Wonders of ex-Yugoslavia

DAY 1 | BELGRADE

Airport transfer at the arrival time of the flight to be confirmed. 

Fast track and porter service included for a smooth arrival.

 

12h30 – 14h30 Welcome lunch

14h30 – 17h30 Walking tour of downtown Belgrade

 

The word that best describes Belgrade is "surprising". This city that had long been under the radar of travelers worldwide, enchants everyone who visits it for its history, its gastronomy, the beauty of the meeting of the Sava and Danube rivers seen from the medieval fortress, but mostly for its positive energy and the hospitality of the people who inhabit it. The former capital and largest city of the former Yugoslavia, the current capital of Serbia is one of the oldest cities in Europe and holds a series of secrets that can only be revealed to those who visit it. Come and get ready for one of the most authentic trips of your life!

On this tour we visit the main attractions of the center of Belgrade: the Republic Square, the pedestrian street Knez Mihailova and the fortress of Belgrade.

18h00 Hotel check in and free time. 

DAY 2 | BELGRADE

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel

09h00 – 14h00  Belgrade panorama tour in old-timer Yugoslav cars

Belgrade offers a whole new concept of old-timer car - one of which they are proud of since the times when the city was the capital of Yugoslavia. That's because it was during the Yugoslavian times that the Yugo, the Zastava 101 and the Zastava 705 were produced. Some of those cars won many international races, some of them were top-sellers even in the USA, some of them just made their way to the hearts of the people like no other car before. After the drive around the city, this tour includes a craft beer tasting in a local brewery.

14h00 – 15h30 Free time for lunch

15h00 – 16h00 Transfer to heliodrom for helicopter tour

16h00 – 16h30 Panoramic helicopter flight over Belgrade

Get to know Belgrade from the air on an exciting helicopter ride! Fly in modernly equipped helicopters over the Serbian capital and add a new dimension to your trip. The standard flight is 30-minutes long, but it is possible to organize shorter and longer flights. The helicopters have a maximum capacity of 3 passengers besides the pilot per flight.

16h30 – 17h30 Transfer back to hotel

17h30 Free time. 

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DAY 3 | SUBOTICA AND PALIĆ

07h00 – 08h00 Breakfast at the hotel;
08h00 – 10h00 Transfer to Subotica;
10h00 – 12h00 Explore Subotica;

 

Architectural pearls in art nouveau style, a relaxed people and a mix of Serbian and Hungarian flavors make this tree-lined city - the second largest in the Vojvodina region - a worthy day trip. Once an important and rich center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Subotica attracted some of the region's most influential architects and artists. Their legacy is very well preserved and is today the biggest business card in the city. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in Serbia, with more Hungarians than Serbs and a sizable population of Croats.


12h00 – 13h00 Guided tour in the City Hall;

Due to its location, size and ornate architecture in Hungarian Art Nouveau, the City Hall building has become a landmark and symbol of Subotica. Built between 1908 and 1910, it has a 76m high viewpoint and an unforgettable view of Subotica and its surroundings. The Grand Hall has sixteen notable stained glass windows in sparkling colors by Miksa Róth and Sándor Nagy, all considered exceptional works of art.

13h00 – 13h15 Transfer to Palić;
13h30 – 15h30 Premium wine & deli tasting at the Zvonko Bogdan winery

 

The Zvonko Bogdan Winery is one of the most beautiful and modern wineries in Europe, located in the famous fruit and wine growing area around Lake Palic and Ludaš. Its owner, Zvonko Bogdan, is one of Serbia's most famous musicians. The winery is equipped with modern technology to produce high quality wines exclusively from grapes from its own vineyard. Two of his wines won a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London in 2019, beating 160,000 wines from all over the world.


15h30 – 17h00 Time to explore the Palić lake

The tourist town of Palić, 8 km away from Subotica, is home to a 5 km² lake, popular with sailors, fishermen and those who enjoy strolling. The park is graced with villas, restaurants and beautiful examples of Hungarian art nouveau, including the 1912 Grand Terrace, the mushroom-shaped water tower and the wooden folk Lido. There is a 3 km birdwatching trail, plus bicycle and boat rentals.


17h00 – 19h00 Travel back to Belgrade and free time. 

DAY 4 | ZAGREB

07h30 – 08h30 Breakfast at the hotel and check out;

08h30 – 13h00 Travel  to Zagreb, capital of Croatia

13h00 – 16h00 Lunch and check in to the hotel

16h00 – 18h00 Walking tour guided by a local guide

On this tour we explore the charming Croatian capital, discovering its stories and legends, its beautiful architecture, and its welcoming people. We visit the main attractions in the center of Zagreb: Josip Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral, the Stone Gate, St. Marko's Church, and more.

18h00 Return to the hotel and free time.

DAY 5 | BLED AND LJUBLJANA

07h00 – 08h00 Breakfast at the hotel;

08h00 – 11h00 Travel to Bled (Slovenia)

11h00 – 12h30 Visit the Bled Castle

At the top of a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is like most people imagine to be a medieval fortress, with towers, walls, moats, and a terrace with magnificent views. The castle houses a collection of museums that traces the history of the lake from the early days until the development of Bled as a resort in the 19th century. The castle, built on two levels, dates back to the beginning of the 11th century, although most of what is found here is now from the 16th century. For 800 years, it was the seat of the Bishops of Brixen.

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12h30 – 13h30 Pletna boat tour on Lake Bled

Bled's biggest attraction is its incredible blue-green lake, beautiful to see from almost any point and makes a beautiful setting for the 6 km walk around it. Hot springs maintain the water temperature heated to 25 ° C from June to August. The lake is naturally the focus of the whole city: you can rent paddle boats, try the stand-up paddleboards or simply take countless photos. On this tour, you will ride the "pletna" – a traditional wooden boat made by locals.

13h30 – 15h00 Lunch at a restaurant by the lake

15h00 – 16h00​ Travel to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia

16h00 – 18h00 Ljubljana walking tour with local guide

Ljubljana is a picturesque city full of romantic attractions. Its old center can be easily explored on foot. Its architecture was distinctly influenced by the famous Jože Plečnik, giving the city, which was his place of birth, a permanent seal, similar to Gaudi in Barcelona. Ljubljana is also unmistakably marked by medieval, baroque, and secession elements. The most recognizable symbol of Ljubljana is the dragons on the Dragon Bridge that protect the city.

18h00 Check in to the hotel and free time. Guide and driver at the client’s disposal for dinner transfer.

DAY 6 | THE PLITVICE LAKES

07h30 – 08h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out;
08h00 – 11h30 Travel to the Plitvice Lakes

11h30 – 14h30 Explore the Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia. In 1979, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is located in the mountainous karst area of ​​central Croatia, on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometers. Every year, more than 1 million visitors are surprised by the natural beauty of the Plitvice lakes.

14h30 – 16h00 Lunch

16h00 – 18h00 Travel to Zadar

18h00 Check in to the hotel and free time. Suggested activity: watch the sunset to the sound of the famous “maritime organ” 

DAY 7 | ZADAR AND SPLIT

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out;

10h00 – 12h00 Explore Zadar

With a historic old town full of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums located on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. It is not very crowded and its two unique attractions - the sound and light show of the Sea Organ and the Salutation to the Sun - need to be seen and heard to be believed.

12h00 – 14h00 Free time for lunch

14h00 – 16h00 Travel to Split

16h00 – 18h30 Split walking tour with local guide


The second-largest city in Croatia, Split is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it really is lived. Always lively, this exuberant city has the right balance between tradition and modernity. Enter the Diocletian's Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive Roman monuments in the world) and you will see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops that thrive amid the ancient walls, in which life in Split has flourished for thousands of years.

 

18h30 Check in to the hotel and free time. 

DAY 8 | PELJEŠAC

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out

09h00 – 12h00 Travel to Pelješac

12h00 – 14h00 Visit and wine tasting at a local winery

The Pelješac Peninsula has been known to produce excellent wines since Ancient Greece, the most famous of which is Dingač and Postup (made from the Plavac Mali grape, endemic to the region). The grapes are grown under extreme conditions on steep hills, between the mountain and the sea, causing them to receive the so-called "triple sunstroke" - first, directly from the sun; second, the sun's rays reflected from the sea; third, the sun's rays reflected from the mountain's white rocks. That is why they say that Dingač is a wine of the sun and stone, with strong and concentrated fruit aromas.
 

14h00 – 16h00 Lunch in Pelješac

16h00 – 17h30 Travel to Dubrovnik
17h30 Check in to the hotel and free time. 

Aerial view of Town of Orebic on Peljesa

DAY 9 | DUBROVNIK

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel

09h30 – 12h30 Dubrovnik walking tour with local guide

 

Dubrovnik is a coastal town in Croatia located in the southern tip of Dalmatia, at the tip of the isthmus of the same name. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic Sea, a seaport, and the most important city in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. For its natural and urban beauty, and for what it represents for history, Dubrovnik is known as "the pearl of the Adriatic" and "Slavic Athens", due to its ancient inhabitants being distinguished as unique in a region where barbarism prevailed – great contributions to human sciences and arts were given by the people from Dubrovnik.

12h30 – 14h30 Free time for lunch 

14h30 – 18h00 Cable car ride up to the most beautiful viewpoint in Dubrovnik. Time to enjoy the view and have a coffee.
Alternative activities: visit the Lovrijenac fortress or the island of Lokrum.

 

18h00 Free time. 

DAY 10 | KOTOR AND BUDVA

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out

09h00 – 11h00 Travel to Kotor

11h00 – 13h00 Kotor walking tour with local guide

Located along one of the most beautiful bays in the world is Kotor, a city of famous merchants and sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old Town of Kotor is a well-preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Medieval architecture and numerous cultural heritage monuments have made Kotor a UNESCO world heritage site. Across the entire city, buildings are crossed by narrow streets and squares. In one of these squares is the Cathedral of Saint Trifone (Sveti Trifun), a monument of Roman culture and one of the most striking symbols of the city.

13h00 – 15h00 Free time for lunch

15h00 – 15h30 Travel to Budva

15h30 – 17h30 Explore Budva

Budva is a Montenegrin city on the Adriatic Sea with around 14,000 inhabitants. Budva is 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. It developed around a small peninsula, on which the old city is located. It is by far the most visited destination in Montenegro, attracting mainly domestic, Russian, Serbian, and other European tourists from Eastern Europe. There are up to 35 beaches in the Budva area, mainly rock and some with sand.


17h30 Check in to the hotel and free time. 

DAY 11 | MOSTAR

07h00 – 08h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out
08h00 – 12h00 Tavel to Mostar

12h00 – 16h00 Explore Mostar and have lunch

Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina with about 113,169 inhabitants, located in the region of Herzegovina. This city is famous for its old bridge (16th century) over the Neretva River, located in the old part of the city, which was rebuilt in 2004 after its destruction in 1993 due to the Bosnian War felt in the region. The reconstruction and reopening of the bridge is seen by the inhabitants of Mostar as a sign of hope for the future of a city divided between Croats and Muslims, who have had a troubled relationship over time. Mostar's old bridge and historic center were classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005.


16h00 – 18h00 Travel to Sarajevo
18h00 Arrival in Sarajevo, check in to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. 

DAY 12 | SARAJEVO

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel

09h00 – 13h00 Sarajevo walking tour with local guide

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 2013 census indicated a population of 395,133 inhabitants, which indicates a small growth in the more than two decades since the 1991 census, which indicated a population of 329 672 inhabitants. Sarajevo is considered one of the most important cities in the Balkan Peninsula and has a rich history since it was founded in 1461 by the Ottomans. It was in this city that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered, which served as a trigger for the First World War. More recently, the city had the opportunity to host the 1984 Winter Olympics. In the 1990s, the city suffered greatly from the war in Yugoslavia.


13h00 – 15h00 Free time for lunch

15h00 – 17h00 Visit the Tunnel of Hope

 

The Tunnel of Hope was the only way to get in and out of the city of Sarajevo. Built under the runway of the city's airport, it was the only way to send supplies to the trapped citizens. Hundreds risked their lives trying to cross and many died when surrounded by the forces of the enemy army. The tunnel entrance is under a private family home that is now the Tunnel of Hope Museum, which displays various articles from the war, photographs, and video recordings of scenes from the war.


17h00 Free time. 

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The Ottoman Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

DAY 13 | VIŠEGRAD

AND DRVENGRAD

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out

09h00 – 11h00 Travel to Višegrad

11h00 – 12h30 Visit the "Bridge over the Drina" and Andricgrad

At the end of the 16th century, the Great Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic asked Mimar Koca Sinan to design a bridge. Sinan was one of the best Ottoman architects who created the Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic bridge, with 11 arches and 180 meters long over the river Drina. At the time, it was part of the main road leading to Istanbul; it is now the main attraction of Visegrad and an important stop for everyone who passes by. The bridge was the inspiration of the Serbian writer Ivo Andrić, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 with his book "The Bridge over Drina".

12h30 – 13h00 Travel to Mokra Gora

13h30 – 16h00 "Eight of Shargan" train ride

Due to its rich history, unusual shape, and unimaginable landscapes, Shargan's Eight is rightly called a railway wonder and one of Serbia's most magnificent tourist attractions. Part of the railway line that once connected Europe to the Adriatic Sea, Belgrade to Dubrovnik, passing through hills, bridges, and inaccessible scenery, today represents a unique tourist railroad.

16h00 – 18h00 Visit and lunch in Drvengrad, the Wooden City

Located on the Mećavnik hill, in the Mokra Gora nature park, the meeting point of two beautiful Serbian mountains Tara and Zlatibor, the ethnic village “Drvengrad” is a product of film director Emir Kusturica's imagination and was built for the production of his film “Life is a Miracle". Every January, the international film festival Kustendorf is held there, which always has the presence of world-renowned personalities. In 2005, the “Philippe Rotthier Foundation for architecture”, based in Brussels, named “Drvengrad” the best architectural achievement in Europe.

 

18h00 – 19h00 Travel to Zlatibor
19h00 Check in to the hotel and free time. 

DAY 14 | ZLATIBOR

08h00 – 09h00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out

09h00 – 12h00 Explore the center of Zlatibor

Zlatibor is the most visited mountain in Serbia and the gateway to the incredible nature of the western region of the country. Located in a "wind rose", Zlatibor is a natural spa with its special microclimate. It is no wonder that on this mountain there are several hospitals that treat lung diseases. Tourism here began to develop in 1893, when Serbian king Aleksandar Obrenović spent a few days on the mountain and erected a fountain. Today, Zlatibor offers visitors a series of attractions and activities ranging from horseback riding, visits to caves, waterfalls and villages to skiing in one of Serbia's best ski centers!
 

12h00 – 12h30 Travel to the Stopića cave

12h30 – 13h30 Visit to the Stopića cave

The Stopića cave, on the left bank of the Prištavica river, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in western Serbia. The cave entrance is 18 meters high and 35 meters wide. It is a river cave, as the Trnavski stream flows through it. Its main attraction is an underground waterfall 10 meters high. It has incredible natural pools inside, some of which are up to 7 meters deep.

13h30 – 16h00 Visit and lunch in Sirogojno

At the heart of the Zlatibor mountain, surrounded by pine trees and hills, away from the crowds, lies Sirogojno - an authentic mountain village in Serbia, where visitors can see, feel and taste the past. In its open-air museum, we can enter original mountain houses dating from the 19th century. In the restaurant, mountain specialties are prepared following ancient recipes.

16h00 – 19h30 Travel to Belgrade

19h30 Check in to the hotel and free time. 

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DAY 15 | BELGRADE

Transfer to the airport at a time to be arranged.

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