The Best of the Balkans

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(Macedonia/ Albania / Montenegro / Croatia / Serbia 5 countries – 14 cities)

DAY 1

Destination: ARRIVAL SKOPJE, MACEDONIA / OHRID, MACEDONIA

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Millenium Palace 4* (www.milleniumpalace.com.mk) or similar 4* hotel:

Arrival in Skopje airport and continue to Ohrid. The picturesque city of Ohrid, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural and natural site, has narrow cobbled streets, red terracotta roofs, open-air cafes, and a crystal clear lake with a backdrop of mountains, giving the impression of charming lake towns in the Swiss Alps. Notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, it is thus often referred to as ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’. The Roman amphitheater, the Church of St Sophia and St Clement, Tsar Samuel’s fortress and Ohrid’s marketplace are some of the places to visit. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 2

Destination: OHRID/TIRANA, ALABANIA / SHKODER, ABANIA/BUDVA, MONTENEGRO / HERCEG NOVI, MONTENEGRO

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Palmon Bay 4* Superior hotel (www.palmonbayspa.com) or similar 4* hotel:

After the breakfast in the hotel, we are on the way to Tirana. Tirana is the heart of Albania. After awakening from its communist slumber in the early 1990s, the capital became a fusion of Italian, communist and post-modern architectural styles, with trendy bars and cafés, chic boutiques, grand boulevards, and fascinating relics of the past. Tirana is one of the best shopping destinations in the region. After Tirana we are continue to Shkoder. Shkoder is the most important town in northern Albania and one of the biggest towns in Albania, dated in 3rd century B.C. Shkoder was the capital of Illyrian Kingdom of Adrians, whose queen was the legendary Teuta. North and West, it is bordered with Montenegro, south by Adriatic Sea. It is extended from the Alps down to the Adriatic. The Alps are slightly crossed by river valleys, which historically have served as important trail for neighbors, giving to Shkoder a great importance during the course of Balkan history. The border with Montenegro crosses the Lake of Shkoder and follows the river Buna.

Continue to Budva, Monterenegro. Perched on a small peninsula, Budva, with its dazzling old town is by far the most popular coastal town in Montenegro. If you prefer something more upscale, then the picturesque town of Sveti Stefan next door is the right choice. Located on a tiny island connected to the shore by a causeway, this former fortified fishing village with terracotta-tiled stone houses has recently been refurbished into one of the most luxurious resorts on the Mediterranean. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 3

Destination: HERCEG NOVI / DUBROVNIK, CROATIA / SPLIT, CROATIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel President Split 4* (www.presidentsplit.premierotels.com) or similar 4* hotel:

After the breakfast in the hotel, we will have short city tour. Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It is a city of the sun’, thanks to the large number of sunny days all year round. The center of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad, decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Kanli – Kula (1483). Fortress Spanjola (1538) and Fortress Forte Mare (1687) are only a part of the cultural heritage of this renowned town.  We are continuing to the next country, Croatia. The sublime location makes the ancient city of Dubrovnik worth a visit at any time of year. The Pearl of the Adriatic was once the capital of the wealthy seafaring Republic of Ragusa. Today, it is one of the world’s most stunning walled cities and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. So it is no surprise that the authors of the famous series Game of Thrones recognized its potential and shot their spellbinding fantasy series here. Join us on a tour through the pedestrian-only old town boasting Baroque churches, aristocratic palaces and medieval fortifications and keep your eyes open, as Dubrovnik is a popular holiday destination for numerous celebrities. Bustling Split is one of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating cities and the largest ferry port in Dalmatia. There are seafront cafés, a waterfront boardwalk and ancient alleyways hidden behind the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. Built by the Emperor Diocletian in 295 AD, the Palace is now on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. While the historic part has a number of architectural and cultural treasures, the suburban streets are full of palms and exotic plants, which simply make you want to sit down and indulge in the Dalmatian way of life. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 4

Destination: SPLIT / TROGIR, CROATIA / SIBENIK,CROATIA / ZADAR, CROATIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Panorama 4* (www.hotel-panorama.hr) or similar 4* hotel:

After the breakfast in the hotel, we are on the way to Trogir. Gorgeous Trogir (calledTrauby the Venetians) is set within medieval walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo island. The old town has retained many intact and beautiful buildings from its age of glory, between the 13th and 15th centuries. In 1997 its profuse collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings earned it World Heritage status. We are continue to Sibenik, Sibenik's narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give it a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The St. Jacob's Cathedral is the most famous building in Sibenik. It was constructed over a period of a century, and is testimony to the determination, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Sibenik. The last destination for today is Zadar. Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia as administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. The coast is particularly indented, the islands and the untouched nature allures many boaters to this regions. The archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks - Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 5

Destination: ZADAR / PLITVICE, CROATIA / ZAGREB, CROATIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Panorama 4* (www.panorama-zagreb.com) or similar 4* hotel:

After the breakfast in the hotel, we are on the way to NP Plitvice. Spectacular foaming waterfalls and sixteen turquoise lakes make Plitvice Lakes National Park the most popular national park in Croatia. The UNESCO world heritage site comprises a leafy maze of paths, woods and meadows which are home to a number of wildlife species, including over 120 species of birds, the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, lynx, wild cat and heather cock. If you are lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of them. The next destination for today is the capital city Zagreb. Zagreb has culture, arts, music, architecture, gastronomy and all the other things that make a quality capital city – it's no surprise that the number of visitors has risen sharply in recent years. Zagreb is a mixture of straight-laced Austro-Hungarian architecture and rough-around-the-edges socialist structures, its character a sometimes uneasy combination of the two elements. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 6

Destination: ZAGREB / BELGRADE, SERBIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Prag 4* (www.hotelprag.rs) or similar 4* hotel:  

 After the breakfast in the hotel, we are on the way to Belgrade. Belgrade translates as ‘White City’, but the fascinating Serbian capital deserves a much more colorful name. Boasting hedonistic floating nightclubs, grandiose cafés, bars and restaurants and lively pedestrian streets in the center, Belgrade is one of the top places to visit if you are looking for endless parties and legendary nightlife. While you are there, be sure to take a walk along Knez Mihailova Boulevard, or visit the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, the real crown of the city. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 7

Destination: BELGRADE / SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary: Hotel Alexandar Square  4* (www.hotelalexandar.mk)  or similar 4* hotel:

After the breakfast in the hotel, we are on the way to Skopje. Skopje is the capital of Macedonia and the largest city in the country and contains numerous historic sites, ethnically diverse restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. While there, do not miss Mother Teresa’s museum and birthplace, the Stone Bridge in centre of the city, the first railway station in the Balkans, Kale Fortress, built in the 6th century, the churches of St. Andreja-Matka and St Spas (Holy Salvation) and the Old Skopje Bazaar, the second largest bazaar outside Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 8

Destination: SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Meals: Breakfast,

After the breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Skopje Alexander the Great airport for your flight back to home, bringing back wonderful memories and momentous souvenirs from the Balkans vacation.

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