This journey explores heart of former Yugoslavia. In 15 days we will travel through Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and discover their national parks, dramatic coastline and historical cites such as Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor…
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DAY 1 Arrival at Podgorica (Montenegro) airport and transfer to Virpazar (20min)
Night in 3 star hotel in Virpazar.
DAY 2 The National Park Skadar Lake
We star day with a boat trip on the Skadar lake (2h30). While sailing we pass by a number of establishments such as the old fishermen village, Grmozur island prison and Lesandro Turkish fortress among many monasteries, churches and scared monuments located here. If we are lucky enough we may spot migratory birds which occasionally flock to this region. Swimming possible in summer months. Afternoon transfer (4km) to historical village of Godinje and walk through scenic streets to reach local family winery. Godinje used to be for many years a bordering town between Montenegrin and Turkish/ Albanian state. Wine tasting in winery.Transfer back to Virpazar. Night in 3 star hotel in Virpazar.
Meals: B, D
DAY 3 Mrtvica Canyon hiking and Bjelasica National Park
Transfer to Mrtvica Canyon (1h) and walk to spectacular Gate of Wishes (Kapija Zelja) in the Mrtvica Canyon (walking 2h, gently rolling terrain). Transfer (15 min)to XIII century Moraca Monastery and visit monastery. Transfer to ski center Bjelasica and walk to the Katun where we stay overnight (walking 1h15, ascent +300m) . Katun is a complex of small wooden houses located at the edge of the national park. Night in Katun.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 4 Durmitor National Park and Lakes hike
We will descend from Katun (1h, descent –300m) and transfer to Zabljak town located in the heart of National Park Durmitor (2h40). On the way to Zabljak we will stop at the impressive Djurdjevica Tara Bridge that spans the gorge over the Tara River and towers some 135 metres above the river valley below. Walk to the Black and Zminje Lakee (2h30, flat terrain). Night in 3* hotel in Zabljak.
Meals: B, D
DAY 5 Zlatibor Mountain
Today we cross into western Serbia and head for the peaks of the Zlatibor massif. We stop to visit the 13th century Mileseva Monastery near Prijepolje and its superb examples of 13th century fresco painting, including the famous ‘White Angel’. We head for the village of Sirogojno, located on the mountain itself, and home to a remarkable open air museum that was declared a national monument back in 1983. Covering nearly 15 hectares, the museum contains a collection of traditional 19th century wooden buildings that have been assembled here from across the region, including a bakery, an inn and a dairy . All are authentic and provide a fascinating glimpse into Serbia’s rural past. We’ll take a guided tour of the site before we join traditional feast in a local restaurant. Night in the Open Air Museum Sirogojno.
Meals: B, D
DAY 6 Sargan Eight narrow gauge railway and Kustendorff
We drive to the village of Mokra Gora, where we take a ride on the historic narrow gauge railway, Sargan Eight. Running from Mokra Gora to Sargan Vitasi, the line is part of the former track that once ran between Sarajevo and Belgrade, until it was closed in 1974. The section over the Sargan Pass has been renovated by the Serbian government to recapture something of its 1920s heyday and today represents the longest and one of the most beautiful sections of the old narrow gauge tracks that once crossed Europe. The name comes from the unusual figure of eight loop by which the train completes the 300 metre incline between the Mokra Gora Valley and the Sargan, a distance of some 3.5 kilometres. We’ll also visit the beautiful mountain setting of Kustendorff, a traditional village that was built by the international director Emir Kusturica for his film ‘Life is a Miracle’ and which today is home to an international film and music festival. Night in 4* hotel in Kustendorff.
DAY 7 Bridge over the Drina and Sarajevo
Crossing over into Bosnia Herzegovina this morning we drive to Visegrad on the Drina River, site of the famous ‘Bridge over the Drina’ from the novel by Nobel prize winning author Ivo Andric. The bridge itself dates back to the time of the Ottoman Turks and has spanned the Drina since the latter years of the 16th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was the scene of some of the worst atrocities of the Bosnian War, the bridge has long been an iconic symbol of the region. From here we continue to Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina’s vibrant capital, a city famed for centuries of religious diversity and often called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’. Night in 3* hotel in Sarajevo.
Meals: B, D
Day 8 Sarajevo
Located on the Sarajevo plain and surrounded by mountains, the city is the cultural and administrative heart of the country and this morning we will take a guided tour of some of its glittering highlights. Our tour today will take in the beautiful old Serbian Orthodox Church of St Michael and Gabriel and the stunning 16th century Gazi Hursev Bey Mosque, considered the most important Islamic building in the country and one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture anywhere in the world. We’ll also see the city’s magnificent Gothic cathedral and its pseudo-Moorish styled Town Hall, a particularly grandiose building that dates back to the Austro-Hungarian period. A stroll through the centre of Bascarsija, in the heart of old Sarajevo, then offers a chance to explore something of the city’s markets. Free afternoon to explore the city.
DAY 9 Mostar
Morning transfer from Sarajevo to Mostar (2h). Set on the banks of the Neretva River, historic Mostar is the largest and most important city in the Herzegovina region. One of the most beautiful towns in the entire country, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is divided by the Neretva, with Croats on one side and Muslims on the other, reflecting its rich cultural heritage. We take 2h long tour through this historical city. After a tour of the city the rest of the day is free to explore this lovely old town at your leisure. Night in 3* hotel in Mostar.
DAY 10 Tvrdos Monastery and Trebinje
Heading back towards the Adriatic, our next stop on this fascinating journey is the town of Trebinje, in the south-eastern corner of Herzegovina. Before arriving in Trebinje we stop at the Tvrdos Monastery to taste some of their great wines. The monastery dates back to the 15th century and culture of wine making has a long history there. Trebinje is lying along the banks of the Trebisnjica River, just across the border from Dubrovnik, the town once commanded the road between Ragusa and Constantinople and its environs are scattered with old mills and bridges, including the attractive Ottoman Arsalangic Bridge that was built in the 16th century and is considered by many to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. We have a city tour in Trebinje before dinner in the old town. Night in 3* hotel in Trebinje.
DAY 11 Dubrovnik
Driving to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik this morning we have a chance to explore one of the finest examples of a fortified medieval town anywhere in the world. Granted World Heritage status in 1979, the old city is a wonderful mix of monasteries, museums and red-tiled buildings that hark back to the glory days, when it was one of Europe’s greatest maritime cities. This morning we will take a guided walking tour of this wonderful city, the best way to get a feel of the layout of the town and its wealth of architectural masterpieces. Night in 3* hotel in Dubrovnik.
DAY 12 Herceg Novi and Kotor Fjord
Morning transfer to Montenegro. We are heading to the southern European fjord- Kotor. At the fjord entrance we stop in Herceg Novi known as the most pleasant city in Montenegro. In spite of tourist boom, the city has managed to keep the traditional slow Montenegrin lifestyle. The locals are very welcoming and unlike other tourist cities here you are never annoyed by street vendors. After Herceg Novi we continue towards Kotor town where we will stay for next three nights. Night in 3* hotel in the village of Dobrota or Prcanj (next to the Kotor town).
Meals: B, D
DAY 13 Kotor Ramparts and Kotor Bay
This morning you visit the old medieval city of Kotor, lying beneath the slopes of Mount Lovcen. An engaging mix of European and Byzantine influences, Kotor was once an independent city republic, until the threat of Ottoman attacks saw it throw its lot in with the Venetians. We’ll take a wander through the old city, walking its city walls to enjoy the views across the medieval rooftops and out across the fjord from the Ivan Tower at the top of the ramparts. Walking lasts 2h30 with Denivelation +300m/ -300m. Under the Venetians Kotor became one of the best fortified cities in the region, boasting walls twice the length of Dubrovnik, and these same walls provide us with a fascinating glimpse into its turbulent past. After lunch the afternoon is free to continue exploring at your leisure. We can recommend a boat trip out into the fjord, taking in some of the small islands that occupy the turquoise waters off the coast and visiting Gospa Skrpjela, Sv. Djodje and the historic town of Perast. Of course you may just wish to continue enjoying the delights of Kotor, perhaps taking in the Romanesque grandeur of St Tryphon’s Cathedral, or visiting the fascinating maritime museum. Night in 3* hotel in the Kotor Fjord.
Meals: B, D
DAY 14 Lovcen National Park Walk and Cetinje town
40km long transfer to Njegusi village which lays on the slopes of Mt Lovcen. Visit village famous for production of Njegus smoked prosciutto and prosciutto and cheese tasting at local producer. Transfer to Medjuvrsje (starting point of walking tour). Hike to the King Petar II Petrovic Njegos mausoleum on 1.675 meters above sea level. Visit mausoleum. Walking down to Ivanova Korita- a famous spring and picnic place. Hiking lasts approx 3h30 hours, ascent +350m/ descent -450m. Transfer to Cetinje town, 20km (ancient capital of Montenegro). Free time to explore the town. Return to hotel.
Meals: B, L
DAY 15 Departure
Transfer (1h15) to Podgorica airport after the breakfast.
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What Will You see
With the area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, Skadar Lake is the biggest lake in the Balkans. Due to its geographic position and sub Mediterranean climate, it is one of the most important habitats of swamp birds in Europe, right after the river Danube delta. There are around 280 bird species on the lake, including the rare curly pelican, which became a trademark of the National Park. Southern hinterland of the lake (Crmnica) is famous for the best vine in Montenegro. Together with the lake carp, this will satisfy even the most demanding gourmands. The lake has numerous extraordinary beaches, particularly those in the village Murići, not less attractive than beaches on the coast…
The mountain of Bjelasica is characterized by three important characteristics and comparative advantages: very easy mobility and accessibility to the highest mountain peaks, the great wealth of forests and abundance of running water. Unlike other mountains in the region, Bjelasica is of volcanic origin. Hence, green summer and winter white. While the water of Durmitor or Lovćen fail, everything stays here on the surface, flows into numerous streams and rivers, of which perhaps the most important and most beautiful is the Biograd River, which flows into the pearl of the mountain called the Biograd Lake. An original primeval forest of broadleaf and conifers is preserved in the Biogradska Gora National Park.
DURMITOR is inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. It is a strikingly beautiful natural park, one of the highest (2523 m) and probably the most beautiful mountain on the Balkans. There are 17 glacier lakes called “mountain eyes” in the area of Durmitor. The most famous is Black Lake, covered with ice and crystals of frozen snowflakes in the winter. You can swim in it in the middle of the summer. Between the steep hillsides or hidden in the green, thick foliage, are the magic beauties: Zmijinje, Barno, Riblje, Vrazje, Modro and the other lakes. Because of its geographical location and range in altitude, the park is under the influence of both Mediterranean and alpine micro climates. Vegetation zones, covering 17,000ha, include deciduous forest, coniferous forest, sub-alpine zones and Alpine meadows. The dominant species include Scots pine, Norway pine, silver fir, beech, occasional birch, mugo pine and juniper. The park supports a rich korstic flora with many rare and endemic species.
Zabljak town is “moved up” to 1460 meters of the massive mountain of Durmitor. This small mountain town will be used as our base for exploring the mountain. Our hiking tours will start from the hotel.
The monastery of MILESEVA was founded by Vladislav, King of Serbia, son of Stefan the First-Crowned and grandson of Stefan Nemanja, founder of the Serbian medieval dynasty. Nowadays Mileseva is mainly known for its frescoes. These frescoes are reckoned by many experts among the most beautiful achievements not only of the Serbian, but even of the European painting in the Middle Ages. The greatest artistic value is ascribed to those frescoes of Mileseva, which are the portraits of the first kings of the Nemanjic dynasty. Today, the renown of Mileseva has been mostly spread out by the figure of the Angel on Christ’s tomb, which by the skillfulness of drawing, harmony of colors and spirituality of expression emanates with nearly a transcendent beauty.
ZLATIBOR MOUNTAIN is one of the most beautiful and friendly mountainous regions in Serbia. The specific climate and harmonious relationship among dense evergreen forests and spacious meadows covered with colorful flowers, streams, unpolluted air, clear water, has developed this mountain into a famous summer and winter resort with the longest tourist tradition in Serbia.The average height of Zlatibor is about 1.000 m above sea level. Zlatibor is rich in excellent drinking waters. The traditional art of buildings in this region is exceptionally characteristic. The Zlatibor log cabin represents the most accomplished form of traditional Serbian housing within the Dinaric Mountain Range. The old buildings that have survived were fashioned with great craftsmanship and illustrate the skill and art achieved by our people in constructing houses to suit their needs and their sense of beauty.
The open air “Old Village” (“Staro selo”) Museum at SIROGOJNO represents the village dwelling culture on Zlatibor Mountain. To save at least a part of this cultural heritage a number of authentic objects and buildings have been transferred to the present site of the Museum and conserved in order to be used for further research and to be exhibited for the public.
The Museum has a particularly elaborate program to revive old local arts and crafts. Copies of objects of fine workmanship are produced in the workshop of the Museum: pottery, hand printed textiles, utensils of wood and iron.
Sarganska Osmica Rail is section of the railway that connects Western Serbia and Eastern Bosnia and West Morava and Drina Valleys. It was built in 1925. In 13.5 kilometers from Sargan to Mokra Gora station the railway climbs the altitude difference of 450 meters. The route of the rail is remarkable and has shape of digit “eight”. To pass distance from Sargan to Mokra Gora train goes over 5 bridges and 20 tunnels. The railway track is narrow- only 0.76 meters.
In 1974. the railway traffic was suspended. After reconstruction works in 1999 trains started to operate again but this time as tourist attractionAfter ride in a small “Cira” train we will visit Emir Kusturica movie village- Kustendorf, where his film “Zivot je Cudo”(Life is a Miracle) was shut. Kustendorf is project of a famous film director Emir Kusturica. In marvelous nature setting of western Serbia he built ethno village as a base for his work-shops. Colorful houses, church restaurant and underground cinema will make impression that you are moved to one of his movies. The site is now open for tourist.
The Bridge of Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina was built at the end of the 16th century by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan on the orders of Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. Characteristic of the apogee of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering, the bridge has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river. The 179.5 m long bridge is a representative masterpiece of Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work may be compared. The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the whole site bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.The universal value of the bridge at Višegrad is unquestionable for all the historical reasons and in view of the architectural values it has. It represents a major stage in the history of civil engineering and bridge architecture, erected by one of the most celebrated builders of the Ottoman Empire.
“And at whatever time of day, and from whatever corner you set your sights on Sarajevo – you always, and without specific intention, think the same thing: that is a city. A city that both nears its end and is dying, yet simultaneously is being born and growing.” – Ivo Andric
The city of Sarajevo came into existence on the exact place whose center is the crossroads of East and West, of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, of Christianity and Islam, of Austrian boulevards and Ottoman shops, of modern skyscrapers and European squares.
The transition from East to West is much more than a metaphor; in Sarajevo, it is literal, geographical process. From the Ottoman East with it’s magnificent mosques and Oriental architecture, through the Austrian Center with it’s proud churches and European architecture, to the modern West with it’s towering buildings and wide highways.
In this valley, an amazing alchemy of cultures and religions merges into a single one – yet, each keeps something of its character and is recognizable for what it is. Light from the same source passes through the stained glass windows of the Katedrala, illuminates the gem that is Begova Mosque, lights of the central chandeleir of the Church of the Lord’s Holy Transfiguration, and caresses the ancient Soloman’s Seal, the Star of David. Nevertheless, it is all one whole, which could hardly be modified in any way. Trying to understand Sarajevo is one of the nicer things one can do in this world.
The city of Mostar is situated in a beautiful valley bedded between high mountains of Herzegovina. It is thanks to the river Neretva that Mostar was able to develop as a city in the desert-like landscape of Herzegovina. Neretva’s size turned Mostar very early in to a trading centre of the region. What makes this city known is it’s famous bridge. The Old Bridge was built by the Ottoman empire in 1565. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who had succeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva river with a single span stone bridge.
Mostar got its name after that same Bridge, or more precisely after the bridge keepers. They used to guard the bridge and were called “Mostari”, thereby the city got its name. With its hot summers and mild winters, Mostar is also one of Europe’s sunniest cities.
On the way between Trebinje and Mostar lays an old monastery surrounded by vineyards. The monastery was built on the foundation of an old church, and the 4th-century foundations of the first Roman church on the site are still visible today (inside the curch, below the glassbottom). This shows also how long there is Christian religion in Hercegovina. Tvrdos had been frequently destroyed and reconstructed before. The current building of the monastery was constructed in 1924. Today the monastery is temporarily the seat of the Eparchy of Zahumlje and Herzegovina (other ways the seat is in Mostar). The Tvrdos Monastery is also famous for its long tradition of wine production. Tvrdos, has become the symbol and guarantor for true quality, homemade pure wines. The monastery has two wine cellars. Wine ages in hundred years old oak barrels in an old cellar from the XV century and only ten meters away, next to the bank of the river of Trebišnjica, a new cellar has been build and equipped with the modern technology. Cellars of the Tvrdoš Monastery apply traditions of monastery viticulture and Herzegovian climate, producing wines made of autochthonous and international varieties of grapes in the cellar from the XV century. Žilavka, vranac, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and traditional monastery varieties are combined using ancient and modern technologies.
Trebinje’s Old Town has emerged at the beginning of the 18th century on the coast of the Trebisnjica River. Current Old Town – Kastel – has been developed from former centre of trade and craft. In the Old Town, on the foundations of Roman, medieval and Turkish town, an Austrian military camp was built at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it houses the museum of Herzegovina.
George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by DUBROVNIK. For him, it was paradise. Millions of people also take home happy memories from this “jewel of the Adriatic”.
Dubrovnik has a remarkable history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years (abolished by Napoleon in 1806), it traded with Turkey and India in the East (with a consul in Goa, India) and had trade representatives in Africa (in the Cape Verde Islands). It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages. (There is a letter from Elizabeth I on display in the City Museum in Dubrovnik). Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of this Croatian-Slav city. The old town was completed in the 13th century and remains virtually unchanged to the present day. Tall ramparts surround it and there are only two entrances to the old town which lead to the Stradun, the city’s promenade. One of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him.
Herceg Novi is a coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen. Herceg Novi was known as Castelnuovo for many centuries. Herceg Novi has had a turbulent past, despite being one of the youngest settlements on the Adriatic. A history of varied occupations has created a blend of diverse and picturesque architectural style in the city.
The old town of KOTOR is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. It was succeeded in preserving its original form, so typical of towns between the XII and the XIV century. The asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with the numerous valuable monuments of medieval architecture, contributed to Kotor being placed on UNESCO’s “The world natural and cultural inheritance” list. The cultural inheritance of this town is enriched by the unique architectural styles and the ambient atmosphere. The fortification system of Kotor, which protects it from the sea, is actually a wall 4.5 km long, 20 m high and 15 m wide, and is preserved as one of the world’s historic values.
Lovcen is a mountain range in the system of Dinaric Alps, which rises steep from the edge of Adriatic area, above coastal Montenegro. From Lovcen you can enjoy in magnificent view to amazing Boka Kotorska bay, one of the most beautiful scenery in whole Montenegro. National Park encompasses the central and the highest part of Lovcen mountain massif. It was proclaimed a national park in 1952.
Accomodation & Meals
There is a balanced diversity of accommodations during this program and every place brings some specific charm. Most of nights we stay in a family run 3 * hotels with comfort rooms with private facilities. One night we spend in Katun in National Park Bjelasica at elevation of 1.800m above the sea level. Charming wooden cabins with shared facilities (some cabins are bigger and some are small with a size of tents). One night we spend in unique 4* hotel Mecavnik in Kustendorff. One night we spend in a very charming and comfort historic houses in the open air museum Sirogojno. All hotels have restaurants with great choices of local specialties. If you have some dietary restrictions we will be happy to adapt our menu to you. All breakfasts and dinners included in tour package will be served in the hotels restaurants. Lunches included in the tour package are either lunch packets or picnic lunch.
What is included
Tour cost is 1.380 Euros and includes:
- 14 lodgings
- 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners
- The following entry fees and excursions: National Park Skadar Lake entry fee, Boat trip on the Skadar Lake, Wine tasting in Godinje village, entry fee for National Park Durmitor, entry fee for Open Air museum Staro Selo, Sirogojno, ride on historical train Sargan Eight, guided city tours of Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, wine tasting in Tvrdos Monastery, Kotor Ramparts entry fee, National Park Lovcen entry fee, prosciutto and cheese tasting in Njegusi village, entry fee for Njegos Mausoleum
- full guiding service with English, French, German or Japanese speaking guide
- transfer service for all programs listed in tour description
The price is based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement 250 Euros (single room option is not available in Katun on Bjelasica).
High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August)- 140 Euros.
The tour is available from April to November
For stay up to 90 days in the Republic of Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina tourists from EU, America, Australia, Canada, Japan do not require a visa. Croatia is from 2013 European Union member state. All distances are given in kilometers. 1 mi=1,61 km, 1km =0.62mi, 1ft=0.3m/ 1inch=2.54cm
Weather is difficult to forecast but, normally, you can expect a nice weather from April to November.
Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland. There is a chance of sporadic rain in spring and autumn, though generally this is in the form of short showers. You can expect cool nights in the Durmitor Mountain and on higher altitudes it is possible to have light snowing in April, May, October, November.
Serbia has a continental climate. Autumn is often with extended periods of warm , sunny weather. The coldest month of the year is January with average temperature a little bit over 0˚C. Spring is usually very pleasant with daily temperature between 15˚C and 20˚C and occasional rain and showers. The hottest months are July and August with average temperature about 23˚C and daily temperature above 30˚C. The country as a whole receives an average precipitation of between 600mm and 800 mm annually in the plains- about the same as that of southeast England – and about 800mm and 1200mm in highland regions. In July and August we usually have some days with daily max temperature about 35C.
The southern and western parts of oa Bosnia and Herzegovina have Mediterranean climate while inland areas and areas with high elevation experience short, cool summers and long, severe winters. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s climate is different for each province. Herzegovina and the southern area has a modified Mediterranean climate with an average annual precipitation of 600 to 800 mm while the central and northern area of Bosnia has a modified Pannoian or Alpine climate with an average annual precipitation of 1,500 to 2,500 mm. Average temperature ranges in Sarajevo are from -.5 degrees Celsius in January to 19.6 degrees Celsius in July.
Casual seasonal clothing is recommended for most occasions. You may wish to bring a sweater and some jacket even in summer, comfortable hiking shoes, rain jacket, plus trainers or sandals for relaxing.
You should also bring some water bottles, sun protection cream (high protection factor 30 and above), insect repellent, sunglasses, sun hat, and a lip salve with sun protection. Also bring a swimsuit for swimming opportunities on the trip.
Currency and Exchange
Local Currency: Montenegro use Euro as a local currency. Serbian Dinar (RSD) is monetary unit in Serbia. For 1 Euro you can get 115,00 dinars (current exchange rate). In Bosnia and Herzegovina monetary unit is Bosnia and Herzegovina Marka (BAM). For 1 Euro you can get 1.9 BAM (current exchange rate). Croatia use Kuna (HRK) as a Monetary unit. For 1 Euro you can get 7.3 HRK (current exchange rate).
Where to Exchange: Banks or ‘forex’ offices in main towns/cities. Most of change offices are open from 8am to 8pm
ATM Availability: Generally widespread but limited in more rural areas. You will find ATM in Zabljak, Visegrad, Sarajevo, Mostar, Trebinje, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Cetinje.
Credit Card Acceptance: Accepted in major restaurants and hotels. The most widely excepted credit cards are VISA, closely followed by MasterCard.
Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques can be exchanged for the local currency but only in some banks.
Banks are generally open from 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.
In smaller towns it is useful to have enough cash.
Most of the shops are open from 9am to 9 pm and remain open through lunch.
Restaurants: The main meal is taken at lunch from 1pm to 3pm. Restaurants serve dinner in the evening from 8pm till 11pm.
The electric current is 220 volts, 50 HZ. To use American or British electrical appliances a plug adapter is necessary. Electric plugs are type C (the same one is in use in, Croatia, Belgium, Egypt, Italy, Hungary, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam, etc.)
Telephone plug used in Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, is US RJ-11 phone plug
Most of the telephone cards (AT&T…) do not work here. You can telephone from Post Office and pay after the call.
To make a direct international call, first dial 00 or + (code to access international line) then the country code, the area code and local number. The country code for Austria is 43, Australia is 61, Norway 47, Great Britain is 44, USA and Canada 1, France 33, Germany 49…. To make a national call just dial area code and local telephone number.
ACE Emergency phone (24h available) +381 (0)64 24 76 311.
Important phone numbers in
Serbia: Police 192, Fire department 193, Ambulance 194, Road conditions 1987,
in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 122 for Police, 123 for Fire Department and 124 for Emergency Medical Care, Help on the road 1282/ 1285/ 1288, Emergency number 112
in Montenegro: 122 for Police, 123 for Fire Department and 124 for Emergency Medical Care, Help on the road 19807
in Croatia: 122 for Police, 123 for Fire Department and 124 for Emergency Medical Care, Help on the road 1987
In old Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian, also called Serbo-Croat, Serbo-Croat-Bosnian was a South Slavic language and the primary language of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. It is a pluricentric language with four mutually intelligible standard varieties. Since the break up of Yugoslavia every new state defined its own language and now Montenegrin is official language in Montenegro, Serbian in Serbia, Bosnian in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian in Croatia. However, all those languages are the same with difference in dialects.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all clients whilst on a tour organized by ACE. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover. Clients making their own arrangements should ensure that there is no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in their tour. Clients should satisfy themselves that any travel insurance is what they require and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.
Before you come on the tour please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy
Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by traveler. Examples of some costs are provided below:
- Coffee/ Tea- 0.8Euro
- Soft drink- 1 Euro
- Bottle of beer- 1-2 Euro
- Bottle of wine- 5-15 Euro
- Two course meal- 8-10 Euro
- Three course meal- 12-15 Euro
Local fares in small towns
- Coffee/ Tea- 1-3 Euro
- Soft drink- 1-3 Euro
- Bottle of beer- 2-3 Euro
- Bottle of wine- 5-20Euro
- Two course meal- 12-20 Euro
- Three course meal- 15-30 Euro
Fares in more tourist places such as Dubrovnik
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this part of the world. Gratuities for the staff of the ACE Adventure is discretionally but always appreciated by the staff and we will be happy to provide guidelines.
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