Best of Balkans

from $719/per person

Embark on this unforgettable tour of the best of the Balkans. Kicking it off at the Serbian capital, make your way through Bosnia and Herzegovina, and besiege the walls of Dubrovnik before cliff-jumping into the sapphire waters of the Adriatic. Dry off on the way to spectacular Montenegro, passing by its soul-stirring mountain backdrop and the spectacular coastline to be welcomed by its warm and lively people. Visit the home of Alexander the Great, Macedonia, and uncover its unspoken natural beauty and impressive history in this Balkans tour.

8 Day
Starts in / Ends in
Belgrade / Sofia
Departs on
Hotel Rating
4 Star
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Belgrade

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

  • Bitola

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

  • Budva

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

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

  • Mostar

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

  • Ohrid

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

  • Podgorica

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

  • Sarajevo

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

  • Shkodra

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

  • Skopje

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

  • Sofia

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

  • Tirana

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

  • Trebinje

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


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
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
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? After a delicious lunch, we head off 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. 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 go for a social night out.
  • Included Activities: Sarajevo City Tour, Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Our next stop is Kotor, Montenegro with its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture rivaling the marvelous Dubrovnik old town. Before arriving into town, we stop by the charming Lake Perast with a church right at the centre of it, you can take an optional boat ride to the complex for the most amazing sceneries. Following a walking tour of the Kotor old town with our expert local guide, breath-taking views from the top of the walls and a finger-biting lunch, we make our way to the popular touristic hub of the region with sandy beaches and vibrant town, 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 have dinner and a comfortable stay overnight.
  • Included Activities: Dubrovnk City Tour, Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Optional Activities: Perast Lake Boat Ride
  • Meals: Breakfast
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. After some free time to discover the lovely streets, the journey will continue towards Macedonia. As we arrive in Ohrid, we check into the hotel and rest up after a long day. If you are feeling up for it, Ohrid's vibrant nightlife awaits.
  • Included Activities: Panoramic City Tour of Tirana
  • Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Tetovo, Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for a walking tour of the beautiful old town of Ohrid and walk up to the towering castle. If you wish, you can take an optional boat ride on lake Ohrid, one of the largest and oldest lakes of the world, and meet your group to start the walking tour. Afterwards we make our way to the charming springs and the monastery complex of Saint Nahum. After a dip in the sea and lunch, we depart for Tetovo for a quick panoramic tour of the town, visiting the impressive 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. We arrive in Skopje in the evening, the gorgeous capital of Macedonia.
  • Included Activities: Tetovo Panoramic tour
  • Optional Activities: Ohrid Lake boat ride, St. Nahum Monastery visit
  • Meals: Breakfast
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. You have free time in the afternoon to discover the city, or take the optional to see the naturally bless Canyon Matka just outside of the city.
  • Included Activities: Skopje walking tour
  • Optional Activities: Canyon Matka visit
  • Meals: Breakfast
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 discover the beauty of Sofia. We bid our farewells following the city tour. The tour ends around 4 pm, please book your departure flights accordingly.
  • Included Activities: Sofia walking tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
Price ($)
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The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:


4 star hotels


7 breakfasts


Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Airport Transfer

From Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (on day 1)


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







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