SERBIA, HERCEGOVINA and MONTENEGRO

  • Duration:12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare NYC/Belgrade/NYC
    • Accommodations at first class hotels
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Transportation by a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach.
    • English speaking tour escort.
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

You depart on an overnight flight to Belgrade.

DAY 2: BELGRADE

Arrive in Belgrade and transfer to your hotel. On first impression you would never know that the capital of Serbia, has emerged from a decade long war, which decimated its economy and destroyed tourism. The city is alive with crowded streets, bustling cafes, brimming stores and warm, welcoming people.   Rest of the evening is at leisure to become acclimated to a new time zone, to relax and explore the city, which will not impress the casual visitor with its grand proportions, but will forever tie him with its invisible bonds. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner in Skadarlija, world known bohemian part of Belgrade with ancient houses and cobbled streets, where you can enjoy both the tasty, traditional Serb meal and experience string bands playing music and traditional old town songs in the outdoor cafes.  Moments spent in Skadarlija with friendly and relaxed Belgradians will be mementos always remembered with a smile.    Overnight Belgrade. (D)

{mosimage}DAY 3 : BELGRADE

Our panoramic tour visits most of the important sights including Slavija Square, Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Parliament, City Hall, Terazije with the old fountain, Republic Square, National Theatre, University Complex, Church of St. Marko, Church of St. Petka, Saborna Crkva, Konak Knjeginje Ljubice, and St. Sava Cathedral.  We also visit Kalemegdan, the historic Belgrade fortress with its massive defensive walls from the 15-18th centuries.  In the afternoon we have a reception at the Patriarchy and visit Stari Dvor, now  home of Prince Aleksandar and His family (schedule permitting).  Overnight Belgrade. (B.D.)

DAY 4 : TREASURES OF VOJVODINA

Our journey today takes us to the flat, fertile plains of Vojvodina, as we tour the beautiful and fascinating Monasteries of Fruska Gora. This unique group of densely situated monasteries built in XV to XVIII century includes fifteen monasteries, but time permits us to visit only the 16th century Krusedol. But a visit to this region would not be complete without a stop in the romantic town of Sremski Karlovci. We visit Patriarch’s Mansion and it’s vine cellar where we have opportunity to taste vine and Brandy. We continue to Novi Sad and Petrovaradin Fortress.  Dinner can be scheduled in Novi Sad with late arrival in Belgrade. Overnight Belgrade (B.)

DAY 5 :CENTRAL SERBIA

Today we visit the jewel of the Serbian Monasteries- Studenica, set on the beautiful deeply wooded and untouched by commercialization Mount Radocelo. Throughout the history of medieval Serbia, Studenica was the most prominent and revered monastery. It served as the residence of Stefan Nemanjic, and his son Rastko, better known as St. Sava. King Stefan Nemanjic unified Serbian lands, bringing Serbia first independence and  international recognition. He also established the Serbian Orthodox Church and founded many churches, including the Serbian monastery of Hilandar on Holy Mountain in Greece.   We visit the monastery Studenica and its three churches and have lunch there. In the afternoon we visit Zica, also founded by Stefan Nemanjic, and the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopic. The church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord and displays frescoes from the Raska school. Overnight in Zlatibor. (B.L.D)

DAY 6: ZLATIBOR

Your breath will be taken away by the unspoiled beauty of Zlatibor and Tara mountains, recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today you visit Sarganska Osmica a perfectly restored ancient train route shaped in the letter eight through the mountains of Mokra Gora. We then visit Kremsko Prorocanstvo , where the brothers Tarabic lived and prophesized many of the main events of the 20th century.  Then off to Drvengrad, a small ethnic village constructed by the famous director Emir Kusturica. If in residence we will have a chance to meet with him.   (B.D.)

 DAY 7:  ZLATIBOR

We start the day with a visit to a local village to see how the artist make the pottery which is sold all over the world. Then on to  Sirogojno the ethnic village where we see how Serbs lived in the 18 and 19th century. We then have a fashion show at the famous Sirogojno sweater factory . On the way back to Belgrade we stop for a magnificent meal in Kostunici where we are hosted by a local village family.  Overnight Belgrade. (B.L.)

DAY 8: BELGRADE- BUDVA

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to  Podgorica  or Tivat. You are met at the airport and transferred to Budva. Rest of the day at leisure for relaxation. (B)

DAY 9: CETINJE-LOVCEN- SVETI STEFAN-BUDVA

This morning we climb very high up into the mountains as we visit  Lovcen Mausoleum,Sveti Stefan. Overnight Budva. (B.) to pay tribute to Njegos, father of modern Montenegro, and Cetinje where we visit the Monastery and Museum. Thenon the breathtaking jet setters island of Sveti Stefan. Overnight Budva. (B.)

DAY 10:  WESTERN HERCEGOVINA

This morning we depart for Trebinje, and the birthplace of St. Vasilije. We then visit Monastery Tvrdos, stop for lunch in Trebinje and a visit to New Gracanica monastery. The day ends with a prayer and a visit to the miraculous Cave of St. Paul.  Overnight Budva. (B.D.)

DAY 11: OSTROG- KOTOR

Today we visit the magnificent monastery of St. Vasilije, Ostrog, where we see the incorrupt remains of the Saint. Then we visit the magnificent town of Kotor before return to Budva for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 12: DUBROVNIK

Our full day excursion takes us to the “Pearl of the Adriatic” the breathtakingly beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik. We explore the city on a walking tour and on the way back stop for dinner at the famous restaurant Konavski Dvori where we have our farewell dinner in a atmospheric setting enjoying good local delicacies and wine. Overnight Budva. (B.D.)

DAY 13:  BUDVA- BELGRADE- USA

This morning following breakfast we depart for the airport and the flight home to USA. (B)

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