So, you are thinking about the holiday… You’ve been working hard and you want go on a deserved vacation. You don’t know where, when or how. You want something different. We recommend you to go on a holiday where each day will be different from the previous one.

The Balkan Peninsula, popularly referred to as the Balkans, is a geographical region of Southeast Europe. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the east of Serbia to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria.

Tour plan - Itinerary:

Departure from Belgrade or Niš in the early morning hours, from a previously arranged meeting point. We drive through the gorgeous areas of Šumadija to the impressive Ovčar-Kablar Gorge, also known as the Serbian Mount Athos. We stop for a break in one of the most beautiful restaurants on the West Morava, for a little rest and refreshments. Afterward, we continue to the Potpeć Cave. We take a tour of the cave, which has the largest entrance in the Balkans. We continue our drive to the Tara National Park, where we will stay in a bed & breakfast type of accommodation. We have dinner and spend the night there.

After breakfast, we drive through the most beautiful parts of Tara, with occasional stops to take photos. Viewpoints in Tara National Park are the best locations to experience and get to know this protected area. We visit the Banjska Stena Viewpoint, which offers a unique view of the Drina Canyon, Perućac Lake, and Republika Srpska. Next, we tour the shortest river in the world, only 365 meters from the spring to the estuary. We also visit the Crveni Potok Nature Reserve, a unique bog habitat of spruce tree. We drive to the Zaovine Lake, where we take a lunch break in a traditional restaurant. Finally, we go to our accommodation, where we have dinner and spend the night there.

We take a trip to Mokra Gora after breakfast. Next is a ride on the Šargan Eight, a narrow-gauge railway in the shape of the number eight. The railway passes through interesting landscape and spans over 300m altitude through intricate tunnels, bridges, viaducts, and gaps. We continue our trip to Republika Srpska. First on our itinerary is Višegrad. We tour the town and go for a walk on the famous bridge, which the Grand Vizier Mehmed-paša Sokolović (Sokollu Mehmed Pash) ordered to be built. We also tour the Andrić Town – a town made of stone located nearby. After a lunch break, we continue our trip to Foča and to the camp. We arrive to the camp in late afternoon, and sort out our accommodation. During the dinner, we will talk about some basic information about the following day’s rafting. End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

We start our day with a traditional breakfast, after which the camp staff will help us set up for the rafting and split everyone into groups of 8. The groups will be transferred by van to the place where we start the descent, Brštanovica in Montenegro, 14km upstream from the Piva River and Tara River estuary. The rafting lasts for 4 hours. With a skipper’s assistance, groups of 8 will board the boats. During the raft, we will often make a stop at the most interesting parts of the lower flow of the Tara River. After we finish, the cross country vehicles will take us back to the camp. Lunch is around 4PM, after which we will have free time until dinner, around 8PM. Dinner will be an unforgettable party with camp fire, homemade rakia, and mulled wine. End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

After breakfast, we ride through one of the most beautiful panoramic routes in Montenegro (Crkvičko Polje – Trsa – Sedlo – Žabljak), through the Durmitor National Park, with occasional stops for rest and taking photos. Our last stop is Žabljak, a town at the highest altitude in the Balkans. After sorting out our rooms in a bed & breakfast type of lodging, we have lunch, and then go on a leisurely hike around Crno Jezero (Black Lake), which lasts around 2 hours, followed by dinner.  End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

We start the day with breakfast and hiking to the Jablan Lake, on one of the most beautiful routes on Durmitor. We take a break for lunch and coffee in the nature. We return to Žabljak, and take a tour of the town in the afternoon. Dinner. End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

After breakfast, we drive back to Serbia, and travel to the Uvac Nature Reserve, located on the slopes of the Zlatar Mountain. Our accommodation is in a lake house in the reserve. After lunch, we take a walk around the reserve. Dinner. End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

After breakfast, we travel to Uvac River bank, where we start a beautiful cruise. We will see the biggest attractions of the reserve – a griffon vulture up close, an amazing view of the meanders of Uvac from the Molitva viewpoint, as well as the Ledena Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Serbia, which together with Ušač cave system makes a singular speleological object. This cave is actually available to few people, as the only access to the cave is by boat. You will hear the whole story about the cave during the visit. After the cruise and sightseeing, we go back to our rooms. Free time until dinner. Dinner is the end of the day’s activities and bedtime.

After breakfast, we start the trip to Novi Pazar. We will tour Đurđevi Stupovi in the town, a monastery dedicated to St. George. The monastery is located in Stari Ras, on a hill above Novi Pazar, and is one of the oldest monasteries in Serbia. Next, we will visit the Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, which is the oldest monument to church architecture in Serbia, as well as the first of Eparchy of Raška and Prizren. We will have a break for lunch and coffee in Novi Pazar. Then we continue our trip to Vrnjačka Banja, where we will be staying in a hotel. Dinner. End of the day’s activities and bedtime.

After breakfast we travel to Topola, where we will tour Karadjordje’s church and residence. We follow up with a 30-minute walk to St. George Church on Oplenac. We will tour the mausoleum and memorial complex of the Karađorđević royal family. After lunch in Topola, we continue our trip back to Belgrade/Niš, with occasional stops for rest and refreshments, planning to arrive there in late evening. End of the program.

Details:

  • Transportation by minibus or van tourist high class on the program
  • 7 nights at traditional Balkans house accommodation or private accommodation
  • 2 nights, on the basis of one full board and one half board at the camp at Tara or Drina river, in wooden bungalows for two, three and four people
  • All other meals according to plan and program
  • Two lunch package on the tour
  • River rafting – boat downhill race, equipment, boat, skipper
  • Transfer to the starting point of the rafting
  • All entrance tickets are provided in the program (Potpeć cave, National park Tara, Šargan train ride, Piva Nature Park, National Park Durmitor, Uvac Special Nature reserve, entire day lake cruising, Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, entrance fee for the memorial complex of the royal family Karadjordjević.)
  • 24-hour support and professional guiding
  • Guide for tours planned program
  • The costs of organization and leadership of times
  • Airfare tickets
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Optional transfer, activities and excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Individual costs of participants

high-top sneakers or hiking shoes, multiple pairs of socks, short sleeved t-shirts, a lightweight jacket with a hoodie (waterproof if possible), a sweatshirt, a back-up pair of pants, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen. If you want, you can bring candy or sweets, snacks, water and refreshments. Pack up everything in a small backpack. Do not forget: a swimming suit, a towel, a camera, back-up shoes and clothes, and, as always, a good mood!

This program is based on at least 7 applied people. If their changes occur a on the monetary market, commodity and services market, or when there is not a sufficient number of participants, the organizer retains the right to adjust the price, change or cancel the program at least 45 days before the start of the program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

According to the Serbian Law on Tourism (Article 79), for one-day excursions (trips shorter than 24 hours), protection is not provided in terms of travel guarantee.