This unique tailor-made holiday connects six fascinating Balkan cities by private transfer.
Travelling through the unspoilt landscapes of Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, from mountainous borders to sparkling coastlines, enjoy plenty of free time to discover each historic city, where relics from the Ottomans to the Soviets abound.
Explore the sites and sounds of Tirana and its interesting array of Museums including Bunk Art 2 and the House of Leaves, both dedicated to representing the lives of those repressed by the Communist regime. Head on to the Venetian splendours of coastal Kotor and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the old town and the jaw-dropping surroundings of the Boka Bay area, before travelling into the Montenegrin mountains and one of the last remaining primeval forests in the world, Biogradska Gora. Kosovo awaits next, discover the fascinating history of this tiny nation from west to east from the cosmopolitan city of Prishtina to the Ottoman stronghold of Prizren.
This is a tailor-made holiday that can be altered to suit you. Please speak to a Balkans specialist about amending the route to suit your requirements or adding excursions.
Fly to Albania’s capital and transfer to the hotel for three nights.
Enjoy two free days in Tirana to explore at leisure or book optional excursions. Stroll through Skanderbeg Square and Boulevard of the Martyrs to the National Art Gallery or head to the Blloku area to experience the capital’s up-and-coming café and restaurant scene. (B)
Perhaps take a day trip to Kruja, a small hilltop town with far reaching views and a wonderful Turkish bazaar, or down to Berat to find out why it’s known as the ‘town of a thousand windows’. (B)
Transfer to Kotor on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast and check in to the hotel for three nights. (B)
Perhaps spend free time exploring the World Heritage Site’s impressive 20 metre ramparts, wandering the labyrinthine streets of the medieval Old
Town, or simply relaxing at one of Kotor’s waterside restaurants. It’s also possible to take a bus to the city of Cetinje, formerly the capital of Montenegro for 500 years, with its 15th century monastery. (B)
You could opt to explore the famously beautiful Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) today. Brooding mountains rise dramatically from the sea and all around the base lie picture perfect villages waiting to tempt you in with their fresh seafood offerings. One such village is Perast from where you can visit the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. (B)
Transfer to Kolasin, a small mountain resort established by the Turks in the 17th century with spectacular views of Bjelasica Mountain. Check in to the hotel for a two night stay. (B,D)
Perhaps explore the Biogradska Gora National Park, one of Europe’s last three remaining primeval forests. Hike in the surrounding mountains or rent a rowing boat on the lake. (B,D)
Today transfer by car into Kosovo and drive through dramatic mountain scenery to Peja for an overnight stay. (B)
Spend two days exploring Prishtina at leisure, peering behind the communist façade to discover crumbling hidden gems from the city’s Ottoman
Explore Prishtina at leisure. Day trips to either the Memorial Complex of the Battle of Kosovo or to the small village of Gracanica, with its wonderful 14th century Serb Orthodox monastery, are both possible. (B)
Transfer to the renowned Museum City of Prizren and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
Spend free time exploring the jewel in Kosovo’s crown – the incredibly well-preserved Ottoman city of Prizren with its picturesque cobbled streets packed with mosques, town houses, Turkish baths and tekkes, where dervish ceremonies still take place today. For superb views of the tightly-packed town below and onwards to Pashtrik Mountain and the border with Albania, head to the hilltop ruins of the city’s castle, used for
military purposes right up until 1912. (B)
Enjoy a free morning in Prizren before transferring to Tirana for the flight back to the UK. (B)
14 day tour, from £1775 per person
(Single person supplement + £405)
- Return economy flights from the UK to Tirana
- All airport taxes
- Accommodation in three/four hotels
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Private airport transfers
- Private transfers between destinations
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
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