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Balkans of Highlights

7 Countries tour: Macedonia-Greece-Albania –Montenegro-Croatia–BiH –Serbia

Itinerary: Skopje-Ohrid,Thesaloniki,Kalabaka,Saranda-Gjirokastra & Berat (Unesco) –Durres -Tirana (Albania capital)-Kruja medieval town–Shkodra- Cetije-Budava-Kotor(Unesco)-Dubrovnik(Unesco)-Mostar-Sarajevo(BiH capital)-Visoko-Travanik.

Duration13 days
Length1750 km, total driving
Minimum group size25 Travelers
PriceStarts from 740 EUR’(HB basis)
Addition160 € for single room accommodation

01.

Skopje/ Arrival

Arrival at Skopje airport. Assistance by our guide. Transfer in the center of the town. Accommodation on BB base at the 3* Hotel. Walking tour about 30 minutes. Overnight and dinner in Skopje.

02.

Skopje-Ohrid (175 km)

After breakfast, city tour with the local guide. Visiting the old town of Skopje, later walking tour about one

hour visiting famous Skopje market –bazaar “Bit Pazar”, later continuing traveling to Ohrid.

Afternoon arrival at Ohrid .Accommodation at the 4* Hotel. Overnight and dinner in Ohrid.

03.

Ohrid, full day Sightseeing

Morning city tour with the local guide and visiting the old town of Ohrid , St. Sofia church , Roman Amphitheatre , St. Kliment church ,St. Jovan Kaneo church .Town of Ohrid is enlisted to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Trip to St. Naum, a village south east from Ohrid visiting famous Monastery St. Naum from 8th century. Traveling along the Ohrid Lake enjoying the magnificent views of the lake. Overnight and dinner in Ohrid.

04.

Ohrid-Thessaloniki (290 km)

After the breakfast to the hotel, the tour will proceed to Thessaloniki’s most important tourist attraction in Greece. After lunch ,visit White Tower, the symbol of the 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. Accommodation to 3* Hotel. Overnight and dinner in Thessaloniki.

05.

Thessaloniki-Meteora (230 km)

After the breakfast to the hotel, the tour will proceed toKalabaka 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. Overnight and dinner in Kalabaka.

06.

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-since 1992, Butrint is only 18 km of distance from Saranda and includes such sights as the Askelapius temple, the theater, the stoat, the portals, the baptistery, the Venetian fortress, and more. The ecosystem surrounding the area is a national park, offering you the opportunity to walk in a real Mediterranean “jungle”.  Visit new excavations of the Roman Colony of Butrint. The trip proceeds to Saranda city which is located along the Ionian coast, near the Greek island of Corfu. These two locations are connected via ferries, making it possible for tourists to visit all the marvelous sites of the city of Saranda. The city was mentioned in the first century B.C. with the name Onhezmus.  In the evening visit to Lekursi castle from where you’ll enjoy a charming view of Saranda bay and the island of Corfu, 9 km of distance from Saranda. Accommodation at 4* Hotel. Overnight and dinner in Saranda.

07.

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. Accommodation in  4* hotel. Overnight in Berat. Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Visit to the castle build on the hills of the city, Onufer Museum, Saint Trinity Church, Saint Nicolas Cathedral and museum quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica.

Accommodation in 4* Hotel . Overnight and dinner in Berat.

08.

 Berat- Durres-Tirana (130 km)

Morning Visit to the castle build on the hills of the city, Onufer Museum, Saint Trinity Church, Saint Nicolas Cathedral and museum quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica.

The tour proceeds to the coastal city of Durres which is known since the year 627 BC with the name of Epidamnus, later the name of the city became Dyrrah. After lunch you’ll visit the fortress of the city build in the IV-V century BC.Roman Amphitheatre with the capacity of 20.000 spectators and the Venetian tower.

Visit to the canteen “Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeg”,the biggest one in Albania, established since 1933.

There you can taste the delicacy of the famous Skenderbeg cognacs brand, a cognac well known in Europe

Trip from Durres along the highway towards Tirana – Albanian capital. First you will crossing the main Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit“ and you will see the Monument of Skenderbeg, the buildings built by the Italians that nowadays home the Municipality and the Ministries, the Cultural Center called Pyramid because of its shape, ex-museum of Enver Hoxha during communism regime. Continuing to see the Prime Minister Office, the Presidency and to the end of the Boulevard will find the University and Academy of Arts.

Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight and dinner in Tirana.

09.

Tirana-Shkodra-Budva (180 km)

Traveling towards Kruje –famous medieval Albanian town, visiting well known Skenderberg museum

( Skenderbeg famous Albanian hero known from Albanian –Turkish wars ) later visiting traditional souvenir market close to the old town . Leaving later Kruje and traveling towards Shkoder the town located close to the Skadar lake and rivers Bojana ( Buni ) and Drim ( Drini ) Visiting the famous fortress Rosafa enjoying the views to the lake Skadar and entire region . Stop at the local restaurant, lunch optional. Afternoon leaving Albania towards Montenegro. About two hours driving from the border reaching town of Budva. Accommodation in  3* Hotel in Budva. Overnight and dinner in Budva.

10.

Budva-Cetinje-Kotor-Dubrovnik (175 km)

Day-Trip to Cetinje / former capital of Montenegro / Visit to the former king’s palace and the monastery

of Cetinje . After the brake at Cetinje return to Budva. In Budva we planned one hour stop and visiting old town of Budva .The tour proceeded to Kotor bay, visit to the old town of Kotor- Cathedral of St Triphun and maritime museum of Montenegro. After visit to the old town of Kotor continuing towards Dubrovnik. At arrival – visit to the old town of Dubrovnik enlisted to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Accommodation in 3* Hotel. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

11.

Dubrovnik-Mostar-Sarajevo (265 km)
 

Trip to Mostar along the river Neretva – Visit to the old town and famous Mostar „Old Bridge“.

In the afternoon leaving Mostar and traveling to the capital of Bosnia and Hercegovina – Sarajevo. Although Sarajevo is a capital city typified by the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it also possesses a unique ambience that seeps into the soul. This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against outside influences combined with the absorption of these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in Europe. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within easy walking distance of each other. Accommodation in 4* Hotel in Sarajevo. Overnight and dinner in Sarajevo.

 

12.

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 proceed to Visoko and Travnik. Visoko is 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. Overnight and dinner in Sarajevo.

13.

Sarajevo/Departure

Free morning time at leisure. Transfer to Sarajevo airport and flight back.

Details

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • 11 nights Standard Hotel 3/4*
  • Private Bus Transport
  • Driver(s) and interpreter guide
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Travel tickets for international flight
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches and alcoholic drinks (other than those mentioned)
  • Tips and personal exes

*Should you have special requirements, our packages can be customized and adjusted to your convenience

This tour is part of the project “Happy Tours-Albania“and supported by: Partner-Agency in Serbia