GRAND BALKAN TOUR

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
Pick up from your hotel in Athens and departure towards Delfoi ancient site. Individual visit to the museum and the site (admission fee to be paid on the spot). Lunch break and afternoon departure towards Kalambaka, near Meteora monasteries. O/N in Kalambaka, hotel Famissi Eden 4* or similar.
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DAY 2: Greek mountains
Morning visit to two Meteora monasteries (entrance fee included). Drive north to the picturesque village of Metsovo for coffee break. Continue to Ioanina lake and city. Afternoon at leisure, we recommend a boat ride to the island on Ioanina lake. O/N in Ioanina, hotel Politia 4* or similar
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DAY 3: Welcome to Albania
Drive towards 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, Hotel Grand 4* or similar.
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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. Recommended to visit in Durres are remains of the ancient theatre, Archeological museum, the Durres tower… Drive to Tirana, Albanian capital.
O/N in Tirana, hotel Mondial 4* or similar.

DAY 5: Tirana and welcome to Macedonia
In a morning private guided Tirana city tour. Drive towards Macedonia and St. Naum monastery. Visit the monastery (inside) possibility to have a boat ride on the lake, above the springs of Black Drim river.
Overnight at hotel Millenium palace Ohrid 4* or similar.
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DAY 6: Ohrid and Ohrid lake
Ohrid walking tour in a morning (full day private guided tour, entrance fee included). Visit to the most important Ohrid sites – The Ohrid fortress (inside) the Holly area of Plaosnik with new St Klement’s church (inside) the small church of St John in Kaneo (outside) and the cathedral church of St Sofia (inside. Afternoon drive along the lake to the south part and St. Naum monastery. Visit to the monastery.
Drive back to Ohrid for overnight at hotel Millenium palace Ohrid 4* or similar.
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DAY 7: West Macedonia and Skopje
Drive towards Skopje via Mavrovo NP, on the picturesque road along Black Drim and Radika rivers. Upon arrival in Skopje, private guided Skopje walking tour, with visit to Skopje old town, the main square and pedestrian zone. Overnight in Skopje, Hotel Ibis Center or similar.
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DAY 8: Welcome to Bulgaria
After breakfast drive towards Bulgaria. Arrival at Rila Monastery, a Bulgarian landmark. Visi to the monastery and drive to Sofia, rthe Bulgarian capital. In the afternoon private guided Sofia city tour.
Overnight in Sofia, hotels BW Bristol 4* or BW Tracia 4*
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DAY 9: Welcome to Serbia
Leaving Bulgaria and arrival in Serbia. Border crossing and first stop will be at Nis, the third biggest town in Serbia. Visit to the local attractions and afternoon drive to Belgrade the Serbian capital.
Accommodation and overnight in Belgrade, centrally located 4* hotel.

DAY 10: Belgrade and Novi Sad
Full day excursion (private guided tour) – morning visit to Novi Sad, the picturesque city in Vojvodina. Drive back to Belgrade via Frushka gora, with stop at one of several monasteries in the area. Afternoon time to explore the city of Belgrade. Walking on the main pedestrian zone Knez Mihajlova street and visit to Kalemendan site.
O/N at centrally located 4* hotel in Belgrade.
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DAY 11: Welcome to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Long distance drive to Sarajevo, the capital. Upon arrival private guided Sarajevo walking tour visiting the old bazaar and the city center. Overnight in Sarajevo, hotel Bosnia 4* or similar.
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DAY 12: Mostar and Adriatic coast
Drive from Sarajevo to Mostar. Private guided tour in Mostar, with visit to the famous Old bride. In the afternoon drive along Neretva river towards Adriatic coast. Coffee stop at Ston village on the way to Dubrovnik. End of the tour.

Optional tour extension to Montenegro
Accommodation for previous and last night in Dubrovnik is not included in the package price.

DAY 13: Welcome to Montenegro
Pick up from your hotel in Dubrovnik and departure towards Montenegro. Drive along Boka Kotorska bay. Stop and visit to Kotor Old town (non guided tour) Afternoon drive towards Niksic and Durmitor NP.
Overnight in Zabljak, hotel Soa 4* or similar.
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DAY 14: Mountains of Montenegro
Morning drive towards Tara canyon, the deepest river canyon in Europe. Stop by spectacular Tara bridge and continue to Podgorica along the canyon of Moracha river. In the afternoon arrival to Cetinje, one the capital of Montenegro. Possibility to visit some of several museum in the city. Drive on the picturesque narrow road to Lovchen NP, with panoramic views of Boka Kotorska bay. Overnight in Budva, hotel 4*.
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DAY 15: Departure
Transfer back to Dubrovnik or to Podgorica airport
(included in the package price) End of the tour.

Optional – additional night in Skopje, with full day tour to Kosovo
(Additional night in Skopje is included in the package price)

DAY “8”: Kosovo tour
Full tour to Kosovo, the youngest European country, with local guide. Visit to Grachanica monastery (inside) site protected by UNESCO. Coffee break at the capital Pristina and afternoon drive and visit to the picturesque town of Prizren. Back to Skopje in the evening.
Overnight in Skopje, hotel Ibis Skopje center 4* or similar.

For more information and booking of this tour please contact us on info@incomingbalkans.com
Similar to this tour is also offered as a tour with Scheduled  and Guaranteed departure dates – contact us for more information.
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

Tour code: 903
Duration: 12 days
Tour price:
€ 1249,- with 6 pax on tour.
€ 1429,- with 5 pax on tour
€ 1649,- with 4 pax on tour
€ 2039,- with 3 pax on tour
€ 2819,- with 2 pax on tour
one person only – on request
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,
including hotel taxes and service charges;
– Daily breakfast;
– Services of an English speaking driver
and local host for the whole tour;
– Private guided tours: Butrinti ancient site, Tirana, Ohrid and St. Naum full day, Skopje city tour, Sofia city tour, Belgarde and Novi Sad full day, Sarajevo walking tour, Mostar walking tour,
including admission charges;
– “Visit Macedonia” organization.

Not included:
– supplement for accommodation in
SGL room 232 EUR;
– supplement for daily 3 course dinner 200 EUR;
– any visit or service not described as included;
– meals and refreshments during the tour;

Optional tour extension to Montenegro
package price per person sharing a DBL room
€ 190,- 
with 6 pax on tour
€ 210,- 
with 5 pax on tour
€ 240,- 
with 4 pax on tour
€ 290,- 
with 3 pax on tour
€ 390,- 
with 2 pax on tour
one person only – on request

What is included in this extension:
– Private transportation with air conditioned vehicle according the itinerary;
– 2 nights accommodation in 4* hotels,
including hotel taxes and service charges;
– Daily breakfast;
– Services of an English speaking driver and local host for the whole tour;
– Private guided tours –
could be ordered with supplement
– “Visit Macedonia” organization.

Optional – additional night in Skopje,
with full day tour to Kosovo
package price per person sharing a DBL room
€ 85,- 
with 6 pax on tour
€ 95,- 
with 5 pax on tour
€ 110,- 
with 4 pax on tour
€ 130,-
 with 3 pax on tour
€ 170,- 
with 2 pax on tour
one person only – on request

What is included in this extension:
– Private transportation with air conditioned vehicle according the itinerary;
– 1 nights accommodation in 4* hotel,
including hotel taxes and service charges;
– Daily breakfast;
– Services of an English speaking driver and local host for the whole tour;
“Visit Macedonia” organization.