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, Thursday: Prishtina - Ulpiana
Outward flight with Edelweissair from Zürich to Prishtina.
Check-in/baggage at the Edelweissair counter at least 2 hours before departure.
Departure in Zurich at: 06:55 / Arrival in Prishtina at: 09:00
You will be welcomed by one of the representatives of Air Prishtina and taken by bus directly to the center of Prishtina.
After a small refreshment, you will walk along the Mother Teresa Boulevard 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. You will visit, among other things, the newly built Mother Teresa Cathedral, the Great Mosque (15th century) and the impressive National Library. In between, you will have a lunch and a "Makijato" - the Kosovar coffee will fascinate you!
After a special exploration of Prishtina you will be taken to the nearby Ulpiana archaeological site. It's 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 checking in the Hotel***** you have enough time to rest before you leave for dinner. Dinner is served in a traditional restaurant near Prishtina. You will enjoy the regional food in a suitable ambience. Attention: You should be hungry.
Day 2, Friday: Radac – Monastery of Decan – Junik – Gjakova
Today starts in the natural environment of Radac. Here 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. To conclude this eventful day, you drive to the town of Gjakova. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while strolling through the bazaar, visit the one or another craft workshop and learn so much about the local Art crafts. Afterwards, visit the historic Hadum Mosque on the program before you end the day with dinner and the subsequent trip to the hotel.
Day 3, Saturday: Prizren
Today the tour of the city of Prizren is on the program. On the way, make a short stop and walk across the impressive Tailor`s bridge. 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. The program also includes the visit to the Sinan Pasha Mosque and the Prizren Castle, which is perched on the hill. On a walk through the streets you delve deep into history of Kosovo and gain insight into the objectives of the ``League of Prizren`` - an association founded in 1878 and fought for the liberation of the Albanians from Ottoman rule. If you want, you can explore the little town on your own. After a light lunch, leave Prizren for Prishtina.
Dinner is served in a selected restaurant with international cuisine. Afterwards you will be taken back to the hotel, where you can reflect on the impressions of the past days. Or, plunge into the nightlife of Prishtina and visit the city`s bars and clubs.
Day 4, Sunday: Homeward journey
After breakfast and check-out you will be picked up from hotel and taken directly to the airport, where the tour officially ends. Air Prishtina has already checked in for you, which means that you only have to hand in the luggage at the counter.
Return flight with Germania from Prishtina to Zürich.
Departure in Prishtina at: 10:45 / Arrival in Zürich at: 12:55.
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)
With FAIR-Reisegarant you take no financial risk.
In the event of damage, FAIR-Reisegarant will bear the costs of Travel packages including repatriation,
as provided in the Federal Law on Travel packages, Art. 18 section "Guarantee".
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