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Sunday Arrival

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to hotel. Meet the tour guide, dinner and overnight.

Meal: Dinner

Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

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 and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the North Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s 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 North Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight.

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut wood carving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954 m. 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.

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Morning departure for Cetinje 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 Saint Tryphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Breakfast followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Meal: Breakfast

Inclusions

First class hotels including accommodation on half board basis.
Arrival shared transfer from Dubrovnik airport to hotel and departure
shared transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport on the first and the
last day of the tour.
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach.
Professional Tour Director throughout.
Luggage handling (1 pc per person).
Whisper technology enhanced touring.
Service charges and hotel taxes..

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
Professional English-speaking guide for city tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, and Kotor.
Entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana; St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; Saint Tryphon Cathedral in Kotor.

Exclusions

Drinks, extra meals.
All other entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions.

Notes

HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR
DUBROVNIK: Adria 4* or similar
TIRANA: Sky Tower 4* or similar
OHRID: Metropol 4* or similar
SKOPJE: Next Door Park 4* or similar
KOLAŠIN: Bianca 4* or similar

SUPPLEMENTS (OPTIONAL):
Private car transfers available on request (Vehicle transfers are not available in the pedestrian areas).

Small captions decoded
B-Breakfast, D-Dinner

Program Touring / Guide

Escorted Experience

Trip Highlights

Dubrovnik, Budva/Montenegro, Shkodra/Albania, Tirana, Ohrid/North Macedonia, Skopje, Kolašin /Montenegro, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik

Fixed Departure
16 Jun, 2024

First Class Hotels
AUD 3,514 P P twin share
AUD 4,198 P P single
AVAILABLE

08 Sep, 2024

First Class Hotels
AUD 3,514 P P twin share
AUD 4,198 P P single
AVAILABLE

06 Oct, 2024

First Class Hotels
AUD 3,423 P P twin share
AUD 4,108 P P single
AVAILABLE

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