General

Day 1 Airport to Zagreb

Grand Balkan Tour starts with the arrival to Zagreb airport. Meet and great at the airport and drive to Zagreb. Check in to the hotel and sightseeing tour. Free for dinner. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2 Zagreb to Split

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drive to Plitvice waterfalls for visit and lunch (not included). Continue to Split. Check in at the hotel. Free for dinner. Overnight in Split.

Day 3 Split to Dubrovnik

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Split sightseeing tour: Old Split and Diocletian’s Palace. Drive to Ston for visit and lunch (not included). Continue to Dubrovnik. Check-in at the hotel. Free for dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 4 Dubrovnik

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour around Dubrovnik.Visit the Ancient City Walls, Gornji Ugao Tower and the Old City. Free for dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 5 Dubrovnik to Kotor

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Kotor via Perast with a stop for lunch (not included). Check-in in the hotel. Free for dinner. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 6 Kotor-Budva-Sveti Stefan-Kotor

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to Budva and Sveti Stefan.Visit Citadel, Old Town and Mogren Beach. Free for lunch. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 7 Kotor to Sarajevo

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Sarajevo via Mostar for a short visit: Old Bridge area and Kravice Falls. Free for lunch in Mostar. Check-in the hotel in Sarajevo. Free for dinner. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 8 Sarajevo

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day discovering of Sarajevo.Visit Bascarsija, Sarajevo War Tunnel, Vrelo Bosne. Free for lunch. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 9 Sarajevo to Belgrade

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Belgrade. Free for lunch on the way. Check-in in the hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 10 Belgrade

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day discovering of Belgrade.Visit The Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova ,National Assembly, Residence of Princess Ljubice,Nebojsa Tower.  Free for lunch. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 11 Begrade -Skopje-Ohrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Skopje. Free for lunch on the way. Short visit of Skopje. Continue to Ohrid. Check-in in the hotel. Free for dinner. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 12 Ohrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day discovering of Ohrid with St. Naum Monastery. Free for lunch. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 13 Ohrid to Berat

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Berat. Check-in in the hotel. Visit of the city. Free for dinner. Overnight in Berat.

Day 14 Berat to Saranda

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Saranda. Stop for a lunch (not included) and a short visit in Gjirokaster. Check-in in the hotel. Overnight in Saranda.

Day 15 Saranda

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure in Saranda or optional excursion to Butrint. Free for lunch. Overnight in Saranda.

Day 16 Saranda to Tirana

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Tirana. Free for lunch on the way. Sightseeing tour. Free for dinner. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 17 Tirana to Airport

Last day of Grand Balkan Tour. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Mirupafshim!

 

Price included

• 16 nights accommodation in good standard hotels with Breakfast
• Meals as specified (B = breakfast, L= lunch, D= Dinner)
• Entrance fees and sightseeing with English speaking guides

 

Price does not include

• Flight Tickets
• All meals apart lunch
• Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide

 

 

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Available departures

This tour is available upon request. It can be booked up to 24 hours before departure.

Berat

Berat

This 2,413 years-old city of Berat, the pride of Albanian architecture which is under the protection of UNESCO, is located 120 km from Tirana. The city forms a wonderful combination of eastern and western cultures, costumes, traditions and outlook. Berat is a treasure-trove of Albanian history, culture and a testament to the country’s tradition of religious harmony.

The city’s life began in the VI – V century B.C. as an Illyrian settlement. Later, in the III century B.C., it was turned into a castle city known as Antipatrea. The castle expanded east wards, particularly during the feudal dominion of the feudalMuzakaj family. Inside the castle, they built churches with precious frescos and icons and also a calligraphy school of calligraphy. Today, the castle is made unique by the fact that people continue to live inside of it.The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala, where the castle itself is located. In Mangalemi, below the castle, you can see the famous view of the facades of the houses, with windows that seem to stand above each other. In general, a traditional house has two floors, where the second is prominent and has many cambered windows and wood carvings. With its houses built along the steep hill, the view of Mangalemi is the reason that another name for Berati is “City of the Floating Windows.”

Across the Osumi River lies the Gorica neighborhood, whose houses face those of Mangalemi. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a beautiful architectural monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangelemi.

The ensemble of the Byzantine churches in the castle of Berati is extraordinary. At the foot of the castle, there is the Byzantine Church of Shën Mëhilli( Saint Michael) , while the 13th century Church of Shën Maria e Vllahernës ( Saint Mary of  Blachernaebuil in XIII century), the Church of Shën Triadha (The Holy Trinity)  and the post-Byzantine monumental Cathedral of Shën Maria (Saint Mary) are located within the castle.

The Cathedral of Shën Mëria houses a museum of works by the famous iconographers of the 16th century: Onufri and his son Nikolla. There are over 100 icons on display and they also include works of other artists such as Joan Çetiri, Onufër Qiprioti and many anonymous painters.

You also can visit the Monastery of Shën Spiridhoni in Gorica. In 1417, the Ottomans occupied Berati and this conquest left its mark with the building of monuments to the Islamic faith such as the Xhamia e Kuqe( The Red Mosque) inside the castle, the Xhamia e Plumbit (1555), ( The Lead Mosque) ,Xhamia Mbret ( built in 1481 ) ( The King Mosque), and the Xhamia e Beqarëve (1872). Other sites worth visiting are the Ethnographic Museum, situated inside an 18th century çardak building, and the Gallery of Arts “Edward Lear,” a well known English painter who painted so much of Berati and Albania. In addition, Berati is known for its culinary and traditional dishes. It is worth tasting specialties such as ” Pula me përshesh” and “Çorba e Tomorrit” in the local restaurants.

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