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Balkan Signature Tour

Budva, Montenegro

Tour Details

Visit: Zagreb, Sarajevo, Višegrad, Zlatibor, Durmitor, Podgorica, Skadar Lake, Cetinje, Budva, Sveti Stefan, Kotor, Dubrovnik

Day 1 (Thursday): Zagreb Arrival

On arrival in Zagreb, you'll be transferred from Zagreb Airport to the hotel. Zagreb offers a welcome jolt of big-city sophistication. You can't get a complete picture of modern Croatia without a visit here — away from the touristy resorts, in the lively and livable city that is home to one out of every six Croatians.

Meals: Get-together welcome drink

Day 2 (Friday): Zagreb

Get to know Croatia’s capital through the included city tour. The city is packed with historic buildings, such as the neo-gothic St. Marcus Church. Your tour with local guide will also include cheese tasting at the Dolac Market as an ideal place to delve into Croatia’s culinary scene and funicular ride to the Upper Town. The afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own or head back at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Saturday): Zagreb - Sarajevo

After breakfast, transfer from Zagreb to Sarajevo. For over four hundred years, mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have been built and have stood side by side amidst Sarajevo, thus giving the city its unique feel and adding to the Sarajevo image of being the "European Jerusalem".

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sunday): Sarajevo

Join a local guide for a guided walking tour of the City's old town, past the largest mosque in the Balkans, the Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured just a few decades ago. Variety of cultures and religions, as well as three contrasting components of the town from former times are sufficient reasons for visiting Sarajevo. In the heart of the city, is the famous Sarajevo's old bazaar  ̶ Baščaršija from the Turkish period, where you can see various handicrafts of metal, stone, wood, glass, wool, leather. Sarajevo is famous for its museums, bridges, sports centres, mosques (visit Gazi-Husrevbey Mosque), synagogue, Orthodox and Catholic churches, and many other significant highlights.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Monday): Sarajevo - Višegrad - Zlatibor

Today, journey trom Sarajevo to Višegrad. Famous for its UNESCO-listed 'bridge over the Drina river' immortalised in Ivo Andrić's classic novel, Višegrad has parlayed this identity into a niche tourist industry by building Andrićgrad ̶ a small but likeable mock-historical city celebrating the Nobel Prize winner. Continue to Mokra gora, a village on the border mountain Zlatibor, Tara, and Sargan, which overshadows the hill Mećavnik of the film village Drvengrad (Wooden Town), formed one of the most popular ethnic villages in Serbia, which has been constantly enlarging. All ideas come from famous filmmaker Emir Kusturica, who for the film Life is a Miracle created the settings which grew into a town where the famous film director lives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Tuesday): Zlatibor - Durmitor - Podgorica

Our next destination is Žabljak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1,450 metres above the sea level. After enjoying breath-taking mountain scenery and lunch at a local restaurant, we proceed to a hidden jewel – the Durmitor National Park. Continue towards Podgorica passing by spiritual and mysterious place in Montenegro – the Ostrog Monastery. Finish your day at Montenegro capital Podgorica.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 (Wednesday): Podgorica - Skadar Lake - Cetinje - Budva

After morning orientation tour of Podgorica, continue to the Skadar lake, the largest lake on the Balkan peninsula. Continue to Cetinje – the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro. Cetinje is a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage. We'll choose a scenic spot for your meal – Njeguši sandwich – a hearty sandwich made with fresh homemade bread and filled with Njeguši prosciutto and cheese. Continue to the walled town of Budva, known for its sandy beaches and diverse nightlife for a short orientation tour. Continue to your hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Dinner

Day 8 (Thursday): Budva - Sveti Stefan - Kotor - Dubrovnik

In the morning, travel to Sveti Stefan for a photo stop and learn about the interesting history of this small islet. Continue to Kotor – a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its many ancient monuments and well-preserved Medieval architecture. Follow your guide through the City's historical centre and spend some time at your leisure. Then stop at one of the most iconic places in the Bay of Kotor – Perast for a boat trip to the small islet Our Lady of the Rocks before heading to Dubrovnik. In the afternoon arrive to Dubrovnik – a real pearl of the Adriatic Sea.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 (Friday): Dubrovnik

During our walking tour of fortified Old city, we will see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks. We will visit the 15th-century Rector's Palace and an early 14th-century Franciscan Monastery that is home to one of the Europe's oldest pharmacies.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Saturday): Dubrovnik

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport or port.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels, service charges and hotels taxes
  • Touring by private, first class, air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 1 welcome drink, 4 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 snack and 1 cheese tasting
  • Individual headsets for sightseeing tours
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Sightseeing and entrances: Zagreb city tour with cheese tasting at the Dolac market, Sarajevo city tour with visit of Gazi-Husrevbey Mosque and entrance to the War Museum – Tunnel, sightseeing of Visegrad and Andricgrad, visit of Ethnic village Drvengrad, view of Durmitor National Park, view of Ostrog Monastery, orientation tour of Podgorica, view of Skadar lake, visit of Cetinje with entrance to the King Nicola museum, orientation tour of Budva, view of Sveti Stefan, walking tour of Kotor, boat trip to Lady of the Rocks, city tour of Dubrovnik with entrance to the Rector's palace and the Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik

 

Scenic Highlights:

  • Dramatic scenery of Durmitor National Park
  • Gorgeous Montenegro
  • Coastline, scenic fjord-like Kotor bay

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Zagreb: Esplanade Hotel
  • Sarajevo: Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel
  • Zlatibor: Mona Hotel
  • Podgorica: Ramada Hotel
  • Budva: Falkensteiner Hotel Montenegro
  • Dubrovnik: Valamar Lacroma Hotel or Valamar Argosy Hotel or Valamar Tirena Hotel

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and coach tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (kmnm)

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