Its thousand year’s history, today made Kosovo an exciting mosaic of different cultures. So don’t wait, experience this place closely. Located in the heart of the Balkans, Kosovo offers its visitors a variety of cultural, historical and natural attractions. From soft hilly landscapes and mountain peaks covered with snow, green meadows up to the fields stretched between ancient archaeological excavations, villages and historic cities. Many activities that fill the streets of big cities make Kosovo a vibrant place. Cultural diversity, widespread, can be seen and felt everywhere - Tolerance is experienced every day. Kosovo is a country that has just started to emerge in the tourist map, but there is plenty to discover.
History and culture
Today's Kosovo was once the home of the Illyrians and later part of the Roman and Ottoman Empire. Different cultures have left many traces all over the country, which are still visible everywhere. Archaeological sites like Ulpiana or Artana and historic buildings accros the country are evidence of various cultural influences. Kosovo went through many wars and experienced many bad and dark times several years. The recovery still continues in many parts of it. Traditions continue to be taught, lived and interpreted in a new and modern way. Its thousand year’s history with many cultural influences combined with modern, Kosovo offers a bracing and a diverse experience.
Small villages, vivacious cities.
Prishtina, Prizren or Gjakova are among the most interesting cities in the country. Visits, shopping, and lively nightlife make these cities the necessary destinations if you travel towards this country. The rural areas of Kosovo are characterized by small villages, where agriculture is still cultivated nowadays. Between the fields, along the rivers or mountain ranges, they stand in a idyllic way and reveal the simple life of rural residents. Towers, traditional three-storey stone houses, line up the village roads and turn you back to the now forgotten times. Pulse of the new Kosovo is felt more in the cities of Prishtina, Prizren and Gjakova. Contemporary cafes are ranged between modern shops, small craft shops are turning in to restaurants and bars. The country's multicultural character reflects clearly. For example, mosques in Prizren are located near Catholic and Orthodox churches - and this does not prevent anyone. No wonder the city has become a symbol of peace and tolerance. Acceptance of being different, visitors notice the first step they make in this city.
The landscape and nature
Snow-covered mountain peaks in front of vast hilly landscapes, torrential rivers, waterfalls in green forests, extensive fields and meadows - Kosovo's panorama is varied and offers its visitors much more. The water of springs and fountains is good and healthy. Natural beauties of the country should be explored. To do this, you should also enter the underground because it is worth visiting also the lime caves in Radac or Gadime. Kosovars are very aware of their natural treasures and know how to use them. Therefore, in many pleasant environments, on the edge of river banks, in idyllic woods or at hilly altitudes, you can find cozy cafes and restaurants with beautiful panoramic views over the country.
Mountain Walking and Cycling
Thanks to the different reliefs, Kosovo can also be visited for active holidays. For lovers of hiking and mountaineer, the Balkan recently is transformed into a very attractive resort area. The different mountains of Kosovo with a height of over 2000 meters attract different walking - from one day stays to long day trips to the highest peaks. Especially west and south are suitable for this type of vacation. One of the ideal starting points is Junik by the “ Bjeshkët e Nemuna “ Mountains, which since 2013 are declared as a national park. This small village lies on the top of Gjeravice, which with its 2656 meters is the highest peak in Kosovo. From here starts the journey to “ Bjeshkët e Nemuna “.This region can be explored with bicycles - either during a pleasant walk through the villages around, or as part of a multi-day mountain bikes tour, also in combination with hiking. Air Prishtina will gladly advise you in this direction.
The arts and crafts have a long tradition in Kosovo. The art of filigree or traditional clothing still continues nowadays. The products can be seen and, of course, bought in many places. In the city of Gjakova, in direct conversation with the craftsmen, it is always possible to visit the small businesses. In Gjakova you will have the opportunity to visit the small craft workshops, where, among other things, even nowadays, the cradles are handmade. For tourists regarding the cradles and chests they are also produced as souvenirs in "travel size".
Food and drinks
Kosovo's cuisine is rich in calories and delight by quantity. A traditional meal starts with a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and sheep's cheese, accompanied by starters such as “Ajvar“ (hot pepper mousse), stuffed peppers, eggplants and bean stew, dried meat, yoghurt etc. Depending on the preparation some of the foods may be spicy. Not missing is of course plenty of bread for dipping and possibly also some “ Flia “ (layered tiger dish). The main dish is provided by various meat for culinary delights - stews of chicken, beef or lamb, or sometimes grilled goat. Whatever you order in Kosovo, you will never leave the place hungry. For a rich meal, fits a cold beer or a glass of Kosovar wine. As a non-alcoholic variant, instead of water, for example, the salty yoghurt drink “Ayran” is also available. The digestif is preferably made from plums or grapes and has a considerable alcohol content.
Day 1, Wednesday: Ulpiana – Prishtina
Flight with Germania from Zurich to Prishtina.
Check-in / baggage drop at the Germania counter (check-in 2, row 5) at least 1 hour before departure.
Departure in Zurich at: 06.30
Arrival in Pristina at: 08.40
You will be welcome by one of the representatives of Air Prishtina and taken by bus to the hotel*****.
After a small refreshment at the hotel, you will visit the nearby archaeological Ulpiana Site. Its highest point the Roman city reached in the 3rd and 4th century. Although the excavations began in 1956, large parts of the city are still under the ground. After the sightseeing, you will be headed back to Prishtina and walk along the Mother Teresa Boulevard, drink a "macchiato" in one of the numerous street cafés and enjoy the liveliness in the center of the capital. Among other things, you will visit the well-known "Newborn" monument, which became known on 17 February 2008 in the context of the independence of Kosovo. After a short break to the hotel, you and the group will continue for dinner to a restaurant of a different kind (modern, international cuisine). Subsequently, depending on your mood, a drink in the Hamam Bar is also on the program. Let the first day of Kosovo fade away and enjoy the Live-Jazz and award-winning design of this trendy restaurant.
Day 2, Thursday: Prizren – Gjakova
Today we will visit two cities that are among the best known in the country. Prizren – previously one of the most important capitals of the Ottoman Empire - is one of the most attractive sights of Kosovo. Mosques line up with Orthodox and Catholic churches, and the streets are lined with trendy cafes and small restaurants. The acceptance and multicultural character of Prizren are felt everywhere, no wonder that the city today is a symbol of peace and tolerance. During a walk through the streets, you will visit the "League of Prizren" - the Patriotic Union that fought for the liberation of Albanians from Ottoman rule in 1878.The program also includes the visit to the Sinan Pasha Mosque and the Prizren Castle, which is perched on the hill. If you want, you can explore the little town on your own. After a typical Kosovan lunch, you leave Prizren and drive in the direction of Gjakova. On the way, make a short stop and walk across the impressive Tailor`s bridge. In Gjakova you will visit one of the craft workshops and learn many interesting things about the local arts and crafts. You will have enough time to stroll through the small center, or to try one of the numerous bars or cafes on the former bazaar. Dinner is served in a traditional restaurant near Pristina. You will enjoy the regional food in a suitable ambience. Attention: You should be hungry. After the rich meal, you will be taken back to the hotel, where you can reminisce about this eventful day.
Day 3, Friday: Prekaz - Radac - Monastery of Decan – Junik
First, you will visit the Adem Jashari Memorial in Prekaz. In this place, Adem Jashari organized and built up resistance against the Serbian occupation in the 1990s. In 1998, he died during a three-day battle. His house and the museum offer deep insights into this terrible war just before the turn of the millennium. After this emotional visit to his home and the museum, you make your way to Radac. In this natural environment you can breathe deeply, drink water directly from the spring and visit the small dripstone cave in the middle of the forest. Past the roaring waterfall of the river “Drin” you walk to the restaurant where you will have lunch. In the afternoon another highlight will be on the program: the Monastery of Decan from the 14th century. Above all, the approximately 1000 well-preserved frescoes, which adorn the walls inside, will fascinate you. After a short drive, you will visit the small village of Junik. This symbolizes the reconstruction of the country. Around 300 Kulas, the traditional three-storey stone houses in Kosovo, were destroyed during the war. Meanwhile, 15 of these have been rebuilt and serve a variety of purposes today. You will visit one of these Kulas, treat yourself with a cup of coffee or tea and learn a lot of interesting facts about the Kulas and the hospitality that used to apply in Kosovo. Due to its location by the national park "Bjeshkët e Nemuna", Junik is an ideal starting point for hiking. Dinner will be served upon arrival at Hotel Emerald and enjoy an evening followed by spa or a cinema visit.
Day 4, Saturday: Gadime Caves, Novoberde and return journey
After check-out from the hotel, we will take you to the village of Gadime, where you will visit the Dripstone cave with the same name. Since 1974, the 600-meter-long cave labyrinth has been open to visitors. Then the path leads to the fortress of Novoberde. The impressive building dates back to the 13th century and has been extensively restored in recent years. In the beginning, the fortress was used for protection, among other mines that are nearby. After visiting the fortress and the ruins of the Basilica, lunch will be the last stop of your journey. Enjoy once again the Kosovar hospitality and the local cuisine. After the meal you will be driven directly to the airport, where the trip officially ends. Air Prishtina has already checked in for you, which means you only need to hand in the luggage at the Germania counter.
Departure in Pristina: 17:30 / Arrival in Zürich: 19:40
Departure in Pristina: 17:40 / Arrival in Düsseldorf: 20:15
A minimum number of participants for our trips is not required. You travel in smaller groups, because we are convinced that traveling thereby can be experienced more individually and intensively.
• Zurich-Pristina-Zurich resp. Düsseldorf - Prishtina - Düsseldorf flights
• 3 nights in Hotel Emerald *****
• Professional tour guide
• German speaking tour guide from Air Prishtina
• all transfers and excursions (including admissions)
• all meals (including non-alcoholic beverages)
• 24h emergency hotline
Not included services:
• Arrival to or return from Zurich/Düsseldorf Airport
• Travel insurance
• Clothing appropriate for the season
• Good and comfortable shoes, ev. Outdoor shoes
• Sweater / jacket for evening
• Rain jacket
• Sun cream, sunglasses and sunhat
• mosquito repellent
Good to know:
• Currency: Euro
• Current: 230V (no adapter required for 2-pin plugs)
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