A Balkan Spectacular

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Wander through buzzing Ottoman-style old bazaars, roam ancient fortresses and enjoy an ever-changing landscape as you uncover history in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

At a glance


  • Kotor Bay Relax and take in the sweeping views of the bay on your drive to Kotor.
  • Skardarlija Enjoy dinner in Belgrade’s artsiest neighbourhood.
  • Kruja Wander around the city’s Ottoman-style Old Bazaar.
  • Tirana Enjoy a guided tour of Albania’s colourful capital.
  • Skull Tower Explore this fascinating stone structure embedded with human skulls.
A Balkan Spectacular

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Holiday great , food of good standard and great in...

22nd June 2017
Trusted Customer

Holiday great , food of good standard and great in three of hotels. The border crossing from dubrovnik to montenegro was longer than we anticipated. Tour guide and driver great , local guides good and knowlegable. Would recommend the holiday

Overview

Wander through buzzing Ottoman-style old bazaars, roam ancient fortresses and enjoy an ever-changing landscape as you uncover history in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 15 dinners

UK – Dubrovnik – Budva

Day
1

Fly to Dubrovnik and transfer to Budva in Montenegro for two nights. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel and perhaps acquaint yourself with this beautiful, buzzing seaside resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budva - Kotor - Budva

Day
2

Today, absorb the majesty of fjord-like Kotor Bay as you drive to Kotor, a walled UNESCO-listed town on the bayside. Take a walking tour of the marbled lanes and squares with their shops, cafes and fine 12th century cathedral, before following hairpin roads to the village of Njegusi. Enjoy sweeping views over Kotor Bay and sample some local delicacies at Montenegro's oldest restaurant, before visiting Cetinje, the country's old royal capital and returning to Budva.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budva - Kruja - Tirana

Day
3

Journey south to Bar, another postcard-pretty coastal town and see its Turkish baths, Roman aqueduct and other highlights before crossing into Albania. Pass through the ancient town of Shkroda and arrive in Kruja, a lovely hill town with a 5th century fortress. Discover the Ottoman-style Old Bazaar and explore inside the castle walls, visiting the museum to Albanian hero Skanderbeg, who fought the Ottomans here in 1450. Continue to Tirana, Albania's capital, for overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tirana - Ohrid

Day
4

Start today with a tour of colourful Tirana whose architecture recalls its Ottoman, Italian and communist past. Then, head for the fortress-topped town of Elbasan before entering Macedonia and travelling to Ohrid, set on Lake Ohrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ohrid - St Naum - Ohrid

Day
5

Today take a day trip to the lakeside, art-filled Byzantine monastery of St Naum. Afterwards, return to Ohrid for to tick through the highlights of this picturesque town including the Church of Sveti Jovan, Old Bazaar and medieval castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ohrid - Skopje

Day
6

Travel to Macedonia's capital, Skopje. Experience its beguiling Old Bazaar, Daud Pasha baths and other sights before staying overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skopje - Belgrade

Day
7

Travel to Serbia's capital of Belgrade, stopping en route at the eerie Skull Tower at Nis, decorated with the skulls of Serbian defenders who committed suicide rather than be captured by Turkish invaders in 1809. After an optional lunch in Nis, travel to Belgrade and dine out tonight in Skardarlija, a bohemian street packed with restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belgrade

Day
8

Discover bustling Belgrade today, charting its 7,000 year history on a morning sightseeing tour. View the main landmarks including Kalemegdan Fortress, Republic Square, the Old and New Palaces and Tito's Memorial, then spend the afternoon as you wish before dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belgrade - Visegrad - Sarajevo

Day
9

Head to Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina to see its famous bridge, immortalised in Ivo Andric's 1945 novel 'The Bridge on the Drina'. Hear about the book's story as you view the bridge and then continue to Sarajevo for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sarajevo

Day
10

The cultural, historical and religious patchwork of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital awaits today. Once riddled with bullet holes after the war of the 1990s, Sarajevo's historic centre is now fully restored and boasts an eclectic mix of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture. Take in signature sights including the Husrev-beg Mosque, Olympic stadium, Turkish bazaar and more this morning, before enjoying this afternoon and evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sarajevo - Mostar - Split

Day
11

Today shines the spotlight on beautiful Mostar. Visit this fascinating city and admire its iconic, stone-built Old Bridge, first erected in 1565, and charming Turkish House. Afterwards, call at the pretty hillside town of Pocitelj to view its mosque, tower and citadel before continuing on to Split for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Split - Trogir - Split

Day
12

Croatia's second-largest city, Split boasts historical treasures galore, including its showstopper - the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace. Wander around the lanes and relics of this stunning imperial palace-fortress built by Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Following free time, set off this afternoon to visit the charming walled town of Trogir.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Split - Dubrovnik

Day
13

Today journey to Dubrovnik, stopping on route at Ston, whose thick medieval walls trail up into the surrounding hillsides. Visit the town and after time for lunch, continue to the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', enchanting Dubrovnik, where you stay near the Old Town for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dubrovnik

Day
14

Built on maritime trade, Dubrovnik rivalled Venice in wealth during the Middle Ages and is now the jewel in Croatia's sightseeing crown. This morning, explore the walled Old Town with a guide, seeing the exquisite Franciscan Monastery with its old pharmacy, and more. Afterwards, enjoy free time for lunch at one of the tempting restaurants and spend the afternoon as you please.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dubrovnik – UK

Day
15

Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or an alternative of a similar standard.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Kotor – Sentido Tara
  • Tirana – Doro City
  • Ohrid – Hotel Granit
  • Skopje – Hotel Karpos
  • Belgrade – Hotel Queens Astoria
  • Sarajevo – Hotel Bosnia
  • Split – Hotel President
  • Dubrovnik – Hotel Kompas

Why book with us?