BEST OF THE BALKANS: Belgrade to Bled / Complete ex-Yugoslavia

Tour

Countries:Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia & Slovenia

Duration:23 nights/24 days

Pace/Style:Moderate/Adventure

Group Size:4 - 16

Tour Code:YUGO

Combination Tour:Best of the Balkans = Balkans Adventure + Croatia & Slovenia

Transport:Private minibus, 1 small tourist boat, 1 ferry, 2 catamarans, 1 train, on foot

Age:Minimum 12 years – no maximum*

*Providing guest can obtain travel insurance and in certain cases an additional medical form signed by a doctor.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

On this tour we’ll visit every country which made up Yugoslavia and discover how they were shaped by a rich, yet turbulent history.

Meaning 'land of the south Slavs,' Yugoslavia existed between 1918 and 2003, made up of the six Socialist Republics of SR Bosnia & Herzegovina, SR Croatia, SR Macedonia, SR Montenegro, SR Slovenia and SR Serbia and two Socialist Autonomous Provinces (Vojvodina and Kosovo).

If you wish, you can learn more about the history and collapse of Yugoslavia, swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and travel through some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe.

And if every country in the former Yugoslavia wasn’t enough, we’ve thrown Albania into the mix too! Step back in time into ‘The Land of the Eagles,’ once one of the most closed off places in the world.

TOUR DATES & PRICES

Wednesday 25 September – Friday 18 October 2019£3,780
Single supplement £515
Discounts are possible for larger groups.

This can be taken as a private tour at a time to suit you…

AT A GLANCE

INCLUDED

Return airport transfers

All accommodation

All transport

19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Tour Leader to accompany group

Local Guides (as listed)

Excursions/sightseeing (as listed)

100% Financial Protection

EXCLUDED

Flights (unless specified)

Travel insurance (compulsory)

Meals not listed

Drinks

Single room

Optional excursions

Spending money

Visa and passport fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ex-Yugoslavian Capital, Belgrade
  • Sausage and carpet shopping in Pirot
  • Skopje Old Bazaar
  • Stunning Lake Ohrid (UNESCO)
  • Ottoman City of Berat (UNESCO)
  • Fortified City of Kotor (UNESCO)
  • Drive through Piva Canyon
  • Sarajevo, ‘the Jerusalem of Europe’
  • Historic Počtelj (UNESCO)
  • Dervish House, Blagaj
  • Mostar Bridge & Old Town (UNESCO)
  • Fortified City of Dubrovnik (UNESCO)
  • Moreška Sword Dance
  • Old Town of Korčula
  • Free time to discover Hvar
  • Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO)
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO)
  • Fairytale Lake Bled
  • Excursion into Soča Valley, Julian Alps
  • Wine Tasting in Goriška Brda

QUICK ITINERARY

1 Belgrade Arrival, welcome meeting and group dinner. D

2 Belgrade Free day. Sail down the Danube or enter Tito's military bunker on an underground tour. Free walking tour available. B

3 Belgrade/Niš Tour of Red Cross Concentration Camp. Free afternoon. Optional winery tour. B

4 Niš/Pirot/Niš Visit Skull Tower. Sample delicious local sausage or shop for traditional Serbian carpets in Pirot. Late lunch in Jelašnica. B, L

5 Niš/Kuršumlija/Prizren See peculiar rock formations at Đavolja Varoš. Guided city tour of Prizren, Kosovo’s second city. B

6 Prizren/Skopje Drive through picturesque Shar Mountain National Park, stopping for photos and local produce along the way. Enjoy the evening in colourful Macedonia Square. B

7 Skopje/Ohrid Morning in Stara Čaršija. Free walking tour available. Drive to Ohrid. B

8 Ohrid Free day. Take a boat to Sveti Naum, hike in Galičica National Park or relax by the lake. B

9 Ohrid/Berat/Kruja Guided tour of Berat Castle and historic quarters. Traditional Albanian lunch. Continue to the mountain town of Kruja. B, L

10 Kruja/Kotor Walk around the old fortress, restored bazaar or Skanderbeg's Museum. Beautiful drive along the Montenegrin coast to the Bay of Kotor. B

11 Kotor Free day. Visit the Old Town, climb to the top of the old fortress for amazing views or take a dip in the bay!

12 Kotor/Plužine/Sarajevo Scenic mountain drive to an Etno Selo for lunch by the Piva River. Continue across the Mratinje Dam into Bosnia. L

13 Sarajevo Free day. Explore Baščaršija or join the 'Tunnel of Life' tour where you'll also see the bobsled track from the 1984 Winter Olympics! Free walking tour available. B

14 Sarajevo/Mostar/Cavtat Guided tour of Mostar and its iconic bridge, entry into Blagaj Tekke (Dervish House), fish lunch and a visit to the beautiful medieval town of Počitelj. B, L

15 Cavtat Scenic boat ride into Dubrovnik Old Town. Walk/cycle amongst the pretty streets of Cavtat. B

16 Cavtat/Korčula Scenic drive and short ferry journey to the island. Free afternoon to cycle through local vineyards, climb the bell tower of Sveti Marko Cathedral for spectacular 360 views or watch a traditional dance. B, D

17 Korčula/Hvar Catamaran to Hvar Island. Free day to sightsee or relax in the square. B

18 Hvar Free day. Join an excursion by boat, a Jeep Safari, relax on the beach or discover the island on foot.

19 Hvar/Split Catamaran to Split. Spend your afternoon inside Diocletian’s Palace, sipping a cold drink on the promenade or walking to Marjan Hill.

20 Split/Plitvice/Zagreb Entry into Croatia’s premier tourist attraction – the magnificent 16 lakes of Plitvice National Park. Time for lunch. Continue to Zagreb, Croatia’s cosmopolitan capital. Sample the nightlife of this lively city. B

21 Zagreb Free day. Take the funicular to the Upper Town to visit Lotršćak Tower, St. Mark's Church and Kamenita Vrata or circumnavigate the city by tram. Free walking tour available. B

22 Zagreb/Bled Scenic train journey to Slovenia. Free afternoon around Lake Bled. B

23 Bled/Julian Alps/Bled Excursion (with a local guide) through the majestic Julian Alps, Soča Valley, Bovec and ending with a winery tour/tasting in Goriška Brda. B

24 Bled Departure day. B

B = Breakfast(19)

L = Lunch(4)

D = Dinner(2)

Alternative arrangements: while every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, political tensions in this area can heighten occasionally. If the Foreign Office advises against travel to a city or country we are to visit, we will not go. We also reserve the right to make alternative arrangements if we feel that any area we are to visit has become, or could potentially become, troublesome/violent. In this case we will arrange another activity in its place.

ACCOMMODATION

Day/sLocationAccommodation
1, 2Belgrade, Serbia4* Belgrade City Hotel
3, 4Nis, Serbia3* Hotel Sole
5Prizren, Kosovo4* Hotel Centrum
6Skopje, Macedonia3* Hotel De Koka
7, 8Ohrid, Macedonia3* Luccia Apartments
9Kruja, Albania4* Hotel Panorama
10, 11Kotor, Montenegro3* Apartments
12, 13Sarajevo, Bosnia3* Hotel Boutique 36
14, 15Cavtat, Croatia3* Villa Royal
16Korcula, Croatia4* Hotel Marco Polo
17, 18Hvar, Croatia3* Apartments
19Split, Croatia3* B & B Kastel
20, 21Zagreb, Croatia3* Hotel Jadran
22, 23Bled, Slovenia3* Hotel Astoria
24Bled, SloveniaDeparture
Pre/Post Tour RoomsTwin/DoubleSingle
Belgrade£60 (BB)£54 (BB)
Cavtat£120 (BB)£90 (BB)

Prices are per room, per night. BB = Buffet breakfast.

Hotels listed are a guide only and may change - before booking rooms in the joining hotel independently, please ensure it has not changed for your particular tour.

In Hvar we will be placed in rooms which may be situated in different locations around the square. We will try to accommodate friends/couples travelling together in the same house/block, although this can’t be guaranteed.

Post-Tour Suggestions

Ljubljana, Slovenia: Why not add a couple of post-tour nights in Slovenia’s charming capital? We can switch your transfer from Bled to central Ljubljana, book a hotel and offer sightseeing suggestions or tours.

Slovenian Coast: Piran / Koper – these towns are perfect for a little relaxation before heading home. We can organise a transfer, a guided tour of the area and accommodation in both.

Ask us for more details on the above, or anywhere else you have in mind!

We have chosen well-positioned, comfortable accommodation within a 10 – 15 minute walking distance of the main areas of interest. The majority are 3* hotels, some are 4*. Be aware that a 4* in some countries may not be of the same quality/standard as your own. Therefore, we class all accommodation as either 3* or 3*+. However, we have chosen what we consider to be the best option for location, cleanliness and facilities and not necessarily for décor or nice views i.e. a hotel by the sea will not necessarily mean you will have a sea view.

All hotels have air-conditioning/fans (with the exception of Hvar) and Wi-Fi. In almost all locations you will have a mini-bar (payable at check-out) or refrigerator, as well as a hairdryer and a TV with English channels. Some of the hotels do not have elevators but there will be someone on hand to help with your luggage.

All of our hotels are featured on www.tripadvisor.com – feel free to check them out!

Prices: on a twin share basis. If you are a single traveller and would be prepared to share a room with another guest of the same sex, the price will remain the same. If you would like your own space, we have single rooms available at an extra fee.

Hotel Restaurant/Meals: Please note that although hotels include breakfast it is sometimes not possible to have lunch or dinner. As you are travelling through new countries we realise you probably want to experience local cuisine, which is why your Tour Leader will organise or recommend a local restaurant/eatery in each location.

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