Day 2 (Sunday): Trogir - Split - Mostar
After breakfast we will travel a short distance to Split and have walking tour of the city visiting, Diocletian Palace, a Roman imperial palace and UNESCO World Heritage site. We will walk the southern part of palace, the Bronze Gates, through the Vestibul of the Emperor's Palace, The Mausoleum, St. Dujam's Cathedral, Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, St. Martin's Church (Golden Gate) and conclude the tour at the fruit square and visit the Venetian castle, Milesi Palace and the Monument of Marko Marulic. In the afternoon we drive to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Overnight in Mostar.
Day 3 (Monday): Mostar - Sarajevo
This morning we have a guided tour of Mostar. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list. We visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, originally built by the Ottomans in 16th century. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. Afterwards, we drive to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Sarajevo
This morning we have a guided tour of Sarajevo. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities. The city mixes east and west dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old bazaar and you must try the local specialty of 'bosanski cevapi' (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices). Optional tours of the Tunnel of Hope and Vrelo Bosne are available for the afternoon. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Sarajevo - Belgrade
This morning, after breakfast, we depart for Serbia's capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Belgrade visiting the city's wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 6 (Thursday): Belgrade
Today is a free day to explore Belgrade. Maybe, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs. Optional tour available to Novi Sad or Sremski Karlovci. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 7 (Friday): Belgrade - Skopje
Early departure from Belgrade towards the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. In the afternoon will have a gentle walking tour of the city center, visit Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 8 (Saturday): Skopje - Ohrid
This morning, we drive to Ohrid, this UNESCO world heritage site is known as the 'Macedonian Jerusalem' due to its large number of churches. Nestled on the shores of a large lake which is renowned for the clarity of its water. Our local tour guide will help us discover highlights of Ohrid, The church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 9 (Sunday): Ohrid - Thessaloniki (Greece)
Today we set off towards Thessaloniki, famous for its UNESCO listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments and the foreshore lined with cafes, cocktail lounges, bars and restaurants. We will stop off for a break in Bitola, maybe grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes Sirok Sokak Street or Magnolia Square. An optional tour of Bitola is also available. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 10 (Monday): Thessaloniki - Volos - Athens
Today we head for Athens. Along the way we'll stop for a break at Volos, a hidden gem in Eastern Greece on the Pagasetic Gulf, overlooked by Mt. Pelion, home to the Centaurs of Greek mythology. Hire a bike or stroll along the foreshore where there are numerous cafes and restaraunts to be found.Overnight in Athens.
Day 11 (Tuesday): Athens
After breakfast, our tour concludes with a transfer to Athens airport.
Escorted Package Includes:
- Inbound Transfer - Split Airport (SPU)
- Outbound Transfer - Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH) )
- English speaking tour leader throughout the tour
- Professional English speaking local tour guides at each site
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Tips except for driver and guide
- 9 nights accommodation
- 9 breakfasts
- Tips for driver and guide
- Entrance fees
- Optional activities
- Greece - Hotel Residence Tas
- Compulsory Travel Insurance
Hotels (or similar):
- Trogir: Hotel Trogir Palace 4*
- Mostar: Hotel Kapetanovina (Boutique)
- Sarajevo: Astra Hotel 3*
- Belgrade: Prime Hotel 4*
- Skopje: Best Western Hotel Turist 4*
- Ohrid: Belvedere Hotel 4*
- Thessaloniki: Tobacco Hotel 4*
- Athens: Ambrosia Suites 4* / Ilisia Hotel 4*
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (fz)