Grand Balkan Tour

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The Balkans is a land of such great diversity and textures that one gets blown up by the colors, cultures, hospitality, food and landscape. On our Balkans tours, we trace the scene of medieval Europe with nationalities originating from, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia. Set off on a trip through the heartland of Albania & Macedonia. Enjoy the colorful houses of Tirana and the marbled streets of Dubrovnik.

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    The Balkans is a land of such great diversity and textures that one gets blown up by the colors, cultures, hospitality, food, and landscape. On our Balkans tours, we trace the scene of medieval Europe with nationalities originating from, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia. Set off on a trip through the heartland of Albania & Macedonia. Enjoy the colorful houses of Tirana and the marbled streets of Dubrovnik.

    Day 1- Tirana Airport- Tirana

    Depending on the time of arrival in Tirana, we may do a short city tour before or after check-in at the hotel. In the evening, we’ll have dinner at a traditional restaurant and then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as “the forbidden town” where the villas of the communist’s leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jewelry shops, and active local pubs. Dinner in a Local restaurant in Tirana Overnight in Tirana.

    Day 2 TIRANA –  SHKODER – BUDVA                                                               

    After breakfast starts a sightseeing tour of Tirana, Visit the newly opened Atonic bunker, the Bunk’art2 museum in Tirana opened to the public describing it as a museum throwing light on political persecution during the Albanian communist era. The museum – called Bunk’Art 2 – is also intended as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned and executed by the communist regime. 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, we will visit the National History Museum, with a mosaic on its facade portraying Albanian history. Departure to Shkoder. Arrive at Shkoder, proceed for a guided walking tour of the old town of Shkoder – visit the Catholic Cathedral, Rozafa Castle. Transfer to Montenegro and the city of Budva. Arrival Budva, ss tour of Budva, Old town Budva, which is inside of the stone walls. Visit the old Entrance, the Square of the poet, the Square of the churches.. Overnight in Budva.

    Day 3 BUDVA-KOTOR-DUBROVNIK 

    After breakfast, proceed to Kotor. Visit of Kotor, Medieval town on Adriatic coast which is also surrounded by stone walls. Kotor is also one of the largest beys on Adriatic which attracts many cruise ships.  Lunch in the Kotor Old Town (Seafood), proceed to Lepetane for using the Ferry to the other side. Proceed to Dubrovnik. Arrival, check-in hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Dubrovnik.

     Day4DUBROVNIK  
                                                                                                                                    
    Breakfast at hotel, city tour of this UNESCO protected pearl of the Adriatic and its Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery (included Old Pharmacy), Clock Tower, Orlando’s Columns, Sponze Plaza, Dubrovnik City. Lunch in the old City(Seafood). Free time (optional) Boat ride or/and Cable car for the panoramic view, Dinner, and Overnight at hotel in Dubrovnik 4* Hotel

    Day 5 DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO                                                  

    After Breakfast, Check out the hotel. Transfer to Mostar, on the way, proceed to visit Pocitelj, Medieval Stone made the town. Depart to Blagaj, visit of the oldest Tekki in Bosnia from XVcentury, Lunch in a restaurant on Buna River springs, Proceed to Mostar, city tour – Mostar Old Town visits Mehmet Koski Pasha mosque, The famous Old bridge, listed as UNESCO heritage site. Free time. Continue to drive to Sarajevo via Neretva Canyon and Jablaničko Lake, Shortstop in Jablanica Town to take pictures of the destroyed bridge from World War 2. Arrive in Sarajevo, check-in at the hotel, Dinner, and Overnight in Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo 4* Hotel

     Day 6 SARAJEVO  

    After Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for tour to visit Vrelo Bosne – springs of river Bosna, Tunnel museum – which helped the Bosnian citizens survive the siege of Sarajevo. Walking tour of Old Town Bascarsija, Latin bridge, place where the Austro Hungarian Archduke was assassinated, what triggered the 1st World War; Brusa resistant – covered market place; Gazi Husref Bey Mosque- built-in the 1530 year during the Ottoman era – and Gazi Husref Bey Madras; Monica built-in 1551, Tašlihan- remaining’s of the largest Karavansaray in Sarajevo. Vijecnica – town hall for the Austro- Hungarian era. Lunch at the local restaurant. Free time for shopping. Back to hotel, Dinner, and Overnight in Sarajevo..

     Day 7 SARAJEVO – TRAVNIK – JAJCE – BIHAĆ                                               

    After Breakfast. Proceed to Travnik. Before Travnik, stop at Ethno Village Čardaci to see the authentic Bosnian architecture and beautiful landscape of lakes pools, and waterfalls. Arrival Travnik, a Travnik-small town with its mosques and fortress that dot the skyline shows the original style of Bosnian architecture that gives this town its charm. See the Plava Voda springs Lunch and   Continue to Jajce, on, visit of Jajce Waterfalls, Stop at Pliva lakes to see the wooden watermills. Drive to Bihac. Check-in the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Bihac

     Day 8 BIHAĆ – ZAGREB                                                                                     

    After breakfast. A guided city tour of Bihać will uncover the secrets of untouched natural landscapes that are classified in the most preserved natural division of Europe. Proceed to Zagreb ( 155 km ) via Plitvice lakes, a highly nature-protected area that has 16 natural lakes that have origins from tectonic movement on Karst field. Not just the lakes are attractive but also rivers, creeks, and beautiful waterfalls, and endemic flora and fauna. We offer different paths through the area depending on the age of the group. Lunch and proceed to Zagreb, check-in the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at a hotel in Zagreb.

    Day 9 ZAGREB-LJUBLJANA                                                                             

    After Breakfast at the hotel. Check out the hotel. Proceed to city tour of Zagreb including Kaptol and Gradec Old Towns, Blood bridge, Cathedral which is the tallest building in whole Croatia, Marketplace, Ban Jelacic Square, etc. free time exploring the winding streets of the old town, drive to Ljubljana. Check-in the hotel. Panoramic Ljubljana: at the Baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas, visit the busy food market, and head to the Dragon Bridge, so-called because of its 4 dragons that protect the city and serve as its trademark. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River and see the city from other perspectives, concluding your tour in a special way. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Ljubljana

    Day  10 LJUBLJANA- LJUBJANA AIRPORT                                                 

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check out the hotel. Drive to Airport for final departure.

    Including: Accommodation in good 3,4 * Hotels BB,  Dinners 3 course  + 1 bottle water in best possible Local restaurants,  Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour for 14 days, Few Local Guides, All the transfers with modern AC tourist-class bus. Museums entry fees. All the Local taxes,

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transfers with Modern A/C private car/ bus or minibus with driver on tour
    • Good standard Accommodation at 3*, 4* hotels
    • All parking costs
    • Professional English-French-German-Italian-Russian or Spanish speaking local guide throughout the tour
    • All the museum entry fee
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Excludes

    Flight Tickets
    Lunches and dinners
    Travel Insurance
    Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide

    Hotels, Farm Houses and Lodges

    Hotels in Albania & Balkans 

    Hotels in Albania & Balkans  are not to the same standard as those in the UK, EU or USA as tourism has not long been a major industry here. However, here are comfortable options and, in some places, very characterful places to stay. We use always the best possible selection boutique 3, 4 -star hotels BB, all en-suite.

    TAB is specialized in cultural round trips and active tours such as, walking, Eco Tours, Jeep Tours and others. For all our tours and products please check ‘Tours’ and ‘Day trips’ in the main menu above.

    A group departure with TAB means that you will travel on a pre-set departure date with a group of international travelers, guided by a local English speaking tour leader. You can join these groups as an individual, a couple, and a family, a group of friends or with whom else you wish to travel. Joining a group is a great way to explore Albania at a lower cost and to also meet like-minded people along the way. How small are these groups, you might think? It depends on what kind of tour but generally we already depart with a minimum of three people and we go up to a maximum of 15 participants. It depends on each tour what is included and what not. This information can be found in the tour details. Departure dates for each tour are indicated on the calendar on the right side of the tour page.

    Our small group departure tours are Land only; the prices do not include your flight. Our tours include the airport transfers, Good standard 3,4* Hotels BB, Professional tour guide, museum entry fees, all the transfers with modern AC Vehicles, Dinners in best possible restaurants.

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