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12 DAYS MOSAICS OF BALKAN

Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia & Albania

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Visit 4 European states in 1 trip, including its youngest – Kosovo
  • Breathe in the bustling aroma of Serbian and Albanian grapes at an authentic winery
  • Insight into the rise and fall of Communism, how it intertwines with ancient European history and current democratic system
  • Carefully-curated selection of latest hotels

The glorious history of the mighty European Habsburg and Ottoman Turks, colourful local medieval heritage and recent dramatic development with the end of Cold War leaves behind not only gorgeous monuments but even more fascinating tales.

And while other Mediterranean and Alpine Balkan countries have embraced tourism, these 4 countries just started to welcome the most curious and well-heeled travellers.

This trip is for those who appreciates unique historical background and cultural heritages revealed through its many stories. And the greatest charm is perhaps being able to explore the many UNESCO World Heritage sites with very few tourists.

From

SGD 6,980 Per Person

12 Days 11 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Belgrade

Arrival in Belgrade
Belgrade
Nil

Arrive in Belgrade in the morning, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Emerging from the isolation of communist Yugoslavia and ravages of the Balkan War, Belgrade is filled with renewed energy of vibrant streets, dining scenes and great museums. This afternoon, you will visit the National Museum and the Belgrade Fortress, beautifully situated at the confluence of Sava and Danube. Thereafter, you will stroll down the Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street.

Day 02 Belgrade / Novi Sad / Belgrade

Belgrade / Novi Sad / Belgrade
Belgrade
Breakfast included

Today, we make an excursion to Novi Sad. Walk along the Art Nouvelles architecture while soaking in its distinct Austro-Hungarian ambience.

After lunch, you have the option to visit Fruska Gora, the Holy Mount with 17 orthodox monasteries or a Serbian winery. Return to Belgrade to visit the House of Flower or Tito Memorial to understand the legacy of this Yugoslavian strongman.

Day 03 Belgrade / Studenica / Novi Pazar

Belgrade / Studenica / Novi Pazar
Novi Pazar
Breakfast included

This morning, we drive 238 km or about 3½ hours to the UNESCO-listed Studenica Monastery, the cradle of the Serbian Civilization and an outstanding Eastern Orthodox architecture.

After lunch, we drive another 64 km or about 1h 15m to Novi Pazar. Experience the refreshingly strong Turkish vibes as you wander around the streets lined up with bazaars and mosques.

Day 04 Novi Pazar / Pec / Prishtina

Novi Pazar / Pec / Prishtina
Prishtina
Breakfast included

This morning, we drive 108 km or about 3h, crossing through Montenegro into Peja in Kosov, where another UNESCO World Heritage site awaits. Admire Pec, the mother church of Serbian Orthodoxy.

Continue for another 84 km or about 1½ hour to arrive at Prishtina, capital of the partially-recognized country of Kosovo for a walking tour.

Day 05 Prishtina / Prizren / Skopje

Prishtina / Prizren / Skopje
Skopje
Breakfast included

We visit 2 sites at the outskirt of Prishtina, visiting the UNESCO-listed Gracanica and Gazimestan, the site of the Kosovo Battle between Turks & Serbs. Then, drive about 84 km or 1¼ hr to Prizren, an Ottoman Old Town oozing with medieval charm for a walking tour.

At the end of the day, drive 99 km or about 1½ hours back and cross the border into North Macedonian capital of Skopje.

Day 06 Skopje

Skopje
Skopje
Breakfast included

Skopje holds a unique reputation as the city with the most statues in the world. There are literally hundreds of them adorning the public squares and streets, some as high as 15m! Enjoy a walking tour of this charming city which bears Greek, Ottoman, Albanian and Serbian influences. We will also visit the Archaeological Museum and the memorial house of Mother Teresa. In the afternoon, make an excursion to Mt Vodno for a panoramic view of Skopje and enjoy the beautiful Matka Canyon.

Day 07 Skopje / Ohrid

Skopje / Ohrid
Ohrid
Breakfast included

This morning, we drive 173 km or about 2½ hours to Lake Ohrid, one of the most alluring destinations in the Balkan. A guided tour leads us to the picturesque Church of St Jovan and soak in the atmospheric old quarter cascading down a graceful hill of beautiful churches and a medieval fortress.

Day 08 Ohrid / Berat

Ohrid / Berat
Berat
Breakfast included

Today, we cross the border into Albania, once one of the world’s most secluded countries. The story of dictator Enver Hoxha makes Kim or Stalin sounds moderate and still permeates in the Albanian lives today.

We drive 156km or about 3½ hours to Berat. En route, stop at Cobo winery, where you will gain insight into interesting family tales through the tumultuous times in Albanian history. 

Berat is another UNESCO highlight not to be missed. Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town, where stone-walled houses, cobbled streets, lovely churches and a mighty castle is nestled on a riverside mountain. Conclude the day with a visit to the Onufri Museum.

Day 09 Berat / Gjirokaster / Sarande

Berat / Gjirokaster / Sarande
Sarande
Breakfast included

Leaving beautiful Berat, we drive 182 km or about 3 hours to Gjirokaster (UNESCO). As the birthplace of dictator Enver Hoxha, his story really comes alive here.Thereafter, we drive 55km or 1h 15m to  Sarande, a popular local resort right by the Adriatic sea.

Day 10 Sarande / Burtrint / Tirana

Sarande / Burtrint / Tirana
Tirana
Breakfast included

Devote the morning to another highlight of the trip, Burtrint. This very well-preserved UNESCO archaeological site unveils rich traces of Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritages. In the afternoon, drive 282 km or about 4½ hours back to Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Day 11 Tirana

Tirana
Tirana
Breakfast included

Lively and colourful, Tirana is now beyond recognition from its grey days of Enver Hoxha. We enjoy a full day here digging into its history and evolution into a dynamic city. Start the morning with an excursion to Kruze and visit the Skanderbeg Fort, home of Albania’s national hero.

Enjoy a walking tour around Skanderbeg Square, the National Museum and BunkArt, converted from a huge Enver Hoxha Cold War bunker.

Day 12 Departure from Tirana

Departure from Tirana
Nil
Breakfast included

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight out.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 7,500
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 6,980
Single Supplement S$ 1,800

Mama Shelter Belgrade • Emrovic Raj Novi Pazar • Swiss Diamond Prishtina Hotel Solun Skpoje • Unique Resort & Spa Ohrid • Hotel Portik Berat • Buze Hotel Sarande • Arte Boutique Hotel Tirana  

Belgrade

Belgrade

Mama Shelter (Large Mama)

Located along Ulica Kneza Mihaila pedestrian street, Shelter Mama is located on top of Raijceva shopping mall with modern design by Jalil Amor. It’s rooftop restaurant offers fabulous sunset view. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 125)

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Novi Pazar

Novi Pazar

Emrovic Raj (Double)

Set in a beautiful natural environment, this new 4-star resort provides a soothing ambience, healing water spring spa and well appointed rooms. It is located just about 3 km away from the centre of Novi Pazar. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 41)

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Prishtina

Prishtina

Swiss Diamond (Business)

Situated right in the heart of Prishtina, this is a well-run Swiss hotel and internationally awarded by The American Academy of hospitality science with 5-star diamond. It is “The” address in this Kosovo capital. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 141)

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Skopje

Skopje

Hotel Solun (Business)

Situated steps from the main square, the 4-star hotel is an inspired fusion of art elegance with contemporary energy. (Opened: 2013; Rooms: 53)

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Ohrid

Ohrid

Unique Resort & Spa (Superior)

This modern & urban 4-star hotel is in the heard of Ohrid city. After touring the old town of Ohrid, you can relax at spacious room or the spa facilities. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 130)

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Berat

Berat

Hotel Portik (Deluxe)

Just 5 minute walk from the city center and the main historic attractions, this 4-star-superior hotel modern design hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with panoramic view of the city. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 36)

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Sarande

Sarande

Buze Hotel (Sea View Double)

Located 250m from Maestral Beach, Buze Hotel offers panoramic sea views, romantic sunsets and private sundecks. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 18)

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Tirana

Tirana

Arte Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

Featuring a bar, garden & 1km from Skanderbeg Square, this boutique hotel represent fashion, art, style & comfort with attention to details. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 10)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 9,950
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 9,350
Single Supplement S$ 3,600

Nine Square Belgrade • Emrovic Raj Novi Pazar • Swiss Diamond Prishtina • Marriott Skopje • Unique Resort & Spa Ohrid • Hotel Colombo Berat • Buze Hotel Sarande • The Plaza Tirana 

Belgrade

Belgrade

Nine Square (Superior)

Designed by architect, Isay Weinfeld, the award-winning Square Nine is located in Belgrade’s most charming historic quarter. The capital’s most luxurious, design-forward hotel is also distinguished by its impeccable service, attention to detail and fine food. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 45)

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Novi Pazar

Novi Pazar

Emrovic Raj (Superior)

Set in a beautiful natural environment, this new 4-star resort provides a soothing ambience, healing water spring spa and well appointed rooms. It is located just about 3 km away from the centre of Novi Pazar. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 41)

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Prishtina

Prishtina

Swiss Diamond (Deluxe)

Situated right in the heart of Prishtina, this is a well-run Swiss hotel and internationally awarded by The American Academy of hospitality science with 5-star diamond. It is “The” address in this Kosovo capital. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 141)

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Skopje

Skopje

Marriott (Deluxe)

This 5-star luxury hotel is superbly located right by the Macedonia Square within short walking distance to the main museums, old bazaar, art bridge and shopping street. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 164)


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Ohrid

Ohrid

Unique Resort & Spa (Superior)

This modern & urban 4-star hotel is in the heard of Ohrid city. After touring the old town of Ohrid, you can relax at spacious room or the spa facilities. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 130)

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Berat

Berat

Hotel Colombo (Junior Suite)

The newly opened Hotel Colombo is the only 5-star hotel located 5 min drive away from the old town. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 108)

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Sarande

Sarande

Buze Hotel (Front Sea View Double)

Located 250m from Maestral Beach, Buze Hotel offers panoramic sea views, romantic sunsets and private sundecks. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 18)

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Tirana

Tirana

The Plaza (Deluxe)

Superb location 200m from Skenderberg Square, forward design, meticulous service and luxury room appointments make this hotel the number one choice in Tirana for discerning travellers. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 190)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Throughout English-speaking driver guide
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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