The Great Balkan Experience

The Great Balkan Experience

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The Great Balkan Experience

15 Days Starting and ending in Zagreb, Croatia

Visiting: Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Niš, Skopje, Ohrid, Tirana, Shkodra Lake, Podgorica, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Split, Plitvička Jezera

Tour operator:

Palma Travel DMC

Tour code:

1005

Guide Type:

Partially Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Jain, Halal

Tour operated in:
English , French , German , Spanish
Interests:

Art, Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

Private Available:

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Tour Overview

Enjoy the authentic spirit of Balkans discovering the amazing history of the region, exploring the culture of different nations and tasting flavours of the delicious food variety in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. Embark on a memorable Balkan journey filled with vibrant cities, charming towns, and breathtaking landscapes. Explore the fusion of history and modernity, discovering ancient streets and tranquil lakes. Immerse yourself in the captivating Mediterranean ambiance alongside historical ruins.

Highlights

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • Ohrid Lake

  • 6 Balkan capitals: Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Tirana, Podgorica, Skopje

  • Beautiful coastal cities

Places You'll See

Mostar

Skadar Lake

Turkish Coffee

Plitice Lakes Np

Split

Ohrid

Kotor

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival To Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Croatia’s capital! Meet with your tour director to get all the information about the tour.

Day 2 : Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Start your day with a guided walking tour of the historical capital, Zagreb, which comprises the Gornji Grad and Kaptol. This tour will showcase the medieval urban complex, including churches, palaces, museums, galleries, and government buildings, which are popular sightseeing spots in the city. After the tour, you will have a free afternoon to enjoy and explore the city at your leisure.

Day 3 : Zagreb - Novi Sad - Belgarde

Location: Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a scenic drive to Serbia, with a charming stop in Novi Sad for lunch and a city tour. Marvel at Petrovardin Fortress by the Danube, and explore iconic sites like the Church of Mary’s Name, Liberty Square, Zmaj Jovina Street, the Orthodox Cathedral, and the Bishop’s Palace. Arrive in captivating Belgrade by late afternoon, where you’ll have free time to explore and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy an overnight stay, soaking in the charm of this remarkable city.

Day 4 : Belgrade

Location: Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Belgrade, the Serbian capital. Explore the upscale district of Dedinje, marvel at the unique architecture of TV Pink, and visit renowned markets like Republic Square. Pass by important landmarks such as the Parliament, Terazije, and Slavia, while strolling along the main streets like Knez Mihailova. The tour concludes at the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress, offering breathtaking views of the city and the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace, immersing yourself in the city’s culture and making personal discoveries.

Day 5 : Belgrade - Niš - Skopje

Location: Belgrade, Niš, Skopje

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Departure to from hotel in the morning and drive to Skopje. On your way you will stop in Nis, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and Europe and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and West. After turbulent history Niš became one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia, a centre of electronics and mechanical engineering, textile and tobacco industry. Arrival to Skopje in the late afternoon. Accommodation in hotel, free time.

Day 6 : Skopje - Ohrid

Location: Skopje, Ohrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the Macedonian capital Skopje in the morning and begin with some sightseeing: the stone bridge, the church of St. Spas, the Kale fortress, a mosque and similar. You will also walk through the picturesque old bazaar and enjoy the atmosphere. In the afternoon drive to stunning lake of Ohrid. Accommodation by the lake and free time.

Day 7 : Ohrid - Tirana

Location: Ohrid, Tirana

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The town of Ohrid was also known as town of 365 churches (one for each day of the year) and was considered as second Jerusalem. Even with only 70 churches left, UNESCO listed it under its heritage site as one of the oldest and most complete architectural ensembles on the southeastern part of Europe. After the sightseeing tour, continue to Albania to visit its capital Tirana, also Albania’s largest city. It is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and numbers of beautiful churches and lush parks. You will visit the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Clock Tower, the Palace of Culture and the monument to Mother Albania.

Day 8 : Tirana - Skadar Lake - Podgorica

Location: Tirana, Shkodra Lake, Podgorica

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Montenegro. On the way stop to visit and admire Skadar Lake, the last habitat of pelicans and the largest bird preserve in Europe. In the afternoon reach Podgorica. Short guided walk through city centre will reveal colourful history of the city through Doganjka Mosque, Republic square, Milleniem Bridge, Vysotsky monument, Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ, King Nikola’s castle and tower clock from the 17th century. Accommodation
in hotel and free time to discover the capital on your own.

Day 9 : Budva - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Location: Podgorica, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

From the capital back to Adriatic, with spare time for morning coffee in Budva. Later on, continue to Kotor, which is located along one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays and it is listed on UNESCO World Heritage
list. Final stop before crossing back to Croatia, will be small hidden pearl – Perast. The city has experienced the biggest boom in 18th century and most of the monuments originate from that time: the building of ship owners and sea captains, a baroque palace Bujovića which is now County Museum, Maritime School building. In the late afternoon drive to Dubrovnik, Croatian pearl on the Adriatic. Accommodation in Dubrovnik area and overnight.

Day 10 : Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Dubrovnik is a unique jewel of the Adriatic coast and is one of the most iconic cities in the world. The citystate of Dubrovnik was one of the most important merchant towns in the entire Adriatic region. Walk along the medieval wall that surrounds the old city centre and discover its ancient secret. Passing Pile gate, Franciscan monastery, visiting Rectors‘ palace, and discovering magnificent city wall will amaze you. The afternoon will be free for exploring the city on your own or join us on optional tour to the island of Lokrum, famous for its Fort Royale, Botanical garden and monastery.

Day 11 : Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo

Location: Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Time for Bosnia! Your first stop will be monument from Ottoman times, famous city of Mostar. Stroll around it sold town and medieval strees, admire the young guys jumping from famou old bridge to cold Neretva river. In the afternoon drive to Sarajevo, Bosnian capital. Accommodation in hotel and free rest of the day.

Day 12 : Sarajevo

Location: Sarajevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Let’s start with some sightseeing of the city’s attractions: Baščaršija, Begova Mosque, the most typical of religious buildings in the Balkans; City Hall, the Principles bridge. View of three different religious buildings: the Catholic church, the synagogue and the mosque. We continue with our sightseeing and a visit to Ilidza. There’s also time for some traditional Bosnian meatballs, meat patties, sweet tufahija and more; and maybe some entertainment in the city.

Day 13 : Sarajevo - Split

Location: Sarajevo, Split

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Split is the capital city of Dalmatia and both the administrative and cultural capital. The old city centre with its Roman Diocletian palace is part of UNESCO Heritage and is the most compelling ancient Roman monument in Croatia. Start your day with exploring the city centre with a city tour take will take you to Roman Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, The Golden Gate and to famous Split riva. Afternoon will be free at leisure to enjoy the town on your own.

Day 14 : Plitvice - Zagreb

Location: Split, Plitvička Jezera, Zagreb

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to the seaside for a little while and head on to discovering hinterland of Croatia. You will visit one of the most beautiful sites of nature in all of Europe. Plitvice national park comprises of 16 terraces lakes, all interconnected by waterfalls, and kilometers of wooden bridges and forest paths. The amazing part of Croatia is also on UNESCO World Heritage list. In the afternoon free time to enjoy pristine nature. Return to Zagreb in the afternoon and in the evening join your group for a farewell dinner where you will talk about the most memorable moments of the tour and plan for new ones. Final overnight.

Day 15 : Departure From Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

Meals Included: Breakfast

Free time until departure for flight back home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in 4* hotels Hotels: Zagreb: Hotel International 4*, Hotel Panorama 4* or similar, Belgrade: Hotel Mr President 4*, Hotel Zira 4* or similar, Skopje: Skopje Turist 4*, City Park 4* or similar, Ohrid: Hotel Belvedere 4*, Hotel Drim 4* or similar, Tirana: La Boheme 4*, Hotel As 4* or similar, Dubrovnik: Valamar Lacroma 4*, Hotel Albatros 4* or similar, Sarajevo: Hotel Colors Inn 4*, Hotel President 4* or similar, Split: Hotel Amphora 4*, Hotel Luxe 4* or similar

  • Additional Services

    Return transfer from Zagreb airport to selected hotel in Zagreb (transfers to other airports upon additional payment), Entrance to Kalemegdan fortress, Entrance to Plitvice NP, Entrance to Diocletian palace, Entrance to Rector’s palace, Tourist tax

  • Fully Guided

    English speaking tour leader

  • Meals

    14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, Farewell dinner

  • Transport

    Coach or minivan

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Optional

Optional Extras

  • Dinner in hotels

    HB supplement

Mode of Transport

Coach or mini van

Accommodation

Accommodation in 4* hotels on BB basis

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    They are English speaking. We can arrange also guide that speak Italian, German, Spanish or French.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    There is also free time so you can explore the places on your own.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No flights are included in the tour.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro use EURO. Bosnia and Herzegovina uses convertible mark (BAM). Albania uses the Albanian Lek (ALL). North Macedonia uses the Macedonian denar (MKD). Serbia uses the Serbian dinar (RSD).

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 20.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All the transfers per itinerary are also included.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, they are.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    The hotels are 4*.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    You will receive all the informations some days before the beggining of the tour.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We can, just give us all the informations in advance.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All the entrance fees that are mentioned in the itinerary are included.

  • Are the tours justwith English-speaking guides?

    We can arrange also Italian, German, Spanish and French speaking guides.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    PALMA TRAVEL DMC is committed in finding the best solutions for our partners. Since 1990, our Mission is to fulfil our clients’ needs and to provide exceptional services that satisfy their expectations.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We offer free rebooking up to 30 days before the date of arrival.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Before the trip you'll receive a notification with the itinerary with all the informations about the trip and the contacts.

Reviews of this operator

Shelley  

Impressive Croatia

26-Jun-2023

Great tour, guide and company! Everything worked like clockwork! Good communication with the company from the beginning before I booked the trip. All our guides, were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. A great trip and would definitely use this company again!

Susan  

Pure Croatia

19-Oct-2023

I was very pleased with the itinerary and service provided to us on our 8 day tour of Croatia. The drivers and tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We learned so much from them! The hotel accommodations were outstanding. I was very impressed with the breakfasts that were included with the tour. This was a very memorable trip.

Kat  

Stunning Slovenia

02-Jun-2023

This was a fantastic trip! I booked Stunning Slovenia, which went to all the best places of Slovenia and included trips east of Ljubljana, which I was interested in seeing. I wanted to see the whole country, hahah! Communication was fantastic, the itinerary was sent and easy to follow, my airport transfers were always perfectly on time, and guides were fantastic. The walking tour of Ljubljana was a great intro and easy on the first day and I was left with tons of time to do things on my own. The highlight of my tour was actually my guide, Dejan, he was just the best. We had rain in the beginning and the next day it was clear so he took me back to a beautiful overlook and wine garden to take pictures again, and really went above and beyond to show me the gorgeous highlights of such a stunning place. Thank you D!!!

Zejna Ibrisagic (Google Reviewer)  

Were on a round trip...

26-Mar-2022

Were on a round trip and a week "royal Makadi bay" Everything is perfectly organized. The first two days on the cruise are tiring, the rest are easy and pleasant. Planned so that you can rest a little in the "desertros" resort. I think that the guide Nina Kosič contributed to the whole impression. We were supported even after the cruise. We felt very good and safe. We could (and did) contact her at any time. Every problem was solved. We travel often. We have visited a lot of countries in our long life, but we should have visited Egypt earlier. A beautiful trip, wonderful memories and experiences. We thank you

Mariachiara Cara (Google Reviewer)  

I have been staying at...

29-Jun-2023

I have been staying at the Calimera Sirens Hotel Malia since 6/23. I booked a sea view room paid handsomely from 23/6 to 7/6 via Tramway Trieste (Mrs. Renata) which is based on the palm tree but they don't want to give it to me saying that the agency was wrong. La Nina couldn't do anything. Can you do something? Otherwise I demand the €220 sea view supplement back.

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