10 DAYS GRAND BALKAN COMBINED COUNTRY TOUR

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Experience the best of the Balkans in 10 days. This lovely itinerary takes in myriad highlights of Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro - culminating in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb. Planned arrival in Skopje airport (Macedonia) and departure from Zagreb airport.
Arrival at Skopje Airport. Meet with the guide and assist to your hotel in Skopje. Guided sightseeing tour of Skopje - Macedonia Square, the statue of Mother Teresa; the Memorial museum house of Mother Teresa, the Stone Bridge - symbol of Skopje; the church of St. Spas (Holy Salvation); Skopje Fortress, Old Varosha quarter, etc. Overnight in Skopje.
Departure for the town of Bitola. On the way stop for a visit to the important ancient city of Stobi, founded around 1900 BC at the confluence of the Black River and the Vardar River. Sightseeing tour of Bitola - the famous Clock Tower, first built in 1664 but got its present appearance in the 19th century, the church St. Demetrius, the main Shirok Sokak Street, the Museum House of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Visit to the ancient town Heraclea Lynkestis founded by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Drive to Ohrid Riviera. Overnight in Ohrid.
Guided sightseeing tour of Ohrid. The tour starts in front of the statue of St. Cyril and Methodius, and it continues to the Lower gate, the Church of St Sophia, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Upper gate, St Clements’s Church, the church St. Joan Kaneo, Tsar Samuil’s fortress, Ohrid’s marketplace, etc. Free time. In the afternnon a tour to the beautiful monastery of St. Naum. St. Naum is a the most famous monastery complex in the Ohrid area. The original church of the Holy Archangels was built in the early 10th century by St. Naum and later it housed the tomb and relics of St. Naum himself but today its remains are buried beneath the present 16th-century church. Optional boat tour on the Ohrid Lake. In the evening optional dinner at traditional restaurant with music and dances. Overnight in Ohrid.
Departure for Albania. On the way stop for a walking tour in the centre of Elbasan. Arrival in Tirana. Guided sightseeing tour of the Albanian capital - Skenderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, the National History Museum, the University and park, and the Martyr's Cemetery with the statue of Mother Albania. Drive to the coastal town of Durres. Durres is one of the oldest Roman cities in the Mediterranean and the largest seaport in Albania. Accommodation in hotel. Evening walking tour in Durres - the ancient Amphitheater - one of the biggest and well preserved on the Balkans, the main coastal boulevard. Overnight in Durres.
Departure for Kruja - home of Albania's national hero, Scenderbeg, who in the 15th century successfully fought off the Turks for over thirty years. Visit the Old Castle, the impressive Scenderbeg Museum, the ethnographic museum and the Turkish-style bazaar. Departure for Montenegro Riviera. On the way photo break at the famous island of Sveti Stefan. Arrival in Budva, accommodation at hotel. Evening walking tour in the Old town of Budva. Overnight in Budva.
Departure for Kotor Bay. Walking tour in the Old town of Kotor - the fortress walls, Bescucha castle, St. Trifon Cathedral, etc. Departure for Dubrovnik - the pearl of Adriatic Riviera. Guided tour in the Old town of Dubrovnik, included in the list of UNESCO - Pile Gate, Stradun Street, Franciscan Monastery, Sponza Palace, St. Blaises Church and the Rectors Palace. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Departure for Bosna and Herzegovina. Visit to the town of Mostar. Photo break at the Old Bridge - built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and considered one of the most impressive pieces of Islamic architecture on the Balkans. Drive to the multicultural city of Sarajevo for overnight.
In the morning sightseeing tour of Sarajevo. Sarajevo was once well regarded as the open-minded and tolerant home to all of the three of the major ethnic persuasions of the Balkans. In 1984, a very cosmopolitan Sarajevo played host to the Winter Olympic Games. Drive to the capital city of Croatia - Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb.
Sightseeing tour in Zagreb - the central square, the Old town: Captol and Gradets, the Cathedral, the market Dolats, the Blood Bridge, the Parliament, etc. Free afternoon in the city center for visiting museums, galleries, for shopping or walk in the famous park Maximir. Overnight in Zagreb.
Today we depart for airport in Zagreb for your flight back home.

Tour Includes

Arrival airport transfer from Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) airport Departure airport transfer to Zagreb (Croatia) airport 1 night hotel in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)2 nights hotel in Ohrid (Republic of Macedonia)1 night hotel in Durres (Albania)1 night hotel in Budva (Montenegro)1 night hotel in Dubrovnik (Croatia)1 night hotel in Sarajevo (Bosna and Herzegovina)2 nights hotel in Zagreb (Croatia)Guided Skopje city tour Guided Bitola tourGuided Ohrid tourGuided Elbasan tourGuided Tirana tourGuided Durres tourGuided Kruja tourGuided Budva tourGuided Kotor tourGuided Dubrovnik tourGuided Mostar tourGuided Sarajevo tourGuided Zagreb tour9 breakfastsAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coachProfessional English - speaking tour guidesSpecial lectures on coach during long rides

Tour Does Not Include

International flightsInsurance: All typesEntry visasLunches and dinnersItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

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