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Kosovo Unveiled: An 8-Day Authentic Cultural Journey through Time, Terrain, and Tradition

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8 Days
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Pristina
Pristina
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Tour Overview

Let’s bring to light and uncover Kosovo, Balkan’s youngest recognised country that went through a more turbulent history that one could comprehend. 

Over the 8 Days you will have a chance to dive into the country’s resilient spirit, vibrant culture, complex history, and breathtaking natural beauty. From the energetic avenues of Pristina to the tranquil expanse of the Rugova Valley, you will see Kosovo like no country ever before.

This amazing exploration will begin in Pristina, the pulse of Kosovo and continue with visits to majestic UNESCO-protected monasteries, offering a glimpse into the past through their serene beauty and historical significance. Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the Bear Sanctuary, a haven for wildlife and a testament to Kosovo’s commitment to conservation.

The journey weaves through the historic towns of Prizren and Gjakova, where cobbled streets and architectural wonders tell the tales of centuries. Here, you’ll indulge in unique wine tastings, celebrating the rich, local flavors that define Kosovo’s burgeoning viticulture.

As you venture further, the stunning beauty of Peja awaits, leading you to the breathtaking Rugova Valley. It’s here that you’ll experience the traditional art of flija making, a culinary ritual that offers a taste of Kosovo’s rich cultural heritage, set against the backdrop of its majestic landscapes.

The exploration deepens in Mitrovica, a city where history and contemporary life merge, revealing the stories of Kosovo’s resilience and diverse identity.

Throughout this journey, you’ll not just witness the beauty of Kosovo’s terrain but also connect with time and tradition that shaped the country as well as its welcoming people. Kosovo Unveiled is more than a trip; we created it as an invitation for our guests to immerse in the authentic essence of Kosovo and the Balkans.

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Highlights

PEACE OF MIND by Funky Tours

PEACE OF MIND by Funky Tours policy ensures 100% guest’ satisfaction and hassle-free experiences when booking and conducting tours and holidays with us. Learn more about our Peace of Mind policy.

  • Safety comes first: FT team is focused on providing maximum safety for all of our guests, no matter the corner of the world we are visiting. We would never put in danger anyone traveling with us. Carefully thought through, this itinerary is created to show you the best of Kosovo, Europe’s smallest, most neglected and yet, one of the most overwhelming tourist destinations.
  • We include all essential entrance fees in the tour costs. Our policy steadfastly avoids requiring travelers to pay essential entrance fees on-site, typically in cash, a practice often used deceitfully to show a lower advertised tour price. We are committed to transparency in pricing, ensuring our guests do not face the inconvenience of surprise additional costs for essential entrance fees. Funky Tours is all about transparency.
  • This tour stands out as the best value for money when considering the costs versus what is included and what you see. It offers a richness of experiences and convenience that cannot be matched by other modes of travel, such as buses or rental cars. From the comfort of our tour, you’ll gain in-depth insights into the local culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes – all at an unbeatable price. Every aspect of your journey is thoughtfully curated to provide maximum value, ensuring that this tour is not just a trip but a treasured experience of a lifetime.
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What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver for eight days
  • Accommodation at 4* hotel (twin / double rooms) for seven nights.
    • Single Supplement: 185 EUR
  • Meals included
    • 7 x Breakfasts
    • Welcome and farewell dinner (Day 1 and Day 7)
    • 1 x Lunch (Day 5)
    • 1 x Wine Tasting (Day 4)
  • Airport transfer and all tour overland transfers.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it in home country.
  • All tours are shared unless specifically booked as private.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Getting There

  • PrištinaThe most convenient gateway to begin is through Pristina International Airport (PRN), nestled in the heart of Kosovo. However, we understand the allure of flexibility and the desire to tailor your travel plans. That’s why we’re more than happy to accommodate your needs, offering the option to start this unforgettable package from a variety of locations. Whether you’re flying into Tirana (TIA), Tivat (TIV), Podgorica (TGD), Belgrade (BEG), or Skopje (SKP), just let us know.
  • Arrival Your arrival on Day 1 can be anytime.
  • Departure Tour ends on the evening of Day 8. You can schedule your departure on Day 9, or possibly consider a post-trip tour extension.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival to Priština

Destination:Priština, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Airport Transfer | Tour briefing | Welcome Dinner
Driving Time:0.30h

Arrival Note:The afternoon traffic jam, lack of traffic lights and rules, yet no car sirens hawking, round and around the abundance of round-bounds, massive construction workings and echoes of medieval monastery bells harmonising with muezzin’s call from the mosque. Welcome to Pristina.

Our driver will meet you at the airport after you comfortably land in Priština, and our team will be ready to make your 8-day journey through Kosovo a truly memorable one.

As the sun sets over Pristina, we’ll gather at a quaint local gem for our welcoming dinner. This cozy gathering will introduce you to the delightful Kosovar cuisine and offer a warm opportunity to meet fellow travelers and share the excitement for the adventures that lie ahead.

KOSOVO KICKOFF: FEAST & FUN

After the hotel check-in, our team will pick you up and take you on a welcoming local dinner, which will delight your senses. Over some pleasant talks, we will ensure you get the best possible first introduction by tasting some of the local products in the cozy atmosphere of the local restaurant.

For this evening, we have chosen famous Kosovo tavas, with an abundance of vegetable, cheese and meat products that will tickle your minds and taste buds with so far unknown flavors.

DAY 2: Explore Priština

Destination:Priština, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast | Walking Tour of Priština
Optional:National Museum of Kosovo (Recommended)

Activity Note:Your second day in begins with a delicious breakfast at your 4* hotel, setting the stage for an enriching exploration of the Kosovo capital.

We’ll kick off our Pristina city tour with a visit to the striking Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque, where we’ll uncover the fascinating story of the renowned Albanian writer Pjetr Bogdani, whose legacy outlived Ottoman attempts to erase it.

Next, we will delve into the architectural marvel of the National Library, a stunning fusion of Byzantine and Islamic styles enriched with controversial local narratives. Just a stone’s throw away, we will explore the Christ the Saviour Church, whose construction started in 1995 under the auspices of the Milosevic regime and was halted by the Kosovo war.

Our journey continues as we will walk down the lively G.W. Bush Street, lined with statues celebrating figures such as Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher, each telling a unique story of Kosovo’s global connections.

We will also uncover the deep roots of Kosovo’s history, including the significance of Skender Bay and the intricate relations between Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, the EU, and the USA, offering insights into the present dynamics among Kosovo’s communities.

Highlighting our tour, we will visit the Newborn Monument, Pristina’s powerful symbol of independence, which annually transforms to commemorate freedom. Adjacent to it, the Heroinat memorial stands with 20,000 pins, each representing a woman affected by the Kosovo war, a touching tribute to resilience and strength.

The rest of the day is on your own to soak up the city’s atmosphere or arrange an additional activity with your tour leader.

WHAT TO DO IN PRIŠTINA?

Whether you’re into ancient history, love soaking up culture, or are a nature enthusiast, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s dive into some cool activities you might want to add to your list:

  • National Museum: For history buffs, the Kosovo Museum offers a deep dive into the region’s archaeological, ethnological, and natural history. It houses artifacts from the Neolithic period, Roman times, and the Ottoman era, providing a comprehensive overview of Kosovo’s rich heritage.
  • Ulpiana Ancient City: Situated near Pristina, Ulpiana was an important Roman and Byzantine city. Founded in the 2nd century AD, it thrived due to its strategic location and was known as Justiniana Secunda under Emperor Justinian I, who rebuilt the city after earthquakes destroyed it. Visitors can explore the archaeological site to see remnants of its glorious past, including basilicas, mosaics, and city walls.
  • Gazimestan Monument: This monument is located about 6 km north of Pristina, commemorating the Battle of Kosovo of 1389, one of the most significant events in Serbian medieval history. The site is marked by a memorial tower built in 1953, designed to resemble a medieval tower. It’s a place of immense historical importance, often visited during Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) on June 28th, when annual commemorations are held.
  • Gemia Park: Just a short drive from the city center, Germia Park is a vast green space perfect for hiking, swimming in its public pool, picnicking, and simply enjoying nature. It’s an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Enjoy the Nighlife: Pristina might surprise you with its lively nightlife. From traditional taverns (kafanas) to modern bars and clubs, the city comes alive at night, offering a fun way to experience the local culture.

DAY 3: Priština to Prizen via Bear Sanctuary & Gračanica

Destination: Prizren, Kosovo
Inclusions:Breakfast | 4* Hotel  with breakfast | Bear Sanctuary | Gračanica Monastery
Driving Time:2.30h

Prizreni (Prizren) - Kosovo

Activity Note:Your third day takes you on a picturesque journey from Priština to a charming Ottoman Prizren, known as the cultural capital of Kosovo. We will explore the famous Bear Sanctuary and visit the magnificent symbol of Orthodox heritage – Gračanica monastery.

Our first stop today, nestled near the picturesque Badovac Lake on the outskirts of Pristina, is where the wild heart of Kosovo beats in the form of its majestic bears – the Bear Sanctuary. Here, you’re in for some bear-y cool encounters: imagine watching these noble creatures foraging, taking dips in pools, and if fortune smiles on you, engaging in a playful tussle or two. It’s a tale of transformation, where every bear, from the gentle giants Ero and Mira to the mischievous duo Hana and Stivi, has a story of resilience that led them to this sanctuary, their forever home.

This will be a truly immersive experience where you learn about bear conservation and the critical importance of protecting wildlife.

Bear Sanctuary,Kosovo

After the Bear Sanctuary, we are heading to one of the most essential Orthodox symbols and a jewel of Serbian-Byzantine art in Kosovo-Monastery Gracanica. A short lake-side ride will take us to the monastery, the second most crucial Orthodox site in the territory, just after the Patriarchate of Peć.

Over the centuries, it went through a tumultuous past but was spared by the last war. Protected by Kosovar police, Gracanica Monastery is today home to about twenty nuns who, in addition to their monastic duties, are also engaged in embroidery, agriculture, and icon painting. 

We will walk through the premises of the monastery, learn more about the fantastic Byzantine techniques this monastery is glorified for, and admire the Latin inscriptions on the stones from the Ulpiana site.

Kosovo Trip

After enjoying the serene beauty and rich history of Gracanica Monastery, we’ll discover the perfect spot for lunch nearby and settle down in a charming, family-owned restaurant. Here, you’ll savor authentic local specialties, each dish telling its own story of Kosovo’s culinary heritage.

In the late afternoon, as the golden hues of sunset blanket the city, we’ll arrive in the picturesque Prizren, where history and culture intertwine gracefully along the banks of the Lumbardhi River. Upon arrival, we’ll smoothly transition into our cozy accommodations with hassle-free hotel check-in, ensuring you’re comfortably settled and ready to embrace the enchanting evening ahead.

With the keys to your room, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

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DAY 4: Prizren Full Day

Destination:Prizren, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Walking Tour of Prizren | Kalaja Fort

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Activity Note:Today, we will delve deep into the cultural capital of Kosovo and learn about its rich history and amazingly welcoming people. Once the cultural and intellectual center of Ottoman Kosovo, Prizren stands today as one of Kosovo’s most beloved destinations, often hailed as the “Museum City” and the most beautiful one in the entire country.

Nestled on the slopes of the Sharr mountain and the banks of the Prizren Bistrica, this enchanting city serves as the cultural and political heart of the Kosovar Albanians. We’re dedicated to exploring Prizren above and beyond the tourist trails, delving deep into its rich tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights.

Our adventure begins in the bustling center of the Prizren bazaar, where we’ll meet our local friend. Together, we’ll weave through the city’s amazingly preserved narrow streets, exploring vibrant souvenir shops and sacred religious sites. Along the way, we’ll indulge in a delightful food-tasting experience, savoring the local flavors that make Prizren’s cuisine unique.

As we stroll, we’ll visit the Town Museum and marvel at the striking Sinan Pasha Mosque, built in 1615. We’ll cross the Old Stone Bridge, which resembles the Emperor’s Bridge in Sarajevo, and admire the stunning Hamam Of Gazi Mehmet Pasha. Engaging with local vendors, you’ll find an opportunity to purchase hand-made clothes, shoes, or souvenirs at meager prices, adding a tangible piece of Prizren’s rich cultural heritage to your collection. This journey through Prizren is not just a tour; it’s an immersive experience into the soul of Kosovo.

Prizren - Kosovo

As we ascend, we’ll take a moment to explore the intriguing ruins of the Orthodox Church “Our Lady of Ljevis.” Built-in 1306 by King Stefan Milutin, this historical gem is now celebrated as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance and proudly listed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, nestled within the heart of the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo.

Just a stone’s throw from these captivating ruins, the mighty Kalaja Fortress awaits, standing as a proud symbol of Prizren since the 11th century. This fortress is not just a relic; it’s the ultimate viewpoint, offering breathtaking panoramas of Prizren, the majestic peaks of Prokletije, and Peja. Make sure your cameras are ready because the views here are like holding Prizren in the palm of your hand – spellbinding!

And here’s the cherry: once we reach the summit, we’ll celebrate our ascent with a sip of the legendary Skenderbeg whiskey, toasting to the beauty and history beneath our feet. As you roam through the fortress’s numerous chambers, underground halls, and intricate network of walls that once shielded Prizren, feel free to wander, explore, and find your favorite spot in this ancient stone labyrinth.

MAKE SURE TO TASTE WHILE IN PRIZREN

Whether you’re into ancient history, love soaking up culture, or are a nature enthusiast, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s dive into some fantastic activities you might want to add to your list:

  • Mantija: These are delicious little dumplings filled with meat, similar to Turkish manti, and often served with a dollop of yogurt—perfect for a light yet satisfying meal.
  • Flija: A traditional Albanian dish that you’ll find in Prizren, flija is made with layers upon layers of crepe-like pancakes, brushed with cream and served with sour cream. It’s often prepared for special occasions and is a must-try for its unique texture and taste.
  • Sujuk: Spicy and flavorful, sujuk is a dry, fermented sausage reminiscent of its Turkish counterpart. It’s often grilled and can be found in many of the city’s eateries, offering flavor with each bite.
  • Qebapa: These small, grilled minced meat rolls are a favorite in Prizren. Served with flatbread, raw onions, and a savory yogurt sauce, qebapa makes for a hearty and delicious meal. Very similar to Sarajevski ćevap!
  • Tavë Prizreni: A regional specialty, this oven-baked dish consists of meat (usually lamb or beef) mixed with eggs, yogurt, and rice, creating a comforting, creamy casserole bursting with flavor.

DAY 5: Prizren to Peja via Gjakova

Destination:Peja, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Walking Tour of Gjakova | Wine Tasting | Visoki Dečani
Driving Time:2.5h

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Activity Note:Get ready for a day filled with history, culture, and scenic views as you depart from Prizren and make your way to the charming city of Peja. Along the way, we will do a wine tasting at the famous Stone Castle winery, explore the beautiful Gjakova, and visit the UNESCO-protected Visoki Dečani Monastery.

Nestled in the heart of Kosovo’s picturesque landscapes, our first stop will be the Stone Castle Winery, celebrated for its dedication to crafting fine wines, utilizing ancient techniques passed down through generations and contemporary methods to ensure each bottle captures the essence of Kosovo’s unique terroir.

You’ll learn about the meticulous process of turning grapes into the award-winning wines that have put Stone Castle on the map. And, of course, no visit would be complete without a tasting session. Savor the flavors of their finest creations, from robust reds to elegant whites. Each sip is a testament to the winery’s passion and expertise. The Stone Castle Winery is not just a stop on our journey; it’s a celebration of Kosovo’s burgeoning wine scene, where you can relax, enjoy, and maybe even discover your new favorite wine.

Our next stop is Gjakova. Picture a place so charming it feels like stepping into a storybook. Once a bustling trade center during the Ottoman era, Gjakova now invites us to slow down and soak in its rich history leisurely.

Imagine wandering through the Gjakova Grand Bazaar – not just any market, but one of the oldest and longest in the Balkans. We’re talking over a kilometer of friendly faces, local life, and the chance to see artisans in action. Think woodworkers carving with care and vendors showcasing the most exquisite wedding costumes you’ve ever seen. It’s a feast for the senses and a fantastic way to connect with the heart of Kosovo.

And here’s the cherry on top: we’ll break for lunch in Gjakova. Imagine sitting down to a meal where every bite is a taste of local tradition, a moment to relax and reflect on the morning’s adventures. This isn’t just lunch; it’s a pause in a place that feels like home, even for a moment.

Visoki Decani Monastery - Kosovo

Before we make our way to Peja, we’ve got a special visit lined up: the UNESCO-protected Decani Monastery, just 20 km south of Pejë. Picture this: a stunning blend of Byzantine and Western medieval architecture dating back to the 14th century, making it not just a building but a story etched in stone and frescoes. Speaking of frescoes, Decani is a treasure chest with over 1000 of them, making it the best-preserved Serbian monastery around.

In a constantly changing world, Decani Monastery stands as a testament to history, so much so that it’s guarded by KFOR forces to preserve its legacy. But it’s not all about the past here; we’ll meet with a local priest who’ll give us the inside scoop on the monastery’s vibrant life, from the daily prayers that echo its walls to the creation of souvenirs, wines, rakijas, and other local delights.

In the evening hours, we will arrive to beautiful Peja, which is believed to be built on the ruins of an ancient Roman town known as Siparantum. Peja is one of the rare cities proudly keeping both Ottoman and medieval Serbian architecture. Your hotel will be less than 600m from the city center, yet hidden deep in the central city park with over 100 years old trees, far from car noise and every day, life yet close enough to feel the city’s atmosphere.

DAY 6: Peja & Rugova Valley

Destination:Peja, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Cooking Class | Traditional Lunch
Driving Time:1.30h

Activity Note: Today, we will explore the pearl of Orthodox heritage at the Patriarchate of Peja, take in the awe-inspiring views during a drive through Rugova Canyon, and cap it off with a heartwarming visit to a local family. Here, we’ll discover the secrets of making traditional flija and savor a delicious lunch, immersing ourselves in local customs and flavors.

Gear up for a day filled with awe, serenity, and a dash of culinary adventure as we make our way to the enchanting town of Peja. Our first stop? The Patriarchate of Peja, a breathtaking church and nunnery complex nestled just on the outskirts. This late 12th-century Orthodox gem is famed for its stunning frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings. We’ll have the unique chance to chat with the local nuns, diving deep into the rich tapestry of Orthodox Christian life in Kosovo. Spend your morning roaming the tranquil gardens and grounds of the Patriarchate, discovering inner peace and the celebrated religious diversity of the city.

Next, we’ll take a scenic drive through the Rugova Valley, a majestic river canyon stretching 25 km and plunging up to 1,000 meters deep. Recognized as one of Europe’s longest and deepest canyons, Rugova’s breathtaking landscapes are a protected monument of natural heritage, celebrated for their geological, hydrological, speleological, and botanical significance.

Our first stop will be a short downhill hike from where we can admire the crystal clear and powerful waters reflecting the impressive arch bridge that connects the canyon. In front of the bridge, you will be able to witness a rock with a drawing of an athlete who is believed to be from the Pelasgian period.

As the road narrows, we can admire numerous water springs, including a 25-meter-high waterfall. This area is known for water abundance, charming villages, and hundreds of caves that are yet to be found and explored, and if you are into zip line, this is the best place to try yourself and enjoy 750 a long adrenaline rush and spectacular views stretching over the gorge.

Kosovo Hiking

But the day’s not over yet! We’ll wrap up our journey with a hands-on cooking class where we’ll learn the art of making traditional flija. This beloved local dish will have you rolling up your sleeves and cooking alongside locals, culminating in a delicious meal shared in good company.

It’s the perfect way to soak in Kosovo’s natural beauty, rich heritage, and mouth-watering cuisine all day. As we gather around the table, tasting our creations, we’ll exchange stories and laughter, creating memories that last a lifetime. Plus, you’ll walk away with some new recipes under your belt.

If you’re eager for more adventure and keen on making the most out of every day, consider diving into some exciting optional activities we have lined up for you!

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Hajla Mountain Hike: If you are into a bit more of an adventure, do consider a thrilling full-day hike to Hajla Mountain, venturing through the enchanting Accursed Mountains along one of the world’s most captivating trails. From the awe-inspiring depths of Rugova Gorge to the summit of Hajla at 2403m, you’ll be treated to a tapestry of alpine scenery, streams, waterfalls, and caves, all while exploring trails that weave through medieval villages and limestone peaks. 
  • White Drin & Radavac Cave: The White Drin is an underground river that rises under Mount Žljeb (2,382 m above sea level) and emerges right here, at the stunning 25 m high waterfall with a flow rate that can reach 65m3/second at the end of winter. Embraced by the thousands of shades of greenery, the Radavac waterfall, along with the cave, is a bucolic spot and has been a protected area since 1983. and perfect for some nice and easy hikes.

DAY 7: Peja to Pristina

Destination:Pristina, Kosovo
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Mitrovica Walking Tour | Farewell Dinner
Driving Time:3h

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Activity Note:Today we are meant to start early after breakfast and visit the complex Mitrovica, a segregated town known for its pedestrian bridge under the protection of KFOR forces. We will do lovely and leisurely walks, learn about Kosovo during Yugoslavia, and admire the grandiose Yugoslav Monument to Fallen Miners.

After breakfast, we will head back to Pristina, and on the way, we will make sure to visit one of the most infamous Balkan towns, Mitrovica.

During the drive, and considering the experience so far, we will try to finally reach the never-ending question of Kosovo and all the reasons behind (non) recognizing it as a valid and independent country. Mitrovica’s present ground was, due to its geographical position between the rivers Ibar and Sitnica a prehistoric center and an Illyrian necropolis.

The entire Kosovo territory of Mitrovica was under the rule of the Bulgarian state of Tsar Simeon (897-927). At the same time, after the fall of this kingdom, it returned to the rule of the Byzantines.

We will cross the notorious bridge on the river Ibar, the scene of too many riots and conflicts even after the war and symbol of segregation in this city to this day. 

The city was called Kosovska Mitrovica until 1982, when it was in line with the then policy that in each republic and province of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, one city should bear the name of lifelong President Josip Broz Tito; the name was changed to Titova Mitrovica.

Due to the previous conflicts, in 2013, during the local elections, the city was divided into the municipalities of North and South Mitrovica, making it one city under two roofs, two institutions, two systems, and two states.

After the lunch break in Mitrovica, we will do some nice and easy hike through the forest towards the grandiose Yugoslavian spomenik built by a famous Yugoslav architect, Bogan Bogdanovic, the same architect who was in charge of the spectacular Jasenovac monument.

This massive concrete monument is dedicated to those who were lost during the fighting of World War II and will be a perfect chance to, once again, make a short time travel back to the theatre of communism playing the socialist drama. 

As the day ends, we will arrive to Pristina and let you relax a bit before our farewell dinner.

KOSOVO FAREWELL DINNER

Our adventure in Kosovo wraps up with a farewell dinner about fun, food, and friends in Pristina.

Picture this: a vibrant local eatery where we’ll dive into a mouth-watering spread of Kosovar delights, laughing and sharing tales from our journey. It’s our last hoorah, so we’ll make it count, toasting to the unforgettable moments we’ve collected. With full bellies and even fuller hearts, we’ll say our goodbyes

DAY 8: Departure

Destination:Pristina Airport
Inclusions:
Driving Time:0.5hr

Activity Note:We will give you some free time in Pristina and drive you to the airport.

Your adventure doesn’t have to end in Pristina. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant streets of Skopje, Tirana’s rich history, Belgrade’s bustling energy, the picturesque coast of Kotor, or almost any other Balkan destination, we’re here to extend your exploration seamlessly. Just let our team know where you’d like your travels to take you next. We’re equipped to tailor your journey, ensuring a smooth transition to your next adventure, wherever possible.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimming gear for the summer period (usually June to October)
  • Waterproof and warm jacket in case of rains during the winter period
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts, and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Shy should I book with Funky Tours?
    With over 20 years of experience, hundreds of verified reviews, our unique packages, tours and experiences, we are the only Balkan based and unbiased tour operator constantly striving for offering a unique and life changing experiences via service excellence. If this doesn’t convince you, your tour manager is happy to set up and meet over a video call and respond any questions or concerns you might have. We love to learn about our guests and their preferences so we strongly encourage each one of you to get in touch with our team!
  2. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  3. Is this a shared tour?
    Yes, this is a shared tour meaning we do need a minimum number of people to confirm the departure.
  4. Are the “last minute” bookings accepted?
    The tour sales officially closes at least 7 days before the date of departure. However, in case we do have available spots we will be more than happy to take you with us.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Balkan culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. Is EUR accepted in Kosovo?
    Yes, EUR is an official currency in Kosovo.
  7. Will there be a one guide all the way through a trip?
    Local guidance and first-hand stories are a valuable addition to overall experience. Besides a full time tour leader / guide and driver who will be both on disposal 24/7, you will also meet local experts for each country we visit.
  8. Can I join the group from other than starting point location? 
    Yes, in case you find a more affordable arrival destination please feel free to contact our team so we could find the best way for you to join our departure.
  9. Can I book a private customised trip based on this one? 
    Yes, you can. Custom-tailored trips are our speciality. Please contact our team with your preferences and we will be happy to work on it accordingly and suggest some amazing options.
  10. How much pocket money I should have for personal expenses?
    Balkans in general are a lot more affordable than other European countries. Depending on the country, you should have between 25 and 50 EUR per day for personal expenses such as food and small shopping.
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Nicki S

Solo Traveller

Life-changing : )

Before I went on this tour I had such a different impression of the Balkan region–I thought I was going as a way to see history and to explore a part of the world that was interesting to me for personal reasons, but it was so much more than that.

These countries are extraordinarily beautiful (particularly, in my opinion, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo) and have such rich cultural experiences that have changed my life and enriched my understanding of cultural and religious history immeasurably.

There are many ways to see the Balkans; I looked at dozens of those ways and got dozens of quotes from group-tour companies. I chose Funky Tours, though, because they were so willing to customize the experience (for just me) and because they were so open and honest about the process and about giving me the greatest adventure for a reasonable price.

I was a little uncertain about not paying or even knowing all of the details further in advance, but let me assure anyone who might have a similar anxiety–they are real and will give you the adventure of a lifetime! I felt truly taken care of from the moment I got picked up until the moment I was dropped off.

I specifically spent a majority of my time with Emir, Stefan, and Tarik–they were all so kind and looked after me like I was a dear friend. They were always thinking ahead to make sure my needs, concerns, and interests were prioritized. No joke–I had to hold back tears when I left Stefan and Tarik on the last day because we had had so much fun (or at least I had) during the adventure and they were so thoughtful about taking care of me each day. Each guide I had (and there were many who accompanied me along the way) was an outstanding human with stories that will stay with me forever.

I would highly recommend Funky Tours to anyone traveling in this part of the world!

November 25, 2023

Steven G

Solo Traveller

All that is funky–and then some.

As I researched possible tours of the Balkans, I wanted to avoid large groups travelling by coach. I also wanted an itinerary that would balance exploration of nature, culture, and history. Funky Tours looked especially promising.

After recently completing my tour, I am happy to say that Funky Tours far exceeded my high expectations.

Emir was our expert guide and driver, but he was also so much more. He shared his wide and deep knowledge of the region and its history, vivid anecdotes from personal experience, and a delightful sense of humor.

I admired his candor and thoughtfulness in addressing difficult, sometimes political questions, and marveled at his resourcefulness as a troubleshooter who nimbly addressed any and all issues throughout the trip.

Our itinerary was rich and fascinating, often taking us off the beaten track for immersion experiences that helped burst the tourist bubble. I should add that the tour struck a fine balance between comfort and physical activity. Hotel accommodations were excellent, the van was comfortable, and meals provided by the tour were tasty.

At the same time, I enjoyed our walking tours and light hiking in beautiful natural surroundings. Funky Tours also wisely combines structured days with plenty of free time for exploration. As much as I recommend Emir, I have no doubt that everyone at Funky Tours is a capable professional. Just keep in mind that whatever your associations with “funky”, mine are fun, informative, mind-expanding, and first rate.

September 25, 2023

erinlim

Family Traveller

Memorable experience

Funky tours provided an unforgettable experience with Ennis and Emir as our guides for this tour. We took a two-week tour with them which covered Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo.

We immersed in so much history and wonderful culinary experience. As I traveled with my 70+ year old aunt and mom and 3-year old son, many accommodations were considered within the planning of the tour which gave us a memorable experience.

All hotels planned were strategically located. I would highly recommend Funky Tours for your trip to this fairly unexplored region of the world.

July 14, 2023

stevenweisbond

Solo Traveller

Phenomenal 5 country private balkan tour with 3 day extension to Kosovo! Excellent guide, Excellent tour company!

My wife and I did the 5 country balkan tour with a 3 day extension to kosovo for 3 weeks in april, 2023.

It was AMAZING! We had the greatest tour guide, Emir, who we almost adopted as a second son! We did the private tour starting in slovenia and ending in Albania, which was about 3 weeks.

First of all, this was without question the best tour company we ever used, and we travel a lot and used many tour companies. Ema was extremely prompt in answering all our questions, and we had a few zoom calls with her as well. she was very patient and listened to our requests and was very flexible in what we wanted to change in the itinerary.

Our guide, Emir, was also fantastic! He was very flexible, he even went out of the way to show us some interesting places not on the itinerary, He was extremely knowledgeable about all the countries, especially Bosnia, since this is where he lives.

One of many highlights of the trip was learning about the Jewish history of the Balkans. Emir was able to show us the synagogue in Sarajevo and go to Friday night services and meet some members of the congregation.

HE went above and beyond to make this trip so memorable. He was also an excellent driver and the car was very comfortable. The hotels were all 4 star and were very clean and well located.

All the breakfasts were included, some better than others, but all in all great. Also, the price of the tour was very reasonable considering all that was included. We had a few local guides that were very knowledgeable and friendly.

We would definitely recommend this company if you want to have the trip of a lifetime!

May 25, 2023

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