The Balkan Adventure

From £1,889.10
Duration 14 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Oct 2020
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From £1,889.10
Duration 14 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

​Discover the Balkans on this epic journey through six countries. Begin in Bosnia in the capital Sarajevo, known for its religious diversity, where you’ll discover the Ottoman-style Emperor’s Mosque, the Catholic Sacred Heart Church and a Jewish synagogue. Visit the stunning Sutjeska National Park on the way to Budva in Montenegro, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’ and discover the Venetian-walled Old Town, before heading to Tirana, Albania’s capital. Here, you’ll discover the 5th century fortress perched atop a rocky outcrop, before heading to Lake Ohrid on the Macedonian border. Explore Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, home to the memorial house of Mother Theresa, before moving on Serbia for a city tour of Belgrade, with its quaint cobbled lanes of the Bohemian Quarter. Your final destination is on the Balkan’s Peninsula in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, where there is plenty to discover on a city tour.​

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow via Vienna with Austrian Airlines (outbound) via Munich or Frankfurt with Lufthansa (return) 
  • 13 nights in 4-star hotels 
  • 22 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners and welcome drink 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist
  • Local Guide Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Discover the capitals of Sarajevo, Belgrade, Tirana, Skopje and Zagreb 
  • Sutjeska National Park, home to Mount Maglic
  • Breathtakingly beautiful Kotor Bay
  • Orientation walk in Budva
  • The hill town of Kruje and the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museums 
  • Lake Ohrid and the Bay of Bones
  • The pretty town of Despotovac​
  • Explore Novi Sad, on the banks of the Danube
  • Croatian wine-tasting in Kutjevo​
  • Farewell dinner in a local tavern​​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Sarajevo

Depart on your flight to Sarajevo, where we'll transfer you to your hotel. 

Meals included: D

Day 2 Sarajevo

We're going to explore the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina today, a city revered for its cultural and religious diversity. You'll see the Ottoman-style Emperor's Mosque in the same neighbourhood as the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Orthodox Church of the Nativity and a Jewish synagogue. During your full-day tour you'll also be reminded of Torvill and Dean's 1984 Winter Olympics figure skating success at the quirky Olympic Museum.​

Meals included: B

Day 3 Sarajevo - Budva

Sutjeska National Park is home to the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglic Mountain. We'll see this today before an included lunch and an onward journey across the border into Montenegro. Here the picturesque coastal town of Budva is our new base.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Kotor Bay & Becici

You've the chance to admire more mountain scenery today on a drive to the fjord-like Kotor Bay. We'll take a stroll around the walled city of Kotor before we cruise to 'Our Lady of the Rocks' – a man-made islet housing a church and museum. Legend has it that the tiny island was formed by fishermen dropping a rock into the bay each time they returned from a successful voyage.
This afternoon we'll spend some time in the neighbouring towns of Becici and Budva. At Becici, we'll find a lovely sandy beach, and in Budva a walking tour will reveal a picturesque Old Town enclosed by Venetian walls.​
Why not head back into the town this evening and find a restaurant in which to enjoy local delicacies.

Meals included: B

Day 5 Budva - Tirana

Today's journey takes you to Albania's capital, Tirana, with a stop on the way at the hill town of Kruje. Here you'll see its 5th century fortress, dramatically located on top of a rocky outcrop. You'll also visit the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museums, where a preserved farmhouse gives a fascinating insight into traditional life.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Tirana - Lake Ohrid

There's time for a walking tour of Tirana this morning before we head to the Macedonian border and on to Lake Ohrid. Your lakeside hotel offers lovely views, so simply relax and enjoy. This evening why not enjoy a walk around the lake's promenade, where you'll find a good selection of restaurants and cafés.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Lake Ohrid

We're going to spend today discovering the beauty of Lake Ohrid. Our first stop is the Bay of Bones, a reconstruction of a prehistoric settlement that was built on the water between 1200 and 600 BC. After lunch, we'll enjoy the lake from a different perspective when we take to the water on a relaxing cruise. It promises to be a very serene and peaceful experience and is the perfect way to take in the magnificent beauty of the surrounding mountains and unspoilt landscapes. Later, there's time to explore the historic town of Ohrid too. Cobbled streets, ancient churches and lakeside cafés are all part of its allure and there are some lovely shops if you want to hunt for souvenirs.

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Lake Ohrid - Skopje

Next stop on your adventure is the Macedonian capital, Skopje, which is home to the memorial house of Mother Teresa. Come on a walk through the narrow, winding streets of the Old Bazaar and take in panoramic views from the Upper Town.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Skopje - Belgrade

Today we're going to cross the border into Serbia, where its capital Belgrade will be our home for the next two nights. We reach it via a visit to the imposing Manasija Monastery with its 11 towers and impressive fortified walls. We're also going to have some free time in nearby Despotovac, a pretty town named after Serbian prince Stefan Lazarevic, who was given the title Despot.
There's lots to discover in Belgrade, and with a free evening you can head into the city for dinner at a restaurant of your choosing. ​

Meals included: B

Day 10 Belgrade

You'll see the highlights of Belgrade on a guided tour today. The former capital of Yugoslavia has plenty of sights to offer, starting with the quaint cobbled lanes of the Bohemian Quarter, often compared to Montmartre in Paris. You'll see the Residence of Princess Ljubica, now a museum, and the imposing Captain Miša's Mansion. Your tour also passes the old and new palaces, which now house the Belgrade City Assembly and the office of the President of the Republic of Serbia.​

Meals included: B

Day 11 Belgrade - Novi Sad

Today we'll introduce you to Serbia's second-largest city, Novi Sad, for a tour and an overnight stay. Take in the sight of the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the right bank of the Danube, and the equally impressive Freedom Square.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Novi Sad - Zagreb

Your final destination on the Balkan Peninsula is Croatia, where we'll base ourselves in its capital Zagreb. En route we'll pay a visit to Osijek, situated where the Drava and Danube Rivers meet, and home to a fortified centre. A little later we'll find ourselves in Kutjevo, a town known for its wines, so of course, we'll head to a winery for a tasting.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Zagreb

After breakfast, your tour of Zagreb will introduce you to a city reminiscent of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, whose upper town is filled with churches and palaces. With your appetite whetted, it's time to head off and explore at your own pace. Perhaps you'll visit the Old Town Gate, now a shrine to the Virgin Mary, or head to the striking twin-spired cathedral, set within a medieval fort. There's a market here too, if you want to shop for souvenirs, or perhaps settle in a café or restaurant and treat yourself to lunch.​ This evening we'll head to nearby taverna and enjoy a farewell dinner of local specialities.

Meals included: B,D

Day 14 Zagreb - UK

​After breakfast, you'll head to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Meals included: B
  1. Favourite Moment

    Relax on a tranquil cruise on Lake Ohrid, surrounded by an unspoilt landscape of rugged mountains and verdant hillsides.

Accommodation

Novotel Sarajevo Bristol

Hotel Bristol is a 4-star hotel located in the capital Sarajevo. The hotel first opened its door in 1973 and it is proud of its located, settled along the Miljacka River. The hotel has a modern and relaxing interior, with well appointed guest bedrooms. Room facilities include; high speed wifi, bathroom with shower, air conditioning and in room safe.

Hotel Fontana

Tirana International Hotel

The Tirana Internation is a 4-star hotel located in the city centre of Tirana. The hotel was constructed in the late 1960''s and at the time it was the tallest building in the city. The hotel boasts two restaurants and a bar. Guest bedrooms are modern and comfortable including facilities such as; wireless internet, safe box, bathroom with tub or shower and air conditioning.

Royal View

Hotel Royal View is a 4-star hotel with a prime position overlooking Lake Ohrid, and just 300m walking distance of Ohrid town where you'll find pretty flowers and quaint shops. Hotel Royal View is a family run hotel with a comfortable interior a restaurant, spa and sauna. Each bedroom has a balcony, and facilities such as; shower cabins, LCD TV, hair dryer and central floor heating and cooling.

Solun Hotel & Spa

Hotel Solun is a 4-star hotel located in Skopje. Situated near the main square, the hotel is perfect for exploring and shopping. The hotel are extremely environmentally friendly, and pride themselves on being the first ECO hotel in the Balkans. You can expect ECO friendly facilities throughout, including; Organic soaps, local and organic foods. Rooms offer a comfortable and peaceful stay with facilities including; fresh air heating and cooling system, wifi, noise protection windows, terrace, and TV.

Hotel Prag

Hotel Prag is a 4-star hotel located in Belgrade, only a few minutes from the many attractions. The hotel was built in several stages and pride themselves on the specific architecture. Following a full renovation, they have maintained their traditional hospitality and service. Hotel offers an A La Carte restaurant and hotel bar. Individual guest bedrooms include; internet, cable TV and air conditioning.

Hotel Aleksandar

Hotel Aleksandar is a 4-star hotel located in Novi Sad, close to the city centre. The hotel has a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere with a breakfast room, fitness centre and spa. Bedrooms feature necessary modern facilities including; wireless internet, cable TV, mini-bar, safe deposit and bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Hotel Park 45

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.