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From Greece to Dalmatia
16 days, 15 nights - Athens, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Caves, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb
 
 Tour Features & Highlights:
 
Hotel accommodation in first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
Professional Tour Director throughout
Breakfast daily and 9 dinners
Service charges and hotel taxes
Arrival and departure transfers
Luggage handling

 Sightseeing Tours Included: Athens, Meteora, Ohrid, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Caves, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb

Itinerary

Day 1, arrive Athens, Saturday
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in Plaka, the old part of Athens. (D)

Day 2, in Athens, Sunday
See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amidst reminders of a long and glorious past: graceful temples, centuries-old monasteries, and ornate Byzantine churches. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Erectheion with the Porch of the Maidens, 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, to Delphi and Kalambaka, Monday
Your first stop this morning is Delphi, where the famous oracle 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 on to Kalambaka. (B, D)

Day 4, to Ohrid, Tuesday
After breakfast, admire the fantastic landscapes of Meteora, known as “the rocks that fell from the sky.” Here monks built their rock-top monasteries, far away from civilization. Of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit’s cells, only 4 are now active. The most important is Megalo or Great Meteoro, of peculiar architecture with its tall and intricate dome, 12 sides and fine frescoes. Continue across the border to Macedonia, and on to Ohrid. (B, D)

Day 5, Ohrid to Tirana, Wednesday
The lakeside resort of Ohrid is an important cultural and spiritual center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Start your morning sightseeing tour 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, travel to Tirana, the capital of Albania. (B, D)

Day 6, in Tirana, Thursday
On a morning sightseeing tour, see the Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Et ’hem 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 facade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or just relax. (B)

Day 7, to Dubrovnik, Friday
After breakfast, depart Tirana and travel to the town of Shkodra, a cultural center and one of Albania’s oldest cities. See the ruins of Rozafa Castle, set on a hill high above the city, then cross the border into Montenegro
and on to Croatia and beautiful Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 8, in Dubrovnik, Saturday
There is a walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik” this morning; the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 9, in Dubrovnik, Sunday
Today, full day is at leisure to relax, shop or explore on your own. (B)

Day 10, to Split, Monday
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. 227 km (B, D)

Day 11, to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes, Tuesday
After breakfast, head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather to study and paint here. Then, turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Upon arrival, have your camera ready and take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. 317 km (B, D)

Day 12, to Opatija, Postojna and Bled, Wednesday
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After some free time, journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, continue to Bled, beautifully set amidst the Julian Alps. 352 km (B, D)

Day 13, in Bled, Thursday
A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the small island in the middle of the lake. (B)

Day 14, to Ljubljana and Zagreb, Friday
Start your day with a walking tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights of the old city centre: the picturesque Central openair Market and the Three Bridges, both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik, Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. Then, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. 189 km (B, D)

Day 15, in Zagreb, Saturday
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or to take an optional excursion with dinner into the surrounding countryside. (B)

Day 16, depart Zagreb, Sunday
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
(B)



Hotels:
Athens: Divani Palace Acropolis (F)
Kalambaka: Hotel Divani (F)
Ohrid: Hotel Metropol (F)
Tirana: Hotel Sheraton (DLX)
Dubrovnik: Hotel
Lacroma (F) / Lapad (F)
Split:
Hotel Atrium (F)
Plitvice: Hotel Jezero (F)
Bled: Hotel Park (F), Golf (SF)
Zagreb: Hotel Regent Esplanade (DLX)/ Westin (DLX)

Rates and departure dates for 2011:

* Price per person in US Dollars



Start Date End Date Per person double occupancy Per person single supplement
May 14  May 29  $ 3,180 $ 1,052
June 11 June 26 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
June 25 July 10 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
July 9 July 24 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
August 20* September 4 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
September 3 September 18 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
September 17 October 2 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
October 1 October 16 $ 3,180 $ 1,052
* On this departure clients will be accommodated in Ljubljana: Hotel Lev (DLX), instead of Bled.

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