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Ancient Greece & Venetian Republic 2024

Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka - Ohrid - Tirana - Shkodra - Tivat - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Code: K3 K806-10DATHDBV

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Athens

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meet your fellow travellers tonight at a welcome taverna dinner in the Plaka beside the Acropolis. (D)

Day 2
Athens

See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amid reminders of a long and glorious past including graceful temples, centuries old monasteries and ornate Byzantine churches. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the Parthenon, said to be the most perfectly proportioned building of all time. You will also view the Erectheion with the Porch of the Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike and the Wingless Victory. Below the Acropolis lies the Ancient Agora and the Theaters of Dionysus and Herodus Atticus. Your afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 3
Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka

Your first stop this morning is Delphi, where the famous Oracle once foretold the destiny of men. The temple of Apollo, in which the Oracle functioned, was built in the 6th century BC. Also see the Sacred Way, the Stadium, and the Castilian Fountain where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the Oracle. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which contains an impressive collection of finds from the site, including the beautiful ‘Bronze Charioteer’. We continue to Kalambaka. (B, D)

Day 4
Kalambaka - Ohrid

After breakfast, admire the fantastic landscapes of Meteora, known as “the rocks that fell from the sky”, where monks built their rock-top monasteries far away from civilization. Out of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit’s cells, only four are now active. The most important is Megalo of Great Meteoro, of peculiar architecture with its tall and intricate dome, twelve sides and fine frescoes. Continue across the border to North Macedonia and on to Ohrid. (B, D)

Day 5
Ohrid - Tirana

The lakeside resort of Ohrid is an important cultural and spiritual centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start morning sightseeing with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of St Sofia, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th century. In the early afternoon we travel to Tirana, capital of Albania. (B, D)

Day 6
Tirana

On a morning sightseeing tour see Sheshi Skenderbej (Skanderbeg Square), the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G K Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance, and the National History Museum with a mosaic on its façade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or simply just relax. (B)

Day 7
Tirana - Shkodra - Tivat

After breakfast we leave Tirana towards the town of Shkodra, nowadays a major cultural centre. Shkodra was the centre of the Illyrian tribe Labeat and was taken by the Romans in the year 168 B.C. We will see the Rozafa Castle, magnificently situated on a rocky outcrop of limestone high above the city, before we cross the border to Montenegro and drive to Tivat. Dinner upon arrival. (B, D)

Day 8
Tivat - Kotor - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, our journey takes us to Dubrovnik. On the way you will see Kotor Bay, the only South European fiord, and take a tour of old town Kotor, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Continue to Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 9
Dubrovnik

After breakfast, take a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik. Visit the Rector's Palace, see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is free or join us for optional excursion to Dubelj Olive Mill including dinner. (B)

Day 10
Dubrovnik

After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home. Extra nights are available if you wish to extend your stay in Europe. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 10
  • 9 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners (B, D)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Porterage (1 piece)
  • Headsets

Sightseeing

  • Athens
  • Kalambaka
  • Ohrid
  • Tirana
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik

Entrance

  • Athens - Acropolis
  • Delphi - Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum
  • Meteora - Great Meteoron Monastery
  • Ohrid - Cathedral of St. Sofia
  • Tirana - National History Museum
  • Shkodra - Rozafa Castle
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy

Exclusions

  • Tipping
  • Drinks with meals
  • Anything not specified in Inclusions

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 10 Aug 24Mon 19 Aug 24
$5,420$6,835
Sat 21 Sep 24Mon 30 Sep 24
$5,420$6,835
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Athens - The Stanley

Kalambaka - Grand Meteora Hotel

Ohrid - Hotel Granit

Tivat - Hotel Palma

Dubrovnik - Hotel Lero

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Athens - The Stanley

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Dubrovnik - Hotel Lero

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Important Notes

Because of the narrow and cobbled streets, walking is the primary way of getting around. Please make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes.

It is highly recommended that clients take comprehensive travel insurance including against cancellation of reserved services.

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