Day 1 Arrival at Zagreb Airport
Welcome to Croatia
On arrival at Zagreb International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. At its center, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mark’s Church, with a colorfully tiled roof. Nearby is pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town has the main square, Ban Jelačić, plus shops, museums and parks.
Overnight in Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guided sightseeing tour of Zagreb, featuring the views of historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace.
Day 3 Zagreb-Sarajevo
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will check out in Zagreb and transfer to Sarajevo. During the guided sightseeing tour of Sarajevo you will see the picturesque Turkish bazaar “Bas Carsija”, more than 600 years old Husref Bay’s Mosque, old Bosnian style Svrzo’s house, Gavrilo Principe Museum
and many other sights.
Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a compact city on the Miljacka River, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. Its center has museums commemorating local history, including Sarajevo 1878–1918, which covers the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that sparked World War I. Landmarks of the old quarter, Baščaršija, include the Ottoman-era Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque.
Overnight in Sarajevo
Day 4 Sarajevo-Mostar-Neum
Transfer to Mostar where you will have the chance to explore the famous city on your own. See the remains of the Turkish quarter, the reconstructed 16th century Old Bridge (inscribed on World Heritage List by UNESCO) and much more. Transfer to hotel in Neum.
Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls, and the Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history. A narrow staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for panoramic city views.
Neum is the only town to be situated along Bosnia and Herzegovina's 20 km of coastline, making it the country's only access to the Adriatic Sea. In 2009 the municipal population was 4,605 and in 1991 the population of Neum town was 4,268. Neum has steep hills, sandy beaches, and several large tourist hotels. Prices tend to be lower than in neighboring Croatia, making it popular with shoppers. Tourism, and the commerce it brings, is the leading contributor to the economy of the area. Border formalities with Croatia are relaxed at peak times. Neum has around 5,000 beds for tourists, 1,810 in hotels with the remaining capacity in motels, villas, and in private accommodation. Tourism in Neum is active only in the coastal region. The inland area behind Neum has a rich archeological history and untouched wilderness and is starting to develop agricultural tourism.
Overnight in Neum
Day 5 Neum-Dubrovnik-Montenegro Bay
On your way to Montenegro, stop in Dubrovnik. Enjoy your free time in Old Town Dubrovnik. We recommend to visit one of the town`s monuments, such as Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Transfer to Montenegro Bay.
Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.
Montenegro is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.
Overnight in Montenegro Bay
Day 6 Montenegro Bay-Kotor-Podgorica
Spend your morning free in Kotor. Stroll along the Weapons Square and admire the city boulevards. Transfer to Podgorica.
Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It's also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Đorđe, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church.
Podgorica is the capital city of Montenegro. Its rivers and bridges include the modern Millennium Bridge over the Morača River, and the stone bridge spanning the Ribnica River. The centuries-old Clock Tower, built by the Turks, dominates the old town. In the Zeta-Skadar valley south of the city, Lake Skadar National Park is home to medieval monasteries, beaches, and birds like the Dalmatian pelican.
Overnight in Podgorica.
Day 7 Podgorica-Tirana
Cross the border to Albania and drive to its capital, Tirana. During the orientation tour you will see Skanderbeg square, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance.
Tirana, the capital of Albania, is known for its colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city's focal point, Skanderbeg Square, which is named for its equestrian statue of a national hero. On the square's north end is the modernist National History Museum, covering prehistoric times
Overnight in Tirana
Day 8 Tirana-Ohrid-Skopje
Morning transfer to Ohrid, pearl of Macedonia. The old city center is a true architectural gem and is inscribed on the UNESCO list of world natural and cultural heritage. Transfer to Skopje.
Ohrid is a small resort city on the hilly shores of Lake Ohrid in the southwest of the Republic of Macedonia. In the city’s compact old town, medieval churches, monasteries and open-air ruins stand alongside traditional houses with red-tiled roofs. The massive walls of the centuries.
Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. Over time it has experienced Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule. The 15th-century Stone Bridge connects the Ottoman Old Bazaar on the Vardar River‘s north bank with contemporary Macedonia Square to the south. The Skopje (Kale) Fortress overlooking the river has defended the city for centuries.
Overnight in Skopje
Day 9 Skopje-Belgrade
Morning guided sightseeing tour of Skopje, the capital and largest city of FYR Macedonia. Walk through the old town and see the beautiful quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar. Visit the Mother Teresa memorial house, a museum dedicated to humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa. Transfer to Belgrade.
Belgrade is the capital of the southeast European country of Serbia. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires, and it's now the site of several museums as well as Kalemegdan, a vast park.
Overnight in Belgrade
Day 10 Belgrade
Enjoy the panoramic tour with views of St. Sava Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress Tito’s memorial complex, Kneza Mihaila street, Republic Square and many more.
Belgrade Fortress, consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of Stari Grad.
Day 11 Belgrade / End of trip
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 7190/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights.
Destinations: Zagreb, Sarajevo, Mostar-Neum, Neum-Dubrovnik-Montenegro Bay,Kotor-Podgorica, Tirana, Skopje, Belgrade.
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Economy class airfare from Dubai / Zagreb / Belgrade / Dubai.
2 nights / 3 days accommodation in Zagreb & Belgrade based on double room occupancy.
1 night / 2 days accommodation in Sarajevo, Neum, Montenegro Bay, Podgorica, Tirana & Skopje based on double room occupancy.
Arrival and departure transfers on private car.
Sightseeing tours in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Skopje & Belgrade.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Balkan Peninsula: Lying along the Balkan Peninsula in the southeastern part of Europe, the Balkan region remains a relatively-unknown destination. Nevertheless, the area is home to an abundance of breath-taking coastlines, dazzling landscapes, unique architecture, and lots of history as it is a territory with a communist and socialist past. The area nowadays includes the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.
Despite having a lot to offer, the Balkans remains an off-the-beaten-path destination, as many people assume it’s poor and dangerous to get around. In the suburbs or lesser-known places, foreigners can rarely be found. Locals tend to be curious and friendly towards tourists. Get away from the tourist crowds to visit the Balkans on a low budget and be lured by fantastic sights, tasty local delicacies, touching history, and local hospitality!
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the respective consulates. Croatia consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/croatia/uae/ Bosnia & Herzegovina consulate website: www.bhmc.ae/english/visa.htm
Montenegro consulate website: Albania consulate website: http://www.ambasadat.gov.al/united-arab-emirates/en
Macedonia consulate website: Serbia consulate website: http://www.abudhabi.mfa.gov.rs/
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
Phones and Technology: Phones and other smart devices can be huge time-savers...or expensive distractions. Get our tips for making the best use of technology during your trip, and for calling home with or without your own phone.
Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things do & see:
Zagreb-Capital of Croatia; during any time of the day and every day of the week people living in Zagreb are enjoying the city with a cup of coffee. The Flower Square is full with chairs to sit and enjoy the city. Zagreb also offers a lot of different museums, parks, the Jarun lake (with a lot of nice clubs that are working during the spring and summer), shopping opportunities, restaurants, and small bakeries.
Dubrovnik-An ancient walled city on the Adriatic coast. One of the most visited places in the Balkans.
Plitvice Lakes-Beautiful nature landscape of lakes. Natural wonder wearing all shades of gold and red
Makarska-One of the most visited tourist spots on the Adriatic Sea.
The Blue Cave-A precious gem among Croatia's nature highlights
Pag Cheese Season-Famous cheese from Pag island is a national pride of Croatia, known as Paški sir
Hiking-Climb spectacular mountains, traverse lush woods, enjoy freedom and harmony with nature
Kayaking-A great way to explore Croatian coastline
The Best Sunsets-Famous Adriatic sunset in Zadar impressed Alfred Hitchcock
White Water Rafting-Fast rivers of Croatia are perfect for white water rafting
Diving-Clear waters of the Adriatic are popular with divers. Take a chance to explore marine life, ship wrecks and underwater caves
Hvar Island-A flowery kingdom on the Croatia's most sunny island
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing-Good conditions for windsurfers and kite surfers during the summer
Peka-A signature cooking technique for Croatian cuisine
Wild Figs-Enjoy this nutritious sweet fruit while in Dalmatia
Sinjska Alka-A medieval equestrian knightly competition in Sinj that is part of UNESCO list
Rijeka Carnival-Winter holiday season in Rijeka is highlighted by the biggest carnival in Croatia with costumed parades and performances, lots of music and dancing.
Donkey Race-Visitors get a chance to hop on a donkey and speed up in Tisno during the annual donkey race
Oysters Season-Locally produced oysters and mussels is a must try for seafood lovers
Olive Harvest-Olives are the matter of pride in Croatia
Kumpanjija Performance-See a unique historical dance on Korcula Island with sword fights
Nights of Diocletian-In Split, do as Romans do during a colourful carnival at Diocletian Palace
Fried Dormice-A grilled dormouse—a rather unusual dish for modern European cuisine
Truffle Season-A chance to find the next biggest truffle in the world
Crni Rizot (Black Risotto)-If you like seafood, this is a must try of Croatian cuisine
Ribarska Festa-Fisherman festivals in an Istrian town of Vrsar is a unique experience, available at Adriatic
Kopacki Rit-Exciting birdwatching on one of the largest wetlands in Europe
Skiing and Snowboarding-Northern Croatia boasts a few decent skiing locations in winter
Montenegro-offers the same quality beaches and seasides surrounding lovely old towns such as Budva and Kotor at a more affordable travel expense level.
Podgorica-Capital of the newly-founded Republic of Montenegro; not much to see, better head to the coast or to Lake Skadar nearby.
Budva-A vibrant and pristine town in Montenegro on the Adriatic Coast.
Crkva Sv Luke (St. Luke's Church) -Kotor -Built in 1195, this delightful Romanesque church is the only building in the Old Town to have withstood all five major earthquakes that affected Kotor. Originally a Catholic church, the building later became an Orthodox place of worship.
Kneževa palata (Duke's Palace)-Built in the 18th century, the Duke's Palace comprises almost the entire west side of the Old Town. Originally it was the official seat of the Venetian governor. Like the Napoléon Theatre, it is now part of the Cattaro Hotel & Casino.
Roman Mosaics at Risan-These beautiful mosaics (one still under excavation) are from a second-century house in a small excavation site that is worth a brief stop if you are in the area. Particularly charming is the mosaic depicting Hypnos, the Roman god of sleep.
Pomorski Muzej Crne Gore (Montenegrin Naval Museum)-Housed within the 18th-century baroque Grgurina Palace, this museum traces Montenegro's cultural and economic ties to the sea. In the 18th century, tiny Kotor had some 400 ships sailing the world's oceans. The exhibition extends over three floors, and includes model ships; paintings of ships, ship owners, and local naval commanders; navigation equipment; and uniforms worn by Montenegrin admirals and captains.
Bosnia and Herzegovina-offers pure natural landscapes with dazzling waterfalls (Kravica and Jajce), rivers (Bosna and Neretva), and lakes (Prokoško and Boračko).
Sarajevo-Sometimes referred to as the "Jerusalem of Europe", the Bosnian capital has a lot of attractions like the old town (Bascarsija), the Jewish Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Sarajevo War Tunnel, and Jahorina (a popular ski resort which hosted the womens' alpine ski events of the 1984 Winter Olympics). Sarajevo offers a lot of different cultural influences and therefore is different to other "typical" Western European cities.
Jajce-old royal town in mountainous central Bosnia with 17 meter high waterfall in the city centre and many historical sights
Banja Luka-the second largest city (200.000 people in wider area), serving as the capital of Republika Srpska, with some historical sights and a rich nightlife
Bihać-city on Croatian border, surrounded by an impressive nature
Fojnica-near the Fransiscan monastery, the heart of Bosnian catholicism
Mostar-nice old town on Neretva River, symbolized by its medieval bridge. The biggest city in the region of Herzegovina (75.000 people).
Neum-the only coastal town, with sandy beaches backed by steep hills
Tuzla-third largest city (90.000 people in urban area) with much industry, though has a lovely old town and monuments to the brutal war too
Teslic-а health spa resort with the biggest tourist capacity in the country
Zenica-city with an Ottoman old quarter. Home for 85.000 people in its urban area.
Ski Resorts-Bjelašnica ski resort, Igman ski resort, Jahorina ski resort
Kozara-national park in the northwest with dense forests and hilly meadows, a hiking and hunting destination.
Međugorje-inland town between mountains with a mild Mediterranean climate, but perhaps best known due to claims of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six locals.
Pliva lakes 5 km from Jajce-with waterfalls, wooden mills and beaches as well as camping and canoeing facilities
National park Una
Počitelj-very nice old village 30 km. South of Mostar on the way to and from the Adriatic coast.
Belgrade - The capital of Serbia and former capital of Yugoslavia. Regional transportation hub with world-renowned nightlife and history.
Zlatibor-A mountain with the most healthiest air in Europe.
Kopaonik-One of the most popular mountains for skiing.
Western Serbia-is a prime winter playground. Tara National Park comprises a densely forested massif of hiking trails, bound by the Drina. Waterfalls, caves and a medieval monastery mingle with the towering peaks of Mt Tara and Mt Zvijezda. Hike, drive or go horse riding along isolated snow-covered routes, stopping at viewpoints of deep gorges and azure waters – just watch out for resident brown bears, lynxes and wolves.
Gallery of Matica Srpska-First established in Pest (part of modern Budapest) in 1826 and moved to Novi Sad in 1864, this is one of Serbia's most important and long-standing cultural institutions.
Kalemegdan Citadel-Some 115 battles have been fought over imposing, impressive Kalemegdan; the citadel was destroyed more than 40 times throughout the centuries.
Petrovaradin Citadel-Towering over the river on a 40m-high volcanic slab, this mighty citadel is aptly nicknamed 'Gibraltar on the Danube'.
Museum of Yugoslavia-This must-visit museum houses an invaluable collection of more than 200,000 artefacts representing the fascinating, tumultuous history of Yugoslavia.
Uvac Canyon-The spectacular meanders of Uvac river are the highlight of the 75-sq-km Uvac nature reserve in southwestern Serbia.
Devil’s Town-in Serbia's deep south, is a trippy cluster of 202 natural stone pyramids looming eerily over bright red, highly acidic mineral streams.
Manasija Monastery-Hemmed in by mammoth walls, 11 towers and a trench, this was a fortified hideout for artists and writers fleeing the Turkish invasion of Kosovo in the early 1400s.
Mt Avala-Looming over Belgrade and topped with the tallest tower in the Balkans (204.5m), Mt Avala is a city landmark that makes for a pleasant break from the capital's bustling streets.
Lake Perućac-was created in 1966 by the damning of the Drina, and has been a favourite with families and fisherfolk ever since.
Museum of Ivo Andrić-Established four decades ago, this memorial museum is housed in the apartment where Ivo Andrić lived since 1958 until his death.
Peja-Kosovo's most beautiful place for mountaineering, climbing & rock climbing. It has Hajla Summit with 2403m.and the only Via Ferrata in the Balkans.
Skopje-Capital of Macedonia with major restoration works underway and landmarks of its Ottoman-dominated past.
Ohrid-Considered the jewel in Macedonia's crown, Ohrid is situated on a beautiful lake. There are many old churches and Bulgarian Tsar Samuil's fortress.
Čaršija-is the hillside Turkish old town of Skopje and evokes the city's Ottoman past with its winding lanes filled with teahouses, mosques, craftsmen's stores, and even good nightlife.Čaršija runs from the Stone Bridge to the Bit Pazar, a big vegetable and household goods market.
Adrift on Lake Prespa, Golem Grad-was once the summer playground of Car Samoil but is now home to wild tortoises, cormorants and pelicans, and perhaps a few ghosts. A settlement endured here from the 4th century BC to the 6th century AD and during medieval times there was a monastery complex.
Sveti Jovan Bigorski Monastery-This revered 1020 Byzantine monastery is located, fittingly, up in the gods along a track of switchbacks off the Debar road, close to Janče village.
Heraclea Lyncestis-Located 1km south of central Bitola, Heraclea Lyncestis is among Macedonia's best archaeological sites – though the neglected state of the on-site museum might make you think otherwise.
Archaeological Museum of Macedonia-All gleaming and shiny new, this supersized pile of Italianate-styled marble has been a giant receptacle for Skopje's recent splurge on government-led monuments to boost national pride.
Sveti Naum Monastery-Sveti Naum, 29km south of Ohrid, is an imposing sight on a bluff near the Albanian border and a popular day trip from Ohrid. Naum was a contemporary of St Kliment, and their monastery an educational centre.
Sveti Jovan Bigorski Monastery-This revered 1020 Byzantine monastery is located, fittingly, up in the gods along a track of switchbacks off the Debar road, close to Janče village. Legend attests an icon of Sveti Jovan Bigorski (St John the Baptist) miraculously appeared here; since then the monastery has been rebuilt often – the icon occasionally reappearing too.
Ohrid Boardwalk & City Beach-Skimming the surface of the water along Ohrid's shore, snaking towards Kaneo fishing village and the town's most famous church, this over-water boardwalk propels people towards a gorgeous outcrop of rocky beaches and a handful of small restaurants and bars
Tirana-Albania's capital. Off-the-beaten path but currently undergoing modernization and has a lot of history.
Durres-An Albanian coastal city on the Adriatic Sea with a popular beach
Bitola-Sometimes considered the most "European" city in the Balkans due to its neoclassical architecture. The people are always dressed chic and trendy. Must see - Wide Alley.
Butrint-18km south of Saranda, are famed for their size, beauty and tranquillity. They're in a fantastic natural setting and are part of a 29-sq-km national park. The remains – Albania's finest – are from a variety of periods, spanning 2500 years.
Kalaja-The Kala neighbourhood inside the castle's walls still lives and breathes; if you walk around this busy, ancient neighbourhood for long enough you'll invariably stumble into someone's courtyard thinking it's a church or ruin.
Gjirokastra Castle-Gjirokastra's eerie hilltop castle is one of the biggest in the Balkans and is definitely worth the steep walk up from the Old Town. The castle remains somewhat infamous due to its use as a prison under the communists.
Rozafa Fortress-With spectacular views over the city and Lake Shkodra, the Rozafa Fortress is the most impressive sight in town. Founded by the Illyrians in antiquity and rebuilt much later by the Venetians and then the Turks, the fortress takes its name from a woman who was allegedly walled into the ramparts as an offering to the gods so that the construction would stand.
Cold War Tunnel-Gjirokastra's most interesting sight in no way relates to its traditional architecture, but instead to its far more modern kind: this is a giant bunker built deep under the castle for use by the local authorities during the full-scale invasion Hoxha was so paranoid about.