Join our popular Pan-Balkan trip which takes you to seven countries and the same number of Balkan capitals. The tour starts in the green Slovenia and continues down the Adriatic coast through Croatia and Montenegro all the way to Albania. From there we will turn inland to explore the less known countries of North Macedonia and Bulgaria, before finishing this amazing Pan-Balkan trip discovering the legend of Dracula in Romania.
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This a 26-day itinerary, but if you don’t have that much time you can only do parts of it. Check out the “Need to know” menu on your left or email us at ➨ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on which sections you can choose from.
Day 1 (Friday): ARRIVAL TO LJUBLJANA
Our professional driver will pick you up after landing at the Venice, Trieste or Ljubljana airport and transfer you to hotel in Ljubljana. Free time to explore the capital of Slovenia on your own. Night in Ljubljana.
Day 2 (Saturday): LJUBLJANA – BLED – LJUBLJANA
First, we will visit the picturesque alpine town of Bled, just a short drive from Ljubljana. We will take a walk along the shore of its pretty glacial lake and visit the fairy-tale castle perched on a cliff high above it. Later our small group will return to Ljubljana to get to know its historic old town. We will cross its numerous bridges (Triple bride, Dragon bride, Shoemakers bridge, etc.) and stroll by beautiful buildings of different architecture styles. Night in Ljubljana.
Day 3 (Sunday): LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – ZAGREB
After breakfast the group will visit one of the main tourist attractions of Slovenia and the largest cave in Europe open to the public: the world-famous Postojna Cave. We will board a miniature electric train and enter the magnificent subterranean world unmatched by any other natural phenomena of its kind. Later this Balkan trip continues to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Night in Zagreb.
Day 4 (Monday): ZAGREB
This morning a professional local guide will take us on an educational city tour of Zagreb. We will stroll through the cobble streets of the historic Upper Town passing the picturesque St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, Zagreb’s Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The afternoon if free for exploring the city on your own.
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Day 5 (Tuesday): ZAGREB – PLITVICE – SPLIT
After check-out we will visit one of the most popular tourist attractions of all Croatia – the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park. The light hiking path will take us across the karstic landscape which has been shaped by running water. There are 16 lakes connected by even a larger number of waterfalls which create an amazing natural environment worth every photo. And you will take a lot of them, we promise! In the afternoon we will continue our way south all the way to Split, Croatia’s second-largest city and main port on the eastern Adriatic. Night in Split.
Day 6 (Wednesday): SPLIT
On a guided tour of Split we will learn why this place was so special to the Roman emperor Diocletian who decided to build his retirement palace here. Its ruins are now inhabited and at the same time protected by UNESCO as one of the most important World Heritage Sites in Croatia. Among the most important still standing structures from the time long gone are Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Afternoon free for exploring Split on your own. Night in Split.
Day 7 (Thursday): KORČULA
In the morning you will have free time to enjoy Split. In the afternoon we will transfer you to Korčula, one of the most popular Dalmatian islands. Upon arrival free time to enjoy the beautiful town on the namesake island. We recommend a dinner at one of the local restaurants where they serve superb fresh seafood. Night in Korčula.
Day 8 (Friday): KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
In the morning we will listen to the explanation of a local guide who will show us the convenient layout of Korčula‘s buildings which blocks the harsh winter winds and accepts the mild summer breeze. Many people believe that the town is the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo, but there is hardly any real evidence to support this theory. In the afternoon, the Balkan trip continues towards Dubrovnik, the most famous town on the Adriatic coast. Night in Dubrovnik
Day 9 (Saturday): DUBROVNIK
After breakfast the local guide will take us on a guided tour of Dubrovnik‘s magnificent historic centre. Among the most important sights within the city walls are the Rector’s Palace from the late 15th century and Franciscan Monastery with its pharmacy – one of the oldest in the world. Afternoon is free for exploring this amazing historic town on your own: take a walk along the famous walls, enjoy the amazing views of Dubrovnik from Mt. Srđ or relax at the popular Branje beach.
Day 10 (Sunday): DUBROVNIK – KOTOR – BUDVA
After breakfast the group will depart towards Montenegro. The road will take us across the amazing Bay of Kotor (Europe’s southernmost fjord) all the way to the historic town of Kotor. Local guide will take us on a short tour within the walled town, where we will get to know its Weapons Square and admire the city bulwarks before continuing the Balkan trip to Budva, another historic town on the Adriatic coast. Accommodation in Budva, which has a lively nightlife scene.
Day 11 (Monday): BUDVA – SHKODËR – TIRANA
After breakfast our Balkan trip continues along the beautiful Adriatic coastline all the way to Albania, where we’ll take a tour of Shkodër, a historic Albanian town which lies under the ancient Rozafa Fortress. Among other attractions we will check out the Great Mosque from the 18th century. In the afternoon we will continue towards Albania’s capital of Tirana for overnight.
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Day 12 (Tuesday): TIRANA
In the morning the local guide will take us on a guided tour of Tirana. Its central point is the vast Skanderbeg Square, named after their national hero. Strolling across the square we will see his statue, the historic ‘Et’hem’ Mosque, the monument to Mother Teresa and of course the famous mosaic called “The Albanians” on the facade of the Museum of National History. Afternoon is free for discovering the city on your own. Night in Tirana.
Day 13 (Wednesday): TIRANA – ELBASAN – STRUGA – OHRID
After the check-out from our hotel we will continue the Balkan trip along the old ‘Egnatica’ road to Elbasan and cross the border with North Macedonia. Driving along the shore of Lake Ohrid, the deepest and oldest lake in the Balkans, we will eventually arrive to Struga, where the Black Drin River flows out of this enormous lake. Later that day we will arrive to the town of Ohrid, located on the northwestern point of the namesake lake. The whole region has been recognised by UNESCO for its cultural and natural values. Night in Ohrid.
Day 14 (Thursday): OHRID – SKOPJE
After breakfast we will take a tour of the Ohrid‘s historic centre where you can count no less than 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Besides the numerous sacral buildings you will be also impressed by the cute white houses of the typical ottoman style. In the afternoon we will continue to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. During the guided tour you will notice numerous gigantic statuettes and other specific architectural features like the Triumphal Arch erected by the government in the past years to boost national pride. Other attractions include the picturesque Turkish bazaar known as Čaršija, the old Stone bridge and of course the memorial house of Mother Teresa who was born in Skopje.
Day 15 (Friday): SKOPJE – SOFIA
Transfer from Skopje to Sofia, another one on the list of intriguing Balkan capitals. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore its city centre on your own. Night in Sofia.
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Day 16 (Saturday): SOFIA – RILA – SOFIA
The morning is dedicated to exploring Sofia, the dynamic capital of Bulgaria and its numerous sacral buildings. The most famous of all is probably the elegant Alexander Nevsky Cathedral functioning as de facto symbol of the city. Close by is one of the city’s oldest churches, St. Sofia’s which also gave a name to the Bulgarian capital. Others attractions include the well-preserved Byzantine Church of Saint George, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon we will move to the nearby Rila mountains to visit the famous monastery of the same name. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia for overnight.
Day 17 (Sunday): SOFIA – PLOVDIV – VELIKO TARNOVO
After breakfast we will transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city and Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited town. Did you know that it was named Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2019? As you will find out, Plovdiv is an artistic place full of modern elements that mix with Revival-era mansions. Among other sights we will visit on our city tour, is the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, only re-discovered in 1972. Today it is used as a venue for numerous cultural events. In the afternoon the road will take us over the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russian-Turkish War for the Liberation of Bulgaria. Night in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 18 (Monday): VELIKO TARNOVO – ARBANASSI – BAILE GOVORA
After breakfast we will take a tour of Veliko Tarnovo – the medieval capital of Bulgaria – and visit its magnificent Tsarevets Fortress (former seat of the Bulgarian kings) as well as stroll the town’s oldest street called Samovodska Charshia. Later we will proceed with our Balkan trip to Arbanassi, a tiny but atmospheric village. Its most impressive attraction is the Church of the Nativity with amazing wall paintings. In the afternoon we will make a long transfer to the mountain resort of Baile Govora in Romania.
Day 19 (Tuesday): BAILE GOVORA – COZIA – SIBIU
Our small group tour of the Balkans continues with the Byzantine-style Cozia Monastery whose main church is richly decorated with frescoes dating back to 1390. In the afternoon we will move to Romania’s most famous region – Transylvania – and visit the historic town of Sibiu with a strong German community whose influences can be seen on its architecture. During our guided tour we will stroll through its charming old town, cross the Liar’s Bridge and admire the tower of the magnificent Gothic evangelical cathedral. Night in Sibiu.
Explore the seven Balkan countries on this amazing trip
Day 20 (Wednesday): SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES
After breakfast departure to Sighisoara, hometown of the famous Vlad the Impaler, known to everyone as Count Dracula. On a guided cultural tour of this charming town we will admire its sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. Did you know that Sighisoara is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania? Later we continue to Targu Mures.
Day 21 (Thursday): TARGU MURES – PIATRA NEAMT
After breakfast we continue towards Targu Mures with beautiful squares surrounded by Secession buildings, including the impressive Prefecture and the Palace of Culture. Dating back to 1300s, Targu Mures has long been an important commercial and academic centre. Later we will continue to Piatra Neamt through the 10 kilometres-long Bicaz Gorge, the most famous canyon in the country which serves as a passageway between Transylvania and Moldova. On the way we will pass the beautiful Red Lake, formed in 1837 by a natural dam caused by landslides.
Day 22 (Friday): PIATRA NEAMT – BUCOVINA – PIATRA NEAMT
Today we will visit the region of Bucovina and its famous monasteries. Being cherished mainly for their colourful external frescoes, the monasteries hold significant cultural importance and have been also recognised by UNESCO. Our tour will include visit of the Sucevița monastery, black pottery workshops of Marginea and Voroneț Monasteries. The latter is often called the “Sistine Chapel of Eastern Europe” for its imposing fresco The Last Judgment. Return to Piatra Neamt for the night.
Day 23 (Saturday): PIATRA NEAMT – BRASLOV
In the morning, our small group will leave Piatra Neamt and head south to Brasov, one of the most beautiful fortified medieval towns in Romania. We’ll take a walk through the neat Schei neighborhood with many picturesque churches (among them the gorgeous Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania) and the oldest school in the country from the 15th century. Night in Braslov.
Visit seven Balkan capitals & feel their pulse
Day 24 (Sunday): BRASLOV – BRAN – SINAIA – BUCHAREST
After breakfast our Balkan trip continuation towards the town of Bran with a famous castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. Despite no evidence that Bram Stoker, author of the original novel, ever visited the place or knew anything about it, Bran Castle has became one of Europe’s greats travel experiences. In the afternoon transfer to Sinaia, – “the pearl of the Carpathians”. On a walking tour of its historic centre we will visit the wonderful Peles Castle, the former summer residence and retreat place of the Romanian royal family. Before the day ends we will make our last move, to Bucharest.
Day 25 (Monday): BUCHAREST
After breakfast we will get to know Bucharest, one of the largest cities in this part of Europe. In the past it was known as “Little Paris”, but its glory has faded a bit during the long period of communism. Among other sights, the local guide will show us the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation and the Arc de Triomphe. Night in Bucharest.
Day 26 (Tuesday): BUCHAREST – END OF THE BALKAN TRIP
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Bucharest airport for your scheduled departure flight.
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