Let Saray Bosnia Travel Agency guides you to an amazing adventure through the Balkan Peninsula. Explore and enjoy in twelve days tour through the beautiful Balkan countries and their historical richness, medieval towns, tourist jewels and pure and breathtaking nature.
Welcome to Belgrade
Welcome to Belgrade! If you arrive early enough, head into the city to see by yourself all the treasures that this ancient city has to offer.
You will meet up your tour leader at hotel in the afternoon, and then enjoy an orientation tour of Serbian’s capital. In the evening, you will meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.
Free time and overnight in Belgrade.
Belgrade full day tour
After the breakfast, morning will be reserved for an exciting guided walking tour through Belgrade’s city center. As part of the tour we will explore the highlights of Belgrade. Learn about Serbia’s two royal dynasties at the Royal and White Palaces, and the City Assembly, the Old Palace of Serbia’s first king. Discover the Church of St. Sava – Serbia’s largest Orthodox church; walk along Prince Mihailo Street – Belgrade’s main shopping avenue; and stroll around the old Kosancicev venac to see the Residence of Princess Ljubica and Church of St Michael and other sights.
We will have a lunch at the traditional restaurant.
After the lunch we continue our tour visiting the Belgrade Fortress Kalemegdan.
Belgrade Fortress is known for its kilometers-long tunnels, underground corridors and catacombs, which are still largely unexplored. In the true sense, fortress is today the green oasis in the Belgrade’s urban area.
We will discover Donji Grad (or “Lower Town”); occupies the slope towards the riversides, from the top spot (ridge where “The Victor” is). Between the lowest section and the Danube is Kula Nebojsa (“Impregnable, Fearless, or Daredevil Tower”), which has been turned into a museum of the Greek revolutionary Rigas Feraios, who was strangled by the Turks in this tower and his corpse thrown into the Danube. The Orthodox churches of Ruzica (former Austrian gun depot) and Sveta Petka are also located in this area, as is the Belgrade Planetarium.
Gornji Grad (or “Upper Town”); the upper section of fortress, turned into a park, with beautiful promenades and the statue of “The Victor” (Serbian Pobednik), the so-called “Roman well”, actually built by the Austrians, the Popular Observatory, the türbe (tomb) of Damad Ali Pasha.
Veliki Kalemegdanski Park (or “Large Kalemegdan Park”); it occupies the southern corner of fortress, with geometrical promenades, the Military Museum, the Museum of Forestry and Hunting, and the Monument of Gratitude to France.
Optionally we can visit the Belgrade ZOO near the Fortress.
At the evening we will finish our adventure visiting the Yachting Club, where we will have a magical boat cruise on the Sava and Danube river.
Free time and overnight in Belgrade.
Belgrade,Bijeljina-Village Stanisici, Sarajevo
After the breakfast, we are going to Sarajevo.
On our way to Sarajevo, we will make an excursion at the Ethno village “Stanisici”.
Ethno village “Stanisici” takes us back to our ancestors and nature, and awakens in us the admiration of the simplicity of the former way of life. It is a rest for the eyes and soul, where man becomes nobler and wiser listening to the murmur of the brook and the spin of the mill.
After the excursion to the Village, we will continue our trip to Sarajevo.
After the check-in and short rest, evening will be reserved for an exciting guided walking tour through the Old Town of Sarajevo. You will see the historical monuments such as: the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emperor’s Mosque, The Latin Bridge, Sebilj fountain, Gazi-Husrev Bey’s Mosque complex, Sarajevo Cathedral, Kazandziluk (Traders’ Street). This walking tour will provide you information about every aspect of living in Sarajevo nowadays and in the past. You will enjoy in a delightful mixture of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and modern heritage.
After the walking tour, it is time for dinner. When in Bosnia, do as Bosnians do-certainly you should eat the Bosnian traditional cuisine (cevapcici, burek, dolmas) and drink Bosnian coffee and try traditional sweets (hurmasica, tufahija, baklava).
Free time and overnight in Sarajevo.
The Sarajevo Tunnel of life, Nature park „Vrelo Bosne“ and Olympic Mountain Trebevic
After the breakfast, we will start our day with the visit of Sarajevo Tunnel of life (Bosnian: Tunel spasa) museum. The tunnel was an underground tunnel constructed during the Siege of Sarajevo.
After the museum we will visit nature park „Vrelo Bosne“. This is one of the country’s popular natural landmarks, featuring spring of the River Bosna, and provides a quiet escape and relaxation from city crowd. The park is really magical and it is ideal for walking and enjoying in the nature.
After the visit of nature park „Vrelo Bosne“ we continue our adventure to Olimpic Mountain Trebevic and Sunnyland entertainment park.
During the 1984 Winter Olympics, Trebevic was the location of the competition in the bobsled sport discipline. Today Trebevic is favorite excursion place for the locals and tourists, where you can walk through the forest, take bike, have an exciting paintball fun, enjoy in the adrenaline park and have a crazy road on alpine coaster, or just sit and enjoy in silence, beautiful nature and fresh air. You will have lunch in one of the restaurants on Trebevic mountain.
Free time and overnight in Sarajevo.
Beautiful Herzegovina and Dubrovnik (Croatia)
After the breakfast, we are going to Herzegovina – part of our country full of great natural wonders, beautiful rivers and cities with mixed cultures. Our first stop will be in Mostar. You will enjoy in magnificent architecture and stunningly beautiful river, Old Bridge and its surroundings.
Next stop is in Blagaj and Buna river springs. Here you will enjoy in the peace of Dervish House and the beautiful waters of river Buna. You will have lunch and experience the unique and unforgettable scenes that evoke the beauty and grandeur of this beautiful place.
After Blagaj we continue our trip to Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik (A pearl of Adriatic) is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. Old City is by all means the most interesting and the most attractive part of Dubrovnik.
After the check-in and short rest we will have a walking tour through the romantic city lanes, you will not only see the most interesting sights, but also feel the specific, somewhat mystic atmosphere rising from the ancient stone walls. The best way to learn and feel the city is to merge with the crowd and let it take you to an unforgettable journey through the maze of Dubrovnik city streets and through centuries. The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King’s Landing in the HBO television series, Game of Thrones.
Free time and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj
After the breakfast, the morning will be reserved for enjoy of the amazing and breathtaking views of the Old City of Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea and the numerous islands which are, without doubt, best experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car will take us to enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views on the Adriatic Sea. We will have a drink in cafe at the top overlooking the Old City.
After Dubrovnik we leave Coatia behind and travel through Montenegro. Our first stop will be
at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town Kotor. The old port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period, and is a picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
We will make a comfort stop at the picturesque coastal town of Budva, known for its well preserved medieval walled city.
After Budva we proceed to Old Bar Town. You will have a possibility to visit this archeologically rich town whose restoration began few years ago. Explore the remains of the Venetian palaces, Turkish bath and clock-tower, as well as aqueduct, orthodox and catholic churches. Climb up to the Citadel, which offers you a great view of the valley with olive trees and Rumija Mountain behind the town. Further down from the citadel to the green plateau with the best view of the New Bar and harbor. After the Old Town we will visit the King Nikola’s Palace in the „new“ part of Bar city.
The adventure continues to Ulcinj, the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast.
After the check-in we are going to discover the Old town Ulcinj located on a rocky plateau that partly hangs over the sea. Encircled by the “Cyclopean walls”, it is reachable both from the north-east and from the bay. During the guided tour through the narrow streets you will feel the influences of the Orient. The Square of Slaves still attracts the attention of the guests, once a place where the pirates bought and sold their slaves. There is also a town’s museum situated in the church-mosque, an orthodox church which was converted into the mosque during the Turkish occupation.
After the visit of the Old town Ulcinj indulge yourself a cup of coffee on the so-called Mala plaza.
Free time and overnight in Ulcinj.
Ulcinj, Shkodër, Tirane
After the breakfast, we will leave Montenegro, and entry to Albania.
On our way to Tirane we will make an excursion to the Shkodër lake, where we will have breathtaking experience during the boat ride at the largest lake in the Balkans. You will enjoy in the beautiful natural surroundings, the view of the numerous little islands with medieval monasteries and rare bird species, this area is unique bond of history and nature.
After the lake we will explore one of the oldest cities in Europe and Albania’s fifth-largest city Shkodër.
You will discover the most important sites in and around a city that has been inhabited by everyone from the Illyrians to the Slavs and the Ottomans.
Shkodër highlights are:
- Rozafa Castle – Set on a rocky hill approximately 130 meters above sea level, this imposing fortress has beautiful views of Shkodër and its surrounding areas. It was built by the Illyrians and is more than 1,000 years old.
- Mesi Bridge – Built in the 18th century by Kara Mahmud Bushati, the local Ottoman pasha, this bridge is often referred to as the ‘Lord of the Rings Bridge.’ It is one of the longest Ottoman bridges in the area and spans the Kir River.
- Communist Jail – During Albania’s Communist era (1946-1992), numerous prisons and internment camps were created throughout the country to confine individuals considered to be a threat to the regime.
- Marubi Permanent Photo Exhibition – The first ever photograph to be taken of Albania is on display at this interesting exhibition depicting various Albanian places of important events and portraits.
- Shkodër Downtown – During the walking tour you will see the main sights of Shkodër including the Democracy Square, the many fountains and monuments in the city, etc. The Ebu Beker Mosque, the Orthodox Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral of Shkodra are as well good places to visit in Shkodër, as being one of the cities with the best combination of religions in Albania.
After Shkodër we proceed to the Capital of Albania – Tirane.
After the check-in and short rest, the evening will be reserved for the walking tour through Tirane. During the tour you will learn about interesting history, art and everyday life in Tirana and meet the main attractions such us: Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Saint Paul Catholic Cathedral, National Historic Museum, Piramida, The Block, Bush Street, National Art Gallery, Mother Teresa Square, Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral.
Free time and overnight in Tirane.
Tirane, Ohrid, Skopje
After the breakfast, we depart to the parl of Macedonia- Ohrid.
We will visit the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. During the tour we will have an inspiring walk by the lake, through the little narrow cobbled streets of Ohrid hill, among the beautiful Byzantine churches, up to Samoil’s fortress and on the most picturesque cliff of St. Jovan Kaneo, where you can grab the chance for a magnificent photo shoots. The sightseeing continues with the visit of Gorna Porta and the Antic Theatre. After that we will visit the Old Bazaar area where we will have a lunch at the traditional restaurant.
After the lunch we depart for Skopje, Capital of Macedonia.
Check-in, free time and overnight in Skopje.
After the breakfast, the morning will be reserved for the walking tour through Skopje, where we will explore the main attractions including the Kale Fortress; the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving; the Old Bazaar; and the Stone Bridge. We will have a lunch at the local restaurant in the centre.
After the lunch, we are going to the Capital of Bulgaria – Sofia.
Check-in, free time and overnight in Sofia.
Sofia full day tour
After the breakfast, we will start our adventure with the visit of the city’s star attraction — the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church. Next we will visit the National Historical Museum, where you’ll gain a greater insight into Balkan history and heritage.
Lunch break will be at a restaurant Pancharevo Lake.
After the lunch, we continue our journey to the Sofia city center where we will have a walking tour and discover landmarks such as the National Palace of Culture, the St. George Rotunda, the National Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century Banya Bashi Mosque. Other attractions that you’ll see include St. Nedelya cathedral, the National Theater, the former Royal Palace (now housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum), the Russian Church of St. Nikolay, and the National Assembly Square where the impressive Tsar Osvoboditel (King Liberator) monument was erected in 1907 by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi. Your tour ends at Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Free time and overnight in Sofia.
Sofia, Nis, Belgrade
After the breakfast, we are going to Belgrade, the Capital of Serbia.
On our way to Belgrade we will make a stop in Nis and visit the main city sights and attractions of the Nis surrounding area such as: Cegar Hill – battlefield from the First Serbian Uprising; Skull Tower Museum – a unique monument in the world and one of the most moving monuments of Serbian history with human skulls walled in stone; Mediana archeological site – visit to the remains of the palace built by the Roman emperor Constantine, who was born in Nis; Nis Fortress, symbol of the city on the right bank of the Nisava River… walking tour through the interior … photo stops; walking over the bridge on the Nisava River (you will hear the legend of the name of the city) to the Square of King Milan with the Liberators Monument that was built in 1937 … on this square you can see the authentic facades of old Nis.
We will have a lunch at the local restaurant in the centre.
After the lunch, we continue our trip to Belgrade.
Check-in, free time and overnight in Belgrade.
End of tour
After breakfast, your 12 days Balkan Heart adventure concludes – unfortunately it is time to say goodbyes to your fellow travelers. We hope you have enjoyed your tour with our agency!
- Transportation by modern air-conditioned car/van/bus (as mentioned in the tour program).
- Services of an experienced, English speaking driver and guide or other language as agreed.
- 11 nights Hotel accommodation (bed & breakfast basis) as confirmed, including any obligatory service charges and taxes as levied by the hotel.
- Welcome dinner in Belgrade
- Belgrade evening boat cruise on the Sava and Danube river
- Cable Car ride in Dubrovnik
- Horse carriage ride at nature park „Vrelo Bosne“
- Travel insurance.
- International airfares and airport departure taxes.
- Passport and visa fees.
- Excursions, activities and sightseeing trips which are not shown as included.
- Attraction entrance fees.
- Charges for extra meals not mentioned above.
- Charges made by the hotels for the use of certain facilities and extra meals, drinks, laundry and personal items including any tax or service charge levied for them.
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- All prices are expressed per person who travel in group of 2 up 4 travellers (based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a double or twin room).
- For group of 5 up 8 travellers we grant 5-10% discount.
- For a group with more than 8 travellers we grant extra discount.