Are you ready to experience the best of the Balkans? On this 10-day tour, you’ll explore the Balkan region through its crossroads of cultures, religions, civilizations, and diverse architecture. You’ll pass through four countries and three capital cities, and embrace thrilling UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Slovenia to Montenegro, you’ll witness the discernible influences of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of the East, and the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires of the West. You’ll delve deep into the history of each destination and discover its unique traditions, cultural heritage, and current customs. Your journey through the Balkans awaits.
The suggested itinerary starts at 3,500 EUR per person.
The final price of this custom tour depends on your group size, dates, final route and preferred level of comfort.
Ljubljana is best discovered by foot, which is also the easiest way to navigate the town. You’ll have the chance to gawk at its colorful architectural styles, which paint the picture of the city’s history, admire its cool culture and vibrant people, and quickly understand why it was named the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016.
After you’re caffeinated and perked up for the day, you’ll discover the best of Ljubljana – its bridges. Thanks to the Ljubljanica River which runs through the city, 17 bridges have been erected, each with its own flare.
The Triple Bridge, for example, is a group of three bridges that connect the city’s historical town on one bank and the modern town on the other. The Dragon bridge is adorned with, well, dragons, which have become a famous trademark for the city. And the Butcher’s Bridge, which opened in 2010, is also known as Ljubljana’s love bridge. It is lined with glass walkways so you can admire the river below.
After the tour of the town, you’ll depart in the afternoon for another capital city in another Balkan country – Zagreb, Croatia.
A busy city with a laid-back vibe, you won’t be able to escape the aura of the Gothic-style Cathedral, which today stands as the tallest building in Croatia. You’ll have the chance to get lost in Zagreb’s museums, which you’ll find on every corner, as Zagreb boasts the most museums per capita than anywhere else in the world. You’ll thrive in its cafe society, exciting international flavors married with Croatian cuisine and hip street art that exhibits the city’s alternative edge.
One thing is for sure – there is no better city to stay busy.
A city of bridges, tunnels, and mosques, Sarajevo also has a booming nightlife, flourishing food scene, and is one Balkan city that promises not to disappoint.
Another town that suffered terribly during the war in the 90s, Mostar was first developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman town. The city today manifests Turkish influences, and it boasts markets, mosques, towers, and baths. The central attraction in the town, however, is the Stari Most – or ‘Old Bridge.’ First built in the 16th-century by the Ottomans, it stood for 427 years, though it was destroyed in 1993 in the Croat–Bosniak War. The bridge reopened in 2004 and is the epitome of Balkan Islamic architecture – and it is also famous for hosting bridge jumpers!
Mostar is also known as a city that lies at the crossroads of religion – one half is Catholic, while the other is Muslim.
You’ll depart to Dubrovnik in the morning for an afternoon arrival, which gives you just enough time to fixate your eyes on the magic you’ll get to explore over the next day – from its time as the Republic of Ragusa to the seven-month siege in 1991, and today, one of Europe’s number one tourist destinations.
It’s also quite easy to point out your favorite filming locations from the popular HBO series – so keep a wandering eye.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor is another walled city with ancient architecture, like the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon built 1166, while its main square is decorated with an old stone clock tower and busy crowds of people eating, drinking, and savoring in the simple life.
And you’ll have all day to explore it.
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