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Grand Ex-Yugoslavia Tour

Back in its glory days, Yugoslavia was more than just a country, it was an ideal. For the majority, it was the synonym for national and social equality of all South Slavic people. Social structure strongly shaped the mentality of the people of all six countries that eventually built their own individual path at the beginning of the nineties after 40 years together. Talking about Yugoslavia also means talking about Tito, one of the most controversial leaders of the 20th century. Tito was not only a leader, but he was also the symbol of Yugoslavia and today his acts are blessed by some and cursed by others, declaring him anything from a visionary to a ruthless dictator. While former Yugoslavian nations are still trying to find the best way to deal with their complex history, we are offering a truly unique itinerary to all capitals of ex YU. Learn about Yugoslavia and Tito from different angles and enjoy the colorful characters of people from the Balkans.

The services that we include as a part of our comprehensive travel package include small and boutique accommodation, exciting historical custom-tailored city, and day tours. All capitals of former Yugoslavia are connected with private transfers including stops to visit some interesting points on the route, at the same time enabling you safe and comfortable traveling.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Skopje tour

3 Nights in Ljubljana

3 Nights in Ljubljana

4 days in Ljubljana
4 days in Ljubljana

3 Nights in Ljubljana

Ljubljana enjoys a central position, making it the ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. It is a crossroads culturally due to its location. On one hand, you can see its Central European influences, because of its time within the Austro-Hungarian empire, in the city's architecture and language. On the other hand there is a strong Mediterranean and Balkan influence which is brought out in their laid back approach and the city's café culture. People are often surprised how westernized and advanced Slovenia is putting it more in a class with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European and Balkan counterparts. The surrounding areas of the city are packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history. There is diverse range of places to satisfy culinary desires as the local cuisine is also heavily influenced by its neighbors in all directions. Wine lovers will find Slovenia to be a hidden gem. One of the best ways we have found to get to know Ljubljana and Slovenian cuisine at the same time is on a food tour, which will take you on a gastronomic tour of the whole country while walking around the center. The city layout is tourist friendly as the Old Town has an ever expanding pedestrian zone and a great way to see Ljubljana is by bike taking advantage of the numerous bike lanes spread out across the city.

Ljubljana enjoys a central position, making it the ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. It is a crossroads culturally due to its location. On one hand, you can see its Central European influences, because of its time within the Austro-Hungarian empire, in the city's architecture and language. On the other hand there is a strong Mediterranean and Balkan influence which is brought out in their laid back approach and the city's café culture. People are often surprised how westernized and advanced Slovenia is putting it more in a class with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European and Balkan counterparts. The surrounding areas of the city are packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history. There is diverse range of places to satisfy culinary desires as the local cuisine is also heavily influenced by its neighbors in all directions. Wine lovers will find Slovenia to be a hidden gem. One of the best ways we have found to get to know Ljubljana and Slovenian cuisine at the same time is on a food tour, which will take you on a gastronomic tour of the whole country while walking around the center. The city layout is tourist friendly as the Old Town has an ever expanding pedestrian zone and a great way to see Ljubljana is by bike taking advantage of the numerous bike lanes spread out across the city.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Ljubljana

When you arrive at Ljubljana's airport, you'll be greeted and taken to your centrally located accommodations.

Castle Views

Suggestion to explore on your own

Start your stay in Ljubljana by taking a funicular or a short walk to reach Ljubljana Castle, with its stunning views of the city below and mountains beyond. Be sure to visit the museum, and if you can, catch a sunset from the castle grounds, especially the tower. End your day on a happy note with a dinner in one of the restaurants within the castle walls. We are confident to say that you will go to bed feeling happy and in love with "the loved one," the literal translation of "Ljubljana."

Castle Views

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Ljubljana

Communist Slovenia Private Tour

Communist Slovenia Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Look back on recent Slovenian history via a walking/driving tour. You'll visit the city's usual must-see spots, such as Preseren Square, City Hall, the Open Market, and Dragon Bridge, and places granting an overview of the city's communist era, such as monuments, architecture, and places related to the independence movement. After lunch at a typical Slovenian restaurant, you'll explore the hidden rooms and secret communications center hidden within Hotel Jama, which bear witness to the acts committed by Yugoslavia's secret services.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

A Taste of sLOVEnia

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Slovenia is the first country to be named a European Region of Gastronomy, so if you want to truly experience Slovenia, you must experience its cuisine. It will be a delight for your tastebuds as well as a great way to get acquainted with the main attractions and landmarks. You’ll get a taste of the best of Slovenian gastronomy with dishes representing all its diversity and quality. We recommend enjoying a small group food tour, tasting your way around town, but also offer a memorable wine tasting, with games and challenges.

Ljubljana Food Tasting Small Group Tour

Ljubljana Food Tasting Small Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Slovenia is the first entire country in Europe to be named a European Region of Gastronomy, an honor that has otherwise only been given to individual regions. Thus, if you want to truly experience Ljubljana, you must experience its cuisine as well, which is why we recommend this three-hour food tour with a local guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Wine Tasting Ljubljana Group Tour

Wine Tasting Ljubljana Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Get introduced to Slovenian wines the right way! This wine tasting will give you a better idea of the quality and variety of wines from Slovenia. You'll have around two hours in one of the oldest wine cellars in Slovenia, where you'll taste seven types of wine with some light bites.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Ljubljana

Bled, Vintgar Gorge and Bohinj Private Day Trip

Bled, Vintgar Gorge and Bohinj Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore some of Slovenia's most scenic sights, starting with Bled Castle, overlooking the famed Lake Bled. After a wine tasting in the castle's cellar, you'll head down to the lake itself, visiting its charming island castle via a traditional Pletna boat. Next you'll see scenic Vintgar Gorge, exploring it on foot before returning to Bled's pleasant center, and continuing onwards to Lake Bohinj. After taking in the lake's views from the Vogel ski resort (reached by cable car), you'll head to the Savica Falls, the country's most famous waterfall.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Zagreb by Private Car

Your private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the Croatian capital of Zagreb. The drive is about 2 hours. If you'd like to stop along the way, for extra fee we can arrange some time at Otočec Castle, located on an island in the river Krka or in the small picturesque town of Samobor close to Zagreb, known for its many local food and drink specialties.

For an extra fee we can also organize a stop at Sparkling Wine Tasting with the Istenič Family to make the journey even more enjoyable.

Private Transfer to Zagreb

2 Nights in Zagreb

2 Nights in Zagreb

3 days in Zagreb
3 days in Zagreb

2 Nights in Zagreb

Zagreb is a city where different worlds have long come together. Situated at the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the cuisine and architecture at home in any Austro-Hungarian city. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, impressive buildings, peaceful parks, and 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. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise as you experience the city. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. As 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 its ornate baroque architecture.

Zagreb is a city where different worlds have long come together. Situated at the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the cuisine and architecture at home in any Austro-Hungarian city. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, impressive buildings, peaceful parks, and 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. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise as you experience the city. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. As 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 its ornate baroque architecture.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Zagreb

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation upon arriving in Zagreb.

Zagreb City Private Tour in a Classic Yugo Car

Zagreb City Private Tour in a Classic Yugo Car

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour allows you to see all the major sights in Zagreb on four wheels! The Yugo, the famous little Yugoslavian car, will be your strangely nostalgic means of getting around, as you get to know the city.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Private Wine Tasting in a Wine Cellar

Take it Easy

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Trade your accommodations for fresh air in Zagreb, the greenest city in Croatia. Strolling through elegant parks and enjoying shaded benches is a perfect way to walk off your jet lag. For those who need a bit more than just a walk, cafes are a great place to enjoy the city like a local, soaking in the pulse of the city instead of rushing. Zagreb's food scene has been growing rapidly, providing many great choices: choose local, traditional, modern, or even selections from the growing street food scene. The capital of a country increasingly known for its wines, this is a perfect opportunity to indulge in a glass of local goodness in one of Zagreb’s many wine venues!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 50 minutes

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Zagreb

Tito's Birthplace Private Day Trip

Tito's Birthplace Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the hidden treasures of northwest Croatia, the region of Zagorje. The first stop is Klanjec, a small village surrounded by vineyard-covered hills, home to two famous Croatians. You'll then visit Kumrovec, the small village where Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia's iconic leader, was born. His birthplace has become an open-air museum containing a number of old traditional houses typical for the area, including the one where Tito spent his childhood. This tour wraps up with a traditional lunch at a family restaurant offering variety of authentic dishes, and an amazing view of Zagorje's hills and the nearby Veliki Tabor castle.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 7-8 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Sarajevo by Private Transfer

Time to head to the cosmopolitan capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo! Our driver will meet you at your accommodations and take you on a scenic ride. On the way, you'll make a stop at Jajce, once the capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia, and the birthplace of Yugoslavia (if you're into history, be sure to visit the AVNOJ Museum, devoted to the WWII-era anti-fascist partisans who formed postwar Yugoslavia). The total duration of the journey, with stop, is about 7.5-8 hours.

Sarajevo by Private Transfer with a stop in Jajce

3 Nights in Sarajevo

3 Nights in Sarajevo

4 days in Sarajevo
4 days in Sarajevo

3 Nights in Sarajevo

A cosmopolitan city, Sarajevo's sheer religious and cultural diversity earned it the nickname "Jerusalem of the Balkans." While the prosperity that brought it the 1984 Winter Olympics has since faded, the city remains unique. 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 bazaars that betray its Ottoman heritage. 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, the longest modern siege of a capital city. These days it’s an evocative museum. You’ll also want to visit the ruins of the Olympic Games in the hills outside the city. It’s haunting and beautiful to see the abandoned ski jump and luge tracks.

A cosmopolitan city, Sarajevo's sheer religious and cultural diversity earned it the nickname "Jerusalem of the Balkans." While the prosperity that brought it the 1984 Winter Olympics has since faded, the city remains unique. 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 bazaars that betray its Ottoman heritage. 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, the longest modern siege of a capital city. These days it’s an evocative museum. You’ll also want to visit the ruins of the Olympic Games in the hills outside the city. It’s haunting and beautiful to see the abandoned ski jump and luge tracks.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Sarajevo

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation when you arrive in Sarajevo.

Baščaršija, the City's Heart

Suggestion to explore on your own

Baščaršija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. If you want to experience the bazaar at its best, we suggest taking a stroll through the bazaar to Bravadžiluk Street. Once home to the city's locksmiths, this street is now Baščaršija's gastronmic paradise, home to many of Sarajevo's most famous eateries.

Baščaršija, the City's Heart

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Sarajevo

Fall of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo Siege Small Group Tour

Fall of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo Siege Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo Siege Tour is one of the most popular tours in Sarajevo. With our experienced Sarajevo local guides, you will be able to understand better the rich and sometimes violent history of this city and the whole Balkan region. The facts presented in this war tour are delivered from an intellectual perspective, greatly insightful if you want to learn about what it was like to live in the former Yugoslavia and to have been affected by the war, as well as how these tragic events fit within the big picture.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3.5 hours

Sarajevo's Best Museums

Suggestion to explore on your own

Each museum in Sarajevo reflects the history and lives of locals in very different circumstances, and each one will significantly help you understand this unique city and determined citizens. Museums centered around the fighting in the 90s are exceptionally emotional and include the War Tunnel (the sole source of aid and weapons during the Siege of Sarajevo), Gallery 11/07/95 (named for the date of the Srebrenica Massacre), and especially the War Childhood Museum. If you're interested in more distant history, seek out Srzo's House (a traditional Bosnian house) and the National Museum. We also recommend visiting the Jewish Museum, to learn about the very complicated and interesting history of Bosnia's long-lived Jewish community.

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with a Local Family Small Group Tour

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with a Local Family Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

You'll enjoy a delicious historical adventure through the cuisine and culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina at this unique and traditional Bosnian dinner. This two-hour dinner with a local host is a very special event indeed. You'll have several courses of traditional cuisine and get to learn more about the local culture as you dine. At the end of the meal your guide will show you a lovely panoramic view over the entire city!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Sarajevo

Tito's Bunker and Konjic Private Day Trip

Tito's Bunker and Konjic Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Day tour to visit Konjic and Tioto's bunker is filled with diversity and you will be surprised to learn so many interesting facts about Yugoslavian period and the position of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time.  Tito’s Bunker is one of the largest and best-kept secrets of the former Yugoslavia. The Bunker is a real miracle of construction, complex for a special purpose - in case a catastrophe happened, Tito and his closest associates would be sheltered here. The 6.500 square meter long bunker was one of the most expensive structures in the former Yugoslavia, there was an incredible $4.6 billion spent for this project. With your local guide you will discover how it took 26 years to build, and how it was designed to withstand nuclear war and shelter communist leaders and army generals. Its air conditioning system, power generator, toilets are still working and the water container is filled with fresh water, just in case.


The tour continues with a visit to Konjic, including its Old Bridge, and time at a local woodcarving shop, as Konjic is still home to some of the best woodcarvers in the Balkans. Depending on your interests and based on your agreement with your guide, you can plan your lunch break either in Konjic or in the nearby Jablanica area known as the best place when it comes to fresh lamb. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6-7 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Belgrade by Private Transfer

It's time to head to nightlife capital of the Balkans, Belgrade! Your driver will meet you at your accommodations and take you on a scenic drive to Serbia. En route, you'll make a few historical stops with your driver/guide: Višegrad and its Ottoman bridge, Mokra Gora and its stunning views, and Kustendorf, a traditional village museum constructed as a set for the films of the famous director Emir Kusturica. With stops, this journey takes around 12 hours. You can stop for lunch at Višegrad or Mokra Gora.

Belgrade by Private Transfer with Visegrad, Mokra Gora, and Kustendorf Stops

3 Nights in Belgrade

3 Nights in Belgrade

4 days in Belgrade
4 days in Belgrade

3 Nights in 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.

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.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Belgrade

Upon reaching Belgrade your driver will take you to your accommodation in the city center.

Traipse the Bohemian Quarter

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night in Belgrade, we suggest taking an easy walk down Knez Mihajlova street and through the Bohemian quarter of Skadarlija, often compared to Paris' Montmartre. These old areas reflect the local lifestyle and culture at its best. Here you'll experience a blend of classical and modern architecture, together with lively cafeterias, street musicians, outdoor artists, interesting galleries, and shopping. In short, this is a great place to spend a few hours.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Belgrade

Belgrade's Yugoslavian Heritage Private Tour

Belgrade's Yugoslavian Heritage Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Belgrade's Yugoslavian past is not only visible in the form of old habits, but also in the distinct architecture left behind. Praised by some and cursed by others, these monumental structures are nothing if not memorable, and are one reason the past is a never-ending topic of conversation among locals. As Yugoslavia's capital, Belgrade's socialist past is especially visible. Visit some of Belgrade's most prominent socialistic sights, including the House of Flowers, the eternal home of leader Josip Broz Tito.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Visit Belgrade's Museums

Suggestion to explore on your own

As a capital of Serbia, Belgrade has more than a few museums, but three stand out and are especially worth seeing. Having finished 15 years of renovations, the National Museum of Belgrade has now opened all of its doors to visitors. Here, guests can explore a massive collection encompassing everything from the Paleolithic period to 20th century art. Our second recommendation is the Nikola Tesla Museum. You'll explore his often fantastical inventions, and unusual approach to life. Finally, be sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Its "permanent" exhibition actually changes every three to five years. As a rule, though, it's based on reconstructions of historical periods, movements, tendencies, and individual phenomena in the Yugoslav art space.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Belgrade

Serbia on Your Plate Small Group Tour

Serbia on Your Plate Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour is best described as "Serbia on your plate." You'll learn all about Serbian culture while tasting many of the country's traditional dishes. We suggest skipping breakfast because this is one filling food tour, the equivalent of breakfast and lunch! Your enthusiastic young local guide will take you around central Belgrade, to visit 6 authentic venues and a green market, tasting 14 local specialties and 3 drinks along the way. During the tour you will be presented with two souvenirs and a special memory book. It's a tasty day, to say the least!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Art, Inside and Out

Suggestion to explore on your own

Sava Mala and Dorcol Street represent Belgrade's artistic center, popular with the hip and young. One of Sava Mala's most significant art venues is Galerija Haos, where you can spend a few hours admiring the art and chatting with the host. Next door is another good place to visit, Ozone Gallery. This modern and unique venue displays art in digital form, focused on the future potential of digital art, and attracting prominent artists. We also recommend visiting BIGZ, which turns its huge, formerly abandoned interior into a kind of artistic mecca via its temporary exhibitions.

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Skopje by Private Transfer

Today you'll enjoy a memorable journey, traveling south to sunny North Macedonia, and its capital, Skopje. Your drive/guide will meet your accommodations and take you on a scenic drive. Along the way, you'll stop at Nis, known for its turbulent history. This is especially clear from its Ottoman-era Skull Tower, as well as memorials to the city's concentration camp and the partisans who fought for its liberation. This journey's total duration is about eight hours.

Skopje by Private Transfer with a stop in Nis

2 Nights in Skopje

2 Nights in Skopje

3 days in Skopje
3 days in Skopje

2 Nights in Skopje

The birthplace of Mother Teresa, Skopje is a city that reveres its past. You’ll find numerous landmarks and tributes to Mother Teresa here. But the statues in Skopje aren’t like those you’ve seen elsewhere. Several years ago, the government built monuments to many local historical figures. As a result, Skopje is like a living museum where the region’s culture and history come alive before your eyes. Skopje's atmosphere is unique, combining a little of the energy of Las Vegas with Eastern European charm. It’s really like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Some of the decorations are a little over the top, but the city is a must for visitors to the region. As you explore the sites you should try the excellent local wine and food, which combines flavors from Balkan and Greek cuisines. Skopje’s Old Town is reserved for pedestrians, so its traditional atmosphere has been preserved. This is the best place to explore the Muslim influence on the region, as the city center features various bazaars and cozy alleyways. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve stepped back into a more traditional age, in contrast to the modern monuments throughout Skopje. But the city isn’t all there is to explore. The fortress on the hill is impressive and well worth the hike. About 20 minutes away you’ll find Matka Canyon, which offers spectacular outdoor activities including boating, kayaking and hiking. For another point of view on Skopje, take the funicular up to the famous cross that overlooks the city. This is an ever-changing and exciting destination that always offers visitors something new and never disappoints.

The birthplace of Mother Teresa, Skopje is a city that reveres its past. You’ll find numerous landmarks and tributes to Mother Teresa here. But the statues in Skopje aren’t like those you’ve seen elsewhere. Several years ago, the government built monuments to many local historical figures. As a result, Skopje is like a living museum where the region’s culture and history come alive before your eyes. Skopje's atmosphere is unique, combining a little of the energy of Las Vegas with Eastern European charm. It’s really like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Some of the decorations are a little over the top, but the city is a must for visitors to the region. As you explore the sites you should try the excellent local wine and food, which combines flavors from Balkan and Greek cuisines. Skopje’s Old Town is reserved for pedestrians, so its traditional atmosphere has been preserved. This is the best place to explore the Muslim influence on the region, as the city center features various bazaars and cozy alleyways. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve stepped back into a more traditional age, in contrast to the modern monuments throughout Skopje. But the city isn’t all there is to explore. The fortress on the hill is impressive and well worth the hike. About 20 minutes away you’ll find Matka Canyon, which offers spectacular outdoor activities including boating, kayaking and hiking. For another point of view on Skopje, take the funicular up to the famous cross that overlooks the city. This is an ever-changing and exciting destination that always offers visitors something new and never disappoints.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Skopje

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Skopje.

Bizzare, Bazaar, Skopje

Suggestion to explore on your own

For a capital city, Skopje is fairly small and walkable. For your first evening, we suggest walking along the Vardar River, passing the charming bridges and impressive buildings lining both banks. The many monuments in the city center may create a bizarre atmosphere, but they're undeniably interesting. Enjoy evening drinks on one of the fake ships built atop the shallow river. The boats offer a charming atmosphere, and the river's fresh breezes are helpful if you're visiting in summer. Finish your day with a dinner in one of the many restaurants offering live music.

Bizzare, Bazaar, Skopje

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Skopje

Yugoslavian Skopje Private Tour

Yugoslavian Skopje Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Get your bearings from the get-go, with a drive to Skopje's best panoramic point. You'll see, first from a distance, then close up, prominent places reflecting the distinctive architecture of the Yugoslavian period. One of the most representative monuments is the Fallen Fighters memorial near the Government Building, and the monument to Josip Broz Tito, in front of a school named in his honor. You'll continue to the Kale Fortress in the city center, which offers views of many other attractions, including Mother Teresa's birthplace. You'll end the tour with a visit to the Old Rail Station.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Traditional Cooking Class at Local Host's Home

Taste Macedonia

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

While you’re in Skopje, you’ll certainly want to taste some of the delectable local cuisine. Be sure to try at least one of the most famous dishes. Tavche Gravche is beans cooked with special spices in a delicious sauce. Ajvar is a tangy spread made from red bell peppers, eggplant, garlic, and chili. Kashkaval is a yellow sheep’s milk cheese made locally. All three dishes are uniquely flavorful comfort foods. If you wish to learn how to prepare these yourself, we're happy to organize a cooking class with a local family.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Departure Day

Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Skopje airport for your departing flight.

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Ljubljana

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Ljubljana Airport Private Transfer
Communist Slovenia Private Tour
Bled, Vintgar Gorge and Bohinj Private Day Trip
Ljubljana - Zagreb Private Transfer

Zagreb

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zagreb City Private Tour in a Classic Yugo Car
Tito's Birthplace Private Day Trip
Zagreb - Sarajevo Private Transfer with a stop in Jajce

Sarajevo

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Fall of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo Siege Small Group Tour
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with a Local Family Small Group Tour
Tito's Bunker and Konjic Private Day Trip
Sarajevo - Belgrade Private Transfer with a stop in Višegrad, Mokra Gora and Kustendorf

Belgrade

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Belgrade's Yugoslavian Heritage Private Tour
Serbia on Your Plate Small Group Tour
Belgrade - Skopje Private Transfer with a Stop in Niš

Skopje

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Yugoslavian Skopje Private Tour
Skopje Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • 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 for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Howard & Dayna

Howard & Dayna

Oregon

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.

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.

Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Dale, Anne & John

Dale, Anne & John

Arizona

You are the kings and queens of travel!

You are the kings and queens of travel!

Year : 2018
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Sarajevo, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Sarajevo, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
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