Private tour of the Balkans

Private tour of the Balkans

8 Days

Price from$3,350

• Belgrade • Bay of Kotor • Train journey from Belgrade > Bar • Lake Skadar & Lovcen • The Marubi Fototeka Collection in Shkoder • Dubrovnik

Visit Belgrade, one of the most happening cities in Europe. Catch a glimpse into its chaotic past where socialist blocks stand beside art nouveau masterpieces. You'll visit museums protecting the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. After Belgrade, visit Montenegro where you'll be fascinated by the history and extraordinary coastline with crystal-clear waters. Stroll the streets of ancient walled towns and dive into the history of a place split in two 1600 years ago by the Roman Empire. This land has sat on the borderline between east and west and it's turbulent past makes it all the more interesting. The richness of its cultural history can be seen in the ornate Catholic churches, mosaic floors of Roman villas, Orthodox monasteries and the sturdy fortresses built by numerous powers who have fought over these lands.

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Day 1: Arrival in Belgrade. Transfer to your hotel. After check in you will have free time for a city walk. While walking along the old bohemian quarter called Skadarlija feel the spirit of the town! Overnight in centrally located 4 star hotel in Belgrade.

Day 2: City tour Belgrade After breakfast our guide will lead you through the history of Belgrade. You will get to the core of the city, the Belgrade Fortress, as well as the largest green surface in Belgrade, Kalemegdan Park. Visit Temple of St. Sava, one of the largest orthodox temples in the world and learn a lot about the Serbian turbulent history. In the afternoon, enjoy a Sava river port boat cruise where you have a chance to enjoy the beauty of Belgrade's bridges, islands, fortresses. Transfer to your accommodation. Overnight in centrally located 4 star hotel in Belgrade.

Day 3: Spectacular panoramic train ride: Serbia - Montenegro After breakfast you will depart to the train station in Belgrade. Enjoy a spectacular train ride from Belgrade (Serbia) to Bar (Montenegro). This magnificent tour offers you amazing panoramic views, especially on the Montenegrin side. In the town of Kolasin, you will stop for a Montegerin snack typical of Northern Montenegro. From the town of Kolasin our train ride will continue to the town of Bar. Here is a chance for great photos while you pass the highest train bridge in Europe above Mala Rijeka. Overnight stay in 4 star hotel in town of Petrovac.

Day 4: Stari Bar (Old Bar), Stories of Old Montenegro & Boat cruise Skadar Lake We start our day with a visit to the ruins of Stari Bar, the old town of Bar, which was destroyed during the liberation war of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century. Some of the buildings were restored and give you an insight to the old montenegrin-ottoman architecture, including an aquaduct. In front of the walls of the old towns there is a nice small street, with restaurants and traditional shops. The rest of the day is dedicated to explore the National park Skadar lake. We cross the mountain range which divides Lake Skadar from the Adriatic Sea and arrive in Virpazar. Here we board a boat. The panoramic cruise begins here and while touring you will have a chance to admire the wildlife rich National Park Skadar Lake. Water birds, toads and lily pads are part of this amazing scenery. The boat trip ends at the historic settlement or Rijeka Crnojevica, locally known as the place where the first book in South Slavic language was printed. Enjoy a lunch in the tranquil atmosphere of this place while you walk through this romantic settlement located on the banks of the river. On the way you pass one of the most stunning viewpoints in Montenegro. Then by boat enjoy a vivid atmosphere in the tiny village of Virpazar. Before you continue back you have the opportunity to visit a small family winery. Taste the red wine from Montenegrin Vranac and our host will give you insight into the wine culture of Montenegro. Return to your 4 star hotel in Petrovac.

Day 5: Optional: Spirit of Montenegrin Orient & Albania: Old town of Ulcinj and Skadar After breakfast transfer to Ulcinj (60 km), the southernmost town of the former Yugoslavia where the majority of the population is Albanian. Explore with our guide the old town of Ulcinj which keeps the stories from periods of the Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottoman Empire. You will visit palaces, citadelas, mosques and orthodox churches. In "Slave Square" hear stories about pirates from Ulcinj who were trading in the 17th and 18th century black slaves from different African countries. Continue your way from the Old town of Ulcinj to town of Skoder in Albania. Here you will visit the public Marubi Fototeka Collection which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After this visit transfer to an ancient fortress dates back to the Illyrian times. This fortress sits on the top of a 130m high hill from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the town of Skadar and its surroundings. Rivers Drim and Bojana meet at the foot of this hill and flow as one river directly to the Adriatic Sea. Optional lunch in Shkoder. Return transfer to Petrovac. Overnight in a 4 star hotel in Petrovac.

Day 6: Old Royal Capital & Bay of Kotor Enjoy a tour to learn about the turbulent Montenegrin history and Royal family Petrovic which lead Montenegro to its first independence at the end of 19th century. In the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje, visit historic buildings and monasteries, churches from XV century and buildings of old embassies. Continue your journey via road where you will come to village Njegusi situated in National park Lovcen. There is a Mediterranean and Mountain climate here giving the perfect conditions for drying prosciutto and cheese. (Tasting of these products is included.) Our trip will continue from 1,400m to the sea level. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Boka Bay and the town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through Kotor and enjoy the atmosphere in narrow streets and small squares. Here, on every corner you will discover the city's fascinating past, and experience its distinct seafaring traditions which continue even today. Return to your 4 star hotel in Petrovac.

Day 7 Optional: A) Dubrovnik - The pearl of the Adriatic Explore the Old Town, known for its preserved history with medieval walls and fortress, narrow streets made of stone, churches and museums. We'll visit Rector's Palace, St. Blaise's Church, Cathedral, three large monasteries, the Custom's Office and City Hall, the oldest pharmacy in the south of Europe, and many other sights. Discover the history and stories of this beautiful town during a guided city tour. Later you have time to explore the narrow streets by yourself. In the late afternoon return to your 4 star hotel in Petrovac. Dinner in Petrovac.

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B) Old town of Trebinje This morning travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina to visit the old town of Trebinje. A guide will show you the most interesting parts, such as old fortresses and old stone Arslanagic bridge from the 16th century. Then enjoy a short sightseeing tour through the Old town to see the old clock tower, the urban core Kastel built in the 18th century, Osman pasa's mosque from the 18th century and city walls with cannons. Then out of the Old town walk through the tunnel gate to see the poets' square lined with 115-year-old plane trees, a green market, catholic cathedral and fountains with monuments. In the late afternoon return to your 4 star hotel in Petrovac. Dinner in Petrovac.

Day 8 Transfer to Podgorica Airport

• 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels • English speaking local guides • All transfers • Train ride Belgrade > Montenegro • Food tastings on days 4 & 6

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN

2017

1 Apr - 31 Oct

Optional excursions

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$3,350

$256

Departs

2017
Daily

Booking conditions

• Single prices on request. • Supplements may apply over National Holidays or other peak periods.

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