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TOUR FROM ATHENS TO DUBROVNIK: SEVEN COUNTRIES IN 14 DAYS

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Duration

14 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

Visit the ancient Greek ruins in Delphi, admire the beauty of Ohrid Lake, be amazed by the Stari Most bridge and walk through the streets of Berat on this tour of seven countries. This small group tour brings you to the most important sites in seven different West Balkan countries, so you can stripe them off your bucket list! You will be visiting ten UNESCO world heritage sites, with every place having its own charm and fascinating history.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement of 2079 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded 50% of the single supplement amount and your room occupancy will be still private. We organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation.

* Please note that prices are calculated on double/twin room occupancy. Single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 30 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Children Discounts: Age 0 – 3 Free of charge; Age 3 – 8 discount of 50%; Age 8 – 12 discount of 30%, Age 12+ full fare.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us for a quotation.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Greece or neighbouring countries such as Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro or Kosovo. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Acropolis in Athens
  • Parthenon in Athens
  • Agora-Athens Central Market
  • The Plaka neighborhood in Athens
  • Archaeological site of Delphi
  • Old city of Thessaloniki
  • Ana Poli area in Thessaloniki
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Arch of Galerius and Rotunda in Thessaloniki
  • Yahudi hamam in Thessaloniki
  • The ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis
  • Museum of Bitola
  • Pedestrian boulevard in Bitola
  • Samoils Fortress Ohrid
  • Church of St. John at Kaneo
  • Mosque Halveti Hayati Tekke in Ohrid
  • Ohrid bazaar and shopping area
  • The ruins of Ohrid Amphitheater
  • Fortress of Berat
  • Mangalem neighbourhood and Gorica neighbourhood in Berat
  • “Ura e Gorrices” – Gorrica Bridge in Berat
  • Xhamia e Beqarit – Bachelor’s Mosque in Berat
  • The Onufri Museum OR Ethnographic Museum in Berat
  • Skanderbeg square in Tirana
  • Clock tower in Tirana
  • Bunk’Art in Tirana
  • Kruja castle
  • The Etnographic Museum OR Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
  • Dollmës Tekke in Kruja
  • The Old Town in Prizren
  • The bazaar in Prizren
  • The castle in Prizren
  • The Archeological Museum and its tower in Prizren
  • The Church of Our Lady Ljevis in Prizren
  • Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren
  • Monastery of Decan
  • Patriarchate of Peja
  • Old Bazaar in Peja
  • Sveti Stefan
  • San Giovanni fortress in Kotor
  • Old Town of Kotor
  • Saint Tryphon cathedral in Kotor
  • Saint Luke’s church in Kotor
  • Stari Most bridge
  • Old Bazaar of Mostar
  • Blagaj monastery
  • Church of St. James in Medjugorje
  • Statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje
  • Via Domini in Medjugorje
  • Old Town in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik cathedral and treasury
  • Loggia square in Dubrovnik

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Single Supplement 1 1 -2079
2 +1 2 8 0

Itinerary

Day 1 Athens (Greece) – Delphi
Day 1 Athens (Greece) – Delphi

Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Athens. We will begin this amazing journey with a city tour of Athens, the capital of Greece and also said to be the cultural capital of Europe. The city is modern, touristic, charming and full of fascinating history. One place that can’t be missed here is, of course, the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis, which is part of UNESCO. It was built in the 5th century B.C. and has had a huge effect on the way people think about architecture, even to this day. The temple was dedicated to the goddess of Athena. The Agora-Athens central market is probably not one of the first things you think about to visit in Athens, but it is a fascinating sight with delicious food all over the place and located between the two most interesting streets in the city. We will also walk through the oldest neighborhood in Athens, the Plaka area, which feels like a village hidden in the large metropolitan city. Overnight near Delphi.

Day 2 Delphi – Thessaloniki
Day 2 Delphi – Thessaloniki

Our first destination for today is Delphi, UNESCO world heritage site. This ancient Greek archaeological site is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, including multiple monuments such as the Temple of Apollo, the Castallian Fountain and the Large Sphynx of Naxos.
Our tour will continue towards Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece and located at the coast. Thessaloniki is an open-air museum of Byzantine history as it has many monuments from that time. We will go to the old city, walk through the Ana Poli area and the traditional markets as well as visit the White Tower, symbol of Thessaloniki. Next to the White Tower is the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, dating back to the Roman times. We will also visit the most famous hamam in the city, Yahudi hamam, meaning ‘’Bath of the Jews’’, resembling all the different cultures that lived here through time. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3 Thessaloniki – Bitola (N. Macedonia) – Ohrid
Day 3 Thessaloniki – Bitola (N. Macedonia) – Ohrid

Today we will leave Greece and cross the border to N. Macedonia. Our first destination is the city of Bitola, the second largest and oldest city of North Macedonia. Bitola combines the old with the new, Ottoman buildings next to modern office buildings. Our first visit is to the museum of Bitola that houses the region’s most valuable cultural and historical treasures. The building used to function as a high school before it became a military academy and eventually a museum. Our tour continues to the ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis. The site is the most authentic well-preserved city from the ancient Macedonian empire in the whole country. We will also walk through the pedestrian boulevard full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Transfer and overnight in Ohrid.

Day 4 Day Tour of Ohrid
Day 4 Day Tour of Ohrid

This city is one of the most seductive destinations in N. Macedonia, indicated also as one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. Ohrid city and Ohrid Lake are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Ohrid Lake and its surroundings were inhabited by the Illyrian Tribe of Enkeleys. The city became an important centre for the Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for its 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one church for each day of the year. After lunch, we will continue our visit of Ohrid. The houses were built with a very specific architecture that created narrowed streets, tunnels and tiny yards on the hilly terrain, making it possible for every house to have a good view of the lake. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 5 Ohrid – Berat (Albania) - Tirana
Day 5 Ohrid – Berat (Albania) - Tirana

Our next destination after breakfast is Berat, known as the city of 1001 windows and part of UNESCO world heritage. Walking through the narrow stone streets offers a fantastic view of the medieval old houses with windows that seem to stand on top of each other. Berat has it all; a beautiful medieval castle, ancient churches and mosques, a lively lower town consisting of grand old houses draped on steep hillsides, an old stone bridge, great museums and remains from the communism era in Albania. Berat is also known as the birthplace of Onufri, the famous painter of churches all-over the Balkans, distinguished for creating a specific reddish colour still difficult to imitate. Before going back to Tirana, you will have some free time to enjoy a delicious lunch and wander through the city by yourself. Driving back to Tirana remarks the end of this amazing day. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 6 Day Tour of Tirana
Day 6 Day Tour of Tirana

We will start our adventure by discovering Tirana, the capital of Albania. Colorful, lively, vibrant, dynamic, 24/7 and crazy nightlife - these are some of the words that better describe this city where the communist and capitalist-era buildings battle on a daily basis. Tirana offers a great combination of very interesting museums, historic sites, national parks, mountains and Ottoman, Italian and communist style architecture all clashing with each other, but offering a great pleasure to wander through. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options. BUNKART is one of the most interesting museums in Tirana. Initially designed as a nuclear bunker offering shelter to the Albanian communist supreme leader Enver Hoxha and his close party members during the cold war. The bunker was hidden to the general public until 2014, when the Albanian government decided to initiate an interesting project that converted the nuclear bunker into a museum. BUNKART is video museum exhibition dedicated to the history of the Albanian communist army and to the daily lives of Albanians during the regime. Free afternoon! Overnight in Tirana.

Day 7 Tirana – Kruja – Tirana
Day 7 Tirana – Kruja – Tirana

Today we will head towards Kruja, a historical city symbol of the Albanian resistance against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire during the XV century. Kruja is situated in central Albania on a rocky mountainous terrain about 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sarisalltik Mountain. Walking through Kruja’s Medieval Old Bazaar (one of the biggest and oldest in Balkans) gives you a sense of a passage through the history. The castle of Kruja (built during the 5th century A.D.) is strategically placed on the top of a rocky hill, making it difficult for the enemies to attack.Our local guide will take you through some hidden paths, used by the locals to leave the castle without being noticed during periods when the enemies surrounded the castle. Overnight in Tirana

Day 8 Tirana – Prizren (Kosovo)
Day 8 Tirana – Prizren (Kosovo)

Our destination for today will be Prizren, which is considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Prizren has played an important role in the region as an Illyrian settlement and a crossroad for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. The river flows through the heart of the old town and under the many bridges that crisscross the city. If you are looking to experience a lively international experience you should visit Prizren during August when the medieval city becomes home to one of the most famous short film festivals in the world named Dokufest. The best way to explore the town is by wandering through the streets passing by elegant medieval houses that fight for your attention. Filigree artisanal techniques for precious metals are Prizren’s joy and pride. Don’t miss the unique experience of shopping in one of the many filigree shops of the town, where you are welcomed to also see the metalsmithing magic happen. Did you know that The Church of Our Lady of Ljevis is a UNESCO World Heritage site? If you have to choose just one mosque to visit then visit the Sinan Pasha Mosque, rich in arabesque colour and pattern. The view from the fortress on the hill above the town offers a great panorama of this astonishing town. Overnight in Prizren.

Day 9 Prizren – Decan – Peja
Day 9 Prizren – Decan – Peja

Our first destination will be the Monastery of Decan. This one stands out for its white colour, but even more remarkable is the fact that Orthodox monks still inhabit the monastery and make fresh organic food there, such as cheeses. The monastery became part of UNESCO in 2004 because of its frescoes, which portray the lives of people during the 14th century as well as the Palaeologan renaissance that changed the way of Byzantine painting. Our second destination for today is Peja. The city has one cultural UNESCO heritage site, the Patriarchate of Peja, located near the entrance of the Rugova Valley. This medieval Orthodox Monastery was built in the 13th century, having four churches in a beautiful red colour. After visiting the monastery, we will wander through the characteristic Old Bazaar of the city. Overnight in Prizren.

Day 10 Prizren – Budva (Montenegro) – Kotor
Day 10 Prizren – Budva (Montenegro) – Kotor

From Kosovo, we will cross the border to Albania then Montenegro. Our first stop will be Sveti Stefan, historically a fishing town on a small island near the coast. However, nowadays it is not possible to visit the island anymore as it has turned into a five-star resort. Even while standing on the coast, Sveti Stefan is a sight for sore eyes – worthy of a picture. Our next destination is Budva, a popular tourist destination, famous for its beaches, gorgeous nature and old characteristic buildings. The city is separated between an old and new part. On the one hand, in the New Budva, there are many modern buildings, offices, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. On the other hand, in the Old Budva, there is the historical center and many sights to visit, such as the St. Ivan church, the small church of St. Mary and the Citadel, which we will visit on this tour. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 11 Day Tour of Kotor
Day 11 Day Tour of Kotor

Kotor is a UNESCO world heritage city. We will wander through the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets crisscrossing the old town. This street plan seems quite chaotic, but it was created this way on purpose. The intention was to confuse intruders who came to plunder the town, while nowadays it characterizes the city. Many of the old buildings and churches have small plaques on it with their dates of construction and original use. We will stop at the Saint Tryphon cathedral, which is one of the only two Roman cathedrals in the city. The Saint Tryphon relics are kept inside the cathedral. Yet, these relics were destined to arrive in Dubrovnik but ended up in Kotor. Next to the Saint Tryphon cathedral, the Saint Luke’s church can easily be missed as it is a lot smaller, but of great significance for the locals because it represents unity to them. We will also walk to the San Giovanni fortress from which we will have an amazing view over the city. On our way to the top, we will pass by ruins of military buildings and a church from the 15th century. Overnight in Kotor.

Day 12 Kotor – Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Day 12 Kotor – Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

From Montenegro, we will cross the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina and head towards the city of Mostar. We will, of course, visit the iconic Old Bridge also known as Stari Most, part of UNESCO world heritage and built in a typical Islamic architectural style in the 16th century. We will also wander through the Old Bazaar with its colourful streets and lively atmosphere. The city has stones with “Don’t Forget” all around the city, commemorating the city’s history. Mostar combines the old with the new, which you will notice while wandering through the streets. We will also visit the Blagaj monastery, a little bit outside of the city, on the foot of a cliff with beautiful blue waters in front of it. Overnight in Mostar.

Day 13 Mostar – Medjugorje
Day 13 Mostar – Medjugorje

From Mostar, we head towards the village of Medjugorje a holly destination visited by many pilgrims from different religions. The church of St. James is the symbol of this village, with its two towers and at the entrance the Statue of Our Lady. The name of the place, Medjurgorje, means "between mountains" and is located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will also visit the Via Domini, meaning “The Way of the Lord”. The Via Domini is a pathway existing out of mosaics that represent the story of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, illustrating the life of Jesus. Free afternoon in Mostar. Overnight in Mostar.

Day 14 Mostar – Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Day 14 Mostar – Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Our tour continues towards Dubrovnik in Croatia. Dubrovnik used to compete with Venice as a trading port, having huge strong city walls that were built between the 11th and 17th century. Nowadays the city is more famous for being the setting of Game of Thrones, more specifically the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, King’s Landing! This is said to be the world’s best-preserved medieval city, reason enough for it to be an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The city is also full of markets, bazaars, cafes, bars and restaurants creating a pleasant atmosphere. The city tour of Dubrovnik remarks the end of this amazing tour through the highlights of these 7 amazing Balkan Countries.

Included/Excluded

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for all overnights
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Hotel pick up in Athens
  • Hotel drop off in Dubrovnik
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Road taxes
  • Petrol
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • * Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.

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