BALKAN TOUR

Day 1: BEOGRAD / SERBIA
Arrive in Beograd. Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Beograd

Day 2: BEOGRAD
After breakfast, a half day sightseeing of Belgrade. The Capital of Serbia is situated on the mouth of river Sava into Danube. We visit various city quarters, including New Belgrade on the left bank of the Sava River, the luxurious residential area of Dedinje and the picturesque Old town. Between these visits we will pass en route St. Sava Church, Slavija Square, Belgrade Palace, the ‘New Court’, City hall, the Federal Parliament, Terazije street, the National Theatre, the National Museum, University and more. A highlight of the tour is our brief visit to the archaeological and historical site of Belgrade Fortress. Situated at Kalemegdan, the remains of the old city’s fortifi cations from the 1st to the 18th centuries overlook a spectacular panoramic view of the Sava and Danube confl uence.
Dinner and overnight in Belgrade.

Day 3: BEOGRAD – ZICA – STUDENICA  – VRNJACKA BANJA  (310 km)
After breakfast, travel to Krusevac. Krusevac was founded in late 14th century as the capitally city of Prince Lazar’s Serbia, and soon became its military, cultural and economical center.
Continue to Vrnjacka Banja, famous Serbian spa and tourist destination. On way to Vrnjacka Banja visit of Monastery Zica (founded by the Serbian King Stefan “the First-Crowned” at the beginning of the 13 th century), and Studenica, the most significant endowment of Stefan Nemanya founded in 12th century, UNESCO listed.
Dinner and overnight in Vrnjacka Banja.

Day 4: VRNJACKA BANJA – SARGAN/UZICE – VISEGRAD (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA) – SARAJEVO (320 km)
After breakfast,  on the way to Sarajevo, departure to Mokra Gora Mountain and archaic train ride to Sargan.
Visit to the traditional rural settlement Wooden Town, founded by famous film producer Emir Kusturica on Mecavnik hill. Train ride by the narrowest rail- gouge in Europe (duration 2,5 hours through magnificent nature of the National Park Tara, thick forests and 16 km of curves and tunnels connecting altitude to the Mokra Gora peak).
Continue to Visegrad (photo stop at the famous bridge bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Drive to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: SARAJEVO – MOSTAR (150 km)
Sightseeing of Sarajevo, the city which has a rich and fascinating culture, which has been home to Muslims, Croats, Turks, Jews and Serbs. City with many diversities, which shows a unique link between the East and the West. Visit to Bascarsija, oriental Svrzina house and Princip Bridge.
Afternoon drive through beautiful reagion to Mostar. Situated between Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, Mostar is the main centre of Herzegovina and was founded by the Turks in the 15th century.
Dinner and overnight in Mostar.

Day 6: MOSTAR – MEDJUGORJE – SPLIT (CROATIA)
During sightseeing explore the UNESCO protected Old town, once the centre of the city’s Islamic culture and visit Mostar’s famous 14th century Bridge which was destroyed in 1566 and painstakingly rebuilt.
Beside the Bridge we tour Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house.
On the way to Split a short stop in Medjugorje – one of the most visited pilgrimage places among Catholics. According to the testimony of the six young parishioners, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the parish of Međugorje on June 24, 1981.
Continue to beautiful Croatia and town Split, the “capital“ of Dalmatia.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Split.

Day 7:  SPLIT – TROGIR
Morning city tour of Split. Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and the sea, Split is a picturesque ancient town built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian.
Visit the impressive emperor’s palace built in the 3rd century, Peristyle and the Cathedral.
The journey takes us to Trogir, a charming stone town under the protection of UNESCO, which takes pride in the fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches and beautiful palaces. After the short sightseeing of this Dalmatian pearl we return to Split.
Rest of the day is free for shopping or coffee at one of many Split’s cafés.
Dinner and overnight in Split.

Day 8:  SPLIT – FD ISLAND OF HVAR
Leaving for a full-day excursion to the island of Hvar. The central settlement on the island is the town of Hvar, the place of the exceptional cultural and historical heritage with a 100-year-old tradition in tourism. In the town where almost every building is a monument one of the oldest town theatres in Europe from the 17th century has found its place, as well as “Pjaca” – the longest square on Croatian coast of the Adriatic. A visit to the Franciscan monastery of Friars Minor from the 15th century with lush Mediterranean garden.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Split.

Day 9:  SPLIT – DUBROVNIK (230 km)
After breakfast, we head south along Makarska Riviera and Neretva Valley towards Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone cities in the world. On the way, we’ll make a short break in Ston, known for the largest oyster farms on the Eastern Adriatic coast.
Arrive in Dubrovnik, a city-monument, registered on UNESCO’s List of the World Cultural Heritage.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 10:  DUBROVNIK
Morning city tour of the old town. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings representing all periods of the city’s history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Particular mention should be made of the city’s main street, Stradun, the Rector’s Palace, the church of St. Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries, and the City Hall. The Republic of Dubrovnik was the centre of a separate political and territorial entity, and was proud of its culture, its achievements in commerce and especially of its freedom, preserved down so many tempestuous centuries.
Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 11:  DUBROVNIK – KOTOR – BUDVA (MONTENEGRO) – DUBROVNIK (30O km)
After breakfast, we go on a full day trip to Montenegro. First we drive to Kotor, a town that was inhabited even at the times of the Illyrians. Then we continue our drive to Cetinje, once the capital of Montenegro. After a short sightseeing tour, we head towards Budva, the most famous tourist resort in Montenegro. We’ll also visit St. Stefan (panoramic view only), today a luxurious resort that once used to be a small fishing village.
On the way to Dubrovnik dinner at a local, traditional restaurant in village Osojnik.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 12: DUBROVNIK
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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