Balkan Discovery

from $615/per person

Join us on this fascinating Balkan discovery to witness the living history; share a cup of tea with the lively and passionate people; fall in awe against the magnificent mountain range and crystal mirror-like lakes; and soak in the massive history that shaped the future of Europe. This Balkans tour takes you through all the highlights from palaces of the Tsars in Sofia and charming Belgrade to the pearl of Adriatic, Dubrovnik, the pretty Montenegrin villages and Albanian towns, via the heart of stunning Macedonia and home of Alexander…

Duration
10 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Sofia / Sofia
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
35-40 Pax

Sight Visited

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sofia
    Sofia

    Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria.ıt has rich history from Roman and Ottoman Empires.

  • Trebinje
    Trebinje

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

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Sofia
Welcome to Sofia! Look out for the Travel Talk sign at the 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 go for optional group dinner.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Sofia, Belgrade
After a substantial breakfast, we  we make our way to Belgrade.With impressive views over the Danube and Sava rivers, the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together form the heart of the capital, hosting all sorts of cultural and sporting events for generations. 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. We will get to see the impressive sights of the Republica and Castle Square, Istanbul Gate and the Clock Tower, pass through the Leopold or Dungeon door, and visit all the other incredible landmarks Belgrade has in store.
  • Included Activities; Guided Belgrade City Tour,
  • Meals; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Belgrade, Sarajevo
After a substantial breakfast, we hop on the bus for 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. The walking tour 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.  
  • Included Activities; Sarajevo City Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Sarajevo, Mostar,Trebinje
Today, we drive for 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; Mostar Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Get ready for a full day Dubrovnik! After the 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 swim or drink around Dubrovnik, shore of Adriatic Sea to cool off. In the evening, we return to Trebinje for overnight.  
  • Included Activities; Guided Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
6
Day 6: Trebinje, Kotor, Budva
After the breakfast, we leave Bosnia and Herzegovina and our first 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.  
  • Included Activities; Guided Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
7
Day 7: Budva, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop is Albania! . 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
8
Day 8: Ohrid, St.Naum, Skopje
Today, we start the day with  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, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Guided Ohrid City Tour, St.Naum visit
  • Meals; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Skopje, Sofia
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 drive for Sofia for overnight stay.  
  • Included Activities; Skopje Guided City tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
10
Day 10: Sofia
Early in the morning, we’ll join the walking tour of the Sofia town centre and visit all the famous landmarks. We start off with the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, and continue on to The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre and St. Sofia Church. Along the way is Sofia's oldest building - St George Rotunda, dating all the way back to the 3rd century. As our guide fills you in about the diverse history of Bulgaria, and the communist era, you’ll get to see the houses of the Council of Ministers, presidency and the former communist party headquarters. Then rewind a few centuries at the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika from the 6th century, and visit the National Palace of Culture. As we stroll towards the main shopping streets of Sofia, feel free to get lost and discover the shops and cafes around. You are free to roam the city as you wish. After the city tour, our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends...  
  • Included Activities; Sofia walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Price ($)

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

Accommodation

4 star hotels

Meals

9 breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Airport Transfer

From Sofia 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

HOTEL VEGA - SOFIA


ABBA HOTEL - BELGRADE


HOTEL EXCLUSIVE - SARAJEVO


HOTEL CENTRAL PARK - TREBINJE


BUDVA HOTEL


To be advised.

HOTEL PARK GOLDEN VIEW - OHRID


HOTEL AURA - OHRID


HOTEL PANORAMIKA DESIGN - SKOPJE


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