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8-day 4-star cultural tour ‘Enchanting Balkans’

Skopje – Gračanica Monastery (World Heritage Site) – Ljeveski Monastery (World Heritage Site) – Kotor (World Heritage Site) – Budva – Sveti Stefan – Tirana – Ohrid & Lake Ohrid (World Heritage Site)

Your itinerary

Based on our own experience and the many tips we have received from enthusiastic holidaymakers, it is our pleasure to present the most famous highlights of the Balkans to you!

Day 1: Comfortable flight to Skopje


We are flying comfortably and with a short flight time to Skopje. Our friendly and competent, English-speaking cultural tour guide welcomes us at the airport. We travel to our 4-star hotel in the Skopje area.

Day 2: Skopje, Gračanica Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage), Prizren, Ljeveski Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage) & Shkodra with Lake Shkodra

Gračanica Monastery (World Heritage)

We start the day with a brief city tour in Skopje, the charming capital of North Macedonia. After that, we drive through spectacular landscapes to the impressive Gračanica Monastery. Of course, we visit this imposing UNESCO World Heritage Site (admission included). We then head to Prizren. This multicultural little town is characterised by mosques, synagogues, Orthodox churches and Catholic cathedrals. We also visit the 500-year-old stone bridge, the town’s landmark. Afterwards, we marvel at the next fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ljeveski Monastery (admission included). It was founded in the 14ᵗʰ century, making it the oldest five-domed church in Serbian art. In the late afternoon, we reach the 2,400-year-old cultural city of Shkodra on Lake Shkodra. We stroll through the old town to the Democracy Square and visit the Ebu Bekr Mosque (admission included) and the Cathedral of St. Stephen (admission included). We spend the night in a 4-star hotel in the Shkodra area.

Day 3: Podgorica, Porto Montenegro & Kotor (UNESCO World Heritage)

Bay of Kotor (World Heritage)

After breakfast, we head along the beautiful Lake Shkodra to Podgorica. We take a break in the charming capital of Montenegro. After that, we marvel at the superyachts of the rich and famous in the fashionable yacht harbour of Porto Montenegro. Now, the biggest highlight of our journey awaits us. We drive along the famous Gulf of Kotor before reaching one of the most renowned bays in the world, the Bay of Kotor. The sight of the ‘southernmost fjord of Europe’ is simply breathtaking. In the shadow of the mighty Mount St. Ivan, we stroll through the old town and are thrilled by this picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site. We spend the night in the Budva area, enjoying 4-star comfort.

Day 4: Budva, Island of Sveti Stefan & picturesque Adriatic Coast

Budva with Ballerina

In the morning the next highlight awaits us: Budva. The old town, with over 2,500 years, is considered one of the oldest on the Adriatic coast. We wander through the narrow lanes and enjoy the southern charm. Of course, we also visit the famous statue of the Ballerina – a truly magical place. In the afternoon, we marvel at Montenegro‘s landmark, Sveti Stefan. From a lookout point, we have a fantastic view of this enchanting island. The craft tradition then leads us into a jewellery and a leather workshop. Here we learn interesting facts about the production and have the chance to choose a holiday souvenir. Now we take a panoramic drive along the Adriatic coast to Ulcinj, where we stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 5: Tirana with Skanderbeg Square & Roman Road Via Egnatia


Today we are exploring Tirana, the vibrant capital of Albania. Albania is becoming the new insider tip in Europe due to its untouched nature, dream beaches and excellent sights. We stroll to the famous Skanderbeg Square, one of the largest city squares worldwide. Here, we can admire the Clock Tower, the Historical Museum and the Et‘hem Bey Mosque. We continue our journey over the famous Roman Road Via Egnatia to our 4-star hotel on Lake Ohrid, where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 6: Ohrid with Lake Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage), traditional paper museum & Sveti Naum Monastery

Ohrid & Lake Ohrid (World Heritage)

Today we explore Ohrid, the most enchanting city of North Macedonia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its nature and rich cultural assets including approximately 365 churches, is also referred to as the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’. We stroll through the old town and enjoy the warm atmosphere and zest for life. In the small paper museum (admission included), we are shown how paper was made hundreds of years ago. Afterwards, we visit the centuries-old monastery of Sveti Naum (admission included), which fascinates us with the numerous church paintings and its direct location on Lake Ohrid. The lake is the deepest and oldest in Europe.

Day 7 – 8: Skopje with Mother Teresa Memorial House, historic stone bridge, St. Clement‘s Cathedral & short homeward journey


On the 7ᵗʰ day, we head back to Skopje. Along the way, we visit a traditional carpet weaving workshop and admire this centuries-old craft. In Skopje, we marvel at Macedonia Square, adorned with many statues, including that of Alexander the Great on a horse. From there, we proceed to the 240 yd long, historic stone bridge. We pass by the memorial house of Mother Teresa, who was born in Skopje. Then we stroll through the Old Bazaar, the largest in the Balkans. The highlight is the St. Clement’s Cathedral (admission included). It is decorated with beautiful frescoes and has the world’s largest depiction of Jesus in the dome. On the 8ᵗʰ day, it is time to say goodbye. A dreamlike week comes to an end. We drive to the airport and fly back to the UK, filled with happiness.

Homeward journeySkopjeOhrid & Lake Ohrid (World Heritage)

Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline³ to and from Skopje
    incl. hotel and airport transfers
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected 4-star hotels (nat. category)
    incl. 7× tasty breakfast
  • Fascinating cultural tour in our modern, air-conditioned coach
    featuring the most famous highlights of the Balkans!
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions incl. admissions (as per itinerary), a.o. with:
    • Skopje
    • Gračanica Monastery (World Heritage)
    • Prizren
    • Ljeveski Monastery (World Heritage)
    • Shkodra & Lake Shkodra
    • Democracy Square
    • St. Stephen‘s Cathedral
    • Ebu Bekr Mosque
    • Porto Montenegro
    • Kotor (World Heritage)
    • Budva
    • Island Sveti Stefan
    • Tirana
    • Skanderbeg Square
    • Roman Road Via Egnatia
    • Ohrid & Lake Ohrid (World Heritage)
    • Paper museum
    • Monastery of Sveti Naum
    • Mother Teresa Memorial House
    • St. Clement‘s Cathedral
  • Qualified, English-speaking cultural tour guide

³ e.g. charter flights with Freebird Airlines (well-known charter airline company)

On request, you can book our additional services at special prices:

Gourmet package:

The package includes a delicious buffet every evening with international specialities:
only £139 per person


Single room surcharge: £ 200 per person (subject to availability)

Including a spectacular range of excursions and admissions featuring the 4 most significant World Heritage Sites !

You will love your 4-star hotels !

Example hotels

Comparison of temperatures


General note:

Below is an information overview. The conditions of entry, as well as the political and health situation, can change anywhere in the world at any time. We therefore recommend checking before your trip. Please check the website of the Foreign Office ( before your departure.


The Balkan Peninsula is located in south-east Europe and extends into the Mediterranean Sea. The Balkan Mountains give the region its name.


Albania: Tirana
Kosovo: Pristina
Montenegro: Podgorica
North Macedonia: Skopje

Form of government:

Albania: Parliamentary democracy
Kosovo: Republic / parliamentary democracy with unicameral parliament
Montenegro: Republic
North Macedonia: Parliamentary democracy


Predominantly Roman Catholic, with occasional Slavic, Albanian and Turkish Muslims.


Albania: Albanian
Kosovo: Albanian and Serbian; in some regions, Bosnian, Turkish and Romani are recognised as minority languages.
Montenegro: Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian and Croatian
North Macedonia: Macedonian; in some regions, Bosnian, Turkish, Romani and Albanian are recognised as minority languages.


Along the Adriatic coast it is Mediterranean, inland it is moderate continental with pronounced, seasonal temperature fluctuations. The countries are located in a seismically active zone, which can lead to earthquakes.

Local time:

Central European Time (CET) with summer / winter time changeover applies in all four countries. The time difference to the UK is +1 hours all year round.


230 Volt Alternating Current, 50 Hertz. An adapter is required.

Making telephone calls:

For calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 (+44) first. The dialling code for long-distance calls from the UK to Albania is 00355 (+355), to Kosovo 00383 (+383), to Montenegro 00382 (+382) and to North Macedonia 00389 (+389). The 0 before the area code is omitted each time.

Country and people:

Few countries are as rich in history as Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. A visit also involves exploring bazaars, where you can savour a unique atmosphere. The carpet, jewellery and leather goods trades are solid, sometimes centuries-old components of the regional culture. Therefore, during our round trip, we will visit a jewellery manufacturer, a leather trader and a modern carpet gallery. Here, you will learn interesting facts about the art of carpet craftsmanship and experience how a hand-knotted carpet has been created for generations. As part of fascinating demonstrations, you will learn more about the preparation of silk threads, the natural dyeing of wool and the delicate and very time-consuming knotting process. In the respective manufacturers, you will then also have 1-2 h to view artworks and products. Bargaining is part of the local customs. If you are not interested in making a purchase, the traders also accept a clear no. Bargaining is not done in department stores and supermarkets. This also applies to markets where local farmers sell their vegetables.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

Albania: You do not need a visa to enter Albania for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Albania. You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.
Kosovo: You do not need a visa to enter Kosovo for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Your passport must be undamaged and valid for the duration of your stay. You do not need an additional period of validity beyond this. You may be asked to provide documentary evidence giving a reason for your stay or showing you have suffi cient fi nances. Offi cials will issue a 90-day entry stamp, which is renewable for longer stays.
Montenegro: You do not need a visa to enter Montenegro for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. To enter Montenegro, your passport must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’) and be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’). You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.
North Macedonia: You do not need a visa to enter North Macedonia for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 90 days from your date of entry into North Macedonia.
Nationals of other countries are advised to enquire at the respective Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfi ed. For more information, please visit

Tour guides:

Your tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information on the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance in organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will fi nd out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Albania, Kosovo, Montengro and North Macedonia have to offer, and learn all about the countries and its people.

Additional packages:

Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package: The package includes a delicious buffet every evening with international specialities: only £139* per person.
Explorer package: The package includes the two boat trips on Lake Ohrid and in Kotor and the excursion ‘Skopje by night and wine‘: only £109* per person.

Tourist tax:

In each country a bed tax of up to 3€ (approx. £2.50) per person/day is payable on site (last revised: June 2024).


Montenegro and Kosovo are part of the European Monetary Union; thus, the currency is the Euro. Exchange rate (as of June 2024): 1 GBP = 1.18 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.85 GBP
Albania: The unit of currency is the Albanian Lek (ALL). 1 ALL = 100 Quindarka. Exchange rate (as of June 2024): 1 GBP = 116.95 ALL; 1 ALL = 0.008 GBP
North Macedonia: The unit of currency is the Denar (MKD). 1 MKD = 100 Deni. Exchange rate (as of June 2024): 1 GBP = 72.41 MKD; 1 MKD = 0.014 GBP

Banks/Credit cards:

Albania: Card payment using a debit or credit card is rather the exception. Cash withdrawal in the local currency is generally possible without any problems at ATMs with the appropriate signage using a debit and credit card in the larger cities.
Kosovo: In many restaurants and larger shops, it is possible to pay with a credit card. Payment and cash withdrawal at ATMs is often not possible with British bank cards. The banking system is functional, ATMs are relatively well established even outside of the major cities.
Montenegro: Common credit cards are accepted nationwide. Cash machines are widely available. The acceptance of V-Pay and Maestro bank cards is limited. These can only be used to withdraw cash at a few cash machines, but not for general payment transactions.
North Macedonia: The provision of cash with bank or credit cards is possible in Skopje and larger cities, but only sporadically in small provincial towns. Not all hotels accept credit cards. Almost everywhere, cash payment with GBP or exchange into Denar is possible. Most home banks charge a foreign transaction fee per withdrawal. Please inform yourself before your trip.

Customs regulations:

Albania: Import of national currency or foreign currency must be declared from a value of 1,000,000 ALL. Albania prohibits the import of drugs, weapons and pornographic material.
Kosovo: Import of cash in unlimited amounts possible. Amounts over 10,000 EUR must be declared.
Kosovo and Montenegro: The following goods have restrictions on duty-free import: 1 l spirits over 22% or 2 l table wine, sparkling wine, fortified wine, liqueur, 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250gr tobacco or 250 gr of any mixture of the mentioned products, 50 ml perfume or 250 ml eau de toilette, gifts and souvenirs up to 175 EUR.
North Macedonia and Montenegro: The import and export of foreign currency and items to Montenegro and North Macedonia is permitted up to an amount equivalent to 10,000 EUR and must be declared from this amount onwards.
Montenegro: Travel luggage and personal necessities can be imported into Montenegro duty-free, but must be exported again. For certain items (cameras, laptops etc.) there are numerical restrictions. When importing drones, they must be approved by the Montenegrin air traffic licensing authority and an import licence must be obtained. The customs regulations for British nationals can change at short notice. Therefore, please inquire in advance with the representations of your destination country.
Important: If you are travelling to Great Britain from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty. If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category. Please inform yourself about the current customs regulations:

Country-specific safety advice:

In all countries, there can occasionally be instances of violent protests and demonstrations, particularly in major cities and capitals. Therefore, avoid demonstrations and large crowds. In North Macedonia, the authorities do not always have timely assistance and access options. Petty crime such as pickpocketing, handbag theft or occasional car break-ins occur particularly in tourist centres, such as beaches, airports, train stations, city centres or larger crowds. Driving licenses and travel documents, as well as travel documents with residence permits, are desirable theft targets. Travellers should therefore always keep an eye on their personal items and identification. It is recommended to pay without cash and only take the cash needed for the day.

Special criminal provisions:

In all countries, the possession, trade, consumption and transport of drugs within the country and abroad is punishable by law. This also applies to smaller amounts intended solely for personal use.
Albania: Sexual acts in public can be punished with fines or with a prison sentence of up to 1 year.
North Macedonia: The unauthorised photographing or other documenting of military and strategic facilities is criminally prosecuted.

Medical information:

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC – on the Travel HealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Diarrhoea and other infectious diseases can be avoided by eating and drinking hygienically and using mosquito repellent.

Medical care:

Medical care to British standards is not guaranteed in all countries. Operations should only be carried out in the most extreme emergencies. Hospitals do not always have adequate facilities and are sometimes not capable of providing appropriate medical care to patients with certain conditions. Hygiene is generally not sufficient.
Kosovo: The medication must be purchased privately in all cases. Doctors often offer enhanced private treatments, provided one pays the desired price.
North Macedonia: The medical care in the capital, Skopje, is very good in the private sector and also good or very good in many areas of the public sector. English-speaking doctors are often encountered. Outside of the capital, however, medical care can often be problematic and frequently is not technically, equipment-wise, and / or hygienically up-to-date. Staff shortages, particularly in the nursing field, are a common problem.
It is recommended to take out international health insurance with the option of medical repatriation to the UK.

Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: June 2024