Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Bucharest
Arrive into Bucharest airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some free time during the day then in the evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.

Stay at: Hilton Garden Inn (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 Bucharest
Explore the beauty of Bucharest, an intriguing capital that is blossoming as a unique Eastern European city. Visit the Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world and a National Treasure. The tour will also bring you to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club, the Military Academy, Triumphal Arch, and the Village Museum. Aside from these, you will also get to know how the Romanian people finally succeeded in toppling the last communist dictator in Eastern Europe at the Revolution Square.

Stay at: Hilton Garden Inn (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 Bucharest - Brasov
Depart Bucharest to visit the beautiful 17th-century Sinaia Monastery and view the Peles Castle, built as the summer residence of King Carol I. Continue with your journey towards Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the sinister vampire, Count Dracula. Afterwards, travel to Brasorv where you will stay for the night.

Stay at: Aro Palace (5 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4 Brasov - Sighisoara - Sibiu
Start your day with a walking tour of Brasov and visit the first Romanian School Museum with an impressive collection of rare books, documents, and art. After this, leave Brasov for the town of Sighisoara to visit the famous Clock Tower Museum. Hop on back to your coach for your next destination, the town of Sibiu. Once the richest town in Transylvania, Sibiu is now well known for its rich culture, history, gastronomy and diverse architecture. During your visit, you will see the Huet Square, the Great Square, the Evangelical Cathedral, Liar's Bridge and more. End your day with a delightful dinner in a local farmhouse in the village of Sibiel with return transfers included.

Stay at: Continental Forum Hotel (4 star) or Golden Tulip (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5 Sibiu - Turnu Severin
After breakfast, travel to Turnu Severin with a stop in Hunedoara where you will visit one of the largest European castles: the Corvinesti Castle. On your arrival in Turnu Severin, join an orientation tour before you check-in to your hotel.

Stay at: Continental Drobeta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6 Turnu Severin - Djerdap - Belgrade
This morning, cross the border of Serbia as you drive towards Djerdap. On your arrival, embark on a cruise and set sail through gorge, seeing the most beautiful spot in Danube River. Located in the south side of Dunebe river, Golubac Fortress is your next destination. Visit the medieval fortified ten-tower town on the hill slope, with an overlooking view of Danube River. End today's journey in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia.

Stay at: Hotel Moskva (4 star) or Courtyard by Marriott (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7 Belgrade
Enjoy a full day excursion out of Belgrade today. Your first stop is Krusedol monastery, founded in the beginning of the 16th century and considered as one of Serbia's most significant monasteries. Continue to the picturesque town of Sremski Karlovci with its baroque and neoclassical houses and buildings. Afterwards, take a break and stop by one of the famous local wineries for lunch and wine tasting. Next would be a visit to the one of the most important representatives of Belgrade's cultural heritage, the Petrovaradin fortress. It was a significant military fort of the Austrian rulers designed for the defence of territories in warfare. Before returning to Belgrade, stop by the city of Novi Sad where you will join a sightseeing tour and free time on your own.

Stay at: Hotel Moskva (4 star) or Courtyard by Marriott (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 8 Belgrade
Your day will start with a visit to Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, Serbia. You’ll also see Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street, Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city, and Tito’s Memorial. Hop on back to your coach to continue with your journey to the mountains of Avala. It is located in the south-eastern part of the town and provides a great panoramic view of Belgrade, Vojvodina and Sumadija, as the surrounding area on all sides is mostly lowlands. The rest of your day is free for you to explore at your own pace. You may opt to join an 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. In the afternoon, drive back to Belgrade for another free time to enjoy the town. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers to have a dinner in a local restaurant.

Stay at: Hotel Moskva (4 star) or Courtyard by Marriott (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 9 Belgrade - Zagreb
Leave Belgrade for Zagreb this morning. On your arrival, you can start your own venture in the largest and capital city of Croatia. Be back in the evening for your dinner.

Stay at: Zonar Hotel Zagreb (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 10 Zagreb
Discover the historic Upper Town as you embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Zagreb this morning. You will also visit the colourful-roofed St. Marks Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and Government Palace. The rest of the day is yours to explore the winding streets of the old town at your own pace or perhaps take an Optional Excursion into the countryside.
*Note: Zagreb Cathedral is closed for renovations in 2024.

Stay at: Zonar Hotel Zagreb (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled
After breakfast head towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. A walking city tour will take you to the highlights of the old city centre, including the bustling open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain – a baroque monument modelled after classic Roman fountains. Once the tour has ended, continue on to the picturesque lakeside town of Bled.

Stay at: Kompas Hotel (4 star) or Bled Rose Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 12 Bled
Located in the foothills of the Julian Alps, Bled is set along an alpine lake surrounded by dramatic high peaks and a picture perfect setting. The exquisite location has turned the area into a popular resort town with a smattering of hotels, villas and restaurants, giving it a lively atmosphere and making it a year-round destination. A sightseeing tour will take you around this charming lakeside town and includes a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched high atop a cliff above the lake. The rest of the day will be at your leisure to relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery.

Stay at: Kompas Hotel (4 star) or Bled Rose Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13 Bled - Postojna - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes
Your journey continues to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train for a truly one-of-a-kind experience! Afterwards, head towards the coast and stop by the popular seaside town of Opatija. Learn about the history of this fashionable 19th century resort town dotted with Austro-Hungarian Habsburg period villas that still retains its glamour and charm from a bygone era. Enjoy some free time in Opatija before travelling on to Plitvice Lakes.

Stay at: Hotel Jezero (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 14 Plitvice Lakes - Split
Have your camera handy as you visit the World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes National Park today. Enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the 16 breathtaking, turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. At the conclusion of the tour, continue onwards to Split.

Stay at: Hotel Corner (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 15 Split
As Croatia’s second largest city, Split has evolved from the ruins of the remarkable Diocletian’s Palace, the retirement home of Dalmatian born Emperor Diocletian, to the contemporary hub it is today. Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning of the historic inner city where you can witness the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage seamlessly juxtaposed against modern development. Visit the Peristyle, Jupiter’s temple and St. Domnius Cathedral before having the remainder of the afternoon free to stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets of Old Town, visit the local beach or join an Optional Excursion to Hvar Island (paid locally).

Stay at: Hotel Corner (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 16 Split - Dubrovnik
Travel to the spectacular setting of Dubrovnik – the “Pearl of the Adriatic”! On arrival in Dubrovnik you will have free time before dinner.

Stay at: Hotel Lero (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 17 Dubrovnik
Begin the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town with a visit to Rector’s Palace, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy – which is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover more of Dubrovnik. You could take the cable car up Mt. Srd for superb aerial views of the old town, take a walk along the outstanding city walls, or join an Optional Excursion for a local dinner experience.

Stay at: Hotel Lero (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 18 Dubrovnik - Tivat
Travel south along the picturesque Adriatic coastline and into Montenegro. On your journey, you will pass by the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the only South European Fjord, before arriving in Kotor for a guided walking tour. This coastal town was founded by the ancient Romans, much of Kotor's medieval fortifications still remain. Since 1979 the city has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stay at: Palma Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 19 Tivat - Tirana
This morning after breakfast, leave Tivat and head across the border towards Albania, driving via Budva and Bar. Stop by one of Europe’s oldest cities Shkodra, nowadays a major Albanian cultural centre, and visit Rozafa Castle. Imposingly situated atop a rocky limestone outcrop and watching over the city of Shkoder, the castle is attached to an old Albanian legend about three brothers. Continue to Tirana, where you will overnight.

Stay at: Colloseo Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 20 Tirana
A tour of Tirana begins at the city’s Main Plaza, Skanderbeg Square with its Skanderbeg Statue and elegant Ethem Bey Mosque. Carry on to the Palace of Culture and the Natural History Museum with its mosaic facade depicting the history of Albania. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure and spend it exploring, shopping, dining, or simply relaxing!

Stay at: Colloseo Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 21 Tirana - Ohrid
The lakeside city of Ohrid is one of Macedonia’s most important cultural and spiritual centres and thus is listed as both a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site. A guided sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city’s old quarters with its cobblestone streets and distinct ancient urban architecture. The town was once home to 365 churches giving it the nickname “the Jerusalem of the Balkans”. Today, only 70 churches remain one of which is the Cathedral of St. Sophia which contains magnificent 10th century frescoes.

Stay at: Hotel Granit (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 22 Ohrid - Kalambaka
Set off for Kalambaka to admire the breathtaking, otherworldly landscape of Meteoro and its unusual rock formations. Included in UNESCO's World Heritage list, these towering unique structures are said to have been formed some 60 million years ago with weathering and earthquakes giving them their current form today. However, the Byzantine era monasteries that sit high atop them are equally as impressive as these giant rocks. Out of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit cells, only 4 remain active. The most important is the Great Meteoro Monastery (Megalo Meteoro), a remarkable building renowned for its intriguing architecture, intricate twelve-sided dome, and elegant frescoes. Here, you will visit either Roussanou or Great Meteoro.

Stay at: Grand Meteora Hotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 23 Kalambaka - Athens
Your first stop today will be Delphi, a place that was considered in ancient times to be the centre of the known world - the place where heaven and earth met. Afterwards, tour the Temple of Apollo where the Oracle of Delphi once foretold the destiny of men and the Castilian Fountain where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the Oracle. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi which contains an excellent collection of artefacts including the Bronze Charioteer, before continuing to Athens.

Stay at: Stanley Hotel Athens (4 star) or Titania Hotel Athens (4-star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 24 Athens
Amidst a backdrop of architectural ruins and a glorious past, embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the highlights of Athens. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, Erectheum, the Temple of Athena and the ancient Agora with its Theatre of Dionysus. The rest of your afternoon is free to discover the city at your own pace. Join your group for a farewell taverna dinner in the Plaka beside the Acropolis.

Stay at: Stanley Hotel Athens (4 star) or Titania Hotel Athens (4-star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 25 Athens
Your tour concludes today after breakfast with a departure transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

  • 4-5 star & 3 star hotel accommodation
  • Shared arrival and departure transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa (on first and last day only)
  • Touring by modern air conditioned coach
  • Professional English speaking tour manager
  • Whisper technology headset on sightseeing tours
  • Luggage handling
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

Exclusions: Gratuities and optional excursions – to be paid locally

  • 24 breakfasts
  • 16 dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Guided tours of:
    Bucharest
    Brasov
    Sighisoara
    Sibiu
    Novi Sad
    Golubec Fortress (with Cruise in Danube river)
    Belgrade
    Zagreb
    Bled
    Postojna Cave
    Plitvice Lakes
    Split
    Dubrovnik
    Kotor
    Tirana
    Ohrid
    Kalambaka
    Athens
  • Entrance fees:
    The Village Museum in Bucharest
    Sinia Monastery
    Bran Castle
    First Romanian School Museum
    Clock Tower Museum
    Village of Sibiel
    Corvinesti Castle
    Danube Cruise
    Golubac Fortress
    Krusedol Monastery
    Petrovaradin Fortress
    Kalemegdan Fortress
    The Cathedral in Zagreb
    Bled Castle
    Postojna Cave
    Diocletian’s Palace
    Rector’s Palace
    Franciscan Monastery Museum
    Rozafa Castle
    National History Museum Tirana
    Cathedral of St. Sofia
    Roussanou or The Great Meteora Monastery
    Temple of Apollo
    Archaeological Museum of Delphi
    The Acropolis in Athens
    *Note: Zagreb Cathedral is expected to reopen in March 2024

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