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Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Tirana! You will be met and transferred to
your hotel. The day is at leisure until you gather with your
fellow travelers and your tour director in the evening for
an orientation of your tour, and a welcome reception.
(WR)

On a morning sightseeing tour, see the Skanderbeg
Square with the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s
national hero, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock
Tower, the Palace of Culture, built in Socialist-Realist style;
and the National History Museum. Your afternoon is free
to continue exploring on your own, shop, or just relax. (B)
Optional tour: Visit of Archeological museum in Dures and
Skanderberg distillery with cognac and wine tasting

We travel to Macedonia and visit the lakeside resort of
Ohrid. It is an important cultural and spiritual center,
classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our
sightseeing tour starts with a walk through the
cobblestone streets of the old town. Afterward, we visit
the magnificent Monastery of Saint Naum. In the early
afternoon, we return to our hotel. The evening is at
leisure. (B)

After breakfast, we leave Albania and travel to
Montenegro where we visit Kotor’s Old Town. Tihere is
time for lunch on your own. Later, we continue to
beautiful Dubrovnik in Croatia. Dinner is on us tonight. (B,
D)

We start our discovery of Dubrovnik with a walking tour of
"Old Dubrovnik"; the Rector's Palace, the Bell Tower Clock,
Orlando's Column and the Sponza Palace are all on our
itinerary, as are the Dominican- and Franciscan Monasteries. The Pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery
is one of the oldest in the world. Later, we meet a local
artisan to learn about the traditional craftsmanship that
still thrives in Dubrovnik today. The remainder of the day is
at leisure. (B)
Optional tour: Home-hosted dinner

We drive through the gorge of the Neretva River to
Mostar. Here, we see the remains of the Turkish quarter
and the 16th-century stone bridge. Afterward, we
continue our journey to Sarajevo, the capital of the
Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a city
influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its
long history. (B)

In the morning, we visit a local coffee shop where the
owner will explain how Bosnian coffee, part of the
national identity, is made. Afterward, coffee will be
served for you to enjoy. On our city tour, we will see the
Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, visit the Husref Bay’s Mosque,
the Olympic Stadium, and the Gavrilo Princip Museum. A
little bit later, we stop for a light traditional Cevapi lunch
(a national dish with grilled minced meat, onion and
bread). (B, L)
Optional tour: A horse-drawn carriage ride along Velika
Aleja to Vrelo Bosne and a traditional Bosnian meal

We continue our journey to Visegrad with its Bridge on
the Drina River. The bridge was built in oriental style in the
16th century and is a masterpiece of civil engineering.
Our next stop is in Drvengrad (translated as “Timber
Town”), where famous director Emir Kusturica built the
beautiful Ethno Village. Our final stop is in Uzice and we
end our journey today in Belgrade. (B)

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years,
Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Our morning
sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the
imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at
the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic
Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the
largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial.
The afternoon is free. Tonight, join your fellow travelers
and your tour director for dinner with live music. (B, D)
Optional tour: Cruise on the Danube River

We travel to Zagreb today, the capital of Croatia. Upon
arrival, your time is at leisure. (B)
Optional tour: Gastronomy tour

This morning we enjoy a city tour featuring the historic
Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church,
the Cathedral, the Parliament, and the Government
Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding
streets of the Old Town. (B)
Optional tour: Kumrovec with dinner

We motor on to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. In the
afternoon we visit the most significant sights of the old
city center, the picturesque open-air Central Market, the
Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's
Fountain. The evening is at leisure. (B)
Optional tour: Wine tasting

We travel to Bled for a sightseeing tour which includes the
charming town, the lakeshore and a visit of the imposing
Bled Castle which is perched on a cliff high above the
lake. Later, we return to Ljubljana and you have free
time. In the evening, join your fellow travelers and your
tour director for our farewell dinner. (B, D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ljubljana airport
for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

Arrival transfer from Tirana airport to the hotel
14 day/13-night guided tour featuring:
Centrally located first class hotels:
3 nights in Tirana
2 nights in Dubrovnik
2 nights in Sarajevo
2 nights in Belgrade
2 nights in Zagreb
2 nights in Ljubljana
Buffet breakfast daily
A welcome reception in Tirana (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)
A dinner in Dubrovnik (coffee or tea included)
A lunch in Sarajevo (coffee or tea included)
A dinner in Belgrade (coffee or tea included)
A farewell dinner in Ljubljana (coffee or tea included)
Hotel taxes and service charges
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
Professional English-speaking tour director
Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
Admission included where indicated
Luggage handling at the hotels
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Departure transfer from Ljubljana to Ljubljana airport

Tour spotlights:
Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes with over 200 endemic species (North Macedonia)
The Old bridge in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The fortified town of (Montenegro)
Dubrovnik, Croatia’s “Pearl of the Adriatic”
Sarajevo, a city steeped in history (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Belgrade (Serbia): Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austrian influence in this vibrant city at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers
Zagreb, Croatia’s cultural center with a rich history and 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture
Ljubljana (Slovenia), one of Europe’s greenest
capitals, a prehistoric history, scenic bridges and a rich arts scene
Bled, a striking lake and an imposing castle

Special features:
6 countries, that were once known as Yugoslavia
Albania, a country mostly unexplored
Visit of a local artisan in Dubrovnik
Learn how Bosnian coffee is made in Sarajevo
Traditional lunch in Sarajevo
Dinner with live music in the old Bohemian quarter of
Skadarlija in Belgrade

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotels:
Tirana: Hilton Garden Inn/Colosseo (F) or similar
Dubrovnik: Lapad/Lacroma/Argosy (F) or similar
Sarajevo: Europe (F) or similar
Belgrade: Moskva (F) or similar
Zagreb: Sheraton/Westin/Dubrovnik (F) or similar
Ljubljana: Radisson Blu (F) or similar

Trip Highlights

Tirana - Ohrid - Kotor - Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo - Uzice - Belgrade - Visegrad - Drvengrad - Zagreb - Ljubljana

Fixed-Departure

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