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20 Day Best of Balkan Tour 28 SEP. 2018 lead by Mr. Tran (Tour Code: EBT)

Day 01, 28 Sep: Sydney – Doha – Zagreb
QR909, 28 Sep. Sydney – Doha 21:45/05:20 (29 Sep.)
Depart Sydney to Zagreb, capital of Croatia via Doha on Qatar Airways in the evening and fly overnight.

Day 02, 29 Sep: Zagreb Arrival (D)
QR217, 29 Sep. Doha – Zagrab 07:20/12:05
Arrive at Zagreb airport at 12.05. Transfer to the Croatian capital Zagreb for first panoramic tour with a bus (King Tomislav Square, Marulic Square, Opera house ...). Accomodation at hotel and time to rest and refreshment (after a long flights and adjustment because of "jet lag" ..). Free time for leisure in the center of the city for first impression possible if required.
Accomodation at the hotel****

Day 03, 30 Sep: Zagreb – Ptuj – Maribor  (120 km) (B, D)
Zagreb city tour in the morning: walking through Dolac market and visit to the Cathedral. Scroll aroung Ban Jelacic square and take a ride with funicular to St Mark's Square with parlaiment and presidential palace, Stone Gate ... Departure from Zagreb, crossing border to Slovenia and afternoon arrival to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia. Visit to the castle and walking tour through old city centre. Evening arrival to the second biggest Slovenian town Maribor.
Accomodation at the hotel****
Included: ride with funicular in Zagreb and entrance to the castle in Ptuj.

Day 04, 01 Oct: Maribor – Zice – Ljubljana (160 km) (B, D)
Morning city tour through the old centre of Maribor: Franciscan church, castle, Slomsek square, Theatre, University, Main square and visit to the old Vine – the oldest in the World. Departure from Maribor and arrival to the famous Carthusian Monastery in Zice (over 800 years old) and visit to the ruins of the monastery. Next stop will be in the famous wine region nearby for  visiting one of the wine cellars where tasting will take place. Continue to the central part of Slovenia and late afternoon arrival to Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Dinner with traditional folklore programm will follow (Slovenian evening).
Accomodation at the hotel****.
Included: entrance to the Carthusian Monastery in Zice, visit to the wine cellar with tasting.

 

Day 05, 02 Oct: Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana (130 km) (B, D)
Morning city tour: walk through the streets of Ljubljana, described by many visitors as the most beautiful capital in the world. Walk along its lively streets, feel the life in the central market and in numerous picturesque squares. See the famousTripleBridge, make a stop at theDragonBridge, ascend to the mightyLjubljanaCastlevia funicular railway, and visit one of the many pubs along the Ljubljanica embankment. Afternoon departure to the nothwest part of Slovenia to lake Bled. Visit Bled, the pearl of the Alps with more than a thousand years of history. Drive and walk along the famous Lake with its island and the castle high above its clear surface. Boat trip to the Bled Island in a traditional Pletna boat, ring the wishing bell and let some of your wishes come true. You will also have a chance to taste famous dessert – the »Bled cream cake«. Return to Ljubljana.
Included: return ticket for cable car (funicular) to the Ljubljana castle, boat trip to Bled island in a traditional Pletna boat, entrance to st. Mary church on the Bled island.

 

Day 06, 03 Oct: Ljubljana – Postojna – Lipica – Piran - Ljubljana (260 km) (B, D)
Day trip to Postojna and Slovenian coast. Visit to the World famous Postojna cave with train and local guide. Stop at Lipica to admire white Lipicaner horses. Visit to the old coastal town of Piran (Tartini square and st. George church). Return to Ljubljana.
Included: entrance fee to the Postojna cave.

Day 07, 04 Oct: Ljubljana – Otocec – Plitvice - Sibenik (470 km) (B, D)
Morning departure to the southeast of Slovenia. Interesting stop at Castle Otocec. Border crossing to Croatia and continue to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visit to the park and time to admire one of the biggest natural sights in Croatis. Return to the highway and continue to the coastal region of Dalmatia. Accomodation in Sibenik or near. Accomodation at the hotel****.
Included: entrance fee to Plitvice Lakes National Park

 

Day 08, 05 Oct: Sibenik – NP Krka – Sibenik (60 km) (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to Krka National park, named after the river Krka that it encloses. Beautiful park with breathtaking scenery. Walking tour over the wooden path to see stunning waterfalls. Our next stop will be at the open air museum Etnoland Dalmati. Visit to the museum with local traditions and typical lunch with wine included will follow. In the afternoon visit to the old town centre of Sibenik with its famous St. James cathedral (listed under Unesco World Heritage). Return to the hotel ).
Included: entrance fee to Krka National Park, entrance fee to the open air museum Etnoland Dalmati with lunch included, entrance fee to St. James cathedral in Sibenik

Day 09, 06 Oct: Sibenik – Trogir – Omis - Makarska (180 km) (B, D)
After breakfast continue to drive along the coast to the medieval town of Trogir and stop to admire the old town centre and some time for leisure. Afternoon arrival to Omis and boat tour through river Cetina gorge – natural sight. Continue to famous Makarska riviera coast and accomodation in Makarska or near.
Accomodation at the hotel****.
Included: boat trip through Cetina gorge river,

Day 10, 07 Oct: Makarska – Medjugorje – Mostar – Dubrovnik (250 km) (B, D)
Morning departure from Makarska. Crossing border to Bosnia and Herzegovina and visit to Medjugorje – very known pilgrimage place for christians – stop for visit the sanctuary. Continue to medivial part of town Mostar with famous bridge over Neretva river (walking tour through the old town with an oriental spirit). Afternoon return to Croatia through very scenic valley or river Neretva and travel along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik - pearl of the Adriatic and protected by Unesco World Heritage. As museum city and at the same time a live stage, it represents a perfect cross between the past and the present. First panorama. Accomodation at the hotel****.

Day 11, 08 Oct: Dubrovnik (B, D)
After breakfast visit to the old town centre of Dubrovnik with Stradun, St. Onofri church, Franciscan monastery with pharmacy, cathedral ... Walk around the town walls. Free time for leisure in the afternoon in Dubrovnik (optional tour with cable car to Srd Hill - the best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area area). Accomodation in Dubrovnik at the same hotel.
Included: entrance fee to the Franciscan monastery with pharmacy and ascend to the town walls in Dubrovnik.

Day 12, 09 Oct: Dubrovnik – Kotor – Budva  (120 km) (B, D)
Departure from Dubrovnik. Crossing border to Montenegro and travel along Boka Kotorska bay to Kotor – medieval town under Unesco protection. Stop for a visit. Afternoon arrival to Budva – one of the most famous seaside resort in  Montenegro. Short walking tour through the old town centre and accomodation in Budva or near. Accomodation at the hotel****.

 

Day 13, 10 Oct: Budva – Kruja – Tirana (190 km) (B, D)
After breakfast drive along the coast of Montenegro with stop near the famous Sveti Stefan. Crossing border to Albania and travel through Shodra to Kruja, the old Albanian capital. Visit to the Skenderbeg Fortress and Museum. Accomodation in Tirana or Durres at the hotel****
Included: entrance fee to the Skenderbeg Fortress and Museum in Kruja

 

Day 14, 11 Oct: Tirana – Elbasan – Ohrid (150 km) (B, D)
Morning city tour of the Albanian capital Tirana: Skenderbeg square, watch tower, opera, national library, Etem Beg mosque, visit to the National Museum. Travel through Elbasan to Macedonian border. Arrival to Ohrid lake and accomodation in Ohrid city. Evening arrival to Ohrid.
Accomodation at the hotel****.
Included: entrance fee to the National Museum in Tirana.

 

Day 15, 12 Oct: Ohrid – Skopje (180 km) (B, D)
Morning sightseeing tour in Ohrid (old town centre is listed under Unesco heritage): typical arhitecture, st. Sofia church, roman amphiteatre, Samoil's Fortress, market place "carsija" ... Travel to the north part of Macedonia and  afternoon arrival to capital city of Skopje and sightseeing tour (Fortress Kale, stone bridge, st. Spas orthodox church, mosque, famous market place "carsija").
Accomodation in Skopje at the hotel****. 
Included: entrance fees to st. Sofia church and Samoil's Fortress in Ohrid and entrance fees to the fortress in Skopje

 

Day 16, 13 Oct: Skopje – Rila – Sofia (370 km) (B, D)
Trip to the east and crossing border to Bulgaria. Travel through the Bulgarian countryside and visit one of Bulgaria's most famous Unesco sites. Stop for visit Rila Monastery, the biggest and most frequented religious and tourist site in Bulgaria. Arrival to Bulgarian capital Sofia in the late afternoon. Evening visit to a folklore show with a dinner.
Included: entrance fee to the Rila Monastery

Day 17, 14 Oct: Sofia – Belgrade (410 km) (B, D)
After breakfast city tour of Sofia: St. Sofia church, cathedral of Aleksander Nevski, Parlaiment, University, Russian Monument Square. Departure from Sofia and crossing border to Serbia. Travel north passing Nis ... Arrival to the serbian capital Belgrade. Typical dinner with local musicians will be organised at Skadarlija – part of the old town with bohemian atmosfere. Accomodation at the hotel****.

Day 18, 15 Oct: Belgrade (B, D)
After breakfast city tour of Belgrade will follow: Market place, University, Parlaiment, Nikola Pasic Square Republica square, Knez Mihajlova street, Kalemegdan – old fortress of Belgrade. Visit to the unfinished Ortodox church of St. Sava. Boat tour on Sava or Danube river. Dinner with music in one of the floating restaurants on the river.
Included: boat trip on Sava or Danube river.

Day 19, 16 Oct: Belgrade –  Doha – Sydney (B)
QR232, 16 Oct. Belgrade (BEG) – Doha 12:20/18:35
QR908, 16 Oct. Doha – Sydney 20:35/17:35 (17 Oct.)
After breakfast transfer to the Belgrade airport for your flight to Doha at 12:20pm. You will arrive at Doha in the evening. Connect your flight to Sydney and fly overnight.

Day 20, 17 Oct: Sydney   
You will arrive in Sydney in the afternoon. Your unforgettable Balkan tour ends.


Tour price:

15 – 19 pax: $7,540 per person, twin or double share

20 pax and over: $6,990 per person, twin or double share

Single supplement: $1,280


Tour price includes:

  1. Economy class airfare Sydney – Doha – Zagreb//Belgrade – Doha – Sydney on Qatar Airways with airport tax and fuel surcharge;
  2. Seventeen night accommodation in a double/twin room in a nice 4 star hotels with breakfast in Balkan areas;
  3. Seventeen dinners and one lunch, mostly at hotel restaurants, some dinners (as mentioned in the itinerary) will be organised with program in the local restaurants;
  4. Transportation with modern air conditioned bus according to the itinerary;
  5. All highway tolls and road taxes and parking fees according to the itinerary;
  6. All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
  7. Step on local English speaking guides in some places;
  8. English speaking guide for complete duration of the trip;
  9. Tip to guides and drivers.

 

Tour price excludes:

  1. Travel insurance;
  2. Drinks at the meals;
  3. Meals such as lunches not mentioned in the itinerary;
  4. Other entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary;
  5. Personal expenses.


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