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10 Days Highlights of ex-Yugoslavia Tour

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary covers Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Kotor. You'll enjoy a rich diversity of cosmopolitan cities and beautiful countryside scenes as you sample the culture and cuisine of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Learn about the incredible history of the region while you experience its riches, getting to know the landscape as you travel between destinations. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.


2 Nights in Zagreb

Day 1

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Zagreb's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Included : Zagreb Airport Transfer

Day 2

Optional: See the sights: Private city walking tour
Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surrounding. It is made for strolling the streets, drinking coffee in the almost permanently full cafes, popping into museums and galleries and enjoying the theatres, concerts, cinema and music. So we recommend you get acquainted straightaway, with this two-hour private city walking tour. You’ll see the major sights, including Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, the Parliament, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market and the Stone Gate. Along the way you’ll stop for coffee and ride a scenic funicular! Your personal guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.

Zagreb Walking Private Tour
Zagreb Walking Private Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Suggestion to explore on your own: Unique Museums: Museum of Broken Relationships, Arts & Crafts Museum
There are numerous museums to visit in Zagreb, but two of the most unique are the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Arts & Crafts Museum. We recommend visiting one or both today. The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves, the museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the collection. The Museum of Arts and Crafts was founded in 1880 as one of the first institutions of its kind in Europe. The museum was conceived with the intention to create a “collection of samples for master craftsmen and artists who need to re-enhance the production of articles of daily use.” Here you’ll find a rich collection of local cultural and historical creations.

Day 3

Today, you'll drive through Croatia and into Serbia ending in Belgrade. We'll arrange for a rental car to be delivered to your accommodation, based on your chosen departure time. It will be a manual transmission, but let us know if you'd prefer an automatic. We can also arrange for a GPS for an additional fee. Our pick of the possible stops along the way is Sremski Karlovci, close to Novi Sad in the Fruska Gora area, there's a winery that's also known for its beekeeping that's a must-visit.
Included : 8 day rental of a VW Up Manual or comparable to be delivered in Zagreb and returned at Dubrovnik airport

A little about Zagreb

Zagreb is a city where different worlds come together. Situated on the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the architecture and the cuisine, as well as the people, as Zagreb is the hub for all elements of Croatian life, from business to sports. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, the impressive buildings, the peaceful parks and the many delicious restaurants. Just strolling through the unique combination of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, ancient churches and market squares is a pleasure, but there’s much more to do here. After exploring all that the city has to offer with a local guide, you’ll be able to make the most of your time, and learn about the local history. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise while you’re at it. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. On a longer day trip you could see the delightful Trakoscan, a neo-Gothic castle sitting on a hilltop, surrounded by a romantic English style park with exotic trees and an artificial lake. While you’re there you can also stop in Varazdin to appreciate the ornate baroque architecture.

2 Nights in Belgrade

Day 1

You'll most likely arrive in Belgrade later in the afternoon, in time to check into your accommodation. We'll give you a list of tried-and-tested dining recommendations for you to get a taste of Serbian cuisine.

Day 2

Optional: Meet Belgrade, on a walking & driving tour
From historic memorials to cultural sites of both national pride and tragedy, Belgrade offers more than enough to explore. We’ve created a tour that will give you the perfect introduction to the city, so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll be picked up in a car by your private local guide, who will drive you around to see the most impressive places in Belgrade on this four-hour tour. From views over the Danube river to the National Theatre and National Museum, you’ll see everything you should see on your first visit to the city. A 30-minute break for refreshment is scheduled into the tour, so you’ll also be able to sample local gastronomy. From churches to a soccer stadium and the old streets of the city, there’s something here for everyone.

Belgrade Private Sightseeing Tour
Belgrade Private Sightseeing Tour
Duration : 4 Hours
Activity level : Easy
Optional: Taste Belgrade
The Belgrade Food and Culture tour is an excellent way to see some more of the city while getting a taste of the local gastronomy and we can arrange a spot for you on this voyage of culinary and cultural discovery. While Serbia isn’t always considered a culinary capital, it has a rich traditional cuisine that is intimately connected with local history. This guided tour will give you an insider’s perspective -- and taste -- of the true local culture.

Serbian Food and Culture Tour
Serbian Food and Culture Tour
Duration : 4 Hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 3

You're leaving Belgrade in your rear view mirror today as you had south-west to Sarajevo. A straight drive will get you there in just under 5 hours. A small detour and you could visit Tuzla, a town that though it wasn't spared the atrocities of the war in the 90s has miraculously managed to maintain its pluralist nature and is still a city with a mixed Bosniak, Croat and Serb population.

A little about Belgrade

Belgrade is an eclectic destination with a big-city feel, friendly locals, tasty cuisine and a very unique history. You’ll find all sorts of interesting architecture here, as well as galleries and museums that will really bring the local culture to life. While it might look a little rough around the edges, that just means there’s a real charm here waiting to be discovered. And discover it you will, from the daytime to the nightlife, as you experience the best this vibrant destination has to offer. While you’re exploring Belgrade, including the military ruins in the center, you’ll want to sample some of the local cuisine, including hearty grilled meats, local cheeses and breads, and vegetables cooked with seasonal herbs. Some of the sites you don’t want to miss include Kalmegdan Fortress, Republic Square and St. Sava Temple. Zemun, a bohemian neighborhood, is particularly rich in restaurants and cafes, and you also have the possibility of taking a food tour that will introduce you to some of the tastiest dishes. You’ll have fun in Belgrade, the perfect place to introduce yourself to this inviting region.

3 Nights in Sarajevo

Day 1

Head towards the center of Sarajevo; we'll provide advice on how to reach your accommodation.

Day 2

Optional: All-in Private City Walking & Driving Tour
There’s plenty to see in Sarajevo, so why not get started today, with our all-inclusive private city tour, including portions on foot, and driving. You’ll be met at your accommodation by your personal guide, who will teach you all about the history of Sarajevo, as you walk along the streets of Old Sarajevo and then hop into a car or van to cruise into the hills above the city to see the command post of the Bosnian Serb army. The last stop before you are driven back to your accommodation is the stunning Tunnel of Hope. This is the most efficient way to get a real feel for the city and to take in some of the must-see sights.

Sarajevo All-In-One Private Tour
Sarajevo All-In-One Private Tour
Duration : 4-5 hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 3

Suggestion to explore on your own: Wander the Bascarsija bazaar tasting cevapcici, sahan, and baklava
Today we suggest indulging in some of the unique gastronomy that Sarajevo offers. We’re not talking white tablecloths, but delectable street food you won’t find anywhere else. In Bascarsija, the city’s 15th century bazaar, you’ll find dozens of food vendors doling out amazing meats, cheeses and so much more. No visit to Sarajevo is complete without tasting three of the most iconic dishes from the region, cevapcici, a minced meat sausage, sahan, a mix of savory stuffed peppers and other local meat and vegetable specialties, and the sweet dessert baklava. You’ll find all that and much more at the market.

Suggestion to explore on your own: Visit to the Turkish baths
You might not associate Sarajevo with Turkish baths, but there’s a splendid one in the city that has just been completely reconstructed. Isa-Bey’s Hamam in Old Town dates back to the 15th century, while the current building was designed after a fire in 1880 and then reconstructed again after it was shelled in the Bosnian war in the ‘90s. It’s an excellent spot to enjoy an easy day relaxing amid the rejuvenating steam and the pleasant pools.

Day 4

On this day you will drive down to the coast, to beautiful Kotor.

A little about Sarajevo

A cosmopolitan European city with an Eastern twist, and an intriguing ambience that’s distinct from western Europe. Nestled among endless hills and towering mountains, it feels isolated yet central, quaint yet cosmopolitan. The Old Town, known as Bascarsija, with cobblestone streets, mosques and oriental-inspire shops has a Middle Eastern feeling. There’s a vibrant combination of cultures here, which has had wonderful effects on the eclectic cuisine, the incredibly welcoming locals and the impressive architecture. And within that mix is the city’s dramatic and often volatile history. History is alive in Sarajevo, and you’ll find reminders of past triumphs and tragedies as you explore this lovely city. No visit is complete without a feast of the local meat specialties from the grill, including the mouthwatering Cevapcici. Explore the city’s unique history at the Tunnel of Hope, constructed between March and June of 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War. These days it’s an evocative museum. You’ll also want to visit the ruins of the 1984 Olympic Games in the hills outside the city. It’s haunting and beautiful to see the abandoned ski jump and luge tracks.

2 Nights in Kotor

Day 1

After your sight seeing stops, you'll probably arrive in Kotor in the late afternoon, perfect to check in to your accommodation. Relax after your drive with an evening stroll around Old Town and try some of the excellent local seafood!

Day 2

Optional: Get to Know Kotor
Today’s a great day to get acquainted with Kotor, and the best way to do that is our private one-hour walking tour. You’ll have a guide to show you all the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and show you the narrow streets and beautiful architecture while telling you stories of the city’s past. It’s the best way to get your bearings in the city.

Kotor Private Walking Tour
Kotor Private Walking Tour
Duration : 1h
Activity level : Easy
Optional: All About the Mussels
Since it’s right on the sea, Montenegro is known for its remarkably fresh seafood. Today we recommend getting a taste of this local delicacy, and specifically their incredible mussels. You’ll have your own local guide as you hop aboard a boat to cruise to a mussel farm on the bay. Here you’ll stop at a pier and enjoy a feast of seafood, mussels and wine. It’s the perfect local lunch. You can also have a swim before or after lunch and on the way there you’ll explore the Lady of the Rocks Church island. What more could you want?

All about the Mussels Group Tour
All about the Mussels Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Kotor from Above
When you've seen all there is to see in Kotor's Old Town, we suggest putting on your walking shoes and climbing the hills that form the backdrop of the city. A local guide knows all the paths and the most impressive lookouts and can show you Kotor in all its glory from above. You can join a small group tour with a guide who will lead you on this three-hour hike. After about an hour of climbing you'll stop at a family-run farm to sample some local delicacies and a lovely view. After snacks and a nice break, you'll continue along Kotor's walls and eventually walk down one side of them, hearing about the history of the impressive fortifications as you go. The views here are amazing, with plenty of chances to take photos at scenic lookouts. It's a great way to get a new point of view on Kotor. At the end of the hike you'll be back in the city, and can easily reach your accommodation.

Kotor above the Clouds Group Tour
Kotor above the Clouds Group Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Strenuous

Day 3

You'll return your rental car to Dubrovnik airport before your departing flight. It's around a 90 minute drive from Kotor.

A little about Kotor

The southernmost fjord in all of Europe and the deepest in the Adriatic Sea, Kotor is truly a hidden gem. This is a spectacular, visually stunning destination where steep black mountains edge up against the sea. The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, mostly for its perfectly preserved Old Town and its walls, with architecture from the Middle Ages. The combination of picture-perfect natural scenery with incredible ancient architecture is dramatic to say the least, and makes a wonderful setting for a unique holiday. The churches and fortresses are some of the most spectacular structures, but that’s just the beginning of things to do in this city of friendly locals, rich history and delicious cuisine. After touring the city with a local, who will help you make your way through the winding streets to see the most impressive sites, we recommend you take the opportunity to get different points of view on Kotor. For a little exercise, hike up the hills surrounding the city for a breathtaking view over the rooftops to the sea. And speaking of the sea, the seafood here is delicious and incredibly fresh. You can get together with a local mussel farmer on a private pier to learn more about this craft before sitting down to a huge plate of mussels and wine. There are also numerous options for swimming, kayaking and fishing in the beautiful and calms waters of the Bay of Kotor.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(4.9/5 based on 3 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary

We have not regretted for a moment, we entered the Jay Way world.  Within minutes they had sent us an itinerary for our proposed trip and later gave us several selections for accommodations at various levels of comfort.  We saved ourselves hours of self inflicted searching, pondering, reserving and unnecessary risk. We were comforted greatly at the transition points, i.e., being met as we arrived at each location, having a city tour to orient us to each city, and then transport to either the train station or by shuttle to our next destination. We recommend Jay Way Travel without any reservation. The time, energy, and effort they saved us was worth every dollar of their fee, which by any accounts was very reasonable.

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin in September 2018 - rating:

"Your agency did an excellent job helping me plan this trip. I would highly recommend your company. I thought it was a great idea that you provided me with a cell phone and was able to contact the agency. Our tour guide In Bosnia, Edin was fantastic...probably one of the best guides I ever had. He was a delight to be with, and he was extremely helpful in helping us with our research in Bosnia."

- Traveled to Sarajevo, Kotor & Skopje in October 2017 - rating:

"If you're visiting Croatia, and you should, JayWay will put together a great trip for you and then will be there for you every step of the way.  Carmine was great, put together the perfect itinerary for us. We felt we were in good hands with Lidija. Very responsive."

- Traveled to Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik & Kotor in September 2017 - rating:

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Zagreb
  • Zagreb Airport Transfer
  • 8 day rental of a VW Up Manual or comparable to be delivered in Zagreb and returned at Dubrovnik airport
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Belgrade
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Sarajevo
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Kotor
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer

- Flights to and from Europe.
- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions (unless explicitly stated otherwise)).
- Parking fees unless otherwise indicated.

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