From  £1165
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Combine Belgrade and Bar on this twin-centre holiday
  • Explore Serbia's quirky capital and sample its exuberant nightlife
  • Enjoy one of Europe's most spectacular train rides
  • Spend 4 nights near the coastal town of Bar in Montenegro
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Belgrade to Bar by Train

8 Day Tour, from £1165 per person

On this tailored Balkan holiday, take one of Europe's most spectacular train rides from Belgrade to Bar.It is a feat of engineering  with 435 bridges to cross, 254 tunnels to pass through and 475 kilometres to travel from the Serbian capital of Belgrade to the port city of Bar on Montenegro's Adriatic coast.

Construction of the line started in the 1950s, and was only completed in 1976 when it was opened by President Tito himself. Nowadays, there is one day time departure and another travelling overnight, both taking up to 12 hours. Use that time wisely; relax, unwind and drink in those incredible Balkan views! Train stock is a little tired but this is one train ride which is much more about the journey than the vessel itself. 

This is a tailor-made itinerary which can be altered to suit you. Please speak to a Balkans specialist about adding on alternative parts of Montenegro.

Tour Itinerary

Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade

Arrive in Belgrade and transfer to hotel. Check in for 3 nights. 

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Boats on the Danube, Belgrade

Today explore Belgrade on a half day city tour. One of the most lively and vibrant capitals in Europe, located on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, the city is well known for its nightlife and many floating bars and restaurants can be found along their banks. Visit the impressive St Sava Orthodox Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress and the city's main shopping area along Knez Mihailova Street, where many impressive historical buildings stand beside buzzing cafes and cultural institutions. (B)

Hotel Argo
Novi Sad

Today you may like to venture out of Belgrade and visit Novi Sad and Fruska Gora region on an organised excursion (not included). Novi Sad is Serbia’s second city and capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina. Set to be the European capital of Culture for 2021, the heart of this laid-back city is the pedestrian thoroughfare Zmaj Jovina, with its many shops and cafes. The city is presided over by the Petrovaradin Fortress, also known as the ‘Gibraltar of the Danube’. Continue on to the Fruska Gora National Park, where the rolling landscape is dotted with 16 medieval monasteries which were built to safeguard Serbian culture and religion. The nearby town of Sremski Karlovci is rich with Baroque and neo-classical buildings and was the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Habsburg Monarchy. Alternatively, spend the day further exploring Belgrade at your leisure. (B)

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Scenery along the route to Montenegro

This morning transfer to Belgrade Train Station for the day train to Bar (Tara) or spend the day further exploring Belgrade before boarding the overnight train (Lovcen). The Tara mainly consists of older 2nd class carriages. There is a cafe-bar wagon usually attached to the train, selling hot drinks and snacks but do make sure you take your own as it is not always there. Seat reservations are not often taken notice of, so for the best scenery sit on the right hand side of the train going south. Your eyes will be thoroughly treated to some exceptional views and many a sheer drop. For the best views of the entire journey, passing between Podgorica and Bar in daylight, opt to take the overnight train. The sleeper train is made up of a mix of 6 and 4 berth couchettes and 1,2 and 3 berth compartments with wash basin. We will endeavour to book the compartments whenever possible. On arrival in Bar, transfer to your hotel. Check in for 4 nights. (B)

Kalamper Hotel & Spa
Stari Bar

If taking the sleeper train, arrive around 08:00 and transfer to the hotel for a 3 night stay. Free day to relax at the hotel, on the beach or further explore the area. (B)

Kalamper Hotel & Spa
Ruins of fortress, Bar

Free day to relax or explore the surrounding area. The old town of Bar (Stari Bar) is located a few miles from the coastal city, at the foot of Mt Rumija. There are fortress ruins to explore and one of the oldest olive tress in the world to discover, as well as some quaint shops and restaurants. (B)

Kalamper Hotel & Spa
Beach in Dobra Voda

Free day to relax or explore the coast further, perhaps hiring a car or driver to head up the coast to popular Budva and the riviera or further south to Ulcinj and the Ada Bojana delta. (B)

Kalamper Hotel & Spa

This morning, transfer to Podgorica Airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1165 per person

Price Includes

  • Return International flights from the UK to Belgrade and returning from Podgorica
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation as specified on B&B basis
  • Transfers as specified in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Train tickets from Belgrade to Bar (private sleeper compartment if taking the overnight train)
  • 3 hour city tour of Belgrade

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Additional excursions

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

*As of 2023, the Tara day train is due to operate from mid June to mid September. The Lovcen sleeper train operates year round. 

Tour Route Map

  1. Serbia, Belgrade
  2. Montenegro, Bar

Tour Accommodation

Kalamper Hotel & Spa
Kalamper Hotel & Spa
Kalamper Hotel & Spa Across the road from the Kalamper Beach and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Kalamper Hotel & Spa is located in Dobra Voda, an area of Bar. The hotel has 25 modern......
Hotel Argo
Hotel Argo
Hotel Argo Located in the heart of Belgrade, the 3* Garni Hotel Argo is a small property run by a team of friendly and enthusiastic staff who are always ready to great you with a smile......

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