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Classic Balkan Tour 

Discovering Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro & Serbia

Highlights of tour:

  • Enjoy the charming capitals of the ex former Yugoslavia republics
  • Splendid lake Bled, located in the hearth of the Julian Alps
  • Diocletian palace in Split, Croatia
  • Magnificent Dubrovnik and walls of Dubrovnik
  • Discover the national park of Durmitor, Unesco world heritage site
  • Conclude the tour in Belgrade, the beating heart of Serbia

Day 1

  • Arrival to Ljubljana airport
  • Ljubljana – You will be welcomed at Ljubljana airport by your local Slovenian guide and you will be transferred by coach to your hotel  in Ljubljana. Have the rest of the day free to recover from your long flight.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ljubljana and Bled sightseeing tour
  • Drive to Postojna and visit of the Caves
  • Overnight in Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia.

Ljubljana has preserved evidence of a five thousand year history including, among others, the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle, Baroque façades, decorative portals and uneven roofs. Other significant bits of the city mosaic are picturesque bridges across the Ljubljanica river and the vast Tivoli park, which stretches into the very city centre.

Bled

With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday.

Postojna Caves

Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Many books and other contributions have been written about Postojna Cave; speaking of tourist guides regarding the cave itself, almost 100 have been produced over 200 years.

For 140 years, the Postojna Cave, as the only cave in the world, offers a unique and adventurous ride with a special train, which will take you into the cave, under spectacular underground arches, which are embellished with chandellier look-alike stalactites, through a beautiful subterranean world full of playful limestone sculptures.

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Driving through Pleterje and Kostanjevica to Zagreb
  • Sightseeing tour of Zagreb
  • Overnight in Zagreb

Pleterje, open air museum

Take a journey back to the time of our ancestors at the Pleterje open air museum! Each of our buildings has a story to tell and together they constitute an important monument to Slovene traditional civil engineering and the 19th century way of life. The focal point of the museum is Kegljevich’s house, built in 1833, with its black kitchen, double drying frame “toplar”, pigsty, outhouse floor, water well, and outer lavatory. Each building represents a certain characteristic type of national architecture, and at the same time bears witness to the local masters’ knowledge, materials and building techniques of the period.

Kostanjevica

Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia’s smallest town and one of the oldest, is a veritable wonder of nature. The “na Krki” (“on the Krka”) part of its name is extremely apt, since the old part of the town is actually situated on an island in a bend of the river Krka, at the foot of the Gorjanci Hills. The town originally developed around a fortress known as Landestrost or Landstrasse, a former border stronghold of the noble Spanheim family. Kostjanevica first appears in historical records in 1220 as the seat of a parish. It was granted town rights in 1252. The structure of the town, consisting of two parallel streets – Ulica Talcev or Veliki Plac (Great Market) and Oražnova Ulica or Mali Plac (Little Market) – has survived to the present day. Today the entire town is protected as a cultural monument of the highest category.

Zagreb

Zagreb is a little treasure trove of European culture and civilization. Located in the heart of Europe, the capital city of Croatia is less than a two hour flight away from all major European ports (cities). Zagreb has many surprises in store for all walks of life: great historical and cultural sites, numerous museums, many events and musical performances, exciting nightlife, a wide range of accommodation possibilities, restaurants with excellent food and wines, great shopping and sports facilities, beautiful parks, diverse excursion possibilities and above all, friendly people.

 

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Drive to the Plitvice National Park
  • Overnight in Split

National Park Plitvice Lakes

The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species. There are 16 interlinked lakes between Mala Kapela Mountain and Pljesevica Mountain. The lake system is divided into the upper and lower lakes: the upper lakes lie in a dolomite valley and are surrounded by thick forests and interlinked by numerous waterfalls; the lower lakes, smaller and shallower, lie on the limestone bedrock and are surrounded only by sparse underbrush. The upper lakes are separated by dolomite barriers, which grow with the formation of travertine, forming thus travertine barriers. Travertine is mostly formed on the spots where water falls from an elevation, by the incrustation of algae and moss with calcium carbonate. The lower lakes were formed by crumbling and caving-in of the vaults above subterranean cavities through which water of the upper lakes disappeared.

Split 

Split, second largest city in Croatia is economic, administrative, educational, sport and tourist center of Split Dalmatia county (Middle Dalmatia), traffic connection to Croatia islands, pearls of Adritic like Hvar, Vis, Brac and Solta. Split Dalmatia County can be seen defined in tourist offers as Dalmatia highlands, Dalmatia coast and Dalmatia islands and as Riviera Trogir, Riviera Kastela, Riviera Split and Riviera Makarska.

Day 5

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Split sightseeing tour
  • Ston sightseeing
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Walls of Ston

– longest fortress system anywhere in Europe, for hundreds of years, Croats have dealt with hordes invading their lands. During the 19th century, they desperately fought the Ottoman Empire from the south. Today, they face a less violent mass, and are instead overrun by the great tourist hordes of Northern and Western Europe. In Ston, Croatia, these two forces, historic and economic, meet in the middle. As tourists flock to Croatia for its placid blue-green waters and dramatic seaside cliffs, they still face the great walls that protected the city from Ottomans for the last 500 years. Ston and its smaller neighbour, aptly named Mali Ston (Little Ston), are completely connected and surrounded by a five-kilometer defensive wall. Situated on the Dalmatian coast, the walls and fortified port resemble the more famous Dubrovnik harbour, only 60 kilometers to the south. However, the walls of Ston are twice as long as those of the more-acclaimed Dubrovnik and make up the longest fortress system in Europe. The walls also feature forty stunning defensive towers and a massive hillside fortress looking over the city from the rocky outcroppings above. Although invaders could not destroy the system, the Ston walls took massive damage in an earthquake in 1996. Luckily, this natural disaster spurred a restoration project of the walls. Today visitors come to climb them and look over the breathtaking Adriatic Sea, picturing themselves as Ottoman warriors preparing to loot a wealthy kingdom of the past.

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sightseeing of Dubrovnik and tour around Dubrovnik
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik 

the main street, while getting the first impressions of one of the Mediterraneans most beautiful cities. The astonishing city of stone is surrounded with 1,940 m long stone walls. A tour of the worlds second most frequented open-air museum will definitely take your breath away. The fantastic views will inspire you to take some photographs, and the sights that you will capture will continue to amaze you over and over again. Visit the museums of Dubrovnik and find out where the rector of the glorious Dubrovnik Republic used to live, where grain was stored, which sailing ships formed parts of the powerful Dubrovnik Republic fleet travelling around the world, making Dubrovnik famous. Taste some of the delicious Mediterranean specialities at the taverns and restaurants of the Old City and complete the treat with a cup of coffee in Stradun.

Day 7

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Driving through Kotor, Lovčen and Podgorica with stops
  • Overnight in Kolasin
  • Kotor

Kotor

Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, this dramatically beautiful town is perfectly at one with its setting. Its sturdy walls – started in the 9th century and tweaked until the 18th – arch steeply up the slopes behind it. From a distance they’re barely discernible from the mountain’s grey hide, but at night they’re spectacularly lit, reflecting in the water to give the town a golden halo. Within those walls lie labyrinthine marbled lanes where churches, shops, bars and restaurants surprise you on hidden piazzas.

Lovćen

near the Bay of Kotor and accessed via a winding road that ascends Mount Lovćen just near the town of Kotor itself, you will find the unique opportunity to visit a place that represents the poetry of Montenegro’s soul.  Montenegro is full of secrets that are waiting to be discovered.  Many of these secrets are easy to access in a car and the knowledgeable traveller will enjoy exploring ancient towns tucked between tranquil waters and hidden monuments on soaring mountaintops.

Podgorica

the city sits at the confluence of two rivers. West of the broad Morača is what passes for the business district. The smaller Ribnica River divides the eastern side in two. To the south is Stara Varoš, the heart of the Ottoman town. North of the Ribnica is Nova Varoš, an attractive, mainly low-rise precinct of late-19th-/early-20th-century buildings housing a lively mixture of shops and bars. At its heart is Trg Republika, the main square.

Kolasin

 is a small paradise, pure nature. There are unlimited mountaineering and canyon adventures. Due to its altitude and favourable climate, Kolasin has also health spa qualities. The area covers the upper courses of the river Tara and Morača, while peaceful mountain lakes lead Bjelasica and riveting canyons.

Day 8

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Visit of the mighty Tara canyon
  • Driving to Zlatibor
  • Overnight in Zlatibor

The Tara River Canyon, 

also known as the Tara River Gorge, is the longest canyon in Montenegro. It is 82 kilometres long and is 1,300 meters of its deepness make it the deepest river canyon in Europe. The canyon is protected as a part of Durmitor National Park and is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zlatibor

one of the most visited mountains in Serbia, is Serbian top tourist destination after Belgrade. Zlatibor means “golden pine” is a mountain of outstanding beauty with a mild climate, woodland gldes, and rich grasslands with mountain brook and pines.

Day 9

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day trip of “Sargan eight” (operates only fromApril till October)
  • Overnight in Zlatibor

 

“Sargan eight”Feel the breath of old times on “Sargan eight”
In past…..From Belgrad to Dubrovnik and Zelenika, on 760 mm narrow-gauge track, from 1925 to 1974, through tunnels, over the bridges and through mountain gorges, ran famous train “Cira”, leaving behind itself remarkable smell of steam locomotive smoke…Now….This part of railway is renewed, which represents unique construction work, on the route from station Sargan Vitasi to Mokra Gora, and once again echoes the sound of the wagon and cheerful murmur of tourists on the train on famous “Sargan eight”.From “Mokra gora” to “Sargan Vitasi” you will pass through 22 tunnels,over five bridges,and overcome the altitude difference of 300 meters, and all that on a total distance of 15,440 meters.During your ride you will have an opportunity to see from one of five observation platforms  all the beauty and richness of the nature of this region.

 

Day 10

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Drive to Belgrade
  • Belgrade sightseeing
  • Overnight in Belgrade
  • Belgrade

 

Belgrade

                                                                                                               

Outspoken, adventurous, proud and audacious: Belgrade is by no means a ‘pretty’ capital, but its gritty exuberance makes it one of the most happening cities in Europe. While it hurtles towards a brighter future, its chaotic past unfolds before your eyes: socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics. It is here where the Sava River meets the Danube (Dunav), contemplative parkland nudges hectic urban sprawl, and old-world culture gives way to new-world nightlife. Grandiose coffee houses, quirky sidewalk ice-creameries and smoky dens all find rightful place along Knez Mihailova, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel crown of the city. Deeper in Belgrade’s bowels are museums guarding the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. Josip Broz Tito and other ghosts of the past have been laid to rest here. ‘Belgrade’ literally translates as ‘White City’, but Serbia’s colourful capital is red hot.

Day 11

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Transfer to Belgrade airport to departure flight

General conditions:

Tour is organised on request.

Accommodation in 4* hotels with breakfast included. All above mentioned services, (transfer, guide(s), entrance tickets, accommodation and meals) are included in price.


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