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Activities & Transport
- Wildlife Watching
- Meet the Locals
- Private Bus
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Four Countries in 12 Days: Best of the Balkans
- Taste local Bosnian food including the famous "cevapi"
- Stay in family-friendly hotels with breakfast
- Enjoy the expertise of local guides
- Encounter elements from the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, Ottoman Empire, and beyond
Discover Eastern Europe's magnificent Balkan region on this 12-day trip. Starting and ending in the legendary city of Sarajevo, you will make a loop through 4 enchanting countries: Bosnia and Herzogovina, Croatia, Albania, and Montenegro.
Each day, you will enjoy guided tours of fascinating places, such as medieval old towns, historical Cold War sites, memorials commemorating victims of war, and dazzling natural settings. From the Dalmation coast of Croatia to the extraordinary Lake Skadar that spans the border between Albania and Montenegro, you will witness the majestic nature of this gorgeous region.
- 11 nights accommodation in a double room in 3-star hotel
- 11 x breakfast
- Private transfers in an air-conditioned car with private, English-speaking driver
- Airport transfer on first and last day
- English-speaking guide on excursions
- Hotel extra services (laundry, mini bar, telephone)
- Dinner with Bosnian family (30 Euro per person)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Upon arrival at Sarajevo International Airport, you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to your hotel in the city. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing or freshening up after the flight. The afternoon is yours to explore the city.
Stay overnight in Sarajevo.
Go on a Guided Tour of Sarajevo
This morning, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Sarajevo.
Follow your expert tour guide through atmospheric streets steeped in history as you make your way to Baščaršija Square, which sits at the heart of Sarajevo's cultural center. See city landmarks like the Sebilj Fountain, Sarajevo's oldest street, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a century-old Synagogue, and a 16th century mosque built in the Ottoman style.
The second part of today's tour will focus on the city's war history. You will learn about the "Sarajevo Roses," sniper alley, the Tunnel of Hope, and the Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.
Stop at Tito's Bunker en Route to Mostar
Today's itinerary features a full tour of the region with stops in the area's most important towns. First, we will stop in Konjic, home to an Old Stone Bridge, which has connected the banks of the Neretva River since 1682. Destroyed in World War II, it was reconstructed in 2009.
We'll also learn about the woodcarvers of Konjic before heading to Tito's bunker. The most expensive structure in the former Yugoslavia, Tito's bunker was built to protect the communist leader and his associates in case of catastrophe, and was the country's biggest secret.
Continue to Mostar for overnnight.
Visit a Dervish Monastery and Spectacular Waterfalls
After breakfast today, the journey continues to the peaceful town of Blagaj. Here, we will visit the fascinating Dervish Monastery with its elements of Ottoman design. Dating from the 16th century, the monastery was used for special dervish rituals, including Dhikr (praise to God), which is still celebrated here today.
Continue on through the breathtaking Neretva River Canyon to the Kravice Waterfalls. This stunning natural setting is crowned by the majestic cascade, which is compared to Niagra Falls. Falling from a height of 25-meters, the waterfalls are a remarkable sight. Here, you could go for a swim in the cooling waters.
Take a Day Trip to Croatia
Cross the border into Croatia today for a day trip to the town of Split. Well set off for the 150km journey after breakfast at the hotel in Mostar.
A guided tour of Split's charming Old Town is on the agenda upon arrival. After meeting our local guide and strolling around this delightful city, we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you can spend another two hours on your own in Split. Maybe do a little shopping, a little more wandering, or relax at a cafe.
Spend a Day in Dubrovnik
We're heading back to Croatia today as we make our way to Dubrovnik. After breakfast and check-out, we'll hit the road for the approximately 2-hour drive. Upon arrival, set off on a tour of this UNECO World Heritage City, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." You'll visit the cathedral, Rector's Palace, a Franciscan Monastery, the old clock tower, and other alluring sites.
Later, you can take an optional boat ride and cable car ride for exquisite views of the beautiful Dalmation Coast.
Continue to Budva for overnight.
Venture to Kotor on the Adriatic Coast
Next up on our itinerary is the medieval town of Kotor. After a 40-minute drive, you will arrive in this enchanting town on the Adriatic coast. Surrounded by stone walls, Kotor is home to a large bay, making it a unique destination. Enjoy lunch in the Old Town before setting off on a half-day city tour. Venture inside Kotor's old stone walls to discover its medieval elements. Later you will have free time to do some shopping or relax on the beach before heading back to Budva for overnight.
Arrive in Albania
Another country is on the agenda for today -- Albania! After breakfast, check out and set off for the Albanian capital, Tirana. Here, you will get the chance to explore the historic streets and visit places like Skender-beg Square, Skender-beg Statue, Et'hem Bay Mosque, and the clock tower.
Continue to Ohrid for overnight.
Take in the Majesty of Lake Shkoder
This morning, head north through a verdant landscape to Shkoder. Enjoying a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Shkoder, the largest lake in Southern Europe, this Albanian city is a Balkan jewel.
Upon arrival, we'll set out on a walking tour that will take us to sites such as the mosque, the museum district, and Rozafa Castle.
Next up is Montenegro. Just about an hour by car across the border, Podgorica is Montenegro's capital city. Today we will enjoy another walking tour that will show us all the beautiful spots in this relaxed capital. An interesting mix of old and new architecture gives this town a unique character. You'll see many traces of its Ottoman past as you venture through the streets of the Old Town.
Contemplate Life in Rural Montenegro
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Podgorica this morning and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this quiet capital city. Soon, we will venture north through the forested green hillsides of Montenegro as we make our way back to where we began: Sarajevo. On the way, we'll make a stop in the town of Žabljak, nestled into the Durmitor mountain region. Here, you can get a feel for life in the beautiful mountainous landscape of rural Montenegro.