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About Guided Tour 07 - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia
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.
** 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.
Transfer from Zagreb Airport, to the tour hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.
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Inclusive Tour price (based upon 2 sharing one hotel room).
Prices from £1593
Single supplement (from): £ 394 per person
All prices are per person