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The Great Balkan Tour 2024

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

Code: K3 K806-17DATHZAG

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 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 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 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 the Republic of North Macedonia, and 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. This afternoon we travel to Tirana, capital of Albania. (B, D)

Day 6
Tirana

During the 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 - Split

Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to the city of Split. (B, D)

Day 11
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 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 12
Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes NP

After breakfast head to Trogir, the centre of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Then, turn inland and travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. 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. (B, D)

Day 13
Plitvice Lakes NP - Opatija - Postojna - Bled

Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After a bit of free time, our journey continues north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards continue to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. (B, D)

Day 14
Bled

An Alpine Lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was discovered by travellers in the middle of the 19th century. 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 enjoy the enchanting scenery. (B)

Day 15
Bled - Ljubljana - Zagreb

Leave the mountains and head to 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 Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. (B, D)

Day 16
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 17
Zagreb

After breakfast you will be transferred to Zagreb 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

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

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
  • Split - Diocletian Palace
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Postojna - Cave
  • Bled - Castle
  • Zagreb - Cathedral

Exclusions

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

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 18 May 24Mon 03 Jun 24
$8,830$10,920
Sat 29 Jun 24Mon 15 Jul 24
$9,565$12,410
Sat 10 Aug 24Mon 26 Aug 24
$9,565$12,410
Sat 21 Sep 24Mon 07 Oct 24
$8,830$10,920
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Athens - The Stanley

Kalambaka - Grand Meteora Hotel

Ohrid - Hotel Granit

Tivat - Hotel Palma

Dubrovnik - Hotel Lero

Split - Hotel Corner

Plitvice Lakes NP - Hotel Jezero

Bled - Hotel Kompas

Zagreb - Zonar Zagreb

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Athens - The Stanley

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Zagreb - Zonar Zagreb

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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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