Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Berat, Saranda, Tirana)
Undertake a journey through the heart, heritage, culture and traditions of five unique and breathtaking countries of Western & Central Balkans. Come, feel and explore these diverse regions which are all part of the Balkan fabric. Starting off with the jewel of Croatia and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail. Your next stop will be Budva, the "Montenegrin Miami" with beaches and vibrant nightlife before you will be heading to Sarajevo, a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist that is a delight to visit. Your next destination is Belgrade. With its turbulent past and outside influence has colored much of the cities evolution, which is evident in its culture and architecture. Often caught between the hammer and anvil of clashing empires, the city has taken on a unique character. As your journey continues see what few people have seen, an untouched coastline, hidden valleys, and rugged mountains. Ohrid will give you a hearty welcome and a glimpse of the beauty of Macedonia. Your journey will end in Albania where you are able to explore the magnificent Saranda and the capital Tirana a charming city with a lively night life.
Take a private airport transfer with an English speaking driver in Dubrovnik.
The Bellevue Hotel (4*) sits on a living rock 30 meters above the Miramare bay and just walking distance from the Dubrovnik Old Town; a haven for people seeking a true getaway. This modern five-storey property is situated in spectacular location just 800 meters from the city center, historical monuments, museums, churches, monasteries, art galleries, shops and boutiques. The hotel’s interior is defined by a chic-art concept, organic materials and a fresh Mediterranean feel. Beautiful panoramic views of the sea, as well as the use of traditional arts and artisans and renowned Croatian artists create a unique and tranquil ambience. Experience a treat for all senses, a world of discrete luxury, natural details and elegance, and magnificent panoramic sea views at the Bellevue Hotel.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Dubrovnik and transferred to Kotor. Kotor is located in one of the most beautiful bays in Montenegro. It is a city of traders and sailors dating from 12th Century. Charming squares are criss-crossed by narrow streets packed full of ancient churches including the Cathedral of St Tryphon. The famous city walls extend over 4km and are topped by the fortress of Saint Ivan. Visit the former palace of King Nikola, now Montenegro’s National Museum, whose lovely medieval walled city has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Hotel Astoria (4*) enjoys a charming location in the main street of the Old town of Kotor, on the square of Flour enclosed by the towns largest and most significant squares of St. Tryphon and Arms. With uniquely designed rooms and suites, staying at the Astoria gives you new memories to cherish each and every time. Each room is a different experience of its own and we assure you that you won't be able to pick your favorite. Every detail combines style and quality – bathrooms of fine marble, individually selected artwork and luxurious fabrics that demand to be touched. Hotel Astoria offers a variety of dining options. With "a la carte" restaurant featuring international and national cuisine, fine dishes and fresh seafood, there is something to satisfy every craving.
After breakfast, continue to Budva. Take a guided tour of some of the city’s key sights, including the Sveti Ivan fortress. It is a modern town at the very edge of the Adriatic seashore - has a rich historic past. Ancient history goes back to the 5th century BC Illyrians times. According to numerous legends, Budva was the first town of the Illyrians (Albanians’ predecessors). Today Budva is the metropolis of the Montenegrin tourism, due to the numerous beaches that attract the tourists with their beauty. Apart from the natural beauty of the coves, islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments as well. The old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of the cultural heritage. Budva is intersected with numerous streets and squares, with important buildings that we are going to visit: Old City, Sveti Trojica Churc, Stanjevici Monastery, Ethnologic Museum. After the tour concludes you will have time for lunch (not included) and then return to Kotor to your hotel.
In the morning, you will continue to Sarajevo via Mostar where you will stop for a visit. Mostar was once one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in former Yugoslavia until the events of the Bosnian War overtook the city. The famous bridge held out during the nine month siege, being seen as a symbol of resistance to not only the inhabitants but also to the whole of the Bosnian Serbs. The sight of its final destruction struck a chord with every onlooker. Now, proudly rebuilt, it has helped the city regain its rightful position as a justifiable attraction – from both inland visitors and also for the cruise ships which stop at Dubrovnik on the nearby Croatian coast. Divers still leap daily into the depths below and the streets leading up to the single arch are packed with intriguing shops and lively cafes. The atmosphere here is relaxed, friendly and vibrant although it is not hard to wander off the main drag and stumble across war-torn buildings and crumbling ruins of once proud mansions. A constant reminder of the country's troubled past. You can walk across the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), recently reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish style souvenirs. Enjoy lunch and later drive to Sarajevo to your hotel.
Hotel Hecco Deluxe (4*) is located in the very city center of Sarajevo. It’s placed on top four floors of the only sky rise which is located on main walking area. Building by its self has special cultural and historical heritage and it’s under the protection of Institute for protection cultural monuments. From windows and balconies of rooms, as from restaurant and its gallery you will find unforgettable view on Sarajevo and as soon as you step out of hotel you will find yourself in walking area which is the most popular part of Sarajevo.
Sarajevo has a reach and fascinating culture, which has been home to muslims, Croatians, Turks, Jews and Serbs. City with many diversities which shows unique link between East-West. We visit National Museum complex Botanical Garden of the National Museum of B&H placed in the central part of the city and makes a component of the National Museum complex. It is the only monument of this kind in Sarajevo. The Emperor's Mosque, the basilica and the Mosque of Gazi Husref-bey's covered market building (Gazi Husrefbegov bezistan). The Town Hall (Gradska vijeænica) It represents the most beautiful and the most representative building from Austro-Hungarian period, built in pseudo-Moorish style. Visit at the War Tunnel Museum (Tunnel of Hope). After the tour concludes return to hotel.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Belgrade. The journey will take you through amazing scenery. After arrival you will check-in at the hotel.
Tonight you will enjoy a traditional dinner at Teatroteka restaurant, located in historical background of two old houses, now Theater museum and Museum of Vuk and Dositej. After dinner return to hotel.
Hotel Townhouse 27 (4*) is located a few steps away from the historical quarter of Kosancicev venac, pedestrian and shopping zone of Knez Mihailova street, Kalemegdan fortress, and rivers Sava and Danube. Soothing colour palette, sumptuous custom-made furnishings, a touch of glass and exposed brick, as well as photographs, art objects and sculptures, create an atmosphere of comfort, intimacy, and trendy elegance. Every guest room has a direct phone line, high-speed internet, and Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV, allowing you to stay in touch with everything that is important to you. The hotel has 6 floors and a panoramic elevator, 20 luxurious accommodations with en-suite bathrooms. Café and Bar are located on the ground floor of the hotel with a view of the bustling city.
The tour begins with a visit to the Belgrade Fortress, built on the high ground it is overlooking the confluence of two rivers: the Danub and Sava. The Fortress has a splendid view over New Belgrade, Zemun and Panonian Plain. It is skirted by the old Serbian quarter of Belgrade Kosancic Crescent with its cobbled road and painter's studies. and many elegant old houses worth visiting. They include the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral built in 1837 (dedicated to Archangel Michael) and Patriarchate (the Church's seat of power). Nearby is Princess Ljubica's House, and then a visit at Belgrade's oldest cafe known simply as "Strahinjica Bana". From there the city spans out in all directions: the pedestrian precinct of Prince Mihailo street, central Republic Square dominated by a massive statue of Princ Mihailo on horseback, the National Museum and National Theatre on the same square with many popular cafes and restaurants around. From Prince Mihailova Street where the atmosphere of the old times is combined with the glamour of modern shops, a straight line leads into Terazije square at the very center of the town dominated by hotel Moskva, a fine example of Belle Époque architecture and Terazije Fountain, and then follows the old Palace, now home of the City Assembly, and the New Palace, now the office of the President of Serbia. Nearby is the monument of the Nobel Prize winner - Ivo Andric. The street ends in Vracar Square with the Church of St Sava Temple of St Sava one of the biggest orthodox temples. return to hotel.
Arrive in Skopje and take a short city tour in Macedonia’s capital. This city offers everything, from the ancient monuments with historical and cultural values to the modern life which is a characteristic of the metropolis. Explore the Old Turkish Market, one of the biggest and oldest in Europe, Hamam of Davud Pasha the biggest in the region, the National Museum of Art and the National Theatre reconstructed over the ruins of the old one which was destroyed by the earthquake that dispersed the city in 1963, that Kale’s Fortes built in XVI. Visit Sveti Spas Church of 1867. In the afternoon you will continue to Ohrid.
Villa St. Sofija (4*) is a hotel built in the year 2000, and is famous in Ohrid. It has magnificent position in the middle of old city near the lake and the church Sv. Sofija. All the rooms are tastefully furnished and have every modern amenity: air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, telephone, multi channel radio, safe, private bathrooms with bath or shower and hair dryer. The hotel also offers two dining rooms, a bar with spacious terrace, reading rooms. During the summer season the Hotel's clients are able to enjoy the magnificent Ohrid Lake beach, famous for its crystal clear water of the lake. The hotel offer deck chairs and umbrellas for a period of complete relaxtion for its guests.
After breakfast, we visit Ohrid. This city, which lies along the amazing coast of Ohrid Lake, covers the most attractive part of Macedonia and is one of ancient locality in Europe. Concerning the historical and cultural values Ohrid is protected from UNESCO and it is called a museum – city also. After arrival in Ohrid, we have a city tour to explore: Shen Sofia church, Orthodox Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre long the ancient Egnatia Street, Czar Samuel Castle and the Museum nearby. Afternoon we continue to Sveti Naum. Visit to St. Naum Monastery. Return to hotel.
The tour continues as you travel Berat. Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. 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, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. Berat is one of the most important Museum Town of Albania, UNESCO Heritage, and sometimes called 'the city of a thousand windows' for the many windows in its red-roofed houses. The visit of Berat includes the fortress and Chapel of St Marina of Blachemae along the ridge above the gorge. Return to hotel.
Enjoy dinner at local restaurant.
Hotel Tomorri (3*) is located in the city centre of Berat. The architecture is typical of communist style and the building is surrounded by big palm trees. Built in 1975, the hotel has 30 years experience of service and tradition and can make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable, as you wish. The rooms have been upgraded in recent years while in the summer of 2006 it finished upgrading the reception area, bar and restaurant. The view from the terrace on the top floor overlooking the old Mangalemi & Gorica districts is spectacular. There are 7 rooms, among which 4 are twins and 3 double. Each room is equipped with the necessary facilities like: bathroom, shower, air-conditioning, central heating, TV and mini bar. In the hotel you will find a bar, a restaurant, a conference room of 30 seats, internet and parking.
After breakfast, the tour continues to Saranda with a short visit to Apollonia. This archeological site was founded in 588 BC and taken by Aristotle as a model in his analysis of oligarchy, because of its distinct and separate Greek and Illyrian communities. It was a vital stronghold in Caesar's civil war with Pompey and also important in early Christian history with its bishop attending the councils of Ephesus and Chlalkis in 431 and 451 AD. You will visit its museum, Shen Meri Monastery and Church. Continue to Saranda by passing through Llogara Pass where can be see a great view of Ionian Sea and Albanian Riviera.
Vila Duraku Hotel (4*) located in the centre of Saranda. The modern architecture has preserved the characteristics of this part of the Mediterranean offering an elegant temple shaped, lower floor, light colored. The interior of this boutique style hotel complement the outside with spacious corridors paved in marble and with elegant and airy rooms offering high standard amenities. The restaurant follows the open space concept with fully transparent glass panels overlooking the stylish swimming pool situated among vegetation in the back yard of the villa.
After breakfast, visit to ruins Antic City of Butrint, Albania's most important archaeological site. Butrint dates from the 7th century BC, later becoming a Roman colony, then falling under the sway of the Venetians and Turks. Virgil claimed that the Trojans settled Butrint, but no evidence of this has been found. Within a century of the Greeks arriving, Butrint had become a fortified trading city with its own acropolis, the ruins of which we can still visit. The rediscovered city is a microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history, and its 6th century BC fortification evokes the city's military power and symbolizes the rich culture of the once thriving ancient city. You will explore the amphitheatre, Venetian tower, mosaic, lion gate, etc. This will be followed by lunch in Ksamil with a great view of 3 islands.
Start your day by driving to Gjirokastra where you will visit the pre-Ottoman citadel with a Weapons Museum and former political prison. After a stroll around town, where many of the buildings retain their original architecture and construction on wood and stone work continue to drive to Tirana. Tirana is located on a plain on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital since 1920. After arrival check-in at your hotel.
Located within a shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of Tirana, they"re also in easy reach of the city's many embassies. The hotel has a total of 151 rooms, including 56 suites and two Towers floors. They are equipped with amenities such as voicemail, non-smoking room, deluxe bath amenities, rollaway beds, hairdryer, 24-hour room service, wake up service, room service, mini bar, desk, in-room movies, air-conditioned room, key card, data port, coffee maker, in-room safe, adjoining rooms, satellite & paid TV, laundry. There are a "Metropolitan Restaurantis" offering traditional and European food, a "Sheraton Plaza Food Court" where guests can enjoy intenational food, and a "Infinity Piano Bar and Lounge". Also, the hotel offers Sheraton Tirana Health club, Thai massage center, and imperial cinemas. Guests can go to a shopping and entertainment complex, the national art gallery, opera house, archaeological museum, great park of Tirana and zoo, and presidential palace.
Enjoy a full day tour to Kruja, a small charas town perched on a hill and famous for being the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottoman Turks under Albanian National Hero Scanderbeg. You will visit the Castle, Scanderbeg Museum, and a very rich Ethnographic Museum situated in an original house of a feudal family in the 17th century. This was home to an extensive self reliable family of 40 who were able to produce almost everything they needed within its walls. After the visits you will be taken through the Old Bazaar with hand crafted souvenirs and antiques. Enjoy a traditional Lunch in Kruja ( optional) afterwards depart for Durres one of the oldest and most important cities in Albania. The town was established under the name Epidamnus in the year 627 B.C. by Korintha and Korkyra colonists, on the area of an ancient settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Taulant. One of the causes of the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BC, it was later to become a very important staging post for the Roman Empire. You will visit the Amphitheatre, and the Archaeological museum, rich in artifacts found in the city and its suburbs. Return to Tirana.
Enjoy a farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the most up to date visa information.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport is required for travel to Croatia. A visa is not required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period. All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival as well as inform them of any change in their address. Registration of foreign visitors staying in hotels or accommodations rented through an accommodation company is done automatically by the hotelier or accommodation company.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Croatia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/croatia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Zagreb. Government: Republic. Independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991. Language: The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Also Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian are spoken. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German. Religion: Roman Catholic Croats (87.8% of the total population) and Eastern Orthodox Serbs (4.4%), as well as small communities of Protestants, Jews and Muslims. Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +385. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Macedonia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Montenegro for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Serbia for the most up to date visa information.
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