ZAGREB●ZADAR● SPLIT● MOSTAR ● SARAJEVO ● NOVI SAD ● BEOGRAD ● VRNJAČKA BANJA ● SKOPJE ● OHRID●TIRANA●CETINJE●DUBROVNIK
Arrival in Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia. Transfer to hotel. After check-in, sightseeing of Zagreb.
Sightseeing tour of Zagreb including Upper Town, historical centre of the city, Church of St. Mark with the famed multi-coloured roof, Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and University.
After breakfast, a departure towards Adriatic coast. On the way to Zadar, stop and sightseeing of Plitvice Lakes National Park, the most known Croatian national park which entered in the UNESCO Register of World Natural Heritage in 1979. Sixteen lakes interconnected with waterfalls created by deposition of travertine, a special kind of limestone, constitute the main attraction of this unique park. The park includes the spring of the Korana River in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fi r and spruce, partly in the form of primeval virgin forest. Apart from
the lakes and forests, the Park is ornamented with several caves, springs, flower meadows, and is inhabited by brown bear, among other animal species. Proceed to Zadar where dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Zadar which include the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, considered to be the most impressive basilica in Dalmatia, church of saint Donat, the ruins of roman Forum. Proceed south towards Šibenik with famous Cathedral of St. James. Continue to Split, the “capital“ of Dalmatia. This city is most famous for Diocletian’s Palace which is the most important and best-preserved Roman building in Croatia, built between AD 295 and 305. The
sightseeing tour of the city includes Diocletian’s Palace (also registered on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage) with Peristyle, Cellers, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Split.
After breakfast, departure through picturesque Croatian and Bosnian landscape to Mostar. Situated between Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, Mostar is the main centre of Herzegovina and was founded by the Turks in the 15th century. During sightseeing explore the UNESCO protected Old town, once the centre of the city’s Islamic culture and visit Mostar’s famous 14th century Bridge which was destroyed in 1566 and painstakingly rebuilt. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Mostar.
Drive through beautiful Neretva Valley for Sarajevo, the Capital of Bosnia. After arrival, proceed for afternoon tour of city tour of Sarajevo – town which has a rich and fascinating culture, and which has been home to Muslims, Croats, Turks, Jews, and Serbs. City with many diversities which shows a unique link between the East and the West. Visit to Bašćaršija, oriental Svrzina house and Princip Bridge. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, continue through Eastern Bosnia and Drina river valley to cross the border for Serbia. Entering Serbia, we touch Pannonian lowland on the way to Novi Sad. Late afternoon arrival to Novi Sad, dinner and overnight.
Morning sightseeing of Novi Sad – the second large city of Serbia, with many famous buildings among the most famous is The University and The National Theatre – and Petrovaradin – fortress which dominates over the town. Proceed for Belgrade. The Capital of Serbia is situated on the mouth of river Sava into Danube. Sightseeing with visit of Terazije Square, Kalemegdan Fortress, and The Parliament. On the way to Belgrade, visit Honey Museum with possibility to buy Honey-Wine and honey. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Belgrade.
After breakfast, travel to Kruševac. Kruševac was founded in late 14th century as the capitally city of Prince Lazar’s Serbia, and soon became its military, cultural and economic centre. Visit to Monastery Ljubostina before arrival to Vrnjačka Banja. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Vrnjačka Banja, the most famous spa in Serbia.
Breakfast, and departure for Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. On the way to Skopje visit of Monastery Žièa (founded by the Serbian King Stefan “the First-Crowned“ at the beginning of the 13th century), and Studenica (founded by Stefan Nemanja, who took monastic orders there choosing the name Simeon) which is considered to be the crowning achievement of medieval culture and art in Serbia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Skopje.
Sightseeing of Skopje. Vader river divides this city on two parts: Slavic and Ottoman. Both parts are rich with monuments to be visited: The Stone bridge, Daut-Pashin amam (Turkish bath), Feudal tower, Isa – Bey’s mosque, Mustafa – Pasha mosque, Old Skopje bazaar (marketplace), fortress Skopsko Kale, St. Nikita Monastery, St. Spas church. Proceed to Tetovo and further to Ohrid Lake. Rightfully referred to as “The Jerusalem of the Balkans “, Ohrid abounds in churches, the walls of which are decorated with wonderful frescoes dating back from 11th, 13th, 14th
and 19th century. Lying on the shore of the lake with the same name is the oldest centre not only for Macedonian culture, but for all Slavic nations as well. Settlements around Ohrid, churches along the coast of Ohrid lake, and springs of river Crn Drim are complementing the magical beauty and attractiveness of Ohrid. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ohrid.
After breakfast, sightseeing of Ohrid – the imposing Samoil’s Fortress, the Amphitheater, Gallery of Icons. Due to its characteristic architecture town is under protection of UNESCO. After sightseeing continue towards Albanian border and continue for Tirana following the steps of Kara Ben Nemsis. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tirana.
Morning sightseeing of Tirana – visiting the important institutions and different buildings with historic value and two major archaeological collections at national History Museum and Archaeological Museum, Bazaar. Leaving Albania in the afternoon and crossing the border to enter Montenegro. Drive through picturesque landscape to Cetinje – dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, sightseeing of Cetinje with two of the most representative buildings: The Monasteries of Cetinje and Biljarda. Continue for Budva and St. Stefan. Apart for being famous for nearby St. Stefan’s island, the Old town of Budva, which lies on a small peninsula, is known as a treasure chest of culture heritage with its narrow streets and squares are famous buildings and churches. Proceed for Dubrovnik where dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Morning sightseeing of Dubrovnik. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral, and secular buildings representing all periods of the city’s history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Particular mention should be made of the city’s main street, Stradun, the Rector’s Palace, the church of St. Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries and the City Hall. The Republic of Dubrovnik was the centre of a separate political and territorial entity, and was proud of its culture, its achievements in commerce and especially of
its freedom preserved down so many tempestuous centuries. In the afternoon visit Cavtat and if wishes visit of the native house of Vlaho Bukovac, the great Croatian painter. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik airport.
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