From Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania: small group tour of 3 countries in seven days

Departure Date

01 Jan - 31 Dec

Duration

7 days

Views

110

Maximum Seats

8

Epic journeys

Professional tour guide
Transport provided by the company
BB for six overnights
Entry tickets for the ''will be visited'' sites
Hotel pick up in Dubrovnik and hotel drop off in Athens
Tourist taxes
Road taxes

Visit 4 UNESCO sites, admire the view from Shkodra castle, walk through the Old Bazaar in Kruja and be amazed by the amazing mountain formations in Kalabaka on this 7-day tour from Dubrovnik to Athens. Every place is different from the other with its own charm and fascinating history. This small group tour (up to eight participants) brings you from Croatia to Greece, while passing two other countries on the way – all in just seven days! 

Tour Overview

Day 1

Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Budva (Montenegro) – Sveti Stefan - Shkodra (Albania)

Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Dubrovnik at 8:00 am. We will first drive towards Budva to make a short stop. Budva is 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. We will drive pass the beautiful riviera until we reach Sveti Stefan, a fishing town on a small island near the coast. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the island anymore as it has turned into a five-star resort, but even while standing on the coast, Sveti Stefan is a sight for sore eyes – worthy of a picture. From Sveti Stefan, we will continue our tour towards Albania. Our first destination in Albania is Shkodra. The city is situated in the north-western part of Albania, giving its name to the biggest lake in the Balkans. The oldest wall of the Shkodra castle dates from the 1st millennium BCE. The Roman historian Livy cited the town as the capital of the Illyrian king Gent, who fought the Romans in 168 B.C. Around 12:30, you will have some free time on all days of the tour to wander around by yourself and get a delicious lunch until 13:00. We will visit Rozafa castle offering tremendous scenery of the lake and the three rivers melting all together in the Adriatic Sea. The city’s architecture is highly influenced by the Venetian style. Most of the guests are surprised to learn that most of the Venetian masks are handmade and produced in Shkodra. The city’s favourable geographic position has always been an important trading tie through the centuries, making it possible for different civilisations to encounter. Overnight in Shkodra.
Day 2

Shkodra – Kruja – Tirana

Today we will head towards Kruja, a historical city symbol of the Albanian resistance against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire. 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. You will be surrounded by crafts and local products carefully designed by local artisans and housewives of the Kruja area. 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. Our next destination for today is Tirana. Colourful, lively, vibrant, dynamic, 24/7 and crazy nightlife - these are some of the words that better describe Tirana where the communist and capitalist-era buildings battle on a daily basis. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 3

Tirana – Berat

Our next destination is Berat, also known as the city of 1001 windows, part of UNESCO world heritage. Walking through the narrowed 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. Overnight in Berat.
Day 4

Berat – Gjirokastra

Our next destination is Gjirokastra, also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Every five years Gjirokastra becomes the capital of the Albanian folklore and traditional music, where passionate folklore ensembles gather in the “stone city” and perform their traditional music, dances and show off their costumes. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra, you will have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascades down in graceful hill crammed full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you will be amazed by the wide variety of handmade crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day 5

Gjirokastra – Kalabaka (Greece)

From Gjirokastra, we will head back towards Greece, more specifically the town of Kalabaka. Here we will bring a visit to Meteora, also part of UNESCO world heritage and constructed in the 14th – 15th century. The monasteries are built on top of the spectacular rock formations, creating a beautiful and impressive sight. The surrounding rocks are oddly shaped, which makes it a landscape that cannot be found anywhere else. The town also has lots to offer. Walking through the cobblestone lanes, surrounded by two of Meteora’s rock formations, is an experience in itself. We will visit the Church of Assumptions, dating back to the 11th century. Some marble stones in the church used to be part of an Ancient Greek temple. The local food is also delicious, with mushrooms as the main ingredient but also yoghurt, cheese and honey on the menu. Overnight in Kalabaka.
Day 6

Kalabaka – Thermopylae – Athens

We will return to Athens, where our tour began, but not before visiting Thermopylae. Thermopylae often gets skipped while visiting Greece, but it definitely deserves to be part of your tour! During the ancient times, many battles have been fought here at this mountain pass in the north of Greece. One of the greatest battles, and stories, is that of 300 Spartans defending the city of Thermpylae against a huge army of Persians. They held the pass for three days and only one of the Spartans survived who spread the story around. We will visit the Memorial of Leonidas and Sparta 300, commemorating the legend of these 300 Spartans, and the battlefield where it all took place. Our tour will continue towards Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 7

Athens

Today we will have 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. In Athens, our tour of three countries will come to an end in the late afternoon.

                Price: 1130 Euros/person

Will be visited:

  • Sveti Stefan
  • Shkodra castle (Kalaja e Rozafes)
  • The pedestrian street (Pedonale)
  • Venetian mask showroom in Shkodra
  • The Catholic Cathedral in Shkodra
  • The Great Mosque in Shkodra
  • Kruja castle
  • The Etnographic Museum OR Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
  • Dollmës Tekke in Kruja
  • Skanderbeg square in Tirana
  • Clock tower in Tirana
  • Bunk’Art in Tirana
  • Fortress of Berat
  • Mangalem neighbourhood and Gorica neighbourhood in Berat
  • “Ura e Gorrices” – Gorrica Bridge in Berat
  • The Onufri Museum OR Ethnographic Museum in Berat
  • Xhamia e Beqarit – Bachelor’s Mosque in Berat
  • The fortress in Gjirokastra (Kalaja e Gjirokastres)
  • Museum of Weapons in Gjirokastra
  • The old city of Gjirokastra
  • Medieval bazaar in Gjirokastra
  • Meteora in Kalabaka
  • Monasteries of Meteora
  • Church of Assumptions in Kalabaka
  • Battlefield of Thermopylae
  • Memorial of Leonidas and Sparta 300 in Thermopylae
  • The Acropolis in Athens
  • Parthenon in Athens
  • Agora-Athens Central Market
  • The Plaka neighborhood in Athens

Included in the price:

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for 6 overnights
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Hotel pick up in Dubrovnik
  • Hotel drop off in Athens
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Road taxes
  • Petrol

Not included:

  • 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.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement of 590 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded this full single supplement amount. 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 triple or quadruples room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.

* The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travellers and/or the tour guide (whom could be males or females).

* Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* 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.

* This tour can also be done under the same conditions with the inverse itinerary.

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

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

* Please note that transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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Tour NamePrice Per Adult (13-99)Price Per Child (9-12)Price Per Child (4-8)Price Per Infant (0-3)Available SeatsSeasonDuration
From Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania: small group tour of 3 countries in seven days1,130.00791.00565.000.00801 Jan ~ 31 Dec7 days

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