|23 Sep - 27 Sep|
Ringed by mountains, landlocked Kosovo is Europe’s newest country and full of undiscovered delights. It only declared independence in 2008, and in 2009 we blazed the trail running the first group tours out there. The country continues to thrive and evolve and we’re thrilled to be able to take inquisitive travellers out to explore this lesser visited and fascinating corner of Europe.
Based in the beautiful Ottoman town of Prizren, this small group tour will introduce you to the beauty and history of Kosovo in a compact time frame, taking in pristine Ottoman towns, breath-taking gorges, ancient monasteries and the resurgent capital city of Prishtina.
This is a small group tour that operates with a minimum of 8 persons/maximum of 16 persons and the real plus is there is no single room supplement!
Arrive in Tirana. Meet your guide and group in the arrivals hall and transfer across the border into Kosovo and the beautiful Ottoman town of Prizren (approx 2.5-3 hour drive). Watch the countryside roll past outside the window and begin to learn about this fascinating nation. Take a brief orientation tour of the city before a welcome dinner. (D)
Explore Prizren this morning, Kosovo’s second city. Those in the know consider Prizren to be the jewel in Kosovo’s crown. On the banks of the River Bistrica this beautiful Ottoman town is nestled in a picturesque valley with the impressive Sharri Mountains on one side and a hilltop citadel on the other. It is packed full of pretty mosques, tekkes and local artisan shops, and quaint town houses line the narrow, cobbled streets. Spend today exploring the central part of Prizren including the Sinan Pacha Mosque, the iconic 16th-century Stone Bridges, the Old Hammam, Halveti Tekke, our Lady of Ljevis Church and the Catholic Cathedral. In the afternoon, head over to the nearby town of Rahoveci, where the surrounding countryside of gently sloping, vineyard-covered hills has many visitors comparing it to Tuscany. Here, visit a private, family-run vineyard for lunch, and enjoy an afternoon wine-tasting session. The evening is free to enjoy at leisure. Return to Prizren for a free evening. (B,L)
Drive to Prishtina this morning, Europe’s newest capital city. Stop off in the village of Prekaz to visit the house of Adem Jashari, one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army where you will gain a first-hand insight into the Kosovan conflict and afterwards visit the Sultan Murat II tomb to get a better understanding of the tumultuous history of the region. Arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Prishtina and set off on a sightseeing city tour which takes in some of the key highlights and the Emin Gjiku Ethnographic museum, filled with ancient clothing, tools, weapons and handicrafts, to understand what life was like in Kosovo during the Ottoman period. Travel back to Prizren via Sharri Mountain, one of the highest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula. Return to Prizren and spend the evening at leisure. Perhaps take a walk up to ruined castle of Prizren for a spectacular view of the town below. (B,L)
Today’s first stop will be Gjakova, where you will enjoy a short walk through the old bazaar. Continue to the nearby UNESCO-listed Decani Monastery, located at the start of stunning Decani Gorge, alongside the crystal-clear River Lumbardhi. The monastery is often thought of as being the best preserved and largest church in the Balkans and was built between 1327 and 1355. Although the buildings suffered damage during the Turkish occupation, the beautiful 14th-century frescoes have been completely preserved. Today a young brotherhood of 30 brethren live in the monastery, continuing to live their lives by the centuries-old-traditions. In the afternoon, travel west to Peja and Pec Patriarchate with its brightly coloured facades and faded interior frescoes dating from the 13-14th Century. Afterwards visit the White Drini Natural Park which has the biggest waterfall in the region as well as the so called ’Sleeping Beauty’ cave. Return to Prizren for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
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23 Sep 2024
27 Sep 2024
Overall this was an excellent trip to a very new and unusual country. Jurate was well organised and very jolly. She coped very well, especially with changing situation. The programme was well planned and all the sites we visited were very appropriate. The programme was very full and no time was wasted. The food was excellent and very healthy but there could be less to save wasting it. Kosovans went out of their way to be friendly and please us. This trip was undertaken in a very relaxed and informative way, that has always been the hallmark of Regent Holidays.
We very much enjoyed this holiday and are grateful to Regent Holildays and the local guides for presenting such a comprehensive views of Kosovo and to Loretta for coordinating the day-to-day arrangements. Your local partners are so enthusiastic about their new country and so keen that the timetable was stretched to its limits. The Kosovans are so generous and hospitable that we were overfed at every possible opportunity!
An excellent and well run tour. Too much to eat! A list of fellow travellers would be have been useful.
The local agents in Kosovo were excellent. My Guide – a Professor of Tourism at the University in Prishtina, certainly knew his stuff and could not have been more helpful. He made certain that my holiday in Kosovo was a great success.
I am now looking forward to visiting Turkmenistan later this year with Regent Holidays and will be very pleased if the experience is anything like Kosovo!