14 days Balkans Tour from Bucharest to Budapest

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Visit the Balkans in this 14 days tour in wich You will visit 9 countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. Enjoy a small group tour from 1 to 15 with a tourguide that will fit on your interests and will make this experience unforgettable. In this tour of the Balkans You will have the possibility to understand better the history that separated or connected different countries and experience as well mostly of the Unesco sites.
ItineraryDay 1: Day 1 – Saturday – Bucharest – Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIAStop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse ProvinceWe will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preservedDuration: 1 hourStop At: ArbanassiContinue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity with beautiful and richly inside painted frescoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Tsarevets FortressEarly evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.Day 2: Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km) BULGARIAStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceCrossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka “Monument of The Liberty“) . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman ruleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceContinue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.) and Rose oil Museum .Duration: 1 hourStop At: CenterIn the early evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha .Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sofia.Day 3: Sofia – Rila – Skopje (350 km) BULGARIA + MACEDONIAStop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionRila Monastery is Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and founded in the 10th century by Saint Ivan Rilsky (St John of Rila ) , a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church . The monastery , one of the largest in the Balkans , was the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for more than 1000 years . Our tour includes a visit to the Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarvingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Skopje CenterContinue drive south to the Bulgarian – Macedonian border . In the early evening we will arrive in Skopje , the capital of Macedonia . Orientation tour of Skopje before arriving to your hotel.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Skopje.Day 4: Skopje – Ohrid (190 km) MACEDONIAStop At: Old Bazaar, Skopje, Skopje, Skopje Regionenjoy a walking tour of Skopje (internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa ) , with its most important landmarks : quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar (is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today ), the Memorial house of Mother Teresa , the 1500 years old fortress Kale , Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander The Great on horseDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionContinue the tour and drive to Ohrid ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) situated on the banks of the lake with the same name , perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. Ohrid area has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the old city center are testimony to its past. Lake Ohrid itself is Europe’s oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. The walking tour of the old city center will include the narrow streets and squares , the Anchient Theater , discover the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church ) , Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress and pedestrian shopping street .Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast includedAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Ohrid.Day 5: Ohrid – Bay of Bones – St Naum – Tirana – Kruja (210 km) MACEDONIA + ALBANIAStop At: Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionAfter breakfast departure to the Museum on Water called also the Bay of Bones, an exceptional archeological complex and a reconstruction of a part of the pile-dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC.A Roman military fortificationDuration: 1 hourStop At: Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionNext will drive to the amazing monastery of St.Naum, built on a rock that offers a great view of the Ohrid Lake and experience a small rowing boat ride to the springs of Black Drimm river.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Skanderbeg SquareContinue the tour and crossing the Macedonian – Albanian border driving to Tirana, capital of Albania . The walking tour of city center of Tirana will reveal the main tourist attractions : Tirana’s massive main square – Skanderbeg , National History Museum , Palace of Culture, National Bank, Et’hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg’s statue Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County In the evening we will arrive in Kruja . The name and the importance of the city are attributed to the national hero of Albania, George Castriot Skanderbeg, who made Kruja a fortress of resistance against the Turkish Ottoman empire for more than 25 years in the 15th century . Orientation tour of Kruja before arriving to your hotel.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Kruja.Day 6: Kruja – Budva – Kotor (190 km)Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres Countyvisit the Kruja Castle, the headquarter of “the Dragon of Albania” . Enjoy a visit of the Kruja Castle Museum for a short lesson of Albanian history than discover the local souvenir market of the local traditional Old BazaarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Budva City Walls, Budva, Budva MunicipalityVisit Budva – Montenegro , crossing the Albanian – Montenegro border and stop to visit the Old Town and show you the most important spots: Ballerina and Mogren Beach, Land Gate, Ancient Necropolis, Square of Churches, Citadel, Njegoš’s street, marina, Mediternaska Street and Slovenska PlazaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kotor Old City, Kotor, Kotor MunicipalityIn the evening we will arrive in Kotor and discover the fortified old town – Stari Grad ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) .Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Kotor.Day 7: Kotor Bay Tour – Dubrovnik (150 km) MONTENEGRO + CROATIAStop At: Kotor Bay Tours, Kotor, Kotor MunicipalityKotor Bay Tour : Perast (boat trip to Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks), Tivat & Porto MontenegroDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, DalmatiaContinue the tour and cross the border to Croatia and head to Dubrovnik. “The Pearl of the Adriatic:”, Explore the Old Town also part of Unesco Heritage, via Onofrio’s Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime successDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in DubrovnikDay 8: Dubrovnik – Mostar – Split (300 km) CROATIAStop At: Old Bridge (Stari Most), Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva CantonAfter breakfast we will head to Bosnia – Herzegovina and after we will cross the border we will visit the beautiful city of Mostar with its Old Bridge Area and the old city, part of Unesco HeritageDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Old Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, DalmatiaNext, we will cross the border back to Croatia and arrive in one of the most important cities at the Adriatic Seat: Split. Visit the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace and city’s historical center also listed on Unesco’s heritage. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Split.Day 9: Split – Trogir – Plitvice (260 km) CROATIAStop At: Historic City of Trogir, Trogir, Split-Dalmatia County, DalmatiaAfter breakfast , we will continue the sightseeing or free time of Split and we will head to Trogir (Unesco). Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Coast. The famous Cathedral of St Lawrence, remains of city walls, many palaces, forts and their stories are just some of the things that will impress you on this tour through the beautiful streets of this still small and quiet little town in the heart of the Mediterranean, the heart of Dalmatia.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central CroatiaIn the late evening we will arrive in Plitvice.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in the area of Plitvice.Day 10: Plitvice – Postojna – Ljubljana (290 km) CROATIA + SLOVENIAStop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central CroatiaExplore the Oldest National Park from Croatia that is also part of Unesco heritage. We will enjoy a walking tour in the nature and discover the amazing colours of the Natural Park that are ranging from azure to green, grey or blue depending on the sunlightDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Postojna Caves, Postojna, Inner Carniola RegionAfter crossing the border in Slovenia, explore the largest show-cave in Europe, the Postojna Cave with an electrical train, a touristic attraction that you can’t miss it , thanks to its natural beauty.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola RegionIn the late evening we will arrive in the capital of Slovenia, LjubljanaDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel.Day 11: Ljubljana – Zagreb (140 km) SLOVENIA + CROATIAStop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola RegionEnjoy walking tour in wich you will discover the main tourist attractions of Ljubljana city centar : Congress Square, the National University Library, Križanke Monastery, the New Square, and Cobbler’s Bridge, main square with the Prešeren monument, Franciscan Church, and Three Bridges , Old Square, the river promenade, the Municipality Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Open Air Market, Butcher’s Bridge, and Dragon Bridge.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: as ZagrebNext, we will head to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb where we will discover this magical city. Explore Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town districts on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Hop aboard the funicular with a guide to Gradec — the Upper Town — and enjoy fine city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. Discover top attractions including the Lotrščak Tower, St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and the seat of the Croatian Parliament. Then, descend via Tkalčićeva Street to the Lower Town and head through Dolac Market to medieval Kaptol. Admire traditional architecture in Ban Jelačić Square, then finish in the pretty surroundings of Zrinjevac ParkDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Zagreb.Day 12: Wednesday – Zagreb – Belgrad (400 km) CROATIA + SERBIAStop At: The Belgrade Fortress, BelgradeAfter breakfast we will head to Serbia and in the afternoon we will arrive to Belgrad, capital of Serbia. Visit the Republic Square, the National theater and the National museum, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), the oldest part of Belgrade with Ottoman heritage, the oldest residential house and museum of Serbian language, the only mosque in the city, Kalemegdan park, Belgrade fortress, „Victor“ the most famous symbol of Belgrade, the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, Saborna church, and Knez Mihailova street.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Belgrad.Day 13: Belgrad – Novi Sad – Budapest (400 km) SERBIA + HUNGARYStop At: Novi sad CentralAfter breakfast , departure to Budapest with a stop in Novi Sad where we will visit Zmaj Jovina Street, the promenade of Novi Sad and obligatory sight for any tourists, not least for the ornamental Palace of the Orthodox Bishop. We will see also y – Dunavska, street with its long line of single-storied 19th century houses. The Danube embankment, the Petrovaradin Fortress on the other bank as well as at the sights and stories about the troubled bridges of Novi Sad.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hungarian Parliament BuildingIn the evening we will arrive to Budapest ,`´ The Queen of Danube “ , capital of Hungary .Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Budapest.Day 14: andrassyStop At: Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, Central Hungaryfull day dedicated to Budapest in wich we will get a comprehensive look at Budapest’s top attractions on a 4-hour guided tour of the city. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square and drive along Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will also take you past St. Stephen’s Basilica, Dohány Street Synagogue and the beautiful Castle District in Buda, discussing the unique stories behind each landmark as you go. To continue seeing the sights from the water, you will have a scenic, 1-hour river cruise along the Danube.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 13x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 13 nights
  • 13 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels ( 5 nights in 3* hotels and 8 nights in 4* hotels, mostly of them centrally located)
  • Transport for the entire tour with modern air-conditioned minivan
  • Breakfast
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide in Budapest
  • Professional tour director that will be also the driver during the tour
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

What’s not included

  • Tips for the tour guide / driver
  • Food and drinks
  • Photo/Video fees at the museums
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  • Entry/Admission - Arbanassi
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Shipka Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Entry/Admission - Center
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Ohrid
  • Entry/Admission - Bay of the Bones Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Saint Naum
  • Entry/Admission - Skanderbeg Square
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Budva City Walls
  • Entry/Admission - Kotor Old City
  • Entry/Admission - Kotor Bay Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Old Bridge (Stari Most)
  • Entry/Admission - Old Split
  • Entry/Admission - Historic City of Trogir
  • Entry/Admission - Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Postojna Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Ljubljana Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - as Zagreb
  • Entry/Admission - The Belgrade Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Novi sad Central
  • Entry/Admission - Andrassy Avenue

Itinerary

Day 10: Plitvice – Postojna – Ljubljana (290 km) CROATIA + SLOVENIA Stop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia Explore the Oldest National Park from Croatia that is also part of Unesco heritage. We will enjoy a walking tour in the nature and discover the amazing colours of the Natural Park that are ranging from azure to green, grey or blue depending on the sunlight Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Postojna Caves, Postojna, Inner Carniola Region After crossing the border in Slovenia, explore the largest show-cave in Europe, the Postojna Cave with an electrical train, a touristic attraction that you can’t miss it , thanks to its natural beauty. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola Region In the late evening we will arrive in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel.
Day 11: Ljubljana – Zagreb (140 km) SLOVENIA + CROATIA Stop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola Region Enjoy walking tour in wich you will discover the main tourist attractions of Ljubljana city centar : Congress Square, the National University Library, Križanke Monastery, the New Square, and Cobbler’s Bridge, main square with the Prešeren monument, Franciscan Church, and Three Bridges , Old Square, the river promenade, the Municipality Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Open Air Market, Butcher’s Bridge, and Dragon Bridge. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: as Zagreb Next, we will head to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb where we will discover this magical city. Explore Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town districts on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Hop aboard the funicular with a guide to Gradec — the Upper Town — and enjoy fine city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. Discover top attractions including the Lotrščak Tower, St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and the seat of the Croatian Parliament. Then, descend via Tkalčićeva Street to the Lower Town and head through Dolac Market to medieval Kaptol. Admire traditional architecture in Ban Jelačić Square, then finish in the pretty surroundings of Zrinjevac Park Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Zagreb.
Day 12: Wednesday – Zagreb – Belgrad (400 km) CROATIA + SERBIA Stop At: The Belgrade Fortress, Belgrade After breakfast we will head to Serbia and in the afternoon we will arrive to Belgrad, capital of Serbia. Visit the Republic Square, the National theater and the National museum, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), the oldest part of Belgrade with Ottoman heritage, the oldest residential house and museum of Serbian language, the only mosque in the city, Kalemegdan park, Belgrade fortress, „Victor“ the most famous symbol of Belgrade, the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, Saborna church, and Knez Mihailova street. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Belgrad.
Day 13: Belgrad – Novi Sad – Budapest (400 km) SERBIA + HUNGARY Stop At: Novi sad Central After breakfast , departure to Budapest with a stop in Novi Sad where we will visit Zmaj Jovina Street, the promenade of Novi Sad and obligatory sight for any tourists, not least for the ornamental Palace of the Orthodox Bishop. We will see also y – Dunavska, street with its long line of single-storied 19th century houses. The Danube embankment, the Petrovaradin Fortress on the other bank as well as at the sights and stories about the troubled bridges of Novi Sad. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Hungarian Parliament Building In the evening we will arrive to Budapest ,`´ The Queen of Danube “ , capital of Hungary . Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Budapest.
Day 14: andrassy Stop At: Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, Central Hungary full day dedicated to Budapest in wich we will get a comprehensive look at Budapest’s top attractions on a 4-hour guided tour of the city. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square and drive along Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will also take you past St. Stephen’s Basilica, Dohány Street Synagogue and the beautiful Castle District in Buda, discussing the unique stories behind each landmark as you go. To continue seeing the sights from the water, you will have a scenic, 1-hour river cruise along the Danube. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Day 1 – Saturday – Bucharest – Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIA Stop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse Province We will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preserved Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Arbanassi Continue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity with beautiful and richly inside painted fresco Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Tsarevets Fortress Early evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city. Duration: 2 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 2: Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km) BULGARIA Stop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province Crossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka “Monument of The Liberty“) . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province Continue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.) and Rose oil Museum . Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Center In the early evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha . Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sofia.
Day 3: Sofia – Rila – Skopje (350 km) BULGARIA + MACEDONIA Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and founded in the 10th century by Saint Ivan Rilsky (St John of Rila ) , a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church . The monastery , one of the largest in the Balkans , was the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for more than 1000 years . Our tour includes a visit to the Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarving Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Skopje Center Continue drive south to the Bulgarian – Macedonian border . In the early evening we will arrive in Skopje , the capital of Macedonia . Orientation tour of Skopje before arriving to your hotel. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Skopje.
Day 4: Skopje – Ohrid (190 km) MACEDONIA Stop At: Old Bazaar, Skopje, Skopje, Skopje Region enjoy a walking tour of Skopje (internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa ) , with its most important landmarks : quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar (is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today ), the Memorial house of Mother Teresa , the 1500 years old fortress Kale , Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander The Great on horse Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern Region Continue the tour and drive to Ohrid ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) situated on the banks of the lake with the same name , perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. Ohrid area has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the old city center are testimony to its past. Lake Ohrid itself is Europe’s oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. The walking tour of the old city center will include the narrow streets and squares , the Anchient Theater , discover the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church ) , Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress and pedestrian shopping street . Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Ohrid.
Day 5: Ohrid – Bay of Bones – St Naum – Tirana – Kruja (210 km) MACEDONIA + ALBANIA Stop At: Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid, Southwestern Region After breakfast departure to the Museum on Water called also the Bay of Bones, an exceptional archeological complex and a reconstruction of a part of the pile-dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC.A Roman military fortification Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid, Southwestern Region Next will drive to the amazing monastery of St.Naum, built on a rock that offers a great view of the Ohrid Lake and experience a small rowing boat ride to the springs of Black Drimm river. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Skanderbeg Square Continue the tour and crossing the Macedonian – Albanian border driving to Tirana, capital of Albania . The walking tour of city center of Tirana will reveal the main tourist attractions : Tirana’s massive main square – Skanderbeg , National History Museum , Palace of Culture, National Bank, Et’hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg’s statue Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County In the evening we will arrive in Kruja . The name and the importance of the city are attributed to the national hero of Albania, George Castriot Skanderbeg, who made Kruja a fortress of resistance against the Turkish Ottoman empire for more than 25 years in the 15th century . Orientation tour of Kruja before arriving to your hotel. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Kruja.
Day 6: Kruja – Budva – Kotor (190 km) Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County visit the Kruja Castle, the headquarter of “the Dragon of Albania” . Enjoy a visit of the Kruja Castle Museum for a short lesson of Albanian history than discover the local souvenir market of the local traditional Old Bazaar Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Budva City Walls, Budva, Budva Municipality Visit Budva – Montenegro , crossing the Albanian – Montenegro border and stop to visit the Old Town and show you the most important spots: Ballerina and Mogren Beach, Land Gate, Ancient Necropolis, Square of Churches, Citadel, Njegoš’s street, marina, Mediternaska Street and Slovenska Plaza Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Kotor Old City, Kotor, Kotor Municipality In the evening we will arrive in Kotor and discover the fortified old town – Stari Grad ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) . Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Kotor.
Day 7: Kotor Bay Tour – Dubrovnik (150 km) MONTENEGRO + CROATIA Stop At: Kotor Bay Tours, Kotor, Kotor Municipality Kotor Bay Tour : Perast (boat trip to Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks), Tivat & Porto Montenegro Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia Continue the tour and cross the border to Croatia and head to Dubrovnik. “The Pearl of the Adriatic:”, Explore the Old Town also part of Unesco Heritage, via Onofrio’s Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Dubrovnik
Day 8: Dubrovnik – Mostar – Split (300 km) CROATIA Stop At: Old Bridge (Stari Most), Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton After breakfast we will head to Bosnia – Herzegovina and after we will cross the border we will visit the beautiful city of Mostar with its Old Bridge Area and the old city, part of Unesco Heritage Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Old Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia Next, we will cross the border back to Croatia and arrive in one of the most important cities at the Adriatic Seat: Split. Visit the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace and city’s historical center also listed on Unesco’s heritage. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Split.
Day 9: Split – Trogir – Plitvice (260 km) CROATIA Stop At: Historic City of Trogir, Trogir, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia After breakfast , we will continue the sightseeing or free time of Split and we will head to Trogir (Unesco). Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Coast. The famous Cathedral of St Lawrence, remains of city walls, many palaces, forts and their stories are just some of the things that will impress you on this tour through the beautiful streets of this still small and quiet little town in the heart of the Mediterranean, the heart of Dalmatia. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia In the late evening we will arrive in Plitvice. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in the area of Plitvice.
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