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Grand tour of Kosovo

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Grand tour of Kosovo

Location: Kosovo

Duration: 9 Days


In this trip we will combine and explore some of the highlight sites of Kosovo nature and cultural heritage, and not only but also we will encounter with different animals that inhabits during our hiking. We will make visits in major cultural country sites that are part of UNESCO, Mountains with some of the highest peaks more than 2500m above sea level with beautiful landscapes as well we will taste traditional food.


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Day 1: Pristina Airport – Pristina (30 min. driving time) D

We pick you up at the Airport and we head to Pristina the Capital of Kosovo, which is the main administrative and cultural centre in the country. We check in at the hotel and if time permits, we will take a walk throughout the city visiting some of the main attractions like and the “NEW BORN” monument which is becoming the symbol of this new state, and enjoin the local life and feeling the youth spirit that energies the city life. Overnight in Pristina

Day 2:Pristina- Germia-Bear Sanctuary-Gracanica monastery(UNESCO)-Pristina(5 hours walking) B,L,D

After breakfast we head to Germia National Park, considered as the lungs of this city and from there we start our walking tour through the beautiful forest and landscape. Our walk leads us to the Bear Sanctuary, a place with 16 hectare area and a home for 19 brown bears, which previously were held locked in cages by their owners to amuse people in restaurants or private zoos. After we enjoy watching this magnificent and innocent creatures, in the opposite site is Badovci Lake which is one of the major drinkable water supplier for Pristina city but also an attractive place to do kayaks. After we do kayaks, we take a walk and head to a traditional restaurant for a late lunch and after lunch, nearby is the Gracanica Monastery a superb Orthodox Church built by king Stefan Milutin in 1321 within two remain structures of an older church and part of the Kosovo Medieval Monuments protected by UNESCO. Afterwards we drive to Pristina. After this visits we head to the city where we take a walk through the capital exploring its main attractions including: Zahir Pajaziti monument and square, the Mother Teresa Monument and Boulevard, the Monument of Scanderbeg (Albanian National Hero), the Clock Tower, Kosovo Government buildings. Then we will walk to visit the National Library, National Museum. In our particular interest are the Ottoman period mosques of Pristina with probably the most beautiful, being the Fatih Mosque dating back to 1461 during the golden era of Sultan Mehmet II. Its huge ceiling domed cupola crowns a splendidly painted floral interior of Arabesque design. Nearby is Pristina's oldest building, the Çarshia Mosque completed in 1389. We continue our visit to the Ethnographic Museum situated in a typical Ottoman architecture house, beautifully stocked with original artefacts which testify the traditions way of living of the people in Kosovo. Overnight in Prishtina

Day 3: Pristine- National Park Blinaja- Pristine (1.30 hours driving time and 2.5 hours easy hiking)

After breakfast we head to the The Blinaj National Park, located about 32 km southeast of Pristina with a history dating back to 1955 when the Protected Reservoir was declared, thus creating the conditions for the creation of 2800h of natural resources, protected and of extraordinary value. From then till now it remains an extraordinary attraction to all inner and outer visitors. In total there are about 700 different species (of all categories); untouched nature and protected animals such as deer, wild cats, foxes, rabbits, wild boars and many other animals that populate this park and many other rare species. This territory is also enriched with 32 small lakes distributed throughout the territory. During the communism time this park was used as a private park for the high state delegations of Yugoslavia such as the late president Josip Broz Tito and the other key figure states. During the walk, often surprisingly you can briefly meet with habitants of this park, which are numerous animals. Afterwards it is optional to do Paragliding, with a professional team with the latest equipment technology. While doing Paragliding you can experience the adrenaline along with the view. Overnight in Pristina

Day 4: Pristina- Gadime Cave-Prevalla-Brod (3.30 hours driving time) B, L, D

After an early breakfast we head to Prevalla on the way we make a quick visit at Gadima Cave, a karst limestone cave known as Marble Cave. It was discovered by chance by a villager cutting stone in 1966 and remains largely unexplored. We walk you around the cave and see the rocks in magnification formations. During our journey to Prevalla, we pass through beautiful Sharri Mountains a breath-taking landscape. Sharri Mountains known as Albanian Alps it is located and shared between Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania as a meeting point of this three countries is the Korabi Mountain. Sharri Mountains is distinguished by botanical, fauna, ecological, recreational, sportive, educative and cultural values. Sharri Mountains is extremely rich and varied in landscape offering the perfect place for nature lovers with twenty five lakes in the altitude 1900 m above sea level, almost 2000 plant species, with 30-40 of them belonging to European and world endangered plant species, and a rich fauna which make this area a great place to visit. We will be able to drive through canyons, admire hills of varied forms, of mountains and forests in a day full of changing landscapes and colours. After we arrive to Prevalla which is located in the Sharri Mountains and with one of the highest peaks, Grand Rudoka “Rudoka e Madhe” (2658m) which is located between Kosovo and Macedonia, surrounded by several peaks with almost the same altitude. Our hike begins at Prevalla with an altitude 1540 m. During the hike it can be experienced three different climates in the same day and it is often snow covered from November to May. After hiking we drive to Brod where we enjoy the terrain and the traditional food especially well known Sharri Mountaing chees. Dinner and overnight in Brod

Day 5: Brod – Prizren (1.27 hours driving time) B, L, D

After breakfast we head to Prizren the cultural capital of Kosovo and the second largest city and best preserved city in the country with cobble stone roads, beautifully crafted shops old houses and religion monuments such as churches that dates from 14th century like the Orthodox Church of “Our Lady of Ljevis,” (UNESCO), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Prizren's main Catholic church since 1870. The Mosque of Sinan Pasha built in 1615, and other national importance monuments from where it started the national awareness, after that we continue our visits by taking an easy hike through narrow street to the City Castle which is located in the top of the city, 535 meters above sea level built in 11th century AD, from there we enjoy the city landscape view, then we head down and visit the 400 years old tree. Afterwards, we walk through main city square and we have lunch at a traditional restaurant, one of the best serving local food. Next we visit filigree shops a delicate kind of jewellery hand metalwork. It is usually made of gold and silver with tiny beads, twisted threads or both in combination, soldered together or onto the surface of an object of the same metal, arranged in artistic motifs. This technique was introduced by Ottoman conquest but has been perfected by Prizren jewellery crafters ever since. After that we drink coffee in one of the centre cafés and enjoy the late afternoon of the city. Dinner and overnight in one of the best hotels in Prizren.

Day 6: Prizren- Mirusha Waterfalls – Gjakova (2.30 hours driving time) B, L, D

After Breakfast we head to Mirusha Waterfalls, there we take an easy hike which leads us to Mirusha Waterfalls a cascading chain of waterfalls with an altitude of 572 m with a 10 km long canyon that creates 13 river lakes with 12 waterfalls. It is referred as Plitvice of Kosovo after famous national park of Croatia. After visiting this beautiful waterfalls, we drive thought Rahoveci fields of grapes which you can be forgotten and thinking you are in Tuscany where we have a lunch and a wine test to. On the main road to Gjakova it is the Fshajt Bridge, 30 meters high from the river lever and it is located in the Fshajt village which crosses over the White River. The bridge, which is at the southern end of a fantastic gorge, is a very popular place during the summer for its organisations such as camping and jumping competitions from this bridge in the water running down. Because of her height and the interest that this jumping competition has across Balkans it has the same reputation as jumping competitions at Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Continuing not far from Fshajt Bridge is an Ottoman-era bridge 190 meters long, along the Erenik River. A stone bridge with 11 arches dating from the 15th century, and is named after the renovations made in the 18th century, financed by local artisans and now it is known as Tailors Bridge. After visiting this bridge we continue to the city of Gjakova and visit the old quarter called ?arshi full of old houses, shops, bars and the 16th century the Hadum Aga Mosque. Dinner and overnight ata Çarshia e Jupave a stone tower converted to hotel.

Day 7: Gjakova- Decan monastery- Patriarchate of Peja – Rugova Valley (2hours driving time) B, L, D

After breakfast we proceed to Peja, on the road we stop to The Monastery complex of Decani considered as the largest medieval church in the Balkans and contains the most extensive beautifully preserved fresco decorations. It is one of the most important parts of the Medieval Monuments of Kosovo under the protection of UNESCO for their importance in the preservation of World Heritage. This monastery was constructed by king Stefan Urosh later buried in the chapel along with his son Stefan Dushan. Interesting is the fact that the catholicon has striking similarities to a roman catholic church which can be explain by the fact that its architect was a Franciscan monk from the Montenegrin town of Kotor, where he was in contact with obvious architectural influences from Venice. Afterwards, we continue to Patriarchate of Peja a spiritual seat and mausoleum of archbishops and patriarchs. Constructed in the XIII century, it is a complex of small churches adorned with frescoes. The complex of churches for its architectural and cultural values it represents is part of UNESCO. Afterward we head to Peja town for lunch at a traditional Restaurant. After lunch, we head to experience the Zip Line which is the 7th biggest in the world, after we experience Zip Line we continue to "Via Ferrata," the first of its kind in the Balkans. A vertical rock face of 100 meters is perfect for experiencing the thrill of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Hiking and climbing along the cables and wires offers a spectacular view over the city of Peja and the Rugova Gorge. Note: The Via Ferrata is done with professional equipment provided, trained guides, and advanced construction supported by Italian professionals with extensive experience in the Italian Dolomites. No rock climbing experience is required. There are metal steps installed in the rock face making it a doable climb for just about anyone. We dine and overnight at Boge.

Day 8:Rugova Valley-Boge-Koshutan-Kuqishte-Liqenat-Boge (7 hours of moderated hiking)B,L,D

Today we will do hiking through Rugova Valley, which is located between Hajla Mountains , Shtedim, Lumbardh and Kopaunik. White River “Lumbardhi” divides into two parts, creating the valley and the deep gorge flow. We start our tour from Boge village, after breakfast we take a tour through Koshutan village where we experience wonderful landscapes, and from there we can see Hajla Peak which is 2403 m above sea level making her the highest peak in the northern part of Accused Mountains. Then we will walk to Skrelia and Kuqishta village for an early traditional lunch. After that we take a moderated hike to visit the beautiful glacial lake, in local language is known as “Liqenati” which is 1900 m above sea level and does not dray all the summer. This lake is located in the border between Kosovo and Montenegro and 30% of the lake belongs to Montenegro. We dine and overnight at Boge.

Day 9: Rugova Valley – Pristina Airport (2.3 hours driving time) B

We will drive you to Pristina Airport according to your flight schedule and say goodbye to Kosovo with a promise to keep the colourful memories that we have created together and wish you to visit us again. (End of our services)


Prices 

€785    per person sharing a double or twin room for  9-10 participants 

€845    per person sharing a double or twin room for  7-8 participants 

€890    per person sharing a double or twin room for  5-6 participants 

€945    per person sharing a double or twin room for 3- 4 participants 

€1299  per person sharing a double or twin room for  2 participants 

€ 2180 for 1 participant in a double room                     
Single supplement = €110. (Single rooms will usually be double or twin for single use.)

Includes:

  • Transfers from and to the airport with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation in good 3* hotels
  • All transportation according to the program with A/C vehicle
  • Guide /driver for all tour according the itinerary ,  (only for min 6 pax drive and guide are separate people)
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • 1 Glass of Wine, Bear or Soft drink
  • Entrance fees  for places mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Bottle of water for each day during the tour per person
  • Activities, equipment  as per program (hiking, caving, rock Climbing)
  • Local Guide in specific places
  • 24/7 assistance from  Balkan Destination
  • Taxes

Excludes:

  1. Flight Tickets
  2. Insurance
  3. Souvenirs and personal items
  4. Gratuities to guide and driver
  5. Everything not mentioned in the “Includes” section
Best months for tours

We recommend you booking this tour for one of the months: March, April, May, September or October. However this tour can be booked also in other months as per your request, we arrange the tour during the 12 months of the year.



Cancellation Policy

For group tours of 6 pax or more, the following cancellation policy will apply: a. If the reservation is cancelled/amended 30 days or more, prior to the arrival date, then a full refund will be given, minus a bank transaction charges. b. If the reservation is cancelled/amended 29 to 21 days, prior to the arrival date, a 30 % penalty of the total amount paid will apply. c. If the reservation is cancelled/amended 20 to 15 days, prior to the arrival date, a 50 % penalty of the total amount paid will apply.d. If the reservation is cancelled/amended 14 to 7 days, prior to the arrival date, a 70 % penalty of the total amount paid will apply. e. If the reservation is cancelled/amended less than 7 days prior to the arrival date a non-refund will apply. f. In case of no shows or early interruption of services a strict non-refund rule will apply. g. A maximum reduction of 10% of the total number of rooms booked can be reduced until 7 days prior to group arrival date. 2.1 Cancellation for FIT/Individuals bookings. FIT tours of 5 participants or less which have been confirmed and Invoice settled, can be cancelled without penalty up to 7 days prior to arrival date. Cancellations after this deadline will be charged 100% in full. Bank transfer for refunds will be the recipients’ responsibility. Balkan Destination reserve the right to cancel any of the published tours on our site only according to fixed dates that are published for groups, when there are not enough participants on the relevant dates, in such cases, we may cancel the tour for participants by notifying them in a written notice, no later than 21 days prior to the start of the tour. In such cases when we cancel a tour due to insufficient attendance on the due dates, the client or clients will be refunded the money they have paid to us in total.




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