The Balkans Adventure Tour -13 days/12 nights from Skopje

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This journey explores the heart of former Yugoslavia. During the tour we will travel through Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro discovering their national parks and natural beauties, dramatic coastline and historical sites such as Skopje, Sarajevo, Mostar, and Dubrovnik… 

The tour starts in Skopje, capital of Macedonia and ends in Dubrovnik, the tour is suitable for couples, seniors, small groups of friends, and solo travelers. There a few short hiking to reach some interesting panoramic points, ethno villages, and religious sites. The tour is designed to give the customer the chance to enter in touch with local communities, know the traditions, history and culinary specialties of the countries visited along the journey. During the tour, you will have the chance to explore some less known sites off the beaten path trails..for the lovers of the authentic experiences!

13 days/12 nights Tour traveling through six fascinating Balkans countries, enriched by the visit of several UNESCO World Heritage sites!

 

Technical Skills: 2

Fitness Level: 2/3

Difficulty level: easy/medium 


Accommodation and Meals:

There is a balanced diversity of accommodations during this program and every place brings some specific charm. Most of the nights we stay in a 4* hotels, but also in a family run 3 * hotels with comfortable rooms with private facilities. One night we spend in unique 4* hotel Mecavnik in Kustendorf and one night in ethno village Latkovac. All hotels have restaurants with great choices of local specialties.
If you have some dietary restrictions we will be happy to adapt our menu to you. All breakfasts and dinners included in tour package will be served in the hotels' restaurants. Lunches included in the tour package are either lunch packets or picnic lunch.


Notes: 

The tour comes with 6  guaranteed departure dates without a minimum number of participants. 

The tour is available from April to November. 

Longer or shorter options are available on request

High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August)

 

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL SKOPJE AIRPORT 
Arrival at Skopje airport and transfer to the hotel. Guided city tour (depends on arrival time).

 

Night in 4 star hotel in Skopje.

Meals: /



DAY 2 - MATKA CANYON / NIS ( Macedonia) 
Transfer to the Matka Gorge (30min). Boat trip in the Matka canyon to the Vrelo Cave. 1h walking tour back to the restaurant in the Matka canyon. Ascend +30m/ descend-30m. Lunch in the Matka canyon restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to the town of Nis in Serbia (3 hours).

 

Night in 4 star hotel in Nis.

Meals included Breakfast, Lunch


 

DAY 3 - NIS CITY TOUR / LATKOVAC VILLAGE ( Serbia) 
Guided city tour of Nis in the morning. Birthplace of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, the city of Nis still embodies the combination of exotic East and elegant West. During the day you can visit its numerous museums and sites of great historical importance, like the Mediana archaeological site (remains of a luxurious Roman settlement), the Nis fortress (best preserved Ottoman fort in this part of the Balkans) or “Cele kula” (“The Skull tower“, a unique structure built by the order of the Ottoman Hursid pasha using the skulls of Serbian soldiers killed in the Battle of Cegar during the First Serbian uprising). The main street will take you to the monument to Stevan Sremac and Kalča, where you should definitely turn into the cobble street “Kazandzijsko sokace”, and stop for a coffee. Transfer to Latkovac village (120 km, 2h30). Dinner in ethno village Latkovac.

 

Night in ethno village Latkovac.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 4 - UVAC MEANDERS / SJENICA ( Serbia) 
In the morning, transfer to Sjenica (150 km, 3h30). Coffee and toilet break in the city.
Continue to our starting point for the boat trip. Boat trip lasts 1h30. Visit the Ice cave (20min) and see the nests of the griffon vultures. After the boat ride, we will have a walk to the viewpoint Molitva (1257m). Amazing viewpoint overlooking the meanders of the Uvac Lake and the griffon vultures. Walk back to the starting point. Transfer to the town of Sjenica.
Walk: 8 km (ascent 200m/ descent 250m)

 

Night in 3 star hotel in Sjenica.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



DAY 5 - SARGAN EIGHT / MOKRA GORA ( Serbia) 

After breakfast transfer to Mokra Gora (115 km, 2h), where we will ride the historic narrow gauge railway, Sargan Eight. Running from Mokra Gora to Sargan Vitasi, the line is part of the former track that once ran between Sarajevo and Belgrade, until it was closed in 1974. The section over the Sargan Pass has been renovated by the Serbian government to recapture something of its 1920s heyday and today represents the longest and one of the most beautiful sections of the old narrow gauge tracks that once crossed Europe. The name comes from the unusual figure of eight loop by which the train completes the 300 meters incline between the Mokra Gora Valley and the Sargan, a distance of some 3.5 kilometers. We’ll go the beautiful mountain setting of Kustendorff, a traditional village that was built by the international director Emir Kusturica for his film ‘Life is a Miracle’ and which today is home to an international film and music festival. This will be our place for the night.

 

Night in 4*hotel Mecavnik, Mokra Gora.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 6 - TARA NATIONAL PARK (Serbia) 
In the morning, we will have the transfer to Mitrovac (1h). Walk to Tepih Livada (Carpet Meadow) and Red stream. Continue walking to the viewpoint Banjska Stena (1065m) and back to Mitrovac. It is interesting loop tour with great views. The Tara national park, with its endlessly green and dense forests, vast meadows, lush pastures, mesmerizing lakes and breathtaking peaks, has all the attributes it needs to steal your heart away.
After the walk, we’ll have the transfer back to the hotel where you will have the opportunity to enjoy your free time.
Walk: 13 km (ascent 300m/descent 300m)

 

Night in hotel. Mecavnik (4*), Mokra Gora
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 7 - VISEGRAD / SARAJEVO 
Crossing over into Bosnia Herzegovina this morning we drive to Visegrad on the Drina River, site of the famous ‘Bridge over the Drina’ from the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Ivo Andrić. The bridge itself dates back to the time of the Ottoman Turks and has spanned the Drina since the latter years of the
16th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bridge has long been an iconic symbol of the region. From here we continue to Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina’s vibrant capital, a city famed for centuries of religious diversity and often called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’.
Afternoon guided tour of Sarajevo (2h).

 

Night in 4-star hotel in Sarajevo.
Meals included Breakfast, Dinner



DAY 8 - MOSTAR ( Bosnia Herzegovina)
Transfer to Mostar (1h45). On the way to Mostar, we will stop in Konjic and visit Tito's bunker. This shelter has devices and systems of communication that nobody knew they existed at the time! Up until the 1990s, this shelter was the biggest military secret. Tito's bunker or ARK, which stands for the Atomic War Command, was the biggest secret of former Yugoslavia.
Continue to Mostar after the visit. Set on the banks of the Neretva River, historic Mostar is the largest and most important city in the Herzegovina region. One of the most beautiful towns in the entire country, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is divided by the Neretva, with Croats on one side and Muslims on the other, reflecting its rich cultural heritage. Founded by the Turks during the 15th century and expanded by the Habsburgs 300 years later, the town and its historic old bridge (the Stari Most) were badly damaged during the Balkan conflict of the early 1990s. The old Ottoman bridge was rebuilt after the war, as was much of the old city and today it has been restored to its former glory. After a tour of the city, the rest of the day is free to explore this lovely old town at your leisure.

 

Night in local 4* guesthouse in Mostar.
Meals included Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 9 - TVRDOS MONASTERY / TREBINJE ( Bosnia Herzegovina) and KOTOR
Heading towards the Adriatic, our next stop on this fascinating journey is the town of Trebinje, in the south-eastern corner of Herzegovina (130 km, 2h20). Lying along the banks of the Trebišnjica River, just across the border from Dubrovnik, the town once commanded the road between Ragusa and Constantinople and its environs are scattered with old mills and bridges, including the attractive Ottoman Arsalangic Bridge that was built in the 16th century and is considered by many to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. On arriva, we will pay a visit to the charming 15th century Tvrdos Monastery, which is very famous for a wine and grape production. So, we will have a wine tasting in the Tvrdos Monastery. Later, we will transfer to Kotor (2h).

 

Night in 3* hotel in Kotor/ Dobrota/ Prcanj.
Meals included Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 10 KOTOR / KOTOR BAY (Montenegro)
Walk on the Kotor walls (2h long walking, +/- 300m). Free time in the Old Town of Kotor. AfternoOn optional boat trip into the Kotor Bay to Gospa od Skrpjela islets, Perast town and back to Kotor (price-150EUR for all group).

 

Night in 3* hotel in Kotor
Meals included Breakfast, Dinner


 

DAY 11 - HERCEG NOVI / DUBROVNIK
Today we transfer to Dubrovnik (Croatia). Before we set in Dubrovnik for the next 2 nights, we will stop in a charming coastal town of Herceg Novi. Explore the old town visit of the ancient Venetian fortress, the Michael's Archangel Orthodox Church and free time for lunch. Transfer to Dubrovnik (1h10).

 

Night in 3* or 4* hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals included Breakfast 


 

DAY - 12 DUBROVNIK  
Free day to explore Dubrovnik at your own pace. Regarded as one of the finest examples of a fortified Medieval town anywhere in the world, it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. The old city is a wonderful mix of monasteries, museums and red-tiled buildings that hark back to the glory days when it was one of Europe's greatest maritime cities. Fully restored to its former grandeur following the Siege of Dubrovnik (1991-92), the old Medieval town still exudes a unique atmosphere and charm. You can discover the majesty of its Pile Gate, the city's Dominican church, and the great Franciscan monastery, as well as the old port and the Rector's Palace. After the lunch you can continue exploring, perhaps taking a walk around the city walls to take in the views across the twisting alleyways and the glittering waters of the Adriatic.

 

Night in 3* or 4* hotel in Dubrovnik.
Meals included Breakfast, Dinner 


 

DAY 13 - DEPARTURE 
Transfer to the airport.
Meals included Breakfast 
 


 

Photo Gallery :

 

Uvac Meanders,Serbia ( cover photo) -  Skopje,Macedonia - Matka Canyon,Macedonia - Latkovac Ethno Village,Serbia - Nature in Balkans - Tara National Park,Serbia - Mokra Gora Village, Serbia - Sargan Eight, Serbia - Balkan Food - Visegrad bridge over Drina river,Bosnia Hercegovina - Sarajevo,Bosnia Herzegovina - Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina - Trvdos Monastery,Bosnia Herzegovina - Islets of Our lady of the Rocks,Montenegro - Kotor Ramparts,Montenegro - Herceg Novi,Montenegro - Dubrovnik,Croatia - Kotor Bay at sunset,Montenegro 

In evidenza

What's included : 

  • 12 lodgings at 4/3* Hotels, Ethno Villages
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch,10 dinners 
  • Full guiding service with English/German/French speaking guide 
  • Transfer service from the entire Tour 
  • Boat Ride in Matka Canyon
  • Entry Fee to Uvac Nature Reserve and Boat Ride
  • Ride on Historical train Sargan Eight 
  • Tara National Park entry fee 
  • Guided tour in Sarajevo
  • Tito's Buker entry fee 
  • Wine Tasting in Tvrdos Monastery 
  • Tickets for Kotor Walls and guided tour 

Itinerario

  1. Skopje
  2. Matka
  3. NI
  4. Latkovac
  5. Uvac
  6. Parco nazionale di Tara
  7. Višegrad
  8. Sarajevo
  9. Mostar
  10. Trebigne
  11. Cattaro
  12. HN
  13. Ragusa