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The Great Balkan Dream from Zagreb

Budva, Montenegro

Small Group Tour Details

Visit: Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Belgrade, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Targu Mures, Piatra Neamt, Bucovina, Brasov, Bucharest

Day 1: Zagreb

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace.

Day 2: Zagreb

This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Zagreb - Plitvice - Split

Travel to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then we continue our journey to Split.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Split

Today, enjoy a city tour featuring the Historic Inner City, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Split - Korčula

After breakfast, enjoy some free time in Split. In the afternoon we head to the island of Korčula. Upon arrival free time to enjoy this beautiful island.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Korčula - Dubrovnik

The beautiful medieval town Korčula has streets arranged in the shape of a fish bone, which ensures the flow of fresh air and protects from strong winds. According to legend, the famous adventurer Marco Polo was born here. After the visit, depart for Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Start the day with a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik this morning. Visit the Rector's Palace and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Next, see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, enjoy the picturesque setting, shop or simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Dubrovnik - Kotor - Budva

First we travel to the Bay of Kotor, the deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Stop in the city of Kotor to visit the beautiful town. Stroll the Weapons Square and admire the city bulwarks before continuing the journey to Budva. The Budva Riviera is the centre of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Budva - Shkoder - Tirana

Following the Montenegrin coast and its spectacular landscapes we enter Albania. Visit Shkoder, a cultural centre and one of the oldest cities in Albania. The city tour includes a visit to the Mosque, views of the Rozafa Castle, as well as other points of interest in the city. In the afternoon the trip will take us to Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Tirana

Today, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Albania’s capital. This tour includes views of 'The Albanians', the mosaic in front of the Museum of National History, the Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, the 'Et'hem' Mosque with the Clock Tower, the monument to Mother Teresa and other monuments of the city. The rest of the day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Tirana - Elbasan - Ohrid

Today we travel along the old ‘Egnatica’ road to Elbasan to visit the Castle. We continue to Struga, famous for being the place where you can see the Black Drin River flowing out of Lake Ohrid. We then continue to Ohrid, the city that has its place on the UNESCO list for its natural, cultural and historical values.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Ohrid - Skopje

In the morning, we visit Ohrid, also known as "the Jerusalem of the Balkans" with its 365 churches. A town of vast history and heritage was honoured as UNESCO heritage site in 1980. Nestled between high mountains up to 2,800m and Lake Ohrid, it is not only a place of historic significance but also of outstanding natural beauty, it is the jewel in North Macedonia's crown. Continue to Skopje where we enjoy a walking tour of the North Macedonian capital city upon arrival. Skopje has been occupied by many different peoples since its foundation. However, the group that left the greatest mark was the Ottomans. The Ottomans ruled North Macedonia for hundreds of years and built a large number of mosques and other buildings. The visit of Skopje includes the Mother Teresa Memorial House, dedicated to the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Skopje - Niš - Belgrade

Today we travel to Serbia. Our first stop is Niš, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Niš is a university centre but also one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia. After our visit, continue to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Belgrade

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Timisoara

In the morning, we depart for Sremski Karlovci, the museum-city that was the centre of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop we continue to Timisoara. Romania’s third largest city (after Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca) is also one of the country's most attractive urban areas, built around a series of beautifully restored public squares and lavish parks and gardens. With western Romania's nicest hotels and finest restaurants, it makes a perfect base for exploring the Banat region.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Timisoara - Hunedoara - Alba Iulia - Sibiu

In the morning, we travel to Hunedoara, where iron has been extracted since the Iron Age. One of its most memorable buildings is the Corvin Castle, a fine example of secular Gothic architecture with spiky, spooky fantasy topped with asymmetrical pointed towers and turrets. Continue to the city of Alba Iulia, a symbol of national unity in Romania. Built on 13th century foundations, the imposing Habsburg citadel is star-shaped with seven bastions and successive walls. Head to Sibiu for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Sibiu

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a morning free at leisure. In the afternoon we take a panoramic walk through the city of Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and bears a strong resemblance to a southern German or Austrian town. The old city centre has retained a largely Saxon aspect and managed to fuse the Middle Ages with the new.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures

Today we travel first to the picturesque city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. It is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania and is an enchanting city of sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. Continue to Targu Mures for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt

Targu Mures remains a noticeably Hungarian town. Dating back at least to the 14th century it has long been an important commercial and academic centre. After the visit that includes the Palace of Culture, we continue to Piatra Neamt through the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its hill station.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Piatra Neamt - Bucovina - Piatra Neamt

This morning, depart to the Bucovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their brightly coloured interior and exterior fresco paintings stand out. Visit of the Monasteries of Sucevita and the black pottery workshops of Marginea. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery, considered the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the "Sistine Chapel" in the East. Return to Piatra Neamt.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Piatra Neamt - Brasov

In the morning, we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. Arrival in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town and see the exterior of the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 22: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Continuation towards the town of Bran. Visit of its famous Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In the afternoon arrival in the city of Sinaia, known as "the pearl of the Carpathians" because of its beauty. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles Palace, the former summer residence and retreat place of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 23: Bucharest

We will get to know the Romanian capital, once known under the nickname "Little Paris". The visit will take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation, the Military Academy and the Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. With 2 million inhabitants in the city proper and more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 24: Bucharest

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Arport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 23 nights' Accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional English speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Licensed local guides
  • Entrance fees included where indicated in bold letters
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 

Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • Zagreb(Cathedral)
  • Plitvice (Plitvice Lakes National Park)
  • Split (Diocletian’s Palace)
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery)
  • Kotor
  • Shkoder (Mosque)
  • Tirana (Et’hem Mosque)
  • Elbasan (Elbasan Castle)
  • Ohrid
  • Skopje (Mother Teresa Memorial Centre)
  • Belgrade (Kalemegdan)
  • Timisoara
  • Hunedoara (Corvin Castle)
  • Alba Iulia
  • Sibiu
  • Sighisoara
  • Targu Mures (Palace of Culture)
  • Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (Sucevita and Voronet Monasteries, Ceramica neagra Marginea)
  • Brasov
  • Bran (Dracula’s Castle)
  • Sinaia (Peles Palace)
  • Bucharest

 

Not Inlcuded:

  • Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc
  • Additional meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa procurement

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Zagreb: Hotel Westin 5* / Sheraton 5* / Dubrovnik 4* or similar
  • Split: Hotel Briig 4* or similar
  • Korčula: Hotel Liburna 4* / Marko Polo 4* or similar
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* or similar
  • Budva: Hotel Adria 4* or similar
  • Tirana: Hotel Tirana International 4* or similar
  • Ohrid: Hotel Unique Resort & Spa 4* or similar
  • Skopje: Hotel Marriott 5* or similar
  • Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
  • Timisoara: Hotel Continental 4* or similar
  • Sibiu: Hotel Continental Forum 4* or similar
  • Targu Mures: Hotel Continental Forum 4* or similar
  • Piatra Neamt: Hotel Central Plaza 4* or similar
  • Brasov: Hotel Aro Palace 5* / Ambient 4* or similar
  • Bucharest: Hotel Capitol 4* or similar

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (km)

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