Wild Beauty and Wide Heart of Balkan
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- 16 days
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- Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, English
Last updated: 01/18/2007
You are going to feel an unrepeatable uniqueness of the Balkans, sublimation of natural beauties and cultural values imbued with the temperament of the south.
Belgrade. Gathering. Accommodation at the hotel. Break. Evening dinner accompanied by musicians at the famous bohemian Belgrade quarter of Skadarlija which emanates an oriental atmosphere. Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast the sightseeing of Belgrade and visits to the most important cultural and historical marks of Belgrade are organized. Stroll on the Kalemegdan - the fortress primary built by Celts in the 3rd century BC. Sightseeing by tram finishes with the visit of the tomb of the former Yugoslav President Tito. Evening dinner on a boat/raft restaurant accompanied by the sound of traditional string instruments called ''tamburitza''. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast. One day city tour of Novi Sad also includes the visit to the Petrovaradin Fortress which is called the Gibraltar on the Danube, followed by the baroque museum-town of Sremski Karlovci where the famous local aromatic red wine 'Bermet'' can be tasted. After a short break the tour is continued towards Fruka Gora National Park where an ethno house is visited. Coming back to the hotel in Belgrade. Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast our tour starts to Topola and Oplenac, picturesque landscapes with endless clearings, valleys in the heart of Serbia which used to be holiday resorts and the place where the Serbian kings of the Karadjordjevich Dynasty were being buried. Overnight in the ethno village of Koshtunichi.
The journey continues towards Zlatibor : mountain of gentle valleys and hilly country. Introducing the traditional life of a Serbian village in the Ethno Museum of Sirogojno and tasting domestic food (smoked ham and 'kajmak'' sour cream) in the village of Maèkat. Overnight in the hotel on Zlatibor.
. After breakfast our tour goes to the area which has inspired Emir Kusturica, the famous film director. An enjoyable journey by steam-powered train going through beautiful countryside not far away from Zlatibor and Tara. The train is called 'arganska osmica'' or ''The Figure of Eight of argan'' which is a narrow railroad shaped as number eight. The large elevation change in so short a distance will leave you breathless. Paying the visit to the village of Emir Kusturica where his popular film ''The Time of Miracles'' was shot. Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Leaving for Bosnia. Visiting the town of Viegrad where its old Bridge on the Drina River can be seen, famous for it is also the title of the novel written by Ivo Andrich - the Nobel Prize Winner. The tour continues to Sarajevo which rises like a phoenix, in all its shine, showing, like nowhere in the World, in the same place, all the beauty of the Muslim, Catholic and Othodox monuments. Accommodation in the hotel. Evening dinner in a local restaurant where the typical Bosnian melancholic feeling will be felt.
After breakfast, the day starts with sightseeing : old Turkish quarter of Baèarija, sacral buildings and local pubs with extremely pleasant atmosphere. Free afternoon. Overnight in the hotel in Sarajevo.
After breakfast the tour continues to Mostar, picturesque old town on the Neretva River, where the extraordinary quarter of Kujundziluk and the reconstruction of the old stone bridge from the 16th century (destroyed during the 1990s war) will be seen. The next stop is the Town of Trebinje, situated upon the longest underground stream on the Balkans. Accommodation in the hotel. Specialties of local cuisine will be served for evening dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Arrival in Dubrovnik. Sightseeing of the most famous Croatian Coast town which is inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tour continues to Montenegro where a short walk along the typical streets of the Mediterranean town of Herceg Novi will be taken. From there the tour passes the Boka Kotorska Bay, the southest fjord in Europe, which poets called The Adriatic Bride because of its extraordinary beauty. Two short breaks will be made in picturesque settlements of Perast and Risan as the tour continues towards Kotor - another town from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sightseeing and accommodation in the hotel.
After breakfast, the group takes its way up to Cetinje, small town in the middle of Montenegrin Karst which used to be the capital of the Montenegrin State. After free time for lunch the group will continue up to the Mausoleum of Njego who was the most famous Montenegro poet, writer, philosopher and diplomat. His birth place Njegu will also be visited where you will enjoy delicious smoked ham which is the village famous for. Going back down to Kotor. Overnight in the hotel in Kotor
After breakfast, our tour goes sightseeing on the Budva Riviera. First you are planned to see the Old Town of Budva with its narrow Mediterranean streets, then Sveti Stefan (St Stephen) which used to be a fishermen village and in the present times it has been one of the favourite places of the jet set holidaymakers. The group continues to the Skadar Lake : the National Park which is a significant habitat of aquatic fauna. In the afternoon the picturesque town of Rijeka Crnojeviæa and the Port of Bar with its deserted old town will be visited. The day will end with an authentic evening dinner in Ulcinj, town which is famous for its old fortress and for it is a melting pot of Montenegrin and Albanian influences. Overnight in the hotel in Ulcinj.
Departure for the Albanian capital Tirana which represents a mixture of styles, architecture, town planning, spirit and mentality of the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Orient, a unique city which presents a compatibility of the incompatible : unpaved roads and luxurious cars, tumbledown houses and colourful buildings, poverty and wealth : the Balkans in a special way. After sightseeing in Tirana the tour will continue to Ohrid where a Macedonian evening dinner will be served accompanied by the sound of specific Ohrid string instruments. Overnight in the hotel in Ohrid.
After breakfast the group is going sightseeing in Ohrid which is the third town of our tour on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has the largest number of churches on the Balkans. The area has 365 churches and monasteries which enables you to visit one sacral object each day in a year's time. Evening outside dinner accompanied with the sound of local music. Overnight in the hotel in Ohrid.
Departure for the Macedonian capital Skopje. Accommodation in the hotel. Sightseeing of the Stone Bridge, The Monument of Mother Theresa, The Old Skopje Railway Station which was destroyed in the disastrous earthquake in 1963, The Museum of the Macedonian icons, The Fortress Kale above the Old Town, The Old Downtown 'Èarija'', the 'Bit Pazar'' Market, The St Salvation Church and a few mosques. Evening dinner accompanied by the sound of shepherds' music (bag-pipe, zurle, kaval and tapan musical instruments). Overnight in the hotel in Skoplje.
Transfer to the Skopje Airport. Flight back home.
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- - Other costs not offered in this Programme
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