• Roofs of Dubrovnik

    Should not be missed

    The Balkan Cocktail The best of Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia in 15 days Walking trip
  • With Njegos at the top of Lovcen Mountain

    If you are lucky, you can see Italian coast

    balkan cocktail walking lovcen
  • Mostar old bridge

    Again connects two sides of city

    balkan cocktail walking mostar
  • Trebinje

    An oasis in Popovo Polje

    balkan cocktail walking trebinje
  • Night at the Katun on Bjelasica Mountain

    One of the best places for watching stars

    balkan cocktail walking katun bjelasica
  • Skadar Lake

    It is true, we will see this scenery!!

    balkan cocktail walking skadar lake
  • Tvrdos Monastery

    Wine ageing in oak casks

    balkan cocktail walking tvrdos wine cellar
Tour Overview


15 days/ 14 nights travelling through fascinating Balkan, its history and UNESCO World Heritage sites from 1.380 EUR

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…

Walking grade:  walking tour

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Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival at Podgorica (Montenegro) airport and transfer to Virpazar (20min)

Night in 3 star hotel in Virpazar.

Meals: D

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.

Meals: B

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.

Meals: B

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.

Meals: B

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.

Meals: B

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.

Meals: B

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.

Meals: B

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