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Beauties of the Balkans Tour

Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia Croatia Tourohrid1

8 Days/7 nights

Beauties of the Balkans 2016

Visit  this last corner of Europe that has just opened up to foreign tourism in recent year. We depart from Dubrovnik, Croatia to exotic Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. Guaranteed departures from the beautiful Adriatic Coast to Shkodra, capital of the former Illyrian Kingdom surrounded by magnificent mountains. On to Ohrid, a World Heritage city and one of the oldest settlements in Europe nestled on the shores of Lake Ohrid. Admire majestic Alpine scenery at scenic Montenegro before returning to the coast at charming Kotor.

Early Bird 10% discount on bookings received by 1 Feb and paid in full by 10 February 2016

Day 1 Sunday   DUBROVNIK – Arrival
Independent arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, meet and greet and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Monday   DUBROVNIK – BUDVA / Montenegro – SHKODRA / Albania – TIRANA
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s
third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 3 Tuesday   TIRANA – OHRID / Macedonia
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 4 Wednesday   OHRID
Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of  Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 5 Thursday   OHRID – SKOPJE
Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas  and  frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Day 6 Friday   SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN / MONTENEGRO
Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading  on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 7 Saturday   KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Budva and Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8 Sunday   DUBROVNIK – Departure
Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport

Tour includes:

  • Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel and from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport (only on the tour departure and ending date)
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels except in Dubrovnik , a 3/4* hotels, on half board basis, only breakfast in Ohrid on Day 4
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid and Skopje
  • Entrance fees to: Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Saviorand Monastery of St.  Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
  • Modern Air conditioned motor coach during the tour
  • Services of a tour escort (tour is conducted in English and Spanish)
Guaranteed
Departure Dates in 2016

Rates in EUROS per person
based on double occupancy ($ rate varies depending the exchange rate of the
payment date )

May 22, June 12, 845
July 10, Aug 7, 28 Sep 18, 2016 880
Single
Supplement for people staying in single rooms on the tour
200

Hotels used on the tour: 

Dubrovnik:       Ivka 3* or similar
Tirana:            Sky Tower 4* or similar
Ohrid:             Metropol 4* or similar
Skopje:            Karpos 4* or similar
Kolašin:           Lipka 4*  in 2015 Bianaca 4* or similar

 

Extra nights at Hotel Ivka or similar in Dubrovnik:

May/Jun: Euro 52 per person per night based on double occupancy / Single supplement: Euro 35

Jul/Aug/Sep: Euro 71 per person per night based on double occupancy/ Single supplement: Euro 35

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