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Duration: 15 days

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Accommodation with breakfast

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Ex-Yugoslavia Tour
 

DAYS 1 and 2: ZAGREB

Arrival at one of the airports in the region. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in Zagreb. The following morning breakfast and guided visit of the city of Zagreb, the Croatian capital and its biggest city.

It is a very modern city, but at the same time it also features a charming medieval old town with beautiful architecture. The city centre is divided in two parts. The first is Upper Town (Gornji Grad) where you can visit the Presidential Palace, the iconic church of Saint Mark, the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) and many museums and galleries.

The other part, called Lower Town (Donji Grad) is the liveliest where we will see shops, parks and theatres and where we will have lunch in one of the restaurants with local cuisine. We will walk to the city’s most famous square dedicated to Ban Jelačić and visit the Mimara Museum, one of the city's art museums. Accommodation.


DAY 3: BELGRADE

Visit of the capital of Serbia that was also the capital of former Yugoslavia. After breakfast we will start the tour by visiting the Mausoleum of Josip Broz, known worldwide as Marshal Tito, who was the Head of the State in former Yugoslavia from the end of the Second World War until his death in the year 1980. We will able to see the outside of the Marakana stadium, where Belgrade’s Red Star (Crvena zvezda) plays its matches. We will then continue the Temple of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. We will pass by the Church of Saint Mark, the National Parliament of Serbia and the Republic Square (Trg republike). We will walk along the Knez Mihailo street, one of the most beautiful pedestrian streets in the Balkans, until we reach the Kalemegdan park and fortress. From there we will observe the mighty walls and a beautiful view of the confluence of the Danube (Dunav) and Sava rivers. Free time for enjoying the city. We recommend a boat trip on rivers that surround the city. Accommodation.


DAY 4: MANASIJA MONASTERY - NIS - SKOPJE

After breakfast we will depart for the Monastery of Manasija, which is located in a picturesque forest landscape. The fortress adjacent to the monastery dates from the fifteenth century and is surrounded by mighty walls with eleven towers that served to defend against Ottoman threats. We will proceed towards Niš, one of the oldest cities in Europe. There we will have free time to visit the old town and have lunch in one of the typical restaurants. We will then continue to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. Lodging and free time. 


DAY 5: SKOPJE - OHRID

After breakfast we will depart for the Monastery of Manasija, which is located in a picturesque forest landscape. The fortress adjacent to the monastery dates from the fifteenth century and is surrounded by mighty walls with eleven towers that served to defend against Ottoman threats. We will proceed towards Niš, one of the oldest cities in Europe. There we will have free time to visit the old town and have lunch in one of the typical restaurants. We will then continue to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. Lodging and free time.  


DAY 6: OHRID 

Después del desayuno pasaremos todo el día recorriendo Ohrid y sus alrededores. La ciudad es famosa por su rico patrimonio cultural y está protegida por la UNESCO. Desde el puerto caminaremos hasta la Iglesia de Santa Sofia del siglo XI, uno de los monumentos más importantes de la arquitectura bizantina en el territorio macedonio. A continuación, subiremos a la Fortaleza de Samuel. Luego veremos las iglesias de San Juan Kaneo y San Clemente. Por la tarde tomaremos un barco por el lago e iremos 30 kilómetros al sur de Ohrid para visitar el Monasterio de San Naum. Regreso en barco y alojamiento. 


DIA 7: TIRANA

Por la mañana visita guiada por la capital de Albania. La ciudad de Tirana tiene una mezcla de arquitectura otomana, socialista y moderna y se formó alrededor de la Plaza Skanderbeg. Visitaremos el Museo Nacional que muestra toda la historia albanesa desde los ilirios hasta el período del comunismo. Pasaremos por el mercado central, el monumento a la Madre Teresa y la pintoresca mezquita Et’hem Bey, famosa por su rica decoración interior. Por último, podremos visitar uno de los museos más especiales del mundo, el museo BunkArt 1 que está compuesto de un bunker antinuclear y un sistema subterráneo de 5 pisos, construido por el gobierno comunista. Alojamiento. 


DAY 8: KOTOR - BUDVA

Breakfast and departure to the beautiful country of Montenegro. The first stop will be in Kotor, a city located in one of the most beautiful bays of the Adriatic Sea. The city was part of the Republic of Venice when it reached the peak of its splendour. The medieval architecture and numerous historical monuments in the old town have led the city to become the part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will continue the trip to Budva, one of the most touristic cities of Montenegro, where we will visit its walled centre. Accommodation.


DAY 9: KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

Breakfast. Guided tour of Dubrovnik, a city that has hardly changed since medieval times and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was one of the smallest, but at the same time also one of the most important states in the Mediterranean that contributed to a very rich history of the city reflecting itself at every step.

You will be able to visit the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in the world, as well as climb intact old town walls that provide an incredible journey of 1,940 meters around the city, which bears the title "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is like no other in the world.  Accommodation in Dubrovnik.


DAY 10: DUBROVNIK

Following the breakfast free day for enjoying the city of Dubrovnik. We also recommend a boat trip to the Elaphite Islands, which are scattered like pearls in the sea. Also called Deer islands because they used to be the habitat of this noble wild animal, these islands literally summarize the quality of the Mediterranean, where the subtropical vegetation appears with huge forests of pine and olive trees and is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. Accommodation in Dubrovnik.


DAY 11: MEDJUGORJE – MOSTAR- SARAJEVO

After breakfast we will get acquainted with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first visit will be to the Medjugorje pilgrimage centre, which became famous due to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1981. Free time. Along the way we will make a photo stop in the small, yet beautiful medieval village Počitelj. We will continue our journey towards Mostar to discover this interesting city. We will see Stari Most, a majestic stone bridge between medieval towers, magnificently reconstructed to once again become a symbol of the cultural and ethnic identity of the Bosnians. Free time to stroll along the lively Kujundžiluk Street, to visit different shops, cafes and to see the house of Muslibegović, one of the best preserved buildings of the Ottoman heritage. Onward journey to Sarajevo and lodging.


DAY 12: SARAJEVO

Breakfast. Sarajevo is the capital and the biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will start the day in the outskirts of the city, where we will visit the famous Sarajevo tunnel, built in 1993 during the siege of the city in the Balkan war. We will then continue to the historic centre along the Miljacka river. We will visit the place where in 1914 Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince. We will continue to the picturesque old town, called Baščaršija, and its surroundings where we will witness the cultural fusion of four religions.  We will see the exterior of the Catholic Cathedral and the Orthodox Church from the late nineteenth century. Not far away is the synagogue of the Sepharadians, Jews, who were expelled from Spain and then settled there. We will visit the Museum of the Jews. Finally, we will enter the courtyard of the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, one of the most beautiful monuments of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans. Don’t leave Sarajevo without tasting the typical food of the region: čevapčići and burek, and then have a delicious Bosnian coffee, served in typical coffee pots. Accommodation in Sarajevo. 


DIA 13: SPLIT

Breakfast. Guided visit of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. When in year 305 the Roman emperor Diocletian, who then had almost the whole world under his rule, had to decide where to build his country villa to spend the rest of his life there, he had no doubts where that should be: in this special place of the Adriatic.

The old town is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You may want to (optionally) enter the cellars of Diocletian's Palace that originally served as his retirement home. You will see the exterior of the Temple of Jupiter as well as of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (locally called Duje), which was, by the ironic game of fate, previously the mausoleum of the last great persecutor of Christians. Free time for enjoying this exceptional place on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.


DAYS 14 and 15: PLITVICE - ZAGREB

Breakfast. Departure to Plitvice Lakes, a Croatian national park on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park embraces 16 small lakes divided into upper and lower lakes, separated by 130 metres of altitude difference and connected with 92 waterfalls and numerous streams. We will visit the park by walking on dedicated paths and partly also by boat. In the park you can enjoy the crystal clear water, lush forests and very rich flora and fauna. Accommodation in Zagreb. The last day will begin with the breakfast and, depending on the time of the return flight, there will be free time until the transfer to the airport for the return flight. End of the trip. 


 

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers between the airport and the hotel (the first and the last day of the tour).
  • Transfers in modern cars / vans / minibuses
  • Professional guide-driver service in English
  • Specified visits
  • Hotel taxes
  • Accommodation in 3 * or 4 * hotels with breakfast

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Air ticket

 


 

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