for today is Uzice set in the valley of Đetinja River, surrounded by magnificent beauties of mountains Tara and Zlatibor.
Arrive in Beograd in the late afternoon. Over the years, this city has become a popular tourist destination, thanks to interesting architecture, a long history, and crazy nightlife. After check-in feel free to join your guide in a short orientation tour. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day in Belgrade
After breakfast we go for a panoramic driven tour of New Belgrade: Belgrade Arena – Sava Center – Hayatt Hotel – Dedinje – House of Flowers – Marakana – Church of St. Save.We proceed with a walking tour of the city center and visiting the famous Knez Mihajlova street I, protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable city monuments in Belgrade.
The street connects Kalemegdan Fortress and Republic Square. Always full of life, filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants, Knez Mihajlova is the best place if you want to feel the pulse of Belgrade and admire different building styles. Nearby is Skadarlija, one of an old street exclusively for pedestrians and one of the most famous sights in Belgrade. Almost every night as you walk through this stone bohemian district of Belgrade you can enjoy live music.
For the afternoon we suggest you visit the fortress Kalemegdan, located in the Old Town, at the intersection of the Sava and Danube. It is the most visited landmark in Belgrade, and in 1979 it was declared a cultural monument of exceptional importance.
Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure or we can book some additional services for you such as River sightseeing cruise, Pub crawl, Folklore Dinner, Bohemian night with dinner ….. Overnight.
From Belgrade to Zagreb
We leave Belgrade after Breakfast. Toward Capital of Croatia, Zagreb. The two largest cities of the former Yugoslavia are connected by the famous highway of Brotherhood and unity built in 1960 on the initiative of President Josip Broz Tito.
After arrival and check-in, feel free to join our tour leader on a short orientation tour. Zagreb is a real metropolis, one which attracts guests of all profiles. One of the greenest cities in Europe attracts visitors with the lively atmosphere of its streets, numerous coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping. Rest o the afternoon and evening at leisure. Optionally we can book some evening tours like Traditional dinner, Pub crawl or Zagreb food tour.
Day in Zagreb
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with a local guide. Exploring the Croatian capital you will surely fall in love with this city.
Let’s first visit one of the symbols of the city, the beautiful Zagreb Cathedral. We procced to Upper Town by walking through Croatia’s biggest Green Market “Dolac”. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, and government palace. We will take a ride with Zagreb’s funicular. The shortest cable car in the world has only 66 meters in length and connecting downtown Zagreb with the Upper (old) Town.
Use the afternoon to explore Zagreb on your own. Museum of Broken Relationships, city ZOO, Lenuci Horseshoe – U-shaped system of city squares with handsome series of parks, fountains and grand buildings, Tkalciceva street – here you will find Zagreb’s best cafes, restaurants, and nightspots.
Afternoon Optional: excursion to Trakošćan with traditional dinner.
Zagreb to Ljubljana
We leave Zagreb after breakfast to one of the smallest European Capitals Ljubljana. This city reflects both the sophistication of a large metropolis and the charm of a small town, extra clean, organized, forward-thinking city with fine architecture, rich history, and great gastro offer.
After arrival, we will take city tour with a local guide to explore the best things to do in Ljubljana. Explore the charming old town and admire its lovely squares and bridges on the Ljubljanica river.
Take a funicular to Ljubljana Castle and later visit Central market and try homemade honey and jams. For a quick lunch here’s your chance to try what many consider to be Slovenia’s national dish, Kranjska klobasa, a fatty sausage from the region around the northern city of Kranj.
After checking in at Hotel, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. We suggest you visit; Tivoli Park (largest and most beautiful park in Ljubljana), Trnovo (neighborhood outside the city center, full of cafes and green scenery), or Metlekovo Mesto if you want get to know Ljubljana’s alternative scene. Overnight Ljubljana.
Optional tours: Wine tasting Ljubljana, Food tour Ljubljana, Traditional dinner.
Excursion to lake Bled and Bohinj
Breakfast. Today we suggest a full day trip to visit most beautiful Slovenian Lakes: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.
Optionally we can visit Vintgar George, carved by Radovna River, 4 kilometers north-west from Bled. The impressive canyon is highlighted by the Radovna River and its waterfalls, pools, and rapids. (3 km – 1.8 miles walking and 5,00 euro ticket pp)
Just 45 minutes north of Ljubljana, we will find magical lake Bled.
Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The first stop is Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia built in the 11th century is a symbol of Slovenia.
We will climb the old castle located on top of a steep cliff above the lake and enjoy the spectacular view from the castle’s terraces. Later we will board a boat ride on a ‘Pletna’, a traditional boat made by locals to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell.
Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around or trying some local specialties, don’t miss a famous ‘kremšnita’ cake.
After a break for lunch, we will continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia. Located in the Triglav National Park this area offers numerous tracking and hiking options. We suggest a short hike to the picturesque Savica waterfall ( 25 minutes of moderate walk, 3 euro entrance fee). Lake Bohinj is perfect for water activities all year round – from swimming, boat riding, windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing, fishing, and diving in warmer months. For the spectacular views take a cable-car up to the mountain Vogel, the famous ski-resort, and admire the views of surrounding valleys and the highest Slovenian mountain, Mt Triglav in all its beauty.
Included: English speaking guide, Boat (Pletna) ride Lake Bled; Bled Castle entrance
Optional: Mont Vogel cable car 13,50 €, Bled Island Church entrance fee 6,00 € (not really worth); typical Slovenian alpine lunch – 15,00€ , Savica waterfall (25 minutes of moderate walk, 3 €entrance fee) ; Vintgar Gorge – 3 km – 1.8 miles walking and 5,00 € ticket pp
Returning to Ljubljana around 7:00 PM. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Departure from Ljubljana
The last day of our 7 countries of Yugoslavia tour! We start with the Breakfast. Check out and transfer to airport. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time before 11:00
You may consider extending your stay by adding more days to this itinerary, no worries we will be happy to book additional services for you.
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