Balkans tour, Belgrade to Banja Luka

“Emerging from a turbulent recent past, Bosnia and Serbia have retained their beautiful landscapes, fascinating history and a warm hospitality to visitors. This two-week small group tour shows you around in style.”

Highlights

Belgrade | St. Sava's Church | Kalmegdan Fortress | Iron Gates Gorge | Donji Milanovac | Kladovo | Lake Derdap | Derdap National Park | Felix Romulijan | Nis | Prima | Lebane | Kursumlija | Pristina | Gracanica Monastery | Pristina | Novi Pazar | Sopocani Monastery | Uvac Lake | Mecanvik | Srebrenica | Sarajevo | Sarajevo Tunnels | Lukomir | Mostar | Pocitelj | Kravice waterfalls | Stari Most bridge | Jajce | Pliva Watermils | Vrbas Canyon | Banja Luca |

Description of Balkans tour, Belgrade to Banja Luka

Situated at the crossroads between eastern and western cultures, both Bosnia and Serbia are rich in heritage and tradition, as demonstrated by this spellbinding tour that takes from Belgrade to Banja Luca by way of Prizren, Sopocani Monastery and Sarajevo.

Iconic historic sites that you will visit over a two-week itinerary include the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge on the Danube, the famed Serbian Orthodox monastery in Gracanica, and the 16th century Ottoman bridge, Stari Most, in Mostar. These are framed against a series of beguiling landscapes that will ensure you’re glued to the window throughout, such as the agricultural heartlands of Serbia, Derdap National Park and the majestic Šar Mountains.

While every day of this trip offers new experiences and sights, there are a few definite highlights. The atmospheric Sopocani Monastery, built in the 13th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A mountain train journey on the way to Srebrenica. A glimpse inside the Sarajevo Tunnels, a lifeline during the Bosnian War when the city was under siege, and a tour around the historic centre of picturesque Mostar. You’ll also take a boat cruise on the twisty-turny Uvac Lake, and see a number of sparkling waterfalls.

This tour spans Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia, tracing the course of the Danube at times, and is never less than enthralling. Expect to fall deeply for a region that has risen from a dark period in history to showcase a remarkably resilient historic and cultural capital.

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09 Jun 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Balkans tour, Belgrade to Banja Luka

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

Throughout Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

We believe it is important to show respect for local traditions, cultures and history. For this reason our journey through the Balkans sees us visit world heritage sights like the monasteries of Sopocani & Visoki Decani and other important landmarks, such as the Srebenica Memorial on day 10. Deepening our awareness for a community's history in this way allows for a sounder understanding of regional development and relations. Interaction with smaller, more isolated communities such as our visit to the mountain village of Lukomir on day 12 is a unique opportunity to meet wonderful people in remote regions and get an idea of the varying lifestyles and cultures in these fascinating countries.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

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