Dubrovnik to Tirana; Tour of 5 Balkan countries in 8 Days

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Dubrovnik to Tirana; Tour of 5 Balkan countries in 8 Days

Explore the wonders of the Balkans on this captivating journey. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region as you visit renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites like Mostar, Kotor, and the Decan Monastery and wander through the medieval treasures of Kruja's Old Bazaar. This small-group tour takes you on a remarkable adventure through five Balkan countries: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick-up in Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Pass By: Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia
After having experienced the unique medieval town of Dubrovnik (by yourself) be ready to get soaked up into your Balkan adventure. At 07:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel in Dubrovnik by our local representative (driver) who will shuttle you to the border where you will meet your tour leader for this tour.

Stop At: Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
We will cross the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina and head towards the city of Mostar.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mostar Old Bridge, Mostar 88000 Bosnia and Herzegovina
We will, of course, visit the iconic Old Bridge also known as Stari Most, part of UNESCO world heritage and built in a typical Islamic architectural style in the 16th century
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, Stari Most, Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina
We will also wander through the Old Bazaar with its colourful streets and lively atmosphere. The city has stones with “Don’t Forget” all around the town, commemorating the city’s history. Mostar combines the old with the new, which you will notice while wandering through the streets. There are several beautiful old mosques, bustling Turkish bazaars, and a maze of cobbled alleyways.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blagaj tekija, Blagaj village, Blagaj 88000 Bosnia and Herzegovina
We will also visit the Blagaj monastery, a little bit outside of the city, on the foot of a cliff, with beautiful blue waters in front of it. Blagaj is a small Ottoman medieval town in Herzegovina with its stunning nature and imposing spring of river Buna.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore and wander around Mostar, this splendid UNESCO site
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Mostar

Day 2: Mostar – Sarajevo – Mostar

Stop At: Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
After breakfast we will drive from Mostar to our next destination Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today’s itinerary includes walking on uneven terrain, while visiting some of the ruins during our Sarajevo tour. You can still see many reminders of the Yugoslav War in bullet holes and cannon marks all around town. The tour will cover the stories of origins of Sarajevo and the medieval Bosnian Kingdom. We will visit the Ottoman and Austria-Hungarian parts of Sarajevo, which both with its stunning markets, bazaars, mosques, churches and synagogues will reveal the true nature of the real European Jerusalem.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Latin Bridge, Obala Kulina Bana, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina
We’ll make sure to visit the Latin Bridge and learn the story about how WWI was triggered right here, in the heart of Sarajevo. The bridge received its name because it connected the right bank of the Miljacka with the Catholic quarter of the city, which was informally called "Latinluk" in Ottoman times. Sarajevo is well known for its various delicious meat dishes and desserts. You will have some free time to enjoy the traditional dishes and have a cove in the old town
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Mostar

Day 3: Mostar – Kotor (Montenegro) – Montenegrin Riviera

Stop At: Kotor, Kotor, Kotor Municipality
Our tour continues towards Kotor (Montenegro), a UNESCO world heritage site. We will wander through the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets crisscrossing the old town. This street plan seems quite chaotic, but it was created this way on purpose. The intention was to confuse intruders who came to plunder the town, while nowadays it characterizes the city. Many of the old buildings and churches have small plaques on it with their dates of construction and original use.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Church of St. Luke, Trg Sv. Luke, Stari grad, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
We will visit the Saint Luke’s church which has a great significance for the locals because it represents unity to them. You will have the afternoon to your selves to explore this magnific UNESCO world heritage site.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Montenegrin Riviera

Day 4: Montenegrin Riviera. – Budva – Sveti Stefan – Shkoder (Albania)

Stop At: Budva, Budva, Budva Municipality
Our first destination for today is Budva in Montenegro, a popular tourist destination, famous for its beaches, gorgeous nature and old characteristic buildings. The city is separated between an old and new part. On one hand, in the New Budva, there are many modern buildings, offices, shopping malls, restaurants and bars.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Saint Ivan Church, Budva, Budva Municipality Montenegro
On the other hand, in the Old Budva, there is the historical centre and many sights to visit, such as the St. Ivan church, the small church of St. Mary and the medieval splendours of the old town, which we will visit on this tour.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan, Budva Municipality
On our way to Albania we will make a stop near Sveti Stefan, historically a fishing town on a small island near the coast. However, nowadays it is not possible to visit the island anymore as it has turned into an exclusive residential resort. Even while standing on the coast, Sveti Stefan is a sight for sore eyes – worth a picture
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
From Montenegro, we will cross the border to Shkoder, Albania. The city is situated in the north-western part of Albania, giving its name to the biggest lake in the Balkans. It is one of the oldest cities in Albania, with a history of a thousand years of habitation. The oldest wall of the Shkodra castle dates from the 1st millennium BCE. The Roman historian Livy cited the town as the capital of the Illyrian king Gent, who fought the Romans in 168 B.C.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Rruga Kalase, Shkoder Albania
We will visit Rozafa castle offering tremendous scenery of the lake and the three rivers melting all together in the Adriatic Sea. The city’s architecture is highly influenced by the Venetian style and if you are lucky enough to join the tour of Shkodra in February you might experience the carnival festival. Most of the guests are surprised to learn that most of the Venetian masks are handmade and produced in Shkodra. The city’s favourable geographic position has always been an important trading mark through the centuries, making it possible for different civilisations to encounter.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Shkoder

Day 5: Shkoder – Prizren (Kosovo)

Stop At: Mrizi i Zanave - Restorant Agroturizëm, Rruga "Lezhë - Vau i Dejës", Fishtë, Lezhë 4505, Albania
Our first destination for today is one of the best slow food Agro-tourism farms in the Balkans. We will take a tour around the farm. In addition, we will learn about the story of this farm and how it created jobs for more than 400 people in the surrounding area. The farm collects, elaborates and preserves regional bio fresh local products. We will also learn how this family business adapted some old communist buildings to serve as storage for local-made bio products. You will have some free time to enjoy a traditional lunch or buy some fresh produce products from the farm
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Prizren, Prizren
In the afternoon we will continue our tour towards Prizren, considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Prizren has played an important role in the region as an Illyrian settlement and a crossroad for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. The river flows through the heart of the old town and under the many bridges that crisscross the city. If you are looking to experience a lively international experience you should visit Prizren during August when the medieval city becomes home to one of the most famous short film festivals in the world named Dokufest. The best way to explore the town is by wandering through the streets passing by elegant medieval houses that fight for your attention. Filigree artisanal techniques for precious metals are Prizren’s joy and pride
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sinan Pasha Mosque, Sheshi Shadervan, Prizren Kosovo
If you have to choose just one mosque to visit then visit the Sinan Pasha Mosque, rich in arabesque colour and pattern
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kalaja Fortress, Kalaja, Prizren Kosovo
The view from the fortress on the hill above the town offers a great panorama of this astonishing town. Free afternoon in Prizren.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Prizren

Day 6: Prizren – Gjakove - Decan – Vineyards near Rahovec – Prizren

Stop At: Gjakova, Gjakova
After breakfast we will continue our tour towards Gjakova. The city has the oldest and largest bazaar of Kosovo. Even though, it got destroyed during the first Balkan wars, the second world war and the Kosovo war, the bazaar got rebuilt again to its old state and is a nice place to enjoy a meal or to take a look at the stores that sell traditional handmade crafts from local artisans and producers.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Decan, Decan
Our next destination will be the Monastery of Decan. This one stands out for its white colour, but even more remarkable is the fact that Orthodox monks still inhabit the monastery and make fresh organic food there, such as cheeses. The monastery became part of UNESCO in 2004 because of its frescoes, which portray the lives of people during the 14th century as well as the Palaeologan renaissance that changed the way of Byzantine painting.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rahovec, Rahovec
Before returning back to Prizren we will drive towards Rahovec Valley, known as the capital city of viticulture in Prizren. There is evidence that in this region grapes have been cultivated since Illyrian times, 2000 years ago. Vineyards are positioned in the soft hillocks of Rahovec in altitude from 350 -520 meters of the sea level making Rahovec an ideal spot to produce high quality fine wines. A wine festival takes place in Rahovec annually every September.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Prizren.

Day 7: Prizren – Kruje (Albania) – Tirana

Stop At: Kruje, Kruje, Durres County
Our main destination for today will be Kruja, a historical city symbol of the Albanian resistance against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire during the XV century. Kruja is situated in central Albania on a rocky mountainous terrain about 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sarisalltik Mountain.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kruja Bazaar, Kalase Street, Kruje 1501 Albania
Walking through the narrow streets and the wooden houses of Kruja’s Medieval Old Bazaar (one of the biggest and oldest in Balkans) gives you a sense of a passage through the history. This is the best place to shop for souvenir in Albania, from typical to more unique and handmade souvenirs such as carpets, jewelers etc
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
The castle of Kruja (built during the 5th century A.D.) is strategically placed on the top of a rocky hill, making it difficult for the enemies to attack. The tour leader will take you through some hidden paths, used by the locals to leave the castle without being noticed during periods when the enemies surrounded the castle.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kruje, Kruje, Durres County
You will have some free time to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch, do some souvenir shopping or admire the city.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana

Day 8: Day tour of Tirana

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
Today we will discover Tirana, the capital of Albania. Meet with your local companion, and enjoy a unique experience in the city while learning more about the city's culinary treasures.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tregu Çam, Rruga Çamëria, Tiranë, Albania
Our first stop will be at a small local place that only locals know how to find. Here we will have the opportunity to try Byrek and have breakfast like a local. The famous traditional Albanian food is dough with all kinds of filling such as cheese, meat or spinach. The journey then leads towards Çam bazaar, founded by the Albanian Çam community, who originally came from an area called Çameria in today’s North-Western Greece. Here you can buy all kinds of goods from clothes to kitchen equipment and bargain with the sellers for a cheaper price. With your local companion by your side, you’ll skip past the tourist traps and discover the city’s culinary highlights in some of our favorite local neighborhoods, where you'll have the opportunity to savor a traditional dessert at an authentic pastry.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
We will have an insight into the hidden alleyways and bustling street markets of Tirana, where dozens of street hawkers sell fresh vegetables and fruits. After walking through the busy streets, we'll introduce you to the country's rich coffee culture. We will join locals at a cozy café and taste traditional "Albanian coffee". The tour will continue through the charming neighborhoods of Tirana; observe the daily lives of the city's residents, admire colorful buildings, and get a feel for the authentic atmosphere
Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Pazari i Ri, Shenasi Dishnica, Tirana 1001 Albania
We will visit the so-called Bicycle bazaar, where you can find everything, from second hand clothes to second hand furniture. The next stop of our local adventure takes us to the New Bazaar, where an array of culinary delights awaits us. We will try the traditional Albanian lunch – "Qofte" (meatballs) grilled to perfection and paired with freshly baked bread. Vegetarians can enjoy freshly baked bread with Albanian Gjize (cottage cheese).
To wash it all down, we will also taste some Albanian Raki. As we Albanians say, there is nothing that Raki can’t fix!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: BunkArt 2, Rruga Abdi Toptani, Tirana Albania
Our last stop will be BUNKART, one of the most interesting museums in Tirana. Initially designed as a nuclear bunker offering shelter to the Albanian communist supreme leader Enver Hoxha and his close party members during the cold war. The bunker was hidden to the general public until 2014, when the Albanian government decided to initiate an interesting project that converted the nuclear bunker into a museum. BUNKART is video museum exhibition dedicated to the history of the Albanian communist army and to the daily lives of Albanians during the regime. This marks the end of this remarkable adventure through history and culture
Duration: 1 minute

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Please note that prices are calculated on double/twin/triple/quadruple room occupancy in a 3 stars hotel accommodation."
"Tour’s schedule or itinerary may be affected/adopted due to; weather, Acts of God, labour strikes, bank holidays, site temporary closure/renovation or other external forces outside the Company’s control."
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Horário de Início: 07:00 AM
Duração: 8 Days
Ponto de partida: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Traveler pickup is offered
After having experienced the unique medieval town of Dubrovnik (by yourself) be ready to get soaked up into your Balkan adventure. At 07:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel in Dubrovnik by our local representative (driver) who will shuttle you to the border where you will meet your tour leader for this tour

Airports

  • Dubrovnik Airport, Dubrovnik Croatia


Cancelamentos e reembolsos: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Incluído

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for all overnights
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Professional tour leader
  • Tourist taxes, Road taxes, Petrol
  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Sinan Pasha Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Rozafa Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kalaja Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - BunkArt 2
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Ivan Church
  • Entry/Admission - Latin Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Blagaj tekija
  • Entry/Admission - Church of St. Luke
  • Entry/Admission - Mostar Old Bridge

Não Incluído

  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs, Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • We recommend to tip the tour guide/driver as an international practice to tip good service

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