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Grand Balkan Tour 2022

Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana - Otočac - Plitvice Lakes NP - Trogir - Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik - Budva - Shkodra - Tirana - Ohrid - Skopje - Kolašin - Cetinje - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Welcome to the Balkans, where traditional East meets modern West. Where big histories and diverse cultures created treasures reflected in everyday life. The vibrant food and wine scene just add reasons to visit this fascinating area boasting numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Balkan Tour - Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik 2022

Dubrovnik - Budva - Shkodra - Tirana - Ohrid - Skopje - Kolašin - Cetinje - Kotor - Dubrovnik

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

From $2,235 per person

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Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Zagreb

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to hotel. Meet the Tour Director, dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2
Zagreb - Bled

Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city’s historical centre, St Mark’s Church with its multi-coloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. Free time, then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and its mountainous environs and stunning topography. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 3
Bled - Ljubljana - Otočac

Departure for Ljubljana. 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 Ljubljanica River. Departure for Plitvice region. Dinner and overnight in Otočac. (B, D)

Day 4
Otočac - Plitvice Lakes - Trogir - Split

Morning tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense forest, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. Then departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Continue to Split with city tour on arrival, including the Diocletian Palace on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split. (B, D)

Day 5
Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Old Bridge. Continue to Dubrovnik for dinner and overnight.
(B, D)

Day 6
Dubrovnik

Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7
Dubrovnik - Budva - Shkodra - Tirana

Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana as we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century BC). Dinner and overnight in Tirana. (B, D)

Day 8
Tirana - Ohrid

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 and housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the North Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. (B, D)

Day 9
Ohrid

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO 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 medieval monument in North Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St Naum Monastery built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St Naum of Ohrid. Dinner at a local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight. (B, D)

Day 10
Ohrid - Skopje

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Saviour with its iconostas, 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 iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje. (B, D)

Day 11
Skopje - Kolašin

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the Tara River, 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. (B, D)

Day 12
Kolašin - 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 World Cultural Heritage Site, where we visit its Romanesque cathedral dedicated to St Tryphon, the town’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 13
Dubrovnik

Breakfast, followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 13
  • 12 Nights in 4* hotels
  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Dinners (B, D)
  • A/C motor coach
  • Tour Director

Sightseeing

  • Zagreb
  • Ljubljana
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Tirana
  • Ohrid
  • Skopje
  • Kotor

Entrance

  • Bled - Bled Castle
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Trogir - St Lawrence Cathedral
  • Split - Diocletian Palace, Cathedral
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery, Rector's Palace
  • Tirana - National Museum
  • Ohrid - St Sofia, St Clement, St Naum
  • Skopje - Church of Holy Savior, St Panteleimon Monastery
  • Cetinje - Residence of King Nikola I Petrović
  • Kotor - St Tryphon Cathedral

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Tue 24 May 22Sun 05 Jun 22
$4,110$4,945
Tue 14 Jun 22Sun 26 Jun 22
$4,110$4,945
Tue 06 Sep 22Sun 18 Sep 22
$4,575$5,405
Tue 20 Sep 22Sun 02 Oct 22
$4,575$5,405
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Bled - Hotel Kompas

Split - Hotel Corner

Dubrovnik - Hotel Adria

Tirana - Sky Hotel

Skopje - Hotel Karpos

Kolašin - Bianca Resort & Spa

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