Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Athens
Welcome to Athens! You will be met and transferred to your hotel from Athens Airport. Then the day is free to relax at your hotel or begin exploring this historical city on your own. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Manager.

Stay at: Stanley Hotel (4 star) or Titania Hotel Athens (5 star) or similar
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 Athens
See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour that also includes a visit to the immortal monuments of the Acropolis including the Parthenon, said to be the most perfectly proportioned building of all time. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amid reminders of a long and glorious past. You'll find graceful temples, centuries old monasteries and ornate Byzantine churches to further investigate at your own pace for the remainder of the day.

Stay at: Stanley Hotel (4 star) or Titania Hotel Athens (5 star) or similar
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 Athens - Kalambaka

Your first stop today is Delphi, where the famous Oracle once foretold the destiny of men. You will see the Sacred Way, the Stadium and the Castilian Fountain, where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the Oracle in the 6th century BC temple of Apollo. Included is a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which contains an impressive collection of finds from the site, including the beautiful "Bronze Charioteer”, before continuing your journey to Kalambaka.

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

DAY 4 Kalambaka – Ohrid
After breakfast, admire the epic Meteora landscape, known as “the rocks that fell from the sky”. Here, monks built their monasteries on the top of these rock formations far away from civilization. Out of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and numerous hermit’s cells, only four remain active today. The most important is Megalo of Great Meteoro, with its tall and intricate dome, twelve sides and fine frescoes. Continue across the border to the Republic of North Macedonia, and on to Ohrid for your overnight stay.

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

DAY 5 Ohrid – Tirana
The lakeside UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Ohrid is an essential cultural and spiritual centre and is uniquely preserved ancient urban entity. Start your day with a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of St. Sofia, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th century. Later in the afternoon you will continue your journey to Tirana, Albania’s Capital.

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

DAY 6 Tirana
On your sightseeing tour this morning, you will see Sheshi Skenderbej (Skanderbeg Square), the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg (Albania’s national hero), the Palace of Culture that was built with Soviet assistance, and the National History Museum with a mosaic on its facade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring at your own pace, shop, or simply just relax.

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

DAY 7 Tirana - Shkodra - Tivat
Leave Tirana and depart for Shkodra, one of the oldest and most important cities in Albania. It was the center of the Illyrian tribe, Labeat until it was taken by the Romans in 168 BC. See Shkodra's main attraction, the Rozafa Castle, magnificently situated on a rocky outcrop of limestone high above the city before continuing to Montenegro and driving to Tivat.

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

DAY 8 Tivat - Kotor Montenegro - Dubrovnik
Today your journey takes you across the border and into Croatia. Stop by Kotor to enjoy sights of the UNESCO protected Old Town and Kotor Bay, the only Southern European fjord, not formed by glaciers but rising sea levels. After, continue on to Dubrovnik where you will overnight.

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

DAY 9 Dubrovnik
Take in the fantastic sights of Dubrovnik's Old Town this morning as you embark on a walking tour. Visit the Rector's Palace and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy that's one of the oldest continuously active pharmacies in the world. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure or to join an Optional Excursion visiting a local home inclusive of dinner.

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

DAY 10 Dubrovnik – Split
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and modern resorts, to the second largest city in Croatia – Split!

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

DAY 11 Split
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.

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

DAY 12 Split – Trogir – Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast today head to the UNESCO listed town of Trogir, also known to be the centre of artistic and cultural activities visited by scholars and artists from around the world. Continue your journey inland and travel to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Take a relaxing walking tour along the boardwalk to witness the 16 breathtaking, turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. The forest in the national park are home to various flora and fauna including bears, lynx, wild boars, wolves and several rare bird species.

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

Day 13 Plitvice Lakes – Opatija – Postojna – Bled
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to the popular resort town of Opatija. Dotted with Austro-Hungarian Habsburg period villas, Opatija still retains its glamour and charm from a bygone era. After some free time, continue north into Slovenia and stop by Postojna at one of the largest caves systems in Europe. You’ll have the opportunity to tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train for a truly one-of-a-kind experience! Afterwards, head towards the Julian Alps and arrive in the picturesque town of Bled where you will overnight.

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

Day 14 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 and perhaps try the famed Bled cream cake!

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

Day 15 Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb
Leave the mountains behind and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. A walking city tour will take you to the highlights of the old city centre, including the lively open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain – a baroque monument modelled after classic Roman fountains. Ljubljana is best explored on foot with the historical city centre closed off to vehicles. And with over 540m² of public green space per capita, it’s a city with a green soul that surrounded by parks and areas of protected nature making it an ideal place for walks and easy recreation. Once the tour has concluded continue to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city.

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

DAY 16 Zagreb
Discover the historic Upper Town as you embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Zagreb this morning. You will also visit St. Marks Church, St. Catherine’s Church, Parliament and Government Palace as part of your tour. Despite being almost a thousand years old, Zagreb today is a thriving urban metropolis with an lively atmosphere which teems with charming coffee houses, garden restaurants, lovingly tended parks, and neo-Gothic buildings. 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 expected to reopen in March 2024

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

DAY 17 Zagreb
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast




  • 4-5 star & 3 star (at Plitvice Lakes) 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

  • 16 breakfasts
  • 10 dinners
  • Guided tours of:
    Athens
    Kalambaka
    Ohrid
    Tirana
    Kotor
    Dubrovnik
    Split
    Plitvice Lakes
    Bled
    Postojna Cave
    Zagreb
  • Entrance fees:
    The Acropolis
    Temple of Apollo
    Archaeological Museum of Delphi
    Great Meteora Monastery
    Cathedral of St. Sofia
    National History Museum Tirana
    Rozafa Castle
    Franciscan Monastery Museum
    Rector’s Palace
    Diocletian’s Palace
    Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Postojna Cave
    Bled Castle
    Zagreb Cathedral
    *Note: Zagreb Cathedral is expected to reopen in March 2024

Pricing

 
 
18 May 2024
29 Jun 2024
10 Aug 2024
21 Sep 2024
Grand Balkan Tour
Twin/DoubleSingle
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$7,310$9,050
$7,920$10,280
$7,920$10,280
$7,310$9,050