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Ljubljana to Tirana (16 Day Best of Balkans Tour from Slovenia to Albania via Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro)

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16 Days | 4**** Hotels
Availability : Jan - Dec
End: Tirana (Albania)
Start: Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Embark on an immersive 16-day Balkan odyssey, unlocking the secrets of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania. Revel in pristine nature, rich cultures, and intricate histories while luxuriating in 15 nights of 4-star accommodations. Our groups are, on average, 6 to 8 travelers, meaning, at Funky Tours, we always focus on quality before quantity.

Our carefully crafted itinerary seamlessly weaves iconic highlights with off-the-beaten-path Balkan discoveries. Funky Tours introduces you to local life, guided by insiders who infuse history with vitality. Indulge your palate with authentic flavors, from delectable local delicacies to the finest wines, imprinting the Balkans’ essence in your memory.

Sunsets over azure waters and rugged landscapes mark the soulful rhythm of the Balkans. Our expert guides enrich your journey, unveiling the nuances of each nation. Venture beyond conventional trails, encountering authentic cultures and forging enduring connections.

At Funky Tours, we curate exceptional adventures, epitomized by our 16-day Balkan escapade. Revel in unmatched value as we navigate this enchanting voyage.

Seek personalized experiences with our private trip option tailored to your desires.

Choose Funky Tours, your premier Balkan guide, and illuminate your path through these mesmerizing lands. Join us in rewriting the story of Balkan exploration, one remarkable adventure at a time.

16D Balkan Tour from Slovenia to Albania via Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro

Highlights

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  • 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.
  • Online Payment by credit card. It is hassle-free; no cash is needed when doing tours with us.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Accommodation at great, hand-picked 4* hotels for 15 nights (twin / double sharing).
  • Intimate Explorations: Unveiling Balkans Charms in Small Groups of a maximum of 8 travelers.
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver for 16 days
    • Locally guided tours: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Zagreb, Split, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Tirana. 
  • All entrance fees.
  • Meals included – 15 breakfasts
  • Funky Tours Treats: 7x (1x home-hosted dinner, 3x traditional food tastings, 2x wine tasting, 1x cognac tasting)
  • Funky Tours Signature Experience
  • Airport transfer and all tour overland transfers. Private Vehicle.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes.
  • 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 at home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • Optional Activitiesstated in the itinerary. However, for any activity you consider, the Funky Tours guide (or our office) will help you arrange it. Additional costs can be paid on the spot.

Accommodation

We choose the accommodation very carefully and include only the best in the range of 4* hotels in all destinations where we spend the night. Accommodation is based on double / twin sharing rooms with breakfast. A single supplement is available.

Opt for a hand-picked 4-star hotel with Funky Tours for an elevated experience. Enjoy superior comfort, upscale amenities, and personalized service that complements our exceptional tours. Elevate your journey and unwind in style, ensuring every aspect of your adventure matches the quality and uniqueness of our tours.

1. Ljubljana (Slovenia): 4* Hotel M / 4* Hotel Slon or similar
2. Zagreb (Croatia): 4* Hotel Garden or similar
3. Split (Croatia): 4* Hotel Globo or similar
4. Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina): 4* Hotel Colors Inn or similar
5. Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina): 4* Hotel Eden or similar
7. Dubrovnik (Croatia): 4* Hotel Kompas or similar
8. Kotor (Montenegro): 4* Hotel Vardar / Hippocampus or similar
9. Tirana (Albania): 4* Hotel Sky or similar

Single Supplement (4*)

  • 495 EUR per person

Upgrade to 5***** Accommodation

  • If you feel your stay style is luxury 5* hotels, tell us about it, and we are more than happy to upgrade your accommodation to 5-star hotels, just for the price difference from 4* hotels listed in the orignal itinerary.

Getting There

  • Ljubljana Most convenient arrival point is Ljubljana International Airport (LJU), but you are free to require this package to start from Zagreb (ZAG), Vienna (VIE) or Venice (VCE).
  • Arrival Your arrival on Day 1 can be anytime, but better earlier if possible.
  • Departure Tour ends on the of Day 16.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival to Ljubljana (SLO)

Destination:Ljubljana, Slovenia
Inclusions:Ljubljana Airport Pickup/s | 4* Hotel Slon (or similar) | Walking Tour of Ljubljana | Funky Welcome: Meet your tour leader and rest of the group over drinks along Ljubljanica river (Drinks on us!)
Optional:Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana - Slovenia

Arrival Note: Depending on your arrival time and hotel check-in policy, you might not be able to check into your room immediately upon arrival. Of course, you are welcome to store your luggage at the reception desk of your hotel and enjoy the bar services ideal for refreshment while discussing the rest of the day’s activities with your Funky Tours leader.

Arrival: We will pick you up at the airport at the time of your arrival and take you to your hotel. You can book your stay pre-arrival night with us if you arrive a day earlier.

After you settle in your room, your Funky Tours local guide will pick you up and take you for the afternoon walking tour of Ljubljana, one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia. We will stroll through the centuries and enjoy the treasure trove of endless layers of history and architecture.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the most exciting parts of Ljubljana, covering places such as Prešern Square, Triple Bridge, Ljubljanica River, Dragon Bridge, and many other attractions that this city is proud of.

After the tour, a group meeting will be held with your tour leader to discuss the details of your 16-day adventure with us.

Evening: On your own. In the evening, you have free time that you can use to relax and make up for the time difference of the trip (jet lag), or if you are in a good mood, visit some of the locations we suggest. Our guides are happy to recommend places for dinner or a night out to make your first night in Ljubljana as accommodating as possible.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN LJUBLJANA

During your time in Ljubljana, you will have some free time slots, during which you can opt for some exciting activities in Ljubljana. We recommend a few of the following for independent explorations:

  • Metelkova

The Slovenian Art Commune is a former barracks of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, which today has been turned into a hip urban cultural center where various theatrical and art events occur. You can see the unique street art on the facades and inside the buildings. It is a particularly attractive place for night outs and meeting new people. Do not miss out on the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova | +MSUM.

  • Tivoli Park

Built in 1813, Tivoli Park is Ljubljana’s largest and most beautiful park, reaching as far as the city center. Tivoli is a true oasis of peace in the heart of Ljubljana, which with its hiking and running trails, bike trails, lakes, and fountains, offers everything one perfect recreation center should have. For lovers of leisurely walks, but also for those true sports lovers, Tivoli is the ideal choice.

  • Ljubljanski Grad (Ljubljana castle)

Ljubljana Castle (Slovene: Ljubljanski grad, German: Laibacher Schloss) is a castle complex standing on Castle Hill above downtown Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is a crucial landmark of the town. Originally a medieval fortress, it was probably constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century.

DAY 2: Lake Bled and Postojna Cave (SLO)

Destination:Ljubljana, Slovenia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Slon (or similar) | Pletna boat ride to Bled island | Postojna Cave entrance fee | Funky Tours Treat: Kremšnita tasting | Meals: Breakfast | Free time in Ljubljana in the later afternoon
Driving Time:2.30hrs | Private Vehicle
Optional:Lake Bled Castle

Activity Note: Today is a special day; today, we are visiting the most interesting locations in Slovenia. We can’t miss Lake Bled and Postojna Cave.

Morning: In the early morning, after breakfast, we are setting off for the north of Slovenia. The region, known as the Julian Alps, is home to some of the most beautiful mountains and glacial lakes, of which we especially highlight the picturesque Lake Bled.

Lake Bled is the most popular destination in Slovenia. Located at an altitude of 475m, 2.12km long, 1.38km wide, and with a maximum depth of 29.5m, Lake Bled offers fantastic opportunities both in summer and winter.

When we get to the lake, exploring it is unlimited. If you love walking, you must try a circular tour around the lake, lasting from 1.30 to 2h. We are not putting pressure. We are just suggesting that you should take a walk around the lake 🙂

The island of Bled, with the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, is an indispensable part of our itinerary. You can reach the island by rowing alone or with a boat known as a “pletna”, where your skipper paddles for you.

To explore the island with the church, souvenir shop, and local cafe bar, we usually leave for about 45min to 1 hour. From the dock where the boats dock to the top of the island, you are separated by 99 steps, so be prepared to climb.

FOR EXTRA LAKE EXPLORATIONS:

  • Mala Osojnica Viewpoint

For those interested in further exploring the Lake Bled region, we recommend climbing the Mala Osojnica lookout point and enjoying the most beautiful views of the lake.

  • Blejski Grad

After that, we recommend visiting the medieval town of Bled, which was first mentioned on May 22, 1011, located on a hill just above the lake.

Lunch: You will have free time for lunch. Along the coastline, or a little further around the narrow region of Lake Bled, is an excellent choice of place for top lunch. Whether you want to try something traditional local, or international, your Funky Tours host will be of real help and happily recommend the best options for your preferences.

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Kremšnita tasting – Bled kremšnita, also known as Bled cream cake, is a delicious and iconic dessert from Slovenia, particularly associated with the town of Bled. It has become a symbol of the country’s culinary heritage and a must-try treat for visitors. The delicacy that dates back to the times of Austro-Hungary, for which almost every country in the Balkans has its own name, is “Krempita” or “Kremšnita” (Ger: Cremeschnitte).

Afternoon: After great lunch, and in-depth explorations of Lake Bled, our journey continues.

For the afternoon optional adventure, we single out a visit to Vintgar Gorge. Located a few kilometers from Lake Bled, this 1.6 km long canyon, carved by the Radovna River, with cliffs from 50 to 100 meters high, Vintgar Gorge offers the ultimate experience of passing through this canyon.

In many places, the river Radovna has eroded beautiful parts of the canyon with pools, waterfalls, and the beautiful 13m high “Šum” falls (eng. noisy falls). Walking on suspension walks and bridges is an excellent experience in Vintgar Canyon.

Vintgar Gorge near Lake Bled - Slovenia

We continue our journey by visiting one of the most beautiful caves in the Balkans, the famous Postojna Cave. The cave complex, which carved out the Pivka River, was first mentioned in the 17th century, although interior graffiti dates back to the early 13th century. The cave is believed to be over a million years old.

Postojna Cave, with the experience of driving the in-cave railway systems, with a vast space for exploring stalactites and stalagmites, curtains, and all other wonders of nature’s underworld, is an indispensable part of a visit to Slovenia. Exploring the cave is done with a local guide, who is always ready to answer any questions.

Evening: Return to Ljubljana in the evening when you have free time for dinner and additional exploration of Ljubljana on your own.

DAY 3: Explore Zagreb (CRO)

Destination:Ljubljana / Zagreb, Croatia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Garden (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Walking tour of Zagreb | Free time in Zagreb
Driving Time:1.30hrs | Private Vehicle
Optional:Museum of Broken Relationships | Zagreb Funicular

Zagreb walking with funicular ride

Morning: In the morning, we leave Ljubljana and drive to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

Since we usually arrive in Zagreb in the morning, we will leave our luggage at the hotel and go on a two-hour locally guided tour of Zagreb.

During the tour, we will explore the most historically interesting parts of Zagreb, including the Upper and Lower Towns, Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, Dolac market, and all the most essential attractions in the heart of Zagreb.

Afternoon: After the walking tour, we check in at our hotel, recommend the best places for lunch and dinner in Zagreb, and give you a free afternoon for activities in Zagreb. Your Funky Tours host is available 24 hours daily for all questions or additional activities in Zagreb.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN ZAGREB:

  • Zagreb Funicular

The Zagreb Funicular, a historical marvel, offers a swift ascent to Upper Town from Lower Town. In just 64 seconds, you’ll experience a delightful journey with panoramic views. A charming ride that seamlessly blends the past and present, enhancing your Zagreb exploration with a touch of nostalgia.

  • Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships collects stories of broken relationships. It offers a creative way to overcome the emotional pain of losing a partner by donating personal items to the museum collection. We recommend this museum for afternoon fun in Zagreb.

  • Tkalčićeva

If you want to taste the true essence of Zagreb’s urban culture, an afternoon visit to Tkalčićeva Street is the best way to do it. Tkalčićeva Street preserves the spirit of the past and, at the same time, represents the modern spirit of today.

DAY 4: Plitvice Lakes, Željava Air Base and Split (CRO)

Destination:Zagreb / Split, Croatia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Globo (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Plitvice Lakes entrance fee | Željava Airport Base
Driving Time:4.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

Activity Note: Today, we are visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park and Željava Airport Base, and at the end of the day, we are having overnight in Split.

Morning: After we leave Zagreb and head towards Plitvice National Park. The journey towards Plitvice will take us some two hours. The optional stop is available at Croatian Homeland War Museum.

From 1991 to 1995, Croatia waged its own Homeland War in the last decade of the previous century. It was the bloodiest conflict in post-World War II Europe, with massive ramifications for infrastructure and society. The Turanj area served as Karlovac’s last line of defense during the 1990s Homeland War. In the museum, housed in a facility that the Croatian defenders called “Hotel California,” we will learn much about the region’s rich history and see firsthand what equipment was utilized to protect Karlovac and Croatia.

Rastoke is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque waterfalls along the Slunjčica River, which flows into the Korana River at this place. The Korana River originates at Plitvice Lakes National Park, meaning at Rastoke, similar natural phenomena are occurring as at the Plitvice Lakes.

Mid-day: In the early afternoon, we visit UNESCO world heritage, amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park. At Plitvice, we will admire nature’s most impressive wonders made of water, limestone, green forest, and much much more.

The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have deposited travertine barriers over thousands of years, creating natural dams, creating a series of beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. 

 We’ll walk around the park, do a few boat rides, learn more about the place, and, most importantly, enjoy nature as much as possible. A visit to Plitvice Lakes is totally flexible according to your wishes and physical possibilities. The tour of the visit to the lakes can last from 3 to 5 or even 6 hours, and we offer you maximum flexibility.

Afternoon:After a stunning visit to Plitvice Lakes, we shall pay a visit to the attractive Željava Air Base. 

After soaking in the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes, embark on a unique adventure to Željava Air Base. This former top-secret military facility, nestled within the mountainous terrain, offers a captivating glimpse into Yugoslavia’s Cold War history. Explore underground tunnels, once bustling with activity, and witness the remnants of a bygone era. Stand in awe of the colossal entrance carved into the mountainside. Željava‘s mystique and historical significance make it a must-visit destination, adding a fascinating layer to your journey through Croatia.

Later afternoon, we shall depart towards Split, where we expect to be by 7 or 8 pm.

Dinner: On your own in Split.

DAY 5: Split (CRO)

Destination:Split, Croatia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Globo (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Walking Tour of Split | Free time in Split
Optional:Half-day tour to Trogir, Solin and Klis fortress | Half-day boat tour to Blue cave, Bol, Šolta

Split in Dalmatia - Croatia

Morning:Welcome to Dalmatia. Who wouldn’t want to be woken up by the gentle sun breaks and sounds of seagulls and smells of the turquoise Adriatic sea? Your centrally located hotel in Split will offer the best Dalmatian and International food choices over the buffet breakfast. Enjoy your time, and we will pick you up when you are ready. 

Today you will have a chance to admire one of the most popular Mediterranean places, a place so unique that there will hardly be a single thing you won’t be fascinated with. They say that Split is a place you must love; it’s not a matter of choice. 

We will take an extensive walking tour in the early morning and learn in-depth about Split. We will stroll through the centuries, starting from Roman times, and enjoy this fantastic city’s treasure trove of endless layers of history, architecture, and urban spirit. 

Just the fact that the essence of the city’s urban life is the grandiose 4th century Diocletian’s Palace, which, along with the historic center UNESCO protected and maintained by the United Nations Agency for Education, Science, and Culture, is a slight hint on all of the possible whirlwinds of emotions you will be experiencing while walking the paths of the ancient civilizations and enjoying the mesmerizing colors of the Adriatic sea.

Afternoon/Dinner: Free on your own. After the morning walking tour, you can spend the rest of the day exploring Split on your own or take one of the full-day or half-day tours covering the surroundings of Split, such as the UNESCO town of Trogir or the beautiful islands of Brac, Solta, or even Hvar.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN SPLIT

  • Hike the Marjan Hill

Looming over the city, Marjan Hill is a low mountain surrounded by the sea and the city. It is completely naturally preserved and is ideal for nice and easy hikes. Climbing the Marjan Hill will take you around 2hrs but rest assured you will be rewarded with the breathless views stretching over the Split and other surrounding towns and villages.

  • Enjoy the beach

Apart from the fairytale center of Split, the beaches of this city are its most vital asset, especially during the summer season, but winter doesn’t. The most famous beaches are Bačvice, Kasjuni, Bene, Firule, Žnjan, and Kaštelet. Bačvice Beach is the most popular beach in Split and a favorite for picigin, an entertaining game that is, believe it or not, included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Picigin is played in shallow water; if you walk along the beach, you will most likely encounter numerous locals playing picigin

  • Taste the Local Delicacies 

The diverse local cuisine in this region is something you must try. Since Split lies on the Adriatic Sea, the dominant cuisine is the Mediterranean. However, the choice of traditional Dalmatian dishes is also excellent. Therefore, we can recommend one of the famous – restaurants, “Zrno Soli”, where you can try some of the most delicious and traditional meals and taste the finest wines from the Dalmatia region with an enchanting sea view.

  • Experience Pub Crawl

“Survive” the drinking games, play pong and flip cup, hang out with locals, and visit multiple Split bars in one night. That is what Pub Crawl, which gained massive popularity in Split, is all about. Pub crawl runs seven days a week, and for only 25 EUR per person, you can enjoy the open bar from 9 PM to 11.30 PM and “all you can drink” fun, which usually continues with dancing to the early morning at one of the famous Split nightclubs.

DAY 6: Transfer to Sarajevo & Sarajevo (BIH)

Destination:Split / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inclusions:4* Hotel Colors Inn (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch | Walking Tour of Sarajevo | Siege Tour of Sarajevo | Funky Tours Treat: Ćevapi lunch in Sarajevo (vegetarian alternatives available)
Driving Time:3.45hrs | Private Vehicle

reasons to visit sarajevo

Morning: For our last morning in Split, we are having an early breakfast and early start for transfer to Sarajevo. The total transfer time to Sarajevo is around 3.45 hours, which should get us to Sarajevo around mid-day, just in time for lunch.

Lunch: Today lunch in on us. We are doing a Funky Tours Treat with the most famous ćevapi in the Balkans, Sarajevski ćevapi.

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Indulge in the authentic flavors of Sarajevo with a cevapi tasting for lunch. These succulent minced meat kebabs, often served with somun bread and accompanied by kajmak and onions, are a culinary delight that captures the essence of Bosnian cuisine. As you savor the smoky, grilled goodness, you’ll experience Sarajevo’s rich heritage and cultural tapestry in every bite. Cevapi, a beloved local dish, offers a truly immersive and delicious way to connect with the heart and soul of this vibrant city. For vegetarians, we have alternatives such as traditional Bosnian pita with potatoes, spinach, or cheese.

Walking Tour of Sarajevo: Sarajevo is one of the most walkable cities in the world so. Naturally, we will start with the old town and city center, taking a peek into every smallest detail of the city, which gained its reputation as the World’s emblem of multiculturalism, often called the European Jerusalem.

During a nice and easy walk, we will take a stroll in the cobblestone streets of Bascarsija, discover the small hidden alleys, blend with the clamor of the vibrant old town and admire the city’s symbols such as Gazi Mosque, Jewish Synagogue, Orthodox and Catholic church, Franz Ferdinand assassination spot and many other sites important for understand the incredibly rich history of Sarajevo.

We will check into our hotel, and you will have a free evening.

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF NIGHTLIFE IN SARAJEVO

Sarajevo is not a “nightclubs” city, but it is known for a handful of pubs, bars, and cafes that will meet the expectations of even the most demanding ones. Here are some of the best recommendations to start your night:

  • Tavern (Birtija)

This is one of the most unique and authentic places in the old town of Sarajevo. It is officially called “Birtija, ” a convivial saloon visited mainly by locals. Every birtija should have its local special drink; at this place, it is visnjevaca – local cherry brandy.

  • La Cava

Whether you are into cocktails, a glass of wine, or watching sports with friends, this place is ideal. In a cozy atmosphere, this tiny place serves some of the best wines and cocktails you can find in the city. Moreover, this is where you will feel like a home away from home.

  • Zlatna Ribica

This unique and impressive place is not just a bar; it is an attraction and a must while in Sarajevo. The decoration remains on an antique steampunk theme, and you won’t see many places in the world that include such a level of interior design. It would be best if you respected the site’s style, so do not expect some over-fancy service.

  • Gastro Pub Vucko

This is a paradise for beer lovers. It offers more than 120 types of beer, 15 of which are craft. Besides drinks, you can order some of the delicious snacks and dishes served on a special mat that will take you back to 1984. The bar is named after the mascot of the Winter Olympics and was created to reminisce about the golden age of Sarajevo.

  • Jazzbina

For late-night visits, Jazzbina is one of the best choices in Sarajevo. Jazz + bina in the local language means Jazz stage, but if you cut one letter “z” you will get a word that means “burrow”. This is exactly what this club is–a sanctuary for all jazz, blues, and R’n’R fans with outstanding live music performances till early mornings.

DAY 7: Siege of Sarajevo – Meet the Veteran (BIH)

Destination:Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inclusions:4* Hotel Colors Inn (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Siege Tour of Sarajevo | Funky Tours Treat: Home-hosted dinner
Driving Time:1.30hrs | Private Vehicle
Optional:Bosnian Cooking Lessons

Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege

War Tour of Sarajevo:In the morning, after a delicious Bosnian-style breakfast, it is time to learn the story of the Siege of Sarajevo and the Death of Yugoslavia.

Guided by an ex-soldier, you can visit, get a first-hand gripping experience, and hear some overwhelming personal stories. 

We will drive through the notorious Sniper Alley, take a photo of the famous Holiday Hotel, take a walk through the Tunnel of Hope, which used to be the only connection of the city with the rest of the country, wander through one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and end our visit at the grandiose Olympic Mt. Trebevic admiring the sunset views over the city.

Afteroon:On your own to further explore Sarajevo. 

Home-hosted Dinner:Get to meet some local Bosnians over some fantastic food in the warmth of their home (vegetarian options available)!

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Home-hosted Traditional Bosnian Dinner: A traditional Bosnian home-hosted dinner in Sarajevo is a feast that reflects the rich culinary heritage of the region. You can expect a delightful array of dishes, each offering a unique taste of Bosnian flavors. Some dishes that might be served include:

  1. Pita: Flaky pastry filled with minced meat, cheese, or spinach, showcasing Ottoman influence.
  2. Sogan-dolma: Stuffed onions with minced meat and rice, typically served with yogurt sauce.
  3. Begova čorba: A hearty Bosnian soup made with chicken, vegetables, and a roux base.
  4. Bosanski lonac: A one-pot stew with a mix of meats, vegetables, and beans cooked to perfection.
  5. Tufahija: Poached apples stuffed with walnuts and sugar syrup, a classic Bosnian dessert.
  6. Baklava: Sweet pastry made of layers of filo dough, nuts, and syrup, reflecting Ottoman influence.
  7. Rakija: A strong fruit brandy, often served as a welcoming gesture or a digestif.

Hospitality is a cornerstone of Bosnian culture, so expect a warm and inviting atmosphere where your hosts take pride in showcasing their traditional dishes. The meal will likely be accompanied by engaging conversations, storytelling, and a sense of genuine connection as you savor the flavors of authentic Bosnian cuisine.

DAY 8: Free Day in Sarajevo (BIH)

Destination:Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inclusions:4* Hotel Colors Inn (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast
Optional:Lukomir Hiking Tour | Srebrenica Genocide Tour | East Bosnia & West Serbia UNESCO Tour

Option 1: Lukomir Nomad Village

Embark on a captivating hiking tour to Lukomir Village in Bosnia for an immersive journey into untouched natural beauty. This remote gem, nestled high in the Dinaric Alps, offers a rare glimpse into traditional Bosnian life. Trek through pristine landscapes, breathe in the crisp mountain air and be rewarded with panoramic views of breathtaking valleys. Engage with the warm hospitality of the villagers, learning age-old customs and crafts. The hike to Lukomir unveils stunning vistas and fosters cultural connections, creating an unforgettable adventure that intertwines nature and heritage in an unspoiled setting.

Option 2: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour & Home-hosted Lunch with Locals

Embark on the Srebrenica Genocide Tour to witness an essential chapter in history. This solemn journey pays homage to the lives lost during one of the darkest periods in Bosnia’s past. Guided by experts, you’ll gain profound insights into the tragic events that unfolded. Visiting the Srebrenica Memorial Center and cemetery, you’ll honor the victims and understand the importance of remembrance and reconciliation. As a highlight of the tour, meet the local resilient Srebrenica survivors for home-hosted lunch and learn more about life in Srebrenica today.

This tour is a powerful opportunity to acknowledge the past, raise awareness, and contribute to a world where such atrocities are never repeated, fostering a commitment to peace, understanding, and humanity.

Option 3: East Bosnia and West Serbia UNESCO Tour

East Bosnia and West Serbia, two regions enriched with numerous cultural, historical, and natural wonders, are not to miss when passing near or traveling around these regions.

This fantastic UNESCO off-the-beaten-path tour is created with a focus on wonderful yet remote parts of East Bosnia and West Serbia, which will quickly make this trip a highlight of your entire Balkan travels.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN SARAJEVO

  • War Childhood Museum – The Winner of the 2018 Council of Europe Museum Prize

Rising from the crowd-sourced book War Childhood and championing the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship, the independent, youth-led War Childhood Museum has garnered recognition as the world’s only museum focused exclusively on childhoods affected by war.

  • Srebrenica Gallery and Srebrenica Genocide

Gallery 11/07/95 is the first memorial museum/gallery in Bosnia and Herzegovina – an exhibition space aiming to preserve the memory of the Srebrenica tragedy and 8372 persons who tragically lost their lives during the genocide.

  • Best Bosnian Pizza and Sunset view from the Yellow Bastion

The most famous Pizza place in Sarajevo is called “Pekara kod Mahira”, and the most renowned viewpoint above Sarajevo is the Yellow Bastion, a few min walking distance from the Baščaršija square. Pekara Kod Mahira is a takeaway pizza place offering just one type of pizza made in the traditional style with Bosnian-style ingredients such as smoked beef and kajmak.

DAY 9: Discover Mostar (BIH)

Destination:Sarajevo / Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inclusions:4* Hotel Eden (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Tito’s Bunker Tour | Blagaj Dervish House | Funky Tours Treat: Traditional Bosnian Lamb Sandwich
Driving Time:2.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Mostar Old Bridge during the sunset makes the experience of visiting Mostar during the evening hours the best time to be.

Morning: Your team, who you are already familiar with, will pick you up from your hotel and start a fantastic journey towards the region of Herzegovina with a first stop for a day in Konjic. Konjic is a small town known for its charming bazaar and one of the best preserved Ottoman bridges in the country, which also served as a “monument to human stupidity” for a very long time. 

Konjic is also home to the famous ARK D-0 or Tito’s Bunker, one of the best-kept Yugoslavian secrets, which took 26 years and around 5 billion dollars to be built. The bunker was meant to shelter over 350 Yugoslav leaders and army generals in case of Nuclear War. We will walk its premises and delve deep into the stories and secrets of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia.

Konjic Old Bridge - Crossroad between Bosnia and Herzegovina

After Konjic, we will make a short stop in Jablanica, known for the famous WWII Neretva Battle and the successful invasion of Partisans led by Josip Broz Tito. We will visit the commemorative park, walk along the pedestrian bridge crossing the mighty Neretva River, and admire the massive bridge construction and its remains.

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Roasted Lamb Tasting: Jablanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is renowned for its mouthwatering roasted lamb specialty. Slow-cooked to perfection, the succulent lamb is imbued with flavors that reflect the region’s culinary heritage. Roasted over an open flame, the tender meat boasts a smoky aroma and a rich, savory taste. This traditional dish, often enjoyed in a scenic riverside setting, is a testament to the local craftsmanship and communal spirit. Indulging in Jablanica’s roasted lamb is not just a culinary delight but a cultural experience that connects you with the heart and soul of Bosnia, leaving a lasting impression on your taste buds and memories.

Afternoon: The last stop for a day before we reach Mostar will be Blagaj, located on the banks of mesmerizing Buna River spring. This underground river is considered to be the most beautiful, most powerful, and the largest amongst karst springs in Europe. 

In Blagaj, we will have a lunch break just next to the river and enjoy the tastes of the local dishes embraced by the amazingly serene nature setting.  

After lunch, we will enter the world of mystical Sufi life and explore the Blagaj Tekke, Dervish House representing an authentic, unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture.

Around 4 PM, we shall reach Mostar and take you to your centrally located hotel, where you can rest before we explore the city and its most important landmarks.  

Being the place that naturally connects the Adriatic coastline and Bosnian hinterland, Mostar is a unique fusion of numerous different historical periods that staked their claim to the city and sculpted it in a way that it proudly stands on a throne of the cultural, historical, architectural and natural diversity of Balkans. 

Once you are ready and fully energized, we will start exploring the city and follow its stories and legends of east and west lurking over each corner of charming narrow streets and cobblestone passages.

Evening: We will end the Mostar adventure at the Unesco-protected Old Bridge and let you feel the pulse of the city on your own. 

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN MOSTAR

  • “Private” evening time by the Old Bridge

One of the most inspiring moments in Mostar is having a drink of your choice at beaches just under the bridge, at very late evening hours. During the day, Mostar’s old town area is extremely crowded and busy, while in the late evenings, when most of the shops and cafes around Mostar are closed, spend a “private” time with the bridge, listening to the sound of Neretva river will be one of those awe-inspiring moments of your Balkan travels.

  • Visit Mostar Partisan Cemetery

The Partisan Cemetery of Cenotaphs (symbolic graves), a masterwork of renowned Yugoslavian architect Bogdan Bogdanovic, finished in 1965, as a memorial to the partisan victims of WW2 in Mostar, beautifully displays all features of complex architectural, aesthetic, and landscape design. Being a unique monument of the urban scale of the city of Mostar, with great ambient value, this cemetery serves as a monument of Yugoslav solidarity. Cemetery is a 20-25min walk from the Old Bridge area and is easily reachable using Google Maps. There is no entrance fee.

DAY 10: Explore Herzegovina (BIH) – Transfer to Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination:Mostar / Dubrovnik, Croatia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Kompas (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Kravice Waterfalls | Počitelj Fort | Visit to Medjugorje | Oyster Tasting in Ston | Funky Tours Treat: Wine Tasting at Brkic Winery & Oysters Tasting in Ston
Driving Time:3.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Pocitelj

Morning: Today, the road will take us through the fantastic Herzegovina region that comes as an incredible fusion of karst topography and water abundance. Our first stop will be the enchanting Medieval town and Ottoman village – Pocitelj. 

With only 17 people living there, Pocitelj is a fortified town that is nowadays turned into an art gallery and one of the favorite gathering places of many world’s renowned artists. We will take some friendly and easy hikes, enjoy the spectacular views of the town towering over the turquoise Neretva River, and head towards the Kravica Waterfall, a remarkable cascade at Trebizat River.

Kravica waterfall is a paradisiacal place where we shall rest from everything ordinary and mundane and enjoy the serene setting of captivating waterfalls embraced by the lush greenery. During the summer, it is also possible to swim.

Kravice Waterfalls on Trebizat river

Afternoon:: After we bless our eyes and souls at Kravica Falls, we will head to Medjugorje, the day’s last stop before we arrive at Split. Millions of people in Medjugorje. Due to a widespread belief in the apparition of the Virgin Mary, which started in 1981. Medjugorje is visited by millions of Catholic pilgrims each year.

Besides being a Catholic pilgrimage, Medjugorje is where we will learn about the importance of diverse religions, which have strongly impacted people, teaching them tolerance, respect, and acceptance. We will visit the beautifully serene inside of St. James Parish Church, where mass is held throughout the day in several languages. Those interested will have a chance to do a 20/30min hike up the hill to the Virgin Mary statue and enjoy the serene settings at their own pace.

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Wine Tasting at Brkic Winery: As icing on the cake, Medjugorje is known for another fantastic movement, the Herzegovina Wine Route. When you thought this day couldn’t get any better, we will stop at the local winery and taste some of the finest indigenous Zilavka and Blatina wines.

“Trapped” between the lush vineyards, mighty rivers, karst, and stone while treating your taste buds with the finest wines and learning about the wine production from 2000 BC is genuinely a hard-to-match experience. But every day brings a new challenge and discovery. 

Oysters Tasting at Ston: Savor a delectable adventure with oyster tasting in Ston, Croatia. Known for its pristine waters and centuries-old tradition of oyster farming, Ston offers a culinary delight like no other. Indulge in the freshest oysters plucked from the Adriatic Sea and experience a symphony of flavors that reflect the coastal essence. As you relish each succulent bite, you’ll embrace the region’s maritime heritage and the craftsmanship behind every oyster. This gastronomic journey in Ston is a celebration of nature’s bounty, inviting you to immerse in the coastal charm while savoring the irresistible taste of the sea.

Evening:We will arrive in Dubrovnik just in time for dinner. After the hotel check-in, we will recommend some good places to enjoy the rest of the evening, and we will see you tomorrow.

DAY 11: Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination:Dubrovnik, Croatia
Inclusions:4* Hotel Kompas (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Dubrovnik Walking Tour | Free Time in Dubrovnik
Optional:Day Tour to Peljesac Peninsula and Korcula Island with Wine Tasting | Explore National Park Mljet

Trogir Croatia

Morning: In the morning, we will be exploring the medieval core of the old town of Dubrovnik with our local host and resident, who will make sure to introduce us to the city, its culture, history, and people in depth while discovering the 1400 year history of the town. 

We will navigate the old town labyrinth through the white limestone-paved streets and admire the crowning walls and medieval homes surrounded by 15th-century fortification walls for at least a few hours. 

You will have a chance to visit the gothic-renaissance Rector’s Palace; the baroque-style Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the 18th century; and the landmark Bell Tower, which looms 31 meters over Luza Square, etc., and learn every important story this city can tell.

Afternoon/Dinner: On your own. During the second half of the day, you can spend by exploring Dubrovnik on your own.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN DUBROVNIK

  • Take the Dubrovnik Cable Car

Srdj is a low mountain just behind the walled city of Dubrovnik. Cable Car to Mt. Srdj is a “must” experience in Dubrovnik and will enable you to admire the city from above. A place where the ocean blue sky meets the ancient Dubrovnik reflecting in softly dousing sea is absolutely a perfect spot for taking some everlasting memories and awe-inspiring photos. Moreover, if you are into adrenaline-pumped activities, you can do zip-line.

  • Kupari Beach

Kupari is a village in Croatia southeast of Dubrovnik, just about 15 minutes of drive from the center of Dubrovnik. The Kupari beach is an abandoned complex with several large hotels severely damaged during the Croatian War of Independence. Be careful but do check out the inside of the ruins. You will have a chance to see some amazing graffiti and recreate the old glory of the place which used to host ex: Yugoslav President Tito, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others.

  • Soak up the Atmosphere of the Old Town

Did you know that The State of Dubrovnik was among the first countries to abolish the slave trade in the 15th century? Moreover, Dubrovnik had the first orphanage in the world and is home to the oldest commercial pharmacy in the world. That is to say, exciting stories are lurking over at each corner of this city that will never fail to amaze you.

DAY 12: Visit Perast and Kotor (MNE)

Destination:Dubrovnik / Kotor, Montenegro
Inclusions:4* Hotel Vardar (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Kotor Walking Tour | Perast Boat Ride
Driving Time:2.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Kotor hiking trails - Kotor Serpentines

Morning: After a delicious breakfast, we leave Dubrovnik in the early morning and are pumped up to explore the best of Montenegro, the beautiful region of Kotor Bay.

As soon as we cross the border, the first point of the morning visit is the beautiful Perast. Perast is a baroque village in the municipality of Kotor with its two stunning islets: Sveti Djordje (St. George) as a natural one and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks) as an artificial one. Historically crucial for its naval history, Perast strategically stands opposite the only water entrance to Kotor Bay.

After a pleasant short walk through Perast village, we are ready to take a short boat ride to the islet of Our Lady of the Rocks. In the middle of the 15th century, on the 22nd of July 1453, when two brothers found an icon on a rock (“škrpjela”) in the water as a sign of gratitude, the locals of Perast built an islet; by increasing the surface of the islet by pouring stones and sinking old sailing ships.

Today, the islet with its church, beautiful frescoes, and a small museum is one of the biggest attractions of the Bay of Kotor. This two-way boat ride and islet explorations will take us around one hour. Once we return to Perast, we shall take a short coffee break at one of the local cafes in Perast. Experiencing Perast without at least one drink or coffee at bars and cafes overlooking the islets is a miss.

Afternoon:In the early afternoon, we arrive in Kotor, the most popular place on the beautiful Montenegrin coast, located in the Bay of Kotor.

The first plan is to check our accommodation, leave our things, and start a detailed exploration of the old part of Kotor with a local guide. A walking tour of Kotor will take us via hidden cobble-stoned streets, giving us an opportunity for an in-depth understanding of Kotor’s history and cultural background.

In the present day, originating from the Venetian era but mentioned initially during the Roman era as a strategic position on the Adriatic sea, the Kotor has been through many ups and downs throughout its nearly two millennia-long history. Since Romans, followed by Illyirians, Slavs, Hungarians, Serbian, Venetians, French, Austrians, Yugoslavians, and today finally part of modern Montenegro, the Kotor has seen many empires passing by while leaving part of their history engraved within heavily fortified walls of Kotor.

Learning specifics about the past and presence of Kotor while admiring the narrow stone streets, stone churches, stone walls, high mountains above, small windows with drying laundry, a ton of cats, hidden bars and cafes, and so much more, is a great way to experience UNESCO heritage of Kotor town.

Lunch:After a pleasant two-hour walk through the old part of Kotor, lunch, and the rest of the day, we leave you free to explore this pearl of the Adriatic. A local guide, with the assistance of your Funky Tours host, will be happy to recommend locations for excellent sea or continental Montenegrin food.

Evening:On your own. Your Funky Tours Host will provide you with all the amazing recommendations on locations to chase for some good time during your evening free time in Kotor.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN KOTOR

  • Hike the Kotor Fortress 

The famous Saint John’s Fortress, or Castle of San Giovanni, just above the low ground of Kotor, is the number one thing to do in Kotor. We recommend this experience in the early morning or late afternoon during your free time in Kotor. The most recommended time is early morning to avoid significant heat and sun getting directly to your camera while taking photos. For romantics, the late afternoon during the sunset is also very recommended. The regular time to climb the top is 45min, and 30min to come down. For the majority of people, this experience lasts around 2hrs.

  • Maritime Museum of Kotor

The Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor grew from the collection founded by the “Boka Marine” Fraternity around 1880. It opened to the public in 1900—a great place to visit for history buffs and lovers of the maritime glory of Kotor.

  • Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Kotor Cathedral)

St Tryphon Cathedral is a Romanesque-style church that dates to 1166 and was built on the site of the church dating to 809. It is one of two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro and houses the relics of St. Tryphon, the city’s patron saint and protector. As it is one of the most popular things to see in Kotor, we heavily recommend a visit.

DAY 13: Lovćen & Skadar Lake National Parks (MNE)

Destination:Kotor, Montenegro
Inclusions:4* Hotel Vardar (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Skadar National Park Boat Ride | Lovćen National Park | Sveti Stefan | Budva | Funky Tours Treat: Local Montenegro Wine Tasting
Driving Time:3.35hrs | Private Vehicle

Visit Montenegro

Morning:After a delicious breakfast at your Kotor hotel, embark on a captivating day tour from Kotor, immersing yourself in the diverse beauty and cultural riches of Montenegro. Our journey begins as we ascend toward Lovćen National Park, a testament to nature’s grandeur and historical significance. Traverse winding roads, enjoy breathtaking Bay of Kotor vistas unfolding beneath you, including the stunning serpentine road to Njeguši village.

Optionally stop at Njegusi village for world-famous Prosciutto tasting, a culinary delight in the heart of Montenegro’s countryside. Delight in the flavors of this traditional delicacy and explore the village’s rustic charm.

Upon reaching Lovćen’s summit, stand in awe of the imposing Petar II Petrović Njegoš Mausoleum. The panoramic views from this vantage point offer a stunning perspective of Montenegro’s stunning landscapes.

Mid-day:From the heights of Lovćen, we venture to Skadar National Park, a haven of biodiversity and natural wonders. Embark on a leisurely boat ride across Lake Skadar’s shimmering waters, where you’ll be treated to ancient monasteries dotting the shoreline. 

Lunch:After arriving at Rijeka Crnojevica, an ancient trading hub nestled along the riverside, absorb the historical significance of this picturesque setting, it will be time for lunch. Trying local fish specialties is recommended.

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Skadar Lake Boat Ride:  Embark on a serene boat ride across Skadar Lake, a jewel nestled between Montenegro’s lush landscapes. As you glide over the tranquil waters, witness the harmonious interplay of nature and history. Ancient monasteries stand sentinel on the lake’s shores, echoing tales of centuries past. The journey offers a unique perspective, revealing the diverse ecosystem teeming with birdlife and aquatic wonders. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance, the gentle ripples soothing your senses. Skadar Lake’s boat ride is an intimate encounter with Montenegro’s unspoiled beauty, an experience that lingers as a tranquil memory etched in your heart.

As the boat glides gracefully, indulge in a wine-tasting experience. Savor locally produced wines perfectly paired with the tranquil ambiance of the lake. This sensory journey encapsulates the essence of Montenegro’s rich viticulture.

Finally, we arrive in Budva, a town steeped in history and coastal charm—Meander through the charming Old Town, where narrow streets reveal medieval architecture and lively plazas. Admire the Venetian walls that encircle the city, a testament to its storied past.

As the sun sets, we embark on the return journey to Kotor. Please reflect on the day’s enchanting experiences and the kaleidoscope of Montenegro’s treasures you’ve found. This day tour is a tapestry of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unforgettable moments that will linger in your memory long after you return to Kotor’s welcoming embrace.

DAY 14: Explore Kruje & Tirana (ALB)

Destination:Kotor / Tirana, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel Sky (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Visit to Kruja | Tirana Walking Tour | Funky Tours Treat: Cognac Skënderbeu at Kruje fort
Driving Time:4.35hrs | Private Vehicle

Tirana main square - Albania

Morning: In the early morning, after breakfast, we are leaving Kotor and heading towards the Albanian border. Once we cross the border, we will soon arrive in Kruje.

Once upon a time, Kruje was the capital of the first autonomous Albanian state and a home place of Albanian National hero Skanderbeg. Being home to the most preserved old marketplace in Albania and beautifully nested on the mountains, overlooking the Adriatic sea and excellent Ishëm River plain, the town of Kruje offers incredible panorama sights and insight into ancient and fascinating history. 

Ultimately, we offer you free time to shop in the old market of Kruje.

Kruje fort - Albania

FUNKY TOURS TREAT

Cognac Skënderbeu at Kruje:  Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine spirits or simply seeking an unforgettable encounter, the Skënderbeu Cognac tasting at Kruje Fortress is a journey into the heart of Albanian culture and a celebration of the finer things in life. 

Skënderbeu Cognac, named after the legendary Albanian hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, is not just a libation; it’s a testament to the nation’s enduring spirit. As you hold the glass, the amber-hued liquid reflects the very essence of Albania – a blend of strength, resilience, and sophistication. It’s a symphony of flavors and a testament to the enduring spirit of a nation, making your Balkan adventure truly extraordinary.

Afternoon: Welcome to one of the only capitals in the world that has no McDonalds but will impress you with its food and the ideal start to discover Albanian cuisine will be the buffet-style breakfast serving the food you would typically smell in mornings at Albanians homes. 

Today, we will take it friendly and easy, discovering Tirana, a youthful and vibrant city with incredibly rich and diverse architecture and nature in depth. Plucked from the communist era and regime, Tirana is nowadays a colorful city seeking attention with each massive building you stumble on. 

The first part of the tour will focus on the city center and offer an introduction followed by some exciting stories provided by our local guide, who will ensure you understand this city as if it wasn’t your first time visiting. 

We will learn about the 2000BC origins of Albania, the numerous wars it went through, and the secrets of the Communist regime in the 1960s when Albania was officially declared an atheist country and closed the door to all religious temples. 

During the walk and some interesting talks, we will face one of the largest open squares you have seen, the Skanderbeg Square, which used to be home to the statue of Stalin, the impressive Clock Tower, Mother Teresa Square, the National Art Gallery, Ethem Bey Mosque and the fascinating Pyramid of Tirana, a massive structure which used to be a museum, conference hall and, during the Kosovo War a NATO base.

After checking into our 4*hotel, we give you free time to relax with detailed suggestions on where to go out in Tirana for good local food and drinks. 

Evening: On your own in Tirana.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN TIRANA

  • Take a Cable Car To Mt. Dajti

If you love nature, Mt. Dajti is a simple must in Tirana. It offers many possible activities such as hiking, horse riding, shooting, adventure park, and, most importantly, a fascinating number of military bunkers hidden in woods waiting to be discovered. 

  • Visit BunkArt 1

If you liked BunkArt 2, you will love BunkArt 1 for sure. Another former Cold War bunker turned into an underground contemporary art & history museum over several floors. You will have a chance to step back in time during the communist’s paranoia and even explore the Enver Hoxha personal premises.

  • Explore the Blokku Neighbourhood 

​​Besides being known for Enver Hoxha’s former villa, the Blloku neighborhood is Tirana’s most colorful residential area, which, during the communist years, was built to house the members of the Communist party. Chase the colors in the neighborhood, which once was utterly prohibited for ordinary people, enjoy a famous Albanian brand of coffee, and visit the Wilson Square Apartment to admire Tirana’s iconic rainbow painting.

  • Don’t Miss Out on the Famous Albanian Dishes

Albanian cuisine is a tasty fusion of traditional Turkish, Italian, and Greek dishes. Rest assured; it will amaze you with the abundance of exciting new tastes and textures. On top of that, hospitality is an inevitable part of Albanian culture and tradition, whether you are a friend, acquaintance, or stranger. Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the local restaurant and discover the world of ferges, sarma, kukurech, qofte, flija or enjoy the refreshing taste of the seafood.

  • Take an Xhiro

Do an Xhiro. Xhiro is an evening stroll. Locals in Tirana like their evening walks so much that they give a unique name to it. Xhiro is an evening walk where locals meet in the neighborhood and hang with each other walking and talking until nightfall. Xhiro could be your way of having exciting encounters and meeting the local people.

DAY 15: Discover UNESCO protected Berat (ALB)

Destination:Tirana, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel Sky (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Visit to Berat | Visit to Durres | Funky Tours Treat: Farewell 
Driving Time:4.45hrs | Private Vehicle

Berat - Albania

Morning: Over buffet breakfast in the hotel, make sure not to miss out on tasting some of the famous Albanian dishes and dare yourself to taste the Albanian solid type of coffee to get started the day. 

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Berat, a highlight of Albania. In July 2008, the entire old town of Berat, Mangalem district, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Berat dates from the 6th – 5th century B.C. as an Illyrian settlement, and, later on, in the 3rd century, this settlement was turned into a castle city with churches, valuable frescoes, and icons. 

Nowadays, citizens of the picturesque city of Berat still live inside the castle walls, and you will have a chance to visit this fantastic Berat fortress, National Ethnographic and Iconographic museums, Holy Trinity Church, King’s Mosque, and many other locations in our way.

Afternoon:Before we head to Tirana, we will take another time travel and make a short visit to Durres. Many heard about Durre’s beautiful beaches. Still, only a few did understand that Durres is home to a grandiose Roman amphitheater in the very heart of the city center. We will explore the ancient premises of the largest stadium in the Balkans, dating back to the 2nd century BC and try to imagine a crowd of over 20.000 people that this place used to host at once effortlessly. 

Evening:In the late afternoon, we will get you back to Tirana and let you soak up the impressions over some nice dinner and discover the city on your own.

DAY 16: Departure from Tirana (ALB)

Destination:Tirana, Albania
Inclusions:Meals: Breakfast | Airport Transfer

Morning: Unless you decide to extend your stay in the Balkans and continue discovering its remarkable destinations, this will be the last breakfast of this 16 days adventure, so make sure not to miss any of the offered local delicacies over the breakfast. 

Before our team takes you to the airport, the rest of the day is entirely up to you. Please spend some time discovering some hidden corners of Tirana, or let us arrange some additional activity that will serve as a nice closure to an already fantastic trip. 

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What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Passport (please check up in advance if you need visa for any of the 5 countries in the itinerary)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket in case of rains (usually autumn and winter period)
  • Warm jacket (during the winter period)
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Sun protection (especially for hiking tour)
  • Bathing suits (summer time)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I book this tour with Funky Tours?
    With over 20 years of experience, hundreds of verified reviews, and our unique packages, tours, and experiences, we are the only Balkan-based and unbiased tour operator constantly striving to offer a unique and life-changing experience 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 to 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 package requires an average physical activity. You should be able to walk a reasonable distance on, sometimes, uneven or cobblestoned ground.
  3. Can I travel with my children?
    This is an entirely family-friendly tour, so children over 3 are welcome to join the Funky Tours tour.
  4. Is it safe to travel to the Balkans?
    The Balkans are perfectly safe to explore either in a group or even independently. Funky Tours team would never put our guests in any kind of danger, and each part of the itinerary is carefully thought through.
  5. Can I book as a solo traveler?
    Yes, you can. A significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  6. Can I extend my stay and explore further the Balkans?
    Absolutely. We encourage our guests to enhance their Balkan experience by choosing some fantastic trip extensions or on their own. For those who are into independent explorations, the Funky Tours team can arrange pre- and post-hotel nights before and/or after a tour.
  7. Are the “last minute” bookings accepted?
    The tour sales officially close at least 7 days before the date of departure. However, if we have available spots, we will happily take you with us.
  8. Are all of the attractions available all year round?
    Yes, the itinerary is perfectly created to meet your expectations and better than anticipated throughout the year, no matter your chosen season.
  9. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs or are heavily expected in Balkan culture. However, when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  10. Is EUR accepted in the Balkans?
    Besides Slovenia, the EUR is not accepted in countries we will visit. Each country has its own currency. Credit card is widely accepted, but pocket money is recommendable. Your tour leader will assist you all the way.
  11. Will there be one guide all the way through a trip?
    Local guidance and first-hand stories are a valuable addition to the overall experience. Besides a full-time tour leader/guide and driver who will be both at your disposal 24/7, you will also meet local experts for each country we visit.
  12. Can I join the group from other than the starting point location? 
    Yes, if you find a more affordable arrival destination, please contact our team so we can find the best way for you to join our departure.
  13. Can I book a private customized trip based on this one? 
    Yes, you can. Custom-tailored trips are our specialty. Please contact our team with your preferences, and we will be happy to work on it accordingly and suggest some fantastic options.
  14. How much pocket money should I have for personal expenses?
    In general, the Balkans are much 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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carr0llpaul

Family Traveller

A trip that will live long in the memory

We did the Best of 5 Balkan Countries (16 Day Tour from Slovenia to Albania via Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro) and what an amazing trip this was – made all the better due to Funky Tours’ organisation, communication, tour guides and attention to detail.

We were met at Ljubliana airport on arrival by Alem, our guide (and brilliant driver) for the duration of the tour.

Although five countries in 16 x days sounds a bit daunting, the tour was well phased, with plenty of time to rest/catch up in between locations.

Overall, the total distance travelled in terms of miles was relatively modest, the countries being so close together.

The five countries themselves offered a striking contrast, which really added to the experience. Incredible cities, historical buildings, stunning landscapes and natural features, together with a wide variety of food and wine.

Enthralling. But the true highlight, really, was learning about the history and cultures of these different countries, especially where those histories – recent and ancient – overlapped.

Again, Funky Tours scored heavily in respect of the guides available – Alem was a font of knowledge throughout, and we had two specialist guides in Sarajevo/Srebrenica who had lived through those dark days and were able to give first hand testimony. Deeply moving.

A trip that will live long in the memory, and a massive hat-tip to Funky Tours for organising. Highly recommended!

July 24, 2023

Christine W

Family Traveller

Professional and individualised customer service

I worked with Ema from Funky Tours over the course of several weeks to plan a tailor-made family holiday to the Balkans. We were uncertain as to the itinerary and Ema was very helpful with suggestions and very knowledgeable and flexible.

His communication was timely, he answered my myriad of questions and I always felt he cared about making our trip special.

Due to changing circumstances we were unable to go ahead with the booking, but I would feel very comfortable booking with Funky Tours based on the professionalism and customer service I received beforehand.

July 15, 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

Kazpal

Group Traveller

Funky Tours are AMAZING … Professional, passionate, personal

If you want to see The Balkans with a well-organised professional outfit, look no further, Funky Tours is it!!

FT are a small family-like team but each of them are really passionate and dedicated to the vision of providing their global visitors with a top-notch, personal experience.

From the very first email reply I received, the communication and level of interest was amazing.

Our schedule covered Sarajevo, Mostar, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park and Slovenia (12 days in all). Our tour co-ordinator (Alem “Big Al”) and our driver (Tarek) were at our beck and call and were always available to offer assistance (even to help us in the supermarket with the language barrier and to recommend local restaurants).

Alem was extremely knowledgeable for a young man, answering many, many questions along the way and in such a polite manner. We also had local tour guides in each of the countries who were absolutely delightful. I would highly recommend Alem and the Funky Tours team in a heartbeat.

July 10, 2023

christiez

Family Traveller

Balkan adventuring – beyond expectations!

I visited Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second time recently, and was thrilled to have discovered Funky Tours.

I worked with a guide from another organization the last time I visited, and although my last experience was wonderful the team at Funky Tours was WAY better!

All the details were expertly managed (e.g., admission tickets arranged in advance so we never waited in any queues) and we were amazingly well taken care of the whole time we were there.

A guide from Sarajevo picked us up at our hotel in Dubrovnik and drove us to Split…the ride was fantastic and we enjoyed getting to know Tarik and seeing the sights along the way. He joined us for the trip to Plitvice Falls NP the next day, where we were met by a park guide that Funky set up for us. PFNP exceeded expectations, and is a must-do if you’re ever in that area of the country.

Later that evening, we met up with another Funky-arranged guide for a walking tour of old-town Split. The following day, we drove to Kravice Falls where we were again met by a local guide arranged by Funky; Selmir (from Fortuna Tours in Mostar) stayed with us the whole day as we toured Kravice, Blagaj, Počitelj, and Mostar.

It was great to have him with us because he is a lifelong resident of Mostar, and he really shared a lot of intimate knowledge about the area.

We finished our trip in Sarajevo, where we enjoyed a walking tour of the old town given by Adnan. He shared SO much great information about the amazing history of Sarajevo, including his personal experience growing up during the war years.

We had the great pleasure of meeting Ema, the CEO of Funky, while we were in Sarajevo. She was just as warm and lovely in person as she was over email, and graciously shared her time and knowledge with us in both formats.

I unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Funky Tours if you’re in the Balkans, and one million percent recommend touring this region. The history is amazing, the people are warm and welcoming, and the food and culture are incredible. I drank the water at Blagaj so I’m sure I’ll return to Bosnia again soon…I can’t wait!

May 30, 2023
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