NUANCES OF THE BALKANS

A Tour of Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina


 

Day 1. Split
Arrival

Day 2. Split - Krka National Park - Split
Departure for the Krka National Park. Thanks to its Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean location and many types of habitats, this national park abounds in exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. The national park zone is home to 860 species and sub-species including some endemic Illyrian-Adriatic plants. A tour of the waterfalls and a boat ride to the Islet of Visovac, where we will have the opportunity to visit a Franciscan Monastery. Return to Split.

Day 3. Split - Vela Luka - Korčula
A tour of Split includes its gem, Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace houses one of the world's oldest cathedrals built 1700 years ago. The historic centre of Split offers an impressive survey of different architectural styles: from antique remains to Gothic and Renaissance palaces. A visit to Diocletian's Palace follows, including its cellars and the Cathedral. Departure to Vela Luka by ferryboat. The embarking on a ferry and departure for Vela Luka. A bus ride across the island to the town of Korčula.

Day 4. Korčula - Mostar
Legend has it that the great seafarer and explorer Marco Polo was born in Korčula. One can see everywhere traces of the turbulent history of this beautiful town, dominated by the Cathedral of St Marc. A guided sightseeing tour of this walled medieval town includes the cathedral and its treasure house, ancient palaces and narrow streets reminiscent of the town's historic rival – Dubrovnik. The embarking on a ferry and heading towards Orebić (on the Pelješac Peninsula). We will stop in the village of Prizdrina, visit the local vinery owned by the Bartulović family and enjoy a wine tasting. A short stopping in the walled town of Ston, located in the place where the Pelješac Peninsula connects with the mainland. The tour continues towards Mostar.

Day 5. Mostar - Sarajevo
A tour of Mostar, which was a major trade centre during the Ottoman occupation. We shall visit the old town in which the signs of the Ottoman rule are still visible (Old Market Place, Mosque). Departure for Sarajevo.

Day 6. Sarajevo - Dubrovnik
A tour of Sarajevo. Founded by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, the city has always been influenced by different cultures and civilisations. A stroll through the city centre, the historic Baščaršija, including visits to the Svrzina Kuća and the Gazi Husrev Mosque. Departure for Dubrovnik.

Day 7. Dubrovnik
A tour of the Old City, an invaluable architectural gem and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Dominican Monastery, the Rector's Palace, the Cathedral and the City Bell-tower. Transfer to the Old City. A free afternoon for individual exploring. You will have the option to walk the city walls offering magnificent views of the roofs, alleys, terraced gardens and the crystal azure sea.

Day 8. Dubrovnik - Budva
Departure for Montenegro. A bus ride will take us through Župa Dubrovačka and Konavle, after which we will continue our tour along the coast of the Bay of Kotor, and pass by the towns of Risan and Perast. We will make a stop in the town of Kotor, and walk through its old and picturesque streets towards the Cathedral. The ride continues along a narrow and windy road taking us to Mount Lovćen and the village of Njeguši, the birth place of Petar II Petrović Njegoš. After that the road continues downhill, towards Cetinje, Montenegro's old capital, where we shall visit the King Nikola Museum. Heading towards the coast, we will stop at a belvedere overlooking the Islet of St Stephen. The bus ride continues towards Budva. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 9. Budva - Podgorica - Skadar Lake - Herceg-Novi
Departure for Podgorica, and a tour of Montenegro's capital. Heading towards Skadar Lake, the largest and the youngest lake in the Balkans. The lake is 40 km long, 10 km wide and around 40 metres deep. Its surface varies from 370 km2, to a maximum of 530 km2 during heavy rains in spring and autumn. Two thirds of the lake belong to Montenegro and the remaining one to Albania. Abounding in varied flora and fauna, the lake is home to 270 species of birds and 40 species of fish, including the unique examples of trout and kosilj (a fish from the carp family). The lake has become one of the last pelican habitats in Europe. A boat ride on the lake, disembarkation and arrival to Njivice.

Day 10. Herceg-Novi
Departure

 

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