GREAT BALKAN ADVENTURE 3

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CROATIA – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – SERBIA – BULGARIA –

MACEDONIA – KOSOVO – ALBANIA – GREECE

17 days tour from Dubrovnik to Athens,
via Sarajevo, Belgrade and Skopje

From € 1999,-

Tour highlights:
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mostar, Blagaj, Sarajevo Serbia: Belgrade, Novi Sad, Oplenac, Nis Bulgaria: Sofia, Rila monastery | Kosovo | Macedonia: Skopje, Tikvesh region, Ohrid lake Albania: Tirana | Durres | Butrinti Greece: Ioanina | Metsovo | Meteora Monasteries | Delphi

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We operate this tour as scheduled even with only two persons booked, fixed prices, no hidden costs

DAY 1: Departure to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pick up from Dubrovnik and departure towards Bosnia and Herzegovina. visit to Blagaj and the source of Buna river. Arrival to Mostar in the afternoon and walking in the city to visit to the famous Mostar bridge. Evening at leisure in Mostar and overnight, hotel Kapetanovina 4*.

DAY 2: From Mostar to Sarajevo
Morning drive along the canyon of River Neretva to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina. In the afternoon walking Sarajevo tour with local guide, visiting the Turkish bazaar and its monuments. Evening at leisure. O/N in hotel Bosnia 4* or similar in the city center.

DAY 3: Welcome to Serbia
Long distance drive to Belgrade, the Serbian capital, on the picturesque road along Drina river, with several stops. Arrival in Belgrade late afternoon. O/N at centrally located 4* hotel in Belgrade.

DAY 4: Belgrade and Novi Sad
Full day excursion with local guide – 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.

DAY 5: Central Serbia
Morning visit to “The House of Flowers” and Museum of Yugoslavia. Drive towards central Serbia and Oplenac. Visit to St George’s Church, the mausoleum of the Serbian and Yugoslavian royal dynasty of Karađorđević. Afternoon drive to Nis. Time at leisure and overnight in Nis, Hotel BW My Place 4*.

DAY 6: Welcome to Bulgaria
Drive from Nis towards Bulgarian border and arrival in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Afternoon walking city tour with local guide, visiting the most famous sights in the center of Sofia. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Sofia, hotels BW Bristol 4* or BW Tracia 4*

DAY 7: Rila monastery and welcome to Macedonia
Departure towards one of the most famous monasteries in Bulgaria – Rila monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit to the monastery and afternoon drive towards Macedonian border. Upon arrival in Skopje, accommodation at hotel Ibis Skopje center 4* or similar.

DAY 8: Skopje
Full day Skopje city tour with local guide. Walking in the city center and Skopje old bazaar, visit to Mother Teresa Memorial house (inside). Afternoon visit to Matka valley and lake and possibility to have a boat ride to the entrance of cave Vrelo, one of the deepest underwater caves in Europe. Back to Skopje and evening at leisure. Overnight in Skopje, hotel Ibis Skopje center 4* or similar.

DAY 9: Tour to Kosovo
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.

DAY 10: Central Macedonia and Tikvesh wine region
Morning visit to Vodno mountain near Skopje and the Millenium cross with cable car (fee included). Afternoon drive towards the most famous Macedonian wine region – Tikvesh. Possibility to have dinner and wine tasting at the local winery. O/N in Tikvesh wine region.

DAY 11: Bitola, Prespa lake and Galichica NP
After breakfast drive towards Bitola, the second biggest town in Macedonia. Walk in the city center and visit to Heraclea Lynkestis ancient site (inside). Passing by Prespa lake and drive across Galichica NP, with spectacular views of both Prespa and Ohrid lakes. Evening at leisure in Ohrid. Overnight at hotel Aqualina 4* or similar.

DAY 12: Ohrid and Ohrid lake
Ohrid and Ohrid lake are part of UNESCO World heritage. Walking tour in the old town of Ohrid with local guide and visits inside to some of the most important Ohrid sights – 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 at leisure. Overnight at hotel Aqualina 4* or similar.

DAY 13: St. Naum and welcome to Albania
Welcome to Albania Morning visit to St Naum. Visit the monastery (inside) possibility to have a boat ride on the lake, above the springs of Black Drim river. Afternoon drive towards Albanian capital Tirana, with stop at Elbasan. O/N in Tirana, hotel Mondial 4* or similar.

DAY 14: Tirana and Albanian coastline
In a morning Tirana walking tour with local guide and visit to the National museum (inside). Drive towards the biggest Albanian port Durres, with coffee break there. Afternoon drive towards south Albania, passing Llogara NP and along the picturesque Albanian coastline, with spectacular panoramic views of Ionian sea. Arrival to the coastal city of Saranda

O/N in Saranda, hotel Grand 4* or similar.

DAY 15: Welcome to Greece
Visit to Butrinti ancient site in a morning (private guided tour). Crossing the border to Greece and drive towards Ioanina. Afternoon at leisure, we recommend a boat ride to the island on Ioanina lake or simply to explore the old town of Ioanina and Ali Pasha fortress. O/N in Ioanina, hotel Politia 4* or similar.

DAY 16: Greek mountains
After breakfast drive and visit to the picturesque village of Metsovo with coffee break. Later on drive towards Kalambaka, near Meteora monasteries. Afternoon visit to two Meteora monasteries. O/N in Kalambaka, hotel Famissi Eden 4* or similar.

DAY 17: South part of Greece
Morning departure to south part of Greece and Delphi ancient site. Individual visit to the museum and the site. Afternoon drive towards Athens (hotel, port…)

End of the tour.

NOTES:
– Pre or post tour accommodation could be offered on request
– Similar to this tour is offered as Private tour, with flexible departure dates and possibility for Tailor made itinerary.
– “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.
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