Long Balkan Tours

Including Romania (Bucharest), Bulgaria (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia), Macedonia (Skopje), Albania (Shkoder), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Zagreb), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) and Serbia (Belgrade)

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Day 1: Bucharest

Romania is situated on the north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea.

Day 2: Bucharest

Tour of Bucharest include: Parliament (the second largest building in the world after Pentagon) Roman Square, The Arch of Triumph, Romanian Athenaeum, Village museum. Rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 3: Veliko Tarnovo

This morning we will cross the Danube River (the natural border between those two countries) and entering in Bulgaria. First stop in Bulgaria will be city of Veliko Tarnovo also famously known as the historical capital of the second Bulgarian Empire. Walking through the Craftsman street and visit the Tsarevets Fortress.

Day 4: Plovdiv

Journey continues to city of Plovdiv in the past known as Trimoncium situated on bank of river Marica. Tour through the old town include: Churches, Bulgarian traditional houses and famous Roman Amphitheatre... Free time on the modern pedestrian street and enjoy in the city garden, or visit some of the shops and bars....

Day 5: Sofia

Today we will visit the capitol and main economic and business center in Bulgaria city of Sofia. Walking through the historical part of the town between the main administrative building and finish in Alexander Nevsky Cathedral the second largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkan Peninsula.

Day 6: Skopje

Next country that we going to visit is Republic of Macedonia with her capitol city of Skopje. Starting from the Kale fortress, through the Old Turkish bazaar and crossing the Stone Bridge to reach the Macedonia square and Memorial house dedicated to Mother Therese...

Day 7: Shkoder

Before we reach to the northern part of Albania and city of Shkoder we will visit the capitol of the country city of Tirana. Walking through Skanderbeg Square and main boulevard. Afternoon arrival in Shkoder one of the most historical city of Albania located between rivers Drini and Buna under the Rozafa Castle.

Day 8: Kotor - Dubrovnik

The day begin with driving to the Adriatic Sea and Boka Kotorska Bay. Walking inside of the walls of the medieval town Kotor located on the secluded part of the gulf. Proceed to the pearl of the Adriatic Sea - City of Dubrovnik. Before we enter inside or the city walls and walk along the main street to see Circular Onofrio's Fountain, Rector Palace City Bell Tower, we will take Cable Car and enjoy in the breathtaking views of the City of Dubrovnik and crystal clear Adriatic Sea.

Day 9: Mostar

Our stop on today’s journey will be city of Mostar and visit the famous newly rebuilt Old Bridge over the Neretva river originally built by the Ottoman empire, one of most recognizable landmarks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, walking through the old town and finish near Karadjoz-bey mosque the most beautiful and the biggest one in the region of Herzegovina.

Day 10: Sarajevo

The day is reserved for the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and home of the Winter Olympic Games in 1984 city of Sarajevo. Bascarsija where changing one after another Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and finally the modern part of the city, Cathedral of Jesus Heart, Mosques, Latin Bridge… The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11: Belgrade

Continue towards Belgrade. Afternoon tour in the capital of Serbia includes St Sava Cathedral, Kalemegdan fortress with all museum and statue who are part of her, Knez Mihailova Pedestrian Street. Dinner in the local restaurants in the bohemian part of Belgrade - Skadarlija with live music....

Day 12: Zagreb

After breakfast we continue to the last country in our journey Croatia with her capitol city of Zagreb. Exploring the Upper town (a network of little streets that stretch between two hills: Kaptol and Gradec), the Government Palace, St Mark’s church, visit the Assumption of Blessed Mary Cathedral and open air Dolac market.

Day 13: National Park Plitvice Lakes

The whole day is dedicated to explore the most known Croatian National Park entered under the UNESCO - National Park Plitvice Lakes. The little lakes interconnected with waterfalls created by deposition of travertine constitute the main attraction of this unique park. Apart from lakes and forests, the park is ornamented with caves, springs, flower meadows… Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 14: Zagreb

Tour comes to the end with the transfer to the Zagreb Airport.

14 days variety of cultures

Tour highlights:

  • Bucharest: Parliament, Village Museum, Triumphal Arch
  • Veliko Tarnovo: Walking through craftsman street and Tsarevets Fortress
  • Plovdiv: Old town, Roman Amphitheatre, Pedestrian street
  • Shkoder: Rozafa Castle standing above river Drim and Buna
  • Dubrovnik: Walking through old city, Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery
  • Mostar: Old Turkish bazaar, New- Old Bridge destroyed in 1993 and rebuilt in 2004
  • Sarajevo: Bascarsija, spring of Bosnia River - Vrelo Bosne
  • Belgrade: St Sava Church, Kalemegdan Fortress, Bohemian street Skadarlija
  • Zagreb: Upper town, Ban Jelacic square, open air Dolac Market