Day 1. Belgrade
Arrival Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Free time to rest or explore Belgrade on your own. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Belgrade
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of the city. The Serbian capital is one of the oldest towns in this part of Europe. The remains of its long and turbulent history still exist on a hill overlooking the mouth of two rivers, the Sava and Danube.
The tour includes the historic Kalemegdan Fortress surrounded by the most attractive city parks. Continue on to Nikola Tesla museum. We will make a stop at the Memorial Center of Josip Broz Tito, the leader of the former Yugoslavia. In late afternoon, 2 hour-sightseeing tour around Belgrade by boat.
Dinner in Skadarlija, the old Bohemian part of the town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3. Novi Sad
After breakfast, departure to Novi Sad, the economic, political, and cultural capital of Vojvodina province. Novi Sad lies on a strategic location on a bend in the Danube and retains a Hungarian atmosphere from years of Habsburgs rule. Visit its bridges on the Danube and the busy but charming central city zone. Stop at the Petrovaradin baroque citadel and fortress with a great panoramic view of the city.
Lunch at Perko’s farm.
Continue to Monastery of Krusedol with its unique architecture that combines both Baroque and Byzantine.
Dinner at a national restaurant and overnight at a hotel in Belgrade.
Day 4. Topola
Morning departure to Mt. Avala and Oplenac in Topola. Visit the memorial of the Karadjordjevic dynasty and home of King Petar I. He was the leader of the first Serbian uprising against Turks in 1804 and the founder of the Karadjordjevic dynasty.
Lunch in a village household.
Continuation of trip to Mt. Zlatibor.
Dinner and overnight in “Terzića Avlije” village or Mećavnik.
Day 5. Zlatibor
After breakfast, morning departure to Mokra Gora for a ride on the “Sargan Eight” and the steam train “Cira.” Visit the town of “Mecavnik,” home of the famous filmmaker, Emir Kusturica. Short visit to Bajina Basta Lake and Mt. Tara.
Lunch in a village household.
Drive through the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge, well known as the Serbian Holy Mountain with its 16 monasteries.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Čačak.
Day 6. Čačak – Niš
Breakfast. Continuing the journey and visit monastery Žiča, which is a symbol of the Serbian people. Visit monastery Studenica, which is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Continuing the journey and visit monastery Ljubostinja It was founded by Princess Milica and Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović in 1388, just before the Battle of Kosovo. The legends says that the monastery was built on a site where Princess Milica met Prince Lazar for the first time. Continuing the trip and visit monastery Lazarica, it was founded by prince Lazar in 1377. close to his court in Kruševac, and with Ravanica, Lazars mausoleum, it represents the beginning of Morava school, the last style of Serbian medieval architecture.
Arrival to Niš. Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 7. Skopje
After breakfast transfer to Skopje.
Accommodation at the hotel. On the way you will have an orientation tour of the city. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 8. Skopje
Sightseeing tour of Skopje including the Memorial House of Mother Theresa (born in Skopje in 1910); the Mustapha Pasha Mosque (built in 1492); the Church of Holy Salvation, famous for its 19th century woodcarvings; the Fortress, and; the Old Bazaar, with its tiny shops, hamams (Turkish-style baths) and caravanserais showing aspects of life in Ottoman time. In the afternoon, you will drive to Nerezi to see St. Panteleon’s Monastery, famous for its frescoes from the 12th century. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 9. Ohrid
Morning sightseeing tour of Ohrid. Visit the City Wall, which is the biggest preserved fortification in the country; the Ancient Theater; the Church of St. Sophia (11th -14th C.), which houses one of the richest collections of 11th century frescoes in Europe; the Icon Gallery of Ohrid, rated among the best collections of icon art in the world, and; St. Clement’s University (now under reconstruction), which was an important cradle of education in Medieval Europe. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 10. Ohrid – National Park Of Galichitsa – St. Naum
Trip to the Galichitsa National Park and along the Eastern coast of Lake Ohrid. Visit the 9th century St. Naum Monastery followed by a boat ride in the Springs by the Monastery. It is in this region that the Early Christian Orthodox Bishops created the Cyrillic alphabet in about 900 AD. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 11. Ohrid – Bitola – Thessaloniki
Departure for Thessaloniki. Short stop in Bitola to see the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncenestis, founded by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. On the way to Thessaloniki you will visit the ruins of Pella, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 12. Thessaloniki
Morning sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki visiting the Archaeological Museum; the White Tower, a defensive structure from the 15th century, and; the monumental Church of Saint Demetrios. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 13. Departure
Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport. Departure.
End of tour.