The South Balkans Tour

Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia Tour

Experience the beauty of some of the most incredible southern states in the Balkans – Montenegro, Albania and North-Macedonia – in a once-in-a-lifetime 8-day tour.

Today, you’ll be on a boat on glittering Skadar Lake, tomorrow on the Adriatic coast…

One day you’ll be amidst the natural beauty of Mavrovo National Park. The next you’ll be experiencing real Balkan culture in the villages or doing city tours of impressive historical centers.

And as always with Balkan Tales, you’re also free to personalize your trip itinerary however you like…

Tour Highlights

The unique towns of Podgorica, coastal Budva, Cetinje, the Ostrog monastery, Kotor’s palaces and harbor, a boat tour on Skadar Lake (the largest in the Balkans), optional wine tasting, Kruje fortress and old town, a city tour of Tirana, stunning Sirande, the natural beauty of Gjirokaster, Berat, Ohrid’s lakes and monuments, Mavrovo National Park and a city tour of incredible Skopje.

What your tour includes

  • Insights from locals – with your fully licensed, English-speaking guide, you’ll have a powerful resource to learn more about the people and culture of the Balkans.
  • Flexible tour planning – we will customize your tour to include your preferred start and end points, additional stops you want to make and free days… It’s your tour.
  • A free, no-obligation quote – all parking, fuel, tax and other costs are included in your upfront quote.
  • All groups are private tours – no matter whether you have a small group or you need to make a large group bookings of up to 50 people, your tour will always be just for you.
  • Safe and comfortable – travel around the Balkans in comfort in one of our modern, spacious, air-conditioned minivans.

8-Day Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia  Itinerary

Day 1

Day tour in Podgorica→ Arrive in Podgorica

→ Transfer to Ostrog Monastery
Explore the monastery complex

→ Transfer to Cetinje
Short walk and free time for lunch

→ Transfer to Budva
Free time in Budva

Overnight in Budva

Day 2

Enjoy the scenery while taking a trip into history of Kotor bay→ Day tour to Kotor Bay
Visit the Kotor Old Town

→ City tour and free time
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 back to Budva

Overnight in Budva

Day 3

Boat sailing to Skadar lakes→ Transfer to Skadar lake (The biggest lake on Balkans)

→ Boat trip on the lake

→ Wine tasting (Optional)

→ Transfer to Bar, Montenegro
Free time in Bar

Overnight in Bar

Day 4

Meet new people at Kruje bazar→ Transfer to Kruje, Albania

→ Explore the Birthplace of Skanderberg
Visit the fortress and the old part of town

→ Transfer to Tirana

→ City tour of Tirana
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

Day 5

Enjoying free time in Serande→ Transfer to Sarande area via Vlore

→ Transfer to the city of Sarande
Free time in Sarande

Overnight in Sarande

Day 6

Exploring nature and architecture in Berat→ Transfer to Berat, Albania

→ Visit Gjirokaster and the Transfer to the Blue Eye Nature Site

→ Free time in Berat

Overnight in Berat

Day 7

Exploring Ohrid for stunning vistas→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia

→ City tour of Ohrid
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.

→ Free time in Ohrid

Overnight in Ohrid

Day 8

Visiting the old parts of Skopje→ Transfer to Mavrovo national park

→ Visit the monastery St. John the baptist

→ Transfer to Skopje

→ City tour of Skopje
Visit the Old muslim quarter, the Stone bridge (Old bridge from 15th Century); the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa (From outside); the “Warrior on a horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque (Renovated 15th-century mosque with historic architecture, a rose garden & a tomb, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fontain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, The Civilization bridge; the Archeological museum building.

End of the tour

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