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Balkan Gems Tour 7 Days
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Balkan Gems Tour 7 Days
Balkan Gems Tour 7 Days. See the best of Balkan in only 7 days
Day 1 – Saturday – Skopje (Macedonia)
Welcome to Skopje, upon you arrival, will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. 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, Best Western Hotel Turist
Day 2 – Sunday – Skopje – Ohrid (Macedonia)
This morning, we drive to Ohrid, this Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. This enormous lake 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, Belvedere Hotel
Day 3 – Monday – Ohrid – Tirana (Albania)
After breakfast, we continue to Albania, stopping en route at the remains of a Turkish fort. In the afternoon, we have a tour to explore Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. In the evening, you can have dinner at a traditional restaurant and then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as “the forbidden town” where the villas of the communists’ leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jewelry shops and active local pubs. Overnight Tirana.
4 star, Tirana International Hotel
Day 4 – Tuesday – Tirana – Budva
After breakfast, leaving Albania crossing the border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.) and drive to Kotor via Budva. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches for example, 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 the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. Overnight Budva.
4 star, Slovenska Plaza Hotel
Day 5 – Wednesday – Kotor (Montenegro) – Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Today, we depart for Dubrovnik. Drive along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. Along the way we stop at Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor (along which a number of towns are situated – you could equally stop off at any of them) and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see 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. This city is legendary for its well preserved stone walls, and is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Ocean. You’ll also visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces. At the end of your journey, perhaps you’d prefer to simply unwind on a beach. Overnight Dubrovnik.
3 star, Valamar Club Dubrovnik
Day 6 – Thursday – Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Today is a free day in Dubrovnik. You might like to check out the city’s War Photography Museum, or even take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island or chill out on beach. Enjoy the evening, every alley was full with restaurants, cafes, and bars, and they were all filling up. Overnight Dubrovnik.
3 star, Valamar Club Dubrovnik
Day 7 – Friday – Dubrovnik (Croatia)
After breakfast, our tour concludes with your transfer to airport or cruise port.
– Inbound Airport Transfer – Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (SKP)
– Outbound Airport Transfer – Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
– English-speaking tour driver for the duration of the tour
– Professional English-speaking local tour guides at each site
– Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
– Tips except driver and guide
– 6 nights – accommodation:
1 night in Skopje at the 4 star Best Western Hotel Turist
1 night in Ohrid at the 4 star Belvedere Hotel
1 night in Tirana at the 4 star Tirana International Hotel
1 night in Budva at the 4 star Slovenska Plaza Hotel
2 nights in Dubrovnik at the 3 star Valamar Club Dubrovnik
– 6 Breakfasts
Tour does not include:
-Tips – driver and guide
-Compulsory Travel Insurance
– Big Onofrio Fountain
– Rector’s Palace
– Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
– St. Clement Church
– Church of the Holy Savior
– Old Bazaar
– National Museum
– Church of St. Ivan
– Franciscan Monastery
– Sponza Palace
– St. Sofia
– Kale Fortress
– Stone Bridge
– Mosque of Et’hem Bey
– Skanderbeg Square
1. Single travellers may share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex, if available. If a same-sex room share is not available then the single room supplement will be payable. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.