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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Athens
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meet your fellow travelers tonight for a Welcome Taverna Dinner in the Plaka beside the Acropolis. (D)

Day 2 | Athens
See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amid reminders of a long and glorious past: graceful temples, centuries- old monasteries and ornate Byzantine churches. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the Parthenon, said to be the most perfectly proportioned building of all time, Also, see the Erectheion with the Porch of the Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Wingless Victory. Below the Acropolis lies the Ancient Agora and the Theaters of Dionysus and Herodus Atticus. Your afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 3 | Athens - Kalambaka
Your first stop this morning is Delphi, where the famous Oracle once foretold the destiny of men. The Temple of Apollo in which the Oracle functioned was built in the 6th century B.C. Also see the Sacred Way, the Stadium and the Castilian Fountain, where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the Oracle. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which contains an impressive collection of finds from the site, including the beautiful "Bronze Charioteer", before continuing to Kalambaka. (B, D)

Day 4 | Kalambaka - Ohrid
After breakfast, admire the fantastic landscapes of Meteora, known as "the rocks that fell from the sky", where monks built their rock - top monasteries far away from civilization. Out of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit's cells, only four are now active. The most important is Megalo of Great Meteoro, of peculiar architecture with its tall and intricate dome, twelve sides and fine frescoes. Continue across the border to the Republic of North Macedonia, and to Ohrid. (B, D)

Day 5 | Ohrid - Tirana
The lakeside resort of Ohrid is an important cultural and spiritual center, classified as UNESCO's World Heritage site. Start your morning sightseeing with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of St. Sofia, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th century. This afternoon we travel to Tirana, capital of Albania. (B, D)

Day 6 | Tirana
During morning sightseeing tour, see Sheshi Skenderbej (Skanderbeg Square) the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance, and the National History Museum with a mosaic on its façade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or simply just relax. (B)

Day 7 | Tirana - Tivat
After breakfast we leave Tirana towards the town of Shkodra, nowadays a major cultural center. Shkodra was the center of the Illyrian tribe Labeat and was taken by the Romans in the year 168 B.C. We will see Rozafa Castle, magnificently situated on a rocky outcrop of limestone high above the city, before we cross the border to Montenegro and drive to Tivat. Dinner upon arrival. (B,D)

Day 8 | Tivat - Dubrovnik
After breakfast, our journey takes us to Dubrovnik. On the way you will see Kotor Bay, the only South European fiord and we stop for orientation tour of old town Kotor, a UNESCO heritage Site. Continue to Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 9 | Dubrovnik
After the breakfast, walking tour of Old Dubrovnik visit the Rector's Palace, and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is free Optional Excursion: home hosted Dubelj with dinner. (B)

Day 10 | Split
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to the city of Split. (B, D)

Day 11 | in Split
In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. The rest of the day at leisure to stroll through the beautiful streets of Split, enjoy at the beach or join us on an Optional Excursion to Jet Set spot of rich and famous - Island of Hvar. (B)

Day 12 | Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast, head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Then, turn inland and travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of sixteen terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. (B, D)

Day 13 | Opatija - Postojna - Bled
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After a bit of free time, the journey continue north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. (B, D)

Day 14 | Bled
An Alpine Lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was "discovered" by travelers in the middle of the 19th century. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and the lakeshore, and visits imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the small island in the middle of the lake, browse through the shops and boutiques, or simply enjoy the enchanting scenery. (B)

Day 15 | Ljubljana - Zagreb
Leave the mountains and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. See the most significant sights of the old city center on a walking tour. Highlights include the picturesque open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. Then, continue to Zagreb, Croatia's capital city. (B, D)

Day 16 | Zagreb
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St. Mark's Church, St. Catherine's Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and 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 see the countryside. (B)

Day 17 | Belgrade
After breakfast, we will drive you to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Dinner, overnight. (B, D)

Day 18 | in Belgrade
After breakfast, full day excursion from Belgrade: Our first stop is Krusedol monastery, founded in the beginning of the 16th century and considered one of Serbia's most significant monasteries. Continue to Sremski Karlovci, a picturesque town with its baroque and neoclassical houses and buildings. After the orientation tour, we will departure to one of the famous local wineries for lunch and wine tasting. Afterwards, we visit the intriguing Petrovaradin fortress, with its underground trenches and tunnels. The last stop is the city of Novi Sad, where we'll have a quick orientation tour and some free time before returning to Belgrade and your hotel. (B, L)

Day 19 | in Belgrade
Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. You'll also see Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street, Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city, and Tito's Memorial. Continue to Avala. The rest of the day is free. In the afternoon, Optional excursion to Topola, where George Petrovic, better known by his sobriquet Karadjordje, was chosen as the leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804. A very short drive away is the local St. George's Church, also known as Oplenac, the burial place of the Ducal and Royal Family of Serbia and Yugoslavia. After a lunch break (on own), we are going back to Belgrade. Evening is on own. (B)

Day 20 | depart from Belgrade
Check out from your hotel. Transfer to the airport. (B)Note: Because of the narrow and cobbled streets, walking is the primary way of getting around. Please make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes, as there are daily walking tours included.  

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Tour Highlights

  • First class hotels (listed or similar), rooms with private facilities.
  • Sightseeing in: Athens, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Caves, Bled, Zagreb, Belgrade, Novi Sad.
  • Breakfast daily
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Your  Tour Includes

  • First-class hotels, rooms with private facilities.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 11 dinners, including Welcome Dinner in Athens
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach with maximum of 30 tour participants.
  • Professional Tour Director throughout.
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Touring includes: Bled Castle, Postojna Cave, Plitvice Lake National Park, historic city centers, monasteries and churches.
  • Walking/city tours in almost every location
  • Optional Excursions - Bled Island, Zagreb Countryside, Island of Hvar, Hosted Dinner Excursion in Dubrovnik.
  • Whisper technology enhanced so you don't miss a thing.
  • Service charges and hotel taxes.
  • Note: Transfers available on tour start/end date. If arriving earlier or extending on, transfers are additional. Please be aware that this tour includes 4 optional excursions, which are payable in country.


    Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. 

    This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • City tourist taxes at hotels (if applicable)
  • Four optional Tours - Bled Island, Hvar Island, Hosted dinner in Dubrovnik, Zagreb countryside - payable in country
  • Airfare

    Airfare can be booked with our system during the booking process. Airfare is instant purchase and non-refundable once ticketed.

    Departures & Transfers

    Tour date noted is the date the tour begins in Athens. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. Transfers are available on arrival and departure on tour start and end date. Tour ends at Belgrade airport on day 20.

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    Athens Hotel or Similar (Stanley or Titania))
    In Athens either the Stanley or Titania Hotels are used on this tour

    Grand Meteora Hotel (or Similar)
    The 4-star Grand Meteora Hotel is locates at the foot of Meteora in the harest of the Thessaly Plan and is the most imposing and impressive accommodation in the area.

    Hotel Granit Ohrid (or Similar)
    The Hotel Granit is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Ohrid with its family friendly atmosphere, private beach, surrounding parkland, swimming pool, fitness center, and sporting activiites.

    Hotel Colosseo Tirana (or Similar)
    The Hotel Colosseo is a lovely 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Tirana and close to numerous attractions.

    Hotel Palma Tivat (or Similar)
    The Hotel Palma is a 4-star hotel situated in the heart of Tivat, with a beautiful view of Tivat Bay in Montenegro.

    Dubrovnik Hotel Lero (or Similar)
    This tour utilizes various hotels (depending on availability); Hotel Lapad, Lero or Lacroma may be used.

    Hotel Corner (or Similar)
    Hotel Corner is located in the center of Split, only 700 meters from Diocletian's Palace. Perfect for couples, friends, families or business travelers.

    Hotel Jezero (or Similar)
    Hotel Jezero provides 229 comfortably furnished guest rooms, 7 suites, 7 semi-suites and 5 handicapped equipped rooms. Hotel has two types of rooms; lake-side rooms and forest side rooms. Lake-side rooms are equipped with private bathroom with bath, hair dryer, heating, satellite TV, direct dial phone and mini-bar. The bathrooms in the forest-side rooms have a shower instead of bath.

    Bled Rose Hotel (or Similar)
    This tour utilizes various hotels (depending on date); Hotel Park or Riki Balance Hotel may be used

    Zagreb Hotel Zonar (or Similar)
    Some of the finest hotels are used on the tours to Europe.
    This tour utilizes various hotels (depending on date); or the may be used - click on each hotel for more descriptions of each

    Hotel Moskva
    Hotel Moskva, is one of the oldest currently operating hotels in Belgrade and Serbia. Apart from being a hotel, Hotel Moskva is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Belgrade, a valuable architectural monument and as such, it was placed under governmental protection.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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