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TOUR OF CROATIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, MONTENEGRO & ALBANIA IN EIGHT DAYS

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Duration

8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

Surround yourself with the beautiful nature around Skadar lake, go back in history while walking through the old streets in Budva and admire the breath-taking Stari Most bridge on this 8-day tour of Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. All four countries have their own characteristics and charm, unique UNESCO sites, rural villages and national parks.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement of 1188 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded 50% of the single supplement amount and your room occupancy will be still private. We organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation.

* Please note that prices are calculated on double/twin/triple room occupancy and 3 stars hotel accommodation.

* Hotel upgrade is possible on extra charge.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 30 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Children Discounts: Age 0 – 2.99 Free of charge; Age 3 – 7.99 discount of 50%; Age 8 – 11.99 discount of 30%, Age 12+ full fare.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us for a quotation.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Croatia or neighbouring countries such as Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro or Kosovo. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

* Please note that transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Old Town in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik cathedral and treasury
  • Loggia square in Dubrovnik
  • Stari Most bridge in Mostar
  • Old Bazaar of Mostar
  • Blagaj monastery near Mostar
  • Church of St. James in Medjugorje
  • Statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje
  • Via Domini in Medjugorje
  • Ostrog Monastery
  • Historical center of Cetinje
  • Cetinje monastery
  • Rijeka Crnojevica
  • Shkodra castle
  • The pedestrian street of Shkodra
  • Venetian mask showroom in Shkodra
  • The Catholic Cathedral in Shkodra
  • The Great Mosque in Shkodra
  • Sveti Stefan
  • Old historical center of Budva
  • St. Ivan church in Budva
  • The small church of St. Mary in Budva
  • The Citadel in Budva
  • San Giovanni fortress
  • Old Town of Kotor
  • Saint Tryphon cathedral
  • Saint Luke’s church
  • Medieval Buca family house in Tivat
  • Promenade in Tivat
  • Clock tower in Tivat

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Single Supplement 1 1 -1188
2 +1 2 8 0

Itinerary

Day 1 Dubrovnik (UNESCO) – Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Day 1 Dubrovnik (UNESCO) – Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Our professional tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Dubrovnik to begin our tour through four fascinating but very different countries. Dubrovnik used to compete with Venice as a trading port, having huge strong city walls that were built between the 11th and 17th century. Nowadays the city is more famous for being the setting of Game of Thrones, more specifically the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, King’s Landing! This is said to be the world’s best-preserved medieval city, reason enough for it to be an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The city is also full of markets, bazaars, cafes, bars and restaurants creating a pleasant atmosphere. We will leave Croatia and continue our tour towards Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Overnight in Mostar.

Day 2 Mostar (UNESCO) – Medjugorje – Mostar
Day 2 Mostar (UNESCO) – Medjugorje – Mostar

Today we will have a city tour of Mostar. 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. 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 city, commemorating the city’s history. Mostar combines the old with the new, which you will notice while wandering through the streets. 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.
Our next destination is the village of Medjugorje a holly destination visited by many piligrims from different religions. The church of St. James is the symbol of this village, with its two towers and at the entrance the Statue of Our Lady. The name of the place, Medjurgorje, means "between mountains" and is located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will also visit the Via Domini, meaning “The Way of the Lord”. The Via Domini is a pathway existing out of mosaics that represent the story of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, illustrating the life of Jesus. Overnight in Mostar.

Day 3 Mostar – Ostrog Monastery (Montenegro) – Cetinje
Day 3 Mostar – Ostrog Monastery (Montenegro) – Cetinje

Our first destination in Montenegro is Ostrog Monastery, one of the most visited monasteries in Montenegro. It is visited by believers from all over the world, individually or in groups. It is a confluence of all three confessions: Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim, as it is believed that the relics of St. Vasilije of Ostrog are miraculous. According to pilgrims’ testimonials, praying in front of these relics has helped them cure or lessen their life’s troubles.
After we will head to Cetinje. The city offers an exclusive glimpse in the Balkan life before the First World War began. We will make a walk through the city to see the fascinating architecture. We will visit the Cetinje monastery and the Court Church on Cipur, which was dedicated to the Birth of Our Lady. The monastery and church seem to have the same kind of style, but there are centuries full of history between the two. As we walk through the historical centre of Cetinje, we will also get a taste of the authentic atmosphere in the city created by the old buildings. Overnight in Cetinje.

Day 4 Cetinje – Rijeka Crnojevica – Mrizi i Zanave Agro-tourism Farm (Albania) – Shkoder
Day 4 Cetinje – Rijeka Crnojevica – Mrizi i Zanave Agro-tourism Farm (Albania) – Shkoder

Our main destination for today is one of the best Agro-tourism farms in the Balkans. On the way to Mrizi i Zanave we will first take you to Rijeka Crnojevica, which is a small historical town in Central Montenegro on the ancient trading route through Montenegro. The city is very near the most beautiful part of Lake Skadar National Park. It is worth visiting for both the lake and the old architecture left over from the trader days. In the period of the reign of King Nikola, Rijeka Crnojevica was used as a winter king’s residence, because of its unusual beauty. We cross the border toward Fishte, Albania where we begin with a tour around the farm. We will learn about the story of this farm and how it created jobs for more than 400 people in the region. 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. During lunch, we will enjoy the spectacular view of the hilly landscapes surrounding the farm. You will taste unique gastronomic flavours of slow food that combine grandmother’s recipe with the chef’s modern touch. While enjoying a wide variety of delicious food, we will learn about the history, culture, and food that makes the region so unique from the rest of Albania. Overnight in Shkodra.

Day 5 Day tour of Shkodra
Day 5 Day tour of Shkodra

Shkodra is situated in the north-western part of Albania, giving its name to the biggest lake in the Balkans. The oldest wall of the Shkodra castle dates from the 1st millennium B.C. The Roman historian Livy cited the town as the capital of the Illyrian king Gent, who fought the Romans in 168 B.C. We will visit the Rozafa castle offering a tremendous scenery of Shkoder 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 tie through the centuries, making it possible for different civilisations to encounter. Overnight in Shkodra.

Day 6 Shkodra – Sveti Stefan (Montenegro) – Budva – Kotor
Day 6 Shkodra – Sveti Stefan (Montenegro) – Budva – Kotor

After breakfast, we will drive towards 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 a five-star resort. Even while standing on the coast, Sveti Stefan is a sight for sore eyes – worthy of a picture. Our next destination is Budva, 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 the one hand, in the New Budva, there are many modern buildings, offices, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. On the other hand, in the Old Budva, there is the historical center and many sights to visit, such as the St. Ivan church, the small church of St. Mary and the Citadel, which we will visit on this tour. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 7 Day tour of Kotor (UNESCO)
Day 7 Day tour of Kotor (UNESCO)

Kotor is a UNESCO world heritage city. 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. We will stop at the Saint Tryphon cathedral, which is one of the only two Roman cathedrals in the city. The Saint Tryphon relics are kept inside the cathedral. Next to the Saint Tryphon cathedral, the Saint Luke’s church can easily be missed as it is a lot smaller, but of great significance for the locals because it represents unity to them. We will also walk to the San Giovanni fortress from which we will have an amazing view over the city. On our way to the top, we will pass by ruins of military buildings and a church from the 15th century. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 8 Kotor– Tivat – Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Day 8 Kotor– Tivat – Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Before going back to Croatia, we will have a city tour of Tivat, which went from a not-so-interesting to a popular destination in Montenegro. However, you can still experience local life instead of being overwhelmed by tourists. Tivat is a small place, thought to be named after queen Teuta, who was an Illyrian queen who ruled over the territories of nowadays Montenegro, Croatia and Albania during the III century B.C.. She built herself a summer house in Tivat, which she used to shelter back, when attacked by the Romans in 229 B.C. We will visit the clocktower, the medieval Buca family house, consisting out of five buildings, and go for a stroll over the long promenade that offers a lovely view. Porto Montenegro is another interesting spot in Tivat in the Bay of Kotor. The port offers a great view of luxury yachts. Our final destination is the town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and culture.

Included/Excluded

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for seven overnights
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Hotel pick up in Dubrovnik
  • Hotel drop off in Dubrovnik
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Road taxes
  • Petrol
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • * Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.

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BB for all overnights
Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
Local Transport
Personal Tour Guide
Road taxes
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