Itenerary:Greece – Albania–Maqedonia (FYROM)- Kosovo – Montenegro-Croatia –BiH- Serbia
Day 1: SELANIK. Arrival
Our journey of the bewildering Balkans starts at the heart of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki’s most important tourist attraction. Visit White Tower, the symbol of our city at the seaside, a 500-year-old sea fort and later a prison. Now it is the Museum of the City of Thessaloniki and its top floor offers a great view to the sea and the city.Aristotelous Square, Agios Dimitrios Basilica, famous Byzantine church, the place of martyrdom of St. Demetrius. The Rotonda, A large cylindrical Roman structure built by the Roman emperor Galerius. We still don’t know what it was built for, but it was converted into a Christian church during Byzantine times and into a mosque during Ottoman times. Transferred to 3 star hotel. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 2: Thessaloniki-Kalabaka (230 km)
After the breakfast to the hotel, the tour will proceed to Kalabaka rests at the bottom the Meteora rocks, an awe-inspiring sight. The rocks that make up Meteora are sheer cliff faces. They appear to come out of nowhere, jagged, black rocks that rise up into the sky, with monasteries the clinging to the cliffs. The city was hit badly in World War II so the current town has a modern feel about it.
With Kalabaka as a base, you are free to explore the Meteora and the six monasteries that reside upon the rocks.Accommodation in 3* hotel. Dinner optional. Overnight in Kalabaka.
Day 3: Kalabaka-Ioanina-Butrint-Saranda (240 km)
After breakfast to the hotel, continue to Ioanina, short visit in Ioanina continuing from the border to Albania via Igumenitsa, stop in Butrinti Unesco World Cultural Heritage. Visit the Temple of Asclepius, the Baptistery, Nymph, The Theatre, Lions Gate, Acropolis, etc. Continue to Saranda. In the evening, city tour in Saranda,visit to “Lekursi Castle” Dinner at restaurant (built on the ruins of the old castle). Overnight in 4 stars hotel in Saranda.
Day 4: Saranda-Gjirokastra-Berat (220 km)
In the morning drive to Gjirokastra,Unesco World Cultural Heritage, In Gjirokastra the dwelling houses have the form of medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with a characteristic architecture. Visit to the Castle and the Museum of Weapons. After continue to Berat is Albania’s most beautiful town; lying in a picturesque setting on the banks of the Osum River, it is ringed by the Tomorr and Shpirag Mountains. Berat is also known as ~The town of a thousand windows~ Town is enlisted at UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. Overnight in 3* hotel in Berat
Day 5: Berat- Ohrid ( 180 km)
Morning, sightseeing of the Berat fortress with the local guide departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 6: Ohrid – Skopje ( 170 km)
Morning sightseeing tour in Ohrid, UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Tour includes 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. After the brake at Ohrid departure for Skopje. Afternoon Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including Old Bazaar, Stone Bridge, and the Fortress. Accommodation at the 4 star hotel. Overnight in Skopje
Day 7: Skopje – Gracanice-Prishtina-Peja ( 190 km)
After breakfast ,the Tour continue A scenic drive to Kosovo – one of the most newest countries in the world. Stop for a short Visit Gracanica Monastery which was constructed on the ruins of an older 13th century church of the Holy Virgin, which was built on the ruins of a 6th century early Christian basilica.
The tour continues to Decani Monastery near Peja. This monastery is a wonderful example of the Orthodox religious architecture and art part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for anyone visiting Kosovo.Overnight in Peja. Accommodation 3 star hotel. Dinner optional.
Day 8: Peje – Kolasine – Cetinje –Budva (300 km)
Morning drive to Montenegro border,Rozaje and Berane and along the impressive Moraca
River Canyon for Kolasin. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort.After lunch continue for Cetinje, once the capital of Montenegro, where we visit King Nikola I Petrovic Museum. Afternoon departure for Budva. Accommodation at the hotel 3* in Budva, dinner optional at the hotel.
Day 9: Budva – Kotor – Dubrovnik (120 km)
Morning,visit in the Old Town along with the city of Budva where was said to have been discovered by a Greek sailor by the name of Boutoua, founded in 4th century B.C.
After Budva departure to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphun, the city’s patron saint.
Continue to Dubrovnik, UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, Pearl of the Adriatic – find out why! city Tour of Dubrovnik starts with the visit in Stradun, Onofrio`s Fountain, Orlando`s Column, Church of St Blaise, Cathedral with its famous Treasury, Franciscan Monastery and Dominican Monastery. Accommodation at the 3 star hotel. Overnight Dubrovnik.
Day 10, Dubrovnik –Mostar- Sarajevo (265 km) 4 hors driving
Morning continue to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Stop in Mostar for short excursion; Old Bazaar, the Turkish House, old Mosque, Mostar Bridge .When you go to Sarajevo what you experience … is life! It is a town with a personality; it has that special something which separates places and people that we remember from others whom we merely pass, without leaving traces or memories. Overnight Sarajevo.
Day 11, Sarajevo-Visoko-Travanik-Sarajevo (180 km)
After breakfast leaving the hotel for the walking tour in the town of Sarajevo, with the local guide –Baščaršija square, Latin Bridge, City Hall, Emperor’s Mosque, Gazi Husref Bey Mosque, Jewish quarter, Spite house, Bravadziluk, Sarajevo Cathedra.
After excursion Visoko and Travnik. Visoko only a 20- minute drive from Sarajevo. The town is best known for its leather smiths, whose craft has been practiced for over 500 years. Today its main role is that of a small industrial and trading town. This, however is starting to change with a new archaeological discovery in the summer of 2005. A specialist from Houston University in the United States who has studied pyramids around the world for over fifteen years has claimed to have found Europe’s first and only pyramid. Later after visit to Visoko we are continuing towards Travnik. Travnik was the principal city and military centre of the Ottoman Empire.
They fortified the medieval fortress and built a mini-city within its high stone walls.
Late afternoon return to hotel in Sarajevo, dinner at the hotel. optional
Day 12, Sarajevo-Visegrad-Belgrade (340 km)
Leaving Sarajevo in the morning. Trip towards in Belgrade,capital city of Serbia.Via Visegrad.
Višegrad has a famous stone bridge built by the Ottomans in 1571, by the order of Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic. Overnight at 4 star hotel
Day 13, Belgrade
Morning city tour of Belgrade, with the local guide Kalemegdan fortress and park, Terazije square, King Milan Street,Old Royal Palace, New Royal Palace, St Sava Orthodox church, The House of Flowers , The old bohemian quarter“Skadarlija”
Free afternoon to explore this magnificent city Dinner at one of the popular Belgrade restaurants. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 14. Departure
Free morning time at leisure. Transfer to Belgrade airport and flight back.
Group rates ,Price in euro per pax (in double room)
In this price is included:
Assistance and transfers during arrival and departure
Tours and excursions as for the itinerary
Transportation with air-conditioned private coach
Multilingual, speaking guide during the tour
Accommodation at 3/4 stars hotels
Breakfast at the hotel
Travel tickets in Albania
Dinner, Lunch and drinks
Tips and personal exes
Euro 200,– Single Supplement
Euro 185,– Dinner’s included