After your landing in Dubrovnik airport, you will be transferred to the city, from where you will start your journey.
The tour starts in the Old Town inside the walls of the castle, long walls that go about 2 kilometers in length. Along you will have a close look to the buildings mostly in Baroque style, where in some there are still bullet holes from the Croatian War. There you will visit highlights such as the Treasury Cathedral, the Rolando Colon, the Rectors Palace, Onofrio Fountain, the third oldest pharmacy in the world and the only one still functioning, etc.
The dinner will be served in a fancy restaurant by the sea, and you will stay in Dubrovnik for overnight.
Day-2 Dubrovnik – Shkodra – Tirana
After your experience in Croatia, you will drive south heading to Shkodra, after crossing the border entering in Albania. Shkodra, the most important city of northern Albania is your first contact with Albanian culture and Albanian history. The Rozafa Castle, with all it’s glory, history and legends, is the first landmark you should visit atop of the hill overlooking the city and the whole region. A short walk to the pedestrian street, the street of all Shkodra’s culture and famous buildings.
You can’t leave Shkodra without having lunch, and finishing lunch with a dessert from the area called “sheqerpare”.
Continuing further south, you will be headed to Tirana, the capital of Albania. You will take a look at the Scanderbeg Square, where our national hero stands strong like he stood agains the Ottoman invaders, sorrounded by the historical buildings of the Ministries, the Opera, the Tirana International Hotel, the National Historic Museum, Bank of Albania and Et’hem Beg Mosque. Each of these buildings are symbolic representatives of the era of their construction. Your stroll continues south along Martyrs of the National Boulevard, passing other important landmarks and ending up to Mother Theresa Square at the Polytechnic University.
Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Day-3 Tirana – Ohrid
Today you will be transfered to Ohrid, the Jeruzalem of the Balkans. In Ohrid you will enjoy the history and traditions of this city, the beauty of the lake and will be amazed by the churches and cathedrals that are located in every narrow street in the town on the hillside. The Cathedral of Jon Caneo and the St. Sophia Church are of expeptional beauties, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Don’t forget to get also to the amphitheatre, the Robevci museum and to the Castle of Samuil. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
After breakfast, take another look of Ohrid with a short boat trip in St. Naum Monastery, to enjoy Ohrid and the lake from another point of view. Very close to the monastery is the place where the waters that feed Lake Ohrid enter to the lake. In that clean natural atmosphere, you will have lunch, a traditional lunch with fresh caught fish from the lake.
After lunch you will return back to Ohrid where you will have some free time to explore other parts of the city by yourself.
Dinner and overnight will be in Ohrid.
Day-5 Ohrid – Peja
Today you will depart north heading for Pec. The trip is in a serpentine road passing in mountains and rivers and forests of National Parks of both Macedonia and Kosovo, and you will surely enjoy the trip with nature following you at every kilometer. There will also be some stops along the way for you to appreciate more what you have in the way.
After the drive, you will go to Peja, where you will be for lunch, a delicious lunch with the best of Kosovo tradition.
After the lunch with traditional food from Kosovo, you will take a stroll around Peja, on the main boulevard and in the old quarter of Peja.
The next destination is the Decan Monastery, where is located one of the most special Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Build in the 14th century with the request of the Serbian Sing Stephan Uros III, buried in the monastery, you will truly feel the spiritual atmosphere differently.
After your religious dose, you will head to the Gorge of Rugova, a special canyon created out of a few million years of river erosion streching for about 25 kilometers. The gorge is not only a place of awe, but also a pretty good spot for alpinists.
After your guided tour of the day, you will have the afternoon free in the city of Peja and also you are for dinner and overnight there.
Day-6 Peja – Kolasin
Remember the Rugova Gorge of yesterday? Well, today you will drive it all up to the end and beyond it, passing the border to Montenegro, heading to Kolasin. Over 2000 meters above sea level, you will breathe the cleanest air you can find here in the Durmitore National Park. And you will agree that this is the perfect place to have lunch.
After lunch, you will drive a bit further to the Moraca Monastery. Build in the bank of the river with the same name, the monastery had it’s first construction stone in 1252. History and legends are all around the Moraca town and especially about the monastery, but you will leave the fascinating stories behind and will be in Kolasin for dinner and overnight.
Day-7 Kolasin – Podgorica – Kotor
Descending the Montenegrin Mountains, you will head firstly to the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica. The capital, set in 1944, is quite a special one, with a unique combination of modernity and history. There you will visit the clock tower, a Turkish clock tower build in 1667 and one of the few old landmarks still standing after the war, the Millenium bridge, a 140 meters long cable bridge representing the new age of Montenegro, the old town of Podgorica, etc.
With another short drive you arrive in Budva. You will have a visit in Budva, one of the pearls of this side of the Adriatic. Besides the beach, you will take a walk around the old citadel of Budva, inside the high thick walls of the castle filled also with a lot of history and legends.
Before leaving behind Budva to continue north to Kotor, first you will have lunch in a fish restaurant by the sea.
Upon your arrival in Kotor, you will be stunned even in the first glimpse that this city can offer. The visit of Kotor starts with the castle, an Illyrian one used from Queen Teuta. In it, is the old town, the Rector Tower, the clock tower, the St. Triphon Cathedral, etc. The rest of the day is free time at your choice.
For dinner and overnight you will be in Kotor.
Day-8 Kotor – Onwards
This is the day of conclusion of your Balkan adventure. Depending on the flight time, you will have some free time and then departure to the airport.
This tour is the one that leaves you breathless since the first day, and the tour starts with Dubrovnik, the diamond of the Adriatic coastline. After visiting the Old Town and the many places you can fall in love to in Dubrovnik, you will drive south along the seashore to enter Albania, from where you will visit some of the highlights (such as Shkodra and Tirana) before leaving for Ohrid. During the next day you will visit the highlights of Ohrid and will keep staying even more amazed with the crystal clear waters of the lake. Among the mountanis, you will head to Peja where you’ll get a first look at Kosovo. Further on you will climb the Durmitories, heading for Kolasin, one fo the top destinations of Montenegro, not only in height. The tour is concluded with the visit of Kotor, with the outstanding castle around the Old Town. The pleasant flight back home will be accompained with the best Balkan memories.
Countries visiting: Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro
Highlights: Dubrovnik Old Town, Seaside drive, Capital sightseeing, Ohrid major attractions, Lake Ohrid, Religious attractions, Mountainside drive, Cultural and Natural Diversity, UNESCO Sites, etc
Transport: Coach, boat, ferry
Accommodation: 7 nights in hotels