COUNTRIES: 5 | CITIES: 20+ | EXPERIENCES: 15+ | ACCOMMODATION: 4**** Hotels (twin / double) | ONE WAY TOUR: Ljubljana – Bled – Postojna Cave – Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes NP – Split – Sarajevo – Konjic – Mostar – Kravice Falls – Dubrovnik – Perast – Kotor – Budva – Skadar Lake & Lovcen NP – Krujë – Durrës – Tirana | TRIP EXTENSIONS: Best of Istria 5 Days; Durmitor NP 3Day Tour; Kosovo All Inclusive 5Day Tour; Biogradska Gora NP 3Day Tour;
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.
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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*)
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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 ❐
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ❐
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Destination:Dubrovnik / Kotor, Montenegro
Inclusions:4* Hotel Vardar (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Kotor Walking Tour | Perast Boat Ride
Driving Time:2.30hrs | Private Vehicle
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Inclusions:4* Hotel Sky (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast | Visit to Berat | Visit to Durres | Funky Tours Treat: Farewell
Driving Time:4.45hrs | Private Vehicle
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!