Guided Tour 07 - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia

[Coach Tour with Guaranteed departures]

About Guided Tour 07 - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia

Summary

A grand tour of what formerly constituted Yugoslavia. The itinerary includes stunning scenery, historic sights, unique national parks and an insight into these now very different countries.

Activity code: GAT 07

Duration: 13 Days

START - Zagreb / FINISH - Dubrovnik

This "Grand Tour" tour starts out from Zagreb making it convenient for many flight connections from across Europe. The tour itinerary takes in the best bits of Croatia & Montenegro's wonderful coastline including Split, Trogir, Dubrovnik and the incredible Bay of Kotor, visits some fabulous national parks, such as those centred on Plitvice Lakes, Lake Bled, the Tara Canyon and Lake Ohrid. There is time to enjoy many of the capitals - [Croatia], Zagreb, [Slovenia], Ljubljana, [Albania], Tirane as well as many historical towns and villages along the way.

Whilst you pass between each of these fascinating locations you will see the traditional rural landscapes and the varying ways each of the former parts of Yugoslavia has evolved since independence. A full programme of sightseeing is included in each location.

What's included in this Tour:

  • Round trip airport transfers (arrival Zagreb, departure Dubrovnik)
  • Air-conditioned coach with driver at group's disposal as per itinerary.
  • Experienced tour-leader throughout the trip as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation on half board basis* (breakfast & dinner) as per itinerary in 4* hotels (3* in Dubrovnik).
    • NB. *BB basis in Ohrid on Day 4 (dinner is in a local restaurant)
  • Sightseeing tours:
    • Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor and Dubrovnik
  • Other services: Entrance fees for Lake Bled; Plitvice Lakes National Park; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace and St. Duimus Cathedral in Split; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid, Church of Holy Saviour and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje, Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje, St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor.

Hotel summary:

  • Zagreb, e.g. Hotel International
  • Ljubljana, e.g. Hotel M
  • Plitvice Lakes, e.g. Hotel Park Exclusive
  • Split, e.g. Hotel President
  • Dubrovnik, e.g. Hotel Ivka
  • Tirana, e.g. Hotel Sky Tower
  • Ohrid, e.g. Hotel Metropol
  • Skopje, e.g. Hotel Karpoš
  • Kolašin, e.g. Hotel Bianca

Guaranteed Departure dates [2018]:

  • May 15th
  • June 5th
  • July 3rd, 31st
  • August 21st
  • September 11th

** 2019 departures on request.

NB. This is a group tour but can also be arranged for any reasonable date as a private chauffeur-driven holiday itinerary; fully guided with a/c mini-bus, plenty of stops to take photographs and stretch legs en route. You can also choose your accommodation from our personal selection in each location to make up a tailored itinerary to suit your taste and budget - please contact us for more details.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any of the dates above.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tuesday - ZAGREB; Arrival

    Transfer from Zagreb Airport, to the tour hotel.

    • Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

  • DAY 2: Wednesday - ZAGREB - BLED - LJUBLJANA

    Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, the city's historical centre, St Mark's Church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University.

    Free time for lunch and then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and its mountaiinous environs with such stunning topography. Continue to Ljubljana.

    • Dinner and overnight in Ljubljana.

  • DAY 3: Thursday - LJUBLJANA - PLITVICE

    Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside the majestic Ljubljana River.

    Afternoon depart for Plitvice and a tour of 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; walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty.

    • Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.

  • DAY 4: Friday - PLITVICE - TROGIR - SPLIT

    Morning departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence and explore the beautifully compact old town on its own little island. Onwards for the short journey around the bay to Split; city tour of Split, including Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with Peristyle, Jupiter's Temple and the Cathedral.

    • Dinner and overnight in Split.

  • DAY 5: Saturday - 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 with its elegant [rebuilt] Bridge, Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house.

    Continuation to Dubrovnik with an afternoon city sightseeing tour, included on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's third oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral.

    • Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • DAY 6: Sunday - Dubrovnik

    Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Enjoy the beautiful pebble beaches, explore the Old Town and its famous walls, or join us for one of the many excursions to the surrounding areas.

    • Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • DAY 7: Monday - DUBROVNIK - BUDVA - SHKODRA - TIRANA

    Departure for Tirana; firstly, drive south along the coast and into Montenegro to visit Budva known for its Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continuation to Albania and the town of Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century BC).

    • Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 8: Tuesday - TIRANA - OHRID

    A morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history which also houses finds from archaeological sites across the country.

    Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan.

    • Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

  • Day 9: Wednesday - OHRID

    A full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous "Ohrid Literary School", was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes 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.

    Afternoon short drive to St. Naum Monastery, built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid.

    • Return to hotel for overnight; dinner at local restaurant.

  • Day 10: Thursday - OHRID - SKOPJE

    Morning departure for Skopje. A sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. Afterwards a drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period.

    • Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

  • Day 11: Friday - SKOPJE - KOLASIN

    Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Kosovo and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, a small and pleasant town which spreads on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air-spa resort.

    • Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

  • Day 12: Saturday - KOLASIN - CETINJE - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

    Morning departure for Cetinje located at the edge of the Lovcen national park, where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint and take time to admire the simply stunning views of the Bay of Kotor and this ancient walled town.

    Continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor before returning to Croatia.  

    • Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • Day 13: Sunday - DUBROVNIK; Departure.

    Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

  • BOOKING DETAILS

    Payment conditions:

    • Deposit of £ 250 per person should be received at time of confirmation.
    • Balance amount is due 6 weeks prior to the tour departure. For bookings less than 35 days prior to departure full payment is required at the time of booking.

    Cancellation fees:

    No. of days prior to tour departure date / Cancellation Fee

    • More than 31 days prior - loss of deposit only.
    • 30 - 23 days prior - 35% of the total
    • 22 - 16 days prior - 50% of the total
    • 15 days and under - 100% of the total

Prices

Guided Tour 7 - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia

Inclusive Tour price (based upon 2 sharing one hotel room).

Prices from £1593

  • Single supplement (from): £ 394 per person

All prices are per person

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