Once Upon a Time in Yugoslavia

A fabulous 13-night adventure of Eastern and Central Europe that brings you the countries that were once known as Yugoslavia. Visit unexplored Albania. Visit a local artisan in Dubrovnik. Learn how Bosnian coffee is made in Sarajevo along with a traditional lunch. A perfect mix of rich history, sights and touring not to be missed.

Once Upon a Time in Yugoslavia

A fabulous 13-night adventure of Eastern and Central Europe that brings you the countries that were once known as Yugoslavia. Visit unexplored Albania. Visit a local artisan in Dubrovnik. Learn how Bosnian coffee is made in Sarajevo along with a traditional lunch. A perfect mix of rich history, sights and touring not to be missed.

Tour Highlights

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities.
  • Sightseeing in: Tirana, Ohrid, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Uzice, Belgrade, Visegrad, Drvengrad, Zagreb and Ljublijana
  • Breakfast daily
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

Your Once Upon a Time in Yugoslavia Tour Includes

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities.
  • Welcome reception with heave hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer/soft drink.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Lunch in Sarajevo.
  • One dinner in Dubrovnik (coffee and tea included).
  • One in Belgrade with live music in the old Bohemian quarter of Skadarlija (coffee and tea included).
  • Farewell dinner (coffee and tea included).
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers.
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach with maximum of 30 tour participants.
  • Professional Tour Director throughout.
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides
  • Admission to: Monastery of Saint Naum, Rector's Palace, the Pharmacy at the Franciscan Monastery, Husref Bay's Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum and Bleb Castle
  • Meet with local artisan in Dubrovnik.
  • Bosnian coffee visit.
  • Luggage handling.
  • Whisper technology enhanced so you don't miss a thing.
  • Service charges and hotel taxes.
Note: Transfers available on tour start/end date. If arriving earlier or extending on, transfers are additiona.


Day 1, Sunday: Arrive Tirana

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. There’s time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR)

Day 2, Monday: In Tirana

On a morning sightseeing tour, see the Skanderbeg Square with the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, the Palace of Culture, built in Socialist-Realist style; and the National History Museum. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or just relax. (B)

Day 3, Tuesday: In Tirana - Excursion to Lake Ohrid

We travel to Macedonia and visit the lakeside resort of Ohrid. It is an important cultural and spiritual center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our sightseeing tour starts with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Afterward, we visit the magnificent Monastery of Saint Naum. In the early afternoon, we return to our hotel. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 4, Wednesday: to Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we leave Albania and travel to Montenegro where we visit Kotor’s Old Town. There is time for lunch on your own. Later, we continue to beautiful Dubrovnik in Croatia. Dinner is on us tonight. (B, D)

Day 5, Thursday: in Dubrovnik

We start our discovery of Dubrovnik with a walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik"; the Rector's Palace, the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and the Sponza Palace are all on our itinerary, as are the Dominican- and Franciscan Monasteries. The Pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery is one of the oldest in the world. Later, we meet a local artisan to learn about the traditional craftsmanship that still thrives in Dubrovnik today. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 6, Friday: to Sarajevo

We drive through the gorge of the Neretva River to Mostar. Here, we see the remains of the Turkish quarter and the 16th-century stone bridge. Afterward, we continue our journey to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a city influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. (B)

Day 7, Saturday: in Sarajevo

In the morning, we visit a local coffee shop where the owner will explain how Bosnian coffee, part of the national identity, is made. Afterward, coffee will be served for you to enjoy. On our city tour, we will see the Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, visit the Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and the Gavrilo Princip Museum. A little bit later, we stop for a light traditional Cevapi lunch (a national dish with grilled minced meat, onion and bread). (B, L)

Day 8, Sunday: to Belgrade

We continue our journey to Visegrad with its Bridge on the Drina River. The bridge was built in oriental style in the 16th century and is a masterpiece of civil engineering. Our next stop is in Drvengrad (translated as “Timber Town”), where famous director Emir Kusturica built the beautiful Ethno Village. Our final stop is in Uzice and we end our journey today in Belgrade. (B)

Day 9, Monday: In Belgrade

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Our morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free. Tonight, join your fellow travelers and your tour director for dinner with live music. (B, D)

Day 10, Tuesday: to Zagreb

We travel to Zagreb today, the capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, your time is at leisure. (B)

Day 11, Wednesday: in Zagreb

This morning we enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town. (B)

Day 12, Thursday: to Ljubljana

We motor on to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. In the afternoon we visit the most significant sights of the old city center, the picturesque open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 13, Friday: in Ljubljana: Exursion to Bleb

We travel to Bled for a sightseeing tour which includes the charming town, the lakeshore and a visit of the imposing Bled Castle which is perched on a cliff high above the lake. Later, we return to Ljubljana and you have free time. In the evening, join your fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 14, Saturday: Depart Ljubljana

After breakfast you will be transferred to Ljubljana airport for your departure flight. (B)

Rates & Hotels

Dates through December 2021

2021 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only

Featured Hotels

Once Upon A Time In Yugoslavia
Tirana Hotel Tirana
Dubrovnik Hotel Dubrovnik Hotel
Hotel Europe Sarajevo
Hotel Moskva Belgrade
Zagreb Hotel Zagreb
Radisson Blu Ljubljana Ljublijana

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details

Accommodation Details


Tirana Hotel

Tirana -

Hotels used in Tirana: Hotel Colosseo or similar [more]

Hotels in Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad/Lacroma

Dubrovnik Hotel -

This tour utilizes various hotels (depending on date); Hotel Lapad or Lacroma may be used. [more]

Hotel Europe

Sarajevo -

Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated. [more]

Hotel Moskva

Belgrade -

Hotel Moskva, is one of the oldest currently operating hotels in Belgrade and Serbia. Apart from being a hotel, Hotel Moskva is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Belgrade, a valuable architectural monument and as such, it was placed under governmental protection. [more]

Zagreb Hotel

Zagreb -

Some of the finest hotels are used on the tours to Europe.
This tour utilizes various hotels (depending on date); Westin or the Sheraton may be used - click on each hotel for more descriptions of each [more]

Radisson Blu

Ljublijana -

Explore historical charms from our contemporary Ljubljana hotel. For a sophisticated place to stay in the heart of the city's business and shopping district, look no further than the contemporary Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Ljubljana. [more]


Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. This tour is not recommended for persons under the age of 12.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Tips to driver/guide


Unfortunately due to 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Tour date noted, is the date the tour begins in Poland. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. Transfers are available on arrival and departure on tour start and end date.