DISCOVER SERBIA and BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA and MONTENEGRO
9 days / 8 nights
Day 1: Arrival Belgrade, Serbia
(Total distance for this day 20 KM – total drive only 30 min)
Arrive to Nikola Tesla International Airport of Belgrade. Meeting at the airport with our representative and transfer to the hostel KARAVAN. Latter, we will enjoy dinner in the atmosphere of the local bohemian quarters of Skadarlija, with typical food and music.
Overnight in Belgrade: (2 nights) (D)
Day 2: Belgrade full day city tour
Enjoy today a city tour of Belgrade, capital of Serbia since 1403, when Despot Stefan, son of Prince Lazar, moved his palace here. We will start our day by a short walk to visit Museum of Nikola Tesla to learn more about live and achievements of this extraordinary scientist.
Latter we will continue our tour by walking to the elegant Republic Square, where we will make a close inspection of its architectonic monuments such as the National Theatre and the National Museum. We will stroll along unavoidable Knez Mihajlova Street – the main shopping and meeting place, in order to see a few other masterpieces of Belgrade’s architecture, such as the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. We will then visit the oldest quarters of the 19th century, including the ‘Question mark sign’ Inn, Princess Ljubica’s Residence (now housing a permanent exhibition of original furniture), as well as the Patriarchy and the Orthodox Cathedral. We will have quick lunch in one of many restaurants right on the main street.
Walking through the streets of the old part of town we will arrive to the fortress of Kalemegdan, which is the symbol of Belgrade, situated where the River Sava flows into the Danube. Our visit to the fort will start with the Upper fortress area. It includes well-preserved artillery structures dating from the mid-18th century, as well as a medieval fortification – an acropolis with original or partly reconstructed ramparts, gateways, towers and the excavated ruins of a 15th century Castle. A few Turkish monuments and some ancient Roman remains also lie in this area. In this section of the fortification complex we will see the elegant 18th century Baroque Clock Tower and the Roman Well. Our tour of the Eastern Ward includes the Rose Church of Our Lady, along with a panoramic view of the Lower fortress and its monuments – the Nebojsa Tower, the Baroque Gate of Karl VI, and the remains of the medieval metropolitan palace. In the evening you will have free time to enjoy Belgrade on your own. Overnight in Belgrade (B, L)
Day 3: Belgrade – Ethno Village Mecavnik
(Total distance for this day 220 KM – total drive only 4h 30 min)
After breakfast, before leaving Belgrade, we will visit new St. Sava Church. This is the third largest Orthodox Church in Europe, built at the place where in 1594 Sinnan Pasha had the holy relics of St. Sava burned.
We will take a beautiful scenic road, following river Drina, which forms the border between Serbia and Bosnia. We will take a short cruise (https://taratours.rs/en) through the canyon and have a lunch on board. The beauty of the River Drina lies not only in its biological diversity and a rare scenic beauty. Everything is so close that you can almost reach out and touch the freezing water beneath you and steep rocks and dark forests along the river banks will surround you. Only the sky is far away from you. It shows up there among the grey rocks as a narrow pale blue stripe…
After a short drive we will arrive to the ethno village of Mecavnik, the ‘Wooden City’, built as a setting for the latest film of the very famous movie director Emir Kusturica. The amazing village was, until recently, merely a couple of salvaged traditional wooden houses on a bluff above a beautiful valley. This village will be our home for tonight.
Overnight in Mecavnik: (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ethno Village Mecavnik – Visegrad BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Sarajevo
(Total distance for this day 130 KM – total drive only 2h 30min)
This morning we will spend enjoying few activities in the ethno village. Then, we will take a nostalgic journey by the old steam engine “Šarganska Osmica” for 15km, crossing breathtaking scenery through 20 tunnels, 10 bridges and across many viaducts. Once, this narrow gauge train, affectionately known as the Cira (Chira), used to be the only traveling solution for the people of the area. The train cut its path through the astonishing landscapes of Serbia and Bosnia, on its way from Belgrade to Sarajevo, and further on to Dubrovnik. Now it is possible to ride a 15km part of it, famous for its curves in the shape of the number 8 that made it possible to climb the steep slopes of the mountains Šargan and Mokra Gora. The track was reconstructed in 1999. During the ride, the train makes a few stops, one of which lasts 20 minutes to let you take some fabulous photographs, enjoy the views, or have a refreshment in the cafe of a tiny and charming ‘railway station’. Lunch will be at the railway station.
Next we will visit Visegrad, nestled here in the valley at a particularly beautiful point. Just like the well-known city of Mostar, Višegrad also has a famous stone bridge (UNESCO) that hails from the Ottoman era. The bridge in Višegrad was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan and completed in 1571. It is an Ottoman structure of pumice stone, and was the inspiration for a novel by Ivo Andric, “The Bridge on the River Drina” which got him the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature.
We will finish our day in Sarajevo – a capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Overnight in Sarajevo: (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sarajevo – Mostar – Scepan Polje MONTENEGRO
(Total distance for this day 300 KM – total drive only 6h)
After breakfast, we will enjoy walking tour of the city. This magical town with all its charms takes us instantly back to the Ottoman day as we visit beautiful Ottoman mosques, old quarters and the authentic Turkish “carsija”, with its oriental sweets shops, cafes and traditional Bosnian food. Sarajevo is also a town in which for more than 400 years mosques, orthodox churches, roman-catholic churches and synagogues have been standing together.
Our drive south will take us along the river Neretva, through its breath taking canyon, where we will have a lunch in the local restaurant.
No visit of Bosnia & Herzegovina is complete without a visit to Mostar. We tour Mostar, a picturesque town, more than 5 centuries old and made famous by the old Turkish bridge (UNESCO) that once was the only means uniting the city over the emerald waters of the Neretva River. The bridge always played a central role in lives of its inhabitants. The original bridge was wooden, built at the beginning of the 15th century, and it was a very important link of the two parts of Herzegovina, not only strategically but also in respect of trade linking the sea to the interior.
This soon brought the urgent need to replace the old unsafe wooden chain bridge with a new which could meet the growing requirements. The construction of the bridge began in 1557 and continued for nine years making it the masterpiece of Hajrudin, and under the close observation of the Caliph, Suleyman the Magni_cent (builder). We stroll through medieval style old bazaar with astounding Ottoman Islamic architecture.
In the afternoon we will cross the border into Montenegro and settle in our camp. Dinner and overnight will be in Rafting Camp.
Overnight in Camp in Scepan Polje (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Scepan Polje – Rafting – Zabljak
(Total distance for this day 80 KM – total drive only 2h)
This will be our program for today organized by rafting camp www.rafting-tara.me
- Breakfast will be served till 10:30 am – specialties of domestic kitchen
- Preparations for rafting / equipping with life jacket, helmets and protecting clothing and footwear
- 11.30 – After short driving with o_-road vehicles or vans to Brstanovica (the starting point of rafting). You will meet skipper and other participants, and get instructions for behavior on the boat
- Rafts have a capacity for 8 to 10 people and it is important that all participants follow rafting instructions
- 12.00h – Rafting through the most attractive part of Tara River in the length of 18 km, where plenty of nice excitement – such as cascades (waterfalls) cells and Vjernovica ranked with 5; Borovi, Varda, Cegrlo categorized with 4, and the other 17 categories 2-3).
- Rafting lasts for about 3.5 to 4 hours with breaks for swimming and relaxation on Kulina, Manita Šipcanickom springs and creek.
- Arrival around 16:00 h
- Lunch – domestic specialties
(Rafting is convenient for all guests, no previous experience needed)
After lunch we will say goodbye to our new friends and continue our tour. We will end our day by arriving to Žabljak, a small village on the top of Durmitor Mountain, which lies at the very center of this vast and wonderful National Park.
Zabljak is located at 1456 m above sea level, which make it the highest town in the Balkans. It is surrounded by 23 hill tops, the highest of which is 2300m. Within the territory of the National Park there are 17 glacial lakes, known as the “ eyes of the mountains “, the most famous being Black Lake. Dinner and overnight in Zabljak.
Overnight in Zabljak: (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 7: Zabljak – River Tara Canyon (UNESCO) – Budva
(Total distance for this day 230 KM – total drive only 5h)
After breakfast we will take a walk through the National Park and around Black Lake. Leaving Zabljak we will drive through the canyon of river Tara, a unique rival to the Grand Canyon of Colorado. It is part of the National Park of Durmitor and is a UNESCO site. River Tara has its source in the mountains at the northern part of the country and runs 140km before it joins river Piva, forming one of the largest and most rich rivers of the Balkans. For centuries, Tara eroded the soft limestone, forming a spectacular gorge, measuring 82 km long and in some places 1300m deep, making this the second largest gorge in the world. We will make a stop at breathtaking spot of Djurdjevica Tara where many zip-lines are available for the bravest of us. Late afternoon we will drive south to the coast _nishing our exciting day in the coastal town of Budva.
Overnight in Budva: (1 night) (B, L)
Day 8: Budva – Boka Bay – Kotor
Today, first we will visit, small coastal town of Budva, is one of the oldest inhabited places in the area, known since Illyrian times. The town of Budva that we can see now is medieval and is definitely the most attractive tourist place on the Riviera. Budva has a fortified old part of the town with the typical architecture of narrow streets and stone buildings placed around the main cathedral. This area is now used as a gathering place for tourists, containing many shops and taverns. Budva also has several attractive beaches and hotels. We will enjoy a marvelous drive around beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay, passing by many old fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas and beaches. On the other side of the Boca Bay, we will visit Herceg Novi. We will go for a walk through the narrow streets of the medieval town, which was founded by the Bosnian King Tvrdko in 1382. The town played a very important role in the trade and economy of whole area in the 14th and 15th centuries, even after it was given to the Turks at the end of the 15th century. The town was ruled at times by Venice, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and France before it was finally given to Montenegro in 1918. We will see the city walls, the main western entrance, the Sahat Kula tower, then Kanali Kula, also known as the Bloody Tower, as it was used as a prison during the times of Ottoman rule. We will also see Forte Mare, a citadel from Venetian times, as well as the church of St. Archangel Mihail.
In the afternoon, we will get to know Kotor, a town museum, (UNESCO site), was inhabited even at the times of the Illyrians and Romans. However, our walk through the city will take us back to medieval times, as most of the monuments we can observe now are from the 14th to 18th centuries. The city is surrounded by strong walls, a renaissance tower stands on the main square, and there are numerous churches and lovely houses still remaining. We will see the Cathedral of St. Tripuna, St. Luka Church, St. Mihail Church, and many more.
Overnight in Kotor: (1 night) (B, L)
Day 9: Kotor departure
After breakfast will be the transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE:
Our professional English speaking guide will accompany group at all time group is with us – so from arrival to the airport where tour begins till departure at the airport where tour finishes, except when group has free time.
OdlazakBelgrade / Kotor