Balkan Discovery

$519/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 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, to the palaces of the Tsars in Sofia.

Duration
9 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Belgrade / Sofia
Departs on
Thursdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Belgrade
    Belgrade

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

  • Bitola
    Bitola

    Bitola is the second largest city in Macedonia and near the border with Greece.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sofia
    Sofia

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

  • 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

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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 6pm. After we get all the crucial information about the tour, we hit the roads for a driving tour of Belgrade and map out the fascinating landmarks. 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. After finishing the tour, we have an optional group dinner. Alternatively, you can rest up or explore the vibrant city.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting, Belgrade City tour
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner, Belgrade City tour
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Day 2: 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
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Day 3: Mostar, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Today, we make our way towards the amazing Adriatic shore, next stop 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. Have the guts to jump off the 20-metre-high bridge? Great for adrenaline junkies, you can take up the challenge following a quick training by the locals, and even earn a certificate to show for – but beware, this jump is no joke! 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, and after checking into our hotel, we make our way to the walled city of Dubrovnik. After discovering this amazing town and roaming the vibrant streets, we return to Trebinje.
  • Included Activities; Sarajevo City Tour, Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 4: Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Kick off the day with a delicious breakfast and put on your swimsuit, 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 Stari Grad (old town), 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 of Dubrovnik before a drink 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. A touristic attraction in its own right, we discover the gorgeous town and all its attractions including Sveti Stefan – a former fishing village with its untouched old town with narrow streets, shops and churches. Late in the afternoon we depart for Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro where we’ll stay overnight.
  • Included Activities; Dubrovnk City Tour, Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop 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 check into the hotel and rest up after a long day.
  • Included Activities; Panoramic City Tour of Tirana
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 6: Bitola, Tetovo, Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for Bitola. The group will explore the Turkish market, Bedestenot, Yeni Mosque, the Clock Tower and the wide alley and the military academy. Bitola stands at a critical junction connecting the Adriatic with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe, and has always been an administrative, cultural, commercial, and educational centre. As many European countries had consulates in Bitola, also commonly known as "The City of The Consuls" for centuries. In addition, we will visit Heraclea Lyncestis, an ancient Macedonian town with an important strategical position during the Hellenistic period. Continuing on with the journey, the 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 late evening hours, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Bitola and Tetovo Walking tours
  • 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.
  • Included Activities; Skopje walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 8: Sofia
Early in the morning we get up for breakfast and depart for Sofia. As we drive into town and learn about the Bulgarian lifestyle, we’ll join the walking tour of the 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.
  • Included Activities; Sofia walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 9: Sofia
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Sofia at 11.00am
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Price ($)

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

Accommodation

4 star hotels

Meals

8 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

B-HOTEL - BELGRADE


HOTEL EXLUISE - SARAYEVO


HOTEL LEOTAR - TREBINJE


HOTEL VERDE COMPLEX - PODGORICA


HOTEL AQUALINA - OHRID


HOTEL CONTINENTAL - SKOPJE


HOTEL FESTA - SOFIA


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