BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS

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Location:

Athens
Ohrid
Tirana
Dubrovnik
Split
Bled
Ljubljana
Zagreb

Duration:
15 days
Price From:
$

BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS

15 Days Tour $

General Information

Included Features

Accommodation at selected hotels, service charges & hotel taxes, luggage handling
Breakfast daily, dinners and lunches as per program
Arrival and departure transfers
Touring by modern air-conditioned coach
Professional tour director throughout

Sightseeing

Athens, listed by UNESCO since 1987
Ohrid’s natural and cultural heritage, listed by U NESCO since 1979
Old city of Dubrovnik , listed by UNESCO since 197 9
Historical complex of Split, with the Palace of Di ocletian, listed by UNESCO since 1979
Historic city of Trogir, listed by UNESCO since 1 997
Plitvice Lakes National Park , listed by UNESCO si nce 1979
Romantic experience of Lake Bled and its surroundi ngs




Day 1, Athens
You will be met and transferred to a selected hotel . Enjoy a 'welcome' dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens, in Plaka. (D,O)
Day 2, Athens
After breakfast, half-day Athens Sightseeing Tour. V isit the immortal Acropolis, with each architectural masterp iece, the Parthenon, the Erectheum with the Porch of the Me- idens, and the Temple of Nike Apertos, Wingless Vict ory. Below the Acropolis lie the Ancient Agora and the T heaters of Dionyssos and Herodus Atticus.Afternoon free. Af ternoon free. (B,D,O )
Day 3, Athens – Delphi – Kalambaka
Depart for Delphi and visit the Temple of Apollo. Al so see the Sacred Way, the Stadium, the Castilian Fountain and the Archaeological Museum. Continue to Kalambaka. (B,D,O
Day 4, Kalambaka – Ohrid
After breakfast, climb to the top of the Meteora, k nown as 'The rocks that fell from the sky', where monks bui lt their havens away from civilization. Continue to Ohrid. (B,D,O
Day 5, Ohrid – Tirana
Morning sightseeing tour at the lakeside resort of Ohrid, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th centu- ry including a visit to the Cathedral of St. Sofia. In the early afternoon, we continue towards Tirana, capital of A lbania. (B,D,O)
Day 6, Tirana
Morning sightseeing tour: see the Sheshi Skenderbej , the Palace of Culture and the mosaic on the facade of t he National History Museum. Other significant buildings here include the imposing red-brick National Bank , the E them Bey Mosque, and the Skanderbeg Statue. Afternoon fr ee. (B,D,O)
Day 7, Tirana – Dubrovnik
After breakfast, depart for Shkodra, nowdays a majo r cultural centre. We visit Rozafa Castle, situated on a rocky outcrop of limestone high above the city, before we cr oss the border into Montenegro and drive via Budva to Dubro vnik. (B,D,O)
Day 8, Dubrovnik
Morning walking tour of Old Dubrovnik: the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock , Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Pa lace. You will also see the Dominican monastery and Franc iscan monastery with its pharmacy. The rest of the day is free. (B,D,O)
Day 9, Dubrovnik
Full day at leisure. (B,D,O)
Day 10, Dubrovnik – Split
Departure north to Split along the spectacular Adri atic coast. Enjoy a city tour, featuring the historic in ner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNE SCO World Cultural Heritage site. (B,D,O)
Day 11, Split – Trogir – Plitvice
After breakfast, we head north along the coast to T rogir. Our journey continues as we turn inland towards the Pli tvice Lakes National Park. Upon arrival, we take a walkin g tour around several of the lower lakes and enjoy the bre athtak- ing scenery of this natural wonder. (B,D,O
Day 12, Plitvice – Postojna – Bled
We return to the coast to the beautiful bay of Kvar ner and its popular resort, Opatija. Then we head north to Postojna and one of the biggest caves in Europe. Here we tou r the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, our journey continues to Bled. (B,D,O)
Day 13, Bled
Our morning sightseeing tour features the town of B led, with the lake-shore, and includes a visit to Bled C astle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The rest of the day is free for optional activities, such as visiting t he old church with a collection of religious art on the small isl and in the middle of the Lake Bled. (B,D,O)
Day 14, Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb
We start the day with the tour of Ljubljana, the ca pital of Slovenia, where we will visit all the most signific ant sights in the old city centre: the open-air Central Market , Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba's Fountain. Then proceed to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. (B,D,O)
Day 15, Zagreb
This morning enjoy Zagreb, where we visit St. Mark’ s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliame nt and the Government Palace. Rest of the day is free to e xplore the winding streets of the old town. Afterwards, tr ansfer to Zagreb airport. (B)