4 Countries | 9 Cities | 8 DAYS
May 10th – Sept. 20th
from 895 €
There’s a striking shift in landscapes and culture as you travel southeast from Dubrovnik. Starting at Croatia’s southern tip, this roundtrip Balkans Tour explores the similarities and differences between Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia by showcasing the highlights of each country.
Languages: English and Spanish
Balkan Tour HIGHLIGHTS
From UNESCO heritage, dramatic coastlines, cloud-capped mountains, enchanting lakes to mystic monasteries, royal palaces and tasty foodie treats, enjoy every bit of this Balkans tour from Dubrovnik.
BALKAN TOUR ITINERARY
DUBROVNIK – BUDVA – SHKODRA – TIRANA – OHRID – SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Arrive at Dubrovnik Airport and transfer to hotel. Relax and enjoy some free time. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Start this action-packed day by a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the UNESCO World Heritage site and the King’s Landing. Walking its wall-embraced Old Town is like taking a step back in time to when this lovely town was an independent Republic. Stop to explore a still-operating pharmacy from 1317, the seat of the former Republic government at the Rector’s Palace and the revered Cathedral, then continue to Montenegro.
The dramatic Boka Bay will make you fall in love with this country at first sight, and so will Budva, the charming resort town with an Old City founded by Greeks, inhabited by Romans and fortified by Venetians.
As you continue further to Albania, stop in Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Following a prolonged period of communist rule, Albania's capital of Tirana today puts on a fireworks show of traffic and colors mixed in with remnant of its dominant 20th century period. In a guided tour, you’ll stroll down dinky pedestrianized zones where you can see its lively life take place, past Skender Bay Square, to the Mosque of Ethem Bey and then the National Museum to learn of this small nation's history.
In the afternoon, drive the roads through impressively lush forests via Elbasan to reach Macedonia's Ohrid, a one-of-a-kind charming lakeside town. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
The home of the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, topped by the remains of an ancient tower, the historic parts of Ohrid cascade down steep slopes opening up into lakeside promenade and beaches. Between vibrant craft scene, old-fashioned bistros and private homes, stop to enjoy the magnificent Byzantine paintings at the 11th-century church of St. Sofi with and the St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation.
In the afternoon, drive along the lakeside to the Monastery of St. Naum, gracing the shores for over a thousand years and paying a tribute to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ohrid.
From Ohrid, head to discover the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. With large investments put forth into revamping the city centre stretched along the banks of Vardar River, the contrast of new and old in Skopje is striking. Mimicking classical antiquity, imposing replicas of Greek and Roman edifices next to bridges topped with shiny saint and warrior statues stand side by side with the historic Čaršija from the Ottoman period, the 6th-ct. Kale fortress and the 14th-ct. Church of the Holy Savior. Enjoy a guided stroll and then drive along the scenic road wavering along the footings of Vodno Mountain to the Monastery of St. Panteleimon to admire its 12th-ct. iconostasis and remains of Byzantine frescos. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
From Skopje, depart to Montenegro. Travel through Kosovo and the Morača River Canyon, perhaps one of the most impressive roads in the region. Swirling along sky-high rocks, the road overlooks the emerald Morača River below. Enjoy the sceneries and in the afternoon, arrive to the village of Kolašin on Bjelasica Mountain.
At an altitude of almost one thousand meters, the air here is so pure that the whole area is considered an air spa. Spread on the bank of the beautiful River Tara and embraced in thick pine forests, the village of Kolašin and its surrounding slopes are also a popular ski resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.
During your last day of exploring the Balkan Peninsula, delve into the Montenegrin jewels. Start with Cetinje, the Old Royal capital and the present-day secondary capital of the country. You will visit the former residence of King Nikola I Petrović which today houses an interesting museum bringing you in on the Montenegrin history and its royal times.
Then descend to the coast of Boka bay and stop in Kotor, a charming medieval town which enjoyed its peak as a Venetian stronghold. Embraced in a cloak of ruinous walls, the streets of Kotor swirl and curve between landmarks like the Cathedral of St. Typhon and the Church of St. Luke. Back on the bus, enjoy the dramatic landscapes of Boka Bay as you make your way back to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast followed by a departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.
Balkan tour pricing
Currency is set to EURO.
Rates are per person for double occupancy for 7 nights.
Single Supplement: 270 euro net (on request)
Previosly listed hotels will be used on almost all departures. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those on this page.
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