Balkan Tours

Magical Balkans

Balkan countries rich in history, tradition and legacy are somehow magical to all travelers. One has a feeling, while exploring history, that it still lives there. Become a part of it while enjoying on this amazing tour, let us reveal how the past and the present melt.

Duration: 20 days

Location: Croatia, Slovenia, Monteneggro, Albania, Greece

Route: Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Opatija, NP Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Kruja, Litochoro, Mt Olympus, Athens


  • Private transfer with air conditioned high class vehicle throughout the journey
  • 2 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel in Zagreb, bed & breakfast
  • Guided tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjamski caste, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Trogir, Ston, Dubrovnik, Mostar and Potčitelj, Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Kurje, Liotochoro, Athens with local guide, entrance fees included according to the itinerary
  • 1 night at 4* or 5* Hotel in Bled, bed & breakfast
  • Traditional "Pletna" boat to Bled island
  • Postojna Cave and Predjamski Calste entrance tickets and tour with local guide
  • 1 night at 4* or 5* Hotel at Plitvice, bed & breakfast
  • Entrance fee to Plitvice Lakes National Park and guided tour
  • 3 nights in 4* or 5* Hotel in Split, bed & breakfast
  • Hvar and Vis Speedboat Tour from Split (skipper, fuel, snorkeling equipment, shower on boat, waterproof jackets, insurance, wifi, fridge, drinks and snacks, towel, drone and go pro camera)
  • Entrance fee to Ston Walls
  • Oyster TAsting Programe and boat ride in Mali Ston
  • Wine tasting in Pelješac peninsula
  • 3 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel in Dubrovnik, bed and breakfast
  • Day trip to Mostar and Potčitelj
  • 1 night at 4* or 5* Hotel in Budva, bed & breakfast
  • Entrance fee and boat drive to Gospe od Krpela island
  • 3 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel in Tirana, bed & breakfast
  • 1 night at 4* or 5* Hotel in Kastorija, bed & breakfast
  • 3 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel in Athens, bed & breakfast
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

We always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary.

MEALS: Breakfast daily, 1 wine degustation, 1 oyster degustation program
Optional: Traditional Croatian lunch/dinner can be arranged




Extra services and costs which are not in the program as well as any personal expenses.

Please keep in mind that all boat tours are subjected to weather conditions and could be altered/cancelled in case of an unfavorable weather.

General terms and conditions that apply to this travel arrangement will be sent to you upon your confirmation and at the booking moment. Please study it carefully so that we can clarify any concerns in a timely manner.

Day 1 – Welcome to Zagreb
You will be met and transferred by Travel Croatia representative to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 – Zagreb, panoramic and walk tour
Day to explore Zagreb the capital of Croatia. During the panoramic tour you will discover the Lower Town of our capital and see examples of our finest architecture: Mimara Museum, which contains more than 3 500 pieces of art from the ancient world till nowdays; 19th century neo Baroque Croatian National Theatre; Museum of Arts and Crafts and the University of Zagreb, the largest educational institution in Croatia. We will pass through Zagreb’s Green Horseshoe, a beautiful U-shaped system of 8 parks and squares designed in the late 19 CT. You will see Zagreb’s main train station and the elegant Hotel Esplanade built to accept the passengers of Orient Express. Just across the main train station, you will see the majestic statue of King Tomislav, Croatia’s first monarch and behind it a breath taking Art Pavilion. After the panoramic tour we will explore Zagreb on foot. We begin our walk tour on the main square named after Croatia’s 19th century viceroy and national hero, Josip Jelačić Bužimski. The square has been city’s commercial centre for centuries and today it’s considered to be the most important meeting point for people of Zagreb. Our licensed guide will introduce you to our capital’s rich history which dates back to medieval times. We continue to Kaptol and Gradec two medieval settlements that have been rivals for centuries and that have united in the city of Zagreb in 1850. On Kaptol you will learn more about Croatia’s largest Cathedral, its history and recent renovation and then continue to our open farmer’s market Dolac popularly called “the belly of Zagreb”. Our guide will lead you through Tkalčićeva and Radićeva streets where you will be introduced to the origin of the necktie, Croatian gift to the world of fashion. As we make our way to the Upper Town, known as Gradec you will pass through the beautifully preserved Stone Gate – part of Zagreb’s fortification system and its charming chapel that attracts pilgrims on a daily basis. We will soon find ourselves in the centre of Croatian politics, the main square of the Upper town, Saint Mark’s Square, dominated by Saint Mark’s Church and its picturesque roof which appears on almost every postcard sent from Zagreb. Continuing through Gradec, you will find out more about our cultural life and about the Museum of Naive Art, Museum of Broken Relationships. We will visit the plateau behind St Catharine’s Church where you will have a magnificent view over Zagreb’s Cathedral. You will discover the 13th century Lotrščak Tower and board on Zagreb’s Funicular, originally built in 1890 and known as the shortest funicular in the world. The final point of the tour is in fact the starting point – Ban Jelačić Square. (B)

Day 3 – Ljubljana and Bled
Our journey continues towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The medieval castle on the hill and the river Ljubljanica that flows through the city center create a unique atmosphere. We’ll bord on Ljubljana’s Funicular and reach the top of a hill, and you will be able to enjoy a splendid view over Julian Alps and Karavanke. On the walk tour of Ljubljana, you will see the sights of the old city center, including the picturesque open air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba Fountain. A sightseeing tour of Bled, the pearl of Slovenian Alps, a glacier lake surrounded by high and mighty mountain peaks in the middle of which lies a small island with a church protected by a thousand year old castle. Free time is reserved for a promenade by the lake, take a traditional “Pletna” boat to Bled island where you’ll have the opportunity to ring the bell of the baroque church of Assumption. Also, you’ll climb up to the top, to Bled Castle where you’ll be able to take breath taking photos of this georgeus nature. And don’t forget, you cannot leave Bled without tasting a delicious vanilla cream cake ”kremšnita” the most famous Slovenian dessert. Enjoy the end of the day in leisure time in your hotel in Ljubljana. (B)

Day 4 – Postojna cave and Opatija
Today our first stop is Postojna Cave, worldly famous for an impressive web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, an astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as an easy access. Postojna is home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by a miniature electric train. Predjamski Castle the world’s largest cave castle, listed as one of the Guinness World Records, tells a picturesque story about the times when comfort had to give way to safety, and when the clatter of weapons would often drown out troubadours’ songs. It is so special and unique, it ranks among the ten most fascinating castles in the world. After the morning in Postojna Cave drive to the coast to a popular royalty resort, Opatija. Leisure time in Opatija, enjoy gastronomy famous Lungomare walk and the town famous parks. Our journey continues in late afteroon south to Plitvice Lakes National Park. (B)

Day 5 – Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Leisure time and enjoy the green forests and beautiful nature. (B)

Day 6 – Zadar and Šibenik
After breakfast we drive down to Zadar. Spend the morning sightseeing in Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first Sea Organs. Afternoon hours are for Šibenik. The rich cultural and historical heritage of the city is visible in the impressive Cathedral of sv Jakov [St Jacob], built by the famous architect Juraj Dalmatinac and is under UNESCO protection. Numerous churches, monasteries, palaces and four fortresses ‘ the city, and also testify to the perseverance, renunciation and faith of generations of people of Šibenik. End the day by driving to Split, where your adventure starts next day. (B)

Day 7 – Split and Trogir
Spend the morning on a city tour featuring the historic Diocletian’s Palace, center of the old town Split. Enjoy a sightseeing tour featuring historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Afternoon is saved for Trogir the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint Little labyrinth of an island, town of lucky moment and Greek God Kairos, is completely UNESCO protected, which you will understand as soon as you see the town. Enjoy free time to wander through Trogir. (B)

Day 8 – Island hopping Hvar and Vis
After breakfast, meet your captain and start an exciting speedboat tour. Meet at the famous Matejuska pier in Split. Enjoy your day exploring beautiful Croatian islands with your experienced skipper. You will visit Croatian natural phenomen located on the picturesque island of Biševo near Vis. The cave hides a million shades of blue that are truly a unique sight. Continue your boat ride to Monk Seal Cave, stunning Stiniva Beach, Budikovac Island, Palmižana Bay and sunniest spot in the country, Hvar Island. (B)

Day 9 – Omiš and Ston
On your way to Dubrovnik there make short stops in two marvelous coastal towns Omiš and Ston. First Stop is amazing town Omiš in the mouth of the Cetina river, surrounded with massive gorges. In the past Omiš was notorious because of the pirates of Omis whose ships were a centuries long symbol of retaliation, courage and strength. On you stop at Ston you’ll visit the world famous China like Walls of Ston. After that, you’ll continue to Mali Ston where you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy a special boat trip with oyster tasting program. Learn all about the oyster farming activities directly from experts and enjoy tasting these delicacies. Our visit to the local winery on Pelješac where you’ll enjoy an exquisite wine tasting program with light finger food served along. This amazing day we will finish by arriving to Dubrovnik in our hotel. (B)

Day 10 – Dubrovnik
After breakfast, continue to explore one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic which attracts visitors with its unique architecture and world-famous Walls that surround the city core. On a walk tour of Old Dubrovnik explore the beauty and the harmony of the old town with a professional local guide who will give you some great insider’s tips and reveal all the secrets to you. Visit the Rector’s palace and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Sponza palace, the Dominican monastery, and Franciscan monastery with its pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Enjoy wandering through the streets and exploring the town gastronomy. Enjoy wandering through the stone streets of this amazing town discovering all the secrets that it has to offer. Make sure to taste local food, visit local beaches and relax in the unique ambient. (B)

Day 11 – Mostar 
Mostar is a city with a rich history that has shaped and formed it since ancient times. This city is also known as the “melting pot of cultures” and it is a perfect choice if you are looking for a one of a kind experience. Is there anything more exciting than exploring the cobbled stone streets of a city where the Neretva River divides cultures and religions? The differences and contrasts here can be seen not only through architecture. The story of Mostar could definitely be named after “The tale of two cities”. The city has two sides, the left and the right bank of the river are connected by one of the wonders of the modern world, the spectacular Mostar Bridge. Your first stop of the day on the Dubrovnik to Mostar tour will be the small hillside town of Počitelj. This is a historic location on the banks of the Neretva River and a very popular tourist stop on the way from Dubrovnik to Mostar. This fortified town contains only a few scattered homes and cafés, an unusual mosque, a tower and a citadel, all surrounded by the remains of the city walls. The main construction dates from two different periods medieval and Ottoman. (B)

Day 12 – Kotor
Leave Dubrovnik behind and drive to Kotor on the Montenegrin coast (approximately 3 hours). This 5th century World Heritage listed city is set on a secluded bay, with towering peaks surrounding a rocky coastline dotted with pretty waterside towns. In its crooked alleyways, get lost and mingle with the locals. When you arrive, why not check out the 12 th-century Cathedral, South Gates and Armoury Square Later, perhaps take a cruise on the Kotor Fjord – the longest fjord south of Scandinavia – and visit an island with a church that’s almost as big as the island itself! In the evening the city walls are prettily lit up to provide a unique night-time perspective. (B)

Day 13 – Budva to Tirana
After breakfast starts the walking tour of Budva Budva is rich in historical monuments Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, Holy Trinity church, grave of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa churches of St Ivan, Santa Maria in Punta and St Sava. The rest of the morning is free to explore the town. Drive across the border into Albania. In the rugged north the Alps are so fierce they’re deemed “accused” while the south enjoys one of Europe’s least known and most beautiful coastlines. Our first stop is the city of Shkoder. Here you will have time to explore Rozafa Castle. The site originated as a fortress since Illyrian times, however most of what can be seen today is of Venetian origin. Depending on road conditions and volume of traffic, it will be another 2 hours to Tirana where is our base for next day. (B)

Day 14 – Tirana
A unique mixture of cultures and customs, Tirana is filled with craziness, from its traffic to the nightlife, but on its doorstep are mosques, citadels, Ottoman architecture, and a stunning dose of the medieval Balkans. On arrival, take an orientation walk to get acquainted with the city. Tirana is the capital of Albania and its biggest city, but it’s still small and compact, with architectural influences from Italy and Turkey. Recently many buildings have been painted to alleviate the Soviet bloc feeling that prevailed. Many upgrades have been made all over town, such as new parks and wide pavements, a process that’s still on-going. (B)

Day 15 – Kurja
Today, take a half day trip to the mountain village and former Albanian capital of Kruja. Kruja was the last stronghold of Skanderbeg’s (the national hero of Albania) army until the Ottomans took over the entire country. There is plenty of time to explore the citadel and the famous bazaar area. Perhaps pay a visit to the excellent ethnographical museum housed inside the fortress. You’ll then return to Tirana after lunch. Tirana is dotted with many museums. The main sight in Tirana is the Et’hem Bey Mosque, which sits right on the city’s main square. Closed under communist rule, the mosque resumed as a place of worship in 199.1 Ten thousand people attended the reopening and the event was considered a milestone in the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 16 – Kastorija
Travel to the border with Greece and then continue to Kastoria. This medieval town sits on the western shore of Lake Orestiada in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains. Kastoria is full of interesting Byzantine churches and Ottoman style architecture, including old distinctive villas from the skin and fur trade times. Once you arrive, you’ll take an orientation walk along the labyrinthine lanes, with time to walk along the lakeside, where boats bob, Dalmatian pelicans and ducks make iridescent ripples on the water, and coniferous trees and mountains surround in the distance. Later, consider visiting the unspoilt Spilia tou Drakou or Dragon Cave, one of the most impressive caves in Greece, and see stalactites and underground lakes in this mysterious natural wonder once believed to be a gold mine guarded by a sleepless dragon. (B)

Day 17 – Litochoro
After breakfast transfer to the town of Litochoro at the base of Mt Olympus. Upon arrival head out on a short orientation walk to familiarize yourself with the surroundings Mount Olympus, Greece’s first national park, is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest in the Balkans, with a height of 2918 m. The mountain is famous in Greek mythology as it is the dwelling of the twelve Olympian gods, headed by Zeus. Mytikas peak was the gods’ meeting place, and Stefani peak was the Throne of Zeus from where he was said to have displayed his mighty power by throwing thunderbolts. Head out early today for a hike along a lush trail within the national park to a beautiful waterfall. Return to your hotel for dinner. Drive to Athens on the end of the day. (B)

Day 18 – Athens
After breakfast start your Athens adventure. The beating heart of Greece and the center of the ancient world. At the capital of Greece, vibrant and refreshed following the 2004 Olympics, yet still retaining so much visible history. Named after the goddess of wisdom, Athens has a weighty history that spills out over the modern city, represented most dramatically by the ancient Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon and enjoy fabulous views over the city. The birthplace of Western civilization, Athens has an amazing array of historic sites to explore, including the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the original Olympic Stadium. Another highlight is the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma Square. (B)

Day 19 – Athens
After breakfast enjoy your free day in Athens
Optional activities / Ideas for sightseeing

  • Numismatic Museum
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Lycabettus
  • Hill Acropolis (pass for 5 sites)
  • Dora Stratou

Day 20 – Farewell journey
After breakfast, the magic tour of Balkans ends. Fly safe home and dream on where would you like to spend your next magical holiday. (B)



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