The Trip of Your Lifetime: from Greece to Serbia

There simply is no way to tour Europe and not be awestruck by its natural beauty, epic history and dazzling artistic and culinary diversity.

If you have not visited Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia yet but find all of the above inciting to explore, you can cover big European distances in 11 care-free days with one of our bestselling experiences in the region.

We’ve decided to showcase one of our tours today because it has proven such a fantastic European holiday for so many of our travelers. It combines a visit to Athens, Meteora, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo and Belgrade – all the iconic cities across five European countries. Not rushed or too densely packed; rather inspirational, convenient and unique.

Today we’d love to share how the five countries came together under one experience and a few special gems about each destination that makes your holiday a trip of a lifetime.

Greece: Athens & Meteora

We love Greece. Who doesn’t! It’s one of these countries that you can spend your entire life exploring. While Greece covers a relatively small amount of land in comparison with some other neighbors, it’s a huge country when it comes to the richness of its culture and history.

Athens was an easy choice to include in this tour – this is a city steeped in history and has some of the largest collection of Greek ruins and artifacts in the world. Here, you have a choice of exploring the city yourself, or take an advantage of the Half Day Acropolis Tour or Corinth Canal Tour. If you feel adventurous, visit the Agora – Athens Central Market, heading to the Temple of Poseidon after or admire the Temple of Zeus, see the Tower of the Winds or visit the Kanellopoulos Museum. This city will make you want to come back!

With our tour, we head to Meteora, spending an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka, which is snuggly nestled in front of some gigantic rock formations. It’s worthwhile staying overnight for the view! No matter where you go, traveling always involves admiring local sunrises and sunsets. And Meteora is in a whole separate category of amazing that other destinations cannot even begin to fathom. These extraordinary rock formations of the Meteora crowned by Byzantine monasteries create a magical backdrop for the start of your holiday.

Albania: Tirana

After some time taking in the beauty of Greece, we are heading towards Tirana, the capital of Albania. On our journey, we will have a break at the Drilon Springs, a national park with a gorgeous lake and an island in the middle of it, with a bridge to access many restaurants here. If you feel romantic, maybe hire a row boat to explore the area. We spend a night in Tirana. This is a world full of discoveries! When you stand in the middle of Tirana’s vast Skanderbeg Square and turn 360 degrees, you will see Italian fascist architecture, buildings in the Russian and Chinese communist style, a mosque, an Orthodox Christian church, the gleaming glass rectangle of the Tirana International Hotel and the bleak carcass of the unfinished Archea tower. We are taking you through a whole new world to give you a taste for Europe you’ve never seen before.

Montenegro: Budva & Kotor

After breakfast, we drive to Budva, Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. We continue to Kotor, a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. It is a top attraction in the young Balkan nation of Montenegro in Southeastern Europe and protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s no denying it’s a tourist magnet, and few can resist its charm once they taste local food in Stari Grad, the Old Town of Kotor.

Here you can also visit the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in 1166, the Church of Saint Nicholas and hike up to the Kotor Fortress.

Croatia: Dubrovnik & Split

From here, we continue our journey along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik, another UNESCO World Heritage site and a city legendary for its well-preserved stone walls, and is often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying the views of the city. Here, you can visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, the 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces. In the afternoon, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Trogir, where we let our feet rest overnight.

After some good rest, we travel a short distance to Split and have a walking tour of the city visiting Diocletian Palace – a Roman imperial palace. We will walk the southern part of palace, the Bronze Gates, through the Vestibul of the Emperor’s Palace, The Mausoleum, St. Dujam’s Cathedral, Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, St. Martin’s Church (Golden Gate) and conclude the tour at the fruit square and visit the Venetian castle, Milesi Palace and the Monument of Marko Marulic. This is a rich day full of discoveries!

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mostar & Sarajevo

In the afternoon we drive to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where we stay overnight getting ready for another day exploration. Here, you can take advantage of the guided tour of Mostar. This city has a fascinating history.

Mostar was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt, which we are very excited about. We visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, originally built by the Ottomans in 16th century. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. Afterwards, we drive to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s small but vibrant capital, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina.

Here, a guided tour of Sarajevo is waiting. We love exploring this city! Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting cities. Here, you can experience the mix of east and west, dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. As you enjoy your day here, in the evening, taste a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s old bazaar. And try the local specialty of bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices). Optional tours of the Tunnel of Hope and Vrelo Bosne are available for the afternoon as well.

Serbia: Belgrade

After some overnight rest and a good breakfast, we depart for Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums. Diverse, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia is true.

This is a part of the world not many get to really experience. You are going to love it.

In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Belgrade visiting the city’s wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries. While Belgrade hurtles towards a brighter future, its chaotic past unfolds before your eyes as you walk the city – socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics and socialist modernist monoliths.

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