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Balkans 2018

Itinerary

2018 - 'Athens and the Balkans Tour'
16 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Monday

Athens

Welcome to Athens, upon your arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free to explore.

Overnight Athens
4 star
Hotel to be advised
Day 2
Tuesday

Athens

Your Athens city tour starts from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament buildings and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and Constitution Square (Syntagma). At the Acropolis visit, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon.

Overnight Athens
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 3
Wednesday

Athens - Meteora

Today we head to Meteora, a unique and enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars. We spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka.

Overnight Kalambaka
5 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 4
Thursday

Meteora - Tirana (Albania)

Today we leave Greece behind and head towards to Albania. En route we visit the UNESCO listed town of Gjirokastra, a rare example of a well preserved Ottoman town, and then we continue to the capital, Tirana.

Overnight Tirana
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 5
Friday

Tirana - Budva (Montenegro)

After breakfast, we have a walking tour of the town visiting the Clock Tower, Et'hem Bey Mosque, St Paul's Cathedral, National Historical Museum, Piramida, National Art Gallery and Mother Teresa Square. We then leave Albania and drive to Budva, Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava.

Overnight Budva
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 6
Saturday

Kotor - Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Today, we drive along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. Along the way we stop at Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (built in 1166). We continue to Dubrovnik a city legendary for its well-preserved stone walls, and is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the Adriatic Sea. You'll also visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, the 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector's Palaces. At the end of your journey, perhaps you'd prefer to simply unwind on a beach.

Overnight Dubrovnik
3 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 7
Sunday

Dubrovnik - Split

After breakfast, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Split. In the afternoon we will have walking tour of the city visiting, Diocletian Palace, a Roman imperial palace and UNESCO World Heritage site. We will walk the southern part of palace, the Bronze Gates, through the Vestibul of the Emperor's Palace, The Mausoleum, St. Dujam's Cathedral, Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, St. Martin's Church (Golden Gate) and conclude the tour at the fruit square and visit the Venetian castle, Milesi Palace and the Monument of Marko Marulic.

Overnight Split
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 8
Monday

Split - Mostar - Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Today depart for Sarajevo via Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On the way, we visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 156. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. Afterwards, we drive to Sarajevo, which is Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities. The city mixes east and west dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old bazaar and you must try the local specialty of 'bosanski cevapi' (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).

Overnight Sarajevo
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 9
Tuesday

Sarajevo - Belgrade (Serbia)

This morning, after breakfast, we depart for Serbia's capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.

Overnight Belgrade
3 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 10
Wednesday

Belgrade

Today, we will visit the city's wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries.

Overnight Belgrade
3 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 11
Thursday

Belgrade to Skopje (Macedonia)

Departure for Skopje via Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. After a sightseeing in Nis, visiting remnants of its Ottoman past, we cross the border into Macedonia and proceed to the capital, Skopje, arriving in the afternoon.

Overnight Skopje
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 12
Friday

Skopje

The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the center, visit Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge.

Overnight Skopje
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 13
Saturday

Skopje - Ohrid (Macedonia)

This morning, we drive to Ohrid, this UNESCO world heritage site is known as the 'Macedonian Jerusalem' due to its large number of churches. Nestled on the shores of a large lake which is renowned for the clarity of its water. Discover highlights of Ohrid, The church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation.

Overnight Ohrid
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 14
Sunday

Ohrid - Thessaloniki (Greece)

Today we set off towards Thessaloniki, famous for its UNESCO listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments and the foreshore lined with cafes, cocktail lounges, bars and restaurants.

Overnight Thessaloniki
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 15
Monday

Thessaloniki - Delphi - Athens

his morning we drive to Delphi where we will explore the incredible site and museum of Delphi. The sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. We then continue to Athens.

Overnight Athens
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 16
Tuesday

Athens

After breakfast, our tour concludes with a transfer to Athens airport.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. Single travellers may share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex, if available. If a same-sex room share is not available then the single room supplement will be payable. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.
1. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Athens
    Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)
  • Outbound Transfer - Athens
    Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)
  • English-speaking tour driver for the duration of the tour
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides at each site
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • 15 nights - accommodation.
    2 nights
    4 star
    Athens
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    5 star
    Kalambaka
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Tirana
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Budva
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    3 star
    Dubrovnik
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Split
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Sarajevo
    Hotel to be advised
    2 nights
    3 star
    Belgrade
    Hotel to be advised
    2 nights
    4 star
    Skopje
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Ohrid
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Thessaloniki
    Hotel to be advised
    1 night
    4 star
    Athens
    Hotel to be advised
  • 15 Breakfasts
Tour does not include :-
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Highlights

  • Athens - Acropolis - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Athens - Hadrian's Arch
  • Athens - Parthenon
  • Athens - Temple of Athena Nike
  • Athens City Tour
  • Belgrade
  • Belgrade - Skadarlija (Bohemian Quarter)
  • Budva - Church of St. Ivan
  • Delphi - Archaeological Site - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Delphi - Treasury of Athens
  • Dubrovnik - Big Onofrio's Fountain
  • Dubrovnik - Old Town - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Dubrovnik - Sponza Palace
  • Kalambaka - Greek Village
  • Kotor - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Meteora - Hilltop Monasteries - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Mostar - Old City and Bridge - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Ohrid - St. Clement Church
  • Ohrid - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Skopje - Church of the Holy Savior
  • Skopje - Kamen Most (Old Stone Bridge)
  • Split
  • Split - Church of St. Martin
  • Split - Fruit Square
  • Split - St. Dujam's Cathedral
  • Split - Venetian Castle
  • Tirana - Clock Tower
  • Tirana - Mother Teresa Square
  • Tirana - National Historical Museum
  • Tirana - St Paul's Cathedral
  • Athens - Acropolis Museum
  • Athens - Panathenaic Stadium
  • Athens - Propylaea
  • Athens - Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Belgrade
  • Belgrade - Kelmegdan Fortress
  • Budva
  • Budva - Old Town
  • Delphi - Temple of Apollo
  • Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace
  • Gjirokastra - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Kotor - Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
  • Kotor Bay
  • Mostar
  • Nis
  • Ohrid - St. Sofia
  • Sarajevo
  • Skopje - Kale Fortress
  • Skopje - Old Bazaar
  • Split
  • Split - Diocletian Palace - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Split - Milesi Palace
  • Split - Temple of Jupiter
  • Thessaloniki - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Tirana - Et'hem Bey Mosque
  • Tirana - National Art Gallery
  • Tirana - Piramida
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Accommodation

This page is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given overnight stop this means that we alternate between the listed hotels. The pre departure pack will show hotel for a given departure.

Serbia

Belgrade
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Belgrade
No images available for this hotel.

Montenegro

Budva
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Budva
No images available for this hotel.

Macedonia

Ohrid
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Ohrid
No images available for this hotel.
Skopje
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Skopje
No images available for this hotel.

Greece

Athens
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Athens
No images available for this hotel.
Kalambaka
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Kalambaka
No images available for this hotel.
Thessaloniki
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Thessaloniki
No images available for this hotel.

Croatia

Dubrovnik
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Dubrovnik
No images available for this hotel.
Split
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Split
No images available for this hotel.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Sarajevo
No images available for this hotel.

Albania

Tirana
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Tirana
No images available for this hotel.
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
To
Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
01 Jan 2018
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2,415.00
750.00
Current 'Hot Deals' for Athens and the Balkans Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
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01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
15%
* This discount is only available to bookings that are paid in full by 31 Jan 2018

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