Grand Balkan Tour – 8 Countries
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The Balkan Peninsula: a fascinating triangle engulfed by rivers, mountains, and seas, the meeting point of Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity, the region known for political turmoil in the 20th century. Visit 8 countries on this Balkan tour, where you'll revel in the beauty, history, and traditions of the Balkan nations. Explore the castles, churches, monasteries, mosques, and medieval towns, enjoy the breathtaking views, coastline, Rivers, and Lakes, and admire the wide range of different languages, ethnicities, and religions that co-exists in this part of Europe.
Location: Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria & North Macedonia
Duration: 17 days, 16 nights
TIRANA – BUDVA-KOTOR – DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO- BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – TIMISOARA – SIBIU - BUCHAREST - SIGHISOARA – TRANSILVANIA – BRASOV- VELIKO TARNOVA - PLODIV - SOFIA – SKOPJE – OHRID - BERAT
Price Individual (except July & August)
2650 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 2 paying participants Single supplement = 520 Euro. (Single rooms will usually be double or twin for single use.) Note: We work with 4* hotels.
Group Tour Price
Minimum 10 pax – please contact us for a fast quote BB, HB, or FB and including entrance fees.
Meet with our representative → Transfer to Tirana, Albania→ City tour of Tirana and free time. Visit the “Skanderberg square” (The main square in Tirana) with the Skanderberg Statue; the “Ethem bey” mosque (the Only historical mosque in Tirana) the “Enver Hoxha” pyramid, the Peace Bell, the Building of the historical museum of Tirana, a Preserved bunker (In one of the bunkers there is a museum about the victims of the Albanian Communist regime) Maria Theresa boulevard, the University of Tirana, the Old government square; The Clock tower (19th Century) Overnight at Boutique Hotel 4* Central located
Kotor, Budva - Montenegro
After breakfast → Transfer to Kotor, Montenegro → City tour of Kotor Old Town Visit the Kotor old city, Kotor harbour, city walls, St Tryphon Cathedral, St Nicola church, Plaza of the arms, Church of St Luke, Gurdich gate, Clock tower, Grubonja palace, Karampana well, Drago palace, Pima palace, Beskuca’s Palace, Grgurina Palace, Bizanti Palace, Prince’s Palace, Sea gate, Old Kotor prison building → Transfer to Budva. Free time in Budva. Overnight in Budva Hotel 4* Central located
→ Dubrovnik city tour. Visit the Old town, the Ancient city walls, the Dubrovnik “Saint Saviour” church (16th-century church with Renaissance architecture); the Dubrovnik cathedral (Early 18th-century baroque cathedral); The Onofrije’s fountain, The Franciscan Monastery (Landmark monastery built in the 1300s, noted for its cloister, library & historic pharmacy displays); the Gates of Pile; the Old port; the Clock tower, the Sponza Palace, the Rector’s Palace; the Fort Saint John; the Stradun (The main walking street in Dubrovnik old town); Free time in Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia Hotel 4*
Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
After breakfast → Transfer to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina → Walking tour of Mostar old town
Visit the Old Bridge, The Old City, The Old Turkish Bazar “Kujundziluk”, The Old Turkish quarter, “Koskin – Mehmed pasha’s” mosque, Tito’s palace, “Mehmed Karadoz” Mosque. → Transfer to Blagaj, Visit the Blagaj monastery → Transfer to Sarajevo via Konjic. Overnight in Sarajevo Hotel 4* Central located
Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
→ Sarajevo city tour. Visit the Bascarsija (The historical Turkish market); Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Ottoman mosque from 16th century); The Latin Bridge/ The Assassination Bridge (Ottoman-era stone bridge near the site of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s 1914 assassination); The Sebilj Monument (Famous 18th century wooden fountain); the “Sacred Heart” Cathedral (Gothic cathedral from the 19th century); The Sarajevo city hall, The Abandoned Bobsleigh Track (Built-in 1984 for the Winter Olimpic games in Former Yugoslavia The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the long Sarajevo siege the bobsleigh track been used as a base for the artillery); The Tunnel of Hope (Military-history museum at the site of a storied Bosnian War-era underground tunnel); → Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
After breakfast→ Long transfer to Belgrade, Serbia → City tour of Belgrade in the morning
Visit the Belgrade fortress “Kalemegdan” (An enduring fortress built in 535 BCE) with a view of the Sava and Danube rivers; The Pobednik Monument (Monument inside the Belgrade fortress); Church of the Holy Mother of God / Crkva Ruzica (Serbian Orthodox church located inside the Belgrade fortress); The “Knez Mihaylova” pedestrian street; t. Sava cathedralS (The biggest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans ); The House of Flowers (Josip Broz Tito mausoleum); History museum of Yugoslavia; The Republic Square, The National Assembly, The bombed buildings.→ Free time Belgrade, Serbia. Overnight in Belgrade. Hotel 4* Central located
Novi Sad, Serbia- Timisoara Romania
After breakfast →Transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia after breakfast→ Novi Sad walking tour. Visit the old town and the Petrovadian fortress→ Transfer to Timisoara, Romania Free time in Timisoara. Overnight in Timisoara. Hotel 4* Central located
Sibiu and Sighisoara, Romania
After breakfast → Transfer to Sibiu, Romania → Sibiu walking tour. Visit the Consul tower of Sibiu, the Large Square, the bridge of Lies, Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral; → Transfer to Sighisoara, Romania → Sighisoara city tour, Visit the Sighisoara Citadel, The Clock tower, Vlad Dracul House. Free time in Sighisoara. Overnight in Sighisoara 4 * Hotel
After breakfast → Transfer to the area of Transilvania Visit Dracula’s castle (Bran castle) and the Peles Castle in Sinaia → Transfer to Brasov, Romania. Free time in Brasov. Overnight in Brasov Hotel 4* Central located
After breakfast → Transfer to Bucharest, Romania → Bucharest city tour. Visit the Palace of Parliament, Oldtown, Piata Victoriei, Cec Palace, Unirii Square, Revolution square, National Museum of Romanian history, Constitution square, Lui Carol monument, Palace of justice. Free time in Bucharest/ Overnight in Bucharest. Hotel 4* Central located
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
After breakfast → Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria → Veliko Tarnovo walking tour Visit the Tsarevets fortress and the craft street. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. Hotel 4* Central located
After breakfast → Transfer to Kazanlak area via the Shipka pass. Visit Kazanlak Thracian tomb Golyama Kosmatka→ Transfer to Plovdiv, Bulgaria → Plovdiv city tour, Visit the Old town from the 19th century; the Ethnographic Museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theatre of Philippopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philipopolis, St Constantin and Elena church, The Djumaya mosque, and square, The building of the Regional Historical Museum, the main walking street, “The Trap” neighborhood; Nebet tepe.
→ Free time in the afternoon Overnight in Plovdiv. Hotel 4* Central located
After breakfast → Transfer to Sofia, Bulgaria → Walking Sofia tour, Visit the Historical center of Sofia and the most interesting sights in the area. Visit the St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden; The Museum of Sofia. Overnight in Sofia. Hotel 4* Central located
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria and Skopje, North Macedonia
→ Transfer to Skopje, North Macedonia (3-4 hours) → Walking Skopje city tour (1.5 – 2 hours )
Visit the Old Muslim quarter, the Stone bridge, the Macedonia square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, the “Warrior on a Horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, the Archeological museum building Free time in Skopje in the afternoon. Overnight in Skopje Hotel Bushi Resort.
Skopje – Mavrovo- Matka Canyons- Ohrid Macedonia
After breakfast drive to Mavrovo National Mavrovo drive through Mavrovo lake and canyons of Rivier Radika. Leave Mavrovo to Matka canyon. Including Matka Canyon boat trip for about 1 hour. Time for lunch in Matka. Then continue to visit Sveti Jovan Bigorvski/Saint John Monastery, Drive to Struga, the town of poetry, where an international festival of poetry called the Struga Poetry Evenings. The tour starts from the Drim Hotel, the place where the River Drim flows out of Lake Ohrid. Then we do a sightseeing tour of Struga on foot. The town is located on both banks of the River Drim. First, the Church of St George is visited. We can make a coffee break afterward we will visit the cave of churches in Kalista Monastery. Drive to Ohrid o/n Hotel 4* Central located
After breakfast starts the city of Ohrid on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia on a half-day sightseeing tour of the center of Christianity for Slavs. The 4-hour guided tour takes in all the main sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of only a handful inscribed both for their culture and natural landscape. City Tours of Ohrid incld st. Sofia, st. Klement, the fortress of King Samuel, Small boat ride, Overnight in Ohrid Hotel 4* Central located
Ohrid Macedonia – Berat Albania
After breakfast crossing the border into Albania, Drive to Elbasan Drive through Elbasan (ancient Scampa). A short stop to Visit its fine Ottoman walls and castle. Continue to Berat visit Berat known as a “city of one thousand windows”, and has been declared as a museum city. The old name of the city was Antipatrea. It is built on the slopes of mountain Tomori, with a castle dominating the city. At the Onufri Museum, we see paintings by this outstanding painter from the 16thC, as well as paintings from his son Nikolla. In the old part of the town, we visit several Byzantine churches known for their inspiring architecture. Overnight: Hotel Mangalemi or similar, Option visit the Cobo winery
Berat Albania – Tirana Airport
Drive to Durres, After breakfast drive to Durres, one of the oldest towns in Albania dating back to the 6th century BC. Visit the old town, including the Byzantine city walls, Drive to Tirana start a sightseeing tour, see the Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance; and the National History Museum, with a mosaic on its facade portraying Albanian history. Walk Upon to the former Communist Residential area, with modern bars, restaurants, and pubs where populated by different age groups, Departure at to Tirana airport.
16 nights’, accommodation in 4* Hotels, with breakfast. All the transfers throughout the tour with a/c vehicle. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guide/ or Guide/Driver. (Separate driver and guide for over 7 participants) All taxes
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