Balkan Discoveries: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
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Dubrovnik, Budva, Berat, Ohrid & Tirana
Experience the wonders of the Balkans, beginning with Croatia and a stroll the walled city of Dubrovnik, see the Rector's Palace, and explore the Adriatic coastline. Across the border in Montenegro, enjoy the sun on Budva's beaches and see the fortified town of Kotor. Go on a pilgrimage to Macedonia's Sveti Naum monastery. The long-closed doors of Albania now opened up, where you can stroll the ancient streets of Berat, shop at Kruje's bazaar, and visit the capital of Tirana.
Day 1Arrive Dubrovnik
Upon your arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be escorted to your hotel.
After an orientation tour of the Old Town, spend the day relaxing from your travels.Hotel Bellevue - 2 Nights
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik. Take the recently reopened cable car to Srd Hill or relax on the green island of Lokrum.
In the evening, embark on a sunset cruise by private launch to the nearby fishing village of Cavtat, and savor a dinner of fresh local seafood.Hotel Bellevue (B, D)
Day 3To Budva
Cross the border into Montenegro to visit the Bay of Kotor and its namesake walled town. Ascend what is arguably the most spectacular road in the country to the village of Njegusi, famous for its air-dried ham and cheese. In the afternoon, continue to the Budva Riviera, home to picturesque Old Budva and adjacent spectacular beaches.Hotel Splendid - 1 Night (B)
Day 4To Berat
Today, head into neighboring Albania and head past Skoder with its impressive Rozafa Castle, and the seaside town of Durres to Berat. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area is home numerous 13th-century Byzantine churches as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era.Hotel Mangalemi - 1 Night (B)
Day 5To Lake Ohrid
Spend the morning exploring Berat with your local guide.
In the afternoon, travel east toward Elbasan and the Macedonian border, stopping en route to discover the remains of an ancient Ottoman fort. Cross the border and arrive in Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid, the largest and most beautiful of Macedonia's three lakes, and the deepest lake in the Balkans.Inex Gorica Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
On a leisurely walking tour of the old town of Ohrid, visit the National Museum, the churches of St. Sofia and St. Clement (where the first university in Europe was founded) and the Gallery of Icons, home to the largest collection of religious icons in the world.
This afternoon, take a pilgrimage to Sveti Naum, a Byzantine church and monastery perched high on a cliff overlooking the lake.Inex Gorica Hotel (B)
Day 7To Tirana
After arriving in Tirana, embark on a tour of Albania's capital. With your private guide, explore the National Museum, the lovely Et'hem Bey Mosque, and the iconic clock tower that overlooks the main square.Sheraton Towers - 2 Nights (B)
Take a morning trip to the hillside city of Kruje with its impressive fortress and bustling bazaar. Delve into the history of Albania at a museum celebrating its national hero, George Skanderbeg, who defended Albania from the Ottoman Empire.Sheraton Towers (B)
Day 9Depart Tirana
After breakfast today, you will meet your driver who will escort you to the airport and your onward flight.(B)