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Tito’s Tour Through Former Yugoslavia – 14 days/13 nights

This is not just an ordinary tourist trip, but also an educational voyage during which you’ll hear interesting stories about the former Yugoslav leader, Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Over the course of this one-of-a-kind adventure, you’ll get a chance to visit the most significant monuments and historical places related to WW2 battlefields as well as to the life of one of the most famous political figures of the mid-century. However, along the way, you’ll see beautiful mountains and lakes, dig in local cuisines and get to know the people who make up this diverse region of Eastern Europe.

Day 1

Nikola Tesla Airport – Belgrade (D), approx. 30 km

Upon arrival at the Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla, you’ll be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel in Belgrade. After a short break, we’ll take you to the old, bohemian part of the city, famous Skadarlija, where you’ll dine in one of Tito’s favorite restaurants. You’ll be served delicious traditional food and listening to the tamburitza orchestra which will add to the atmosphere. Overnight at 4* hotel in the center of Belgrade.

Day 2

Belgrade (BD) approx. 25 km

After breakfast, we set off to a full day’s sightseeing tour of Belgrade. We then continue into leafy Kalemegdan park and the Kalemegdan fortress, which affords us an opportunity to enjoy some of the best views of the city and the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. The fortress, which not only boasts monumental proportions, is also an important cultural and historic complex in Belgrade. Continue walking to the old city of Belgrade (pedestrian zone) and Knez Mihailova Street all the way to Republic square up next to the National Museum and Theatre, where the group will take a bus and continue to Tito’s House of Flowers.

The House of Flowers is a resting place of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and it is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History Complex. In addition, the complex includes the 25th May Museum and Old Museum. This is the most visited museum, an important symbol of a time and ideology, which ruled in the region for almost 50 years. While visiting the House of Flowers, we will see a collection of Tito’s army uniforms and batons used to pas him birthday greetings from the people of Yugoslavia. In the evening, dinner in a nice restaurant on the river shore with a breathtaking view. Overnight at 4 * hotel in Belgrade.

Day 3

Belgrade – Sremski Karlovci – Petrovaradin – Novi Sad – Belgrade (BD) approx 195 km

After the breakfast, we depart to Sremski Karlovci, small baroque city on Fruška Gora slopes and the bank of the Danube, one of the most important spiritual and cultural centers of Serbia. During the rule of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries was the religious and cultural center of the Serbian nation. In the city which is the seat of Serbian metropolis, famous for good wine-houses, wine cellars and high-quality wines that have a long history of 17 centuries, we will try best wines of this area and continue our visit to the Patriarchy, Orthodox Church and The Chapel of Peace, the exceptional monument where famous Karlovci Peace had been signed between the countries of the Christian Alliance and Turkey in 1699.

Stop at great Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the right bank of the Danube River, the most famous and most visited historic monument in Novi Sad. During World War II in Austro-Hungarian army, Tito was arrested and briefly imprisoned in the Petrovaradin Fortress for distributing anti-war propaganda. It was added to the Spatial Cultural-Historical Units of Great Importance list, and it is protected by the Republic of Serbia.

Follows Novi Sad, the city which is declared as European Capital of Culture for 2021, sightseeing walking tour where you will see Liberty square, The Name of Mary Church, The Church of Saint George, Zmaj Jovina street, pedestrian area of Novi Sad, Patriarch’s Palace, the Dunavska street, and the Dunavski Park. Return to Belgrade at evening hours. Dinner on a boat during evening cruise across Danube and Sava Rivers. Overnight at the 4* hotel in Belgrade.

Day 4

Belgrade – Topola Oplenac– Zlatibor (BD), approx 255 km

Before leaving this amazing city, one more thing that is an absolutely “must-do” is the underground tour of the city. The tour will take you to the most important historic parts of Belgrade, which is attracted since it hides more than one hundred caves, canals, tunnels, passages, and incredible stories. We will hear interesting stories about Tito’s political games and spy secrets from the time of the Communist Information Bureau. During this tour, we will travel into earlier centuries when Turk and Austrians ruled in this area. At the end of the tour, we will enter one of the underground canals form the time when Serbia finally became an independent state and have a wine tasting to round up this adventurous journey through Belgrade past.

On a way to Zlatibor, we’ll stop in the village of Topola see the Serbian Royal Residence at the top of  Oplenac Hill, where the stunning St. George’s Church and the Mausoleum of the Karađorđević royal family stand proudly overlooking serene landscapes. We’ll start with a homage to the site of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottomans led by the local hero Karađorđe Petrović, who was later to become the patriarch and the founder of the Karađorđević royal bloodline. As we’re moving towards the hilltop, the five-domed white marbled edifice will appear in front of our eyes. The church was built up as a blend of Serbian and Byzantine architecture and possesses the impressive interior mosaic work.

After the visit to the church, we’ll head to the Royal Winery, where some of the best vines were once produced. Our tour of Oplenac completes an on-site wine tasting and a traditional Serbian lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Day 5

Zlatibor –Užice –  Kadinjača – Sirogojno – Zlatibor (BD), approx 80 km

After breakfast, we depart to Užice, the city which gained attention during WW2 because it was the first city liberated by the Partisan resistance forces from the Nazi occupation. After the liberation, Josip Broz Tito had created an independent state called the Republic of Užice there, that lasted for 67 days. After the war, the city was renamed Tito’s Užice, like seven more cities in former Yugoslavia.

Today, the remnants from the Republic of Užice are housed in the city museum. We’ll visit The National Museum of Užice, consisting of two separate buildings, built just before WW2. In front of the museum, you’ll see the five-meters-high statue of this former leader.

We’ll also visit The Kadinjača Memorial Complex, dedicated to the soldiers of the Worker’s Battalion, officially opened by Josip Broz Tito and it was declared for the immovable cultural property of outstanding value. The complex consists of three parts: Užice Republic Amphitheatre, Workers Battalion Alley and the Square of Freedom.

After the visit, we’ll continue to Sirogojno village to see authentic 19th-century Serbian homestands originating from the region of Staro Selo/Old Village. This village is a fully operational open-air museum, also renowned for producing quality handmade knitwear. Traditional early dinner featuring exclusively organic, homemade products from the area is served on-site prior to the return to Zlatibor. Overnight at 4* hotel in Zlatibor.

Day 6

Zlatibor – Mokra Gora – Mećavnik – Andrićgrad (BD) approx. 80 km

After the breakfast, we depart the hotel for a scenic ride on the Šargan Eight, narrow gauge railway which once linked Belgrade and Dubrovnik. Experience breathtaking landscapes of Mokra Gora mountain from this vintage train that is quite unusual in yet another way: in order to make a rapid ascent, the train passes through 22 tunnels in just over 15 km making a figure eight – hence its name.

Our journey ends in Mećavnik village (a.k.a. Drvengrad), initially built as a movie set by the renowned film director Emir Kusturica for the movie “Life is a miracle”. Today it operates as a holiday resort featuring traditional timber built Serbian houses. Film festivals are also hosted here. The visit includes fresco lunch (weather permitting). Continue to Andrićgrad, a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav, at some 300 meters from the Višegrad bridge. Check-in at the 4* hotel. Free afternoon for individual activities. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight in the 3* hotel in Višegrad.

Day 7

Andrićgrad – Sarajevo (BD), approx. 125 km

After breakfast, we’ll take you to a sightseeing tour of Andrićgrad, a stone city built up according to the idea of Emir Kusturica, the film director, who was inspired by writings and characters of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić.  Time at leisure for the individual activities until departure to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Check-in at 4* hotel in this fascinating city. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Baščaršiija where we’ll taste the most famous specialties from this part of the Balkans. Overnight at the 4* hotel in Sarajevo.

Day 8

Sarajevo – Tjentište – Trebinje  (BD), approx. 315 km

After the early breakfast, the group will take a sightseeing city tour – Marshal Tito barracks, Avaz Business and visit the most famous places from WW2 in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later, we’ll take a walking tour and visit the City hall, Spot house, Streets of handcrafts, Bascarsija square with Sebijl fountain, Karavan Seray that used to be a resting place for tradesmen that traveled in caravans, Gazi Husrev bey’s mosques and Madresa – Islamic school. Visit of the Bay’s mosque, the biggest Islamic structure in this part of the world.

Driving to Sutjeska National Park, the oldest national park in Bosnia, which played a significant role in the history of Yugoslavia and Partisan movement, because one of the biggest battles in WW2 took place there. Visit the Battle of Sutjeska Memorial Monument in the Valley of Heroes near the Bosnian village of Tjentište. We’ll also visit the grave of Sava Kovačević, the commander of the battle and the place where the supreme commander Josip Broz Tito was wounded during the battle.

Departure to Trebinje, the city that lies in the Trebišnjica river valley, at the foot of the Leotar mountain, in southeastern Herzegovina, some 30 km (19 mi) away from Dubrovnik, a medieval city in Croatia, on the Adriatic coast.

Check in at 4* hotel in Trebinje. Free tome. Sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. There are several mills along the river, as well as several bridges, including three in the city of Trebinje itself, as well as a historic Ottoman Arslanagic bridge nearby. For Trebinje is said that it is “the city of the sun and platan trees”, and it is one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dinner in one of the most popular wineries in this area. Overnight at 4* hotel in Trebinje.

Day 9

Trebinje – Dubrovnik – Mostar  (BD), approx. 175 km

After breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik, a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Sightseeing tour of the city, one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. Free afternoon for individual activities. Departure to Mostar. Dinner in the traditional restaurant. Overnight at 4* hotel in Mostar.

Day 10

Mostar – Jablanica – Konjic – Jajce (BD), approx. 215 km

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and sightseeing tour of the city of Mostar. Before the last war, the city used to be a real pearl of multi-ethnic architecture and culture. The Old Bridge built up by the Ottomans in the 16th century, stands as one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Journey to Jablanica, where you’ll hear a story about the famous Battle on the Neretva River, a battle fought against the joint German, Italian, Ustasha and Chetnik forces in February and March 1943. to save lives of 4,000 wounded partisans. The commander of the partisan forces was Josip Broz Tito, who had ordered the destruction of the bridge in order to misguide the enemies. The breakthrough of the partisans forces was not performed in the direction that German commanders had expected, but was carried over the river Neretva in Jablanica.  Due to its incredible outcome, this battle was entered in all the military textbooks in the world.

Leaving Jablanica, we’ll head to Konjic to visit the famous Tito’s bunker. This 6.500 square meters wide bunker was one of the most expensive structures in the former Yugoslavia. It took 26 years to build it (from 1953 to 1979) and it was designed to withstand nuclear war and shelter communist leaders and army, which first was built in the 14th century and served as the capital of the independent Kingdom of Bosnia during its time. Some time in leisure.

Departure to Jajce, a vividly town in north-western Bosnia, where was created the Socialist Yugoslav Republic in November 1943, which is a potential list of UNESCO cultural heritage. Check-in at 3* hotel in Jajce. Sightseeing walk tour around the walls of this ancient city. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight.

Day 11

Jajce – Drvar– Plitvice Lakes – Otočac (BD), approx. 310 km

After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel in Jajce and depart to Drvar to visit Tito’s cave, located on the slope of the hill Gradina at about 23 meters above the riverbed of the Unac River. Tito used this cave during the time of the attack on Drvar by German paratroopers on May 25th, 1944.

After some time in leisure, we’ll depart to Croatia. Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, near the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 14 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. Departure to Otočac, a town in Croatia, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see. Check-in at 4* hotel in Otočac, dinner in the hotel restaurant. Overnight.

Day 12

Otočac – Pula (BD), approx. 275 km

After breakfast, departure to Pula, the largest city in Istria Country, in Croatia, situated at the southern tip of the Istria Peninsula. Transfer to The Brijuni Islands, one of the true jewels of Istria, situated on the outskirts of Pula’s port. The Group of Islands consists of two larger islands, Veli and Mali Brijun, and 12 islets. Since 1947, the Islands became the official summer residence of Josip Broz Tito, and it remained so until his death in 1980. In this period,  new luxury objects were built up, and the area is also renewed for its parks, glades, and forests. In this period the Brijuni Islands are visited by the most prominent statesmen, and there were held and some of the historical political meetings. After the visit, we’ll head back to Pula, check-in at 4* hotel. Dinner in a nice restaurant in the city. Overnight.

Day 13

Pula – Kumrovec – Zagreb (BD), approx.385 km

After breakfast, departure to Kumrovec, the birthplace of the former Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito. We’ll visit his house of birth that stands in the center of the village and has been arranged as it was in the time of Tito’s childhood, together with the interior of the Old school that Tito once attended.

Time at leisure until departure to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The city combines vibrant, modern energy with plenty of old-world charm and graciousness. The town center is full of elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings housing fashionable boutiques, renowned restaurants, rowdy pubs, and beer halls. Sightseeing tour of the city in which you’ll see all the most important cultural and historical places. Check-in at 4* hotel in Zagreb. Dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in the center of the city. Overnight.

Day 14

Zagreb –  Zagreb Airport (B), approx. 25 km

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Transfer to Zagreb Airport.

*END OF THE PROGRAM*

Number of persons 15 20 25
Price in EUR 1845 1655 1600

Supplement for single room: 215 EUR

What’s included:

  • All transfers according to the program
  • Accommodation in hotels: in Belgrade (Bg City 4* hotel or Nevski 4* hotel or similar), in Zlatibor (Hotel Mir 4*   or Hotel Olimp 4* or similar), in Andrićgrad (Andrićev konak 3* hotel or similar), in Sarajevo (Hotel Sarajevo4* or similar), in Trebinje (Hotel Nar 4* or similar), in Mostar (Hotel Mostar 4* or similar), Jajce (Hotel Tourist 3*  or similar), in Otočac (Park Hotel 4* or similar), in Pula (Pula City Center Hotel 4* or similar) and in Zagreb (Palace Hotel Zagreb 4* or similar) NOTE: The hotels might change due to the occupancy of the capacity
  • Half board service
  • Chinese or English licensed speaking tour guide according to the program
  • Entrance fees according to the program (House of Flowers on 1st day, Patriarchy on 2nd day, Underground tour in Belgrade and Royal House on 3rd day, National Museum of Užice, Kadinjača Memorial and Sirogojno open-air museum on 4th day, Šargan the Eight and Mećavnik on 5th day, Tjentište memorial on 7th day, Tito’s bunker on 9th day, Tito’s cave and Plitvice Lakes on 10th day, The Brijuni Islands on 11th day)

What’s excluded:

  • Flight costs
  • Drinks during meals
  • Other costs not mentioned in the program

Regular tour; departures on request.

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