See the best of the West Balkans in this wide-ranging 21-day trip.
There are many hidden jewels to be seen in Southeastern Europe. This adventure-filled bespoke itinerary travels from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina through to Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia.
Best time to visit: The shoulder seasons between April to June and September to November offer the best weather and the fewest tourists.
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Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana, Capital of Slovenia
Slovenia’s largest city, Ljubljana is a warm and inviting place, perfect for kicking off any trip. The Ljubljanica river separates the city in two, the old town and its more contemporary sister. Find plenty of lush green parks and outdoor cafes sprawled out between its museums and medieval forts.
Upon arrival at Ljubljana airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel for the next couple of days.
Stay for two nights at InterContinental Ljubljana
The InterContinental Ljubljana is a newly opened hotel in the heart of Slovenia’s capital. Contemporarily designed, the lavish rooms and suites feature sleek décor and marble bathrooms while the rooftop restaurant offers vertigo-inducing views over the city and its surroundings.
You will spend the rest of the day at your own leisure and stay for two nights.
Day 2: Ljubljana & Lake Bled
This morning you will be met by your private guide and driver for a tour of Ljubljana and Bled and see the highlights of Slovenia.
With the dramatic backdrop of Julian Alps and a medieval castle, enjoy the fairy-tale settings of Bled.
Ride the traditional, flat-bottomed Pletna boat on Lake Bled and discover the dreamy islet that resides in the middle of the lake.
The evening is at your leisure to explore Ljubljana’s riverside cafes, restaurants and shops and stay overnight.
Day 3: To Zagreb
This morning you will meet your driver for a private transfer to Zagreb – the capital of Croatia. Upon arrival check in to your hotel, Esplanade Hotel and spend some time at leisure.
Later on today you will meet your guide for a private walking tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s elegant capital is an electric mix of Central European architecture and unbeatable Mediterranean charm.
The rest of the day will be at your leisure, overnight in Zagreb at Esplanade Hotel.
Two nights at The Esplanade Hotel, Zagreb
The Esplanade Hotel is one of the most famous and elegant buildings in Zagreb. Originally built for passengers arriving on the Orient Express, the hotel has been in the heart of Zagreb’s social life since its opening.
Day 4: Exploring Zagreb & Zagorje
Meet your guide and driver for a private tour of Zagorje ob Savi region. Ride through the lush landscape of green slopes speckled with medieval castles and picturesque villages.
Zagorje is also known for its culinary delicacies so be sure to stop for lunch in one of the many charming local taverns and taste the typical dishes of the region while sipping local ‘rakija’ a fruit brandy.
After lunch you will venture far into the past at Krapina Neanderthal Museum, situated near the world-famous prehistoric site of Husnjakovo Hill.
After, you will be transferred back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: From Zagreb to Plitvice and Split
This morning, meet your driver for a private transfer to Split, a gem of the Dalmatian coast.
On route, stop to visit Plitvice Lakes national park with a local guide, this is Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction. A total of 16 lakes connected by a series of waterfalls.
Continue with the journey to Split and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Two nights in Hotel Park, Split
Hotel Park, Split is located steps away from the legendary Bacvice beach and just a ten-minute stroll from the city centre; recently renovated Park Hotel is a landmark in Split with almost a century long tradition. Hotel Park offers an inviting ambiance for all its guests.
Day 6: Seeing Split
Meet your local guide for a private walking tour of historic Split, revealing the layers of history on every step and every magnificent landmark.
The majestic square of Peristil rises above the mysterious substructures of the palace. Pretty Venetian palazzi encircle lively squares, while the colourful green market and a relaxing waterfront promenade create a cosy living room for the locals.
Such mishmash of beautiful settings, rich cultural heritage and a laidback atmosphere makes Split a one-of-a-kind Mediterranean town.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure and overnight in Split.
Day 7: From Split to Sarajevo (via Mostar)
This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, after about two hours you will stop to visit the historic town of Mostar with a local guide.
After exploring you will continue onto Sarajevo and check into Europe Hotel.
Two nights in Hotel Europe, Sarajevo
Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. This Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated.
Day 8: Sarajevo
Meet your guide at the hotel for a private tour of Sarajevo, being on the edge of empires for thousands of years has left Sarajevo with a rich cultural heritage. Dive into the fascinating alleyways of Bascarsija, the 15th-century Ottoman bazaar, hiding numerous craftsmen shops, caravanserais, stone-vaulted markets and a place of worship.
Only steps away from one another, you will discover mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Catholic churches. Cross the famous Latin Bridge, where Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot and killed the Austrian Archduke Franze Ferdinand, subsequently causing the outbreak of the World War I.
After some time at leisure for lunch in the bustling city centre, continue the tour with your guide and driver. Visit the impressive National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina with a curator.
Your tour will continue with a ride along Sarajevo’s war sites, views of bulled-holed buildings and the so-called ‘snipper alley’, learn about the recent war in your guide’s stories and testimonies. A unique and though-provoking stop on your tour will be Sarajevo War Tunnel – the best kept secret of the war in Bosnia. It is then back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 9: From Sarajevo to Dubrovnik
This morning you will meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik, stopping in Ston on the way. Meet with a host for a private oyster farm tour, learn how the oysters are grown and taste them fresh from the sea. Then continue your drive to Dubrovnik where you will check in to your hotel and stay overnight.
Two nights Excelsior Hotel, Dubrovnik
Distinctive for attentive service, Excelsior lures with elegance and Mediterranean charm. Overlooking Dubrovnik Old Town, the proximity of the town’s major landmarks makes it ideal for exploring this beautiful town.
Day 10: Discovering Dubrovnik
Meet your local guide for a private walking tour of Dubrovnik, famed for its sheer beauty, glorious history of a one-time republic and majestic ramparts it really does righteously bear the title of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’.
Once your exploring is done the rest of the day is at your leisure and an overnight stay.
Two nights in Regent Porto Montenegro, Tivat
The grand Regent Porto Montenegro sits in the heart of the luxurious yacht marina, Regent Porto Montenegro fulfils the promise of a luxury seaside escape.
Day 11: From Dubrovnik to Boka Bay and Tivat
This morning meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Montenegro – a tiny country with oodles of natural and cultural treasures.
Ride through the pristine nature of Boka Bay and walk the sleepy town of Perast. Take a boat ride to the artificial island of Our Lady of the Rock, one of two picturesque islets in the bay. A short ride away discover the historic town of Kotor.
After exploring you will be transferred to Regent Porto Montenegro for an overnight stay.
Two nights Regent Porto Montenegro, Tivat
Located in the heart of the luxurious yacht marina, Regent Porto Montenegro fulfils the promise of a luxury seaside escape.
Day 12: Lovćen, Njegusi and Budva
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Montenegro’s mountain beauties. Head up the Lovcen, the black mountain that gave Montenegro its name, discover its star attraction – the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos.
Take the 461 steps up to the entry and feast your eyes on spectacular views stretching as far as Albania and Croatia. Take lunch at the village of Njegusi, known for great prosciutto, before continuing down the coast. On the way back to the hotel, stop in the charming town of Budva for a walk or coffee at one of the quaint seaside cafes.
Day 13: Tivat, Skadar and Tirana
Today you will have a private tour of Skadar Lake, enjoy the pristine nature with steep mountains, jagged coastline, island monasteries and floating meadows of lilies.
In the small fishing village of Virpazar visit the Uksanovic family winery and enjoy a private wine tasting, then take a boat ride that will reveal the lake’s opulent beauty in the most distinctive way.
After the tour, you will continue the drive to Tirana and when you arrive, check into The Plaza.
Two nights in The Plaza Tirana Hotel, Tirana
Located in downtown Tirana and within walking distance of all major sights, The Plaza Tirana Hotel is a quiet oasis of comfort.
Day 14: Tirana and Kruja
Today you will meet your driver and guide for a private tour of Albania’s colourful capital and the historic town of Kruja.
Tirana is considered a relatively new city, although antique monuments and artefacts found around it testify to earlier beginnings. After some time learning and exploring you will go back to your hotel to spend the rest of your day at leisure and stay overnight.
Day 15: Tirana and Ohrid
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Ohrid, upon arrival check in to Inex Gorica followed by a tour of Ohrid town and lake with a guide.
Located at the banks of the deepest lake in the Balkans, the town of Ohrid is a highlight of every trip to Macedonia. With a rich history and a church for every day of the year, Ohrid boasts with abundant cultural heritage.
Enjoy exploring with your guide and revealing a jewel box of medieval architecture and historical monuments, before returning to your hotel, Hotel Inex Gorica for the night.
One night Inex Hotel Gorica, Ohrid
Situated on the shore of the Ohrid Lake, Inex Hotel Gorica resides on a superb location.
Day 16: From Ohrid, Matka to Canyon and Skopje
This morning your driver will meet you for a private transfer to Skopje via Matka Canyon. Throughout this scenic route you will reach the gorgeous Matka Lake and Canyon, a spectacular gorge with mountains, lakes, caves and views is a true bliss for all nature lovers.
Take a private boat around the lake to the Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest in Europe. Then you will continue with the journey to Skopje where you will check in to Skopje Marriott for the night.
Two nights Marriott Hotel, Skopje
Conveniently located in the city centre this hotel combines stylish accommodation with a great location.
Day 17: Stobi and Skopje
Today you will meet your private guide and driver for a private tour of Stobi archaeological site and Skopje town. The ancient city of Stobi was a vital trade route in its days and a crossroad of ancient civilizations.
Visit the Popova Kula winery that specialises in the production of quality red wines such as Cabernet and Merlot, white wines including Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel and Sauvignon Blanc as well as some typical local varieties – here you will enjoy a private wine tasting.
Enjoy the scenic ride back to Skopje for an afternoon walking tour of the capital of Macedonia. Skopje today is a forward-looking town that offers an abundance of modern amenities and attractions.
A stroll with your guide reveals town’s friendly vibe and quirky sites. Sleek modern hotels rise above the cobblestoned Ottoman streets, grand old Yugoslav-era buildings stand next to Byzantine churches and Turkish mosques. While chic cafés, shopping malls and brightly-coloured offices announce the modern looks of the city. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 18: From Skopje to Belgrade
After a morning at leisure to explore Skopje, you will meet your driver for a private transfer to Skopje airport for your flight to Belgrade – the capital of Serbia. Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver and taken to your hotel, Square Nine Hotel.
Three nights Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade
A blend of local hospitality and sophisticated design, Square Nine Hotel is set in the city’s most attractive historic district.
Day 19: Touring Belgrade
Meet your guide at the hotel for a private tour of Belgrade. Serbia’s exciting capital is a historic, lively and proud city with remnants of chaotic past visible throughout its bustling core.
Enjoy a walk around Kalemegdan Citadel, a fascinating archaeological and historical site, lying on a rocky ridge high above the Save and Danube confluence, it offers spectacular views over the city and the wide plains of Pannonia. Immerse yourself in the buzzing city vibe in the Price Michael’s street, the main pedestrian area and explore Skadarliha, the city’s fun bohemian quarter.
Continue with a panoramic tour around Belgrade, covering the city’s most impressive landmarks. A not-to-be-missed is the imposing St Sava Cathedral, the biggest Orthodox Church on the Balkans and the second biggest in the world.
After your busy day of exploring it is back to your hotel.
Day 20: Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci
This morning you will meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of the bucolic Vojvodina region. A short while into your journey you will reach the charming town of Novi Sad, situated at the foot of Fruska Gora hill, the city offers a laid-back atmosphere to its visitors.
After some time exploring you will continue onto Sremski Karlovci. In the main square admire the baroque-style buildings that are of great importance to Serbian history and culture.
Then it is time to ride back to Belgrade enjoying the scenic views of vineyards, orchards and quaint villages.
Day 21: Depart from Belgrade
Today is your departure day, your driver will meet you and transfer you to Belgrade Airport for your flight onward.
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