If you would like to visit the most beautiful Balkan Pearls in 12 days Trip to Balkan is a perfect tour for you.
We start from Athens, Greece, visit Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and finish the tour in Zagreb, Croatia.
We will take care of all the logistics, tours, transportation and accommodation so that you can be dedicated only to learning and enjoying your trip.
Definitely, this is a trip you will remember your whole life.
On the first day of our journey, you will arrive at Athens Airport. After we welcome3 you at the airport we will proceed to your hotel to check-in. Later on, we will have a tour in Athens.
As the forerunner of Western civilization, Athens is the central part of ancient Greece. In this iconic city, we will discover some of the most important sites of early European culture.
Highlights of the tour are Acropolis, Parthenon, Olympic Stadium, Olympian Zeus Temple, Lycabettus Hill, Greek Ancient Market. Lunch and prayer. Free time for shopping on Syntagma Square.
Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, we will check-out from the hotel in Athens and proceed to Kalambaka.
Kalambaka is an ancient Hellenic city with famous Meteora monasteries. After the lunch, we will have a city tour.
Highlights of the tour are Theopetra Cave, Meteora Rocks, and Monasteries.
Hotel check-in, free time and overnight in Kalambaka.
After breakfast, we will check-out from the hotel and depart to Ohrid.
Before we arrive in Ohrid, we will stop in Bitola for lunch. This city is part of the North Macedonia but during the Ottoman period, it was known as “The City of The Consuls”, since many European countries had consulates in Bitola.
Proceed to Ohrid, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site where the famous Ohrid lake is located. There we will walk through the cobbled streets and visit the city center. Highlights of the tour are Hadzi Turgut Mosque, Old Bazaar, Zeynel Abidin Pasha Tekke, Krst Dzamija. Free time.
Hotel check-in and overnight in Ohrid.
After breakfast, we will check-out from the hotel in Ohriand depart to Shkoder.
Before we arrive at Shkoder, we will visit Tirana, the capital of Albania. It is a city with amazing history and architecture. On a walking tour, we will visit the most important landmarks of Tirana. Highlights of the tour are Skenderbeg Square, Mosque of Ethem Bey, Clock Tower, National Museum. Later on, we will proceed to Shkoder.
Shkoder is one of the most ancient cities in Balkans. The location of Shkoder was settled in the 4th century BC by ancient Illyrian tribes and today it is a part of the Republic of Albania. In Shkoder we will visit the famous Rosafa Castle and Lead Mosque. Optional will be visiting Museo Museo Marubi – Art Museum.
Hotel check-in and overnight in Shkoder.
After breakfast, we check-out from the hotel aand proceed to Budva.
Before Budva, we will visit Bar, a port city in Montenegro.
Afterward, we continue to Budva, a vibrant port city, known today for its nightlife and luxurious hotels. Budva is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic coast and there we will visit the Old town and have free time in the city.
Check-in at the hotel and overnight in Budva.
After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and proceed to Kotor.
Kotor is another old city along the Adriatic coast located in Montenegro. After a short walk in the old town and visit to Kotor Cathedral, you will have free time.
Afterward, we proceed to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful city of Croatian coast. During the renaissance period, Dubrovnik was Republic with a developed trading network along the Mediterranean and beyond. We will visit the amazing old town of Dubrovnik on a walking tour.
Highlights of the tour are St. Tryphon’s Cathedral, Medieval Palaces, Clock Tower, Maritime Museum Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, Clock Tower, Orlando’s Columns, Sponze Plaza. Afterward, we’ll continue to Mostar.
Check-in in your hotel and overnight in Mostar.
After breakfast, we are heading towards the city center.
Mostar is the economic and cultural center of Herzegovina. River Neretva runs through the city of Mostar and located on the river is one of the most important Ottoman bridges in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Old Bridge of Mostar is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site.
In our walking tour through the streets in the old town of Mostar besides the Old Bridge we will see Old Bazaar Kujundziluk, Hamam, Koski Mehmed-pasha Mosque, Karadjoz-Bey Mosque, Turkish House.
After lunch we are going back to the hotel. Free time and overnight in Mostar.
After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and drive to Blagaj.
Blagaj is a small town with one of Europe’s largest water springs. Next to the water source, there is a Sufi house, where the local dervishes still perform zikr, a specific chant for praising God.
Then we proceed to Jablanica, a city around which some of the most important battles in former Yugoslavia took place during World War 2. We will visit a bridge that was destroyed in WW2 during the Battle for the wounded soldiers.
Then we continue to Sarajevo. We will visit the Tunnel of Hope, the small passage which saved the people of Sarajevo during the siege.
Check-in at your hotel and overnight in Sarajevo.
After breakfast, we head towards the city center.
Certainly, Sarajevo is known for its religious and cultural diversity. During the walk through the Old town, you will witness different periods of history unfolding in front of your eyes.
Sarajevo’s guide will take you through the streets of his hometown and uncover some of the untold stories. Highlights of the tour: Bascarsija, Sebilj, Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque, Clock Tower, City Hall, Latin Bridge, Market Bezistan, Sarajevo Roses, Markale Market.
After lunch you will have free time in Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo.
After breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel and depart to Bihac.
Before we arrive at Biać we will visit two most important towns in central Bosnia. The first stop is in Travnik, a city which served as a residence for Bosnian Veziers during the Ottoman empire. In Travnik we stay for lunch and visit the old fortress from the middle ages. We continue to Jajce, a city in central Bosnia, and visit the splendid Waterfalls in the city center.
Afterward, we proceed to Bihac, a city through which runs the river Una, the cleanest river in the region. We will have a panoramic tour of Bihac and see the breathtaking waterfall – Strbacki Buk.
Check-in at hotel and overnight in Bihać.
After breakfast, we check-out of the hotel and proceed to Plitvice Lakes.
Plitvice Lakes is an amazing national park in Croatia. You will enjoy a Walking Tour in the beautiful natural surrounding full of lakes, endemic flora, and fauna. Afterward, we have a boat ride and train ride through a natural protected area. Then we proceed to Zagreb.
Hotel check-in and overnight in Zagreb.
After breakfast, we check-out of the hotel and visit the city center.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and visually it is a mixture of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture as well as modern styles of construction. Highlights of the tour are Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral, Market Dolac.
Transfer to airport and departure.
Me and my family really enjoyed this tour with our guide Amer. We loved the places we were visiting, especially Dubrovnik and Sarajevo. Amer is very knowledgable and patient. We highly recommend Meet Bosnia.