Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia & Albania
History & Culture, Off the Beaten
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.
The 4 countries covered on this trip just started to welcome the most curious and well-heeled travellers. The greatest charm is perhaps exploring the many UNESCO World Heritage sites with very few tourists.
Carefully selected guides including the Prof Ols renowned for his archaeological works in Albania let you gain excellent insights into the region’s unique heritage. You will also be treated to special lectures in Tito Museum, private extravagant performance in historical houses, hilltop setting and UNESCO Orthodox Monastery!
Twin Sharing: HK$ 48,680
Single Supplement: HK$ 10,580
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First 2 bookings enjoy complimentary room upgrade to Executive Suite in Marriott Skopje for 2 nights
20% deposit at booking
*Registration Closing Date
15 Jan 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
Arrive in Belgrade. 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.
Today, we make an excursion to Novi Sad. Walk along the Art Nouvelles architecture while soaking in its distinct Austro-Hungarian ambience. You will also visit a Serbian winery.
Return to Belgrade to visit the House of Flowers also called Tito Memorial to understand the legacy of this Yugoslavian strongman.
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, another 64 km or about 1h 15m takes us to Novi Pazar. Experience the refreshingly strong Turkish vibes as you wander around the streets lined up with bazaars and mosques.
This morning, we drive 108 km or about 3hr, crossing through Montenegro into Peja in Kosov, where another UNESCO World Heritage site awaits. Admire Pec, the mother church of Serbian Orthodoxy. And here you will be treated to a private choir performance in the UNESCO listed monastery.
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.
We visit 2 sites at the outskirt of Prishtina, 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.
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.
This morning, we drive 173 km or about 2½ hours to Lake Ohrid, one of the most alluring destinations in the Balkan.
Before Ohrid, we will visit Canyon Matka. At Ohrid, 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.
Enjoy a private Macedonian Dance performance in Lake Ohrid.
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.
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.
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.
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 with BunkArt, converted from a huge Enver Hoxha Cold War bunker.
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight out.
Belgrade Square Nine Hotel • Novi Pazar Emrovic Raj Hotel • Prishtina Swiss Diamond Hotel • Skopje Marriott Hotel • Ohrid Unique Resort & Spa • Berat Hotel Colombo • Sarande Buze Hotel • Tirana The Plaza Hotel
Swiss + Lufthansa
25 May, Hong Kong – Zurich (LX 139), 23:40 – 06:10+1
26 May, Zurich – Belgrade (LX 1412), 06:55 – 08:35
06 Jun, Tiana – Munich (LH 1713), 18:25 – 20:20
06 Jun, Munich – Hong Kong (LH 730), 22:15 – 15:25+1
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)View More
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)
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)
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)
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)View More
The newly opened Hotel Colombo is the only 5-star hotel located 5 min drive away from the old town. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 108)View More
Located 250m from Maestral Beach, Buze Hotel offers panoramic sea views, romantic sunsets and private sundecks. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 18)
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)View More
Registration Closing Date: 15 Jan 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
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