Balkan Roundtrip – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro

Balkan Roundtrip: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro

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SERBIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, MONTENEGRO

Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci, Viminacium Archaeological Site, Golubac Fortress, Djerdap National Park, Lepenski Vir Archaeological Site, Tabula Traiana – Trajan s Plaque, Rajačke pimnice – Rajac Wineries, Felix Romuliana Archaeological Site, Mediana Archaeological Site, Sopoćani Monastery, Stari Ras – Old Ras ruins, Ras Museum Novi Pazar, Studenica Monastery, Žiča Monastery, Mećavnik Drvengrad Wooden Town, Šargan Eight train, Višegrad Old Bridge, Sarajevo, Mostar, Stolac-Radimlja, Neum, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Herceg Novi

Departure 05 – 16 AUGUST 2018

Day 1 Belgrade

Arrival to Belgrade Airport and transfer to centrally located Belgrade hotel. Accommodation. Belgrade city tour : Saint Sava Orthodox Cathedral – the second largest Orthodox church in the world, Republic Square, National Theater, Kalemegdan Fortress. Optional visit to the Ethnographic Museum. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 2 Belgrade – Novi Sad – Sremski Karlovci

After breakfast full-day excursion to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci. Novi Sad sightseeing tour – City Hall, Liberty Suare, pedestrian area of the town – Danube street, Zmaj Jovina street, “Banovina” – Monumental building of Executive council and Assembly of Vojvodina Province. Drive to Petrovaradin Fortress, the best preserved fortification on the Danube River built during the reign of the Queen Mary Theresa. Drive to Sremski Karlovci – historic and cultural center of Serbs. Tour of the beautiful baroque center – Patriarchal Residence, St. Nicholas Church, Gymnasium, The Four Lions Fountain... Visit to the Wine cellar an tasting of the famous Fruska Gora Mt wines. Transfer to Belgrade. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3 Viminacium – Golubac – Lepenski Vir – Kladovo

After breakfast drive to enchanting Viminacium Archaeological Site, former Roman military camp and sightseeing. Stopover at Golubac Fortress, located at the very entrance of the Djerdap National Park and photo shooting. Drive on to Lepenski Vir Archaeological Site – one of the oldest human settlements comprising unique findings of monumental values. Drive to Kladovo, hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4 Rajac Wineries – Felix Romuliana – Brestovacka Banja Spa

After breakfast transfer to Tekije village and boat ride to Emperor Traian s Plaque – Tabula Traiana. Drive on direction Negotin to Rajacke Pimnice – unique historical complex of ancient wine cellars and wines tasting with traditional brunch. Drive along the Roman Imperial route to Zajecar. Visit to the National museum in Zajecar. Tour of the Felix Romuliana Archeological Site, which is UNESCO cultural heritage. Drive to Brestovacka Banja Spa. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5 Mediana – Nis

After breakfast drive to Nis and sightseeing of the Mediana Archeological Site – the luxurious Imperial Roman summer Residence of the once prosperous town of Naissus. Walk through the downtown and Niš Fortress. Hotel accommodation. Dinner, overnight.

Day 6 Sopocani Monastery – Stari Ras – Ras Museum Novi Pazar – Studenica Monastery

After breakfast drive direction Ibar River valley and Novi Pazar. Tour of Sopocani Monastery, 13th century, housing frescoes that are masterpieces of Serbian UNESCO protected Medieval shrines. Drive to Novi Pazar including visit to remains of the Stari Ras – Old Ras at Pazariste. Visiting Ras Museum in Novi Pazar. Drive to to Studenica Monastery and accommodation in the Monastery Dormitory /3 stars hotel quality of accommodation, double rooms with facilities, special regime of behavior/, Traditional or monastic dinner in Studenica Monastery – the magnificent holy place full of tranquillity and peace. Overnight.

Day 7 Zica Monastery – Mecavnik Wooden Town/Kustendorf

After breakfast Studenica Monastery Complex tour – Church of the Virgin Mary, the King’s Church, St. Nicola’s Church, the Treasury. Departure to Mokra Gora Mountain-Mećavnik with break for Zica Monastery tour – the joint endowment of King Stefan the First-crowned and his brother Saint Sava, the former seat of the Serbian autonomous Archbishopric built in 1218. Arrival to Mecavnik and accommodation in Mećavnik Wooden Town luxurious chalets. Visit to Mecavnik – Wooden Town, Film Academy and traditional settlement founded by famous film director Emir Kusturica. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 8 Sargan Train – Visegrad Old Bridge – Sarajevo

After breakfast train ride by “Sargan Eight Train”, the narrowest rail-gouge in Europe /duration approximately 2,5 hours through magnificent nature of Tara National Park, thick forests and 16 km of curves and tunnels connecting altitude to the Mokra Gora Mountain peak/. Continue to the renown Višegrad Old Bridge over Drina River, built by the order of the Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic. Drive to Sarajevo and sightseeing tour: the old Bascarsija quarter with preserved crafts and oriental architecture. Hotel accommodation. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Mostar – Radimlja – Neum

After breakfast drive to Mostar and sightseeing tour – the newly rebuilt bridge over Neretva River, the old town, traditional handwork and filigree exhibition. Short leisure time, shopping and traditional branch / Bosnia kebab grilled meat/. Drive to Stolac and visit the country’s oldest necropolis of Radimlja, 133 medieval tombstones marked with the unique carvings of the 13-15th-century Slavic worshipers of the Bosnian Church. Drive to Neum, the only seaside resort of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Adriatic coast situated on the hill side of the Neum-Klek bay. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 10 Split – Neum

After breakfast drive to Split, the main city in Dalmatia and the largest city on the Croatia Adriatic coast. Split city tour: Diocletian Palace, Cathedral of St Dominus, originally built – at the same time as the palace – the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, Peoples Square, Statue of Gregory of Nin, Mestrovic Gallery. Return to Neum. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 11 Neum – Dubrovnik – Kotor

After breakfast drive to Dubrovnik – the „Pearl of the Adriatic” and sightseeing : Stradun, Pile Gates, old part of Dubrovnik, Franciscan Monastery with its 14th century Pharmacy, Rectors Palace that once used to be the seat of the government of the Dubrovnik Republic…Drive along the breathtaking Boka Kotor Bay to Kotor, an UNESCO Heritage Site. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 12 Kotor – Herceg Novi – Dubrovnik

After breakfast Kotor sightseeing. Boat tour to Our Lady on the Rock Church. Drive to Herceg Novi. Sightseeing and short free time. Afternoon drive to Dubrovnik Airport along Adriatic coast by numerous fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas and beaches. Departure flight and end of program and services.

PRICE : 1475 EUR per person  /double occupancy/ Minimum : 12 participants

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT : 385 EUR

Included : high tourist class, fully equipped AC coach/van transportation, 1 overnight with HB service in Studenica Monastery Dormitory /quality of accommodation as 3 stars hotel/ and 10 overnights in 3-4 stars hotels with HB services /breakfast and dinner/, entrance fee for all sites included in the program, wine tasting in Sremski Karlovci with traditional brunch, Sargan Eight Train ride, boat ride in Boka Bay, 24 hours PANACOMP support, Logistics and professional guidance

 

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