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Highlights Of Croatia

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This exciting 8 day tour introduces visitors to the highlights of the beautiful country of Croatia. Guests will start their journey in the southern c...
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Sabine Blaske
I developed my love and passion for exploring the world and different cultures during a school exchange in Senegal. It taught me that we all have aspirations and can learn from one another, if we are open minded. Born in Germany, I travelled through various countries in Europe, but also travelled extensively in New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and New Caledonia. After I graduated with a Bachelor in International Tourism, I lived and worked for the last 10 years in England, Germany, Australia and now Canada. I enjoy my travels most when I get close to locals to learn directly from them about their culture, nature and unique locals. My most memorable experiences are swimming with whale sharks, hot air ballooning in the Australian Outback and skydiving over the Southern Alps of New Zealand. My bucket list is long, but on top of the list is Bhutan, the only country in the world who measures the Gross National Happiness.
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Description
The Grand Balkan tour is a 13 day odyssey through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia to see some of the region’s most impressive sights and cities. Guests will explore the eclectic capital cities of Zagreb, Tirana and Skopje and tour some of the region’s most impressive ancient sites, from Trogir in Croatia, with its Romanesque-Gothic style Cathedral, to ancient Budva in Montenegro and the UNESCO protected town of Kotor. With a night spent in the serene and natural setting of Plitvice Lakes National Park and plenty of time to explore some of the region’s beautiful coastal cities, including the incomparable Dubrovnik, this comprehensive tour offers guests an excellent introduction to this culturally rich and diverse region.
Tour Highlights
Delve into Lake Bled and its mountainous surroundings and spectacular scenery
Explore the baroque town buildings and richly painted churches city tour of Ljubljana
Spend time at Plitvice Lake, exploring a series of gorgeous lakes and waterfalls
Discover the historic city of Dubrovnik, located on the stunning Adriatic Coast
See the ancient and picturesque Montenegrin cities of Budva and Kotor
Visit the fascinating country of Albania and tour the capital city of Tirana
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ohrid and the eclectic capital city of Skopje in Macedonia
   

The Grand Balkan 13 Days


DAY
1
TUESDAY: ZAGREB (B/-/D)
On arrival at Zagreb Airport today you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will meet your tour guide and enjoy your first dinner in Croatia. Zagreb is a city rich with gorgeous greenery, famous for its parks and well preserved natural environment. Overnight in Zagreb

DAY
2
WEDNESDAY: ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA (B/-/D)
Zagreb is an eminently walkable city and a morning city tour takes you through its long history. In the historic Upper Town you will find St. Mark’s Church, with its famous multi-coloured mosaic-tiled roof, on the square where both Croatian Parliament and the seat of Government are located. You will also pass by the University and the city’s gothic Cathedral. With the fountain in front sculpted by the world-famous sculptor Ivan Meštrovic, you cannot miss the Croatian National Theatre, housed in the present-day Old City Hall and home to Zagreb’s drama, opera and ballet productions. Here is a perfect example of the city’s diversity: it is not only a cultural and historical landmark but also a favourite hang-out for skateboarders! This afternoon depart towards Slovenia to explore Lake Bled and it’s mountainous environs and stunning topography before continuing on to Ljubljana. Overnight in Ljubljana

DAY
3
THURSDAY: LJUBLJANA - PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK (B/-/D)
This morning tour Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; explore the baroque town buildings and stroll along side the majestic Ljubljana River. Departure for Plitvice and tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Plitvice

DAY
4
FRIDAY: PLITVICE LAKES - TROGIR – SPLIT (B/-/D)
Today you will visit two World Heritage sites. First you will visit Trogir, a pearl-like town in the heart of Dalmatia. Here you will see the influence of the Roman Empire in the walls of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a Roman Catholic triple-naved basilica constructed in Romanesque-Gothic style. After this visit you will travel on to Split, “the most beautiful city in the world”, as its citizens proudly proclaim. On a city tour you will explore the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace with its Peristyle, Temple of Jupiter and Cathedral. Overnight in Split

DAY
5
SATURDAY: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK (B/-/D)
After breakfast today you depart for the jewel that is Dubrovnik, where you will take a sightseeing tour of this spectacular, UNESCO-protected, fortified city whose city walls can be walked on. Dubrovnik was known as the Republic of Ragusa in the middle Ages and became the only Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by skilled diplomacy and wealth, the city developed remarkably quickly, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today you will visit the Franciscan Monastery, boasting Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Overnight in Dubrovnik

DAY
6
SUNDAY: DUBROVNIK (B/-/D)
Today you have a free day in Dubrovnik to enjoy at your leisure, followed by dinner this evening in this beautiful city. Overnight in Dubrovnik

DAY
7
MONDAY: DUBROVNIK – BUDVA (MONTENEGRO) –SHKODRA (ALBANIA) – TIRANA (B/-/D)
Today you will drive to Albania via Budva, Montenegro known for its Old City and surrounded by walls from the Venetian period. Continue onto Albania and cross the border at Shkodra, which was once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.), before arriving in Tirana. Overnight in Tirana

DAY
8
TUESDAY: TIRANA – OHRID (MACEDONIA) (B/-/D)
This morning you will tour the sights of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and the National Museum, which depicts Albania’s history and houses archaeological finds from sites across the country. You will depart for Macedonia in the afternoon, via Elbasan and the Albanian-Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and an overnight in Ohrid

DAY
9
WEDNESDAY: OHRID (B/-/-)
Enjoy a full day at the lakeside resort of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thanks to the work of St. Clement and St.Naum, the famous ‘Ohrid Literary School’ was founded here, making it the first pan-Slavic University in Europe. A morning sightseeing tour includes the Church of St. Sofia which, with its magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings, is the pre-eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia. You will also see St. Clement Church, with its icon of The Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive takes you to St. Naum Monastery, which was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid


DAY
10
THURSDAY: OHRID – SKOPJE (B/-/D)
This morning you will depart for Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and the birth place of Mother Theresa. On arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Saviour (with its iconostasis and fine example of traditional walnut woodcarving), the Old Bazaar and the Stone Bridge. You will also drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where you will visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon; its 12th century iconostasis and frescoes rank among the highest achievements of Byzantine art. Overnight in Skopje

DAY
11
FRIDAY: SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN (MONTENEGRO) (B/-/D)
You will leave Skopje this morning, driving via Pec and Berane and along the impressive Moraca River Canyon to arrive at Kolašin in the afternoon. You will have dinner and spend the night in Kolašin, which is located 954m above the River Tara. Surrounded by the lush pine forests of the Bjelasica Mountain, the whole area is a popular skiing and spa resort. Overnight in Kolašin

DAY
12
SATURDAY: KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK (B/-/D)
This morning you will depart for Cetinje, where you will visit the King Nikola Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I. You will then continue on to the UNESCO protected town of Kotor, where you will visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphon, the city’s patron saint. Then you will drive along the picturesque Bay of Kotor to Dubrovnik, in Croatia, where you can enjoy a final dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik

DAY
13
SUNDAY: DUBROVNIK (B/-/-)
The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to Dubrovnik International Airport.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis Supplement for Single Room
22 Aug 2017 03 Sep 2017 USD $ 1755.00 Per Person USD $ 480.00 Per Single
12 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 USD $ 1755.00 Per Person USD $ 480.00 Per Single
15 May 2018 27 May 2018 USD $ 1750.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person
05 Jun 2018 17 Jun 2018 USD $ 1750.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person
03 Jul 2018 15 Jul 2018 USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person
31 Jul 2018 12 Aug 2018 USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person
21 Aug 2018 02 Sep 2018 USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person
11 Sep 2018 23 Sep 2018 USD $ 1850.00 Per Person USD $ 525.00 Per Person

Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
Daily breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
Arrival and departure transfers
Transportation in an A/C motor coach
Tours and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Services of English speaking local guides

International or domestic air fares
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Items not mentioned as included
Accommodation will be provided on twin sharing basis for 12 Nights Hotel

Accommodation Type - Standard
Bianca Hotel (Kolašin)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Bianca is an exclusive resort, providing all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel combined with a chalet ambiance and elegance of a private residence. The warmth of the interior massive wooden design in combination with clear stone surfaces brings the feeling of home away from home for each of our guests. Contemporary master pieces of Montenegrin paintings, which are decorating the walls of the public lounge spaces, will delight the art lovers. The Energy Clinic Spa Club is offering 25 meter indoor pool with a children pool, state of the art fitness center and large wellness area.
Metropol Hotel (Ohrid)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The hotel “Metropol” was and remained the only and unrepeatable hotel, among other hotels in the region, with architecture that separates it from other conventional hotels. The hotel was build and opened in 1975, and was fully renovated in 2004. According to the law regulation the hotel was categorized in II category with 4 stars The hotel is fully air conditioned with five floors above ground floor, underground and basement.
Hotel Karpos (Skopje)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The HOTEL KARPOS is located in a very quite area of Skopje, only a 10 minutes walking distance to Skopje city center. The old town is easy reachable and the hotel is few steps away from the biggest Shopping Mall in Skopje. This cozy 4-star hotel has 59 comfortable and well-appointed spacious rooms equipped with all facilities and amenities.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Ivka (Dubrovnik)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Hotel Ivka is situated on the lush green Lapad peninsula and is well connected by frequent bus lines (bus stop: 50 metres) to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The entire Ivka hotel is air-conditioned and most of the spacious rooms have a large balcony. Wireless internet access is available free of charge. The beach is easily reachable within a 10-minute walk. Enjoy Dalmatian and international cuisine in the 2 restaurants and start the day at the rich and complimentary breakfast buffet.
Katarina (Split)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Katarina is the first hotel in the fast-growing business and commercial zone of Dugopolje on the outskirts of Split, offering quick and convenient connections on the new A1 motorway into the city. In addition to modern conference and meeting facilities, Hotel Katarina offers a spa area with a heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and a gym. The restaurant serves a wide choice of delicious Dalmatian specialties and homemade pastries.
Sky Tower (Tirana)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Sky Hotel is located in centre of Tirana, the hotel offers the most convenient location and excellent customer service. The staff is dedicated to making your stay a memorable experience by providing excellent service. The Sky Hotel Bar is located on the ground floor of the hotel. At the bar our guests will also be able to access wireless internet 24/7. Sky hotel is surrounded by the best cafeterias and night clubs in the city, so leisure is literally a minute walk from your hotel room. If you need further help for any additional service you may use our concierge facility at any time. Mirësevini në Sky Hotel
Hotel Union (Ljubljana)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
This breathtaking hotel in Art Nouveau style offers an exclusive location in the heart of the city centre, overlooking Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and the Ljubljana Castle. The Grand Hotel Union is easily accessible from all major highways, the railway station, the main bus station and the Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport. The Hotel offers a secured parking garage with 120 parking spaces.
Hotel International (Zagreb)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Spacious hotel rooms and luxurious Hotel International suites guarantees your stay in Zagreb will be more than comfortable and enjoyable. Minutes away from Zagreb main attractions and cultural sites, hotel International is the ideal hotel to stay if you wish to get to know Zagreb better.
Degenija Hotel (Plitvice)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Situated in the village of Seliste Dreznicko, Hotel Degenija offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. The entrance of the Plitvice Lakes National Park is just 4 km away. The rooms at Degenija Hotel feature a modern interior with dark wooden furniture and parquet floors. All rooms have a work desk, a minibar, and an en suite bathroom with a tub. Degenija’s restaurant offers traditional Croatian dishes as well as international cuisine. The restaurant’s speciality is freshly caught trout.
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