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The Grand Balkan Tour

13 days, 12 nights - visits these countries: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia

visits these cities:  Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolasin, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik
 

 Tour Features & Highlights:
Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and departure transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport
Accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels on half board basis except bed and breakfast in Ohrid on Day 8
Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid and Skopje
Entrance fees to 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 Petrovic in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
Air conditioned motor coach throughout
Tour escort throughout

Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday ZAGREB - Arrival
Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Wednesday ZAGREB - PLITVICE 112 miles / 180 km
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. Afternoon departure for Plitvice.
Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 3 Thursday PLITVICE
After breakfast, we 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 and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 4 Friday PLITVICE - TROGIR - SPLIT 165 miles / 265 km
Morning 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.

Day 5 Saturday SPLIT - DUBROVNIK 143 miles / 230 km
After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik. Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's third oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace
and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 6 Sunday DUBROVNIK
Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 Monday DUBROVNIK - BUDVA / Montenegro - SHKODRA / Albania - TIRANA 211 miles / 340 km
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 in Tirana.

Day 8 Tuesday TIRANA - OHRID / Macedonia 84 miles / 135 km
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 archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 9 Wednesday OHRID 37 miles / 60 km
Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through theactivity 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 paintingsand 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 hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Thursday OHRID - SKOPJE 112 miles / 180 km
Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Savior 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.

Day 11 Friday SKOPJE - KOLAŠIN / Montenegro 186 miles / 300 km
Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Pec and Berane and along the impressive Moraca 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

Day 12 Saturday KOLAŠIN - CETINJE - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK 165 miles / 265 km
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrovic. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 13 Sunday DUBROVNIK - Departure
Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.



Please note:
Due to possible overbooking, we reserve the right to substitute hotels from the list providing similar accommodation.


Hotels:

Zagreb: 4* Hotel International 4* or similar
Plitvice: 3* Hotel Macola 3* or similar
Split: 3* Hotel As 3* or similar
Dubrovnik: 3* Hotels Ivka 3* or similar
Tirana: 4* Hotel
Mondial 4* or similar
Ohrid: 4* Hotel
Metropol 4* or similar
Skopje: 4* Hotel
Karpoš 4* or similar
Kolasin: 4* Hotel
Bianca Resort & Spa 4* or similar


Rates and departure dates for 2011:
* Price per person in European Euros

Start Date End Date Per person double occupancy Per person single supplement
May 31 June 12 € 1.270 € 390
July 12 July 24 € 1.325 € 390
August 9 August 21 € 1.325 € 390
September 6 September 18 € 1.325 € 390

 





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