Pride of the Balkans

Product Number: LTDUBAL

Rich in history and heritage, the Balkan States are a hot favourite for travellers who have already visited Western Europe and/or those whose interests lie a little further to the east. Rich in well preserved heritage  cities and countryside, it is a photographers paradise. Visit the timeless city of Athens.

International economy air fares
Comfortable hotel accommodated
Sightseeing
English-speaking guided tour

Board your flight from Sydney or Melbourne.

Welcome to Dubrovnik, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea and one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon your arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free to explore.

If you have time, you can head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the Adriatic Sea. You could also visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, the 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces. Or perhaps you’d prefer to simply unwind on a beach.

Overnight: Dubrovnik 3 star hotel (B)

After breakfast, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Split. In the afternoon we will 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 Vestibule 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.

Overnight: Split 4 star hotel (B)

Today depart for Sarajevo via Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. 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. On the way we visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 156. 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, which is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s small but vibrant capital. 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).

Overnight: Sarajevo 4 star hotel (B)

This morning, after breakfast, we depart for Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums. In the evening, 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.
Overnight: Belgrade 3 star hotel (B)

Today, we will visit 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 Belgrade 3 star hotel (B)

Departure for Skopje via Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. After a sightseeing in Nis, visiting remnants of its Ottoman past, we cross the border into Macedonia and proceed to the capital, Skopje, arriving in the afternoon.
Overnight: Skopje 4 star hotel (B)

The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the 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: Skopje 4 star hotel  (B)

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. 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 Ohrid 4 star hotel (B)

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.

Overnight Thessaloniki 4 star hotel (B)

This morning we drive to Delphi where we will explore the incredible site and museum of Delphi. The sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. We then continue to Athens.

Overnight Athens 4 star hotel (B)

Your Athens city tour starts from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament buildings and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and Constitution Square (Syntagma). At the Acropolis visit, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Overnight Athens 4 star hotel  (B)

Today we head to Meteora, a unique and enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars. We spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka.

Overnight Kalambaka5 star hotel (B)

Today we leave Greece behind and head towards to Albania. En route we visit the UNESCO listed town of Gjirokastra, a rare example of a well preserved Ottoman town, and then we continue to Tirana.

Overnight Tirana 4 star hotel (B)

After breakfast, we have a walking tour of the town visiting the Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque, St Paul’s Cathedral, National Historical Museum, Piramida, National Art Gallery and Mother Teresa Square. We then leave Albania and drive to Budva, Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. We continue to Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight Kotor 4 star Hotel  (B)

Amongst the sights to see, at Kotor, are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (built in 1166). We continue on to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik our tour concludes an you can be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia

Arrive home (Sydney or Melbourne)

Inclusions

  • International economy air fares
  • Airport transfers
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Professional English speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Single supplement ($1685)
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Tour Guide/driver tips
  • Travel Insurance (required)

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Nov 2017 | Sydney NSW
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Jan 2018 | Orange NSW
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