Welcome to the Republic of Kosovo! We look forward to guiding you!
Kosovo is one of the youngest countries in Europe, with more than 50% of the population under the age of 27. Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 and its capital and largest city is Prishtina. Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula and is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the west, and Serbia to the north and east. Kosovo has just 10,800 square kilometres but is very rich in cultural heritage, beautiful nature, and fresh air.
Kosovo has a huge background. You can find traces of the Ilirians-Dardans tribe that has been native in this land – Albanians are descendants of Ilirians. You can also find traces of the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, traces of south Slavic, as well as traces of communism. In the communist time, Kosovo was part of Yugoslavia. The majority of people in Kosovo are Muslims (85%), others are Catholic and Orthodox. Kosovo is an example for tolerance in Europe, as different religions are widely accepted. For this reason, tourists can visit our country and see our diversity of culture.
During the years 1997-1999 there was a war between Serbs and Albanians. During this war, Kosovo suffered a lot of destruction, around 13,000 Albanian civilians were killed, and to this day 1,700 Albanian civilians are still missing. After 1999, a new life started and there is peace for all people in Kosovo.
Five reasons that make our country different from the others are: It is a safe country; People are very friendly and hospitable; Kosovo is very rich in Cultural Heritage and natural view; The food is very delicious; We have the best coffee (machiato) in the world, even though we didn’t discover coffee we make it extremely well!
Day 1. Prishtina-Arrival
Arrival at Prishtina International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Prishtina
After breakfast in the hotel, we visit the center of the city, old part of the city and other key monuments. Some of the monuments that we can visit in Pristina are: New Born, Hotel Union, Scanderbeg statue, Mother Teresa Square, Pristina University, Kosovo Museum, Ethnological Museum, Jewish Cemetery, Bazzar, the oldest Mosque in Pristina from XV century, Germia Park etc.
Prishtina is the capital and the largest city of Kosovo. Southeast of the city, the remains of Ulpiana (archeological place) were discovered – the center of the Illyrian province of Dardania tribe. Ulpiana was founded in the 2nd century during the rule of Emperor Trajan, and renewed in the 6th century during the rule of Justinian, after whom it was called Iustinana Secunda. Ulpiana was destroyed by an earthquake in VI BC.
Close to Ulpiana (archeological place) we will visit Gracanica Monastery, built in 1321 on the base of an older church. Gracanica Monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the castle of Artana (Novobërda), a castle that was built in the medieval age. Artana was mentioned with its present name in historical documents as early as 1326. Previously it was known as, Novus Mons, Novamonte. Novo Brdo was a metropolis at the time, with a huge medieval fortress built on the top of an extinct volcano cone, the remains of which can be visited today, with residential sections sprawling all around.
Just ten kilometers from the west side of Prishtina lies the Fushë Kosova, which are famous for the battle against the ottomans in 1389. Here is also where the memorial of Sulltan Murati II, killed in this battle, is found. See the most visited place in Kosovo, Adem Jashari Memorial, located in the center of Kosovo in Prekaz village, a few kilometers out of Skenderaj. Visit Gadime Marble Cave and Janjeva village – the famous underground Kosovo Treasure and one of the most famous caves in Europe, which is believed to be 80 million years old. Gadime Cave is just 25 km from the capital city. Janjeva is mentioned for the first time in 1303, with the development of the mining industry in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, it became an important center near Prishtina and Artana (Novo Brdo). Janjeva was very famous for handicrafts, especially its silversmiths. In the center of Janjeva are two monuments, the Mosque and the Catholic Church, that explains about the tolerance of faith. Janjevo is the birthplace of Shtjefën Gjeçovi, one of the most famous Albanian scientists in the late XIX-XX century. Shtjefan Gjeçovi was also a Catholic priest. He gave us a lot of materials in the field of ethnology and folklore. Return to Pristina and accommodations at your hotel. Free evening for entertainment with numerous options. Overnight.
Day 3. Peja city
After breakfast, depart to Peja city, where you will settle in your hotel. Next, walk the city with a professional guide to see the most beautiful monuments and to see everyday life. The monuments that we will visit are the Tahir Beu Konak (house) and Mill of Haxhi Zeka. The Sheremet Tower (Kulla), is a stone house, with small windows resembling rifle loopholes. In the center of the town is the Old Carshia with shops of various craftsmen and the attractive Bajrakli mosque built in the 15th-century, ranks among the older structures of Islamic architecture. During the medieval times Peja was a cultural center because of the Patriarchate of Peja, which is in the immediate vicinity of the town that we are going to visit. Patriarchate of Peja is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Day 4. Rugova valleys
We continue to Kuqishtë, at 1,800 m above sea level, it is one of the most beautiful wild nature locations in Kosovo. Arrange hiking with a professional local guide, to see the most beautiful lake in the Balkan Peninsula. Overnight in the cottage with delicious food.
Day 5. Gjakova city
After breakfast in hotel we depart to Gjakova. Arrive in Gjakova and settle in your hotel. Gjakova has been populated since the prehistoric era. During the medieval period, in 1485, Gjakova is mentioned as a village, concretely as a marketplace. Gjakova served as a trading center on the route between Shkodra and Istanbul. The old town of Gjakova was one of the most developed trade centers during the rule of the Ottoman Empire in Balkan. A testimony to this period is the Grand Shopping area (çarshia e madhe) located in the center of the old town, containing many preserved and restored shops and residential buildings. Shopping was developed around the Hadum Mosque, built in 1594-95 (known as Hadum Aga). Break for lunch in one of the city restaurants. Evening in the rebuilt center of the city or in several shopping centers. Entertainment in the clubs and pubs of the city.
Day 6. Prizren city
After breakfast in the hotel, departure to Prizren. Prizren is a town with around 170,000 inhabitants, and it is a true open-air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosova, we hope that one day will be part of UNESCO. It is situated on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. The area of the Prizren valley has been settled by Illyrians since ancient times. Of all the cities of Kosova, Prizren has best preserved the architecture of the past. The most important sites that we are going to visit are: Fortress of Prizren built in Byzantine times, the Turkish bath which is built of cut stone and large bricks, Sinan Pasha’s mosque built in 1615, one of the oldest standing structures in Prizren – the Saint Friday church: Levishka Church (part of UNESCO), the Ethnographic Museum, the Helveti Tekke, Albanian League of Prizren which was organized in 1878. Cathedral Helping Leady in the southwest of the center, stone bridge. Lunch in the best restaurant of Prizren. Accommodation in hotel and evening for walk, and bars/restaurants of the city. Overnight.
Day 7. Vushtrri city
Vushtrri is a city located in the north part of the Republic of Kosovo. The center of Vushtrria is just 25 km northwest of Prishtina. With a total population of 69,870 the municipality of Vushtrria is the 9th largest municipality in Kosovo by population. It has a total area of 345 km, and the density of population is 202/km. It is surrounded with the city of Mitrovica in the north, Podujevë (Besiana). The municipality of Vushtrria has 67 villages. Vushtrria is an antique locality dating since the time of the Illyrian Empire, respectively the Kingdom of Dardania who lived in the territory of Kosovo in the 4th century BC. The cultural and historic monuments left as the city’s heritage, is the main characteristic of the city. The Castle, Stone Bridge, Public Bath and Çesme were built centuries ago and are the biggest attractions of the city.
Day 8. Mirusha waterfalls
A tributary of the White Drini, in Kosovo. The waterfalls have, over time, created canyons and caves, which are famous throughout Kosovo. The river has carved a 10 kilometers (6 mi) long canyon and has created 13 river lakes with waterfalls between them. The waterfalls are one of the most visited attractions of the area and people often go for a swim. The walls around the waterfalls are white in color. The waterfall caves are also popular with visitors. The highest waterfall, between the sixth and seventh lake, is 22 meters (72 ft) high.