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Balkans Small Group Tour: Travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia

Balkans Explorer

BALKANS EXPLORER TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Kruja's fortress, museums and the old bazaar
  • Explore the museum city of Gjirokastra.
  • Visit Butrint, one of the world's archeological wonders
  • Marvel at ancient Apollonia which is among the finest archaeological sites of the Mediterranean
  • Visit Ohrid, one of the oldest human settlements in Europe and enjoy the gorgeous, peaceful ambiance.
  • A beautiful secenic drive through mountainous Kosovo with visits to monasteries and fortresses
  • Tour the Studenica Monastery; the crowning achievement of medieval culture and art in Serbia

Continue your fascinating in-depth exploration of the Balkans if you joined our Adriatic small group tour, or start your Balkans tourism experience with us in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  Our comprehensive tour of the Balkans visits extraordinary monasteries and churches, important monuments and historical sites, and quaint picturesque villages as well as places of immense natural beauty.  We travel throughout Albania with heritage influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Italians and Turks and then into Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia.

Want more of the Balkans? Join our Bulgaria tour to continue your adventure immediately after you finish the Balkans Explorer tour or sign up to enjoy our Adriatic tour prior to the Balkans Explorer tour.

Your tour of this amazing region of Southeastern Europe will be an enjoyable cultural experience long remembered.

Manasija Church on the Balkans Explorer Small Group Tour
Manasija Church, Serbia

Day 1: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Arrival in the afternoon and a walking tour of the historic old town of Sarajevo.

Day 2: Sarajevo
Visit to the War Tunnel (the tunnel of hope) - the tunnel that connected the Sarajevo Airport with the suburb of the town beneath the occupied territory.  The 20 metres (66 ft) of tunnel that are left today now form part of a museum.

Day 3: Mostar
A short drive to the magical town of Mostar for a guided walking tour with highlights such as the Stari Most (a reconstructed 16th century Ottoman bridge that gave the town its name), enjoy free time to wander and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Day 4: Kotor, Montenegro
Continuing along the gorgeous Adriatic Coast, our knowledgable guide takes you on a walking tour of Kotor, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 5: Budva
A guided walking tour of old town Budva (often referred to as the capital of Montenegro tourism) and an independent evening.

Day 6: Shkodra-Kruja-Tirana, Albania
En-route to Tirana, visit historic Shkodra and the fortress of Kruja, the Skanderbeg and other Ethnographic Museums and the old bazaar full of local handicrafts. 

Day 7: Durres -Berat
This morning we tour the capital, including Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower and the National Historic Museum.

Then after a short drive to Durres, our Balkans tour group visits the Amphitheater and the excellent Archeological Museum.

We continue to the old town of Berat, a UNESCO world heritage listed site and one of Albania's most attractive traditional towns. On arrival, a guided tour including the wonderful citadel where people continue to live, and visit the Onufri Museum. Enjoy spectacular views and observe everyday life.

Day 8-9: Saranda
Travel to the ancient city of Apollonia, founded in 558 BC by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. This was a very important learning center at the height of the Roman empire, with Octavian himself having finished his studies here. Continue to Vlora where important events in the struggles for Albanian freedom and independence have taken place. Then drive along the Albanian Riviera toward the coastal town of Saranda with stops at several coastal villages. On the 2nd day, an excursion to the World Heritage site of Butrint, Albania's most important archaeological site.

Day 10: Saranda - Gjirokastra
We explore Gjirokastra, a museum city and UNESCO world heritage site, with its pre-Ottoman citadel.

Day 11 Korca 
In Korca visit the Museum of Medieval Arts and the Mosque of Mirahori (built in 1469 and one of the oldest in the country).

Day 12 Voskopoja - Pogradec - Ohrid
Visit fascinating Voskopoja, one of the most important towns in the European part of the Ottoman empire. Enjoy Pogradec on the shores of Lake Ohrid and the traditional village of Tushemisht. A short drive to cross the border into Macedonia.

Day 13: Ohrid, Macedonia
Wow-gorgeous Ohrid! We enjoy a guided walking tour, visit local museums, see the best of the many churches and monasteries and then a short boat ride on Lake Ohrid. 

Day 14-15: Skopje
A scenic journey through mountains with a view of the National Park of Mavrovo, to reach the monastery complex of St. Jovan Bigorski. The monastery complex is located in the beautiful valley of the Radika River among villages, surrounded by Bistra Mountain, lying above sea level of 740 meters. Sv. Jovan Bigorski (St. John Bigorski) Monastery is dedicated to Sv. Jovan Krstitel (Saint John the Baptist) and is known for its iconostasis, the most beautiful one in Macedonia.

Continue to Skopje. On the 2nd day we have a morning tour to explore the historic town of Skopje. The afternoon is independent.

Day 16: Prizren-Pec, Kosovo
Visit Prizren and enjoy extraordinary UNESCO sites: Patriarchate of Pec and Monastery Visoki Decani with its precious iconography.

Day 17: Novi Pazar, Serbia
Journey to Novi Pazar, capital of the Southern area of Serbia called Sandzak.

Day 18: Kopaonik - Zlatibor
A scenic drive along the valley of the River Ibar to the top of the mountain takes our small group tour to Kopaonik, a national park of unparalleled beauty. Visit the outstanding UNESCO world heritage listed Studenica Monastery before journeying to Mount Zlatibor.

Day 19-21: Belgrade
full days touring Belgrade, capital of Serbia since 1403.

Day 22: Belgrade - Depart

 

Trip Details

BALKANS TOUR - TRIP LENGTH
22-day trip begins in Sarajevo, Bosnia and ends in Belgrade, Serbia.
2017 DATES
May 27-June 17
September 10-Oct 1
2018 DATES (23 Days)
May 31-June 22
September 9-Oct 1
LAND COST 2017
From $5390 June
$5495 September
ACCOMMODATIONS
3/4-star, 5 star and boutique hotels
GROUP SIZE
6-12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners
 

Extend Your Trip

Historic Villages of the Adriatic
Pre-Tour Module
Timeless Charms of Bulgaria

Trip Preparations

Suggested Reading:
Balkans Tour Review     - International Travel News (ITN)
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