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Exploring Balkan Tour 2024

Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Postojna Cave - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes NP - Split - Dubrovnik - Kotor - Tivat - Shkodra - Tirana - Ohrid - Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens

Code: K3 K807-17DZAGATH

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Zagreb

On arrival at Zagreb Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meet your fellow travellers tonight at the welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2
Zagreb

This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional excursion to see the countryside. (B)

Day 3
Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled

After breakfast head towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. See the most significant sights of the old city centre on a walking tour. Highlights include the picturesque open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. Then continue to Bled. (B, D)

Day 4
Bled

An Alpine Lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was discovered by travellers in the middle of the 19th century. Since then, a small town of hotels, villas, and restaurants has developed around the lake, turning Bled into a lively, all-seasons resort. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and the lakeshore, and visits the imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the small island in the middle of the lake, browse through the shops and boutiques, or simply relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery. (B)

Day 5
Bled - Postojna - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes NP

Journey continues to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards continue to the coast, have a stop in Opatija. Enjoy the walking tour of this fashionable resort in the 19th century, dotted with Habsburg era villas. After some free time, continue towards Plitvice Lakes. (B, D)

Day 6
Plitvice Lakes NP - Split

After breakfast, have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of sixteen terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After the tour, head to Split. Overnight in Split. (B, D)

Day 7
Split

In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Then see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. The rest of the day at leisure to stroll through the beautiful streets of Split, enjoy at the beach or join us on an optional excursion to the jet set spot of the rich and famous, the Island of Hvar. (B)

Day 8
Split - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, travel to Dubrovnik. Day at leisure. (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 - Kotor - Tivat

After breakfast, our journey takes us to Montenegro. 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. On to Tivat for the night. (B, D)

Day 11
Tivat - Shkodra - Tirana

After breakfast we leave Tivat and drive via Budva and Bar towards town of Shkodra, nowadays a major Albanian 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 Rozafa Castle, magnificently situated on a rocky outcrop of limestone high above the city. Continue drive to Tirana. (B, D)

Day 12
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 13
Tirana - Ohrid

Drive to the lakeside resort of Ohrid, an important cultural and spiritual centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A sightseeing tour will take you strolling through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of St Sofia, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th century. (B, D)

Day 14
Ohrid - Kalambaka

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. We will visit either Roussanou or the Great Meteoro. On to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 15
Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens

Your first stop 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 B.C. 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’, before continuing to Athens. (B)

Day 16
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. Join us for a farewell taverna dinner in the Plaka beside the Acropolis. (B, D)

Day 17
Athens

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Athens Airport for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 17
  • 16 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • 16 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners (B, D)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Porterage (1 piece)
  • Headsets

Sightseeing

  • Zagreb
  • Bled
  • Postojna Cave
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Kotor
  • Tirana
  • Ohrid
  • Kalambaka
  • Athens

Entrance

  • Zagreb - Cathedral
  • Bled - Castle
  • Postojna - Cave
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Split - Diocletian Palace
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy
  • Shkodra - Rozafa Castle
  • Tirana - National History Museum
  • Ohrid - Cathedral of St. Sofia
  • Meteora - Great Meteoron or Roussanou Monastery
  • Delphi - Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum
  • Athens - Acropolis

Exclusions

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

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sun 05 May 24Tue 21 May 24
$8,540$10,630
Sun 16 Jun 24Tue 02 Jul 24
$9,000$11,090
Sun 28 Jul 24Tue 13 Aug 24
$9,565$12,410
Sun 08 Sep 24Tue 24 Sep 24
$9,265$11,865
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Zagreb - Zonar Zagreb

Bled - Hotel Kompas

Plitvice Lakes NP - Hotel Jezero

Split - Hotel Corner

Dubrovnik - Hotel Lero

Tivat - Hotel Palma

Ohrid - Hotel Granit

Athens - The Stanley

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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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