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Balkans Tours

Itinerary

This 13 day tour, starts from Athens, Greece, and ends at Skopje, Macedonia, and also visits Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

2020 - 'Athens and Beyond Tour'
13 - 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
Day 2
Tuesday

Athens

Today is a free day to explore Athens or take one of our optional tours: Half Day Acropolis Tour or Corinth Canal Tour.

Overnight Athens
4 star
(B)
Day 3
Wednesday

Athens - Meteora

Today we head to Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site and 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
4 star
(B)
Day 4
Thursday

Meteora - Drilon Springs (Albania) - Tirana

Today we leave Greece behind and head towards Tirana, the capital of Albania. We will have a break along the way at the Drilon Springs. A national park, a wooded area with a lake with an island in the middle, a bridge to access the many restaraunts. Maybe hire a row boat to explore the area.

Overnight Tirana
4 star
(B)
Day 5
Friday

Tirana - Budva (Montenegro) - Kotor

After breakfast, we 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.
We continue to Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see, at Kotor, are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in 1166.

Overnight Kotor
4 star
(B)
Day 6
Saturday

Kotor - Dubrovnik (Croatia) - Trogir

We continue along beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik, another UNESCO World Heritage site and 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.
In the afternoon, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Trogir.

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

Trogir - Split - Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

After breakfast we will travel a short distance to Split and 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. In the afternoon we drive to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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

Mostar - Sarajevo

This morning we have a guided tour of Mostar. 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. We visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, originally built by the Ottomans in 16th century. 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina.

Overnight Sarajevo
3 star
(B)
Day 9
Tuesday

Sarajevo

This morning we have a guided tour of Sarajevo. 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).
Optional tours of the Tunnel of Hope and Vrelo Bosne are available for the afternoon.

Overnight Sarajevo
3 star
(B)
Day 10
Wednesday

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 afternoon we have a guided tour of Belgrade visiting 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
4 star
(B)
Day 11
Thursday

Belgrade (Free Day)

Today is a free day to explore Belgrade. Maybe, 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.
Optional tour available to Novi Sad or Sremski Karlovci.

Overnight Belgrade
4 star
(B)
Day 12
Friday

Belgrade - Skopje (Macedonia)

Early departure from Belgrade towards the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. In the afternoon will have a gentle walking tour of the city 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
(B)
Day 13
Saturday

Skopje

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

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

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. In Greece the Hellenic National Tourism Organization has decided on a residence fee to be applied on hotel accommodation from 01/01/2018. The fees applied will be EUR 1.50 for 3* hotels, EUR 3.00 for 4* hotels and EUR 4.00 for 5* hotels, per room, per night and are not included in the tour price. This tax must be paid by the guests directly to the hotel before the end of the stay.
5. After reviewing customer feedback we have made changes to our 2020 Balkans itineraries in order to create more free time at the various places for people to relax and/or explore. Also we have added free days and removed some tours and made them optional. Where applicable, overnight at Split & Dubrovnik have been removed and Trogir and Mostar have been added. The tour, where applicable, still visits Split & Dubrovnik, it just doesn't stay there overnight.
6. This tour becomes a 13 day tour in 2020 Athens and Beyond Tour
7. Meteora Dress Code: The monasteries have a strict dress code. To enter the monasteries of Meteora you have to adhere to the following rules: Women will need to wear a long skirt, dress or sarong, it's not enough to keep the knees covered, so no trousers or shorts. Men must wear long pants. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Please make sure to have appropriate clothing before visiting the monasteries.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Athens
    Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)
    Piraeus Harbour
  • Outbound Transfer - Skopje
    Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (SKP)
  • English speaking tour leader throughout 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
  • 12 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Athens
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Kalambaka
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Tirana
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Kotor
    - 1 night
    3 star
    Trogir
    Hotel to be advised
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Mostar
    Hotel to be advised
    - 2 nights
    3 star
    Sarajevo
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Belgrade
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Skopje
  • 12 Breakfasts
Tour does not include :-
  • Tips - driver and guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Greece - Hotel Residence Tax, see tour notes for more details.
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Athens
  • Belgrade - Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Budva - Church of St. Ivan
  • Drilon Springs
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace
  • Kalambaka - Greek Village
  • Kotor - Cathedral of St. Tryphon
  • Kotor Bay
  • Mostar
  • Sarajevo
  • Skopje - Kale Fortress
  • Skopje - Old Bazaar
  • Split - Diocletian Palace - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Split - Milesi Palace
  • Split - Temple of Jupiter
  • Trogir
  • Belgrade - City Tour
  • Belgrade - Skadarlija (Bohemian Quarter)
  • Budva - Old Town
  • Dubrovnik - Big Onofrio's Fountain
  • Dubrovnik - Old Town - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Dubrovnik - Sponza Palace
  • Kotor
  • Kotor - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Meteora - Hilltop Monasteries - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Mostar - Old City and Bridge - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Skopje - Church of the Holy Savior
  • Skopje - Kamen Most (Old Stone Bridge)
  • Split - Church of St. Martin
  • Split - Fruit Square
  • Split - St. Dujam's Cathedral
  • Split - Venetian Castle
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Accommodation

This 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 an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Serbia

Belgrade
Prime Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Radoslava Grujića 13,
Vračar, 11000
Vračar, 11000
Belgrade
Ph. :
+381 11 411 7200
Prime Hotel
Prime Hotel
Prime Hotel

Montenegro

Kotor
Hotel Splendido
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Jadranska Magistrala
Kotor
Ph. :
+382 32 301 700
Hotel Splendido
Hotel Splendido
Hotel Splendido

Macedonia

Skopje
Best Western Hotel Turist
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Gjuro Strugar Street 11
Skopje
Ph. :
+389 2328 9111
Best Western Hotel Turist
Best Western Hotel Turist
Best Western Hotel Turist

Greece

Athens
Ilisia Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
25, Michalakopoulou Avenue
Athens
Ph. :
+30 210 72 44 051
Ilisia Hotel
Ilisia Hotel
Ilisia Hotel
Ambrosia Suites
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
52 Sokratous Str.
Athens
Ph. :
+30 210 523 3350
Ambrosia Suites
Ambrosia Suites
Ambrosia Suites
Kalambaka
Antoniadis Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Trikalon 148
Kalambaka
Ph. :
+30 2432 024387
Antoniadis Hotel
Antoniadis Hotel
Antoniadis Hotel

Croatia

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Mostar
No images available for this hotel.
Sarajevo
Astra Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Zelenih beretki 9
Sarajevo
Ph. :
+387 33 252-100
Astra Hotel
Astra Hotel
Astra Hotel
Astra Garni Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Kundurdžiluk 2
Sarajevo
Ph. :
+387 33 475-100
Astra Garni Hotel
Astra Garni Hotel
Astra Garni Hotel

Albania

Tirana
Tirana International Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
City Center
Scanderbeg Square
Tirana
Ph. :
+355 42 234185
Tirana International Hotel
Tirana International Hotel
Tirana International Hotel
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
To
Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 Jan 2020
31 Dec 2020
2,325.00
344.00
01 Jan 2021
31 Dec 2021
2,325.00
344.00
Current 'Hot Deals' for Athens and Beyond Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Discount
*
09 Sep 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
10%
* This discount is only available to bookings that are paid in full by 31 Jan 2020
 
09 Sep 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
10%
Deposit Option available for Athens and Beyond Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Athens and Beyond Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2025
8
12
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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