Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia
2014 Depart Tue: Apr 29. May 20. Jun 10. Jul 01. Aug 05, 26. Sep 16, 30.
Cost from: $2299 pp twin share (s/supp $920)
day 01 tue Arrival-Tirana D
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax before meeting your travel companions and your tour director enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
day 02 wed Tirana B
After breakfast morning tour, see the Skanderbeg Square the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of GK Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance; and the National History Museum, with a mosaic on its facade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring on your own, shop, or just relax.
day 03 thu Tirana-Kolasin BD
After breakfast, depart Tirana and travel to the town of Shkodra, a cultural centre and one of Albania’s oldest cities. See the ruins of Rozafa Castle, set on a hill high above the city then cross the border into Montenegro to Kolasin. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort.
Enjoy dinner and night in Kolasin.
day 04 fri Kolasin, BL
After breakfast today we visit Morača Monastery the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro built in 1252. Continue to National Park Durmitor, Zabljak and River Tara canyon the deepest canyon in Europe. Lunch at local restaurant. We will also visit Biogradsko Lake maybe “the most romantic lake” located in the centre of Biogradska Mountain. Overnight.
day 05 sat Kolasin-Dubrovnik BD
After breakfast, drive to Podgorica, capital of Montenegro followed by drive to Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro located at the foot of Mount Lovcen. Visit the Cetinje Museum. Then, take a spectacularly steep road down to the Bay of Kotor, the deepest fjord in Southern Europe, and along the way view the towns of Risan and Kotor. Continue towards Croatia for dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
day 06 sun Dubrovnik B
After breakfast there is a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik this morning; the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure.
day 07 mon Dubrovnik-Split BD
After breakfast depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures,
Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.
day 08 tue Split-Trogir-Plitvice Lake BD
After breakfast, head to Trogir, the centre of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather to study and paint here. Then, turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes NationalPark. Upon arrival, have your camera ready and take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation.
day 09 wed Plivice-Opatija-Postojna-Bled BD
After breakfast return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After time at leisure, journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, continue to Bled, beautifully set amidst the Julian Alps.
day 10 thu Bled B
After breakfast tour of Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The rest of the day is at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the small island in the middle of the lake.
day 11 fri Bled-Ljubljana-Zagreb B
After breakfast start your day with a walking tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights of the old city centre: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik, Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. Then, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.
day 12 sat Zagreb B
After breakfast this morning, 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 at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional excursion to the countryside.
day 13 sun Depart Zagreb B
After breakfast you will be transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Inclusions: twin share in first class hotels, arrival and departure transfers, English speaking tour director throughout, deluxe coach,local tour guides, breakfast daily, seven dinners, one lunch, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Tirana, Kolasin, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb.
Entries: Tirana-Skanderberg Square, Mosque, Kolasin-Moraca Monastery, Durmitor National Park, Podgorica-Cetinje Museum, Dubrovnik-Rector’s Palace, Pharmacy, Split-Diocletian’s Palace, Plitvice-Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna-Postojna Cave
Hotels: Tirana-Sheraton, Dubrovnik-Lacroma, Split-Atrium, Plitvice-Jezero, Bled- Park, Zagreb-Westin (or similar).