• Start city: Ljubljana
  • End city: Split
  • Route: Ljubljana – Zagreb – National Park Plitvička jezera – Zadar – Dubrovnik – Kotor – Budva – Tirana – Ohrid – Skopje – Beograd – Sarajevo – Mostar – Split
  • Accommodation: 3* and 4* hotels
  • Category: Nature, History & Culture


The Balkan Peninsula is a geographic area in Southeastern Europe with various definitions. It is boarded by the Adriatic, Aegean, Ionian and Black Sea. The term „Balkan“ is used more generally for the region, it includes states in the region, which may extend beyond the peninsula and is not defined by the geography of the peninsula itself. It is a place of many crossroads and cultural diversity. Traveling through 7 different countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, will provide you a great and unforgettable feeling with experience of undiscovered treasures on Balkan. These are the lands for you!


Day 1 – Ljubljana/Slovenia

Welcome to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Your tour leader will meet you at the Ljubljana Airport and together with your driver will transfer you to your hotel. After you checked in, we will take you for a pleasant walk in the city center where you will get the first impressions of Ljubljana. Accommodation. Welcome dinner/folklore night. Overnight in Ljubljana.

Day 2 – Postojna Cave/Slovenia – Zagreb/Croatia

08:30 a.m – after breakfast we are going to discover one of the biggest caves in Europe called Postojna. Postojna Cave is the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest Karst monuments. Starting with a unique and adventurous ride with a special train, it is one of the most diverse cave systems in the world, with 21 km of passages, galleries and magnificent halls, which offer an unparalleled experience of the underground world and a large diversity of underground animals – including the world famous human fish (Proteus anguinus). Also, we will take you to  Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff, not far from the Postojna cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. It is an interesting and romantic sight throughout the year: in the spring and summer, its surroundings are abundant with blossoms and flowers, in the autumn it is clad in the colors of surrounding forests and it is at its most enchanting in the winter when the surrounding area is covered in snow. The castle was referred to in writing for the first time in 1202 and today it has been placed on lists of top 10 castles to see in the world. Arrival to Zagreb in evening hours. Accommodation. Dinner.Overnight in Zagreb.


Day 3 – Zagreb/Croatia

Breakfast. Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, an old city with a young soul. Walking tour of the city – we are taking you to discover Zagreb, cultural, commercial and political center. With numerous museums, galleries, theatres, churches, cafes, open markets, clubs and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life, it’s old town is a true feast for your senses, where you can explore some of the ideal places in this vivid city. Free afternoon. Accommodation. Dinner.Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 4 – National Park Plitvice lakes-Zadar/Croatia

7.30 am breakfast. At 8:15 a.m. we continue to National park Plitvice and we will spend time enjoying the oldest and the biggest National park in Croatia, there are sixteen blue-green lakes connected to each other by a series of waterfalls, resembling a pearl, all embraced in a magic greenery of the forests and meadows. This National Park has found its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, blessed as it is with the special natural beauty of a string of lakes and waterfalls. The opportunity to experience a unique moment in these natural galleries should not be missed. Heading to Zadar. Arrival in the evening hours. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 5 – Zadar – Dubrovnik/Croatia

7:30 a.m. breakfast. 8:15 a.m. short walk tour through the history of Zadar – People’s square, Five wells square, Roman forum, Foch, Kalelarga, Sea Organ, Sun salutation. We continue driving to our Pearl of Adriatic – the old town Dubrovnik. Arrival in the afternoon. You will enjoy the beauty and rich history of this old town under the UNESCO protection. Its glorious walls, with their fortresses and bastions, offer a unique walk with the view of the magical Elafiti islands. From the Onofrio fountain to the City bell tower, along its main street, Stradun and in many other small and quiet cobblestone streets, every step in this town will be an excellent experience. Walls are built to protect treasures, and in Dubrovnik this is particularly accurate, with 1,940 meters of stone surrounding one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As George Bernard Shaw stated: “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik“. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik.


Day 6 – Kotor – Budva – Podgorica/Montenegro

08:00 a.m.breakfast. Upon arrival to Kotor, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town and free time to explore on your own. The town of Kotor is famous for its nautical tradition, famous commercial fleet and imposing city walls. After the sightseeing, we will continue driving towards the peninsula of St. Stefan.

At St. Stefan, we will have time for some excellent panoramic sightseeing of this famous peninsula. Our guide will tell you the story of this beautiful place, which is today a luxurious resort. After sightseeing we proceed towards Budva.
Once at Budva, enjoy another sightseeing tour and free time. Budva is famous for its old city core and beautiful clean sandy beaches. It is a key tourist center of Montenegro. Driving to Podgorica, capital of Montenegro. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Podgorica.

Day 7 – Podgorica – Tirana/Albania

7:30 a.m. breakfast. Panoramic tour in Podgorica. Podgorica’s old town was built under the Ottoman rule and it’s an old shopping district with winding streets full of jewelry shops, restaurants and boutiques. Heading to Tirana, Albania’s capital and heart has a never-ending movement and energy worth discovering by day or night.
Founded in 1614, Tirana is now a developed city which combines vibrant culture, history, and contemporary architecture. Start the morning off with a visit to the city center to Skanderbeg Square, where you will see the statue of Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero, and the city’s Clock Tower, measuring in at over 35 meters.
Next, visit the intricate Et’hem Beu Mosque, whose frescos of trees, waterfalls and bridges are considered a rarity in Islamic art, and then make your way past the National Library to the nearby National Historic Museum. Accommodation. Dinner.Overnight in Tirana.

Day 8 – Podgorica – Ohrid – Skopje/Macedonia

07:30 a.m. breakfast. 08:15 a.m. departure to Ohrid, arrival during the morning on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid, the tour of the center of Christianity for Slavs. A guided tour takes us in all the main sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of only a handful inscribed both for their culture and natural landscape.

Walk through the Lower Gate to the Archeological Museum in the Robev Family House, and tour an exhibition of ancient artifacts, including a statue of the Goddess Isis. Continue to the 11th-century cathedral church of St. Sofia, the Ancient Theater from the 2nd century BC, and the beautiful icons at the church of St. Mary Perivleptos. Get fantastic views of Ohrid Lake from the medieval walls of Samuil Fortress. Descend to Plaosnik at the crossroads of civilizations on Ohrid Hill. Visit the burial place of St. Kliment, and the newly reconstructed church of St. Pantelejmon. End at the church of St. Jovan Kaneo, one of Ohrid’s landmarks, before visiting the fisherman’s settlement of Kaneo for a boat trip on the lake. Driving to Skopje. Arrival in the evening. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 9 – Skopje/Macedonia

Breakfast. Discovering of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Your guide will be waiting at the departure point, Gate Macedonia, near the main square, and you’ll start walking through the new and old part of the town, all the way to the fortress Kale. Visiting the house of Mother Theresa, square Macedonia with a monument of Alexander the Great (warrior on the horse) – 22m high, Parlament, Arch of Victory. Free time for yourselves. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Skopje

Day 10 – Skopje – Belgrade/Serbia

Breakfast. 08:00 a.m. driving to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, through the landscape of Macedonia and Serbia. Upon arrival, panoramic sightseeing with a bus. Free time for yourselves. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 11 – Belgrade/Serbia

Breakfast. 09:00 a.m. Guided tour to Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan park. This is the place where the most distant past can be seen, and where Belgrade started as a human settlement very long time ago. It is the most logical spot to begin unfolding the unusual and exciting story about Belgrade – the ‘Crossroads of the Worlds’.

We’ll enjoy superb views at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, New Belgrade and Zemun.

Then we will proceed to the heart of the city, the Republic square, with the monument to Prince Michael, and buildings of National Theatre and National Museum. Short walk to Prince Michael (Knez Mihajlova) pedestrian street. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 12 – Sarajevo/BiH

Breakfast. 07:30 a.m. driving to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Admire the eclectic mix of architectural styles: Ottoman-era mosques hugging up to Austrian Habsburg-style neo-classical buildings. Learn from your guide about how World War I began here, as well as about the City during the war in the 1990s, the collapse of Yugoslavia, the objectives of the war, plans for the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and so much more. Visiting famous Barčaršija and do not miss to try legendary čevapi – traditional meat meal in bread. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 13 – Sarajevo – Mostar – Split/ BiH-CRO

07:30 a.m.breakfast. 08:15 a.m. driving to Mostar, one of the most important cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  It is famous after his beautiful Old Bridge over Neretva River. The city that is situated on this river was named after the bridge keepers who in the medieval times guarded the bridge. The Old Bridge, built in the 16th century, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Bosnia and it is one of the most important culture and heritage pieces of Islamic architecture on Balcan area. After sightseeing we are leaving for Split. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Split.

Day 14 – Split/Croatia

Breakfast. Today we are doing the walking tour of Split – the second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia. We will take a walk through the heart of Split – the famous Split waterfront of Riva where you will feel the friendly and cozy atmosphere of this vibrant and lively city. The world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his days. Of all of the known world, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia, setting the first stones in place for the future city of Split.

Follow in his footsteps by exploring Diocletian’s Palace and a region home to islands, stunning natural landscapes and a wealth of culture that will defy your expectations. Accommodation. Dinner. Overnight in Split.

Day 15 – Split-Airport

Breakfast. Today is the last day of our tour. After breakfast, your tour leader and driver will drive you to Split/Airport where you are expecting your flight back home. We wish you a safe journey and we hope that you will always gladly remember Croatia and have great memories of these fifteen days spent with us.

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  • 15 days
  • 13 nights with half board in hotels
  • 1 welcome dinner in Ljubljana
  • 3/4 star hotels
  • transportation by bus
  • experienced tour leader
  • entrance tickets according to the programme (Postojna cave, Predjama Castle, Plitvice lakes, boat on Ohrid lake, Dubrovnik walls, Diocletian basement, Belgrade Kalemegdan fortress)
  • travel insurance
  • local guides according to the programme
  • organization

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