Balkan Discover - Albania and Montenegro
- 9 nights in a 3 or 4* hotel including breakfast
- 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- English speaking tour guide
- local guides in Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor
- local assistance
from 20 May 2017 to 29 May 2017
from 10 Jun 2017 to 19 Jun 2017
from 02 Sep 2017 to 11 Sep 2017
This trip begins with a 2-day visit to Albania where we visit: Tirana, the capital of Albania and Kruja the medieval chief-town. We continue to Kosovo where for another 2 days we visit the beautiful town of Prizren, the 14th-century church of Decani, and the Serbian Patriarchate in Peja.
The highlight of this tour is Sarajevo where we will stay for 2 nights. We will visit the Tunnel of Hope, drive through Sniper Alley and continue our guided walk through the old quarter Baščaršija.
The tour will take us the next day to Blagaj where we will visit the Dervish Tekke and to Mostar where we will visit the Old Town and Mostar Bridge.
In Dubrovnik, we will be guided through the main street and get a deep understanding of the Old Town. The last days of the tour are spent in Kotor, Budva and Cetinje, Montenegro before heading to Podgorica Airport.
What we like
- visiting Tirana
- the beauty of Kosovo’s Orthodox churches
- Sarajevo’s Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Architecture
- the guided walk through Dubrovnik Old Town
- the UNESCO City of Kotor
Day 1. Airport Transfer – Tirana
Private transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we go for a walk to visit the city centre. We will visit the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Ministerial Buildings, Mother Teresa Square and the former Communist Block.
Day 2. Tirana – Marikaj – Kruja – Rubik
Breakfast in Tirana. We start the day by visiting the National Museum and the city's landmarks: the Clock Tower, Mosque and Toptan castle. For lunch, we'll be the guest of a local family in the Marikaj village. After lunch, we travel to Kruja and visit Scanderbeg’s museum and castle. In the afternoon we check-in in our hotel in Rubik a small town in central Albania.
Day 3. Rubik – Prizren – Gjakova – Deçan – Peja (Kosovo)
Breakfast in Rubik. This morning we travel to Kosovo a region full of history and culture both for Albanians and Serbs. Prizren is well known for its beautiful mosques and preserved churches. During the Ottoman period was one of the most important centres of Kosovo. We continue travelling to Gjakova where we will have a walk through its old bazaar and lunch.
The bazaar of Gjakova is a beautiful example of Ottoman Architecture. Next, we travel to visit the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Decani protected by UNESCO. Visoki Dečani is one of the largest and best preserved medieval churches in the Balkan. It stores many frescos dating to the 14th century.
As we travel to Peja we visit the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchy as one of the most important religious objects of Serbia in Kosovo.
Day 4. Pejë (Kosovo) – Mojkovac – Dobrilovina – Žabljak
Breakfast in Peja. The journey continues through the mountainous areas of Kosovo on to Montenegro. We will make plenty of stops to enjoy the magnificent landscape of Montenegro. Lunch will be in a family house in Dobrilovina. Dobrilovina is known especially for river rafting. We'll also stop for some photos on Tara Bridge. Đurđevića Tara Bridge was built between 1937 and 1940 during the ex- Yugoslavia. It is 365 metres long and at the time of its completion, it was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe. Next, we reach Žabljak in the heart of Durmitor National Park
Day 5. Žabljak – Metaljka (Montenegro) Foca – Sarajevo. (Bosnia)
Breakfast in Žabljak. Today we travel to Sarajevo. On the way, we will make several stops to enjoy the scenery. Accommodation in the hotel and dinner in Sarajevo.
Day 6. Sarajevo
Breakfast in Sarajevo. Today we start the morning by visiting the Tunnel of Hope so important during the war. We continue our visit with the centre, Bashcarshija, Mosque, Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Saraj, Bezistani. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 7. Sarajevo – Mostar
Breakfast in Sarajevo. On the way to Mostar we visit Jablanica, a symbol of World War II for the ex-Yugoslavia partizans. Before lunch, we visit the Dervish House and the sources of river Buna. In the afternoon, we head to Mostar where we visit the Catholic Church, the Old Bridge and the old town. The remainder of the day is at group leisure to enjoy. Accommodation in Mostar.
Day 8. Mostar – Metkovic – Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Kotor – Budva ( Montenegro)
After breakfast we head to Dubrovnik, we visit the small town of Počtelj. Next, through Metkovic we travel to Dubrovnik where we get the chance to visit the old town. Lunch will be in the old town. After lunch, we will have an hour guided tour showing us the main highlights of the old town. The remainder of the day is at group leisure to enjoy.
Day 9. Dubrovnik – Kotor – St. Stefan – Budva
Breakfast Dubrovnik. We travel afterwards to Kotor a world Heritage site known for its impressive views and picturesque Venetian architecture. Budva is one of the most attractive coastal cities of Montenegro and the old part of the city is the jewel in the crown. Lunch will be organised near Kotor. Dinner and accommodation in Budva (Montenegro)
Day 10. Budva – Podgorica
Breakfast Budva. We depart to Podgorica. On our way, we visit the Royal Capital of Montenegro: Cetinje. Our tour end at Podgorica Airport.