Grand Balkan Tour with Adriatic Cruise EU412

The Grand Balkan Tour with Adriatic Cruise EU412 is a 20 day tour and cruise adventure to discover the Balkans. Travel to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia.

20 days Tour and Cruise. 12 day tour to Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolašin, Cetinje, Kotor and back to Dubrovnik. 8 Day cruise from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Pucisca,  Omis, Split, Hvar, Mljet, DubrovnikGrand Balkan Tour with Adriatic Cruise

 

2020 Departures: May 5, 26, Jun 16, Jul 7, 28, Sep 8

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor (English/Spanish); Korčula and Hvar (English)
  • Bled Castle, the Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • St Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir
  • Diocletian’s Palace and St Ducimus 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

Day 1 Tuesday   ZAGREB – Arrival

You will be greeted at Zagreb Airport,  and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Day 2 Wednesday   ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA

In the morning we take a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. You will see the historic center with St. Mark’s Church, the National Theatre & University. In the afternoon we depart via Bled Lake to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Thursday   LJUBLJANA  – PLITVICE

Today a tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and home to one of the oldest Philharmonic orchestras in the world. Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside the majestic Ljubljana river. In the afternoon we depart for the UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected  in a series of cascading waterfalls and surrounded by dense wood. Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 4 Friday   PLITVICE – TROGIR- SPLIT

Departure for Trogir,  a lovely historic Dalmatian town dating back to Greek-Roman times. The old town center, a UNESCO World Heritage site is located on an island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Here we will visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Continue to Split a major resort town with excellent views and buildings dating back to the Romans. To begin the city tour we visit Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO listed) with its Peristyle or porch surrounding the palace. We also see Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Day 5 Saturday   SPLIT – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK

After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, with its stunning views, clear waters and lovely old town of red roofs protected by Venetian fortifications. En route we stop at Mostar, famous for the 16th century bridge that connect two parts of the town. We also tour the Old Bazaar and marvel at the Turkish style houses. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 6 Sunday   DUBROVNIK

Today is a day for your own activities. Take a leisurely cruise from the pier, stroll around the medieval streets or enjoy the crystal clear waters on the beach. Dinner at a typical local restaurant. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 7 Monday   DUBROVNIK – BUDVA  – SHKODRA  – TIRANA 

Discover The Balkans TourToday we a tour of Dubrovnik (UNESCO listed) and visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Next we depart for the capital of of Albania, Tirana. 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 

This morning we tour Tirana, the capital of Albania, including the square named after Skender Bey, who led the rebellion against the Turks in the 15th century. Next we see the Mosque of Ethem Bey and visit the National Museum. In the afternoon we depart for Ohrid, via Elbasan and we cross the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Overnight in Ohrid on the shores of picturesque Lake Ohrid.

Day 9 Wednesday   OHRID

Enjoy a full day at the lakeside resort of Ohrid (UNESCO listed). This mornings sightseeing includes the Ohrid Literary School, the first Slavic University in Europe and the 11th century Church of St. Sofia. This is  the most eminent medieval monument in Macedonia with magnificent  Byzantine fresco paintings. After a short drive we tour the St. Naum Monastery, built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. 

Day 10 Thursday   OHRID – SKOPJE

Today we visit Skopje, the birthplace of Mother Teresa.  Tour the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its icons, the Old Bazaar and the Stone Bridge. Next we drive along the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostasis and frescoes, considered a prelude to Renaissance art by art historians. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Day 11 Friday   SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN

Drive through Peć and Berane along the impressive Morača River Canyon. This afternoon we arrive at Kolašin, on the left bank of the river Tara, at an altitude of 954 meters. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 12 Saturday   KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK

We depart for Cetinje, Montenegro’s historic capital. Here we visit the King Nikola I Petrović Museum, who was once the residence a progressive King of Montenegro. Continue to Kotor, (UNESCO listed) a coastal town in Montenegro, famous for its spectacular fjord-like setting and fortifications. Here we tour its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphon. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 13 Sunday   DUBROVNIK 

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Gruž harbor and embarkation. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager at an onboard Welcome reception followed by a dinner. This evening you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets.

Day 14 Monday DUBROVNIK  –  KORCULA

After breakfast join a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a World Heritage site. Lunch on board. In the afternoon we set sail for the island of Korčula stopping for swimming at one of the pristine bays after which we will relax and continue sailing towards Korčula, the authentic medieval town claimed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. We will spend the night in Korcula on board.

Day 15 Tuesday KORČULA – PUČIŠĆA

This morning, a walking tour of Korcula takes you through its medieval town full of history. See the 13th century town walls, walk through its narrow cobbled streets with a layout that resembles a fish bone constructed to reduce the effects of strong winds coming from the sea. Later in the morning we set sails towards the island of Brač known for its beautiful village of Pučišća built of white stone. You can  visit the famous stone mason school (optional). Lunch on board. Enjoy a swim in one of Brač’s many sandy beaches and hidden coves and bays and spend the night on this lovely island on board.

Day 16 Wednesday PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT

We depart for Omiš this morning to the pirate island of ancient vineyard, olive groves canyons and mountain tops. Its fortresses and fortified strongholds are silent reminders of the power and might of the infamous pirates who had established the island as their home. The beauty and the contrast between the landscapes  on the island resembles the lush Azores Islands of Portugal. You can book a short walking tour, followed by a small boat ride to sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack.   

After visiting Omiš set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax. Lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Join a guided city tour strolling around the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The evening is free for own activities. Overnight on board.

Day 17 Thursday  SPLIT – HVAR

Stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to your boat for lunch, then head to Hvar, the party island of the Adriatic.  Hvar is one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira” It is also one of the longest islands along the Adriatic Coast covered by pine forests, orchards and lavender fields. It is also an other island on the coast that was founded by the Greeks in ancient times dating back to the 4th century BC. 

Join the sightseeing tour of Hvar town and see the oldest public theater in Europe built in 1612 and many more historical sites. The evening is free to explore Hvar on your own. Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 18 Friday HVAR – MLJET

Departing from Hvar in the morning,and sail to Mljet Island with a stop en-route for swimming. Lunch on board, then arrive at Croatian “Greenest Island” will hypnotize you with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage. We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park of dense forests, birds and two deep saltwater lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Great Lake and the Small Lake and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Captain’s Dinner onboard. We will spend the night in Mljet on board.

Day 19 Saturday MLJET – DUBROVNIK

In the morning we start sailing back to Dubrovnik.  Again we stop for swimming en route and have lunch on board. Arrival at Dubrovnik in the afternoon we arrive in Dubrovnik. Evening free, overnight on board.

Day 20 Sunday DUBROVNIK

After breakfast we disembark and receive a transfer to Dubrovnik airport or your hotel.

Includes: 

Land
  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and departure transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport (1st and 2oth days of the tour)
  • 12 nights Accommodation in  4* hotels except Dubrovnik which is 3 star
  • Breakfast and dinner included (except Ohrid)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
  • Modern air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Services of bilingual land tour escort (English and Spanish)
Water
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager
  • 7-night cruise in a preferred category cabin (superior boat) with private shower/toilet, air conditioning and LCD TV
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner on board
  • Daily buffet breakfast on board
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses on board
  • 500 ml water bottle per person per day onboard
  • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily on board
  • Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
Entrances
  • Bled Castle, the Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • St Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir
  • Diocletian’s Palace and St Ducimus 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

2020 Prices Per Person in Euro:

  • Dual Occupancy in Lower Deck Cabin € 2460
  • Dual Occupancy in Main Deck Cabin € 2593
  • Single Supplement € 1441
  • USD will vary with the exchange rate

Four Star Hotels:

  • Zagreb: International 
  • Ljubljana: M 
  • Plitvice: Park
  • Split: President 
  • Dubrovnik: Ivka (Three Star)
  • Tirana: Sky Tower 
  • Ohrid: Metropol 
  • Skopje: Karpos 
  • Kolašin: Bianca 

 

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