western balkan

TASTE AND ENJOY WESTERN BALKAN

ITINERARY

1. The 9 nights in twin rooms, Hotels are 4****, unless it is written elsewhere. Single room extra charge
2. Adriatic program includes 4 counties: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
3. Breakfast included local guides and all attractions tickets.
4. 1 tour guide/escort who can speak Chinese.
5. Bus transportation with driver and all coast connected with it during all programme (accommodation,
food, drink, tolls, petrol, parking, etc…).
6. Arrival at Zagreb airport and departure/ end of the program is on Zagreb airport.
7. The price of the Itinerary is for min 15 people. With a larger number of people, the price changes or
decreases.
8. The price of the program (please send us enquiry)

Day 1 CHINA – ISTANBUL – ZAGREB – LJUBLJANA
After a morning warm welcome at Zagreb Airport, transfer to the capital city of Slovenia. Followed city tour across the Triple Bridge, the old medieval streets, along the coasts of the Ljubljanica river. Visit Plečnik’s market, Dragon bridge, a series of baroque churches and a beautiful neo-classical and art nouveau buildings. Free time for lunch, shopping, buying some souvenirs and exploring the city.
After lunch followed drive to the heart of the Julian Alps, the most romantic Slovenian town Bled. Lake Bled is known as “Blue Lake” for its beautiful lake color. The blue picturesque lake is surrounded by the mountains and is famous attraction for taking pictures. Free time for walking along the lake, feeding the white swans, or tasting delicacy – famous “kremšnita” – typical cream cake with panorama view on island with his church and medieval castle situated on high cliff above the lake.
In the evening depature to Kranj and accomodation in the hotel.

Day 2 KRANJ – POSTOJNA CAVE – OPATIJA
After breakfast, head to Postojna and sightseeing medieval Predjama Castle sight in the Guinness World Records as the Largest Cave Castle in the world. Later exploring underground world in the largest cave in the world for tourists purpose. The visit starts with drive with a train through the beautiful rooms with stalactites, columns, curtains and spaghetti flowstones. The place where the nature wrote her symphony in the stone. On the way meeting an indigenous Proteus, a unique human fish.
Followed drive to Opatija. Accomodation in the hotel and sightseeing tour of Opatija – a former resort town for wealthy Austro-Hungarian families. Opportunity to walk along the famed centuries-old Franz Joseph I Promenade, better known as the Lungomare – a coastal footpath that stretches from Volosko to Lovran. Free time for taking a stroll around the old city and the sea and enjoy the night view of the lights. Overnight staying in Opatija.

Day 3 OPATIJA – PLITVICE
After breakfast departure to Plitvice lake. Enjoying whole day walking through the breath-taking scenery of this natural wonder. Its has 16 lakes, wooded hills, waterfalls, and cascades which makes it one of European most loved national parks. After visit driving back to the hotel in Plitvice national area. Overnight staying.

Day 4 PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
After breakfast our direction is Trogir – a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia region. City tour around medieval walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo island.
Followed short drive and a city tour in the oldest part of Split, the capital of Dalmatia region. Walk to the Diocletian Palace from 3rd century, exploring the Peristyle, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral (Mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian), the Temple of Jupiter and other historic and interesting sights.
Short drive to a hotel. Check in and overnight staying in Split.

Day 5 SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast and check out, continue to drive through Dalmatian land to the most visited touristic place in Croatia – Dubrovnik.
Upon arrival sightseeing tour with a local guide. Dubrovnik is one of the largest fortification monuments in Europe and is on UNESCO list of World heritage sites. Construction of the city began in the 8th century. A walk through the main street Stradun and visit Marin Držić House, Franciscan Monastery, Orlando’s Column, the Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral, the St. Blaise church. Short stroll through the wall around the city. Check in in the hotel and free time for individual walk around the city, lunch, buying souvenirs, exploring and visitings (e.g. famous spots of the city popular as a filming locations). Overnight staying in Dubrovnik.

Day 6 DUBROVNIK – KOTOR – NJEGUŠI – CETINJE – PODGORICA
After breakfast check-out from the hotel, departure to Montenegro and expereince so-called Montenegro tour, which includes a presentation of the Montenegro’s history and UNESCO bay of Kotor.
Shortly after crossing the border is a bay of Kotor, rated among 25 most beautiful bays in the world. Followed short stop at the romantic baroque city of Perast. There is an island of Our Lady of the Rocks with fascinating history. The island was built by the sailors in gratitude to Our Lady for a safe journey home.
The bus continue the drive to Kotor- the old medieval town. It was built 14th century and is considered one of the cultural capitals because of its rare and valuable cultural and historical monuments. A city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. During the city tour you will see the beautiful palaces and churches that bring the spirit of the past.
Followed drive around awesome serpentine road to Cetinje town (the locals are calling them the steps of heaven) the old capital city of Montenegro. Short stop to the village Njeguši where is the opportunity to taste a typical and originally national cuisine: smoked ham, smoked cheese and home-made wine.
Upon arrival to Cetinje walk through historical sights of town; visiting the museum of only and last king Nikola Petrović; Monastery-seat Montenegrin Metropolitan, where it is one of the most sacred relics in the Christian world, the right hand of John the Baptist, as well as various museums and other attractions located in the city center.
Followed drive to the capital city Podgorica. Hotel check in and accomodation.

Day 7 PODGORICA – PLUŽINE – SARAJEVO
After check out departure to the northwest part of the country to Plužine. Panoramic tour and short photo shutting of the Pivsko lake where tourists can admaire wonderful beauty of nature. Followed border crossing and driving to the capital city of Bosnia – Sarajevo. After arriving, visiting the old town sights: Begovo mosque, Baščaršijo (Old Sarajevo district), old orthodox church, a synagogue, clock tower, old town hall… After organized tour we propose to try Bosnian delicious food, famous grill named ćevapi and real Turkish coffe.
Followed check in and overnight staying.

Day 8 SARAJEVO – KONJIĆ – MOSTAR
After breakfast and check out visiting a small town of Konjic, the guarded secret of the former Yugoslavia, named Tito’s bunker. Bunker was built as a shelter for President Tito, his family and close associates in the event of nuclear war. It would also act as a military operations center, with its more than 100 rooms to ensure a smooth life of 350 people over a period of 6 months.
After visiting the bunkers followed drive to the UNESCO historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town. After check in in the hotel walk through Mostar’s old bridge, old towna nad bazaar; with stories of Mostar’s uniqueness, regarding itself historical and cultural diversity. Hotel and overnight staying.

Day 9 MOSTAR – BLAGAJ – ZADAR
After breakfast, leaving the Herzegovinian pearl by stopping in Blagaj town, where is Buna river. It is the European most beautiful, most powerful, clean and drinkable karst spring river. Near hundred meters high on the rock is situated the Blagaj Tekke – Dervish house, dating most likely pre or early Ottoman era from early 16th century, as unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the free time you can taste the local food in Blagaj way – enjoying and admiring the amazing scenery of Buna river and Dervish house.
The drive continues to Croatian border and followed drive to heart of the Adriatic in Zadar – the urban center of northern Dalmatia as administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. It lies in front of the 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks. After arrival in Zadar, followed check in in the hotel and short rest. Later take a guided walking tour of old Zadar and learn about the UNESCO-protected area. Overnight staying in Zadar.

Day 10 ZADAR – ZAGREB
After breakfast leaving the Dalmatia region and travel to the capital city of Croatia – Zagreb. The city walk begins at Jelacic Square Market, continuing with national theater, parliament and government house to Zagreb’s cathedral, where you can admire cathedral’s impressive neo-gothic architecture. Hotel accommodation and free time for exploring the city, shopping areas and local restaurants. Overnight staying in Zagreb.

Day 11 ZAGREB – CHINA FLIGHT
After getting up early, you can use free activities, like individual city tour , shopping in trading malls, etc. Followed drive to the Zagreb airport and flight to China. Goodbye Western Balkan.

Zef Berisaj