GRAND BALKAN TOUR

12 DAYS Private tour from Athens to Dubrovnik

GREECE – ALBANIA – MACEDONIA – BULGARIA – SERBIA – BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – CROATIA

Tour highlights: Greece: Athens | Delfoi | Ioanina | Meteora Monasteries | Metsovo | Albania: Saranda | Durres | Tirana | Macedonia: Ohrid and Ohrid lake | Mavrovo NP | Skopje Bulgaria: Sofia | Serbia: Nis | Belgrade | Novi Sad | Bosnia & Herazegovina: Sarajevo | Mostar  Croatia: Dubrovnik.
Montenegro (as post– tour) Kotor bay | Njegushi | Lovchen NP | Cetinje

TOUR ITINERARY

Pre tour arrival in Athens on your own. Hotel accommodation and transfers are not included in package price

DAY 1: Central Greece and Meteora monasteries
Morning departure towards Delfoi and visit to the site (entrance fee included). Afternoon drive towards Kalambaka, near Meteora monasteries. Possibility for dinner in local traditional restaurant. O/N in Kalambaka.

DAY 2: Greek mountains
Morning visit to two Meteora monasteries. Drive north to the picturesque village of Metsovo. Short break at this traditional village and continue to Ioanina lake and city. Afternoon at leisure in Ioanina. We recommend a boat trip to Ioanina island and visit to Ioanina castle of Ali Pasha. O/N in Ioanina.

DAY 3: Welcome to Albania
Drive on the main highway leading to the biggest port in the area Igoumenitsa. Crossing the Greek – Albania border. Afternoon visit to Butrinti ancient site (private guided tour, entrance fee included). Overnight in Saranda.

DAY 4: The Albanian coastline
After breakfast drive along the picturesque Albanian coastline, via Llogara NP with panoramic views of Ionian sea. Passing the city of Vlore and arrival to the biggest Albanian port Durres. Afternoon at leisure. Recommended to visit in Durres are remains of the ancient theatre, Archeological museum, the Durres tower… O/N in Durres

DAY 5: Welcome to Macedonia
Morning visit to Tirana, panoramic city tour and visit to the National museum (non guided). Passing the city of Elbasan, and afternoon arrival in Ohrid, Macedonia for O/N.

DAY 6: Ohrid and Ohrid lake
Private full day complementary tour – Ohrid walking tour, visiting the most important Ohrid sights with entrance fees included. Afternoon visit to St Naum monastery. Drive back to Ohrid for O/N.

DAY 7: West Macedonia
Morning departure to Skopje via Mavrovo NP. Upon arrival in Skopje, private city tour with visit inisde of the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, born in Skopje. O/N in Skopje.

DAY 8: Welcome to Bulgaria
After breakfast drive to Bulgarian border with visit to Osogovo monastery. Upon arrival in Sofia, time for Sofia city tour (non guided). O/N in Sofia

DAY 9: Welcome to Serbia
Long distance drive to Belgrade, the Serbian capital, with a short stop in the city of Nish and visit to the city fortress. O/N in Belgrade.

DAY 10: Belgrade and Novi Sad
Morning visit to Novi Sad, the picturesque city in Vojvodina area. Drive via Frushka gora back to Belgrade and afternoon time to explore the city of Belgrade. O/N in Belgrade

DAY 11: Welcome to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Long distance drive, crossing the border between Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Upon arrival in Bosnian capital Sarajevo, private walking tour in the old town. O/N in Sarajevo.

DAY 12: Mostar and Croatian coastline
Morning departure to Mostar and walking tour in the city. Drive along the river Neretva to the Adriatic sea and Croatian coastline. Arrival Dubrovnik late afternoon. End of the tour.

Optional possibilities – additional days
Price depends of number of participants – on request!

Tour extension to Montenegro:
(Could be organized after the end of basic tour, with full day tour to Kotor bay, Njegushi, Lovchen NP and Cetinje, including one additional overnight in Budva area, transfers and entrance fees)
DAY 13: Morning departure towards Montenegro. Drive along Kotor bay and picturesque coastal road to Kotor. Visit to Kotor. Drive uphill towards Lovchen NP, with spectacular views of Kotor bay. Passing small village of Njegusi arrival in Cetinje. Possibility to visit the city museum or to have time at leisure in the city center. Overnight in Budva or drive back to Dubrovnik. Price on request!

Additional night in Skopje, with full day visit to Kosovo:
(Could be organized on day 9 – full day visit to Kosovo, including one additional overnight in hotel in Skopje, full day transfers and entrance fees)
DAY 9 Morning departure towards Kosovo the youngest European state. Visit to capital Pristina and Grachanica monastery – protected by UNESCO. Afternoon drive towards Prizren. Walk in the old bazaar. Later departure back to Skopje via Shara mountain. Price on request!

Additional day in Greece
Full day excursion to the capital of Ancient Macedonian state – Pella and visit of the “Royal thumbs” in the ancient site of Vergina, with stop by the unique waterfalls in Edessa. An additional O/N, transfers and entrance fees for Pella and Vergina will be included in the price. Price on request!

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Detailed day by day description can be downloaded as PDF document

Optional offers
Specialized local guides in any town or sight, drinks, mini bar at the hotels, porterage and tips, any entry visa are not included in tour price. Some of mentioned services can be arranged with the local host and paid on the spot.

Tour Extension
We are offering the possibility to extend your tour as suggested. Prices for such extensions are shown below;

Tour modifications
(extension or reduction of tour duration, upgrade to higher class hotels, additional meals, visits and services) are possible. Please contact us with your requirements and ideas

Discounts:
“Early booking” discount of 10% apply for all reservations made and paid at least 9 months before departure date. Discounts for Children and 3rd person in DBL apply on request.
All above mentioned basic prices includes commission for tour operators and travel agents only.
Terms and Conditions: Please check and read carefully our Terms and conditions.

Similar to this tour is also offered as a tour with scheduled departure dates – contact us for more information on booking@visitmacedonia.mk

Tour code: 903
Duration: 12 days
Price: per person, sharing a DBL room,
starting from € 1249,-
(check full price list at PDF document)
Departure date: you will choose
Departure time: 09:00
Departure point: any hotel or address in Athens

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What is included:
Private transportation with air conditioned vehicle according the itinerary;
11 nights accommodation in 4* hotels, sharing DBL room, including all hotel taxes and service charges;
Daily breakfast at hotels;
Services of an English speaking driver and local host for the whole tour;
Private tours with local guides as described
Inside visits as described, including admission charges where applicable;
“Visit Macedonia” organization.

Not included:
– supplement for accommodation in SGL room;
– supplement for daily 3 course dinner;
– any visit or service not described as included;
– meals and refreshments during the tour;