Friday, March 8, 2024

Yugoslavia Tour 2024





Day spent

Night Halt









19030-2245 hrs




DEL (T-3) >Helsinki




0740-1415 hrs




Helsinki City tour








Helsinki>Venezia (Venice)





Zagreb Hotel


0705-0905 hrs

1350-2025 hrs

Zagreb Night Halt 1 - 6.10



Zagreb City Tour



Zagreb Hotel

Whole day

Zagreb Night Halt 2 - 7.10



Zagreb City Tour



Zagreb Check Out

Whole day

Zagreb  City tour



Zagreb > Split by Night Bus



Night Bus from Zag

2355-0500 hrs

Night Bus - 8.10



Split city Tour



Split Hotel 


Whole day

Split Night Halt 1 - 9.10



Split city Tour



Split check out

Whole day




Split>Dubrovnik by night busget down at  Dubrovnik bus station 

Obala pape Ivana Pavla II 44 , 20000 and take bus 1 to go to Old Town (Stradun)



Night Bus from Split 11.10

0235-0645 hrs

Night Bus-10.10



Dubrovnik city Tour



Dubrovnik Hotel 


Whole day

Dubrovnic Night Halt 1 - 11.10



Dubrovnik > Kotor (Montenegro) >Dubrovnik (by Viator Tour)


Inter city - Montenegro

Dubrovnik Hotel

Inter city

Dubrovnic Night Halt 2 - 12.10

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Dubrovnic >Mostar (B&H) >Sarajevo (B&H) Tour - Trip via Mostar (B&H) by bus 

pick up at 800 hrs and drop at Sarajevo at 20 00 hrs( by Funky Tour )




Bus from Dubrovnik at 0800 hrs

Sarajevo Hotel


Inter city

Sarajevo Night Halt 1 - 13.10



Sarajevo city tour




Check out

Whole day

City tour



Sarajevo>Belgrade by bus



Bus from Sarajevo 


Night Bus   14.10

Or :



Belgrade city tour



Belgrade Hotel : 15.10

Whole day

Belgrade Night Halt 1 - 15.10



Belgrade city tour (or we may get down at Nis, which is near Skopje)



Belgrade Check out

Whole day

City tour



Belgrade >Skopje by bus



Bus from Belgrade


Night Bus 16.10



Skopje > Prizen >Pristina>Skopje or



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Skopje Hotel


Whole day

Skopje Night Halt s17.10

Inter city tour





Skopje > Ohrid >Skopje  by Flix Bus




Chk out

Whole day

Skopje is a great option if you are looking for a more modern and vibrant city,else prefer Ohrid 




Skopje > Ljubljana





Night plane





Bus and walking tour


Ljubljana Hotel 19.10.24 
Check out

Whole day

City Tour 



Ljubljana  bus Station > Venice Airport





Night bus




Venice> Helsinki







20.10 - 21.10.24

Helsinki > Delhi (T3)








Delhi (T3)  > CCU




0945-1205   Route plan

1 Croatian Kruna (HRK)                         = 12 INR

1 Montenegro Currency (Euro)              = 90 INR

1 Bosnia & Herzgovia Mark (BAM)      = 47 INR ( or say 50 )

1 Serbian Dinar (RSD)                           = 80 paise or 0.80 INR

1 Macedonian  Denar (MKD)                = 1.50 INR

Kosovo  Currency (Euro)                   = 90 INR 

25 Slovenian Tolar (SIT)                       = 10 INR

Address  of Accomodation:

Yugoslavia Croatia Zagreb Airbnb Hrvoje Babic  (6.10-8.10)

+385 95 198 2596

Ul. grada Vukovara 253 

10000, Zagreb

Check in time (1300 hrs) - not important, since we are coming late. 

Check out  time (1000 hrs) But he is yet inform about the left luggage facility.

2. Yugoslavia Croatia Split  Private Accommodation Raspudic (9.10-10.10)

+385 92 277 4291 - Ivi Raspudić

Tolstojeva 33, 21000 Split, Croatia

GPS coordinates: N 043° 30.652, E 16° 26.639

Check in time (1400 hrs) - "You can arrive at 7:00 a.m. and leave your luggage, the check-in time depends on the guests staying in the rooms you have reserved, it is no later than 2:00 p.m.

Check out  time (1000 hrs) Departure time is 10:00 a.m., no later than 11:00 a.m. You can leave your luggage and pick it up when it suits you.

3.Yugoslavia Croatia Dubronvic Airbnb Vukosava - Co-host Nikola (11.10-13.10)

+385 20 638 194

Petilovrijenci ul. 9

20000, Dubrovnik HR

Check in time (1300 hrs) As per the policy early check in is not allowed but you are welcome to leave your luggage before check in. 

Check out  time - (1000 hrs) - not relevant, since we will leave at 0800 hrs

Direction :


If you are coming by bus or ferry to Dubrovnik it is very easy to come to the Old Town (Pile's gate). When you exit from ferry or bus go to local bus station. You have one in front of main bus station and one in front of port building and wait for bus number 1A, 1B or number 3. They are driving directly to Pile gate in front of the Old town. 

4. Yugoslavia B&H  Sarajevo Airbnb Asko  (13.10-14.10)

+387 62 107 000

Sagrdžije 6

71000 Sarajevo BA

Check in time (1500 hrs) - not important, since we are coming late. 

Check out  time (1100 hrs) ok

Direction :

If you use the navigation system, enter SAGRDZIJE 30

The code for opening the safe is xxx . There is number x on your safe, which also has a key marked x.

The apartment is located to the right of the garage door (black door). Check in is from 3pm.

PB:I have seen from various reviews, that you people to keep their luggage after check out.

I hope you will allow the same for us - he said ok

5. Yugoslavia Serbia  Belgrade Downtown Belgrade Hostel and Apartments (15.10-16.10)

+381 66 9615375

Karadjordjeva 91, Savski Venac, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia RS

GPS coordinates: N 044° 48.575, E 20° 27.399

Check in time (00 00 hrs) - not important, since we are coming late. ...You can leave your luggage. If your room is empty you will be able to enter your room when you arrive - 12.5.24.

Check out  time (1200 hrs) "We are pleased to let you know that the accommodation has confirmed they will be able to arrange this for you. There will be no extra charge for this request".    - 12.5.2 and "ok on 13.6.24".

 6.Yugoslavia North Macedonia Skopje Central City Apartment (17.10-18.10)

Street 706 No.17/3 Apartment 36, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia

Phone: +389 71 289 633

GPS coordinates: N 041° 59.521, E 21° 26.603

Check in time (14 00 hrs) - Hi, if the room is empty of course you can check in earlier. If not, you can leave your luggage and as soon as I clean the apartment you can check in

Check out  time (1100 hrs) - waiting for answer

7.Yugoslavia Slovenia  Ljubljana Fluxus Hostel (19.10-20.10) - Vitja

Tomšičeva 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 251 57 60

GPS coordinates: N 046° 3.118, E 14° 30.141

Check in time (13 00 hrs) -  There is no problem with luggage, reception hours are open from 10am to 1pm in either case

Check out  time (1100 hrs) - not relevant for us, since we are leaving early


I went to the airport directly from home. The traffic was minimal. It is  the 3rd day (Tritiya) of  Durga Puja. Thanks to Massart, I have been able to see all the famous Pujas of Kolkata. We have taken car from our trusted person Dipankar (@Ertiga 3500, Scorpio 3500, Dezire 2500 , Winger 4800). We hired Tata Winger.

We took Indigo at xxxxx  hrs from CCU and reached Delhi at xxxx hrs. The fare is quite high @ Rs xxx per head. The price has significantly gone up after covid. Just outside Terminal 1, is Airport Express metro. 

We paid Rs 60 to reach Hauz Khas and then took same metro (we did not get down) which took us to Greater Kailash (we paid the extra fare at the exit counter of GK Metro for Hauz Khas to GK) - this is the purple line which goes upto Botanical garden, because at the airport we could not buy ticket upto GK.

From GK metro, we paid around Rs 30 to reach K block of CR Park, where Jaideep stays. Before reaching his house, I managed to see the Co-operative ground Durga Puja of CR Park. We slept at his house.


 Day 0 : (05.10.24 - Saturday) : Delhi (T-3) : 0740 hrs > Helsinki : 1415 hrs (flight time 6.35 hrs)

In the morning, we left for T-3 of Delhi airport by Uber. The uber in Delhi seems to be cheaper. We paid Rs 265 only. In the airport we met our other friends.

We took FinnAir (fare around Rs 38,000/-) . We got a good deal. The food is good. 

 We reached Helsinki at 1415 hrs and did a half a day city tour and ferry tour.

 The quickest and most convenient way to get from Helsinki Airport to the city center is by the Finnair Airport Train. Trains depart every 10 or 15 minutes during the day, and the journey time is about 27 minutes. The ticket price is €5 (around Rs 440) for adults (as of May 2024). You can purchase tickets from the vending machines at the airport or online . There are ticket machines in both the Arrivals and Departures Halls at Helsinki Airport and they accept credit cards and debit cards.

 To take the train, follow the signs for "Trains" or "Juna" (Finnish for train). The trains depart from platforms 1 and 2 in the Aviapolis station, which is located underground beneath the airport terminal. You can take the elevator or escalator down to the station.

 Arrival Time: 14:15 on 05.10.2024

Airport to City Center: Take the airport express train from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Helsinki Central Station.

Train Line: I or P train

Journey Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Frequency: Every 10-20 minutes

Estimated Arrival in City Center: 15:15

Walking Tour in Helsinki. Walking tour starting from Helsinki Senate Square :

Start Time: 16:00

 Helsinki Central Station (16:00)

Location: Kaivokatu 1, 00100 Helsinki

Description: Iconic railway station designed by Eliel Saarinen.

Duration: 10 minutes

Esplanadi Park (16:10)

Location: Pohjoisesplanadi, 00130 Helsinki

Description: Beautiful park in the heart of the city, ideal for a stroll. Head to the Esplanade, a popular park and promenade situated right in the center of Helsinki. This is a perfect spot to unwind and soak in the city's atmosphere. You might encounter street performers or artists showcasing their talents, making it a lively spot for both locals and tourists. If you're feeling a little peckish, grab a quick bite from one of the kiosks selling street food like sausages or potato patties (pasteveja) before continuing your exploration.

Duration: 20 minutes

Market Square (16:30)

Location: Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki

Description: Lively market with stalls selling food, crafts, and souvenirs. From the Esplanade, make your way to the Market Square, a bustling marketplace overflowing with fresh local produce, souvenirs, and Finnish crafts. Don't miss the chance to try some of the seasonal berries during the summer months. Here, you can grab a refreshing drink or a light snack like bread topped with smoked salmon or berries for an energy boost. 

From the Market Square, purchase a Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket and hop on a ferry to Suomen-linna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a captivating sea fortress located off the Helsinki coast.

Duration: 15 minutes (catch ferry to Suomenlinna)

Ferry to Suomen-linna

Ferry Departure: 16:45 from Market Square

Journey Time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Arrival at Suomenlinna: Around 17:05

Suomenlinna is a fascinating sea fortress located just off the coast of Helsinki. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. 

The ferry offers beautiful views of the Helsinki archipelago. Once you arrive in Suomenlinna, you can explore the fortress at your own pace. There are also a few restaurants and cafes on Suomenlinna where you can grab a bite to eat .

 Here are some of the interesting things you can see in Suomenlinna :

King's Gate - The main entrance to Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna Church - A beautiful stone church located on the island

Suomenlinna Museum - A museum that tells the history of the fortress

Submarine Vesikko - A decommissioned Finnish submarine that is now a museum ship. Suomenlinna is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (explore the fortress, museums, and walking paths)

Return to Helsinki City Center

Ferry Departure from Suomenlinna: 18:45

Journey Time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Arrival at Market Square: Around 19:05

Helsinki Cathedral (19:10)

Location: Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki

Description: Iconic Lutheran cathedral and a symbol of Helsinki. Marvel at the grandeur of the Helsinki Cathedral, a Lutheran cathedral boasting neoclassical architecture. Consider climbing the steps to the cathedral's dome for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

Duration: 20 minutes

Senate Square (19:30)

Location: Aleksanterinkatu, 00170 Helsinki

Description: Historical square surrounded by important buildings like the Government Palace and University of Helsinki. Take a stroll down Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki's main street. This is a great spot for indulging in some window shopping or just observing the city's vibrant energy. Make a stop to admire the architectural marvel, the Stockmann department store, known for being one of the oldest and biggest stores in Finland.

Duration: 20 minutes

 Uspenski Cathedral (19:50)

Location: Kanavakatu 1, 00160 Helsinki

Description: Largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.

Duration: 20 minutes

 Kamppi Chapel of Silence (20:10)

Location: Simonkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki

Description: Modern chapel offering a quiet retreat in the city center. A modern Lutheran chapel known for its peaceful atmosphere. The chapel is known for its wooden wave-like walls and a skylight that allows natural light to bathe the interior. This is a perfect spot to unwind and reflect after a day of exploring the city.The chapel is open until 8 PM, so you should have plenty of time to see it before your tour ends.

Duration: 10 minutes

Temppeliaukio Rock Church (7:30 PM - 08:00 PM)                                                                      

Head to the Temppeliaukio Rock Church, a unique Lutheran church carved directly into a granite rock outcrop. This architectural marvel boasts a copper dome that allows natural light to illuminate the church's interior. You can admire the church's fascinating design or even attend a concert held here in the evenings for a truly unique experience.

 Return to Airport

Train from Helsinki Central Station:

Departure: Around 20:30 (I or P train)

Journey Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Estimated Arrival at Airport: 21:00


Train Tickets: You can buy a Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket at the airport or via the HSL app.

Ferry Tickets: Tickets for the Suomenlinna ferry can be purchased at the terminal or via the HSL app.

Weather: October can be chilly, so dress warmly and carry an umbrella.

Dining: Consider grabbing a quick bite at the Market Square or near Helsinki Central Station before heading back to the airport.


 Took flight at  705 hrs at Helsinki and reach Venice at 905 hrs.

 Then took Flixbus at 1350 hrs and reached Zagreb from Venice or Venezia at 20.25 hrs. Our Airbnb is near the bus station.


To make the most of your 24 hours in Zagreb, it’s important to know the way the city is laid out. It saves time and hassle, especially when you are short on time.

To give you an idea, Zagreb is divided into two halves, Zagreb Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Zagreb Lower Town (Donji Grad).

The Upper Town is all about the medieval architecture lined along the narrow winding cobbled streets. It is old Town In contrast, the wide boulevards, spacious urban spaces, and modern architecture are the centerpiece of the Lower Town. It is New Town.

Most of the popular tourist attractions are located in the old part of Zagreb. So, if you’ve just a day in Zagreb, it’s best to concentrate on the old town.

8 am: Breakfast @ Otto & Frank

Get a great start to your day in Zagreb with a delicious and healthy breakfast at Otto & Frank.

Located right on Tkalciceva Street in the city center, this bistro is famous for its Zagreb Breakfast, an all-day breakfast platter.

9 am: Check Out Ban Josip Jelacic Square

After a hearty breakfast, begin your exploration from the heart of the city. Ban Josip Jelacic Square, the main city square is always buzzing with life. Dotted with lofty modern buildings, restaurants, cafes, and shops – the square is the primary junction for trams and pedestrians. The huge statue of Ban Josip Jelacic, erstwhile governor of Croatia graces the square. Walk to the other end of the square, toss a coin in the Mandusevac Fountain, and make a wish. Because you never know!

9:30 am: Drink in the Best Views Over the City from Zagreb 360°

Located right on the famous shopping street of Ilica, bordering Ban Josip Jelacic Square is a plain-looking building that once (former Yugoslavia) was the most modern building – Zagreb Neboder or Zagreb SkyscraperYou’d not even imagine what the top (16th) floor of the otherwise ordinary-looking high-rise building holds. It houses the Zagreb 360° Observation Deck or Zagreb Eye that’s best known for its eye-catching views over the city of Zagreb and beyond.

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee while ogling at the beautiful view from its rooftop terrace bar and cafe and then come back in the evening and drink in the night views with a pint of beer. Isn’t it amazing?

The ticket is valid for an entire day. You can visit as many times as you want.

10 am: Shop Local Flavors at Dolac Market 

Dolac is the biggest open-air local farmers’ market in Zagreb. It’s difficult to miss it because you can spot the bright red umbrellas from the main square.

Operating since 1930, the stalls at the market sell fresh and local produce. From meat, local fish, bakery items, dairy items, and flowers, to fruit and veggies, and traditional souvenirs. The market operates from 7 am to 3 pm from Monday to Saturday and 7 am to 1 pm on Sundays.

10:30 am: Admire Zagreb Cathedral/Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saints Stephen and Ladislav

A short uphill walk from the main square leads you to Kaptol Square. The square is home to the grand Zagreb Cathedral. Dating back to the 11th century, the Neo-Gothic cathedral with its soaring twin towers looks incredibly beautiful. The interiors are just as impressive.

The cathedral has endured quite a few renovations over the years to preserve it to its past glory. In fact, the restoration work was going on during our visit.

(From  Zagreb Cathedral do the walking tour of LP, which ends near Dolac Market)

NB: Mirogoj Cemetery (rec by LP) is a 30 minute walk (see below for details)

11 am: Ride the Funicular to Upper Town

You can walk uphill to explore the remaining attractions of the Upper Town, but how can you miss the fun of riding the world’s shortest funicular (66m) and Zagreb’s oldest means of public transportation?

The ride takes a little less than 60 seconds! The funicular runs every 10 minutes from 6:30 to 22:00 every day and costs 4 HRK per adult one way. The kids up to 7 years go free. If you have a Zagreb Card, the ride comes free.

11:30 pm: Walk along the Peaceful Strossmayer Promenade

Stroll along the lush green haven called Strossmayer Promenade aka Zagreb Stross.

It’s so quiet here. Plus, the panoramic views of the city from the promenade are an add-on. As you stroll along the promenade, stop by the silver statue of the famous Croatian poet, Antun Gustov Matos gracefully sitting on a bench.

12 pm: Watch Out for the Noon Gric Cannon shot at Lotrscak Tower (part of walking tour of LP)

It’s time for Noon Gric Cannon Shot.

Lotrscak Tower is a medieval tower that fires a cannon every day over the city exactly at noon supposedly to celebrate the victory of Zagreb over the Turks. The tradition goes back to about 1877. Climb the narrow steps to reach the lookout post and be fascinated by the birds-eye view over Zagreb.

12:30 pm: Let Your Emotions be Evoked at Museum of Broken Relationships

Zagreb is known for its unique museums and the Museum of Broken Relationships is no different.

It’s one of the quirkiest museums I’ve ever visited. The museum dearly treasures the items that are remnants of love and relationships that failed each accompanied by a story, some sad, some heartwarming, and some funny. Know that you will go through a range of emotions.

Visit the official website for updated hours and ticket prices.

1:30 pm: Lunch @ Stari Fijaker 900

A little about 400m walk from the museum is a lovely restaurant, Stari Fijaker.

If (of course you must) you want to try traditional Croatian food, it’s your best bet.

2:30 pm: Marvel at the Beauty of St. Mark’s  church (part of walking tour of LP)

Not as grand as Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church with its signature polychromed tiled roof remains the icon and a poster child of Zagreb. The colorful roof adorns the coats of arms of the city of Zagreb and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia. Dominating St. Mark’s Square, the church is one of the oldest monuments in Zagreb.

You can witness the stunning interiors only during the daily mass that takes place at 6 pm from Monday to Friday7:30 am on Saturdays, and 10:30 am to 6 pm on Sundays. If you happen to visit between April and October, plan a visit to the church during weekends at noon to attend the changing of the guard ceremony.

Note: If you are visiting Zagreb just for a day, you’d have to choose if you want to watch the cannon firing at Lotrscak Tower or witness the changing of the guard ceremony at St. Mark’s Church.

3:30 pm: Walk Through the Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata) : (part of walking tour of LP)

The Stone Gate is the only preserved medieval town gate out of the four gates. It’s used as a passageway from Upper Town to Lower Town and vice versa. But it’s not just a gate. Its archway is home to a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a guardian saint of Zagreb. It has a painting of the Virgin Mary, which is considered miraculous. In fact, the Stone Gate Chapel is Zagreb’s most important sacred and religious site.

The chapel hosts a painting of the Virgin Mary with a child that remained undamaged during the great fire of 1731 in Gradec. Locals believe the painting protects Zagreb from troubles and always answers the prayers.

4 pm: Walk the Gric Tunnel

Close to the Stone Gate is the Gric Tunnel. Set up in 1943, during World War II to be used as a bomb shelter, the tunnel was opened to the public after a renovation in 2016.

Admission to the tunnel is free and open from 9 am to 9 pm.

5 pm: Stroll Tkalciceva Street and Stop By One of its Many Cafes

It’s time to head down to a lovely pedestrian street, Tkalciceva, Zagreb’s vibrant and bohemian heart. Sprinkled with chic boutiques, traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants – it’s an ideal place to drop in for a much-needed coffee break.

The Cookie Factory is your answer. Order a steaming hot cup of coffee and pair it with delicious cookies. Just so you know, the cafe is celebrated for its luscious mix of brownies and ice cream. Choose a restaurant for some traditional Croatian cuisine. Some good options include Agava or Stari Fijaker.

6 pm: Shopping at Ilica Street (part of walking tour of LP)

Ilica Street is one of the longest (over 6 km long) shopping streets in Zagreb. From expensive high-end brands to reasonably priced and cheap items, the street has something for everyone. There are a ton of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bars along the way.You can walk the entire length of the street and take a tram back to the main square.

Croatian National Theatre: Walk to this impressive neo-baroque building with its beautiful yellow facade. If you’re interested, check out if there are any performances you can attend later. Commissioned in 1895 by Franz Joseph I, the Croatian National Theatre aka HNK Zagreb is an architectural masterpiece and a core of the performing arts scene in Zagreb. Apart from being an important cultural landmark, the saffron-colored building is also a major architectural landmark. 

Art Pavilion and Tomislav Square

 Art Pavilion: Visit the Art Pavilion for a dose of Croatian art. The surrounding King Tomislav Square is a beautiful green space perfect for a relaxing stroll. The oldest in Southeast Europe, a gorgeous bright yellow colored art gallery, Art Pavilion is strategically located on the Lenuci Horseshoe (a unique U-shaped green belt of Zagreb that comprises the city squares with urban parks in Lower Town) with Nikola Subic Zrinski Square in its south and King Tomislav Square in its north. Crafted using metal frame techniques, the building looks arresting. It deserves a visit even if you are not planning on checking out the art exhibitions it hosts.

 Zrinjevac Park: Head to this lovely park, part of the Lenuci Horseshoe, to relax and enjoy the fountains, statues, and green spaces.

 8 pm: Dinner @ La Struk

We loved dining at La Struk and thus, recommend it to our readers.                                     PS: They serve the best ever Strukli, a traditional Croatian specialty.

Evening Stroll: Take an evening stroll around the illuminated city center, returning to Ban Josip Jelačić Square. Enjoy the lively ambiance and maybe grab a dessert or coffee at one of the many cafes.

Other Beautiful Places to Add to Your Zagreb Itinerary

Mirogoj Cemetery (rec by LP)

Who’d want to visit a cemetery? But how can you not when it’s as mesmerizing as Mirogoj! It is 30 minute walk through leafy street from Zagreb Cathedral

Located outside the city center, on the slopes of the Medvednica mountain, Mirogoj with its seemingly endless arcades draped by lush climbing ivy is utterly gorgeous and peaceful. The location, the architecture, the surroundings, the history, the vibes – everything adds to the beauty and significance of the cemetery. Ironically, it’s one of the most attractive and instagrammable places in Zagreb. In fact, it’s often counted as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe.

Is one day in Zagreb enough? 

One day in Zagreb is enough to uncover its soul. Zagreb is amazingly walkable, making exploring easy and fun without feeling rushed. Thus, you can effortlessly cover the highlights of Zagreb in 24 hours.

Source : AI and


A day trip to Plitvice Lake - Booking not done yet

From Zagreb: 130 km, 1 hour 58 minutes via E65/E71 and D1 . There are frequent buses to Plitvice-lake. 

You can buy the ticket in advance online or from the bus station or in some cases also on the bus given that seats are free.

Expect to pay 90 to 100 Kuna each way.

The major companies include Bus Prijevoz Knezevic, Bus Croatia, Bus Globtour, and Arriva.

You can use Get By Bus, and Flixbus to book the tickets online.

The buses run from 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. It takes anywhere between 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes and costs 45 Kuna to 100 Kuna (one way per adult) depending upon the route and bus company or  else we have to go through a group tour if we want to see Raztoke also

About Plitvice Lakes National Park

The oldest (since 1949) and largest (73,350 acres) national park in Croatia, Plitvice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I was quite surprised to learn about the park’s rough and intense history. Plitvice’s ethereal landscape turned into a war zone during the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1991 when the Republic of Serbian Krajina, a self-proclaimed autonomous region of Serbs within Croatia sent local Serb rebels to capture the park and remove the Croats.

Known as the Plitvice Lakes Incident, it marked the beginning of the Croatian War of Independence.

The incident is also known as Plitvice Bloody Easter as Josip Jović, a Croatian park policeman was killed during the clash on Easter Sunday.

The park was recaptured by the Croatian Army in 1995 under Operation Storm.


Inside the park, 16 lakes form an interconnected system, set apart by natural barriers of travertine or tufa, a limestone deposited from mineral springs. The lake network is split into two clusters – 12 Upper and 4 Lower Lakes.

There are 8 different (4 circular routes for each entrance) well-marked self-guided lake zone routes or programs varying from 4 to 18 kilometers as per the starting point, and time taken.

Take either Programme A (2-3 hrs) or Programme B (3-4 hours). The loooger had to wait . So better to book early or opt for take the group tour




The second-largest city in Croatia after Zagreb and the largest city in the Dalmatia region, Split is a gem of a place. 

The city has an intriguing history dating back to the Roman Empire. Plus, it serves as a gateway to stunning Croatian islands like Hvar, and Vis and little Croatian towns like Trogir and Sibenik. 

Split is beautifully placed on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Owing to its connectivity to the Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula, this lively port city is the major transport hub in Croatia. Split has come to be an insanely popular tourist destination in Croatia for many reasons:


  • It serves as the main gateway to Croatia’s awe-inspiring and gorgeous archipelagos like Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Brač, Šolta, Čiovo, Drvenik Veli, and many more.

  • It makes an excellent base for discovering the other gems of Split-Dalmatia county like Solin, Trogir, Makarska, Baska Voda, and Sibenik, each less than an hour’s drive away.

With so much to do and see in Split, you might get overwhelmed. Here, I have listed down the best things to do in Split Croatia for you to craft a perfect Split itinerary.


A Little Bit About the History of Split

The city was discovered around the 3rd and 4th century BC as a Greek Colony of Aspálathos, however, it emerged on the world map in AD 305 when the Roman Emperor, Diocletian built his palace here.

From Byzantines to Venetians to Croatians to Austrians to Italians to Partisans to Germans to Yugoslavs, the city changed hands many times over a period of time before getting independence in 1991.As the centuries transpire, the Croatian town of Split has inhabited itself around Roman Ruins keeping them intact. Beautifully preserved, Split boasts one of the best Roman ruins outside of Rome.

How Many Days in Split?

One day is enough if you just wish to explore Split. But, if you want to discover the hidden gems in Split plus the islands and towns around Split, you need more.

We spent three days in Split out of which a day is spent exploring Split, two days are spent exploring the towns of Trogir and Šibenik as day trips from Split.

After that, we headed to Vis Island from Split and spent three days exploring Vis as well as the tiny islands around it. We took a day trip to Blue Cave from Komiza, Vis, and loved it to the core.

Hvar is another beautiful Dalmatian island that can be visited from Split.

It’s famously known to be the sunniest island in Croatia with 2700 sunny hours per year.

If you aren’t planning to spend a night or two at one of its lavish islands that lie just offshore, you can take a day trip to one or two of the Croatian islands.

There are quite a number of neighborhoods out of the old city walls stretching north of Split –VarosDobriLucacManus, and many more, but they seem to be relatively dull. I recommend you rather stick to the pretty old town center or take a day trip or two to the pretty coastal towns or islands near Split.

Here are the top things to do in Split Croatia:

Walking Tour of Split

08:00 - 08:30: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation or a local café.

08:30 - 11:30: Diocletian's Palace and Old Town or There is walking tour given in LP.

Diocletian's Palace: Start at the ancient Roman palace, exploring its labyrinthine streets, Peristyle, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, Diocletian's Cellars, and Vestibule.

Location: Center of Split


The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the world. This one’s the most sought-after out of all Split attractions.

Roman emperor Diocletian built himself a super-sized palace on the Dalmatian coast as his abode after retirement at the turn of the 4th century.

Split is built into and around the Diocletian settlement.

Diocletian’s complex was a colossal fortified structure that housed the imperial palace and military garrison. Diocletian Palace isn’t exactly a palace but a beating heart of the city. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time when in Split.With almost 220 buildings within its walls, the palace complex is home to about 3000 people.

The palace is an irregular structure with many towers on the northern, eastern, and western façades; the emperor’s apartments on the southern façade which was along the seaside receded with time.Its narrow maze-like streets leading to numerous passageways and courtyards are jam-packed with cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, and apartments.The major attractions within the palace include:

The Cellar and Basement Hall

If you enter through the palace’s Brass Gate, you’ll spot souvenir shops lined on both sides of the passage that leads to Peristill. It’ll look familiar to GOT fans as it’s where dragons are kept. The basement is well-preserved and wonderfully retains the ancient structures.

Peristyle or Peristil

The historic central square or open-air pavilion of the Diocletian Palace, Peristyle is flanked by the Split Cathedral and bell tower on the eastern side and the Vestibule of the Emperor’s Quarters on the southern side.

Emperor Diocletian would walk to Prothyrum (balcony) through the Vestibule from his quarters into the Peristil and his subjects would kneel down in front of him. Walking the courtyard is like walking back in Roman and Egyptian times.Today, the courtyard brims with hoards of tourists – some posing with men dressed as Gladiators, some appreciating the history, and some enjoying the hospitality of Cafe Luxor.


The Vestibule of the Emperor’s Quarters was the formal entrance to the Diocletian Palace’s Imperial apartments. The vestibule’s impressive rectangular structure from the outside and circular from the inside mesmerizes visitors.

Look up and witness the blue sky through a dome-like opening. Awe-inspiring! There once used to be a beautiful dome that collapsed but how and when no one knows.This space is used for klapa performances (a traditional form of acapella singing in Dalmatia performed by many singers in a group) as the vestibule has amazing acoustics.

Split Cathedral aka St. Domnius Cathedral

Originally, the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the Cathedral of Saint Duje was converted into a cathedral in the 7th century and is considered the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world.

The bell tower of Saint Domnius, an example of original Dalmatian Medieval architecture was added in the 13th century. The bell tower construction lasted for almost 300 years. It graces the Split skyline. You can climb to the top of the bell tower to relish the 360-degree panoramic views over the entire Split.The Cathedral treasury on the first floor houses relics of St. Domnius or St. Duje, the patron saint of Split. The crypt below the cathedral was converted into the Chapel of St Luce.

Opening Hours:

May and October – 7 am to noon and 5 pm to 7 pm

Entrance Tickets:

The ticket to the cathedral includes admission to its baptistery, treasury, and crypt. The bell tower tickets can be purchased individually.

The Cathedral + The Baptistery (Temple of Jupiter) + The Crypt – 25kn

The Cathedral + The Bell Tower – 15kn

The Cathedral + The Baptistery (Temple of Jupiter) + The Crypt + The Treasury + The Bell Tower – 45kn

Duration: 3 hours

Four Town Gates – Golden Gate, Silver Gate, Iron Gate, and Bronze Gate

The quadrant of Diocletian’s Palace has four gates, one on each side –

  • Bronze Gate (south gate)
  • Iron Gate (west gate)
  • Golden Gate (north gate)
  • Silver Gate (east gate)


All the gates lead to the historic center of the palace – Peristil.

Gregory of Nin Statue (Grgur Ninski)

Just outside the Golden Gate stands the 28-foot-tall statue of Gregory of Nin by Ivan Meštrović.

Rubbing the toe of the statue of Gregory of Nin is said to bring good luck.

Let Me Pass Street

Let Me Pass Street or Pusti me da Prodjem is one of the narrowest streets in the world.It’s right next to the Temple of Jupiter.

There’s no entrance fee into the Diocletian Palace and it is open all the time (24/7). Though some of the individual attractions inside the complex require a ticket like the Cellars, Cathedral of Saint Domnius Treasury, Split Bell Tower, and the temple of Jupiter which can be purchased at the entry to individual sights.

Tip: Take a walking tour of Diocletian Palace to understand its 1,700-year-old history in a better way. or There is walking tour given in LP.

11:30 - 12:00: Riva Promenade

Riva Promenade: Stroll along the beautiful waterfront promenade, lined with palm trees, cafes, and shops. Take a Walk on the Riva Promenade. Riva waterfront promenade just outside the city walls is a perfect place to take a walk while admiring the Dalmatian Coastline and gawking at the little boats and huge ships at the port.

The ferries to different Croatian islands depart from here. You can sit on one of the white benches or even on the grass and indulge in people-watching when you get tired after the walk or all the sightseeing.

Tip: You can take a refreshing walk (1.4 km) from Riva Promenade to Sustipan Park, Split’s green haven. Have a Cup of Croatian Coffee at One of the Cafes on the Riva

The Riva is a lively public space jammed with cute and charming cafes, restaurants, and vibrant bars. It’s an ideal place to have a cup of Croatian coffee and relax after you finish exploring Diocletian Palace. If you happen to stay here till late evening, you can see a live musical performance too

Duration: 30 minutes

12:00 - 12:30: People’s Square (Pjaca)

People's Square or Piazza or Narodni Trg or Pjaca : Visit this historic square featuring charming architecture, including the old Town Hall. or People’s Square. The medieval quarter of Split constructed during the Venetian rule, Narodni trg is now the main square or rightfully the heart of Split’s public life. Dominated by the 15th-century Town Hall, the square is circled by busy cafes and restaurants.

Duration: 30 minutes

12:30 - 13:30: Marjan Hill

Marjan Hill: Walk/Hike to Marjan Hill to check out the best views over Split. Enjoy a leisurely walk up the hill for panoramic views of Split and the surrounding islands.

Just out of Old Town Split, Marjan, a hill on the peninsula enveloped by dense pine forests offers the best views over the city of Split. Marjan Forest Park offers some amazing hiking trails and lookout points.

Walk the Riva Promenade towards Sperun Ulica all the way to Senjska Ulica. Take the stairs (Marjanske Skale) to the Marjan First Lookout (Prva Marjanska Vidilica) for incredible views of the city and Dalmatian Coast. It’s where you can witness Split’s best sunset. There’s also an outdoor cafe, Vidilica here. You can climb a few steps from here into the Old Jewish Cemetery. If you follow the trail down near the Old Jewish Cemetery, you’ll reach Kašjuni Beach.Or you can continue hiking Marjan Hill from the first lookout to the Church of St. Nicolas which leads to the 360-degree viewing platform.

Duration: 1 hour

13:30 - 14:00: Break

Take a short break and grab a quick snack or drink from a local café.

Afternoon: Trip to Trogir

14:00 - 14:30: Travel to Trogir

Transportation: Take a bus or taxi to Trogir. Buses run frequently between Split and Trogir, and the journey takes about 30 minutes. Just about 30 km away from Split, Trogir is a tiny gorgeous coastal town. Its Old Town lies entirely on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. Flaunting buildings dating back to the 13th and 15th centuries, the Old Town beautifully preserves its rich heritage and culture. Land Gate, Trogir Cathedral, Cipiko Palace, Kamerlengo Castle, and St. Mark’s Tower, the Church of St. Peter, the Clock Tower and City Loggia, the Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas, and St. Dominic Monastery are some of the best attractions in Trogir. You can also reach Trogir from Split by bus 37 which leaves from Sukoisanska bus station.

Ferries also run from Split to Trogir during the peak season and take around an hour to reach. The ticket prices for foot passengers start from 20kn.

Duration: 30 minutes

14:30 - 18:30: Explore Trogir

Historic City Center: Begin your exploration at the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cathedral of St. Lawrence: Visit this beautiful Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, famous for its intricate portal by Master Radovan.

Kamerlengo Castle: Walk along the promenade to Kamerlengo Castle, which offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and Trogir.

City Loggia: Stop by the City Loggia, which dates back to the 15th century and features Renaissance architecture.

Duration: 4 hours

18:30 - 19:00: Return to Split

Transportation: Take a bus or taxi back to Split.

Duration: 30 minutes

19:00 - 20:00: Dinner in Split

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Split. Consider trying traditional Dalmatian cuisine such as seafood, Pasticada, and local wines.

20:00 - 21:00: Leisure Time

Take a leisurely evening stroll along the Riva Promenade or relax at your accommodation.

Other places worth a visit

Vocni Trg or Fruit Square

Officially known as Trg Braće Radić, Vocni Trg was once home to a colorful and lively fruit market. The square is now rimmed with exclusive shops, bars, and cafes. It also hosts fairs and street performers showcase their talent here.

A number of historical landmarks adorn the square – Octagonal Venetian TowerMilesi Palace, and a statue of Marko Marulić.

Split Old Town is a sight to behold at night.

Shop at Pazar – Split’s Green Market

Pazar, an open-air fresh food market just outside the Diocletian Palace at Silver Gate delights its visitors with local fruits, vegetables, meat, and cheese straight from the farm. It’s open from 6:30 a.m. until late in the evening. There are many stalls selling colorful flowers and traditional souvenirs. Make sure to carry your own eco-friendly bags.

Soak the Sun at Trstenik Beach

We love pebbled beaches and thus chose Trstenik Beach out of all the beaches in Split. BačviceKašteletKašjuni, and Bene are some of the most beautiful beaches in Split. Managed by Radisson Blu Resort, Trstenik Beach is much quieter and cleaner in comparison to other beaches. The water is unbelievably clear.

Barring a part that is exclusively for people staying in the resort, the rest of the beach is completely open to the public.

Relish the Local Food

A trip to any country or city is incomplete before you taste their authentic local food. Split or for that matter, all of Croatia is famous for mouthwatering seafood.

Split is not big on museums. It has a few interesting museums. If you’ve to choose only one museum, visit Split Archeological Museum. The oldest museum in Croatia, it’s a delight for history lovers as well as kids to learn more about the history of Dalmatia.

Take a Day Trip to Klis Fortress

Overlooking the town of Split, Klis Fortress lies in the tiny hillside village of Klis dotted with olive groves and vineyards. The killer bird’s-eye views alone are worth a climb to the top of the fortress. If you are a Game of Thrones (GOT) fan, you must know that the fortress is used as Meereen, the city in the Bay of Dragons ruled by Daenerys Targaryen

Bus numbers 22, 35, and 36 take you to Klis Fortress and a return trip can cost somewhere around 20 to 25 Kuna per person.

Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm daily ; Entrance Fee: 40 Kuna per adult and 20 Kuna per child


For a day hopping group tour from Split, the best and most popular island destinations are typically the Blue Cave on Biševo Island, Hvar, and the Pakleni Islands. These locations offer a mix of natural beauty, historic sites, and vibrant local culture. Here are some recommended tours and destinations:

Recommended Island Hopping Tour Companies

Sugaman Tours

Pelican Tours

Blue Cave Croatia



Popular Destinations for a Day Hopping Group Tour

1. Blue Cave (Biševo Island)

Highlights: The mesmerizing Blue Cave, where sunlight creates a stunning blue light effect inside the cave.

Activities: Cave tour, swimming, and photography.

2. Hvar Island

Highlights: The historic town of Hvar, Hvar Fortress, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and beautiful beaches.

Activities: Sightseeing, exploring historical sites, shopping, dining, and beach time.

3. Pakleni Islands

Highlights: A chain of small islands near Hvar, known for their crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches.

Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying local cuisine.

Sample Itinerary for a Day Hopping Tour

07:30 - 08:00: Meet at the designated departure point in Split (usually the Riva Promenade or a nearby dock).

08:00 - 09:00: Departure from Split and travel to Biševo Island.

09:00 - 10:00: Visit the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. Enjoy a guided tour of the cave and its stunning blue light effects.

10:00 - 11:00: Travel to Vis Island. Some tours may include a stop at the Green Cave or Stiniva Cove.

11:00 - 12:00: Free time for swimming, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach at Vis Island.

12:00 - 13:00: Travel to Hvar Island.

13:00 - 15:00: Explore the town of Hvar. Visit the Hvar Fortress, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the main square. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

15:00 - 16:00: Travel to the Pakleni Islands.

16:00 - 18:00: Free time to explore the Pakleni Islands. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beaches.

18:00 - 19:00: Return to Split.

19:00: Arrive back in Split.

Booking Tips

Advance Booking: It's advisable to book your island hopping tour in advance, especially during peak tourist season.

Check Reviews: Look for reviews and ratings of the tour companies to ensure a good experience.

Inclusions: Ensure the tour includes transportation, entry fees to the Blue Cave, and any other amenities like snorkeling gear.

Weather: Check the weather forecast for the day of your tour, as conditions can affect sea travel. 



The Pearl of the Adriatic or the Game of Thrones Location – whatever way you know it, Dubrovnik seriously lives up to the hype. Your itinerary for Croatia is incomplete without adding Dubrovnik to it. As you stroll the well-preserved fairytale-like Old Town and drink in the panoramic views of the Adriatic sea, you’ll fall for it. After all, you are in one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia.

 7 am: Early Breakfast @ Snek by Congo

 Start your 1 day in Dubrovnik bright and early with a delicious breakfast at Snek by Congo. Located at Stradun, it’s a perfect place to enjoy a tasty and healthy breakfast before you start your sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik.

08:00 - 08:30: Start at Pile Gate or There is walking tour given in LP

Pile Gate: This is the main entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Admire the impressive gate and the statue of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik.

08:30 - 10:00: Walk the City Walls

City Walls: One of the best ways to see Dubrovnik is from its famous city walls. The walk takes about 1.5 to 2 hours and offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the red rooftops of the Old Town. If you’ve time to do just one thing in Dubrovnik, it has to be a walk around the picturesque city walls surrounding the Old Town. So, naturally, you’ll start your day with a tour of the city walls. Make sure to be there right at the time walls open to avoid the tourist rush (it’s horrible during the peak season and that’s obvious owing to the popularity of the city walls). The opening times vary with the season. The ancient city walls walk not only brings you face to face with the history of the city once called Ragusa  but also lets you revel in the spectacular views of the port, the Old Town, and the shimmering turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. There are many vantage points along the city walls, but the best views come from Minčeta Fortress. It’s the highest point on the city walls. It usually takes around 1 to 2 hours to walk around the walls depending on your pace and how busy the walls are at the time you are visiting.

We strongly recommend booking a walking tour of the city walls with a local guide as it gives you an insight into the history of Dubrovnik and covers all the must-dos. It’s the perfect choice for first-time visitors to the city. Your city walls ticket also includes entry to the 11th-century Fortress Lovrijenac aka St. Lawrence Fortress. A prominent Game of Thrones location, the cliff-top fort offers some mind-blowing views of the walled city of Dubrovnik if you are ready to climb over 200 flights of steps to the top.

Descend from the City Walls and head towards Onofrio's Fountain, a beautiful 16th-century landmark. 

10:00 - 10:30: Visit the Fort Lovrijenac

Fort Lovrijenac: Located just outside the city walls, this fort offers spectacular views of the city and the sea. It has been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones.

10:30 - 11:00: Visit the Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery: Home to one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, dating back to 1317. The monastery also has a beautiful cloister and a museum. Franciscan Church and Monastery with its gorgeous late-Romanesque cloister, an ancient pharmacy that has been in operation since 1317 and is the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe, a small museum that holds historic artifacts, and a beautiful Baroque church.

11:00 - 11:30: Stroll through Stradun

Stradun (Placa): The main street of the Old Town, lined with beautiful historic buildings, shops, and cafes. Take your time to soak in the atmosphere.

Marin Držić Statue : As you walk from the Clock Tower towards this unique statue, you’ll witness a small fountain of Onofrio, a replica of the large Onofrio Fountain. A few steps away is a bronze statue of Marin Držić, a famous Croatian writer from Renaissance Dubrovnik. He’s fondly known as the Shakespeare of Dubrovnik.

Sculpted by Croatia’s well-known sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, the statue garners a lot of attention from visitors because of its nose. Yes, it is believed that if you touch its nose you’ll be blessed with happiness and good luck . No wonder, its nose is completely worn out and stands out because of all that rubbing.

Jesuit Staircase : The beautiful Baroque staircase is said to closely resemble the Spanish Steps in Rome. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you’d at once recognize the location. It’s featured in the “Walk of Shame” aka Cersei’s Walk of Atonement scene in Season 5. The stairs lead to the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Jesuit College.

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch : Restaurant Options:

There are many great places to eat in Dubrovnik. Consider enjoying local seafood at a restaurant like Proto or a quick bite at Barba, which is known for its delicious street food. A lunch at Gradska Kavana Arsenal is sure to add to your experience.

Enjoy a delicious Croatian meal at a restaurant in the Old Town. Sample fresh seafood dishes like "peka" (stew) or "pašta" (pasta) with local ingredients.

12:30 - 13:00: Visit the Rector’s Palace

Rector’s Palace: This Gothic-Renaissance palace was once the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa. A fine blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles, Rector’s Palace aka Duke’s Palace is a sight to behold. Originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt many times after being destroyed by explosions, fires, or earthquakes, the palace still stands tall and ever beautiful. It’s regarded as one of the most valuable heritage buildings in Dubrovnik. The building once served as a seat of the most important government institutions of the Ragusan Republic and the Rector’s apartment. Today, it’s home to the Cultural History Museum holds the pieces that walk you through the rich history, culture, and heritage of Dubrovnik. The courtyard with finely carved columns and the ornate stone staircase, private chambers, prison cells, arched terraces, richly painted and gilded ceiling, and whatnot – there’s a lot to admire here! A scene from Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen meets the Spice King of Qarth to ask if he can give her ships for her army to sail through the Narrow Sea was filmed in the palace’s gorgeous courtyard.

13:00 - 13:30: Explore the Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral or Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary): This beautiful Baroque cathedral houses an impressive treasury with relics and artifacts. Dubrovnik Cathedral dominates the skyline of Dubrovnik. It, in fact, is one of the most impressive buildings in the Old Town. The Roman Baroque-style cathedral that you see today actually replaces the 12th-century Romanesque-style cathedral that was destroyed during the 1667 earthquake. Legend has it that King Richard the Lionheart of England contributed to the reconstruction of the church in gratitude for saving his life when his ship crashed into Lokrum Island while coming back from the crusade. The interiors boast many paintings, the most notable being the painting, The Assumption of Mary by Venetian Renaissance artist, Titian, impressive altars, and a treasury that was one of the richest on the Adriatic coast before being devastated by the Great earthquake of 1667.

13:30 - 14:00: Walk through Gundulić Square

Gundulić Square: This picturesque square is home to a daily market where you can buy local products like fresh fruits, vegetables, and souvenirs.

14:00 - 14:30: Visit Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace: One of the few buildings that survived the earthquake of 1667, it now houses the city archives. Constructed in Gothic and Renaissance styles in 1522, Sponza Palace aka Divona is one of the few structures that almost remained intact during the 1667 earthquake. The building has been used as a mint, armory, treasury, school, bank, customs office, and warehouse since its inception. Today, it serves as an important cultural center. Home to the city archives, the palace retains manuscripts dating back to the 12th century. The arch in the atrium of the palace is inscribed with Latin words that translate to “Our weights do not permit cheating. When I measure goods, God measures with me.” Isn’t it beautiful!

Clock Tower - Dating back to 1444, the Clock Tower displays four bells (Loggia of the Bell) that were used as an early warning system in times of danger and a clock with a golden ball that shows the time and the phases of the moon

Dominican Monastery : Built in Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architectural styles in 1348 and rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake, the Dominican Monastery looks more like a fortress than a religious structure. Its exterior forms the outer walls leading to the Ploce Gate of the city. The Gothic cloister of the monastery with its arches, columns, well, and lush green trees, undoubtedly, is the most beautiful part of the complex. It was designed by the Florentine architect Maso di Bartolomeo. The cloister leads to a small museum that houses invaluable pieces of art and history. A beautiful staircase with a stone balustrade leads to the church of the monastery.

14:30 - 15:00: Visit the Church of St. Blaise

Church of St. Blaise and Orlando’s Column : This church is dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik and is known for its Baroque architecture. A fine example of Baroque architecture, the Church of St. Blaise was designed by a Venetian architect named Marino Gropelli in 1715 and named after the patron saint of the city. The church you see now is replaced by the original Romanesque church destroyed during a fire in 1706. Located in a bustling Luža Square aka Loggia Square, admission to the church is free. With an impressive dome and a flight of stairs ornated with angel statues, the church looks exceptionally beautiful. The interiors are as extravagant as the exteriors. The notable feature is a 15th-century Gothic gold-plated silver statue of St. Blaise on the main altar. All lit-up stained-glass windows at night add to the beauty of the church.

Built and designed by sculptor Antonio Ragusino in 1418, Orlando’s Column is located right in front of St. Blaise’s Church.The column is dedicated to the armored knight, Orlando. The legend has it that he helped the people of Ragusa in conquering the invaders during the medieval period. Thus, it’s considered the symbol of freedom.

15:00 - 16:00: Climb Mount Srđ

Mt Srđ: Take the cable car up to Mount Srđ for a panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. There’s also a restaurant at the top if you want to enjoy a drink with a view. From Mt. Srd to soak up the breathtaking sunset views of the Dalmatian Coast from the mountain summit. Panorama Restaurant at the top of Mt. Srd is a perfect place to enjoy your evening dose of caffeine with epic views. You can choose to hike up Mount Srd if you have time. Whatever way you choose to reach the summit, make sure you reach there well before the sky bursts into sunset colors

16:00 - 17:00: Return to Old Town and Free Time

Free Time: Spend your remaining time wandering the narrow streets, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying a coffee at one of the many cafes.

17:00 - 18:30: Dinner

Dinner Options: Consider dining at a restaurant like Nautika, which offers a fantastic view of the sea and delicious seafood, or try local Croatian dishes at Konoba Dubrava. One of the top Michelin-star restaurants, Restaurant 360 is known for its modern experiments with traditional Dalmatian cuisine. The food is uniquely delicious and the service is exceptional. Not to mention the view over Dubrovnik Old Town from here is amazing.

18:30 - 19:30: Sunset Walk along the Old Port

Old Port: End your day with a relaxing walk along the Old Port. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and the evening ambiance of the city.

Tips for Your Walking Tour

Weather: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water if it’s hot.

Purchase your Dubrovnik City Walls ticket online or at the ticket office near Pile Gate to avoid queues.

Consider purchasing a Dubrovnik Card for discounted entry to major attractions, including the City Walls, Rector's Palace, and Sponza Palace.

Purchase your cable car ticket online or at the station near Pile Gate.

Consider walking down Mount Srd for some exercise and additional views if you have time and energy.

After Dinner: Stroll through the illuminated Old Town streets and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Consider attending a cultural event or performance if available.

Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna (HRK) currency. You can exchange your currency at banks or exchange offices in the Old Town.

Essential Tips for a Perfect Trip to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is super famous and thus, super crowded! Overtourism is real.Apart from its strategic location on the Dalmatian coast, the dramatic views of the terracotta rooftops, and the stunning Adriatic sea, and its fantabulous Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, the other element that makes Dubrovnik crowd puller is it being used as a capital of the seven kingdoms, King’s Landing in the fantasy show on HBO – Game of Thrones. There’s a reason it is popular. So you’ll have to find ways to avoid tourist crowds.

Tips to Avoid the Tourist Crowds

Start exploration as early as possible.

Ditch Pile Gate and choose to enter the Old Town through Ploče Gate. Pile Gate, the main entrance to the town is almost always busy because it’s a natural entry point for tourists. All the city buses stop here, most walking tours start from here, and it’s the nearest starting point for the cruise passengers from the ships docked at Gruž Port so crowds of people pile in through Pile Gate.

Dubrovnik has become one of the top cruise destinations in the world. Make sure to check the cruise calendar. It’s suggested you not plan your trip to Dubrovnik on a no-cruise day. It’s vital if you are planning to spend just 24 hours in Dubrovnik!

If you can’t avoid the cruise day then I’d advise you to tour the Old Town in the evening when the cruise crowds go back to the ship.

Avoid visiting during the peak season that’s the summer months of June, July, and August. I know, Dubrovnik is a coastal town and is known for its stunning beaches, islands, and water sports, and they are best experienced during sunny and warm days. But what if the beaches and islands are packed with tourists to the brim, the soaring temperatures (as high as 30°C) make it challenging to stroll the otherwise charming streets of the ancient town or go hiking, and the flights and hotel prices skyrocket? May, September, and October are, undoubtedly, the best months to visit Dubrovnik – it’s when the weather is perfect for you to take a dip in azure waters, go kayaking, relax on a beach, or take on other outdoor activities, the crowds begin to fade, the cruise ships almost abandon the port, and the prices drop.


Tips to Save Time, Money, and Hassle

A well-laid itinerary helps a great deal to make the most of your time, however, short in the city.

Skip the lines and get free public transportation with Dubrovnik Card. It allows entry into some of the top attractions of Dubrovnik including the iconic city walls and provides you with a transportation card so you can use public transport for free until its validity.

Book your flights, hotels, tours, and tickets to attractions well in advance. 

Dubrovnik Travel FAQs

How many days should I spend in Dubrovnik?

One day in Dubrovnik is enough to explore its core which includes all the major highlights the town is famous for. With 2 days in Dubrovnik, you can plan to explore the exquisite islands around Dubrovnik and even take a day trip to another country – (Kotor) Montenegro or (Mostar) Bosnia and Herzegovina!

  Is Dubrovnik Worth Visiting?

Indeed! From a charming cobbled Old Town sprinkled with heritage and cultural buildings and breathtaking views to the sparkling azure coastline and pristine beaches – the Pearl of the Adriatic is worth a visit or two or perhaps, a thousand times!

Why is Dubrovnik so Famous?

Dubrovnik’s endless beauty inspired the makers of the world-famous TV series – Game of Thrones to choose the destination as their filming location. Featured as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, King’s Landing, Dubrovnik’s popularity soared to new heights and now tourists and GoT fans from across the world flock here to see the Game of Thrones filming locations up close!

Is Split or Dubrovnik better?

I always despise comparisons. However, this question of Split vs Dubrovnik resurfaces more often than not, so I ought to answer it. Personally, I loved Dubrovnik. Split has its own perks – it’s a gateway to ethereal islands like Vis, Hvar, and Brac and a great base to explore the best national parks of Croatia – Plitvice and Krka. Plus, Split is a bit cheaper than Dubrovnik. 

Is Dubrovnik a Walkable City?

Yes, very much. The historic center of Dubrovnik is compact and walkable. You can easily explore the top sights on foot. 

Is Dubrovnik Cheaper than Split?

Yes, A trip to Split is definitely easy on your wallet when compared to Dubrovnik.  Also, Split is not as insanely famous among tourists as Dubrovnik so the cafes, restaurants, and accommodations are less pricey.

Can you Visit Montenegro from Dubrovnik?

Yes! Located within a comfortable driving distance of 100 km, you can easily explore Herceg Novi, Perast, Kotor, or Budva in Montenegro from Dubrovnik. Book one of the amazing guided day tours available on Viator and Get Your Guide for a hassle-free trip or rent a car and enjoy the freedom. Also, there are regular bus departures from Dubrovnik to Kotor wherein a round trip costs around 50 to 60 Euros.

 Final Thoughts

If you’re planning a trip to Croatia, be sure to spend at least one day in Dubrovnik. The city is seriously out of this world! The bell tower of the monastery is Dubrovnik’s major landmark. It can be spotted from miles away.



Get picked up at your hotel in Dubrovnik at 0620 hrs and then hop inside the air-conditioned vehicle to make the drive south to Montenegro. 

Drink in the views of the Adriatic Sea and the Dubrovnik Riviera and learn about the history and culture of the area from your local guide.  

After crossing the border to Montenegro, twist and turn with the road, going around the large Bay of Kotor, and passing through charming villages along the way. 

Then stop in Perast, a lovely town at the base of St Elijah Hill. Consider taking the optional boat ride to Read more Old Town (Pass By) 

The tour starts in Dubrovnik Bay of Kotor (Pass By). Admire the views of the Bay of Kotor on your way to Perast and Kotor. 

According to legend, the local seamen made an oath to the icon of Madonna and Child which was found on a rock in the sea. They laid a rock in the Bay upon return from each successful voyage, and over time the small island emerged. 

Today, you can find the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks on the island. The church contains over 70 works of art, among them the ten-meters long, The Death of the Virgin. The island is accesible by a short boat ride. Alternatively, feel free to explore the town of Perast during your free time here. 

 1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free 

Enjoy free time to explore the Kotor Old Town on your own. Explore the narrow streets and attractions such as St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Square of Arms. After, relax and enjoy the sights on the return to Dubrovnik. 

3 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included



This is a connecting door to door day tour which covers 6 most amazing destinations in Herzegovina including Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj, Kravice Waterfalls, Konjic and Jablanica.

Travel between Sarajevo and Dubrovnik (Start Time: 08:00)

 Visit 6 most amazing places of Herzegovina region with a small group and in a very relaxed pace.

 Explore the charming Konjic old town and see the best preserved Ottoman bridge.

Learn the story of Yugoslavia and visit famous WWII Neretva Battle spot in Jablanica.

 Take a pleasant stroll and lose yourself in maze like cobblestone streets of Mostar.

 Walk the walls of ancient fortress – town of Počitelj. Have a refreshing pomegranate juice and a small talk with locals.

 Admire a turquoise Neretva River and learn the story of the Old Bridge. 

 Have lunch by the Europe’s most beautiful, most powerful karst river spring – Buna River Spring.

 Indulge into the world of mysticism, explore Blagaj Tekke and learn about Dervish Life.

 Understand the complex and mind-bending present day political system.

 Get a valuable insight into history and exchange of different empires which ruled the Balkan regions and consequences of those events present day.

 Admire the absolutely stunning Kravica Falls commonly known among locals as “Small Niagara”.


 Free of charge pickup.

All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.

Blagaj Dervish house, Mostar Museum and Kravice Waterfalls fee included. No hidden costs.

All government taxes & entrance fees. VAT 17% included in the price.

Cancellation Flexibility. Cancel 24 hrs before departure for full refund or change dates.

Tour is available throughout the year.

Sarajevo from Dubrovnik (Kotor) Full Day Transfer Tour(Total Herzegovina Tour)

Tour   Order Number #7071 , Travel Date :  October 13, 2024i  (Their office is very near our Airbnb, within 150 metres)


Sarajevo City Hall (Vijećnica) ( or There is walking tour given in LP)

Sarajevo City Hall: Starting at the far eastern end of the old town is the Sarajevo's City Hall, which stands out with its Moorish-inspired design (the inside is worth a visit) and its attractive location along the river. It is an impressive building that also houses the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The building's architecture is stunning, and it has been beautifully restored.  From there it’s a short walk to the Ottoman-era old town. At the east end of the Sarajevo City Hall is the Seher-Cehaja Bridge.Of the 13 bridges the Ottomans built in Sarajevo, the Seher-Cehaja Bridge is considered to be the prettiest. The name translates to Mayor’s Bridge.

Baščaršija Square : Sebilj

Designed by the Ottomans in 1462, the Bascarsija served as the main marketplace. Admire the Sebilj, a famous Ottoman-style wooden fountain. This is a great place to get a sense of the city's historical and cultural vibe. Start your day with Bosnian coffee (strong and brewed in a cezve) and a pastry (burek or pita). Find a spot to people-watch and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Old Town.This whole area, which spans a few blocks, is full of Ćevapi restaurants, cafés serving Bosnian coffee, and different little alleys dedicated to different crafts .

Close by is one of Sarajevo’s most photographed spots : “Pigeon Square” (officially Baščaršija Square). 

 Kazandžiluk (Coppersmith Street)

Kazandžiluk Street: From Sebilj, walk south and turn left (east) onto Kazandziluk Street or Coppersmith Street Alley, Sarajevo 

Baščaršija Mosque

Walk west to the small square (nearly completing a circle) and turn around to face the Bascarsija Mosque. Officially named Havadza Durak Mosque, the Bascarsija Mosque has been standing on the site since the early 1500s.

Brusa Bezistan

You’ll see covered markets, including the covered Brusa Bezisatan (once the main silk market). The area will make you think you are in Istanbul. The domed market hall, Brusa Bezistand, is in the middle of the Old Town. Built in 1551 for the silk trade, today the old covered bazaar houses the Sarajevo City History Museum (which can be visited for a small fee).

Walk the length of Kazandziluk, following the curve south to Bravadziluk Street, turn right (west) onto the street Locksmith Street Sarajevo. Once the street where they made locks and keys, today Bravadziluk is a bustling street full of restaurants selling cevapi – the national dish of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 Morica Han

From the northeast corner of Brusa Bezistan, walk west on Curciluk Veliki to Trgovke Lane. Turn right (north) and walk to Saraci Street. Morica Han is directly in front of you on the north side of the street, the entrance is a little to your left. This historic inn, is now a lively marketplace.

It's a great spot to see local crafts and souvenirs.

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

Walk to this important mosque.The Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque is at its center and is said by many to be the finest example of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans. The most important mosque in Sarajevo, the Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque, is a Sarajevo must-see. Completed in 1532. Continue walking west on Saraci Street just past the mosque to the Clock Tower.

 Ferhadija Street and Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures

 Ferhadija Street: Stroll along this pedestrian street, shop, and enjoy the local vibe.

Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures: Appreciate the symbolic point where east meets west. Heading a few blocks west on Ferhadija St you’ll pass the Sarajevo meeting of cultures engraving on the pavement.This symbolic point marks where the eastern Ottoman architecture meets the western Austro-Hungarian architecture. You’ve suddenly moved from Istanbul to Vienna, the buildings and streets around having been built during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It's a great spot for photos and to appreciate Sarajevo's unique blend of cultures.

Lunch at Baščaršija

Back to Baščaršija for lunch. Try traditional Bosnian dishes like cevapi (grilled minced meat or grilled sausages ) or burek (filled pastry) or "pita" (savory pastries) or "begova čorba" (hearty meat soup)at a local restaurant such as Ćevabdžinica Željo.

Sacred Heart Cathedral and Old Orthodox Church

Sacred Heart Cathedral: Visit this beautiful Catholic cathedral, the largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take a moment to appreciate its neo-Gothic architecture.


Old Orthodox Church: The 16th century Old Orthodox Church is set below street level and has an exquisite interior, including an ornate iconostasis and upstairs gallery. This historic church, which is one of the oldest in Sarajevo, dating back to the 16th century.

Gallery 11/07/95

 Experience the poignant exhibitions about the Srebrenica massacre.

 Ashkenazi Synagogue and Emperor’s Mosque

Ashkenazi Synagogue: Explore this beautiful synagogue. Crossing the river are more highlights: the Ashkenazi synagogue  (the only active synagogue today), the Emperor’s Mosque, then – just up the hill – the Franciscan church of Saint Anthony of Padua and the Sarajevo Brewery (a great place to go for a beer). Explore this beautiful synagogue, one of the few remaining in Sarajevo, reflecting the city's diverse religious history.

 Emperor’s Mosque: A short visit to one of Sarajevo’s oldest mosques.

Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 and Latin Bridge

 Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918: Just by the Latin Bridge, this museum provides an in-depth look at Sarajevo's history during the Austro-Hungarian period and the events leading up to World War I.

Wandering closer to the river, you’ll come across the National Theatre. Walk a block down to the river. You’ll see some beautiful buildings, most operating as government buildings. Across the river is the Academy of Fine Arts.

Latin Bridge: A few blocks east is one of Sarajevo’s most famous monuments – the Latin Bridge (where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914 – leading to World War 1). Walk to this historic bridge, the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which triggered World War I. There is a small museum nearby that you can visit to learn more about this event.

Option 1: Tunnel Museum Tour (1.5 hours):Take a guided tour of the Tunnel Museum, a poignant reminder of Sarajevo's resilience during the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1995). or

Option 2: Independent War

History Walk (1 hour): Explore key sites related to the Siege of Sarajevo at your own pace.

Franciscan church of Saint Anthony of Padua and Sarajevo Cable Car

Then – just up the hill – the Franciscan church of Saint Anthony of Padua and the Sarajevo Brewery (a great place to go for a beer). 

Very close by is the Sarajevo Cable Car station. From here a cable car will take you up Mount Trebević. Up above is the Sarajevo Viewpoint (for the best views of the city). There are some walking trails up here giving you differing views of the city. Also very close (an easy walk) is the Bobsled track that was used in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. People like to come here to take photos of the colorfully-graffitied track, a sad reminder of better days.

Eternal Flame and War Childhood Museum (North of Morica Han - 450 mtrs)

Eternal Flame (Vječna vatra): Pay respects at this World War II memorial.

War Childhood Museum: Learn about children’s experiences during the Bosnian War.

 On the slopes on the opposite side of the old town (accessed from Pigeon Square) are a few other  highlights. One is the Kovači Memorial Cemetery, the main cemetery for  soldiers killed during the Bosnian War in Sarajevo: April 1992 – December 1995). Continue up the hill to your right. It will bring you to the Yellow Fortress. 


  It’s more of a bastion than a fortress and it’s not yellow…but it has some of the best views of the city (see the photo at the very top of this post). If you want more views you can continue up, through a maze of streets, to the White Fortress for more great views. You’ll have to pay however and the White Fortress isn’t really that impressive. 


End your day where you started :Baščaršija. The square is beautifully lit at night and often has a lively atmosphere with street performers and locals enjoying the evening. Have delicious traditional Bosnian cuisine. Enjoy Bosnian coffee and a sweet treat like "baklava" or "lokum" (Turkish delight). If you have time and energy, experience Sarajevo's vibrant nightlife, head to a traditional "kafana" (traditional Bosnian restaurant with live music)

Evening Stroll along Miljacka River

Take a leisurely walk along the river, enjoying the serene views and the beautifully lit buildings.


 Belgrade City tour  or  There is walking tour given in LP (339)

For a quick tour around Belgrade sans-guide, hop on Tram 2. The route loops through the city in both directions, passing Kalemegdan Fortress, the Old Town and Slavija Square. Tickets are inexpensive and the tram is a fun way to see the sights and watch Belgrade locals go about their day.

 9:00 - 10:00: Belgrade aka Kalemegdan Fortress and Park

Kalemegdan Fortress: Start your day at the historic fortress overlooking the confluence of the River Sava and Danube. Explore the ancient walls, enjoy the panoramic views, and visit the Military Museum if you're interested. (Across the Sava river is Museum of Contemporary art -LP)

Kalemegdan Park: Stroll through the park surrounding the fortress, which offers various monuments, sculptures, and pleasant walking paths.

10:00 - 10:30: The Victor Monument

The Victor Monument (Pobednik): Located within Kalemegdan Fortress, this iconic statue is one of Belgrade’s most recognizable symbols. Take some time to admire the monument and the view of the rivers below.

10:30 - 11:00: St. Petka’s Chapel and Ružica Church

St. Petka’s Chapel: Visit this small, beautiful chapel known for its healing spring.

Ružica Church: Explore this quaint church decorated with military-themed motifs, including chandeliers made from bullets. 

11:00 - 12:00: Knez Mihailova Street

Knez Mihailova Street: Walk down this bustling pedestrian street filled with shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and perhaps grab a coffee to keep you energized. There is Zepter museum which has impressive collection of Serbian artists (as perLP)

 12:00 - 13:00: Republic Square

Republic Square (Trg Republike): This central square is the heart of Belgrade, home to the National Museum and the National Theatre. Spend some time exploring the square and its surroundings. Find a bakery or street vendor near Republic Square to grab a quick bite like a sandwich, pastry, or local dish like "burek" (savory pie) for lunch.

 13:00 - 14:00: Skadarlija

Skadarlija: Head to this bohemian quarter known for its cobblestone streets and charming atmosphere. Though you're skipping lunch, it's a great place to experience the local vibe and maybe have a quick drink.

 14:00 - 14:30: Bajrakli Mosque

Bajrakli Mosque: Visit the only remaining mosque in Belgrade, a reminder of the city’s Ottoman past.

Head to Dorćol, Belgrade's oldest neighborhood, known for its Roman ruins, Strahinjića Bana Street (the "Skadarlija of Dorćol"), and antique shops. Explore the Roman emperor Galerius' mausoleum and the Kapetan Miša's Mansion (optional, entrance fee).

14:30 - 15:00: Zepter Museum

Zepter Museum: Explore this museum of modern and contemporary art, which showcases Serbian and international artists.

 15:00 - 16:00: St. Michael’s Cathedral and Patriarchate Building

St. Michael’s Cathedral (Saborna Crkva): Visit this beautiful cathedral, one of the most important places of worship in Serbia. Adjacent to the cathedral, this building (Patriarchate) is the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

16:00 - 17:00: Nikola Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla Museum: Head to this fascinating museum dedicated to the life and work of Nikola Tesla. It houses many of his personal items and inventions.

(From here , towards South, one can go to Museum of Yugoslavia  - where there is Marshal tito's Mausoleum AND further South is Royal Compound - LP)

 17:00 - 18:00: Church of Saint Sava

Church of Saint Sava (Hram Svetog Save): End your tour at one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The interior is still under construction, but it’s an awe-inspiring site nonetheless. Admire the Byzantine-inspired architecture and panoramic city views from the top (optional, elevator ticket required).

Museum of Yugoslavia : If you're interested in history, visit the Museum of Yugoslavia, housed in Josip Broz Tito's former residence. Learn about 20th-century Yugoslav history through exhibits and artifacts (closed on Mondays).

 18:00 - 19:00 :  Sava River Cruise 

 Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sava River for scenic views of Belgrade's skyline and landmarks like Belgrade Fortress and Zemun. Light refreshments might be available for purchase onboard.

19:00 - 20:00: Evening Stroll and Dinner at Skadarlija

Indulge in a delicious Serbian dinner at a restaurant in Zemun, a charming district on the opposite bank of the Sava River. Explore Zemun's waterfront promenade, enjoy live music at a "splav" (restaurant boat), or 

 Skadarlija: Return to Skadarlija for dinner if you wish to experience traditional Serbian cuisine with traditional restaurants ("kafanas") and live music in one of the many charming restaurants. Explore charming cobblestone streets lined with art galleries, and antique shops.  Skadarlija is Belgrade's Montmarte.


Purchase a Belgrade Card for discounted entry to museums and free public transport if you plan to visit museums.

Carry a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Weather Check: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Local Currency: Have some local currency (Serbian Dinar, RSD) for small purchases and entrance fees.




On this day we will do some day trips from Belgrade :




Kosovo - Prizren

North Macedonia was part of the former Yugoslavia which included what are now SloveniaCroatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro. As part of Yugoslavia it was recognized as the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, one of 6 republics in the country. 

When Yugoslavia broke up in 1991 the ‘Socialist” was dropped and the country simply named itself the “Republic of Macedonia”. This immediately caused problems with Greece who’s northernmost region is named “Macedonia”. Still, today, Greece does not recognize the North Macedonia (or Republic of Macedonia.) 

The United Nations lists North Macedonia as the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia. The few Macedonians (Macedonia is now officially “North Macedonia) we talked to laughed at the ridiculousness of it all. Macedonia and Greece have also fought a war of words over the Macedonia flag (which was changed in 1995) and over historical figures that North Macedonia has incorporated, but that Greece considers part of their history and culture. Chief among those is Alexander the Great, one of history’s most famous military commanders. You’ll see his name adorning Skopje’s airport and see monuments of him (and his father Philip II) in the city, including his monumental statue in the main square (Macedonia Square). 

Greeks claim him as their’s because he was born within Greece’s present day borders (in the Northern part of Greece - region called Macedonia) – North  Macedonians argue that they were part of the old Kingdom of Macedon (which included parts of Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria) and that Greece shouldn’t have exclusive proprietorship of his name. The dispute with Greece continues.   

Macedonia was also the most inexpensive place we’ve been in Europe by a long margin. 

The distance between the two capitals (Skopje and Pristina) is about 90 kilometers, a journey that takes 2 hours to give or take.To get a ticket, simply walk up to the counter and tell them you’d like to travel to Pristina . Prices tend to vary but don’t typically exceed 10 euro for a one-way trip. Often, they’re much lower.

If Pristina is the modern face of Kosovo, Prizren is a glimpse into the past. The preserved city center is made up of cobblestone streets, ancient mosques, centuries old churches and numerous bridges that for ages have straddled the Prizren Bistrica River. Overhead, a medieval fortress looms on the hilltop, keeping an eye on the city of Prizren below.

While Prizren’s old historic center is easily navigated, there is limited (and sometimes confusing and/or conflicting) information provided for tourists. To assist fellow travelers visiting Prizren, we’ve detailed a self-guided Prizren walking tour (with a map and turn-by-turn directions) and have also included recommendations for food, drink and accommodation.

Understand Visiting Prizren, Kosovo

The history of Prizren dates to Ancient times, with the first mention of the city in the 2nd century AD.  Since that time, the land has been claimed by many different kingdoms- including Romans, Bulgarians, Byzantines, Serbians and Ottomans. In 1912, after the First Balkan War, Prizren became part of the Kingdom of Serbia.

Then, in 1916, it was occupied by the Kingdom of Bulgaria and, in 1918, it was included in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. After the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, Prizren remained a part of Serbia in the Province of Kosovo. In 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, Prizren became the second largest city in the new country.

Prizren’s buildings and urban plan have been influenced by rulers of the past; Serbians built Orthodox churches and Ottomans built mosques. Throughout history, regime changes often resulted in the eviction or death of the conquered citizens.

Tensions still exist between different ethnic groups – most notably between Albanians and Serbs. Today, Albanians make up the majority of the population in Prizren (80%+). There are also Bosniaks, Turks and Romas living in the municipality, but very few Serbs remain.

The city was largely spared by the 1999 Kosovo War, but a 2004 uprising of ethnic Albanians targeted the small population of Serbs living in Prizren. In the violent unrest, seven historic Serbian Orthodox churches were destroyed, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Our Lady of Ljevis, which was built in 1307. The hillside Serbian neighborhood in Prizren was also severely damaged and houses were set on fire.  

Many of the sites remain in ruins and are closed to visitors. Guard shacks stand at church entrances, although not all are manned; instead, padlocks and barbed wire keep people from entering. However, taking a stroll through the city to the churches, mosques and other historic sites help visitors to understand the complex history of Prizren.

The Prizren self-guided walking tour makes a loop through the city and then continues up to the fortress, by way of a one-hour hike on a trail through the forest. As previously stated, many of the 15 historic sights in Prizren are not open to visitors, but are still interesting to see from the outside. The total time needed for this Prizren walking tour is approximately three hours, including time for brief stops.

Skopje to Pristina and Prizren Tour 

Visiting Kosovo’s main cities of Pristina and Prizen from Macedonia can be tricky unless you hire a car. On this full-day tour, travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan from your Skopje accommodation and meet your guide in Pristina. Visit landmarks like the Monastery of Gracanica, the Kosovo National Library, the Open Air Archaeological Park, Carshi Mosque, Gazimestan Tower, and more. Head to Prizen and take a walking tour of the Ottoman-era Old Town. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off from your Skopje hotel Learn about Kosovo from your guide Stroll through Prizen’s Ottoman Old Town
 - Rs 5580/- for 10 hour tour


Skopje to Pristina and Prizren Tour -

See the route on Google Maps. Note: The Google Map directions end at Maksut Pasha Mosque. The hike, Fortress, Church of Holy Savior and Church of Holy Sunday are not included on the route, as Google Maps did not recognize the hike or the streets that lead to the Church of Holy Sunday. Check on your own GPS device, or follow the directions within the post.

For Skopje tour read this

18.10.24 (Friday) - Ohrid

Flix bus to drop at Ohrid at 1030 hrs and pick up at 1630 hrs.

Walking: Ohrid’s city center and most of its attractions are easily accessible on foot. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets, explore the narrow alleys, and immerse yourself in the city’s charm.  or  There is walking tour given in LP (307)

10:30 am - Arrival at Ohrid Bus Station

Start: Ohrid Bus Station

 10:45 am - Walk to the Old Town (also known as Varosh) and Ali Pasha Mosque

Walk: Head towards the Old Town, a pleasant 15-minute walk from the bus station.

Route: Follow the signs to the Old Town and enjoy the scenic walk along the way. 

Ali Pasha Mosque: This 18th-century Ottoman mosque is now a cultural center. Admire its architecture and consider exploring the exhibits (optional, entrance fee). Wander through the narrow streets lined with traditional shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and local products.

11:00 am - Visit the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

Site: Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: This well-preserved Hellenistic theatre is a must-see. It offers a glimpse into Ohrid's rich history and provides great photo opportunities.


11:30 am - Explore the Church of St. Sophia

Site: Church of St. Sophia

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: A beautiful Byzantine church with impressive frescoes and a peaceful courtyard. Spend some time admiring the art and architecture.

 12:00 pm - Walk along the Lakeside Promenade

Walk: Enjoy a leisurely 30-minute walk along the lakeside promenade.

Route: Follow the path along the lake, heading towards Ohrid’s main square.


12:30 pm - Explore the Robevci House Museum

Site: Robevci House Museum

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: A traditional 19th-century Ottoman house turned museum, showcasing local history, culture, and artifacts.


13:00 pm - Walk to Plaošnik

Walk: A short 10-minute walk uphill to Plaošnik.

Route: Follow the path leading up from St. Sophia to Plaošnik.


01:10 pm - Visit Plaošnik

Site: Plaošnik

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: This archaeological site is home to the reconstructed Church of St. Clement and Panteleimon, and offers stunning views over Lake Ohrid.


01:30 pm - Visit the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon

Site: Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: A short walk from the Robevci House, this church is significant for its religious and historical importance.


02:00 pm - Head to the Church of St. John or Sveti Jovan at Kaneo

Walk: A 20-minute walk down towards the lake.

Route: Follow the signs from Plaošnik, taking the scenic path that offers beautiful views of the lake.


02:30 pm - Visit the Church of St. John at Kaneo

Site: Church of St. John at Kaneo

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: One of Ohrid’s most iconic churches, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. The views from here are breathtaking.


3:00 pm - Walk to Samuil's Fortress

Walk: A 20-minute walk uphill to Samuil's Fortress.

Route: Follow the signs to the fortress, taking the cobblestone streets up the hill.


3:20 pm - Visit Samuil's Fortress

Site: Samuil's Fortress

Duration: 40 minutes

Description: Explore the ancient fortress and enjoy panoramic views of the city and Lake Ohrid from the top.


4:00 pm - Return to the Ohrid Bus Station

Walk: A 20-minute walk back to the bus station.

For Skopje tour read this -


Skopje Airport  is 24 km southeast of the city centre. Vardar Ekspres operates buses between the airport and the city center. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs MKD 199. Tickets can be purchased from the booth in the airport (or directly on the bus if you arrive late at night) and must be paid for in local currency, which can be obtained from exchange offices or ATMs in the airport. 


Buses are timed with most arrivals/departures, except for the early morning ones.

19.10.24 (Saturday)


8:55 am - Arrival at Ljubljana Airport

Location: Ljubljana Airport Google Maps Link

9:15 am - Take a Bus to Ljubljana City Center

Transport: Bus from Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana City Center

Duration: Approximately 30-40 minutes

Destination: Ljubljana Bus Station Google Maps Link

10:00 pm - Walk to Congress Square

Site: Congress Square

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: A large square surrounded by important buildings like the University of Ljubljana and Philharmonic Hall.

Google Maps Link

10:15 am - Explore Prešeren Square

Site: Prešeren Square

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: The heart of Ljubljana, featuring the famous Prešeren Monument and Iconic Triple Bridge surrounded by cafes, shops and the picturesque Robba Fountain.

Google Maps Link

 10: 30 am - Visit Dragon Bridge

Site: Dragon Bridge

Duration: 15 minutes

Description: An iconic symbol of Ljubljana with impressive dragon statues.

Google Maps Link

 11:00 am - Walk to Central Market

Site: Central Market

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: Stroll along the Butcher's Bridge, lined with colorful stalls, and explore the lively Central Market offering fresh produce, local food, and souvenirs.

Google Maps Link

11:30 am - Visit Ljubljana Cathedral / St. Nicholas's Church

Site: Ljubljana Cathedral (St. Nicholas's Church)

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: Admire the stunning baroque architecture and interior frescoes.

Google Maps Link

 12:00 pm - Walk to Town Hall and Robba Fountain

Site: Town Hall and Robba Fountain

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: Explore the historic Town Hall and the baroque Robba Fountain.

Google Maps Link

 12:30 pm - Visit Ljubljana Castle

Site: Ljubljana Castle

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Take the funicular up to the castle for panoramic views and explore the historic fortress.

Google Maps Link

02:00 pm - Stroll through Old Town

 Route: From Town Hall, wander through the charming streets of Old Town.

Duration: 1 hour

Highlights: Medieval buildings, boutique shops, and cozy cafes.

Google Maps Walking Route

 3:00 pm - Visit Tivoli Park and Metelkova

Site: Tivoli Park

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: Relax and enjoy the greenery in Ljubljana’s largest park. Relax in the serene Tivoli Park or delve into Metelkova, a former military complex transformed into a vibrant cultural hub with street art, museums, and alternative bars

 If you have time, then you can do the following :

 ## Boat Tour on Ljubljanica River: Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Ljubljanica River for unique perspectives of the city's architecture and bridges

## National Gallery and Krizanke Complex: Visit the National Gallery to see Slovenian art or explore the Krizanke Complex, a historical monastery with beautiful gardens (both require entrance fees). It is near Congress square.

Google Maps Link

 3:30 pm - Take a Bus to Bled

Transport: Bus from Ljubljana Bus Station to Bled

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Destination: Bled Bus Station Google Maps Link

 4:45 pm - Explore Lake Bled

Site: Lake Bled

Duration: 2 hours

Description: Walk around the lake, visit Bled Castle for stunning views, and possibly take a traditional "pletna" boat to Bled Island and visit the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption

Bled Castle: Perched on a cliff overlooking the lake, Bled Castle offers stunning views and a museum (entrance fee applies).

Google Maps Link

 6:45 pm - Take a Bus Back to Ljubljana

Transport: Bus from Bled Bus Station to Ljubljana

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Destination: Ljubljana Bus Station Google Maps Link

8:00 pm - Return to Ljubljana City Center

Activity: Stroll along the Ljubljanica River, explore cafes, and enjoy the evening atmosphere.

Google Maps Walking Route

 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Enjoy Ljubljana's Nightlife :

Aperitivo Time: Indulge in the local tradition of "aperitivo" – an early evening drink with complimentary snacks – at a charming cafe with outdoor seating.

 9:00 pm - End of Tour

Return to City Center or Bus Station for Departure

 This itinerary covers key sights in Ljubljana and allows for a visit to the picturesque Lake Bled. Enjoy your trip!

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