Belgrade, Bulgaria & Bosnia - 16 days

Belgrade, Bulgaria & Bosnia - 16 days

16 Days



Belgrade, Bulgaria & Bosnia - 16 days

16 Days Starting in Belgrade and ending in Dubrovnik

Visiting: Montenegro, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Group size:

2 - 16

Age range:

No min or max age (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Age policy for children is as follows:Children 0-2 = FOCChildren 2-6 (sharing a bed) = 50% DiscountChildren 6+ = Need to be booked into a triple room (triple room prices are the same f

Trip Styles:

Small Group

$3625 (USD) Operator discount: -$658 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$102 -17%

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Tour Overview

Journey from Belgrade to Dubrovnik on this 16 day group tour taking in the best of Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Bosnia, plus visiting Montenegro and Croatia. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Plovdiv, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. Explore the Bay of Kotor, see the iconic bridge in Mostar and discover Dracula's Castle. Ride a heritage train in the mountains of Zlatibor, take a boat trip from Perast and see the eerie skull tower in Nis, plus so much more!


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Day 1: Belgrade

Welcome to Serbia! Upon arrival in Belgrade, our driver will greet you at the Nikola Tesla airport and take you to the hotel. After checking in at your hotel, you will have free time to rest and prepare for the tour.

During a brief meeting with our guide at 7pm, you will be introduced to the tour and provided with all necessary information.

Day 2: Belgrade
Meals Included: Breakfast

Following breakfast, we commence a tour of Belgrade. Our first stop is the Museum of Yugoslav History, a complex dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Josip Broz Tito, the former leader of Yugoslavia. We then drive past the FC Red Star stadium before visiting the iconic Temple of Saint Sava, dedicated to the city's patron saint.

The tour will continue to Slavija Square, Saint Mark's Church, the Serbian National Parliament, White Palace, and Republic Square, with its surrounding cultural institutions like the National Theatre and National Museum. We stroll down Knez Mihailo Street, the main pedestrian and shopping area, and visit the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel before learning about the historic "Question Mark" tavern. The tour will then proceed to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, a significant cultural and historic site located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.

Day 3: Belgrade
Meals Included: Breakfast

Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade. This morning we embark on a tour of Vojvodina, a province in the north of Serbia. Our journey will take us through picturesque scenery and Serbia's renowned wine region to the 'Serbian Holy Land' which is home to 17 functioning Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Our first stop is the well-preserved monastery Krusedol, where you can purchase wine and rakija made by the monks.

Next, we visit the town of Sremski Karlovci, a hidden gem of Serbian culture and spirituality. The town's Baroque center, the Patriarchal Court, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, and the first Serbian secondary school are all significant landmarks. We also enjoy wine tasting at one of the region's top wineries and have time for lunch along the banks of the Danube River.

Continuing, we explore Novi Sad, located on the border of the former Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. A sightseeing tour will take us through the city's pedestrian zone, past key landmarks such as the City Hall, a Catholic church, the old city centre, Mileva Einstein's former residence, the cultural foundation Matica Srpska, and a synagogue. The tour will also include a visit to Petrovaradin, known as the 'Danube's Gibraltar', where we can enjoy panoramic views of the river and the city. After our tour, we return to Belgrade.

Day 4: Timisoara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Belgrade - Timisoara (Romania) - Sibiu. Departing Serbia, we cross into Romania and drive to Timisoara, the largest city in western Romania. Known as ‘Little Vienna’, the city boasts distinctive architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. Timisoara was the first European city to have electric street lighting, highlighting its historical significance.

Our guided tour will start from the main Unirii Square, surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings, including the Catholic Cathedral of Saint George. We take in highlights including Liberty Square, Victory Square, home to the Romanian National Opera and National Theatre, and Huniade Castle, a 15th century Gothic architectural gem.

We then drive to Sibiu and embark on a sightseeing tour. Sibiu was once the largest and wealthiest of seven fortified towns established by German settlers in the 12th century. Our tour will take in the Large Square with the Brukenthal National Museum, the Small Square, the Council Tower, the Bridge of Lies, Stairs Passage, and the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The evening is at leisure in Sibiu.

Day 5: Sighisoara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov. Leaving Sibiu, our first stop today is Sighisoara, a historic town in Transylvania. Sighisoara is known as the birthplace of Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula, with his birthplace marked by the placard ‘Casa Vlad Dracul’. We visit the Church of the Dominican Monastery, the Clock Tower, Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, the Tailors’ Tower, the Covered Stairway, and other important sights.

Continuing to Brasov, we explore this 13th century town, founded by the Teutonic Knights as one of the seven walled citadels. Brasov is adorned with medieval towers, baroque buildings, churches, and charming cafes along the main square, Piața Sfatului. Our sightseeing will include the main square and the House of Council (Casa Sfatului), a stroll down one of the narrowest streets leading to the Gothic-style cathedral Biserica Neagra (Black Church), and a visit to Catherine's Gate, the only original city gate from medieval times still standing.

Day 6: Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast

Brasov - Bucharest. Today we take in two majestic castles on our way to the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Our first stop is Bran Castle, famously known as Dracula's Castle and the former residence of the Romanian royal family. The gothic fortress was built in the 13th century, perched atop a 60 metre cliff. Bram Stoker drew inspiration for his horror tale 'Dracula' from the dark legends of the Carpathian Mountains and the cruel ruler Vlad Cepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, who was once held prisoner in Bran Castle.

Our next stop is Sinaia and Peles Castle, where King Carol I of Romania built his summer residence, the magnificent Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle. The castle features elaborate turrets, detailed craftsmanship, and panoramic mountain views, and the interior boasts over 160 rooms featuring hand-painted stained glass windows and intricate sculptures.

After a tour of Peles Castle, we make our way to Bucharest for the night.

Day 7: Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast

We spend today exploring the Romanian capital on a sightseeing tour. Bucharest is famous for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, stunning Belle Epoque buildings, and a reputation for lavish living that earned it the nickname 'Little Paris' in the 1900s. The city combines French, Byzantine, and communist architecture in its stylish buildings.

Our tour takes in key landmarks such as Piata Unirii for a view of the impressive Palace of the Parliament. We explore the medieval Old Town, home to historic sites like the Old Princely Court, Stavropoleos Monastery, Lipscani Street, and the National Museum of Romanian History. As you stroll down Calea Victoriei Avenue, admire the beautiful French-style buildings and learn about communist rule in Romania at Revolution Square. After our tour, the rest of the day is at leisure in Bucharest.

Day 8: Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria). Say goodbye to Romania as we cross the border into Bulgaria today. Our first stop is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. These structures were carved out by the first hermits during the 12th century, with stunning 14th century murals showcasing medieval art created by Bulgarian artists.

We make a brief photo stop in the small village of Arbanasi, an open-air museum with houses dating back to Ottoman times and five beautiful churches. Then we complete our journey to the Second Bulgarian Empire's capital, Veliko Tarnovo. We can stroll through the cobblestone streets of Veliko Tarnovo and learn about the city's history under Turkish rule, as well as its architectural masterpieces and strong craftsmen’s guild.

Day 9: Sofia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv - Sofia. Today we drive to the Open Air Ethnographic Museum Etar. This museum features a collection of 50 objects, including water-powered installations and houses with craftsmen's workshops, showcasing the architecture, way of life, and economy of central Bulgaria during the Bulgarian National Revival.

Continuing to the ancient city of Plovdiv, we visit the Ancient Plovdiv architectural complex, where many beautifully preserved houses from the Bulgarian Renaissance era can be found. The Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis, built in the 2nd century with perfect acoustics, is a significant monument where various cultural events are still held today. Other landmarks we visit include the Roman Stadium and the Church of Saint Constantine and Helena. Our tour concludes in Kapana, the creative heart of the city filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

After exploring Plovdiv, we complete our journey to Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Day 10: Sofia
Meals Included: Breakfast

On this morning's guided tour of Sofia, we take in the highlights of one of Eastern Europe's most vibrant capitals. Known for its unique mix of communist-style architecture, Ottoman mosques, and onion-domed churches, Sofia is a melting pot of history and culture. Landmarks to see include the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Church of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Church of Saint George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia Synagogue, National Palace of Culture, and Largo, a significant example of Socialist Classicism architecture.

The afternoon is at leisure, and there is an optional half-day tour to Rila Monastery for those interested.

Day 11: Nis
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sofia - Nis (Serbia) - Belgrade. Today we drive back into Serbia, exploring the country's east. We visit the city of Nis, birthplace of legendary Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, taking in the archaeological park of Mediana and Skull Tower, made from 952 human skulls. We also visit Nis Fortress, a Turkish military construction located on the banks of the Nisava River. There is free time after our tour for you to explore Tinkers Alley, home to the city's old market. We then complete our journey back to Belgrade, where the evening is at leisure.

Day 12: Belgrade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Belgrade - Zlatibor. Leaving Belgrade, we drive west towards the picturesque Ovcar-Kablar Gorge. We continue to Tara National Park, where we ride the authentic 'Nostalgia' train that runs along the narrow-gauge heritage railway, Sargan Eight. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery as we pass through tunnels and viaducts. Originally part of the railway from Belgrade to Sarajevo in the early 20th century, the railway offers a nostalgic trip back in time.

Next, we visit the ethno village Drvengrad (Wooden Town), built by prominent movie director Emir Kusturica. The village is constructed mainly from natural materials such as wood. Hosting the annual Kustendorf Film and Music Festival since 2008, Drvengrad has attracted celebrities like Johnny Depp, Monica Belucci, and Jim Jarmusch.

Our next stop is Zlatibor Mountain, the location of Serbia's first royal resort. Here, we enjoy a leisurely stroll around the charming town centre of this picturesque air spa. In the evening, a delightful dinner featuring traditional Serbian cuisine is included..

Day 13: Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Zlatibor - Visegrad (Bosnia) - Sarajevo. We depart Serbia today, crossing into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Reaching Visegrad, we can see where filmmaker Emir Kusturica built Andricgrad, also known as Stone Town. We stop for lunch at the unique restaurant Zlatna Moruna, adorned with frescoes by artist Bisenija Terescenko.

After lunch we head to the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting key landmarks such as Vijecnica (Sarajevo City Hall), Bascarsija (the old downtown area), the Gazi Husrev-bey mosque, and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking the First World War. We also stop at historic sites like the Orthodox Church, Sahat Tower, and the first public toilet in Europe. The day will end with visits to Bezistan market complex, Ferhadiya pedestrian zone, the Sarajevo Synagogue, and a Catholic cathedral.

Day 14: Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sarajevo - Mostar - Blagaj - Trebinje. Today begins with a drive to Mostar, one of the most beautiful cities of the Balkan Peninsula. On a walking tour, we see the iconic Old Bridge, a UNESCO protected landmark and one of the most photographed sights in the country. We also visit the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge, and the old tanner’s quarter Tabhana. There is free time for lunch on the banks of the Neretva River, with a stunning view of the bridge.

Continuing to Blagaj, we can enjoy the view of the monastery built by dervish Sari Satluk, which is located in a picturesque setting, beneath cliffs on the shores of the emerald green river Buna.

Next on the itinerary is Trebinje, a picturesque town with a mix of sights from different cultures. We see the Arslanagića Bridge and take a leisurely walk through the narrow streets of the old town to 'Poet’s Square', where you can relax under the shade of 115-year-old trees. We spend tonight at a hotel in Trebinje.

Day 15: Kotor
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trebinje - Kotor (Montenegro) - Dubrovnik (Croatia). Today we discover the most popular destination in Montenegro: the Bay of Kotor. En route to Kotor, we stop at the picturesque village of Perast, known for its baroque architecture. From Perast, we enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the Bay of Kotor to the beautiful island of Our Lady of the Rocks, home to a church adorned with valuable paintings and artifacts.

Upon arrival in Kotor, enjoy a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include visits to the churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luke, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, and other cultural landmarks. There is also free time to explore the town further or enjoy a meal at a restaurant in one of the charming squares.

We then complete our journey to Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe's best preserved walled cities dating back to the 7th century. The old town is encircled by a 2km long wall, offering panoramic views during a leisurely one hour walk. We also take in highlights such as the main street (Stradun), Placa Square, Pile Gate, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Saint Blaise Church, the cathedral, and other picturesque landmarks. The final night of our tour is at leisure in the city.

Day 16: Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today our tour comes to an end. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. We wish you safe travels on your onward journey!

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4-star hotels (upgrade available)

  • 15 breakfasts & 1 dinner

  • 15 nights 4 star hotels (5-star upgrade is available)

  • Escorted by a local tour leader with local guides for some sightseeing

  • Transportation in a mini-bus with air-conditioning & Wi-Fi

  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1

  • 1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger, accommodation taxes and city taxes

  • Guided sightseeing in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest, Plovdiv, Sofia, Nis, Zlatibor, Sarajevo, Mostar, Blagaj, Trebinje, Kotor & Dubrovnik

  • Entrance to Museum of Yugoslav History

  • Entrance to Monastery Krusedol

  • Entrance to Bran Castle & Peles Castle

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What's Not Included

  • International flights & visas

  • Departure transfers

  • Meals not specified in itinerary

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

  • Entry fees unless specified & optional activities

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    Since 1998

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