Escorted Coach Tour of the Balkans

13 days ‘Grand Balkan’ – start in Zagreb and finish in Dubrovnik

Great coverage of this region with Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia all ticked off!

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

Inclusions:

  • 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • Meals as detailed
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in Plitvice
  • Zagreb arrival transfer and Dubrovnik departure transfer
  • Guided sightseeing tours (Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Skopje, & Kotor)
  • Entrance fees to most attractions
  • Services of a multilingual tour director
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

2018 EARLY BIRD OFFER: AUD $500 per couple credit to spend on additional accommodation when you book and pay in full by 29 Dec 2017.

Prices for 15 May and 5 Jun departures $2580 p/p, with all other departures $2700 p/p twin share.

Guaranteed Departures in 2018:

  • 15 May
  • 5 June
    3 July
  • 31 July
  • 21 August
  • 11 September

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Tour itinerary:

Day 1: ZAGREB
Arrive in Zagreb and transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow tour members and guide at a welcome dinner. (D)

Stay at Hotel International (4 star) or Panorama Hotel (4 star) (July 3 departure only)

Day 2: ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA
Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city’s historical centre, where you will see the multi-coloured roof of St Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre. Free time to explore until the departure for Slovenia. First stop in Slovenia is Lake Bled and its mountainous environs and stunning topography. Then continue on to Ljubljana. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel M (3 star)

Day 3: LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE
Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, exploring historical city centre, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods situated on the banks of the majestic Ljubljana River. Afternoon departure for Plitvice, for the Plitvice Lakes National Park a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.The tour of this magnificent national park featuring sixteen lakes at different levels joined by a series of cascading waterfalls. (B, D)

Stay at Park Hotel (4 star)

Day 4: PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
After breakfast, depart for the Adriatic coast and stop in the seaside town of Trogir for a visit of this ancient centre of artistic activity. Continue a short distance to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, the city tour includes a walk through Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century B.C. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Katarina (4 star)

Day 5: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage sites, with its elegant Bridge, Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house. Then continue onto Dubrovnik. The afternoon city tour of Dubrovnik, this medieval walled city which includes the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, Rector’s Palace and the cathedral. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 6: DUBROVNIK
Today you have a full day to discover this UNESCO World Heritage listed city at your leisure. (B, D)

Day 7: DUBROVNIK – BUDVA (Montenegro) – SHKODRA (Albania) – TIRANA (Albania)
From Dubrovnik you drive inland to Budva, known for it’s historic Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continue to Shkodra, once the 3rd Century B.C. capital of the Illyrian Kingdom, before ending the day in Tirana. (B, D)

Stay at Sky Tower Hotel (4 star)

Day 8: TIRANA – OHRID (Macedonia)
Your morning sightseeing tour of Tirana includes the massive Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey and the National Museum. In the afternoon, depart for Macedonia and the magical town of Ohrid. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 9: OHRID
The lakeside town of Ohrid is a World Heritage site. Your morning tour will include the 11th century St. Sofia Church with its magnificent Byzantine frescoes, and in the afternoon, visit St. Naum Monastery which was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD. (B)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 10: OHRID – SKOPJE
After breakfast, travel to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where you will have a tour of Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Saviour, the old bazaar and Stone Bridge. Then drive to the slopes of Vodno Mountain to visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century icons and frescoes. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Karpos (4 star)

Day 11: SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN (Montenegro)
This morning you 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. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Bianca (4 star)

Day 12: KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor for a farewell dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 13: DUBROVNIK
Your Grand Balkan Tour concludes with a departure airport transfer for your onward journey. (B)

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