**This itinerary is subject to change:
Arriving Airport: Nikola Tesla International Airport (BEG)
Departing airports: Dubrovnik, Croatia airport (DBV), or Tivat, Montenegro (TIV)
July 7, 2016 – July 16th, 2016
July 7 – Day 1 Arrival and transfer to hotel (Courtyard Belgrade City Center). Guests will be met at the Nikola Tesla International Airport (BEG) by our tour representative and delivered to the hotel.This is your free day to rest, as we have a full day the next day.
July 8 – Day 2 After breakfast, 10:30 am we embark on the Belgrade City Walking Tour in the morning and early afternoon. The tour will take approximately 4 hours. It begins in the bustling Trg Republike (Republic Square), where the locals meet “by the horse”. This statue is surrounded by the National Museum and the National Theater. From there, we will walk down the city’s main shopping street, Knez Mihajlova populated by boutiques and charming cafes.
Around the corner, we will pass by the manor of Princess Ljubica, and the Orthodox Cathedral. From there, we will cross into Kalemegdan, a.k.a. Belgrade Fortress, the country’s oldest fortification, dating back to 535 A.D. This citadel was the original walls of Belgrade, out of which the city emerged. Its foundation was built and expanded by the Celts the Romans, The Ottomans, and the Hapsburgs.
Leaving Kalemegdan behind, we will walk through the Dorcol quarter. During the Ottoman occupation of Belgrade, Dorćol was a well known trading centre, and this is where we will visit the Bajrakli Mosque, one of the city’s last remaining mosques, dating back to the Ottoman era.
Our last stop will be the quarter of Vracar, and the imposing Church of St. Sava, one of the largest Orthodox Christian Churches in the world. We will end the tour next door, in its smaller church dedicated to St. Sava, to admire its frescoes and iconography.
Lunch on your own. (not included)
We return to the hotel to allow guests to prepare for the evening reception at the Royal Palace.
7pm. Bus transfer to the Royal Palace.
Dinner on your own, after the palace visit.
July 9- Day 3 After breakfast, we meet at 8:00 am for a full day sightseeing tour: Castles of Vojvodina and Royal Sumadija. We start at the Kovilj Monastery, built by St. Sava, the Illuminator of Serbian people. From there we continue to a small castle Ecka, and then a walk to the nature reserve of Carska Bara.
Lunch at Ethno House (not included).
Following lunch, we will visit Fantast Castle in the town of Becej. Here you will have plenty of free time to wander to the tomb of the Inquisitor, its small chapel, and grounds.
We will then drive through Sumadija, the very core of Serbia. Our first stop are the remnants of the fortified stronghold of Karadjordje, the leader of the Serbian insurrection against the Ottomans (1804-13).
We end the tour with a visit to the wine cellars of Serbia. The region is known for some very unique grapes, such as prokupac, vranac and smederevka.
Return to hotel.
8pm. Organized dinner in Skadarlija: Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter, for typical Serbian cuisine. (This is a steep cobble-stoned street, please do not wear high heels). Dinner is included in your itinerary (drinks are not included).
The history of Skadarlija began in the 1830s with the settlement of Gypsies . The 1854 town plan of Belgrade reveals that the Gypsy hovels had been replaced by brick buildings into which artisans, caterers, petty clerks and artists moved. The whole locality was referred to as the Gypsy Quarter until 1872. It began to acquire its bohemian character in the last few decades of the 19th century, and particularly after 1901, when the well-known Dardaneli inn was demolished and its guests, prominent writers and actors, moved to the Skadarlija inns or kafanas. The best-known of these were Tri šešira (“Three Hats”), Dva jelena (“Two Deer”), Zlatni bokal (“The Golden Chalice”), Bandist, East, Guild, Vuk Karadžić and The two Sergeants. The first three of these still survive today, accompanied by some new restaurants like Ima dana (“There will be days”), Dva bela goluba (“Two White Doves”).
July 10 – Day 4 Breakfast, 7:30 am transfer to airport, board flight to Tivat, transfer to hotel, check in. (Maestral Resort & Casino) Free time. Enjoy the beaches of the Adriatic Sea of Montenegro, or take public bus to admire the island of Sveti Stefan, on your own.
July 11 – Day 5 Breakfast, Mini Montenegro Tour of Cetinje, Lovcen, Kotor.
Cetinje is the historical capital of Montenegro. It is a town of museums and art. Here you can find three important Christian relics: the hand of Saint John the Baptist, and a piece of the cross upon which Christ was crucified. Here, one can also find the icon of the Virgin of Filermosa, in the King Nicola Palace.
Next, we will visit the National Park of Lovcen where the famous Montenegrin poet was burried. The famous author George Bernard Shaw said “Am I in heaven, or on the Moon?” when he saw the view from the top of the mountain of Lovcen.
We visit the Fortress of Kotor, an integrated historical fortification system that protected the medieval town of Kotor containing ramparts, towers, citadels, gates, bastions, forts, cisterns, a castle, and ancillary buildings and structures. They incorporate military architecture of Illyria, Byzantium, Venice, and Austria. Together with the old town and its natural surroundings the fortifications were inscribed in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
Free time afternoon.
July 12 – Day 6 Breakfast at hotel. 9am Boka Bay Boat Tour & The Blue Caves. We drive to the town of Tivat where our boat tour begins. We will stop in the town of Zanjice (1 hour) for swimming in the open sea, or optionally in the Blue Cave. After that, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the island Mamula.
Organized lunch in a local restaurant with bay cuisine (lunch not included).
Transfer to hotel. Free afternoon.
July 13 – Day 7 Bus transfer to Dubrovnik, check in, free time. (Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik)
July 14 – Day 8 Breakfast at hotel. Optional whole day tour by yacht or speed boat (not included). The price will depend on the number of participants.
July 15 – Day 9 Breakfast at hotel. Free time, beaches. Guests will be offered optional guided tour (chaired separately) through the town of Dubrovnik. The tour encompasses walks through the main square, Dominican Monastery, Rector’s Palace, and the Dubrovnik Synagogue.
July 16 – Day 10 Breakfast at hotel. Departure, transfer to airport. Transfers to the airport will depend according to flights. Guests can fly out of Dubrovnik airport (DBV), or transfer to Tivat (TIV), where they can return to Belgrade (BEG), or fly out directly from Tivat (TIV).
Tour package includes:
Hotels, breakfast, 3 nights in Belgrade, 3 nights in Montenegro, 3 in Dubrovnik in 5* and 4* hotels. Also included are airport transfers. Package includes flight from Belgrade to Tivat. One restaurant dinner in Skadarlija, Belgrade (drinks not included). Sightseeing tours (1/2 day Walking Tour of Belgrade, Full Day Tour of Serbia, Royal Palace Reception in Belgrade, whole day tour of Montenegro/Cetninje, boat tour of Bay of Kotor, some lunches on boats.
Airfare to/from Belgrade. Entries to program specific venues. Yacht charter in Dubrovnik. Optional excursions (to be announced).