If you want to go on the tour, where beautifulness and historical and cultural importance of the sights visited is guaranteed, than this is the right tour for you. Balkan Peninsula has always been territory of great peoples` movements in each sense, that resulted in remaining of great monuments, cultural paths and historical object on its ground. Welcome to the Unesco Heritage Balkan Tour 1!
DAY 1 Arrival in Belgrade
Arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Transfer to your hotel. After little refreshment, city tour with panoramic ride around the city and walk through magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress. Welcome dinner in traditional restaurant in Belgrade`s bohemian quarter.
DAY 2 Felix Romuliana
Check-out from hotel and departure from Belgrade. Visit the King Peter`s Endowment in Topola, with it`s magnificent Church of St.George. Wine degustation in a winery. Departure further toward south-eastern part of Serbia. Arrival in Gamzigrad and visit to Felix Romuliana, the UNESCO site. Overnight in Paraćin.
DAY 3 Studenica Monastery - Stari Ras
Check-out from hotel and departure further. Passing by the Kopaonik National Park. Visit to Studenica Monastery UNESCO site. Arrive in Novi Pazar and visit to Petrova Church UNESCO site. Then, visit to the Sopoćani Monastery, also UNESCO site. Overnight in Novi Pazar.
DAY 4 Durmitor National Park (Montenegro)
Check-out from hotel and departure toward Montenegro. After traveling throughout beautiful natural landscapes, arrive in Durmitor National Park, the UNESCO site. Nationl Park tour led by professional local guides. Overnight in Žabljak.
DAY 5 Kotor
After check-out, heading to the Montenegrin seaside, beautiful Jadran Sea. Arrival in city of Kotor, the UNESCO site. City tour of Kotor followed by visiting several important museums. Overnight in Kotor.
DAY 6 Cetinje
This day is reserved for visiting Cetinje - old Montenegrin capital. Visit Mausoleum of King Nikola and taste the Njegus ham at Njegusi village. Boat tour and visit to Lady of the Rock island. Departure further toward Croatia. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight.
DAY 7 Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Full-day Dubrovnik, the UNESCO site, city tour. You will be able to see all the beauty of this medieval town. In the evening transfer to Split and overnight.
DAY 8 Split - Trogir - Šibenik
In the morning Split city tour with visit to Diocletian Palace, the UNESCO site. Visit to historical city center complex of Trogir UNESCO site. Departure to city of Sibenik and visit to Cathedral of St.James, UNESCO site. Overnight in Sibenik.
DAY 9 Plitvice National Park - Zagreb
Departure from Sibenik early in the morning. Arrival at Plitvice National Park, the UNESCO site. Half-day boat and walking tour through the park. Transfer to the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Zagreb city tour. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 10 Ljubljana - Idrija (Slovenia)
Check-out from hotel and departure to the Slovenia. Visit Heritage of Mercury in Idrija, UNESCO site. Return back to Ljubljana, Slovenian capital. City tour. Overnight in Ljubljana.
DAY 11 Bled Lake - Skocjan Caves
This day is reserved for full-day visiting of breathtaking Bled Lake and Skocjan Caves, the UNESCO site, in the south-western part of Slovenia. Overnight in Ljubljana.
DAY 12 Departure from Ljubljana
After breakfast check-out from hotel and transfer to the airport. Bid a farewell to UNESCO Heritage Balkan Tour.
There are 911 cultural and natural properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Of these, 18 are in the countries of the Balkan region (today’s Western Balkans). Croatia tops the chart with 7 properties; Serbia has 4 including the ones in Kosovo which is not yet on the World Heritage List; Albania, Bosnia, and Montenegro each have 2, and Macedonia has 1 - the Ohrid region.
Most of the sites, 14, are cultural properties. Two of them are natural ones: the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, and the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. One is mixed - the Ohrid region. One property only, the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo is registered as a cultural site in danger.
Felix Romuliana was an imperial palace built on the orders of Galerius Maximianus on the spacious plateau of Gamzigrad, near the city of Zaječar. Galerius, who was born in this area, raised the palace in the 3rd and 4th centuries in honour of himself and his mother Romula, after whom he named it. It belongs to a special category of Roman court architecture associated only with the period of the Tetrarchy and is the best-preserved example of this style.
The magnificent Medieval Studenica Monastery is the mother church of all Serbian shrines. Studenica Monastery is situated in the beautiful Studenica River Valley in central Serbia, 200 km south of Belgrade and 39 km south of Kraljevo. It lies close to the confluence of Studenica and Ibar Rivers along the most prominent Ibar River Valley, so called Kings' Valley, named after numerous monasteries, sanctuareis and sacral structures built by the Serbian medieval Kings along its course.
In the Middle Ages, this natural harbour on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial centre with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography. A large number of the monuments (including four Romanesque churches and the town walls) were seriously damaged by the 1979 earthquake but the town has been restored, largely with UNESCO’s help.
The Emperor’s Palace is one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture, not just for the preservation of original parts and the whole, but also for a series of original architectural forms announcing the new early-Christian, Byzantine and early-medieval art. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages by using materials from an ancient mausoleum. Roman churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, medieval forts and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces are contained within.
Heritage of Mercury, Idrija
Discovered in 1492, the mercury mine in Idrija was the second largest mercury mine in the world for centuries and stimulated the development of science, medicine, and technology in Slovenia and in Europe. Its continuous 500 year production was a powerful stimulus to the development of science, medicine and technology not only in Slovenia, but also in the greater European continent.
On 2 July, 2012 in Saint Petersburg, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee decided to include Idrija's mercury mine along with the mine in Spain's Almaden on its world heritage list.
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