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 of 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, and Greek Ancient Market. Lunch and prayer. Free time for shopping in 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 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 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 World Heritage Site where the famous Ohrid lake is located. There we will walk through the cobbled streets and visit the city centre. Highlights of the tour are Hadzi Turgut Mosque, Old Bazaar, Zeynel Abidin Pasha Tekke, and 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, and National Museum. Later on, we will proceed to Shkoder.
Shkoder is one of the most ancient cities in the 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 and proceed to Budva.
Before Budva, we will visit Bar, a port city in Montenegro.
Afterwards, 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 a visit to Kotor Cathedral, you will have free time.
Afterwards, we proceed to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful city on the 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, and Orlando’s Columns, Sponze Plaza. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Mostar.
Check in at your hotel and overnight in Mostar.
After breakfast, we are heading towards the city centre.
Mostar is the economic and cultural centre 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 centre.
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 the two most important towns in central Bosnia. The first stop is in Travnik, a city that 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 centre.
Afterwards, 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 the 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. Afterwards, 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 centre.
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, and 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.
Great tour guide
Having travelled many parts of the world, Nihad was the best tour guide I’ve ever had! So enthusiastic and knowledgeable! He spent way more time than we were allotted for our tour!
Kudos to via vacation especially tour leader cik yan and tour guide mr edin. Very experience and full of explanation abt history in balkan.
Excellent Trip Guided by Excellent Guide
Early spring travel through Athens and Balkans .Made more memorable with the help of Edin Ogresevic, a radiant knowledgeable guide who open our heart to the beauty and intricate history of each country.Beautiful scenery, magnificent towns and friendly people.
Edin took good care of us from day one. The service is superb, top notch.
Interesting and excellent
Received excellent service. Hidya my tour guide. was sweet, accommodative and excellent at work. Highly recommended if you are looking for an English speaking tour guide in the Balkans