The Spirit of Balkans Tour - 10 days/9 nights

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MONTENEGRO + BOSNIA HERCEGOVINA + DUBROVNIK TOUR 

Special trip through two Balkan countries, enriched with the beauties of Adriatic coast; HB based in double/twin room. 
Traveling through the Adriatic coast combined with Montenegro coast and Bosnia and Herzegovina; the famous writer A. den Doolaard, named those countries ‘The happy countries hidden behind gods back’. It’s not just the imposing mountains and numerous coast villages making this journey unforgettable, but also the whole experience enriched with the history, mix of population and culutures and various local specialties and hospitality are giving special feeling for this journey.We like to call this tour where the West meet the East and its past...


Some of  main sights...

Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks or Madonna dello Scarpello) is an artificial island in Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, it is one of two islands (the other is Sveti Djordje off the coast of Perast). The island was created as a result of the sinking of old ancient ships and sometimes from recovered ships loaded with rocks. Even these days, during the celebration of fašinada on July 22, rocks thrown into the sea. On
the island Gospa od Škrpjela there is the church Gospa od Škrpjela (Church of Our Lady of the Rocks). The first known church on this island was built in 1452, and todays one in 1632, and later on it was improved in 1722.

Mostar was for centuries a meeting place of two different cultures - Western and Eastern - and two different religions - Christianity and Islam - so the city on the Neretva, with its architecture, its customs and way of life of its inhabitants, represent an interesting mix of these two cultures. The bridge over Neretva, which the city its name owes, the old market, the mosques and the promenade in the old town of Mostar offer you the opportunity to discover the charms of the East!

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Day 1. Arrival 

Arrival at Tivat, Podgorica or Dubrovnik airport, driving to Igalo, check in and accommodation in Hotel Palmon Bay and Spa. Dinner and overnight.


Day 2 :  Kotor, Kotor City, Perast 

After the breakfast we make visit to Kotor city which is recognized by UNESCO. This coastal city known for its well preserved Baroque style and many houses from marines’ officers recognized from the days of the famous marine school. The officers from the Great Russian emperor were trained in this school. The most important part of Perast is the church on the island “Gospa od Skrpelja”. Visit to the old town of Kotor with its 5km long walls, the cathedral Sv. Tripuna, the weapons square within the palace, theater of Napoleon, Clock Tower and the small market.


Day 3 : Mostar 

Today our journey continous to Mostar, on the ride we will enjoy in the views of southest part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Arrival in Mostar and accomodation in hotel City. Whole day we will be dicvoering the old city of Mostar, visit the old bridge build in 1566 which is recognozed by UNESCO. Exploring the small and tinny stone streets. Rest of the day, free for dicovering the beuties in Mostar. Dinner and overnight in hotel City.


Day 4 : Mostar, Medjugorje 

. These day is booked for visiting Medjugorje, mountain village that became famous in 1981 because some students visiting the city reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Since then this place is visited from more then 25 million tourist who believe in the story. With more the 1 million tourist per year, Medjugorje is the most visited place in Bosnia and Hertegovina. Tour in Medjugorje, late afternoon return we go back in Mostar. Dinner and overnight in Hotel City.


Day 5 : Sarajevo, Konjic 

. Our trip continuous along the river Neretva and with magnificent mountains in central Bosnia. On the way to Sarajevo we will make visit to the underground tunnel from Tito near the place Konjic, build as a military base by means of protection from Nuclear attack. This tunnel is build in the communist time, but the truth for its existence is discovered these days and it’s given as an opportunity for people to visit it. Because of its size and hidden location we will be led by some of the Bosnian officers from the Army. Later in the afternoon arrival in Sarajevo,accommodation in hotel Hercegovina, located in Ilidza neighborhood, near the springs of Bosnia river. Dinner and overnight.


Day 6:  Sarajevo

Tour in Sarajevo, the city where the world war started. Beside that we will visit the place where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Comprehensive explanation for the whole history and events which took place in Sarajevo. Dinner and overnight.


Day 7. Visoko, Mostar 

We continue to the place Visoko, small city located near Sarajevo, where we will visit Bosnian pyramids (entrance is optional , extra 5eruors). It is indicated that those pyramids exist more than 12.000 years and that are built from people that poses huge technology in infrastructure. It is also believed that Bosnian pyramids have healing powers as well. After the visit of the Pyramids we continue to Travnik and coming back to Mostar. Dinner and overnight.


Day 8:  Dubrovnik 

After breakfast, we continue the journey towards the Adriatic Coast and we will visit the smoothest part of Croatia,with the enchanting city of Dubrovnik.Stroll through the narrow streets and majestic walls of this beautiful city, which is a UNESCO protected heritage site,and even  a city appreciated all over the world for its unique architecture,history and unforgettable charme. After the lunch time  our local guide will share the  history of Dubrovnik.On Late afternoon we will move southwards to our Hotel in Montenegro. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.


Day 9:  Igalo, Budva 

Free day in Igalo to enjoy the beach, or optional tour to discover the beautiful summer resort town of  Budva with the ancient Old Town and Citadel.


Day 10 : Tivat,  Departure 

Breakfast and departure to airport Tivat, Podgorica or Dubrovnik.

 

Minimum number of guests : 15 

Highlights

The Tour included : 

  • 9 nights in double sharing room, in 4* Hotel 
  • breakfast and dinners included 
  • Local multilanguage speaking guide
  • All Transfers on comfortable A/C Bus 
  • Entrance ticket to Tito tunnel on day 4
  • Boat Trip Gospa od Skrplja on day 2
  • Guided tour of Mostar and Sarajevo
  • Guided tour of Kotor and Perast in Montenegro
  • Visit at the bosnian pyramids of Visoko 
  • Dubrovnik City Tour 
  • Assistance during the whole tour 
  • All what mentioned in itinerary 

Route

  1. Herceg Novi
  2. kotor
  3. mostar
  4. Medjugorje
  5. Konjic
  6. Sarajevo
  7. Visoko
  8. Dubrovnik
  9. Igalo