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18 days / 17 nights
Availability : 15.01. - 15.12.
Zagreb
Zagreb
Min Age : 5
Tour Overview
  • Explore Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia with your private driver/ tour guide
  • Grand Balkan Tour offers delicious food, UNESCO sights, private boat experience, local guides
  • Local guides in Zagreb, Belgrade, Tirana, Skopje, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar, Zadar and Dubrovnik
  • Roman and Greek heritage - UNESCO

Arrival & Departure Location

Zagreb – Zagreb

Route

Zagreb – Belgrade – Skoplje – Tirana – Podgorica – Dubrovnik – Sarajevo – Mostar – Split – Šibenik – Zadar – Plitvice Lakes – Zagreb

Total distance: 2.500km / 1500 miles

Overnights per city/place

Zagreb – 1 night
Belgrade – 2 nights
Skopje – 2 nights
Tirana – 2 nights
Podgorica – 1 night
Dubrovnik – 2 nights
Sarajevo – 2 nights
Split – 3 nights
Zadar – 1 night
Zagreb – 1 night

Total: 18 days / 17 nights

Tour activities (optional):

Boat ride (Belgrade), War tour (Sarajevo), Wine tasting  (Peljesac peninsula), Oyster tasting  (Ston), Wine tasting near Split, Horse riding at Plitvice Lakes, Zagreb Segway tour

Itinerary

Day 1Zagreb

Meet and greet at Zagreb airport with a private driver. Airport transfer to Hotel in Zagreb, check in and a relaxing afternoon or private walking tour to show you the best of Zagreb including Upper and Lower town, Ban Jelacic square and many more sights. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2Zagreb - Dakovo - Belgrade

Packing and morning pick up in Zagreb for transfer to Belgrade with a sightseeing of Đakovo.Comfortable four hour drive with a stopover at half of the way in the beautiful town in Croatian Region of Slavonia, Đakovo. Visit the famous Lipizzaner horses stud farm in Continental Croatia which is one of the oldest stud farms in Europe. Enjoy a galant run of horses and watch them be trained with professionals. After the Baroque breed of horses, time to have lunch in a Slavonian restaurant to try domestic continental Croatian food. Continue towards the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. Afternoon arrival to Belgrade and leisure evening in Belgrade.

Day 3Belgrade

Easy going day without driving. Morning walking tour of Belgrade with a private local guide. Sightseeing of the Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade fortress and experiencing life in the capital of Serbia. Walk through the local market, visit small shops and try delicious local street food. Optionally visit the House of flowers mausoleum (resting place of Josip Broz Tito and his wife) or visit the museum of Yugoslavia. Lunch in a local restaurant to try some delicious Serbian food. Leisure and free time after lunch for shopping on the famous street Knez Mihailova. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 4Belgrade - Nis - Skopje

Morning transfer from Belgrade to the capital city of Macedonia – Skopje with a short stopover in Nis – birthplace of Constantine “The Great”. Pleasant highway ride from Belgrade to Nis lasts about two and a half hours, mostly by highway. Apart from being an important economic centre of Serbia, the city is also known for its historical sights. City captured by Bulgarians, occupied by Hungarians and later on taken over by the Byzantine Empire. Exploring and sightseeing the centre of the town and discovering the famous city fortress. Lunch stop and afternoon arrival to the capital city of North Macedonia. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 5Skopje

After breakfast in Hotel, enjoy a historic walking tour with a private local guide to discover magnificent architecture and a lot of famous monuments of Skopje. Skopje it’s rich with history, tradition and cuisine. Get lost in the old Bazaar to do some shopping. (second largest bazaar in the Balkans after Istanbul.). On this bazaar try the famous Balkans caffe at popular coffee shops and traditional dishes of Macedonia. Leisure time to discover Skopje by night. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 6Skopje - Ohrid - Tirana

After magnificent North Macedonia it’s time to visit Albania, but before the capital city Tirana it is inevitable to visit a beautiful nautical sight, Ohrid Lake. This beautiful lake is one of the deepest and oldest lakes in Europe. Ohrid lake straddles the mountainous border between the eastern Albania and southwestern part of North Macedonia. Ohrid is also well known as Ohrid pearl, because of its origin and production pearls are unique jewellery in the world. On the lake there are so many things to do: walking near the lake, driving bicycles, shopping at an old market, but what is recommended is to take a boat ride through the lake and get the full experience about this rare natural beauty. Afternoon arrival to the capital city of Albania and overnight in Tirana.

Day 7Tirana

The day is reserved for sightseeing in the beautiful capital of Albania. In the morning sightseeing of the city and its sights with a local private guide. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Tirana will be visited, the famous Bunk’Art museum located underground. To get the full view of this colourful city of Albania, ride the famous Dajti cable car, located just 15 mins from the centre of Tirana. Lunch at a local restaurant to try traditional Albanian food. Leisure evening to explore Tirana by night. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 8Tirana - Podgorica

Tiime for Montenegro and the capital and the largest city – Podgorica. Upon reaching Podgorica, enjoy a city walking tour and sightseeing Podgorica with a private local guide. Podgorica is a place where tradition brews in every cup of coffee. Coffee in Montenegro is not just a drink, It is an experience of tradition. Because of that, Podgorica is a great place to discover amazing coffee shops to enjoy in every sip of coffee. Leisure time to have lunch or a short walk to the river side of the town. Overnight in Podgorica.

Day 9Podgorica - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Experience Adriatic (Croatia)! Transfer from Podgorica to Dubrovnik with a stopover in Perast and Kotor. Short boat ride in small town Perast to the “Our Lady of the Rocks” to explore a Church which has been built on a rock in a bay. Explore Kotor with a private local guide (without climbing on Kotor walls). Lunch in Kotor is recommended to try delicious meat specialities or seafood from Boka bay. Afternoon arrival in Dubrovnik. Free time to walk along the famous Stradun and enjoy the night view of this beautiful city in the south of Croatia. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 10Dubrovnik - Srd Mountain - Dubrovnik

Explore the history of Dubrovnik during the Walking tour of Dubrovnik or Game of Thrones tour with a private local guide. Duration of the tour is approx. 2h to explore famous Stradun street, Ontario fountain, Cathedral, Spanish stairs and many more sights. Free time afterwards to have lunch in one of the famous restaurants inside the walls to try Croatian specialties. Optional ride to Mountain Srđ, a place to enjoy the sunset view of the beautiful Adriatic pearl. Leisure evening. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 11Dubrovnik - Blagaj - Sarajevo

Packing and morning pick up in a Hotel in Dubrovnik for transfer to Sarajevo, capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The day is reserved for a four hour comfortable drive with a stopover at half of the way in Blagaj Tekija. This hidden gem of Bosnia is situated on river Buna. After sightseeing this amazing dervish house it’s time to have lunch with a special view on river Buna. (tasting Bosnian dishes.) Evening leisure walk through the famous street Bascarsija. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 12Sarajevo

Morning City walking tour with a private local guide. Tour will focus on showing you the old part and city centre of Sarajevo. In Sarajevo, it is inevitable to try the delicious Bosnian food and cakes on the famous Bascarsija. To experience the true culture of Sarajevo, a visit to this famous street, where there are many small shops to buy souvenirs and clothes, is a must. In addition to shopping in this street, it is a must to try coffee prepared in the traditional way. After exploring the old town and having lunch, the tour continues towards the famous war museum and Sarajevo Trebevic Cable Car. Leisure evening for a walk or shopping. Leisure evening and overnight in Sarajevo

Day 13Sarajevo - Mostar - Split

After breakfast it’s time to return back to the Adriatic coast, to the biggest city of the region Dalmatia – Split with a stopover in Mostar. Mostar is one of the sunniest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located on the banks of the Neretva River. Walking tour in Mostar with a private local guide which will explore the history, culture, and architecture of this unique place. Free time for shopping in the old town Mostar and Lunch in the famous restaurant Sadrvan. Late afternoon arriving in Split. Leisure evening to explore Split by night. Overnight in Split.

Day 14Split - Klis - Trogir - Split

Full day private tour of the city with a local guide, or optional sightseeing of Klis Fortress and Trogir. Lunch is recommended in the beautiful old town Trogir which is UNESCO protected. Tour can be adjusted to GOT sights or more historically related to Greeks and Romans depending on your wishes. Experience walls of Klis Fortress, its rich war history indulged with GOT scenes and effects. Walk down the Trogir promenade and enjoy UNESCO heritage from the 4th century BC. In the evening you will be able to feel the magic of nightlife in Split. Overnight in Split.

Day 15Split - Hvar - Paklinski Islands - Split

After exploring the mainland part of the Balkans, enjoy the natural beauty of the Adriatic Sea. It is time for a sea escape and enjoy the Adriatic sea in a Day trip with a private boat to the most beautiful island in the world – Island of Hvar. Exploring Hvar archipelago including Paklinski islands and having a Relax day with a custom itinerary based on your wishes. Enjoy fresh seafood, views on crystal clear Adriatic sea, relaxing music and friendly staff. Enhance all your senses and enjoy. All you need is good weather which is the main condition for this day. In case of bad weather the tour will be rescheduled with a shorter boat ride or mainland tour to Krka National Park or any other sight of your interest. Leisure evening and overnight in Split.

Day 16Split - Primosten - Sibenik - Zadar

Transfer from Split to Zadar with a stopover in Primosten and Sibenik located on a scenic route following the coastline. Primosten is a small picturesque town where you can enjoy Mediterranean specialties, the slow-paced life of locals and many tourists who choose this location which is ideal for family vacation. Before today’s final destination Zadar experienced the historical town Sibenik with the UNESCO protected church of St. James and beautiful old town. Afternoon walking tour with private local guide and enjoying stunning sunset from Greeting to the Sun sight and listening to music from Sea Organs. Leisure evening and overnight in Zadar.

Day 17Zadar - Plitvice Lakes - Zagreb

Nature escape and walks in one of the most beautiful National Parks in Europe. Walking through lakes, forests, seeing the beautiful Big Waterfall and boat ride will leave you breathless. Experience boat ride across the biggest lake Kozjak and walk down the wooden walking paths next to small streams and waterfalls in untouched nature! Stay beneath Big Waterfall, as one of biggest waterfalls in Europe! Recommend to have lunch in some local restaurant to try delicious “Lika” cuisine. Transfer to Zagreb. Leisure evening in the capital city of Croatia.

Day 18Departure

Private airport transfer from your hotel and departure.
The end of the Grand Balkan Tour.

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Price

Tour price

Price per person:

2 people – from 4.000€

4 people – from 2.400€

6 people – from 1650€

8 people or more – on request

Price includes: private vehicle, private driver / tour guide, overnights and food for a tour guide, road tolls, parking, fuel

Day 15 is excluded from calculation – price depends on boat size and exact date

Hotels, entrance tickets, local guides and activities are additional cost and will be calculated depending on number of people and date. Please send us an inquiry about detailed cost.

Payment options

Payment options:
1) 20% down payment + rest of payment upon arrival

2) 100% prepayment

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