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Serbia, Montenegro, Bosna & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia
Day 1. Arrival Belgrade (SERBIA)
Arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Transfer to your hotel with panoramic sightseeing. Welcome dinner in traditional restaurant in Belgrade`s bohemian quarter. Overnight.
Day 2. Belgrade
Breakfast and in the agreed time going on walking tour. You are heading to the Republic Square, where we see the architectural wonders in monuments such as the National Theatre, National Museum, Serbian Academy of Science & Arts in the famous Knez Mihajlova Street. At the old town we see the ‘Question mark sign’ Inn, Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the Patriarchy and the Orthodox Cathedral. We will move on to the Belgrade Fortress – Kalemegdan, the gem of the city. Today medieval Fortress Kalemegdan is beautiful park and one of the reasons why Belgrade is such unique city. Evening is a welcome dinner at the local Bohemian quarters of Skadarlija with Serbian cuisine and music. Overnight.
Day 3. Belgrade - Zlatibor - Sirogojno
Continuing our journey we drive south and ascend Mount Zlatibor, National Park known for its beauty and intact nature. It is a mountain of golden pines. A short drive through the beautiful countryside gets us into an area where the vegetation changes into a jungle. Here we find flora and fauna such as the Omorica. This is also one of the last refuge areas for bears. Our final destination for today is the unique and charming ethno village of Sirogojno. It is an open-air museum of traditional architecture, as well as an exhibition of handicrafts and world famous hand-knitted clothes. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 4. Zica Monastery – Mecavnik
After breakfast Studenica Monastery Complex tour – Church of the Virgin Mary, the King’s Church, St. Nicola’s Church, the Treasury. Departure to Mokra Gora Mountain – Mecavnik with break for Zica Monastery tour – the joint endowment of King Stefan the First-crowned and his brother Saint Sava, the former seat of the Serbian autonomous Archbishopric built in 1218. Arrival to Mecavnik and accommodation in Mecavnik Wooden Town luxurious chalets. Visit to Mecavnik – Wooden Town, Film Academy and traditional settlement founded by famous film director Emir Kusturica. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 5. Podgorica – Budva (MONTENEGRO)
Another interesting day as we drive to the capital, Podgorica. We take a scenic drive alongside Lake Skadar to the Montenegrin coast to Budva. Budva is a medieval town and is definitely the most attractive tourist place on the Riviera. The old part of the town is fortified with typical architecture of narrow streets and stone buildings placed around the main cathedral. This area is a popular tourist hang out with now many shops and taverns. Budva also has several attractive beaches and hotels. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 6. Budva - Cetinje - Kotor - Dubrovnik (CROATIA)
A scenic drive up the mountain gets us to Cetinje. We visit the royal palace of King Nikola II, last King of Montenegro which contains beautiful small museum, as well as the Monastery of St. Petar. Next we visit the World Heritage Site of Kotor – a town museum which was inhabited from the times of the Illyrians and the Romans. Our walk through the city takes us back to medieval times, as most of the monuments we observe are from the 14th to 18th C’s. We will visit the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, St. Luka Church, St. Mihail Church, amongst other sites. Late afternoon we continue on a spectacular drive to Dubrovnik. This drive will be witnessing beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay and many old fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas and beaches. We cross the border into Croatia before arriving in Dubrovnik. Overnight.
Day 7. Dubrovnik
Guided half day tour of the Old City included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list (since 1979.). This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. A pleasant walk will take you to the Rector’s Palace and the Dominican Monastery housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Following the central city street Stradun you will have a chance to visit the Franciscan Monastery and other intriguing sites. Overnight.
Day 8. Dubrovnik - Trebinje - Sarajevo (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA)
After a leisurely day at Dubrovnik coast, we drive to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We pass through the picturesque little town of Trebinje, famous for its Old Town and by the church Mausoleum of the very famous poet Jovan Ducic. We proceed through the bare mountains of the area, then through the National Park of Sutjeska, crossing the river Sutjeska and driving through its Canyon before arriving Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Overnight.
Day 9. Sarajevo
We start with walking tour of Sarajevo. This magical town with all its charms takes us instantly back to the Ottoman day as we visit beautiful Ottoman mosques, old quarters and the authentic Turkish “carsija”, with its oriental sweets shops, cafes and traditional Bosnian food. Sarajevo is also a town in which for more then 400 years mosques, orthodox churches, roman-catholic churches and synagogues have been standing together. Overnight.
Day 10. Sarajevo – Mostar
No visit of Bosnia & Herzegovina is complete without a visit to Mostar. We start the day with a breathtaking drive along River Neretva and through the Bosnian Mountains before arriving Mostar. Afternoon, we tour Mostar, a picturesque town, more then 5 centuries old and made famous by the old Turkish bridge that once was the only means uniting the city over the emerald waters of the Neretva River. We will look at the buildings that date from the Turkish era: the Old Bridge, the Tower of Kalebi, Kula Herceguša, Sahat Kula, Kriva Cuprija – one of the oldest preserved monuments from the Ottoman period. Overnight.
Day 11. Mostar
Free time to explore Mostar. Transfer to Croatia and the Plitvice Lakes. Overnight.
Day 12. Plitvice Lakes and Ljubljana (SLOVENIA)
Today we walk on one of the most magnificent sites in Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes. Surrounded by dense woods, the region, UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site is a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Wooded paths follow the succession of lakes and waterfalls where streams burst out of rocks creating a unique place. The colors of the pools are reminiscent of Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Afternoon, we depart to Slovenia. Overnight.
Day 13. Ljubljana - Bled
We start the day with a walking tour and later will depart to Bled Lake, which is Slovenia`s most popular resort surrounded by the Julian Alps. It is up to 2120 m long and up to 1380 m wide, its maximum depth being 30,6 meters. Bled sightseeing and boat tour. Lunch at restaurant. Return back to Ljubljana. Dinner in hotel. Overnight.
Day 14. Departure from Ljubljana
Transfer to the Airport. Departure.