Balkan Discovery – Small Group
Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of the Balkans, starting in the vibrant streets of Belgrade. As you explore Serbia’s capital, you’ll discover iconic landmarks, from the Museum of Yugoslav History to the Temple of Saint Sava and the historic Kalemegdan Park. Then, venture west to witness the breathtaking Ovčar-Kablar Gorge, ride the unique Šargan Eight heritage railway, and explore Emir Kusturica’s Drvengrad. Your adventure continues to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you’ll visit Andrićgrad in Višegrad and dive into the rich history of Sarajevo. Next, discover the enchanting city of Mostar, explore Blagaj’s stunning riverhead, and immerse yourself in Trebinje’s picturesque charm. Finally, experience the beauty of Montenegro with visits to Perast, Kotor, and the historic city of Dubrovnik, where you can stroll along ancient city walls, explore cultural landmarks, and more. Your unforgettable journey culminates with the option to extend your stay in Dubrovnik, ensuring lasting memories of this remarkable tour.
Upon your arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, a driver will take you to your hotel. Enjoy the short ride from Nikola Tesla Airport, taking in the sights of New Belgrade with its iconic ‘blocks,’ a symbol of post-World War II Socialist architecture. You’ll also pass modern business hubs like the impressive Ušće Tower. Your driver will point out landmarks like the Western Gate of Belgrade, the famous Belgrade Arena, and the grand Palace of Serbia. Check-in at the hotel, then use your free time to relax and get ready for your upcoming adventures. At 7 pm, head to the hotel reception for an introduction from your guide and a detailed briefing about the trip. This is also a chance to meet your fellow travelers. In the evening, consider a leisurely walk through one of the city’s oldest districts, leading to the bohemian heart of Belgrade, Skadarlija. Along a charming 19th-century cobblestone street, you can try local specialties and enjoy traditional music in numerous ‘kafanas.’
After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Belgrade, famous for its diverse architecture, rich history, and stunning river panoramas. Your journey begins at the Museum of Yugoslav History, honoring Josip Broz Tito. Along the way, you’ll see FC Red Star stadium, visit the iconic Temple of Saint Sava, and enjoy a brief break with panoramic views. The tour covers key landmarks like Saint Mark’s Church, the Serbian National Parliament, White Palace, and Republic Square, all surrounded by cultural institutions. Wander Knez Mihailo Street, explore the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, and discover a historic tavern. Lastly, explore Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, a significant cultural and historic site where the Sava and Danube rivers converge.
After breakfast and check-out, we’ll leave Belgrade in the morning, heading west to the stunning Ovčar-Kablar Gorge along the meandering West Morava river. Our journey then continues to Tara National Park. Experience its beauty from the ‘Nostalgia’ train on the Šargan Eight narrow-gauge heritage railway, offering a glimpse of the past with breathtaking mountain scenery, tunnels, and viaducts.
This historic railway, originally part of the Belgrade to Sarajevo route in the early 20th century, is a true gem. After this adventure, we’ll reach the ethno village Drvengrad, created by filmmaker Emir Kusturica. Drvengrad, with the Mećavnik Hotel, features houses, galleries, shops, a cinema, and a church, constructed primarily from natural materials, especially wood. Since 2008, Drvengrad has hosted the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival.
Following our exploration of Drvengrad, a short drive will take us to the famous Zlatibor Mountain, Serbia’s first royal resort. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the charming town center of this picturesque air spa. In the evening, delight in a delicious dinner showcasing traditional Serbian cuisine typical of the region at the hotel.
After breakfast and check-out, we’ll continue our journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We’ll drive to Višegrad, where Emir Kusturica’s creative vision brought Andrićgrad to life, also known as Stone Town, by the Drina River, near the iconic UNESCO-protected bridge from Ivo Andrić’s novel “The Bridge on the Drina.” We’ll have lunch at Zlatna Moruna restaurant in Andrićgrad, adorned with frescoes by artist Bisenija Tereščenko. Afterward, we’ll head to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and check into our hotel. Following a short rest, our Sarajevo sightseeing tour will begin, covering key landmarks like Sarajevo City Hall (Vijećnica), a symbol of Austro-Hungarian architectural splendor. We’ll explore the historic Baščaršija, Sarajevo’s downtown, with authentic Ottoman-era shops and souqs. Our journey will also take us to the 16th-century Orthodox Church, the Gazi Husrev-bey mosque, the 17th-century Sahat Tower, and Europe’s first public toilet. We’ll cross the Latin Bridge, where Gavrilo Princip’s shot that ignited the First World War took place. Our path leads to the 16th-century market complex, Bezistan, and the bustling Ferhadiya pedestrian zone, where the Sarajevo Synagogue (1580) and Catholic cathedral (1881) await. Finally, we’ll return to the hotel for the night.
After breakfast and check-out, we’ll head to Mostar, an enchanting city in the Balkan Peninsula. During our walking tour, we’ll visit the iconic Old Bridge, a UNESCO-protected gem and one of the top 10 Balkan attractions. We’ll also explore the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge, and the historic tanner’s quarter, Tabhana. You’ll have some free time in Mostar to enjoy lunch (not included) by the Neretva river, with a stunning view of the Old Bridge. Our journey continues to Blagaj, a 15th-century town with a rich history and the birthplace of Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There, you’ll be captivated by the monastery set in a fairytale-like setting by the emerald green river Buna. Our final destination for the day is Trebinje, a picturesque town with diverse cultures. We’ll explore the Arslanagića Bridge and stroll through the old town’s narrow streets, leading to the charming ‘Poet’s Square’ where you can relax under 115-year-old trees. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Begin your day with breakfast and check-out. Today, we’ll discover the beauty of Montenegro. The Bay of Kotor, an exceptional landscape, is a must-see for more than 500 cruisers annually. Start with a visit to Perast, a charming baroque town. Then, enjoy a tranquil boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, an island hosting a valuable church. Afterward, make your way to Kotor, an ancient Mediterranean town with origins dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries. Explore UNESCO-listed sites, including churches and cultural landmarks. You’ll have some free time to explore the old town or dine in a romantic square (meals not included).
Our next stop is Dubrovnik, a historic walled city that has stood since the 7th century. Take a stroll along the 2 km-long city walls to enjoy breathtaking views of the old town. Explore churches, fortifications, and monuments, and discover art galleries and unique shops in this city made of marble and light-colored stone. Don’t miss key attractions like the historical center, Stradun, Placa, Pile Gate, Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and other hidden gems. Check in at the hotel and spend the night there.
Enjoy your final breakfast and check out of the hotel. Please note that the transfer to the airport at the end of the tour is not included in the overall price. If you wish to arrange a departure transfer, feel free to reach out to us after booking to receive a quote. This marks the end of our services. ooking for Extra Time in Dubrovnik? If you wish to extend your stay in this renowned destination, you can reserve additional nights through us. Simply contact us after your booking for a quote.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
Standard Class Hotels: Hotel Royal Inn 4* / Hotel Mark 4* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
Superior Class Hotels: Hotel Saint Ten 5* / Hotel Hyatt Regency 5* / Hotel Hilton 5* or similar
Standard Class Hotels: Hotel Palisad standard 4*/ Hotel Mir 4* / Hotel Iris 4* or similar
Superior Class Hotels: Hotel Palisad superior 4* / Hotel Mona 4* or similar
Standard Class Hotels: Hotel Holiday 4* / Hotel Bosnia 4* / Hotel Old Town 4* or similar
Superior Class Hotels: Hotel Europe 5* / Hotel President 4* / Hotel Residence Inn by Marriott 4* or similar
Standard Class Hotels: Hotel Platani 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* or similar
Superior Class Hotels: Hotel Nar 4* / Hotel SL Industry 4* / Hotel Central Park 4* or similar
Standard Class Hotels: Hotel Lapad 4* / Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel Uvala 4* or similar
Superior Class Hotels: Hotel Rixos Libertas 5* / Hotel Neptun 4* / Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar
6 nights accommodation in standard or superior category hotels
- Professional tour guidance throughout the tour
- All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary
- Entrance tickets to the Museum of Yugoslav History, Wooden-town and Blagaj
- Ticket for the 90-minutes ride on Museum Train – Šargan eight*
- Boat trip from Perast to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
- 1 bottle of water (0.5 l) daily for each passenger
- Professional tour guidance throughout the tour
*Due to the limited capacity of the Museum Train – Šargan Eight, in case of unavailability, tickets will not be booked
- 2 breakfasts in a hotel in Belgrade
- 1 breakfast and 1 dinner in a hotel at Zlatibor
- 1 breakfast in a hotel in Sarajevo
- 1 breakfast in a hotel in Trebinje
- 1 breakfast in a hotel in Dubrovnik
- Airport arrival transfer
- Transportation throughout the tour according to the itinerary
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Departure transfer
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Departure transfer
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included