GREAT CROATIA BALKAN TOUR

GREAT CROATIA BALKAN TOUR
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Overview

If your Mediterranean fantasies featurebalmy days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia isthe place to turn them into reality.

Croatia's extraordinary island-speckledcoastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes youis the clarity of the water. When it's set against a dazzling white pebblybeach, it sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald andsapphire. There are long sandy and shingly stretches too – perfect for lazydays spent lounging and devouring trashy holiday novels. If that all sounds toorelaxing, there are myriad water-based activities at hand to lure you off yoursun-lounger – snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, just forstarters.

Shift your gaze for just a moment from the glittering waters, andchances are an almighty mountain will loom into view. The Dinaric Alps, whichstretch all the way from Italy to Albania, hug much of the coast. The limestone karst hasbequeathed a wonderland of craggy peaks, caverns, river canyons, waterfalls andridiculously picturesque lakes. Head further inland and things flatten outagain into rolling farmland. Active types will find plenty of chances to getamong it on the numerous hiking and biking trails – while the more adventurouscan have a go at rock climbing, rafting and ziplining.

Day 1

DUBROVNIK – Arrival

Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

DUBROVNIK – BUDVA / Montenegro – SHKODRA / Albania – TIRANA

After breakfast in the morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 3

TIRANA – OHRID / Macedonia

After breakfast in the morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Day 4

OHRID

After breakfast in the Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 5

OHRID – SKOPJE

After breakfast in the morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Day 6

SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN / Montenegro

After breakfast in the morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Pec and Berane and along the impressive MoracaRiverCanyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the BjelasicaMountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 7

KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK

After breakfast in the morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrovic. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8

DUBROVNIK – Departure

After breakfast in the followed by departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Inclusions

  • Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel and from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport on the first and the last day of the tour.
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels (except in Dubrovnik, a 3* hotel) on half board basis, except in Ohrid on Day 4 (except for second night in Ohrid when we dine in a local restaurant).
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor.
  • Entrance fees to: Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; NationalMuseum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrovic in Cetin.
  • Air-conditioned motor coach throughout.
  • Tour Escort Throughout,Daily Breakfast &Dinner.

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance.
  • International Airfare.
  • Any holiday surcharge.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Anything not mention in 'tour price.
  • Visa Fees,Goods & Service Tax : 5%.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Price mentioned is on per person basis for two persons travelling together and sharing same room.
  • Bookings are subject to availability of rooms with the hotels.
  • The above package rate is not valid during national holidays, festivals & long weekends. Surcharges applicable.
  • In case of unavailability in the listed hotels, alternate accommodation will be made in a hotel of similar standard.
  • Rates are valid for Indian Nationals only.

Cancellation Charges

No of days prior to departure Charges Applied On
0-7 Days 100 % Package price per person
8-14 Days 75 % Package price per person
15-29 Days 50 % Package price per person
30-45 Days 25 % Package price per person
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