Into The Balkans: Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Into The Balkans: Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Into The Balkans: Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

14 Days Starting in BELGRADE and ending in MOSTAR

Visiting: Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, Kladovo, National Park Djerdap, Niš, Prima Donna, Kuršumlija, Pristina, Gračanica, Prizren, Novi Pazar, Uvac, Drvengrad - Mećavnik, Srebrenica, Sarajevo, Mostar

Tour operator:

Wild Frontiers

Tour code:

BAL2

Recommended For:

Couples, Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low / Moderate

Age range:

1-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Wild Frontiers with any specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

4WD, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

The rolling hills and beautiful landscapes of Serbia & Bosnia provide a stunning backdrop to a journey rich in history and tradition. Lying at the crossroads of eastern and western cultures they present a fascinating mix of Ottoman influences, Austro-Hungarian history and a warm hospitality that cannot fail to captivate.Beginning in Belgrade we’ll follow the course of the Danube and cross the beautiful heartlands of rural Serbia, as we journey through a landscape filled with ancient fortresses and medieval churches. There will be opportunities to visit Roman ruins and Ottoman citadels, take boat rides along the Danube and visit stunning World Heritage monasteries.After taking a train ride through the mountains we’ll cross into neighbouring Bosnia, where we will visit the stunning old town of Sarajevo and explore the remarkable ‘Tunnels of Life’ that helped Sarajevo through one of the country’s darkest periods. In Mostar we’ll discover the cultural centre of Herzegovina and visit the walled city of Pocitelj.

Highlights

  • Journey through three Balkan countries via minibus, boat and train

  • Enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard in Bosnia and a traditional Serbian lunch at a farmhouse

  • See the Serbian natural wonders of Devil’s Town, Iron Gate Gorge and Uvac Lake

  • Tour the Balkan cities of Belgrade, Prizren, Nis, Mostar and Sarajevo

  • Visit the UNESCO monasteries of Sopocani, Gracanica and Visoki Decani

  • Discover Sarajevo’s ‘Tunnel of Hope’, which was a lifeline during the siege

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tour Starts In Belgrade (Serbia)
Location: Belgrade
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Royal or similar
Meals Included: Dinner

The tour starts in Belgrade early this evening, in time to enjoy dinner and a short walk around the Serbian capital.

Day 2 : Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Royal or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

With a full day to explore the city we’ll take the opportunity to discover some of Belgrade's most important historic sites and attractions, including the Kalmegdan Fortress, Karadjordjevic Kings Palace and the stunning setting of St. Sava's Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.

Day 3 : Belgrade - Donji Milanovac - Kladovo
Location: Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, Kladovo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Aquastar Danube Wellness & Spa or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we journey deep into the rich agricultural landscapes of the Serbian heartlands. Picking up the Danube once more we'll skirt the Romanian border, stopping off first to visit the historic site of the Golubac Fortress. There is very little to see inside so we will stop to marvel at the imposing exterior. From here we’ll continue to the mesolithic of Lepenski Vir, labelled as ‘the first city in Europe’, before spending the final part of the journey sailing on to Donji Milanovac by way of the famous Iron Gates Gorge. From here we’ll transfer to the town of Kladovo for the night.

Day 4 : Donji Milanovac - Derdap National Park – Nis
Location: Donji Milanovac, National Park Djerdap, Niš
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Aleksander or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

From the banks of Lake Derdap our journey turns inland today, as we head
through the beautiful scenery of the Derdap National Park towards the Roman ruins of Felix Romulijan. Continuing on to Nis we'll have an opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the Balkans as we take in the vast Ottoman fortress and the Cele Kula (Skull Tower), built as a monument to the Serbian revolutionaries of the early 19th century.

Day 5 : Nis - Prima – Kursumlija
Location: Niš, Prima Donna, Kuršumlija
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Motel Joksim or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

After an early start we’ll drive to the ancient Roman city of Prima, founded by Justinian the Great in the 6th century. From here we’ll continue to the town of Lebane, where we’ll transfer to 4WDs for a journey through the serene landscapes of Radan Park. After a tasty lunch at one of the local farms, we’ll head out on a scenic journey through the timeless vistas abounding with mystics, healing waters and farmland. We’ll then drive on to Devil’s Town, a nominee for the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Tonight we’ll stay in the nearby town of Kursumlija.

Day 6 : Kursumlija – Pristina - Gracanica (Kosovo)
Location: Kuršumlija, Pristina, Gračanica
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Gracanica or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Today we continue south crossing the border into Kosovo and onto the capital Pristina. We’ll have lunch at a restaurant in the main square and take the chance to have a quick look around the city centre. From here we’ll head to Gracanica to visit the Serbian Orthodox monastery constructed by King Stefan Milutin in the 14th century. We’ll then head to our hotel for the chance to relax for the rest of the afternoon.

Day 7 : Gracanica - Prizren – Gracanica
Location: Gračanica, Prizren, Gračanica
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Gracanica or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

We continue south towards the slopes of the Šar Mountains and the historic old city of Prizren, the country’s cultural capital. The drive to Prizren also stops at the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Visoki Decani, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits at the foot of the Prokletije Mountains.

Day 8 : Gracanica - Novi Pazar (Serbia)
Location: Gračanica, Novi Pazar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Tadz or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Today we’ll visit the beautiful 13th century Sopocani Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly the most important in the region. Continuing on towards Novi Pazar, a rich centre of Serbian Bosniak culture, there’ll be an opportunity to soak up the distinctly Turkish vibe of the city’s bustling bazaars and mosques later this afternoon.

Day 9 : Novi Pazar - Uvac Lake - Mecanvik
Location: Novi Pazar, Uvac, Drvengrad - Mećavnik
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mecavnik or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Heading towards the verdant and forested Western Serbia today we’ll pass through alpine ski resorts like Zlatibor en route to the small town of Mokra Gora. En route we’ll stop at Uvac Lake for a boat trip along the river followed by a visit to the forbidding ‘ice cave’. Along the way we hope to see the griffon vulture! We’ll spend this evening in a characterful hotel in Mecanvik, a traditional Serbian village that was created by director Emir Kusturica for his film ‘Life is a Miracle’.

Day 10 : Mecanvik - Srebrenica - Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Location: Drvengrad - Mećavnik, Srebrenica, Sarajevo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Art or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

With packed lunches in hand we’ll catch the newly renovated Sargan Eight railway through the mountains to the village of Vitasi - a fitting farewell to the stunning scenery of Serbia. From here we’ll drive through Tara National Park following the course of the Drina river before crossing the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina. We’ll first head to Srebrenica, where we will be able to pay our respects at the memorial centre, before completing the drive on to Sarajevo, Bosnia’s lively capital.

Day 11 : Sarajevo
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Art or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

Today we’ll take a tour of the old town to learn a little something of the city’s rich past. We’ll then visit the remarkable Sarajevo Tunnels, constructed during the Siege of Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian war of the 1990’s. Located under the UN held airport, these ‘Tunnels of Life’ provided the only route in or out of the city, allowing food, supplies and humanitarian aid into the besieged city.

Day 12 : Sarajevo - Mostar
Location: Sarajevo, Mostar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kapetanovina or similar.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner,

This morning, for those that wish, we’ll head out on rough roads to the mountain village of Lukomir which enjoys a reputation as the most isolated settlement in Bosnia and one of the longest continually inhabited places in Europe. Alternatively, for those looking for a more relaxed morning, you can stay in Sarajevo to soak up more of the rich ambience of this captivating city. This afternoon we’ll take the train to Mostar, the cultural capital of the Herzegovina region, arriving in time for dinner and an evening stroll through the old town. A visit to Lukomir is dependent upon the weather. If it is raining or foggy on the day we will visit the excellent National Museum instead.

Day 13 : In Mostar
Location: Mostar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kapetanovina or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning we’ll head to the ancient walled town of Pocitelj where we can climb to the top for stunning views of the surrounding countryside. From here we’ll continue to the beautiful Kravica Waterfalls before taking lunch at a nearby restaurant by the river Trebižat. We’ll then return to Mostar in the afternoon for a guided tour of the medieval city, affording us the opportunity to see the beautiful Stari Most (Old Bridge), built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and easily the most recognisable of the town’s landmarks. We’ll round off the day with some wine tasting and our final dinner together at a nearby vineyard.

Day 14 : Tour Ends In Mostar
Location: Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour ends this morning after breakfast, those on the suggested group flights will be transferred across the border to Dubrovnik in time for the flight home.

What's Included

  • MEALS

    13 x Breakfasts, 11 x Lunches, 12 x Dinners

  • TRANSPORT

    On this tour we will use a mixture of minibuses, 4WDs, boats and trains.

  • GROUP SIZE

    Maximum: 12

  • CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

    Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings

  • EXPERT TEAM

    The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

  • ACCOMMODATION

    All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

  • ENTRANCE FEES

    All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

  • FITNESS RATING

    Low / Moderate

What's Not Included

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational .Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UKAirport .Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights.Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com  For this tour, UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Serbia, Kosovo or Bosnia. Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains

Key Aspects to Consider

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. It is also one of the few trips we offer where vegetarians can be easily catered for!

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    For this tour, UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Serbia, Kosovo or Bosnia. Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have a complete Covid-19 hub here: https://www.wildfrontierstravel.com/en_GB/covid-hub

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 70% of passengers on our group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple..Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorte

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2002

  • Do I need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with you?

    In most cases, yes. Not only are many destinations making double-vaccination a requirement of entry to the country and/or access to restaurants, museums etc., but additionally on all our group tours for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s peace of mind, we are asking that all clients be double vaccinated.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

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Catherine Wilkinson

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    Wild Frontiers allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 90 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wild Frontiers requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 70 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wild frontiers charges.

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    If your trip is not Covid Viable, by 30 days prior to departure at the latest, we will cancel your holiday and you can either transfer your funds to another departure or have a refund.**


    We will only consider a trip Covid Viable*** if pre-departure it meets all of the following criteria:

    There is no national lockdown or ban on foreign travel for the period when your trip is due to depart.
    Destinations on the tour must not be on the UK’s Red List. ****
    No destinations visited on the tour have in place any significant COVID-19 restrictions for travellers.
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    There is reliable airline access to/from the start/end of the trip.
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    ** If you were originally booked to travel before 30 April 2020 and transferred to a later date, or if you have a tailor-made booking, there may be some irrecoverable costs which we cannot refund. Please speak to us and we will be able to advise you if this is the case for your booking.
    ***Since our HQ is in London, Covid Viable status for our Group Tours will be assessed on UK-based travellers. However we are fully aware that many of our clients live in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. As such, when we deem a trip to now be Covid Viable, everyone booked will have a chance to review their own personal situation before deciding whether or not to remain booked on the trip. Anyone wishing to, will have the option to transfer without fees to another trip at this time. For tailor made bookings, we may also able to consider additional countries’ travel advice when deciding if a trip is Viable. Please discuss this with us at the time of booking.
    **** This relates to bookings from UK clients only. We may operate trips to destinations which the British FCDO advise against travel for Covid reasons. If this is the case, anyone wishing to will have the option to cancel with a refund or transfer to another trip. In some cases we may choose to offer a tour to a Red destination but these will be at both clients’ and Wild Frontiers’ discretion and will be subject to alternative conditions to be discussed on an ad hoc basis.
    *****If a destination, that we have deemed to be Covid Viable, subsequently fails any aspect of the criteria for two consecutive weeks, you will have the right under our Covid Promise to transfer without any fees.

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