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Grand Balkan Tour 2017

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Routing:

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

 

Includes

• Airport transfers at start & end of tour
• 12 nights in 4* hotels (except Dubrovnik – 3*)
• Breakfast & dinner daily (B, D) (except on Day 9)
• Dinner in local restaurant in Plitvice Lakes (D)
• A/C motor coach
• Tour Director – English & Spanish

Sightseeing

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

Entrance Fees

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

Accommodation (or similar)

• Zagreb: Hotel International (4*)
• Ljubljana: Union Hotels (4*)
• Otočac: Hotel Park Exclusive (4*)
• Split (Dugopolje): Hotel Katarina (4*)
• Dubrovnik: Hotel Ivka (3*)
• Tirana: Hotel Sky Tower (4*)
• Ohrid: Hotel Metropol (4*)
• Skopje: Hotel Karpoš (4*)
• Kolašin: Hotel Bianca (4*)

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-A107
Start DatesEnd DatesTwin ShareSingle
16 May28 May2,7163,544
06 Jun18 Jun2,7163,544
04 Jul16 Jul2,8453,673
01 Aug13 Aug2,8453,673
22 Aug03 Sep2,8453,673
12 Sep24 Sep2,8453,673

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Tuesday: Zagreb

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

Day 2, Wednesday: Zagreb – Bled – Ljubljana

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

Day 3, Thursday: Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes – Otočac

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 Ljubljana River. Departure for Plitvice and then 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 in a local restaurant. Overnight in Otočac. (B, D)

Day 4, Friday: Otočac – Trogir – Split

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. (B, D)

Day 5, Saturday: Split – Mostar – Dubrovnik

After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Bridge, Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house. Continuation to Dubrovnik. Afternoon city 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. (B, D)

Day 6, Sunday: Dubrovnik

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

Day 7, Monday: Dubrovnik – Budva – Shkodra – Tirana

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 BC). Dinner and overnight in Tirana. (B, D)

Day 8, Tuesday: 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, also housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. (B, D)

Day 9, Wednesday: Ohrid

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s 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 Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and 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 for overnight. (B)

Day 10, Thursday: Ohrid – Skopje

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. (B, D)

Day 11, Friday: Skopje – Kolašin

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača 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. (B, D)

Day 12, Saturday: 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’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 13, Sunday: Dubrovnik

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

 

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