12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia - Saturday Departure

12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Albania
Depart for Albania

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Tirana
Arrive in Tirana, capital of Albania and center of the political, economic and cultural life of the country. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a welcome drink where you will meet your tour manager and travel companions for an orientation meeting on the journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Tirana City Tour
Today, discover the city of Tirana. Morning sightseeing begins at Skanderbeg Square, bustling heart of the city, named for Skanderbeg, the Albanian national hero; his equestrian statue dominates the center of the plaza. View the Et'hem Bey Mosque, serving as a symbol of the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Continue to the soviet built Palace of Culture with its first stone symbolically placed by Nikita Khrushchev. End the tour at the National History Museum, adorned with the stirring gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own or, join the optional tour to Kruje. The visit will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Walk through the old bazaar, visit the Ethnographic museum and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Kruje Tour & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Shkodra, Moraca Monastery, Kolasin
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, an important cultural center and one of Albania's oldest cities, on the east side of Shkodra Lake. Drive by the ruins of mythical Rozafa Castle, one of the largest and most famous castles in Albania, with its fascinating history dating back to the early Bronze Age. Then, cross the border into Montenegro, the jewel of the Mediterranean, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic coast with its lovely beaches and crystal-clear lakes. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Moraca Monastery with its huge stone walls, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, built in 1252. Arrive in the spa town of Kolasin, situated in the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountains; an ideal location with expansive vistas of the surrounding Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Komovi peaks. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Durmitor National Park
After breakfast, depart the hotel to breathtaking Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. Stop at Biogradsko, considered the most picturesque lake in the Balkan Peninsula with its serene and natural beauty. Return to the hotel, with time to enjoy some of the resort's delightful amenities. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Podgorica & Cetinje en route to Dubrovnik
Travel to Podgorica, cultural center of Montenegro, built amongst five rivers. As most of the city was destroyed during WW II, Podgorica is now completely rebuilt with modern buildings and many open green spaces. Continue to Cetinje at the foot of Mount Lovcen, a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage, with its colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the King Nicola’s Museum, a historical complex with four sections: history, art, ethnographic and archaeological. Then, drive along a steep road down to the fjord-like Bay of Kotor - the view is unforgettable. Along the way, see the spectacular scenery of the Dalmatian coast and jewel-like town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik; see the astonishing views of the city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Enjoy your evening at leisure
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe's most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history. Start off the morning by browsing a leather and jewelry store before embarking on a city tour. View the Rector's Palace and Franciscan Monastery, home to a 30,000-volume library and the 14th century pharmacy that is the oldest still in function pharmacy in Europe. Admire the stunning views of the Old Town and the Adriatic when you walk along the city's fortress wall. This stroll around Dubrovnik's perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. The rest of the day is yours to explore independently. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj. Visit the Dubelj family home, where things are still done the old-fashioned way. The owner will show you the traditional method of making olive oil, using a horse-driven mill. Afterward, taste local cheese along with Dalmatian prosciutto and exchange views with your host family over a traditional three-course meal
Optional: Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj (PM)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Split Walking Tour
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the dramatic Adriatic coast, past charming old fishing villages and brand-new resorts, to the UNESCO, protected the seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, begin a walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best-preserved building of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Built for Emperor Diocletian, it represents a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend the remainder of the day discovering the town independently, or taking a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade. Tonight, enjoy your time at leisure or join the optional Croatian Dinner at Epetium. Travel this evening to Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three-course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of the region for over 50 years
Optional: Croatian Dinner at Epetium (PM)
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Trogir Visit and Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Morning drive to historic Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 BC. Here, admire the three-naved 13th century Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia and the stunning Cipiko Palace. Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magnificent wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and a huge primeval forest. This area, known as a geological phenomenon, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After enjoying the beauty of the park, travel to the town of Plitvice for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Plitvice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Travel to Zagreb, Bled
Spend the morning traveling inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, view the attractive facades of Ban Josip Jelacic square and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church and the Pope's tower. Afterward, on to the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner at a traditional Country Inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica that includes choices of Slovenian favorites along with wine
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday -Tour Ljubljana, Bled Castle Farewell Reception
This morning, head to the flourishing capital, Ljubljana. A local expert will lead you on a sightseeing tour of the city and its monuments. View the lively open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. There will be time for lunch on your own, to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this refreshing city. In the early evening, ascend with your fellow travelers to the imposing 11th century Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This medieval fortress, with huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offers breathtaking views. Afterwards, at the castle, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at a Farewell Reception
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Slovenia
Morning transfer to Venice Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Tirana, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Tirana
  • 2 nights Kolasin
  • 2 nights Dubrovnik
  • 1 night Split
  • 1 night Plitvice Lakes
  • 2 nights Bled
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • View the National History Museum, adorned with a gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”, Tirana
  • Visit Moraca Monastery, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, Kolasin
  • Tour Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, Montenegro
  • Visit King Nikola Museum in Cetinje, a former home of the last Montenegrin ruler Nikola I Petrovic Njegoš
  • View the spectacular fjord like Bay of Kotor
  • Tour Dubrovnik, Croatia's magical city on the Adriatic Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marvel at the impressive Diocletian's Palace, a precious example of Roman architecture in Split
  • Tour magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a network of 16 terraced basins
  • View the Cathedral of Zagreb, with its soaring twin spires
  • Tour Ljubljana's Old Town with its unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture
  • Enjoy the beautiful Alpine resort of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Airport transfers will not be included if flight schedule does not meet the schedule below:

    Passengers departing from Venice on Day 12 should select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 am. Bled is approximately a 3.5 hour drive to the Venice airport.

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    Accommodations

    Rogner Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is situated along Tirana's major boulevard.

    Bianca Resort & Spa
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Kolasin.

    Hotel Argosy
    This first class hotel is located on the picturesque Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Hotel Atrium
    This deluxe hotel is situated nearby Split's central shopping district.

    Hotel Jezero
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the center of the Plitvice Lakes National Park amidst great natural beauty.

    Rikli Balance Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled with a beautiful view of Lake Bled, the island, the castle and the Julian Alps.

    Rikli Balance Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled with a beautiful view of Lake Bled, the island, the castle and the Julian Alps.

    Grand Hotel Toplice
    This deluxe hotel is located on the shores of Lake Bled.

    Park Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled, on the shore of Lake Bled, near the famous Bled promenade.

    Park Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled, on the shore of Lake Bled, near the famous Bled promenade.

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    By Nelly A on Nov 10, 2019

    This tour met all my expectations. Enjoyed it very much. Excellent itineraries.Very nice tour guide and very helpful driver.

    By Hsiao Hwa L on Oct 20, 2019

    To keep the cost down, Gate1 uses excursions to increase the price of the tour. They also use a lot of local guide at local sights. Some of them are good and some are not. Our first day of the tour was mainly visiting two museums, because of Monday, we could not see any of the museums as planned. I think the guide should know about this fact and plan accordingly. We also was misled to believe that we would see the most famous Plitvic park as picture shown in the tour brochure. Instead, we have only seen the least impressive part of the park. It was very disappointing. We purchased our own tickets, because the schedule provided to us by Gate1 was unreasonable. So Gate1 charged us $65/person/way. The hotel in Tirana only charged us euro 24/car. The last day of the itinerary was to transport all from Bled to Venice. Gate1 again charged us $65/person. I don't feel it is right to charge, since it is on the itinerary and if it is not on the itinerary, we could have depart from other city than Venice to return home. It was our first tour with Gate1 and I hope not all the tours are organized like this.

    By Janice L on Aug 27, 2019

    I would love to see Exceeded Expectations as a rating option. Our tour director gave us so much information on the countries that we visited I came home and looked up more. To be exposed to the sites, tastes, experiences and histories of this region was unbelievable and all 6 of us have nothing but praise for the wealth of information that was shared and the experiences we shared in. History was so very important to all of us and we so appreciate what was shared with us.

    By Shirish P on Aug 11, 2019

    The itinerary I received stated that we would be dropped off in Venice on Day 12. Consequently, we privately extended our stay in Venice for 2 nights. However, we were told that because we did not book the airfares with you, we would have to pay for the ground transport from Lake Bled to Venice! This is misrepresentation of the information we were provided (in writing!). Also, strictly speaking it is an 11-day tour as the last day in Slovenia was optional tours only!

    By Susan M on Aug 04, 2019

    This was a very outdoorsy trip. Beautiful scenery, but all passengers need to be quite mobile.

    By Stephen S on Aug 03, 2019

    The last day of our trip should not have offered an optional tour but it should have been part of the itinerary. It was very confusing knowing which part was included and which was optional. As such some who went on the tour did not pay but it was very confusing. Considering there is not much in Bled, the tour should have been part of the itinerary not a paid option. If hotels are rated as 1st class - they should have AC or at the least have fans available. I realize the weather can not be controlled, but in extremely hot weather, it can be prepared for with at least fans being offered to guests.

    By Mazhar R on Jul 14, 2019

    Final day Reception was absolutely nonsense. This was the first time Gate 1 Did Not Provide Dinner after a long day. Reception w/ cheap Wine- only 1 glass limit, Sausage, and couple of pieces of cheap cheese was considered disrespectful by Gate 1. Also, Optional Tours specially w/ Dinner were High cost / pp, Not Worth, w/ poor selection of Food. I would Not Recommend for consideration to travelers. Suggest plan your on out local restaurants eating v/s Optional w/ Dinner.

    By Leonard M on Jun 26, 2019

    Outstanding holiday package! A perfect blend of mountains and lakes with coastal beauty. The tour is well paced with plenty of opportunity to venture on your own. I was pleasantly surprised by Albania and Monte Negro. Hidden gems in my opinion. Croatia and Slovenia were exactly as expected - BEAUTIFUL! Perfect tour for those who love the mountains and sea. My only concern would be the travel from Bled to Venice. ENSURE you have a transfer to Venice if you choose to extend your stay in Italy. Otherwise, you will be responsible to make your own travel arrangements from Bled to Venice. Which is a three hour drive. Also, be wary of your flight time out of Venice. Unless you don't mind a 1:30 in the morning departure from Bled.


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