The Story of the Western Balkans [WorkInProgress]

15 Days

Overview

Join Macedonia Tour Guide on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Balkans , where every stop tells a story. From the ancient streets of Skopje to the tranquil shores of Ohrid Lake, delve into the region’s rich history and heritage. Have a night in the highest town in the Balkan, taste the flavors of local wines in Stobi, explore UNESCO-listed towns like Berat and Kotor, and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of cultures in Tirana, Mostar, and Sarajevo. Experience the warmth of Balkan hospitality as you uncover hidden gems, from the breathtaking Matka Canyon , Buna river Source, to the historic Tunnel of Hope. Travel with a story and create memories to last a lifetime on this cultural odyssey with the Storyteller from Macedonia Tour Guide.

Trip Highlights

  • Archaeological Site Stobi
  • Krushevo Old Town
  • UNESCO Old Town of Ohrid
  • Museum "Battle for the Wounded on Neretva River" Jablanica
  • Nuclear Bunker of TITO
  • Buna River Source
  • Mostar Old Town ( Old Bridge UNESCO Area )
  • Elbasan Castle ( Fortress )
  • UNESCO City of Berat
  • UNESCO Heritage - Pocitelj Old Town
  • Sarajevo " Tunnel of Hope " Museum
  • Sarajevo Old Town
  • Canyon Matka
  • Our Lady of the Rocks - man made island
  • Kotor Old Town - UNESCO Heritage

Itinerary

Welcome to Skopje. If you arrive early in the morning you can explore the city on your own until the meeting with your tour guide / tour leader and fellow travelers at 6 pm at the welcome meeting point which will be announced within the booked group. The Accommodation for the group will be open to check in from 14:00 PM, if someone wants to check in. Overnight in Skopje.

After breakfast from Skopje we start driving to the archeological site Stobi where we have guided tour, than short drive to the nearby winery for some wine degustation. After this we continue the drive to Krusevo and before we get to the accommodation, we do sightseeing of the town , then we check in, have some free time and go for a dinner.

After breakfast before leaving Krushevo, we will visit one of the monuments in the surrounding nature than drive to Ohrid lake, we have a city tour in the Old Town, UNESCO Heritage and then continue to Republic of Albania arriving in Elbasan in the late afternoon, if we have time and energy we can make the 45 min/1h Elbasan city tour or we can do this next day in the morning. Check in the accommodation, free time, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast if we haven’t done the city tour we do this now, before we leave Elbasan and drive to Berat UNESCO Heritage Town. We have old town tour in Berat, predicted time for lunch and then we drive to the city of Durres. We have about 45 min - 1 h city exploration here and then drive to Tirana to our accommodation. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Before we leave Tirana, after breakfast we explore the central historical part of Tirana and then drive to the city of Kruja. We have a beautiful walk in the old town of Kruja, sit for a lunch in a local restaurant visit some souvenir shops and continue the tour with a a bit longer drive to Kruja to get to Podgorica in Montenegro. Overnight and dinner in the Hotel.

Today , after breakfast we drive to Rijeka Crnojevica for a short drink and photo and continue to the Ex Royal Town Cetinje, where we have historical city tour, visit a couple of museums and then drive to Virpazar. In Virpazar we have a local bout ride on Skadar lake ( time for lunch in some local restaurant ) and after finishing the bout tour we have a transfer to the accommodation in Podgorica. Tonight we have dinner in the city center in a local restaurant.

Early in the morning, after breakfast we drive the scenic Kotor serpentine road to come to Kotor Bay and have a city tour in UNESCO Heritage Town Kotor. Time for lunch then short scenic drive and stop again in the small town Perast where we take bout tour to come to the island Lady of the rocks. After all this in the late afternoon we should arrive in our accommodation in Herceg Novi. Dinner and overnight stay in Herceg Novi.

Today we will visit the Old town of Herceg Novi and we drive to Croatia, Dubrovnik. upon arrival in Dubrovnik we have walk in the Old Town have some quick lunch and continue driving to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and before we get to our accommodation in Mostar we explore one more UNESCO little town Pocitelj, which is on the way to Mostar. Dinner and overnight in Mostar.

Today after breakfast we have relaxed day exploring Old Town Mostar with a local guide, visit Buna River source and a panoramic view point above Mostar. We have free time for dinner, overnight in the same accommodation in Mostar.

After breakfast we have transfer to Jablanica and visit of the museum Battle of Neretva. The drive is scenic through the canyon of River Neretva. After a drink in the bar next to the museum we continue the drive to the next little town Konjic , where we visit the Nuclear Bunker of Tito, but before that we stop for a gastronomical lunch. When we finish the visit on the Nuclear Bunker we continue the drive to Sarajevo to our accommodation. Organized dinner in a local restaurant.

After breakfast we a have short transfer to the suburban part of Sarajevo to visit The Museum Tunnel of Hope after which we come back to the city center to the Old Town to do another part of the city tour Sarajevo. We have free time, dinner and overnight in Sarajevo.

After breakfast we check out and drive to Srebrenica to the Memorial Museum and drive to Republic of Serbia, Capital Belgrade. After the visit of the Memorial in Srebrenica before we arrive in Belgrade we stop for lunch. In Belgrade upon arrival we do a couple of hour’s Old Town tour with a local guide and check in the accommodation. Dinner and overnight in Belgrade.

After breakfast we have 2h and 30 min. drive to Nis, city tour and time for lunch in Nis. Than in the late afternoon we drive to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, check in the accommodation, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we go to explore Canyon Matka near Skopje, visit the Millennium Cross on the Vodno Hill and have a short Skopje city tour. We have free time until dinner which will be organized in a local restaurant as our farewell dinner. Overnight in the same accommodation in Skopje.

Breakfast and end of the tour.

Includes/Excludes

Included

  • - Storytelling Tour Leader/Guide for the whole journey ( English Speaking )
  • - Local guides
  • - Entry fees
  • - Transportation and driver from start to finish in comfortable vehicle
  • - Accommodations with breakfast
  • - Dinner on day
  • - Lunch on day

Excluded

  • - Food & drinks
  • - Personal cost
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Tourist taxes
  • - Tips for the Guide and Driver ( optional, But very much appreciated )

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The Story of the Western Balkans [WorkInProgress]
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