One type of cultural tourism destination is living cultural areas
Sarajevo – Trebinje – Kotor – Tirana – Ohrid – Skopje – Pristine
Day 1, Arrive to Sarajevo
You will meet with our local guide at the Sarajevo Airportand start Sarajevo City Tour. Lunch and free time to shopping. Dinner in hotel. Accomodation at the hotel in Sarajevo.
L-D– Lunch, Dinner
**Sarajevo Tour: Visit War Tunnel Museumand take a brief walk thorough the Tunnel of Hope: an underground tunnel constructed in 1993 during the Siege Of Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War. Visit Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque: The largest historical mosque in Bosnia Herzegovina an done of the most representative Ottoman structures in the Balkans. Continue Sarajevo City tour with view and photo stop at few popular point for tourist in the city like Turkish Baths: an old Waqf building, Sarajevo’s first and oldest public bath. Finish tour with leisure shopping at Baščaršija, the Old Bazaar: Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city.
Day 2, Sarajevo – Mostar – Trebinje
After breakfast continues our way to City of Mostar,well knowen for it s Old Bridge over Neretva river. Lunch and city tour. After finishing transfer to Trebinje „city of the sun and platan trees“, city tour.Hotel check in free time and dinner. Accomodation at the hotel in Trebinje.
B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**Trebinje Tour: Trebinje is one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is called "the city of sun and platan trees". Itis a small city and is best experienced by foot.Arslanagića bridge(Perovića brigde) built in the 16th century,as Ottoman bridge used to connect the road between Dubrovnik and Istanbul. In the sixties it was moved 5km brick-by-brick to Trebinje to prevent being demolished for the building of a dam. Old Town(walk through one of the two old city gates). Between the old city walls of Trebinje, people still go about their daily lives as normal. It is home to two beautiful old mosques, small alleyways, a museum, and tons of cafes. Herzegovacka Gracanica Monasteryconstructed in the year 2000 and is an exact copy of the Gracanica monastery in Kosovo. This religious complex includes an impressive bell, icon gallery, parish’s home, amphitheatre, fountain, church bookshop, museum and summer garden. The views of the city from the monastery are quite picturesque and can be seen from any point in Trebinje.
**Mostar Tour:Start tour by taking photos at the icon of Mostar, the Stari Most (Old Bridge) which arches over the swirling Neretva River. Admire the breath-taking bridge over Neretva, which collapsed during the war but was later rebuild, the Bazaar Area, the Turkish House: a 350 year old house from the Turkish period that surrounded by the high walls which protected girls and women from curious men sights and many fascinating mosques. Thereafter visit the Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque and admire its fascinating interiors.
Day 3, Trebinje – Dubrovnik – Kotor – Budva
Breakfast, check out from hotel,and get way to Dubrovnik, city tour. After finishing tour,continous way to Kotor. Kotor City tour, and lunch during the tour.Trnasfer to Budva, city tour. Hotel check in, free time and dinner. Accomodation at the hotel in Budva.
B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**Dubrovnik Tour: Capture moments during visits to the main attraction of Old Town Dubrovnic, City Walls: a World renowned iconic symbol of the White stone beauty, therefore the main reson why Dubrovnik is now known as the Pearl Of The Adriatic. Stroll through this vibrant city and lookout for landmarkds such as the Onofrio Fountain and Harbor. Admire vibrant architecture of Rector’s Palace: A harmonious Gothic and Renaissance palace with certain Baroque additions.
**Kotor Tour: Visit beautiful Kotor Old Town, a well preserved urbanization typical of the middle ages built between the 12th and 14th century.The city's old town and best known landmark, which is listed with UNESCO World heritage sites.The Stari Grad is fully walled (the mountain functions as a rear wall). Four gates offer access to the town: The Main Gate, along the Bay, the North Gate, the South Gate, and a smaller New Gate. There are no cars allowed in the Stari Grad.
The Kotor bay is the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost to the waterfront) is spectacular.
**Budva Tour:Discover ‘’the place to be seen’’, Budva Old Town, a very old historical town where you can gaze the Adriatic SeaThe old town of Budva lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the 15th century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. The Old Town consists of narrow streets and alleys and small squares with precious monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that have marked the development of this town. Continue journey to the charmingSveti Stephan Island, a unique place not only Montenegro or Budva’s Riviera but in the whole Mediterranean. It stands on the cliff of a rocky island with roofs red like rubies. A sand isthmus looking like a stem connects it with the land. It came into existence in a unique way.Previously a fishing village, in 1960 it was converted into the old town, with its tower, narrow streets, shops and small churches, remained unchanged.
Day 4, Budva – Shkora - Tirana
After breakfast at the hotel and check out from our rooms, we will continue to Schkoder.According to arrival, we will visit most attractive points of Schkoder. After, we will start Tirana City Tour with our private coach. After our tour end transfer to hotel, check inn and freetime for leisure. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Accomodation in our hotel at Tirana.
*B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**Schkoder City Tour :Shkodra, the largest city in the north of Albania is located on the east side of Shkodra Lake. The city is one of the oldest in Albania and it is also an important cultural and Economic center. Inhabited continuously since its foundation in the 4th century BC, Shkodra still is the classic example of a city with most modern and humorous citizen in Albania. Shkodra is also the centre of Albanian Catholicism as well as a fine example of tolerance between religions, with the city comprising all the major faiths found in Albania.
**Tirana City Tour :Explore Tirana starting with National Historical Museum: the country’s largest museum which holds many of the country’s archaeological treasures. Visit Et’hem Beu Mosque: the oldest buildings left in the city. Capture the beauty of Tabake Bridge: a famous stone footbridge that takes its name from the many butchers and tanners who operated in the area during the Ottoman era in Albania. Checkout The Pyramid: also known as ‘’Enver Hoxha Museum’’, a structure and former museum in Tirana. Proceed transfer to the airport for your flight back home; bringing back wonderful memories and momentous souvenirs from Awakening Illyrian Dream vacation.
Day 5, Tirana – St. Neum - Ohrid
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to St. Neum Monastery. Contunous way to Ohrid, lunch and city tour. Transfer to hotel and check inn. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Ohrid.
*B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**The Monastery of Saint Naumis an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the Republic of Macedonia, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it. It is situated along Lake Ohrid, 29 kilometres south of the city of Ohrid.The original monastery was built on this very same plateau, in 905 by Saint Naum of Ohrid himself. Taken down between the 11th and 13th century, the monastery was then rebuilt in the 16th century as the multidomed byzantine structure that you see today.It is, without any doubt, one of the most attractive Macedonian tourist destinations. With a wonderful surrounding area, the St. Naum Monastery is a popular day trip where you can enjoy both nature and religious heritage.
**Ohrid tour:Ohrid,a city of UNESCO, with history more then 2500 years, will give you answer to your question about pre-history, ancient times, medieval period upon today. Ohrid is the largest city on Lake Ohrid that once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem of the Balkans".We start the sightseeing tour from the Archaeological Museum. Climbing to the top, we pass by a number of smaller and larger churches, each of which has its own story.We enter the old city, or Samuil's fortress, where in the X and XI centuries it was the capital of the Macedonian emperor Samuil. From the fortress there is a beautiful view of the lake, a new part of the city, to the core of the old town and the surrounding mountain. In return we visit the Early Christian Basilica, following is the Church of St. Clement (St. Panteleimon).
Day 6, Ohrid – NP Mavrovo – Matka Canyon – Skoplje
After breakfast moving to NP Mavrovo to admire it s nature.Nex stop will be Matka Canyon Matka is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia and is home to several medieval monasteries. Lunch on the way. Arriving to Skopje. Transfer to hotel and check inn. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Skopje.
*B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**Mavrovo Trip :We will start our inspirational tour to the National Park Mavrovo. In approximately 2 hours drive from Ohrid, you will arrive to Mavrovo, where our friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you around the place to see the memorable sunken church of St. Nikola, based in the artificial lake Mavrovo and the spectacular scenery around. From Mavrovo, the tour continues to the monastery complex St. Jovan, nested on the slopes of mountain Bistra, from where you get perfect opportunity for photo shooting session.
**Matka Canyon- A gorge in which a rich complex of mediaeval building survives, including churches, monasteries and remnants of a fortress (the mediaeval town of Matka).There are dozens of caves and large number of endemic plants and animals. Matka was one of the largest refugee centers during the glacial period resulting in the presence of high number of relic and endemic plants, 20% are endemic or relic spices. Among Tertary relics, the most significant are the kosani violet and natay's Ramonda (Ramonda natalie).It is also important to mention that there are 77 species of Balkan endemic small butterflies in area of Matka Canyon, while 18 other species are new to the science.
Day 7, Skopje – Prizren – Pristina
After breakfast we will start with Skopje city tour.Countinous way to Prizren, lunch during the city tour. Arriving to Pristine, Transfer to hotel and check inn. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Pristine.
*B-L-D– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
**Skopje Tour: Listen as your guide tells you about the square's many important monuments and sculptures. These include the statue of Tzar Samuil, ruler of the First Bulgarian Empire, and statues of Goce Delchev and Dame Gruev, two leaders of the Macedonian liberation struggle in the beginning of 20th century. Head out to the main pedestrian street in Skopje and visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, who was born in Skopje. Cross the Vardar river via the 15th-century Stone Bridge from where you can see more sculptures of figures from Macedonian history. Continue walking to the old part of the city and to the Old Bazaar to explore its stalls and Ottoman architecture. Visit the most famous church in Skopje, Sveti Spas, the Church of the Ascension of Jesus, with its wood-carved iconostasis.
**Prizren City Tour: This little, sweet town located on the South of Kosova and it one of the oldest town in Kosovo, known for its ancient history, the rich cultural and religious heritage, traditional handcraft shops, variety of festinas… Its multi religious and muticultural city of Kosovo. During the our city tour at Prizren, you will discover of Shadervan, 16th Century Stone Bridge, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Catholic Cathedral, Orthodox Monastery, Lady of Levis, Turkish Hammam, Albanian League of Prizren (Historical Museum), Prizren Castle and Silversmit Filigree Workshop and Handcraft Shops.
Day 7, Pristina
Breakfast, check out from hotel and start of Prištine City tour. After finnishing transfer to Pristine airport for your flight home…
**Pristine City Tour: Pristina is the capital city of Kosovo. Pristina is a fast changing city that feels full of optimisim and potential. You will find yourself in the quiant Turkic hillside neighbourhoods that hve defined the city for centuries, where the call to prayer still sounds from minarets overlooking the city’s terracotta roofs and where the bustling bazaaar remains the focal point of Daily life. At Pristina, we will explore 14th Century Carshia Mosque, Bill Clinton Statue, Kosovo Museum, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Monument of Brotherhood and Unity, Mother Teresa Statue, Assembly Building & Parliamet, Mother Teresa Cathedral, National Theather, and much more…
Tour ID: HP1208