The Balkan Essentials Tour

3-Day Balkan Tour

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Choose from some of our most-requested 3 day tour itineraries or have us create one for you based on your dream requirements and destinations.

You can start and finish in any country, choose an English-speaking driver and fully licensed tour guides in every location. Let us book  accommodation for you or maybe you prefer to book it on your own? It’s your dream trip to the Balkans.

What your tour includes

  • Insights and personal attention – talk with the locals, experience the best in local cuisine and culture guided by your friendly and fully licensed tour guide.
  • A spacious, air-conditioned minivan – every vehicle we have is a modern, well-maintained vehicle with plenty of space and air conditioning.
  • A clear quote that won’t change – we include all expenses in your quote so you won’t pay a thing more.
  • Private tours – we prefer the personal touch, but we can also cater to large group bookings of up to 50 people.
  • Tailor your Balkan tour – would you prefer an active adventure? Or perhaps a relaxed route with some free days in various locations? We’ll customize your tour to you.

We offer a whole range of set tours with your choice of routes and destinations.

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3 Day Tour #1 – ROMANIA – BULGARIA

You will visit the following countries: ROMANIA – BULGARIA

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Day 1 – Bucharest, Romania

→ Pick up in Bucharest, Romania

BUCHAREST parliament→ Walking city tour (2-3 hours) and free time after that
Visit the Palace of Parliament, Old town, Piata Victoriei, Cec Palace, unirii Square, Revolution square, National Museum of Romanian history, Constitution square, Lui Carol monument, Palace of justice.

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 2 – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

→ City tour of Veliko Tarnovo in the morning

→ Visit the Tsarevets fortress and the craft street

→ Transfer to Plovdiv

Overnight in Plovdiv

Day 3 – Plovdiv and Sofia, Bulgaria

→ Walking Plovdiv city tour in the morning
Visit the Old town from the 19th century; the Ethnographic museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theatre of Philippopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philipopolis, The St St Constantin and Elena church, The Djumaya mosque and square, The building of the Regional Historical Museum, the Main walking street, “The Trap” neighborhood; Nebet tepe.

→ Free time for lunch and shopping

→ Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria

→ Walking city tour of Sofia (1.5-2 hours)
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden;

Overnight in Sofia.

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #2 – ROMANIA – BULGARIA – NORTH MACEDONIA

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Day 1 – Bucharest, Romania

→ Pick up in Bucharest, Romania

→ City tour and free time
Visit the Palace of Parliament, Old town, Piata Victoriei, Cec Palace, unirii Square, Revolution square, National Museum of Romanian history, Constitution square, Lui Carol monument, Palace of justice.

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 2 – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

→ Short Veliko Tarnovo city tour
Visit the Tsarevets fortress and the craft street

→ Transfer to Sofia (3-3.5 hours)

→ Walking city tour of Sofia (1-2 hours)
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden;

Overnight in Sofia.

Day 3 – Skopje, North Macedonia

→ Transfer to Rila monastery, Bulgaria
Explore the biggest monastery complex on Balkans

→ Transfer to Skopje, North Macedonia (3-4 hours)

→ Walking city tour (1.5 – 2 hours ) and free time in the afternoon
Visit the Old Muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum building

Overnight in Skopje

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #3 – SLOVENIA – CROATIA – SERBIA

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Day 1 – Ljubljana, Slovenia

Meet you at any location in Ljubljana (hotel, airport)

→ City tour of Ljubljana and free time
The Dragon Bridge; Tromostovje (The Triple Bridge is a group of three bridges which connects the historical part of Ljubljana with the modern part of the city); Preseren Square (The central square in Ljubljana part of the old town’s pedestrian zone), Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (17th-century Franciscan church famous with its interior). Robba fountain (18th-century fountain made of limestone and marble); The Butcher’s bridge; The town square; Ljubljana Town Hall; The city market of Ljubljana; The Ljubljana cathedral (Roman Catholic cathedral with a baroque interior, including gilded columns & ceiling frescoes).

→ Visit Lake Bled in the afternoon

Overnight in Ljubljana

Day 2 – Zagreb, Croatia

→ Transfer to Zagreb, Croatia

→ City tour of Zagreb Old part of the city
Visit the Old Town; The Zagreb Cathedral; St. Mark’s church (Monumental, medieval-style, Serbian Orthodox church); Dolac Market (Large market with many stands offering flowers, fruits, veggies & meats in an indoor/outdoor setup); The Lotrscak Tower; The Medieval Stone Gate; The Lenucijeva Potkova. Ban Josip Jelačić Square (The central square of Zagreb)

→ Free time for lunch and shopping

→ Transfer to Belgrade, Serbia

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

Day 3 – Belgrade, Serbia

→ City tour of Belgrade in the morning
Visit the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan” (Enduring fortress built in 535 BCE) with a view to Sava and Danube rivers; The Pobednik Monument (Monument inside the Belgrade fortress); Church of the Holy Mother of God / Crkva Ruzica (Serbian Orthodox church located inside the Belgrade fortress); The “Knez Mihaylova” pedestrian street; t. Sava cathedralS (The biggest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans ); The National Assembly, The bombed buildings.

→ Free time Belgrade, Serbia

During your free time you can take a walk around the Belgrade waterfront or enter some of the museums in Belgrade: Nikola Tesla Museum; The History museum of Serbia; etc.

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #4 – CROATIA – MONTENEGRO – ALBANIA

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Day 1 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Meet you at any locations in Dubrovnik or Split

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik

→ City tour and free time
Visit the Old town, the Ancient city walls, the Dubrovnik “Saint Saviour” church (16th century church with Renaissance architecture); the Dubrovnik cathedral (Early 18th-century baroque cathedral); The Onofrije’s fountain, The Franciscan Monastery (Landmark monastery built in the 1300s, noted for its cloister, library & historic pharmacy displays); the Gates of Pile; the Old port; the Clock tower, the Sponza Palace, the Rector’s Palace; the Fort Saint John; the Stradun (The main walking street in Dubrovnik old town);

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 2 – Kotor, Montenegro

→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro

→ City tour of Kotor Old Town (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Kotor old city, Kotor harbour, city walls, St Tryphon cathedral, St Nicola church, Piaza of the arms, Church of St Luke, Gurdich gate, Clock tower, Grubonja palace, Karampana well, Drago palace, Pima palace, Beskuca’s Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace, Prince’s Palace, Sea gate, Old Kotor prison building

→ Transfer to Budva, Montenegro
Free time in Budva

Overnight in Budva

Day 3 – Tirana, Albania

→ Transfer to Tirana, Albania

→ City tour of Tirana and free time
Visit the “Skanderberg square” (The main square in Tirana) with the Skanderberg Statue; the “Ethem bey” mosque (the Only historical mosque in Tirana) the “Enver Hoxha” pyramid, the Peace bell, the Building of the historical museum of Tirana, a Preserved bunker (In one of the bunkers there is a museum about the victims of the Albanian Communist regime) Maria Theresa boulevard, the University of Tirana, the Old government square; The Clock tower (19th Century)

Overnight in Tirana

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #5 – SERBIA – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

You will visit 2 countries.

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Day 1 – Belgrade, Serbia

Meet you at any location in Belgrade, Serbia

→ City tour of Belgrade (3-4 hours)
Visit the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan” (Enduring fortress built in 535 BCE) with a view to Sava and Danube rivers; The Pobednik Monument (Monument inside the Belgrade fortress); Church of the Holy Mother of God / Crkva Ruzica (Serbian Orthodox church located inside the Belgrade fortress); The “Knez Mihaylova” pedestrian street; t. Sava cathedralS (The biggest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans ); The National Assembly, The bombed buildings.

→ Free time Belgrade, Serbia

During your free time you can take a walk around the Belgrade waterfront or enter some of the museums in Belgrade: Nikola Tesla Museum; The History museum of Serbia; etc.

Overnight in Belgrade, Serbia

Day 2 – Visegrad, Bosnia

→ Transfer to Topola, Serbia
Visit the church of St. George in Topola

→ Transfer to Mokra Gora, Serbia
Explore the famous “wooden city”

→ Transfer to Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Free time in Visegrad

Overnight in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 3 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ Transfer to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ City tour of Sarajevo at late afternoon
Visit the Bascarsija (The historical Turkish market); Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Ottoman mosque from 16th century); The Latin Bridge/ The Assassination Bridge (Ottoman-era stone bridge near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1914 assassination); The Sebilj Monument (Famous 18th century wooden fountain); the “Sacred Heart” Cathedral (Gothic cathedral from the 19th century); The Sarajevo city hall, The Abandoned Bobsleigh Track (Built in 1984 for the Winter Olimpic games in Former Yugoslavia The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the long Sarajevo siege the bobsleigh track been used as a base for the artillery); The Tunnel of Hope (Military-history museum at the site of a storied Bosnian War–era underground tunnel);

→ Free time in the afternoon

During your free time in Sarajevo you can enter the Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 (Compact museum dedicated to historical events in Sarajevo during the Austro-Hungarian period.); The War Childhood Museum (Prominent museum featuring exhibits & videos on the children who lived through the Bosnian War.); The Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide

Overnight in Sarajevo

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #6 – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – CROATIA – MONTENEGRO

You will visit 3 countries.

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Day 1 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ Pick up at any location in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ City tour of Sarajevo
Visit the Bascarsija (The historical Turkish market); Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Ottoman mosque from 16th century); The Latin Bridge/ The Assassination Bridge (Ottoman-era stone bridge near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1914 assassination); The Sebilj Monument (Famous 18th century wooden fountain); the “Sacred Heart” Cathedral (Gothic cathedral from the 19th century); The Sarajevo city hall, The Abandoned Bobsleigh Track (Built in 1984 for the Winter Olimpic games in Former Yugoslavia The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the long Sarajevo siege the bobsleigh track been used as a base for the artillery); The Tunnel of Hope (Military-history museum at the site of a storied Bosnian War–era underground tunnel);

→ Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ Short city tour of the old town
Visit the Strati Most/ The most bridge (A rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat military forces during the Croat–Bosniak War.); The Old turkish bazar “Kujundziluk”, The Old turkish quarter, “Koskin – Mehmed pasha’s” mosque, (Small mosque dating to the 17th century)

Overnight in Mostar.

Day 2 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

→ Transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

→ City tour and free time in Dubrovnik
Visit the Old town, the Ancient city walls, the Dubrovnik “Saint Saviour” church (16th century church with Renaissance architecture); the Dubrovnik cathedral (Early 18th-century baroque cathedral); The Onofrije’s fountain, The Franciscan Monastery (Landmark monastery built in the 1300s, noted for its cloister, library & historic pharmacy displays); the Gates of Pile; the Old port; the Clock tower, the Sponza Palace, the Rector’s Palace; the Fort Saint John; the Stradun (The main walking street in Dubrovnik old town);

Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 3 – Kotor, Budva Montenegro

→ Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro

→ City tour of Kotor Old Town
Visit the Kotor old city, Kotor harbour, city walls, St Tryphon cathedral, St Nicola church, Piaza of the arms, Church of St Luke, Gurdich gate, Clock tower, Grubonja palace, Karampana well, Drago palace, Pima palace, Beskuca’s Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace, Prince’s Palace, Sea gate, Old Kotor prison building

→ Transfer to Budva
Free time in Budva

Overnight in Budva

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #7 – BULGARIA – KOSOVO – NORTH MACEDONIA

You will visit 3 countries.

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Day 1 – Sofia, Bulgaria

→ Pick up at any location in the city

→ Walking city tour of Sofia
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden;

→ Transfer to Skopje, North Macedonia at the late afternoon

Overnight in Skopje.

Day 2 – Skopje, North Macedonia

→ Walking city tour (1.5 – 2 hours )
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fontain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum building

→ Visit Matka Canyon at the afternoon

Overnight in Skopje

Day 3 – Prizren, Kosovo

→ Depart from Skopje after breakfast

→ Transfer to Prizren, Kosovo via the mountain road
Visit the city center; Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church); Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th Century mosque)

→ Transfer back to Skopje

Overnight in Skopje.

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #8 – BULGARIA – SERBIA – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

You will visit 3 countries.

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Day 1 – Sofia, Bulgaria

Pick up at any location in Sofia city

→ Walking city tour of Sofia (2-2.5 hours)
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden; The museum of Sofia.

→ Transfer to Nis, Serbia

Free time in Nis, Serbia

Overnight in Nis.

Day 2 – Visegrad, Bosnia

→ Transfer to Mokra Gora, Serbia
Explore the “wooden city”

→ Transfer to Sarajevo via the famous bridge in Visegrad

Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 3 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

→ City tour of Sarajevo in the morning
Visit the Bascarsija (The historical Turkish market); Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Ottoman mosque from 16th century); The Latin Bridge/ The Assassination Bridge (Ottoman-era stone bridge near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1914 assassination); The Sebilj Monument (Famous 18th century wooden fountain); the “Sacred Heart” Cathedral (Gothic cathedral from the 19th century); The Sarajevo city hall, The Abandoned Bobsleigh Track (Built in 1984 for the Winter Olimpic games in Former Yugoslavia The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the long Sarajevo siege the bobsleigh track been used as a base for the artillery); The Tunnel of Hope (Military-history museum at the site of a storied Bosnian War–era underground tunnel);

→ Free time in the afternoon
During your free time in Sarajevo you can enter the Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 (Compact museum dedicated to historical events in Sarajevo during the Austro-Hungarian period.); The War Childhood Museum (Prominent museum featuring exhibits & videos on the children who lived through the Bosnian War.); The Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide

Overnight in Sarajevo.

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #9 – BULGARIA – NORTH MACEDONIA – KOSOVO

You will visit 3 countries.

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Day 1 – Sofia, Bulgaria

→ Pick up at any location in the city

→ Walking city tour of Sofia
Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden; The museum of Sofia.

→ Transfer to Skopje, North Macedonia at the late afternoon

Overnight in Skopje

Day 2 – Skopje, North Macedonia

→ Walking Skopje city tour (1.5 – 2 hours )
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fontain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum building

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia

Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 3 – Ohrid, Macedonia

→ Walking Ohrid City tour in the morning
Visit the Ohrid lake, the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, the Monument of St Kliment Ohridski, Catcher of a cross monument, the Church of St Sofia, “St Kiril and Metodius” monument, the Ancient theatre of Ohrid; the St John at Kaneo church.
Boat ride or transfer to St. Naum Monastery

→ Transfer back to Skopje at late afternoon

Overnight in Skopje.

End of the tour

3 Day Tour #10 – NORTH MACEDONIA AND KOSOVO

You will visit 2 countries.

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Day 1 – Skopje, North Macedonia

→ Walking city tour of Skopje (1.5 – 2 hours )
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fontain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum building

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia

Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 2 – Ohrid, North Macedonia

→ Transfer to Ohrid, Macedonia

→ Walking Ohrid City tour in the morning
Visit the Ohrid lake, the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, the Monument of St Kliment Ohridski, Catcher of a cross monument, the Church of St Sofia, “St Kiril and Metodius” monument, the Ancient theatre of Ohrid; the St John at Kaneo church.

→ Visit the St. Naum Monastery

→ Transfer back to Skopje

Overnight in Skopje

Day 3 – Prizren, Kosovo

→ Depart from Skopje after breakfast

→ Transfer to Prizren, Kosovo via the mountain road
Visit the city center; Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church); Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th Century mosque)

→ Transfer back to Skopje, North Macedonia

Overnight in Skopje

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