Tour of the Balkans – Mr De Carvalho
Day 1 – April 15 – Arrive in Sofia. Evening at leisure.
Day 2 – April 16 – Departure to Skopje. Sightseeing tour.
Day 3 – April 17 – One day tour Skopje – Pristina – Prizren – Skopje
Day 4 – April 18 – Departure to Ohrid. Sightseeing tour.
Day 5 – April 19 – Departure to Tirana. Sightseeing tour.
Day 6 – April 20 – Tirana – Budva. Walk in the Old town.
Day 7 – April 21 – One day tour from Budva to Kotor and Perast. Return to Budva.
Day 8 – April 22 – Budva – Dubrovnik
Day 9 – April 23 – Dubrovnik
Day 10 – April 24 – Dubrovnik – Hvar Island – Hvar Town
Day 11 – April 25 – Hvar Island
Day 12 – April 26 – Hvar – Split – Zagreb
Day 13 – April 27 – Sightseeing tour of Zagreb.
Day 14 – April 28 – Zagreb – Ljublyana
Day 15 – April 29 – Own transfer from Ljublyana to Venice
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrive at the Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Arrive in Sofia and accommodation in your hotel. Reminder of the day – time at leisure.
Accommodation in Sofia in hotel Premier Thracia ****
Day 2 – Sofia – Skopie, Macedonia
Departure to Skopie. Sightseeing tour of the old part of the Macedonian capital with your local guide. Visit to the old Train station – first train station on the Balkans and in that time the most beautiful building. The monument and the house of Mother Teresa, the Stone Bridge – monumental building in the center of the city built in the beginning of the VI century, Daut Pasin Imam – monument of the Islam architecture from the XV century, the church St. Spas, built at the end of the XVII century, the Fortress Kale – the most outstanding tourist attraction of the city Skopje. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Skopje in hotel Arka **** (two nights)
Day 3 – Skopje – Pristina – Pristina – Skopje
Firstly you will visit the monastery of Gracanica and after that you will arrive in Pristina. Here you will take a panoramic tour and see: the Kosova National Library that represents a modern architectural design, the Mother Teresa statue – born Gonxhe Bojaxhiu- (picture taking, if possible), George Kastrioti Skanderbeg statue, Open Air Archeological Park with artifacts from Neolithic period, the Kosova Museum that was built by Austrians for the Turkish army in 1898 and has an extensive collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts including the Neolithic Goddesses on a Throne terracotta; Çarshi Mosque which is Pristina oldest building constructed on 15th century by Turkish Sultan Bajazit; the Academy Building which is a 19th century Ottoman konak style private houses; the Clock Tower, a 26 meter high built by Jashar Pasha on 1764; the Fatih Mosque or Imperial Mosque built on 1461 under the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II Fatih; The Great Hammam bath complex built in 1470 and graced with 15 domes with small holes to let light stream in. Also the ethnographic museum, Emin Gjiku complex is a extremely well preserved building from 18th Century and it’s a the only original building left in old bazaar area. The tour finishes with the visit of Gazimestan Tower. Picture taking opportunity at the Bill Clinton monument.
Lunch in Pristina or Prizren.
You continue to Prizren. Here you will do a walking tour which includes the attractive Ottoman Old Town, known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen, the hammam, the museum of Prizren League, the Helveti Tekke, Sinia Pasha Mosque and the church of Our Lady of Ljevis. Prizren has the largest number of preserved Ottoman buildings in Kosovo, so simply wandering the old cobbled streets admiring the town houses, mosques and tekkes is a delight. After little break for resting, you will return in Skopje.
B Accommodation in Skopje
Day 4 – Skopie – Ohrid
In the morning departure to Ohrid. Arrive around noon. Take a walking tour of Ohrid. Walk in the old town with its narrow streets and beautiful views to the Ohrid lake. Visit the church of St Kliment, the Fortress, the church of St Ioan Kaneo, the church of Saint Sofia. Take a walk on the main street with its numerous shops selling pearls from the lake. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Ohrid in Villa Dea
Day 5 – Ohrid – Tirana
In the morning departure to Tirana. Take a sightseeing tour of Tirana including Justinian fortress, the Ethem Bej Mosque, one of the most beautiful in the town and after a walking tour around the center continue towards the ex-block area, once an exclusive area for the communist leaders. The villa of the ex-communist leader Enver Hoxha is still standing next to tall buildings and loud bars. In the afternoon check in the hotel. Evening at leisure to explore Tirana. Accommodation. Overnight.
Accommodation in Tirana in hotel Opera **** (or similar)
Day 6 – Tirana – Budva
Departure to the Albanian – Montenegrin border. Proceed to Budva. In the afternoon take a walk in the old town. Historical references date Budva back to the 5 th century making it one of Europe’s oldest, recorded settlements. The architecture of the old town has been well preserved. Walking through the narrow streets of this coastal haven, one easily gets a feel for how the city moved during its time. The Venetian walls surrounding Budva Old Town provide insight into the historical prominence of Budva and the Italian influence. Not only did those living here have an amazing view, but they remained safe behind a pretty formidable defense. Apart from military installations, popular churches also decorate the Old Town. One famous feature is the bell tower of the Church of the Trinity. A second popular Orthodox church in Old Town is St. Mary’s of Punta which dates back to 840. This humble Orthodox structure is one of the first pre-Romanesque churches in the area.
B Accommodation in Budva in hotel Tara**** (two nights)
Day 7 – Budva – Kotor – Perast – Budva
In the morning take a sightseeing tour of the town. Kotor is situated in one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The old town of Kotor is a well preserved city typical of construction between the XII and XIV century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO town. Visit the St Tryphon Cathedral, with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic architecture, and the 12th century Church of St. Luke. After lunch departure to Perast, situated at the foot of St. Elijah Hill (873 m), opposite the narrow Verige strait, where the innermost bays of Risan and Kotor converge. This easternmost shore was the earliest inhabited area in the Boka. The remains of a Neolithic culture (3500 BC) have been discovered in the caves of Spila above Perast and various archeological finds provide evidence of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. Visit the Roman Catholic church Our Lady of the Rock situated on the small island bearing the same name. It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks.
B Accommodation in Budva
Day 8 – Budva – Tivat – Hercog Novi – Dubrovnik
In the morning deaprture to Croatia via the Tivat and Herceg Novi. Have a stopover in Herceg Novi for a walk in its old town. Herceg Novi is recognisable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It is a ‘city of the sun’, thanks to the large number of sunny days all year round.
The centre of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad (The Old Town), decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Fortress Forte Mare (1687) are only a part of the cultural heritage of this renowned town. Proceed to the border. After custom clearance proceed to Dubrovnik. Arrive in the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Dubrovnik in Villa Dorma ****(two nights)
Day 9 – Dubrovnik
In the morning take a tour of Dubrovnik take including the Old part of the town entering through Pile Gate – in front of you is Stradun. Here you will find the Onofrio Fountain, built in 1438. At the other end of the Stradun, you will find the locals’ favourite meeting place, the Orlando Column, with the nearby Sponza Place and the baroque Church of St. Blaise. Here also is the Rector’s Palace, built in 1441, which is now a city museum packed with valuable and historic exhibits. Get to the Gunduliceva Poljana square, which is the site of the busy morning market. In the same square is the Jesuit Monastery that is from the early 18th century. From here you will head for the little old town port and visit the city walls which encircle the city and which have been remarkably preserved. In the evening – time at leaisure. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Dubrovnik ***
Day 10 – Dubrovnik – Hvar Island – Hvar Town
After breakfast take the road along the sea coast towards Northern Croatia. In the village of Drvenik take the ferry to Hvar Island, the most popular and visited Croatian islands. Drive to Hvar town where you will spend the overnight. In the afternoon visit Stari Grad (Old town).
B Accommodation in Hvar town in hotel Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel ****
Day 11 – Hvar Island
Spend the day on the island. The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. the island of Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields in the agricultural areas. Your guide will take you to little places where you can taste the local wine and delicious olives.
B Accommodation in Hvar town in hotel ***
Day 12 – Hvar – Split – Zagreb
Today you can have two options:
Option 1: You take the morning catamaran (at 7:35) to Split and walk on your own in the old town of Split. The guide will take the ferry at 11:30 am from Hvar to Split and will meet you there at 1:30 pm.
Option 2: You take the ferry with the guide at 11:30 and arrive together in Split at 1:30 pm.
Short walk in the old town and departure to Zagreb.
On the way: Stop for a short walk in Zadar.
Arrive in Zagreb in the early evening. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Zagreb in Palace Hotel Zagreb **** (two nights)
Day 13 – Sightseeing tour of Zagreb
In the morning take a sightseeing tour of Zagreb.
Amble past the gleaming white facade of Zagreb Cathedral – or the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to use its formal name – and then wander along the central Zagreb streets that are lined with elegant 19th- and 20th-century buildings. Pass by Lotrščak Tower, a fortified monument from which a cannon is fired each day. Stroll along Strossmayer Promenade, the leafy terraced walkway that links Zagreb’s lower town to it’s upper town. At the end of the terrace, gaze in admiration at the Stone Gate, one of the city’s prettiest landmarks. Marking the eastern entrance to the medieval quarter of Gradec, the Stone Gate is now a lovingly decorated shrine to the Virgin Mary. Head into Zagreb’s upper town and walk along Kravi Most, a street that’s unofficially (and confusingly) known as the ‘bloody bridge.’ Most definitely a street and not a bridge, Kravi Most’s nickname attests to the medieval battles that once took place on it between the warring neighborhoods of Gradec and Kaptol.
In the afternoon – time to explore the streets of Zagreb on your own.
B Accommodation in Zagreb in hotel ***
Day 14 – Transfer from Zagreb to Ljubljana
In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of the Slovenian’s capital. The tour will take you through the historical city center, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. Continue with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and treat yourself to beautiful views of the city from the castle’s ramparts. Accommodation. End of service.
B Accommodation in Ljubljana in Austria Trend Hotel ****
Day 15 – Own transfer from Zagreb to Venice.
Trajectory of the tour please see here : https://goo.gl/maps/HARKDzBDre92
ACCOMMODATION IN TOTAL 14 OVERNIGHTS
TRANSFERS AND TRANSPORTATION
- All transfers and transportation with private vehicle according to program
- Boat tickets to Hvar Island and to Split
- Fuel costs, parking fees, border fee, tolls
TOURS / GUIDES / FOOD
- 14 Breakfasts
- Professional Macedonian English speaking Private Tour Guide
- Professional Slovenian private tour guide
- Admission fees
- Accommodation of the guide
- Local guides in Zagreb and Ljubljana
- Organisation, VAT
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