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Discover the Balkans

Croatia Slovenia, Montenegro Albania and Macedonia

13 Days/12 nights  2019korcula_city1

 

Along the coast of beautiful Dalmatia we reach Albania’s unspoiled coastline for decades closed to Western tourism. Visit Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom and Tirana the current capital of Albania. Continue on to the lake of Ohrid in exotic Macedonia nestled in gorgeous mountain setting. On to Skopje the birthplace of Mother Teresa and to Kolasin, the high altitude resort surrounded by wild scenery. We end our tour in the historic city of Dubrovnik, often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”

 

Day 1 Tuesday   ZAGREB – Arrival
Independent arrival at Zagreb Airport, meet and greet and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight. 

 

Day 2 Wednesday   ZAGREB – LJUBLJANA
After breakfast, a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. See the historical center with St. Mark’s Church, the National Theatre & University. In the afternoon we depart via scenic Bled Lake to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 Thursday   LJUBLJANA  – PLITVICE
After breakfast join the city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world. Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside the majestic Ljubljana river.

. Afternoon departure for Plitvice and then tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected  in a series of cascading waterfalls Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice

 

Day 4 Friday   PLITVICE – TROGIR- SPLIT
Morning departure for Trogir,  a lovely historic Dalmatian town located dating back to Greek-Roman times. The old town center, a UNESCO World Heritage site is located on an island connected to the mainland by a bridge. We will visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Continuation to Split a major Adriatic resort town with excellent views and buildings dating back to the Romans. We will start the city tour of Split and visit the Diocletian’s Palace an othersite on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

 

Day 5 Saturday   SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast departure for
Dubrovnik, called the “Queen of the Adriatic with its famous views, clear waters and lovely old town of red roofs protected by Venetian fortifications. En route we stop at Mostar, the former Turkish town  famed for its romantic town bridge, Old Bazaar and Turkish style houses. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 6 Sunday   DUBROVNIK
Day at leisure in Dubrovnik for own activities. Take a leisurely cruise from the pier or stroll around the medieval streets and enjoy its beaches with crystal clear waters. Dinner at a typical local restaurant. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 7 Monday   DUBROVNIK – BUDVA  – SHKODRA  – TIRANA Budva
In the morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, another city on the famous UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage sites. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana, Albania’s capital. We drive inland to Budva on the coast of Montenegro known for its charming old city
 encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continuation to Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 

 

Day 8 Tuesday   TIRANA – OHRID 
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including the square named after Skender Bey, a national hero of Albania in the 15th century, leader of the rebellion against the oppressing Turks. See also the Mosque of Ethem Bey and a visit to the National Museum depicting Albanian history from prehistory to the age of National Resistance. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Overnight in Ohrid once an important religious center on the shores of picturesque Lake Ohrid.

 

Day 9 Wednesday   OHRID
We spend a full day at the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as an other 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 medieval monument in Macedonia with magnificent  Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. Afternoon short drive to 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. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. 

Day 10 Thursday   OHRID – SKOPJE
Morning departure for Skopje a city of troubled history which is also the birthplace of Mother Teresa.  Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its icons, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut wood carving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the moving little Monastery of St Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostasis and  frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of the period and are considered prelude to Renaissance art by art historians. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

 

Day 11 Friday   SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN
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 954 meters. 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, located high in the mountains on a plateau and a sought after winter and summer resort destination with its temperate climate.

 

Day 12 Saturday   KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje, Montenegro’s historic capital where we visit King Nikola Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović, King of Montenegro, a forward thinking ruler. Continuation to Kotor, classified as a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage place,  a coastal town in Montenegro, famous for its spectacular fjord-like setting and former fortifications. We will visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 13 Sunday   DUBROVNIK – Departure
Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Tour includes:

a) Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and departure transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport (only on the tour departure and ending day)
b) Accommodation in  3* and  4* hotels on half board basis

c) Dinner at a local restaurant in Plitvice
d) Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
e) Entrance fees to Lake Bled, the Plitvice Lakes National Park; St Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace and St Duimus        Cathedral in Split; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sophia, St. Clement and St.      Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St  Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St.  Tryphon Cathedral in Kotor
f) Modern air-conditioned motor coach transportation
g) Services of tour escort (tour is conducted in English and Spanish)

 

2019 Prices in Euro (US$ will vary with the exchange rate)

Guaranteed Departure Dates Rates Per Person
in a double room.
May 7, 28; June 18 €1,675
Jul 9, 30, Aug 20, Sep 10 €1,750
Single
Supplement 
€390


Hotels used on the tour (or similar):
Zagreb: International 4*
Ljubljana: M 4 *
Plitvice: Park 4*
Split: President 4*
Dubrovnik: Ivka 3*
Tirana: Sky Tower 4*

Ohrid: Metropol 4*
Skopje: Karpos 4*
Kolašin: Bianca 4*