All About Balkans

from $1418/per person

Join on a discovery of all the iconic cities and highlights of the Balkans – Skopje, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Tirana – from ever-popular and lively Croatian coast to the calming serenity and charm of Albania and Montenegro. A cultural adventure with a stunning natural beauty as a backdrop, encompassing the top highlights the Balkans have to offer, including mystical floating monasteries of Meteora; a bird’s nest of a wonder – home of the infamous Oracle of Delphi, and even the Acropolis overlooking a famous capital of the ancient world, Athens. This Balkans tour touches on many cultures that have existed in the Balkans at different times in its ancient history, and portrays their beautiful interaction to all keen travellers.

Duration
11 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Belgrade / Athens
Departs on
Thursdays
Hotel Rating
3 & 4 Star
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Belgrade
    Belgrade

    Belgrade is the capital and largest city of the southeast European country of Serbia.

  • Budva
    Budva

    Budva is a town in Montenegro and known for best nightlife on the Adriatic Sea.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik

    This complex is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe, but the lively streets show that there is more! Party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Kotor
    Kotor

    Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro and well-known for its World heritage medieval structures.

  • Mostar
    Mostar

    Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge).

  • Ohrid
    Ohrid

    Ohrid is a large town in Macedonia on the shore of Lake Ohrid and a UNESCO heritage site since 1980.

  • Podgorica
    Podgorica

    Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro and 63 km far from the Budva.

  • Sarajevo
    Sarajevo

    Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its main cultural, economic centre.

  • Shkodra
    Shkodra

    Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania and one of the oldest places in the Balkan peninsula.

  • Skopje
    Skopje

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of Macedonia and it lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Thessaloniki
    Thessaloniki

    Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and has a rich history from the Roman period.

  • Tirana
    Tirana

    Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania.It is also culturel and economical center of the country.

  • Trebinje
    Trebinje

    Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 28 km far from Dubrovnik.

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Belgrade
Welcome to Serbia! Look out for the Travel Talk sign at the Nikola Tesla Airport for your transfer to the hotel. We have an informal welcome meeting at the hotel with our guide at 19:00pm. After we get all the crucial information about the tour, around 20:15pm we take the bus to the city centre, where we’ll have a walking tour.We make our way towards the main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, one of the prettiest and most vibrant areas of Belgrade, filled with cafes, shops and charming sites. After visiting the incredible landmarks of Belgrade and having the optional group dinner you can either take the tour bus at 23:15pm to rest up or continue to explore the vibrant city.  
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting, Belgrade walking tour
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Belgrade, Sarajevo
After a substantial breakfast, we hop on the bus for the Belgrade guided city tour, and we make our way to Sarajevo; Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital. As one of the most historically interesting and diverse cities in Europe, Sarajevo has been through it all. It is where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where the people of the Roman Catholic’s, Eastern Orthodoxy’s and the Ottoman’s met, lived and warred. Today, Sarajevo has physically recovered from most of the damage caused by the Yugoslav War; but there are still many reminders with bullet holes on the buildings. Sarajevo is a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist, making it a delight to visit. After a walking tour, you’ll have free afternoon to visit and explore this fascinating city.  
  • Included Activities; Guided Belgrade City Tour, Sarajevo Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Sarajevo, Mostar,Trebinje
We’ll start our tour with Sarejevo tunnels visit and we’ll have Sarajevo city tour that will cover the fascinating history and background of Bosnia, as well as the old town - Bash Town, the Latin Quarter, Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque – one of the world’s finest examples of Balkan architecture with Islamic influences, and all the hidden corners, small shops and stalls. Before we hit the road for Mostar. Our next stop is the amazing Adriatic shore, Mostar!  As we arrive in this dreamland, we pay a visit to the Old Town of this Herzegovina pearl, see the iconic Old Bridge – Stari Most, and the old čaršija (market). Learn all about how the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Old Bridge, which is now called the "New Old Bridge" although it dates to the 16th century. While the beautiful old town has been restored to its former beauty, if you stroll outwards, you can still see the marks left by war. In the afternoon, we continue along the coast until we reach Trebinje, an 18th century town located 28km from Dubrovnik. Overnight in Trebinje.  
  • Included Activities; Sarajevo City Tour, Sarajevo Tunnels visit ( Entrance fee 5 Euro) Mostar Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Get ready for a long day with full of discovery! After the early breakfast we depart for Croatia. It’s time to discover the “Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik. With its well-preserved majestic walls encircling the whole town and its sea of terra-cotta roof tiles, giving life to the King’s Landing, the whole town is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. We start our guided walking tour of impressive Old Town and learn all about the millennial history of this incredible town with influences of the Romans, Byzantine, Ottomans and Venetians. We walk inside the mighty walls, visit the castle overlooking the port, and all the beautiful attractions and quick swim or drink around Dubrovnik, shore of Adriatic Sea to cool off. Our next stop is Kotor, Montenegro with its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture. Following a walking tour of the old town with our expert local guide, we make our way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. Later in the evening we depart for Podgorica and we’ll stay overnight.  
  • Included Activities; Guided Dubrovnk City Tour, Guided Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Podgorica, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop is Albania! On our way, we pass through Shkodra and its beautiful lake on the border, and continue to Tirana. A panoramic city tour of Tirana will embrace Ethem Bey Mosque, one of the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture; as well as the Clock Tower, and the Skanderbeg Square – the town centre, named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. Moving forward, the journey will continue towards Macedonia. As we arrive in Ohrid, we’ll check into the hotel and rest up after a long day or you can have an optional famous Balkan night.
  • Included Activities; Panoramic City Tour of Tirana, Ohrid Walking Tour
  • Optional Activities; Balkan Night with Dinner,
  • Meals; Breakfast
6
Day 6: Ohrid, St.Naum, Tetovo, Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for optional boat tour in impressive Ohrid Lake. Then, we will have a guided Ohrid City tour. In the afternoon, we drive for Monastery Saint Naum built on a high rocky cliff over the shore of the most southern point of Ohrid Lake. Monastery Saint Naum is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia, which also represents one of the first monuments of Slavic church architecture. You have also chance to swim in this place. After the visit of St.Naum,  our next stop will be Tetovo. Upon arrival, we embark on a tour of the city and visit the Arabati Baba Tekke and Sharena Dzamija (Painted Mosque). The impressive Painted Mosque was built in the year of 1459 on the foundation of an even older edifice. An example of early Constantinople style, the mosque is adorned with an elaborately painted facade and interior, making it unique. In the evening hours, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Guided Ohrid City Tour, St.Naum visit and Tetovo Walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
7
Day 7: Skopje
Eat up this morning as we then hit the streets to discover the beauty of Skopje in the morning with a sightseeing tour of the town. As we make our way to the main square along the popular Macedonia street and learn about the diverse history of the ancient settlement, we visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa – Skopje native and Noble Peace Prize winner; and reach Macedonia square. Look around closely as the square hosts many buildings and monuments representing the cultural heritage and history of Macedonia, including museums, sculptures, the famous statue of Alexander the Great, and even an Arch de Triumph. We make our way up to the outstanding Fortress Kale, overlooking the busy square at the heart of the capital, and continue towards the Old Bazaar passing over the famous Stone Bridge, and witness incredible churches and mosques along the way such as Mustafa Pasha Mosque, The church of St Spas (Holy Salvation), Chifte Amam and more. In the afternoon, we will also have a chance to join optional Matka Canyon Tour.  
  • Included Activities; Skopje Guided City tour
  • Optional Activities; Matka Canyon Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
8
Day 8: Skopje, Thessaloniki
Early in the morning we depart for Greece, and arrive in Thessaloniki in the afternoon. We start off with a driving tour around town and see the famous White Tower, and the main landmarks of the city such as the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli) and the City Walls – with a marvellous view of Thessaloniki. Your guide will provide you with all the information about Thessaloniki’s history, old and new, and give you the directions for all the attractions around town. We spend the night in the second largest Greek city, fancy an optional tavern night?
  • Included Activities; Thessaloniki city tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi
After breakfast, we depart for Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteora, famous for its breath-taking scenery and ageless monasteries, almost suspended between the earth and sky. The town hosts one of the largest and steepest complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, literally named as “middle of the sky”. The World Heritage-listed site is out-of-this-world with its unique landscape of immense monolithic pillars and huge rounded boulders, and one of the most visited locations in Greece. Each monastery has a central courtyard surrounded by chapels and living cells of monks, who have inhabited the region since the 11th century – for far less than the first inhabitants from 50,000 years ago. Later in the afternoon, we hop on the bus for Delphi.
  • Included Activities; Meteora tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 10: Delphi, Athens
Starting off with a hearty breakfast, we go out to discover Delphi and all its wonders. Built high atop the cliffs with spectacular scenery, the town made its name in ancient Greek mythology. Chosen as the centre of the earth, ancient Greeks built the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi – where the famous Oracles of Delphi resided. The priestesses gave advice to generations for more than a thousand years, and are commonly referred as the most powerful woman of the classical era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi had a tremendous influence in the ancient world, uniting many city-states under the Hellenic spirit, displayed in rich monuments built by many various Greek city-states. Delphi holds a monumental significance in history, and has a place in Hollywood for good reason. In the afternoon, we depart for Athens. As you get your bearings and all the information you need about the capital from your guide, we arrive at our hotel to freshen up before the optional group dinner. We finish it off Greek style, bring in the mezes, it’s time to do some Sirtaki!
  • Included Activities; Delphi tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 11: Athens
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Athens at 11.00am.
  • Meals; Breakfast
Last Update : 14.07.2018
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Thu 2 Aug 2018
$1418
Thu 16 Aug 2018
$1418
Thu 30 Aug 2018
$1418
Thu 13 Sep 2018
$1418

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

3 & 4 star hotels

Meals

10 breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Airport Transfer

From Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (on day 1)

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

ABBA HOTEL - BELGRADE


HOTEL EXCLUSIVE - SARAJEVO


SPA HOTEL TERME - SARAJEVO


HOTEL NAR - TREBINJE


HOTEL VIV - TREBINJE


HOTEL LEOTAR - TREBINJE


HOTEL HEC RESIDENCE - BUDVA


HOTEL VERDE COMPLEX - PODGORICA


HOTEL OASIS - PODGORICA


HOTEL AURA - OHRID


HOTEL PARK GOLDEN VIEW - OHRID


HOTEL FLAMENGO - OHRID


HOTEL PANORAMIKA DESIGN - SKOPJE


HOTEL BEST WESTERN - SKOPJE


VEGA HOTEL ROTONDA - THESSALONIKI


HERMES HOTEL - DELPHI


VARONOS HOTEL - DELPHI


BREEZE-BOUTIQUE - ATHENS


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