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Grand Balkan Tour

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Visit: Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolasin, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik

Day 1 (Tuesday): Zagreb - Arrival

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to the hotel. Meet the tour guide, have dinner and stay overnight.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Wednesday): Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana

Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city's historical centre, St Mark's Church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. Free time, then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and it’s mountainous environs and stunning topography. Continue to Ljubljana for Dinner and staying overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Thursday): Ljubljana - Plitvice

Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside majestic Ljubljana River. 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 in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Plitvice.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Friday): Plitvice - Trogir - Split

Morning tour of 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. Then departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split; city tour of Split, including the Diocletian's Palace on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter's Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Saturday): Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via  Bosnia & Herzegovina. Enjoy a short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Bridge. Continuation to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Sunday): Dubrovnik

The day is at leisure in Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Monday): Dubrovnik - Budva (Montenegro) - Shkodra (Albania) - Tirana

Departure for Tirana; we drive inland to Budva known for its 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 stay in Tirana.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Tuesday): Tirana - Ohrid (Macedonia)

Morning 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, also housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 (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. 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. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Thursday): Ohrid- Skopje

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostasis, 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 iconostasis and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight stay in Skopje.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Friday): Skopje - Kolašin (Montenegro)

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, the town 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Saturday): Kolasin - Cetinje - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Sunday): Dubrovnik - Departure

Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • Arrival shared transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and departure transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport on the first and the last day of the tour
  • Accommodation in hotels 4* on half board basis (except in Dubrovnik 3*)
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in Ohrid
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
  • Entrance fees to Bled Castle; 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. Sofia, 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. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
  • Air-conditioned vehicle throughout
  • English/Spanish-speaking tour escort throughout

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Zagreb: International 4*
  • Ljubljana: Kompas 4*
  • Plitvice: Park 4* Otočac
  • Split: Katarina 4*
  • Dubrovnik: Ivka 3*
  • Tirana: Sky Tower 4*
  • Ohrid: Metropol 4*
  • Skopje: Karpos 4*
  • Kolasin: Bianca 4*

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (al)

Package Information

  • Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: May - September 2020 & 2021
  • Cities Visited: Venice, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Postojna, Lipica, Opatija, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolašin, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik
  • Price From: $ 2,902