Grand Yugoslavia tour / 15 days – 14 nights

Day 1 – BELGRADE

Arrival to Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade. Transfer from airport to Belgrade downtown. Belgrade City tour: Belgrade Fortress on the confluence of Sava and Danube River, Ruzica Church (Rose church – military church built in 19th century in former gunpowder storage on Belgrade Fortress), Kalemegdan tennis courts, where Belgrade-born tennis player Novak Djokovic used to train as a youngster. Lunch at restaurant on confluence of Sava to Danube River, with view to Belgrade Fortress and Big War Island. After short brake, we will visit the Saint Sava’s Temple, biggest Orthodox Christian church in the world, by volume. Optional dinner in restaurant in Beton Hala (Concrete Hall) urban district. Overnight in Belgrade.

 

Day 2 – BELGRADE

Breakfast at hotel. Grand Belgrade Tour: Visit to Yugoslavia History Museum and Mausoleum of Tito, president of Yugoslavia and leader of Movement of Non-Aligned Countries during Cold War. Visit to Nikola Tesla Museum, that protects and presents more than 160,000 original documents, plans and drawings books, photographs, original technical items, instruments and devices technical exhibits as original and personal legacy of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. Cruise on Sava and Danube River (confluence with the Great War Island, Zemun Town, Ada Ciganlija Lake Belgrade fortress…). Lunch in downtown. Visit to former Austro-Hungarian city of Zemun, with viewpoint on Millennium Tower on Gardos Hill overlooking Zemun Town, Big War Island, confluence of Sava to Danube River, Belgrade Fortress and Belgrade panorama. Optional dinner in Serbian national restaurant in Skadarlija bohemain street. Overnight in Belgrade.

 

Day 3  – BELGRADE – SREMSKI KARLOVCI – NOVI SAD – BELGRADE

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Sremski Karlovci, small baroque town, with wine testing in one of wine cellars that are very common on this area. Tour continues to Petrovaradin Fortress that is second biggest fortress in Europe, known as “Gibraltar on Danube”, built early 17th century. Visit to tunnels beneath the fortress, some 1000 meters of more than 20 kilometers of tunnel network. Lunch in restaurant on Danube River bank, just beside the fortress. Follows sightseeing of Novi Sad City, the second biggest city in Serbia. Transfer to Belgrade. Optional dinner in restaurant on Belgrade Fortress. Overnight in Belgrade.

 

Day 4  – BELGRADE – VIMINACIUM – GOLUBAC – LEPENSKI VIR – DJERDAP GORGE

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast follows short drive to Viminacium archaeological site, one of the largest Roman cities from 1st century, with big archaeological park, and mammuth park in same are. Lunch in Golubac Town on Danube River, just beside Golubac Fortress, from 14th century, one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses, located on the Danube River where the Danube is widest (6,5 kilometers) and that’s just before the Djerdap Gorge. Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site, the oldest urban settlement in Europe (7000 years BC). Optional dinner at restaurant on a hill overlooking Danube River. Overnight in guest house on a hill overlooking Danube River, close to Donji Milanovac.

 

Day 5  DJERDAP GORGE – FELIX ROMULIANA – LISINE WATERFALL

Breakfast at guest house. 3 hour cruise on Danube River, along Djerdap Gorge, the longest (100 kilometers long) and deepest (92 meters) gorge in Europe where Danube River is the most beautiful. The oldest European urban settlements dated 10.000 years ago were spread around Djerdap Gorge and Djerdap National Park that was established to protect this cultural and nature pearl of Europe. During the cruise we will see the remains of Trajan Bridge (1127 meter long stone bridge that Roman Emperor Trajan built at the beginning of 2nd century), and  the place where he  left a permanent imprint on the rock, known as Tabula Traiana. Follows the largest European 55 meter high rock sculpture depicting Decebal the last king of Dacia (current Romania)  in early 2nd century. Lunch in restaurant on Danube River. Follows visit to Felix Romuliana Roman archaeological site that keeps remains of one of 5 best preserved Roman Imperial Palaces in the world, built in 3rd century, and place of the last Apotheosis of Roman Emperor, Galerius in 311AD. Optional dinner in Restaurant on Lisine Waterfall. Overnight in guest house on Lisine Waterfall.

 

Day 6  LISINE WATERFALL – MANASIJA – NIS

Breakfast in Restaurant on Lisine Waterfall. Visit to fortified medieval monastery Manasija, one of the most important monuments of Serbian medieval art from the beginning of the 15th century. Follows drive to City of Nis, that is one of 3 biggest cities in Serbia, with Mediana Roman archeological site that keeps the remains of the palace built by Roman Emperor Constantine The Great, in his home town. Sightseeing of Nis Fortress, symbol of the city, with lunch on Nisava River bank. Visit to Skull Tower that is a unique monument in the world, constructed of skulls of Serbian freedom fighters that Turkish Vizier walled in stone in 1809. Optional dinner in Kazandzijsko Sokace (Tinkers Alley) bohemian street. Overnight in Nis.

 

Day 7  NIS – SKOPJE – OHRID LAKE

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Skopje, capital of Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Skopje City tour with visit to all most importans sites and squares, Kale Fortress, St. Spas Church, Old Bazaar (Market), and Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Lunch.  Follows drive to Ohrid Town located on the Ohrid Lake. Visit to the monument of St. Cyril and Methodius in Ohrid, and continue to the lower gate, church of St. Sofia, Antic Theater, Upper gate, church of St. Virgin Mary, Samoils Fortress, Plaoshnik and tour ends with a walk thru Ohrid’s market-place. Optional dinner in old national bohemian restaurant on Ohrid Lake. Overnight in Ohrid.

 

Day 8  OHRID LAKE – TIRANA – DURRES – TIRANA

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Tirana City, capital of Albania where we will have city tour with lunch. Follows visit to Durres, second biggest city and most important harbour in Albania, located on Adriatic Sea. Transfer back to Tirana. Optional dinner in national restaurant overlooking Tirana City. Overnight in Tirana.

 

Day 9  TIRANA – SKADAR LAKE – PODGORICA

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Skadar Lake, the largest lake on Balkan Peninsula, that we will explore from Albanian and Montenegro side. First Shkodra Town located in Albanian part of Skadar Lake, with sightseeing and coffee break. Follows 2 hour cruise on Skadar Lake as one of most beautiful national parks in Montenegro, with more than 400 species of wild animals. Lunch in restaurant on Skadar Lake. Follows visit to view point above the lake from where you will see the beauty of whole Skadar and take some amazing photos. After short break follows visit to “13th of July” winery, that have one of the largest and most beautiful vineyards in Europe – Cemovsko field, on 2310 acres. We will have a wine testing and check magnificent wines from this unique wine cellar, biggest on Balkan Peninsula. Short sightseeing of Podgorica City, capital of Montenegro. Optional dinner in national restaurant in Podgorica. Overnight in Podgorica.

 

Day 10  PODGORICA – CETINJE – NJEGUSI – KOTOR – BUDVA

Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Cetinje, former royal capital, with a unique museum house in a former King’s palace that provide an intimate window on the lives of 19th century European royalty. Follows visit to Njegusi Village, place of birth of all Montenegrian kings. Lunch in Njegusi Village with delicious homemade products: beef proschiuto, domestic cheese and honey, and Njegus steak of course. Continue to Boka Kotorska Bay through interesting 19th century road with 27 curves with view to the bigger portion of Montenegrin territory and Boka Kotorska Bay… used for filming some of the scenes from James Bond Casino Royal movie. We will visit Kotor town with fortress which is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. We continue to Perast, former military base from 14th century, still frozen in the time of medieval period. Our tour leads us to one of symbols of beautifull Kotor Bay, 13th century island Our Lady Of The Rocks with old church dominating it and amazing story behind it. Optional dinner in national restaurant in Budva. Overnight in Budva.

 

Day 11  – BUDVA – BOKA KOTORSKA BAY – DUBROVNIK

Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing of Budva City with fortified old town with tradition of 2500 years, sandy beaches on Adriatic Sea and diverse nightlife. Cruise along Boka Kotorska Bay, with Sveti Stefan Peninsula, that used to be island with pirate fortress in 15th century. Also from the sea you will have chance to see all old and new cities in Boka Kotor Bay, fortresses, nature, beaches, islands and caves. Lunch at Boka Kotorska Bay. Transfer to Croatia, Dubrovnik Town, dated from 7th century. Dubrovnik Fortress with massive stone walls from16th century and old town with well-preserved buildings range from Baroque, Gothic and more, are included on the UNESCO’s List. Visit to the Franciscan monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral.  Optional dinner in Dubrovnik old town. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 12  – DUBROVNIK – TREBINJE – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Transfer to Trebinje and sightseeing of Trebinje, a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with diverse old architecture, stone-constructed parts of the town and fortress. We will also visit Pocitelj Town, fortified medieval town from 16th century, with elements of Ottoman and Mediterranean architecture, located on Neretva River. On our way to Mostar we will have lunch on Buna River Spring that is one of the largest and most beautiful springs in Europe. Sightseeing of Mostar City, named after the bridge built on the Neretva River by the Turkish Ottomans in the 16th century, on UNESCO world heritage list, with Mostar City Tour. Drive to Sarajevo. Optional dinner in old national restaurant in Bascarsija bohemian street in Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo.

 

Day 13  – SARAJEVO – PLITVICE LAKES

Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 15th century. Because of its traditional cultural and religious diversity, with Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries, it was sometimes called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. Sightseeing of Jajce Lakes and Jajce City that is dated from 14th century as the capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia. Drive to Plitvicka Jezera (Plitvice Lakes). Optional dinner in ethno restaurant. Overnight in guest house in Plitvice area.

 

Day 14  – PLITVICE LAKES – ZAGREB

Breakfast at guest house. Sightseeing of famous Croatian national park Plitvice. This national park consists of 16 lakes bound together by magic waterfalls. Lunch on the lake side. Transfer to Zagreb, capital of Croatia, and Zagreb city tour. Visit to the old Upper town and downtown: St. Mark Church, Stone Gate, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and down town. Optional dinner in Croatian national restaurant. Overnight in Zagreb.

 

Day 15  ZAGREB – ZASAVICA – SIRMIUM – BELGRADE

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Early transfer from Zagreb to Serbia, and first stop in Zasavica nature reserve, with picturesque biodiversity mosaic of forests, meadows, river banks, rare plants and animals. Photo-safari cruise in Zasavica, and special lunch, stew made of old type of pork called Mangulitza that was common in Serbia in 19th century. Sightseeing of Sirmium archaeological site with well preserved Roman imperial palace. Sirmium City was one of 4 capitals of Roman empire during period of tetrarchy in 3rd century. Drive to Belgrade. Transfer to the airport. End of services.