Balkan Delight 6 countries 13 days / 12 nights

Balkan Delight 6 countries 13 days / 12 nights

FROM ONLY3500 

Overview

The incredible natural beauty of Balkan peninsula provide the backdrop for the innumerable highlights of Balkan Delight tour. It covers six countries: Bosnia&Hercegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, N. Macedonia and Greece. The tour begins with two nights in fascinating Sarajevo, Leaving Sarajevo on the way to Dubrovnik, we’ll visit Mostar Old bridge. Afterwards tour takes to coastal and inland Montenegro and mysterious Albania. Later leave Albania and head to Lake Ohrid for  two nights. Tour ends in Greece visiting Meteora, Delphi and Athens.

 

Price: 3500 euro

Single room supplement fee 800 euro.

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TOUR DATES:

  • 2020      OCT.     16th-28th SOLD OUT
  • 2021      APRIL   11th-23nd Available 10% DISCOUNT
  • 2021      MAY     15th-27th  Available
  • 2021      JUNE   13th-25th  Available
  • 2021      SEP.       5th-17th  Available
  • 2021      OCT.     3th-15th   Available

Other dates available on request.

Itinerary

Day 1 SARAJEVO (BiH)

visit sarajevoIncludes transfers from Sarajevo airport to your hotel followed by late afternoon welcome drink and welcome dinner. Our lodging Hotel President 4* or similar (two nights) is located in the centre of the town and in the heart of Sarajevo’s bazaar Baščaršija. (D)

Day 2 SARAJEVO

visit sarajevoSarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a junction point of East and West, multi-cultural and multi religious. It’s a colourful town full of coffee houses, restaurants and shops, a gracious and congenial people that defy expectations. Our morning begins with a local guide tour of the city. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Sarajevo on your own.(B

 

 

 

 

Day 3 SARAJEVO – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK (Cro)

visit mostarAfter breakfast departure for Mostar. Mostar is the main city of the southern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina, situated on the banks of the Neretva river. Under the Ottoman Empire, Mostar became an important trading hub, where Jews, Christians and Muslims traded and lived side by side. The result was that Mostar became a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. The centrepiece of Mostar is the Old Bridge, commissioned by the Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Destroyed during the war in 1993 the bridge was rebuilt using the original materials and reopened in 2004. After lunch transfer to the city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea. Our Hotel Lapad 4* or similar is positioned in a picturesque Lapad bay. Evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 4 DUBROVNIK

visit croatiaWe start the morning with a panoramic stop. Originally called Ragusa, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century on the southern part of what is now the Old Town by Greco-Roman refugees from Epidaurum (modern day Cavtat). Initially subject to Byzantium, the city was long under Venetian control, and then effectively became an independent city-state under the kingdom of Hungary and later the Ottoman Empire. It was one of the most powerful economic centres in the Adriatic. Dubrovnik’s magnificent walls had been constructed from 12th to the 17th century. Our morning begins with a walk along these walls, followed by local guide tour of the city. Afternoon and evening on your own. (B

 

Day 5 DUBROVNIK – BOKA KOTOR BAY – LOVČEN – KOLAŠIN (MN)

visit montenegroMorning departure for Montenegro. Montenegro is the smallest ex-Yugoslavian Republic that is rich with history and wild natural beauty. We will visit the bay of Kotor which is an UNESCO heritage site and is the biggest fjord in the Southern Mediterranean. We will enjoy spectacular mountains rising directly from the sea to reach the town of Kotor which is rich in its maritime heritage. Kotor was passed hand to hand among different armies and conquerors, walled by the Venetians and fashioned by fortifications which were added by the Austrians, etc. Moving forward we will take the scenic road to Lovčen Natural Park and stop for lunch. After lunch we will proceed through the mighty canyon of Morača River and arrive to Kolašin Natural Park where we will stay for two nights. Dinner is included. We will stay in the 4* Hotel Bianca or similar in Kolašin. (B,D)

Day 6 KOLAŠIN

visit montenegroWe will start the full day excursion to the heart of Montenegro’s mountains to reach the canyon of river Tara, second only to the Grand Canyon in the USA. We will enjoy the famous view on the bridge over the river and have the opportunity to try out one of the most spectacular zip lines in Europe. Next, we will continue towards Durmitor Mountain and visit the famous Black Lake by the town of Žabjak, where we will have an included lunch. Return to the hotel in evening hours. Leisure time in Kolašin. (B,L)

Day 7 KOLAŠIN – SHODRA – TIRANA (AL)

visit albaniaWe will depart Kolašin and pass by the capital of Podgorica to reach the lake of Skadar, the biggest lake in the Balkans. From there, we will cross the border to Albania which is a mysterious country that was hermetically closed from the rest of the world under the regime of the communist dictator Enver Hoxa until the late 80’s. Albania is rich in spectacular landscapes and full of ancient history that was dominated by Illyrian tribes then incorporated into the Roman Empire to be overtaken by the Ottomans, etc. We will stop in the ancient city of Skhodra for lunch and then proceed with a very picturesque drive to the capital of Tirana, where we will stay for one night in Tirana International Hotel, 4*or similar. Dinner is included in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 TIRANA – ELBASAN MOUNTAINS – OHRID(MK)

visit albaniaFrom our hotel in the very center of Tirana, we will start our walking tour with the local guide covering the historical center of the city including the famous Skenderbeu Square. From there we will continue to the Mother Theresa Square passing by the Parliament and the Presidential Residency of Albania.

After some free time for lunch we will leave and drive across the countryside with magnificent views of the mountains which reveal the meaning behind the name “Land of the Eagles”, as the Albanians call its land. After reaching the city of Elbasan which is famous for its medieval castle we will continue our drive towards the border of the Republic of Macedonia. Reaching the border, we will enjoy the wonderful views of another jewel of the Balkans, the marvelous Lake Ohrid. After the border crossing, we will reach the town of Ohrid. Our lodging for two nights is the waterfront Hotel Royal View 4* or similar. Tonight enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant with traditional Macedonian dishes. (B,D)

Day 9 OHRID (MK)

visit ohridAfter breakfast we meet our local expert guide in Ohrid and visit the Roman Amphitheater built for the gladiator fights and visit some of the 365 churches of Ohrid. Ohrid was the place where the disciples of the Saints Cyril and Methodius founded the first Slavic university in the world. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore on your own. (B)

Day 10 OHRID-BITOLA-HERACLEA-METEORA (GR)

visit grecceEarly departure from Ohrid to drive on a scenic road towards historic town of Bitola where we stop for a short visit. On our drive to the Greek border, we will stop at the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Heraclea. After crossing the border we will continue to the scenic town of Meteora and check into our Hotel Dellas Boutique 4* or similar for one night. Afternoon is reserved for a visit of one of most famous “hanging” monasteries on the sandstone rocks above Meteora called Varalaam. This place is notorious also for appearing in a James Bond movie. Dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 11 METEORA-DELPHI-ATHENS (GR)

visit grecceThis morning we drive to Delphi, the ancient centre of the world and famous Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary Oracle who was deciding the fate of the ancient kings and their kingdoms. After seeing the archaeological site and the museum with experienced local expert we will continue our drive across Peloponnese peninsula towards Athens, where we will arrive in the late afternoon hours. Checking in to the Hotel Elia Ermoue 5* or similar for two nights. Evening free. (B)

Day 12 ATHENS (GR)

Athens private tourAfter breakfast, we will meet our local guide and go for the sightseeing of the ancient city of Athens. We will visit the Acropolis with the famous Parthenon and enjoy the marvellous views of the city underneath. We will also enjoy the birthplace of democracy at the Parthenon. After, we will descend into the old town of Athens called Plaka with its lively streets full of restaurants and shops to enjoy the atmosphere, some shopping and great Greek food offered by many street restaurants. Afternoon at your leisure.
Farawell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

 

Day 13 ATHENS-ATHENS AIRPORT (GR)

Transfer to Athens airport for outbound flight .(B)

Towns and places

  • Sarajevo
  • Mostar
  • Dubrovnik
  • Kotor
  • Njegoši village
  • Lovčen Mountain
  • Kolašin
  • Durmitor National Park
  • Tara river Canyon
  • Shoder Lake
  • Tirana
  • Ohrid
  • Iraklion
  • Meteroa
  • Delphi
  • Athens

What's included?

  • Land transportation through  in modern luxury mini van with extra leg room
  • Sarajevo airport transfer in on Day 1
  • Athens airport transfer out on Day 13
  • 12 nights 4* hotel accommodation in double/twin room with private bathroom.
  • Full time professional English speaking driver/guide on the tour
  • Local Guides in Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Delphi and Athens.
  • Visit and orientation walk of Mostar, Kotor, Kolašin, Shodra, Bitola, Heraclea and Meteora.
  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 3 lunches with drinks.
  • Entrance fees to the Walls in Dubrovnik, Tirana Archeological Museum, Durmitor National Park, St. Sofia monastery in Ohrid, Meteora Abbey, Delphi museum and Parthenon in Athens.
  • Organization, basic insurance and VAT.

Highlights

  • Shop at Sarajevo Old Bazzar Baščaršija
  • Walk across Mostar Old bridge
  • Dubrovnik Old town tour and walls hike
  • Kotor bay scenic ride
  • Lovčen Mountain Njegoš Mausoleum view point
  • Durmitor Mountain and Tara Canyon tour
  • Shoder lake photo stop
  • Tirana Archeological Museum tour
  • Ohrid UNESCO Old town tour and boat ride
  • Iraklion Ancient ruins photo stop
  • Meteora Monastery visit
  • Delphi  local guide tour
  • Athens Acropolis UNESCO tour with local guide

Map

Getting there

Balkan Delight tour begins: Sarajevo

Transfer from Sarajevo airport on day 1

Other airports on request

 

Balkan Delight tour ends: Athens

Transfer to Athens airport on day 13

Other airports on request

Why travel with us?

Private travel –  gives you a highly personalized and unforgettable experience that you won’t find on a large group tour. Traveling on a private tour is extremely suitable in this unprecedented times.

Unique itineraries– Our carefully designed itineraries are a wonderful blend of the major sites and delightful places that we’ve discovered off the beaten paths, where you’ll find fewer tourists.

All included – no optional hidden cost excursions.

Best value – our lower prices and high quality make us a great choice for an escorted private tour.

The best historic hotels, most are 4 star or 5 star, dating from previous centuries, located inside historic districts to maximize your free time on tour.

The best small restaurants where local eat and great wines – all included, as much as you like. No pre-fixed group menu’s, you dine alla cart.

Exceptional native tour guides and local guides – experienced, informative, attentive and fun! Essential to an authentic experience!

Leisurely pace – your average day on tour begins at 9am and there is ample free time for your own explorations daily.

Airport transfer– Choose your arrival airport. Flexibility is one of our motos, so we´ll be glad to pick you up from nearby airports and bring you to/from your hotel.

Driving time-we want you to experience your destinations on foot, not from the highway. On average we spend two-three hours a day or less traveling, along scenic roads wherever possible. Our vehicles are modern luxury passenger mini-vans with extra leg room and extremly comfortabile when traveling even longer distances.

Pictures

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Testimonials

BALKAN TOUR OCTOBER 20195 stars review
We had two private tours with Andrej and could not commend his professionalism, knowledge, expertise, persona and caring manner more!  [...]
BALKAN TOUR OCTOBER 20195 stars review
We had two private tours with Andrej and could not commend his professionalism, knowledge, expertise, persona and caring manner more!  Top service from a top guy!!   Merry Christmas dear Andrej to you and yours. Aufweidersein. Every good wish for another successful year!!  🌲🌲🌲 Barbara Abe & Julie Penny, AUSTRALIA
BALKAN DELIGHT OCTOBER 20195 stars review
Dear Andrej, Katie and I returned home late last night after relatively uneventful flights from Athens to Istanbul, Istanbul to San [...]
BALKAN DELIGHT OCTOBER 20195 stars review
Dear Andrej, Katie and I returned home late last night after relatively uneventful flights from Athens to Istanbul, Istanbul to San Francisco and San Francisco home. We Had an absolutely fabulous time on our Balkan Delights trip. It was everything that I expected and more. Although there was a lot of time riding in the van I felt there was a good balance between the days with lots of activity and sightseeing from the van. Four passengers was definitely the right number for optimum comfort, I would not have liked six. Our hotels were mostly good to great with Athens definitely the best. Blaž was an exceptionally good driver, very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and it was fun having Mandy along too. Your selection of local guides was exceptional and added greatly to our understanding and enjoyment. It was good seeing you again and meeting your wife and son and our last dinner and evening together was very special. I hope to see you again on a future trip. Thank you for all that you did for us. Best regards, Janet King, USA
BALKAN DELIGHT OCTOBER 20185 stars review
I know you know Blaz is a great tour guide but we want you to know that we think he is a top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and [...]
BALKAN DELIGHT OCTOBER 20185 stars review
I know you know Blaz is a great tour guide but we want you to know that we think he is a top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and time with them. Thanks again. Robinson, USA