5 Days tour by bus , visiting 4 countries: Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Albania. Starting form Ohrid (Macedonia), ending at Athens (Greece).
Athens – Ohrid
Early morning departure. Arrival in Ohrid in the afternoon. Sightseeing of Ohrid on foot. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Ohrid – Budva
Early breakfast. Check out and departure to Montenegro. Transit pass through Albania with coffee and lunch stops. Entering Montenegro at Moriqan pass and continuing towards Ulcinj, Bar and Budva. On the way stop at St. Stefan with a gorgeous view on the Budva Bay. Arrival in Budva in the afternoon. Budva is the most known and touristicly developed town on Montenegro coast. Lies in the middle of the beautiful bay and the longest sandy beach. The most attractive sight there is the medieval town center. Check in. Free time for relaxing at the hotel and individual sightseeings. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Budva – Dubrovnik – Kotor
Breakfast and departure to Dubrovnik. Guided tour in the medieval town of Dubrovnik, introducing its great history and culture. We’ll see also: the Fountain, the Cathedral and the Orthodox Church, the Duke’s palace, the old port and the Arsenal and many authentic buildings from the 16-17th century, when Dubrovnik was an independent state and among the biggest naval powers in the World. Free time until the afternoon and departure back to Montenegro. Drive around the breath-taking Boka fiord, to Kotor. Coffee break in the medieval town, first founded by Greek colonists, and later one of the major centers in the medieval period. Arrival at the hotel in the evening. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Budva – Cetinje – Podgorica – Durres
Breakfast. Check out. Half day tour in Montenegro, visiting the medieval capital of Montenegro-Cetinje. Guided tour: King Palace, Parliament, Billiard House, and Cetinje Monastery which includes the hand of Saint John Baptist. Next stop in Podgorica, the contemporary capitol of Montenegro. Panoramic sightseeing and stop in the city center. Entering Albania at Hani Hotit pass and continuing to Dures. On the way stop for lunch and (time permitting) visit of Tirana. Arrival in Dures in the evening. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Durres – Girokaster (Saranda) – Ioannina
Breakfast. Check out. Short panoramic sightseeing of Dures, one of the most important Adriatic ports from the Roman period to now days. Departure towards Greece with on the way visits of the archaeological site of Apollonia and the picturesque town of Girokaster. Time permitting, visit of Saranda. Entering Greece at Kakavia pass and continuing to Ioannina. Optional overnight and continue to Athens following the Ionian coastline.
End of program.
Ohrid (UNESCO): Both, the Lake and the Town, are unique monuments. In the Cathedral St. Sophia some frescos from the 11th century have strong Renaissance elements that couldn’t be seen in Europe before 14th century. Ohrid University of St. Clement was built 200 years before that in Bologna, which makes it oldest in Europe.
Tirana: It is interesting to see the mix of the Real Socialism architecture from Hoxha’s time and the new, modern still&glass buildings. Little furder, in Kruje , the picture changes from the rustic fortress to the picturesque market where one can see old forgotten crafts and buy handmade goods.
Cetinje: The Royal Palace hides an interesting story about the King and his daughters who became queens of several European kingdoms. The Monastery is guarding the hand of St. John the Baptist!
Kotor (UNESCO): Inside the impressive town walls lies the medieval town which was an important artistic and commercial centre with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography.
Dubrovnik (UNESCO): Once the third largest naval fleet in the world belonged to the independent Dubrovnik Republic. It held its independence and liberty for centuries. Today it is one of the World’s most frequently visited tourist destination due to the best preserved medieval historic core.
Girokaster (UNESCO): Located in central Albania, Gjirokaster features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period, inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period.
· Safe travelling
· Quality accommodation
· Experienced tourism personnel
· Tasty local food&drinks
· Picturesque countryside
· Friendly locals
· High Edutainment value
The price includes:
· Accommodation in 3* / 4* hotels
· 4 half-boards at the hotels
· The sightseeing and visits mentioned above
· Guiding services by experienced&licensed National guides
· Gratis 1/20 for the group personnel
The price does not include:
o Lunches, drinks, entrances at the visited sights&museums.
Valid part of the arrangement are the General traveling conditions