Balkan Discoveries: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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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)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Area: 11,100 sq. miles
Official Language: Albanian
What To See: The capital, Tirana, has several interesting museums, a great diversity of architectural styles and a vibrant cultural scene. Once home to former Albanian leader Enver Hoxha, the hill city of Gjirokastra has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Albania’s most southerly city, Saranda offers beautiful beaches and an idyllic setting on the sea. Don’t forget to check out the nearby Greco-Roman ruins at Butrint. Vlora, located in southwestern Albania where the Adriatic and Ionian meet, has a real southern Mediterranean feel to it. One of the country’s oldest port cities, Durresi lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic sea.
Balkan Discoveries: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia
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