The Balkan Peninsula for many is one of the last undiscovered corners of Europe. Cultural and natural variety abound here, forged over the centuries by numerous political changes and imperial influences from the Byzantine to the Ottoman. We contrast Belgrade, Skopje and Tirana with traditional towns, villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and places of untouched natural beauty. Each country offers a different culture, cuisine and tradition to discover, each growing as an independent nation in its own right and taking its place in the modern world. This is a rare chance to see the re-emergence of places kept off limits until relatively recently.
Countries visited: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia
Fly to Belgrade.
Belgrade city tour with free afternoon.
Transfer to Visegrad with visit to famous bridge on the River Drina and Sirogojno with traditional village and open air museum.
Ride the old steam train in Mokra Gora N.P.; visit Drvengrad - a traditional village built for a Serbian film.
Long transfer to Skopje in Macedonia, stopping at spa town of Vrnjacka Banja en route.
City tour of Skopje with boat ride in the Matka Canyon and visit to 14th century monastery.
Morning city tour of Ohrid and UNESCO site of Samuil's Fortress; afternoon free to explore.
Transfer to Tirana, Albania with afternoon city tour.
Day trip to Berat, on the banks of the river Osum.
Day trip to Shkoder, a town with a rich history stemming from its status as an Illyrian stronghold during the Roman invasion; sightseeing including visit to Rozafa Castle.
Transfer to Tirana airport; fly to London.