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Grand Balkan Tour

13 days - Escorted Tour

Zagreb - Ljubljana - Plitvice - Split - Dubrovnik - Tirana - Ohrid - Skopje - Kolasin - Dubrovnik

Inclusions: 12 nights in 3 and 4 star accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners including dinner in a local restaurant in Ohrid, Zagreb arrival transfer and Dubrovnik departure transfer (first and last day only), guided sightseeing tours (Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Skopje and Kotor), entrance fees (Bled Castle; Plitvice Lakes National Park; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian's Palace and St. Duimus Cathedral in Split; Franciscan Monestary and Rectors Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana; St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor), services of a Multilingual Tour Director, transport by modern air-conditioned coach.

$$ EARLYBIRD OFFER 2021 $$
Receive AUD600 per couple in Discover More Travel Vouchers
on 2021 departures when you book and pay in full by 31 December 2020.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2020

May 5, 26
Jun 16
Jul 7, 28
Aug 18
Sep 8, 15

CLOSED DEPARTURES
2020

May 5, 26

2021
May 4, 25
Jun 15
Jul 6, 27
Aug 17
Sep 7, 21

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

DAY 1 Zagreb
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers and guide at a welcome dinner. D

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel International (4 Star) or similar

DAY 2 Zagreb – Bled – Ljubljana
A morning city tour of Zagreb takes you to the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical centre, where you will see the multi-coloured roof of St. Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre. Afterwards depart for Bled in Slovenia, beautifully situated in the heart of Julian Alps. Explore this picture perfect lake then continue to Ljubljana. Enjoy dinner in your hotel. BD

Stay at:
2020: Hotel M (4 star) or similar
2021: Hotel Kompas (4 star) or similar

DAY 3 Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes
A guided city tour of Slovenia’s small but charming capital will showcase the baroque Old Town and Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain and the bridges over the Ljubljanica River. This afternoon, depart for UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes and overnight. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Park (4 star) or similar

DAY 4 Plitvice Lakes – Trogir – Split
After breakfast, join a tour of Plitvice’s which consists of sixteen lakes joined by a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense woodland, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon you will not want to miss. Continue on to the Adriatic coast and the seaside town of Trogir for a visit to this ancient centre of artistic activity which houses the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continue the short distance to Split, and join a guided city tour that includes a walk through Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel President (4 star) or similar

DAY 5 Split – Mostar – Dubrovnik
This morning, drive into Bosnia & Herzegovina and visit the historic town of Mostar. See the 16th century single arch stone bridge, Turkish House, bazaar and mosque before returning to the Adriatic coast and arriving in Dubrovnik. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Ivka (3 star) or similar

DAY 6 Dubrovnik
Today you have a full day to discover this World Heritage listed city at your leisure. BD

DAY 7 Dubrovnik – Budva – Shkodra – Tirana
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of this medieval walled city which includes the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s oldest pharmacy, Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. From Dubrovnik, take a scenic drive inland through Montenegro to Budva, known for its Old Town encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Cross into Albania and continue to Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian kingdom from the 3rd century BC. End the day in Tirana where you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Sky Tower (4 star) or similar

DAY 8 Tirana – Ohrid
This mornings sightseeing tour of Tirana includes the massive Skanderbey Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey and the National Museum which houses many important archaeological finds from across the country. In the afternoon, depart for Macedonia and the magical town of Ohrid where you'll enjoy dinner and overnight. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Metropol (4 star) or similar

DAY 9 Ohrid
The lakeside town of Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your morning tour will include the 11th century St. Sofia Church with its magnificent Byzantine frescoes, and in the afternoon, you will visit St. Naum Monastery which was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. BD

DAY 10 Ohrid – Skopje
After breakfast, travel to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where you will embark on a guided tour including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior, the old bazaar and the Stone Bridge. Also, you’ll be driven to the slopes of Vodno Mountain where you’ll visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century Byzantine frescoes. Tonight, enjoy dinner in your hotel and overnight in Skopje. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Karpos (4 star) or similar

DAY 11 Skopje – Kolasin
This morning, drive to Kolasin in Montenegro via the impressive Moraca River Canyon. Kolasin is a popular ski resort on the banks of the Tara River and surrounded by thick pine forests of the Bjelasica Mountains. Spend the rest of the day exploring and enjoy dinner at your hotel. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Bianca (4 star) or similar

DAY 12 Kolasin – Cetinje – Kotor – Dubrovnik
Today, you’ll depart for Cetinje, Montenegro’s former capital, where you’ll visit the King Nikola’s Museum before continuing on to Kotor, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Here, visit the Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphon, the city’s patron saint. After, drive along the picturesque Bay of Kotor as you return to Dubrovnik for dinner and overnight. BD

Stay at:
2020 & 2021: Hotel Ivka (3 star) or similar

DAY 13 Dubrovnik
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B

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