(Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Berat, Saranda, Tirana)
You’ll stand in awe of 3,000 years of Mediterranean history as the echoes of battles waged by history’s greatest empires are whispered among the 7th century B.C. ruins of the Antic City of Butrint.
This ancient city has witnessed the march of Venetian, Turkish, Roman and Greek armies and was an important fortified trading city of the ancient world. It’s a place that spans back to the origins of civilization, yet is by no means alone in the historically-rich Balkans region. You’ll take in the beautiful bay-side vistas of the 12th-century port of Kotor in stunning Montenegro; visit the Adriatic sea-side town of Budva that dates back to the Illyrian empire of the 5th century B.C.; view Sarajevo’s incredible pseudo-Moorish Town Hall and Austro-Hungarian architecture; witness the majestic confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers at Belgrade; browse the Old Turkish Market in Skopje; and discover the vast archeological site at Apollonia that dates back to 588 B.C.
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Enjoy a Meet & Greet upon your arrival in Ljubljana's airport before driving to Bled. The picture-postcard of the Alpine town of Bled was once the preferred choice of the Austro Hungarian Empire’s elite. Its many charms include a medieval castle, perched high on a rocky cliff, a scenic lake studded by a tiny wooded island, and the alpine splendour of the nearby Triglav National Park, a natural wonderland of glacial valleys, glittering peaks, Limestone canyons, ice-cold tarns, flowered meadows, Alpine forests, Pretty hamlets and cascading waterfalls. It is a tourist place, surrounded by the wreaths of the Julian Alps and Karavanke Mountains, placed in a dish shaped basin of a glacial lake, the warmest in Europe. Return to Ljubljana and check into your hotel. The tour includes a visit of Bled Castle and a pletna boat ride.
Hotel Cubo (4*) stands for originality, setting new standards and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. On the corner of Slovenska cesta road and Erjavceva street you can find a new confirmation of all three of the above qualities: contemporary design, exclusive materials, top quality suppliers, central location, friendly staff, modern furnishings.
Enjoy a visit of the most popular caves in Europe with a private vehicle and driver-guide. A visit to a cave such as Postojna deserves full attention due to the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics. Admire its unique Karst underground world of beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Continue on to Piran, a typical Mediterranean town designated by a lovely St. Georges Church and square, named after Piran’s most famous citizen - musician Giuseppe Tartini. The town is one large museum with the medieval architecture and rich culture heritage. Narrow streets and tight houses form a special charm of the town. Finish the tour with a visit to a seaside resort Portoroz before returning to Ljubljana.
This morning we will continue with a transfer from Ljubljana to Zagreb . En route you will visit Pleterje and Kostanjevica na Krka. The Pleterje Open Air Museum is an important monument of traditional Slovene architecture and the way of life in the 19th century. Here, craft skills, old customs and folk singing are presented periodically. Kostanjevica na Krka is the smallest Slovenian town situated on the island of the Krka river is a real treasure. The Castle - Kloster at the bottom of the Opatovac hill boasts with one of the most beautiful courtyards with arcades. After lunch (not included) you will continue to drive towards Zagreb where you will take a sightseeing tour of the city.
In the heart of one of Croatia’s most well-known cities, The Westin Zagreb Hotel (4*) is centrally located close to major historical and cultural attractions. The hotel’s beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites are sure to meet your needs, with the beautiful city views and Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed® for a restful night’s sleep. Relax in a robe and slippers, and then refresh in the oversized bathrooms. Explore Ben Josip Jelacic square and its surrounding area, or enjoy the close proximity to the business district. The hotel’s highly trained staff will make your stay more relaxing. Keep up with work from the business center or relax with a drink after a long day of business or leisure activities at Diana Bar.
Start your day with a drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park a complex of 16 lakes located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters that carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of nature. It is one of Croatia's top sights and the oldest National Park in Europe, deservedly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Eafter free time for lunch (not included) before continuing your drive to Split to check into your hotel.
Hotel Luxe (4*) is situated in the very centre of Split on one of its main streets. They are just steps away from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel’s ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. Within walking distance is the famous Diocletian Palace as well as the bus terminal, railway station, and the ferry. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city’s most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and its blue clear sea. Split’s wonderfully forested park, it's "green soul", Marjan Hill is also just a short stroll through the Varos section of the city that begins at the end of the waterfront Riva.
In the morning enjoy a sightseeing tour around Split. The town was developed around the palace, which was erected in the 4th century by the Roman Emperor, Diocletian. Split offers you its many charms; the pines of the Marjan forest in the Western part of the peninsula, the murmur of the sea and the sound of the Dalmatian song in the stone streets of the city. After your tour drive towards Dubrovnik with a stop for visiting Ston, known for its rugged natural beauty. The small town of Ston was a military fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls (from 14th century) are a notable feat of medieval architecture evident even today. The 41 towers, 7 bastions, and 2 forts make this one of the largest and most intriguing defensive structures in the world. Ston is also known for its salt works. The history of the salt works in Ston is over 4,000 years old. It is the oldest salt mine in Europe, and among the working ones, is the oldest in the world. Since those periods, and until today, the salt here is produced in the same manner - with the help of the sea, sun and the wind. Continue to Dubrovnik and check into your hotel.
Carved into a cliffside, the peaceful seclusion of the Hotel Bellevue (5*) makes you feel as if you’re on your own private island. From the moment you arrive, you are immersed in a world of luxury, elegance, and impeccable service. Situated on a 30m cliff above Miramare Bay, overlooking the majestic Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Bellevue’s unrivalled location differentiates it from other luxury hotels in Dubrovnik. Less than 1km from the historic city centre, it is also close to Dubrovnik’s key cultural and historical attractions. Each of their 91 rooms have fabulous views across Miramare Bay and beyond, with mile upon mile of deep blue sea stretching uninterrupted in front of you.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour around Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver-guide. Dubrovnik is rich in cultural and historical monuments. The most recognizable feature which defines the History of Dubrovnik and gives it its characteristic are its intact city walls which run uninterrupted for 1940 meters encircling the city. This complex structure is the main attraction for the city's visitors. This is a tour which will show you the finest sites of the Old Walled City and will reveal why Dubrovnik is often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Your guide will lead you through the streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other splendid buildings such as Onofrio's Fountain, St. Blaise's Church, Sponza Palace will be viewed along the way. You will be able to visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's oldest pharmacy, the Cathedral with its famous Treasury and the Rector's Palace which once used to be the seat of the government in the Dubrovnik Republic.
Enjoy a private transfer to Kotor with a stop in Perast. One of the principal attractions on the Bay of Kotor is the ancient village of Perast, rich in Venice-like architecture which includes sixteen Baroque places, seventeen Catholic churches, several important Orthodox structures and a series of nine defensive towers, all set in stone and seemingly untouched by the scourge of modern-day tourism. Check into your hotel.
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 will refresh and inspire you. Each room is a different experience of its own and it may be difficult task to pick a favorite. Hotel Astoria offers a variety of dining options. With the "a la carte" restaurant serving national and international cuisine, fine dishes and fresh seafood, there is something to satisfy every craving.
Enjoy a full day tour to Budva and Sveti Stefan from Kotor with your private vehicle and driver-guide. Budva is Montenegro’s main tourist centre. The secret of the city’s popularity rests mainly on its beautiful, mostly sandy coastline, diverse nightlife and examples of Mediterranean architecture. In addition to the splendid beaches of the “Budva Riviera”, the city also possesses a tiny, but beautiful, historic centre. Surrounded by a wall, the historic centre is located on a small peninsula which extends as a harbour-side promenade. At the foot of the Lovcen Mountain ridge, in one of the most exotic encounters of land and sea, stands the unique island of Sveti Stefan. It is the former fishing village situated on a peninsula that became a hotel- town 50 years ago. As legend has it, a fort was built on the island in 1442 when it was first settled. A wall was built around the fortification in order to provide protection for families from surrounding places before the Turkish and pirate’s invasion. Return to Kotor when tour concludes.
Meet your driver-guide in the morning for the journey to Sarajevo with a short visit to Mostar, the biggest and the most important city in the Herzegovina region in the republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar was named after "the bridge keepers" who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the river. The bridge was ruined during the war and then rebuilt in 2004. Today it is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Together with the Old town became a listed UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The Old Town with its towers, oriental shops, and restaurants, which are specialized in aromatic cooking, take you back for many centuries. Traces of ‘old’ times are imprinted in the market, the mosques, Herzegovina’s museum and in the typical Turkish houses, a few of which have been kept in original style. The city excels in the spheres of art, cuisine, music, theatre, museums, and literature. Continue to Sarajevo, one of the most historically interesting cities in Europe. It is the place where the Western & Eastern Roman Empire split. It has been an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural integration. Today, Sarajevo is a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist that is a delight to visit. After the tour check into your hotel.
Located in the heart of Sarajevo the Hotel Hecco Deluxe (4*) is located in the city’s most popular part, in walking distance from the business and cultural center. The building is in one of the few high-rises in Sarajevo and is of great importance in regards to cultural and historical heritage. For this reason it is protected by the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments. The windows and balconies as well as the restaurant and its gallery provide guests with panoramic views of Sarajevo.
Enjoy a full day city tour of Sarajevo with private vehicle and driver-guide. Sarajevo has a rich and fascinating culture, which has been home to muslims, Croatians, Turks, Jews and Serbs. A city with many diversities which shows unique link between East-West. You will visit the Botanical Garden of the National Museum of B&H, placed in the central part of the city. It is the only monument of this kind in Sarajevo. Visit 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) represents the most beautiful and the most representative building from Austro-Hungarian period, built in pseudo-Moorish style. After the tour concludes you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Hotel Townhouse 27 (4*) is an exclusive boutique hotel, situated on a quiet street in the old city center just a few steps away from the pedestrian and shopping zone of Knez Mihailova street, the Republic Square, Kalemegdan fortress and the rivers Sava and Danube. Built in 1929 the hotel has been completely reconstructed and renovated. Warm colours, sumptuous custom-made furnishings, a touch of glass, exposed brick and carefully chosen photographs, art objects and sculptures, create an atmosphere of comfort, intimacy, and trendy elegance. The property features 20 luxurious accommodations with en-suite bathrooms. The café-restaurant and bar located on the ground floor of the hotel are the perfect place to break from the bustling city.
Meet your driver-guide for a private transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade. The scenic journey takes approximately 4.5 hours. Your driver-guide will bring you to your hotel in Belgrade.
After lunch (not included) enjoy a tour of Belgrade City. The Capital and "soul" of modern Serbia. Because of its strategic position by the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, where the Panonian Plain meets the Balkans, the city has battled over in 155 wars and was altogether destroyed 44 times. Consequently, during its lively history it was inhabited by celts, Romans, Slavs and then has been in possession of Byzantine, Frankish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Ottoman and Serbian rulers. Today it is a modern city of about 2 million inhabitants. in Belgrade a visitor can find not only important museums, cultural and historic monuments, but also a rich program of cultural, artistic and sports events.
Meet your driver-guide for a private transfer to Ohrid. Stop in Skopje for a short visit of the city. In its 2,500 years of existence, Macedonia’s welcoming capital city has had many different embodiments. All of them – from Roman to Byzantine, from Ottoman to Yugoslav – have left permanent traces on the city as is evidenced by Skopje’s varied architecture and its mix of cultures. Yet in addition to its strong historical associations, Skopje is a forward-looking city offering an abundance of modern amenities and attractions. Here one can find sleek modern hotels above the cobblestoned Ottoman streets, outstanding neoclassical homes right around the corner from grand old Yugoslav-era buildings, red-bricked Byzantine churches and rounded Turkish mosques, chic cafés, shopping malls and brightly-colored new offices Continue to Ohrid and check into hotel.
Lake Villa Germanoff (5*) is a small luxury accommodation facility, located on the wonderful lake shore near the cathedral church St and Sofia and Zona Garden beach in the old town. There are two apartments with 4 beds each that have wonderful views of the lake. Villa Germanoff has a central heating system, air-condition, Cable TV, mini-bar, parking under camera surveillance, laundry and shuttle service.
After breakfast your driver-guide will take you on a city tour of Ohrid. The city of Ohrid is the sublime lakeside point that for many, represents the culmination of the Macedonian experience. Ohrid’s major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and eminently walkable area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafés perfectly suited for relaxing in the cool summer evenings. A full range of water sports, fishing and boating is available, and numerous churches alongside Ohrid’s lake shores make for fascinating side trips and walks. The wooded ridge above the lake’s eastern shore is largely taken up by the National Park of Galichica, an unspoiled wilderness ideally suitable for nature enthusiasts. The uniqueness of Lake Ohrid and the city’s historical architecture has been attested by UNESCO. Enjoy a visit of The Monastery of Saint Naum, an Eastern Orthodox monastery, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it. He is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church and was buried in the Church at the Monastery. The monastery is located only 1km from the Albanian border and sits on the Southern shores of Lake Ohrid. Return to your hotel.
A transfer from Ohrid to Berat with a private vehicle and driver-guide is provided. After checking into your hotel enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city followed by free time. Berat is a well-preserved Ottoman city (perhaps the best in the Balkans) with a lively lower town and a beautiful medieval citadel district on top of the hill. The town is also renowned for its scenic beauty and as the "Town of a Thousand Windows", due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town. It is unclear whether it really means "Thousand" or "One over Another" windows. Indeed, the quarter is built in a very steep place and windows seem to be one over another. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Hotel Tomori (3*) is located in the city centre of Berat. The property features many typical characteristics of communist architecture and is surrounded by big palm trees providing cool shade on hot summer days. Built in 1975, the hotel has 30 years experience of service and tradition. The rooms, the reception area, the bar and restaurant have been renovated in recent years. The terrace on the top floor offers spectacular views of the city, in particular the old Mangalemi and Gorica districts. Albanian traditional specialties and oriental dishes are served in the restaurant.
Enjoy a private transfer to Saranda with a short visit in Appolonia and a stop in Vlora. Appolonia was an ancient Greek city in Illyria, located on the right bank of the Aous river. Its ruins are situated in the Fier region, near the village of Pojani, in modern-day Albania. Vlora is one of the biggest and oldest towns and the second largest port city of Albania, after Durres. The city was the capital of Albania for a short period of time. It is situated on the Bay of Vlora, an inlet on the Adriatic Sea, almost surrounded by mountains. Continue the drive to Saranda, the ancient, charming fishing village and a popular tourist resort. With its excellent climate and stunning locations overlooking the Ioanian Sea it is definitely one of the loveliest settings in Albania. Check into your hotel.
Saranda Bougainville Bay Apartments (5*) feature a private beach area and an outdoor pool with free sun loungers and parasols, the newly built Bougainville Bay offers elegantly decorated and air-conditioned apartments with free Wi-Fi and an LCD satellite TV. Each apartment has a terrace and a private garden. The beach bar serves various drinks and cocktails, as well as pizzas and other snacks. There is a bus stop on the main road, just 25 metres from the entrance to the resort. You can admire views from the Lekursi Castle on top of the mountain in Sarandë, or visit the 7 historic churches nearby. UNESCO-protected Butrint is a 20-minute bus ride away.
After breakfast you are off to visit Saranda for a day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the ruins of Butrint. The ancient Buthrotum, a port from Hellenistic to Ottoman times, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in south- west Albania. Situated on the Straits of Corfu, and surrounded by a picturesque lagoon, it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Adriatic Sea region. Following twelve years of archaeological excavations and major investment in site management, the site and its museum make it an exceptionally attractive place to visit. Walking through the ruins of Butrint, it is hard to imagine the different forms the town has taken, and the differing fortunes of its inhabitants through the generations. Return to your hotel in Saranda.
Enjoy a private transfer from Saranda to Tirana with a stop in Gjirokaster for a visit. Situated in southern Albania, Gjirokaster perches on the steep side of the Drino valley overlooking a historic landscape framed by snow-capped mountains. This "city of a thousand steps" compromises hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone walls. A walk around the network of cobbled streets that climb steeply out of the bazaar will transport you back in time. A visit to the vast 13th-century castle brings the adventurous tales of medieval rulers and communist atrocities alive. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster is one of the few Ottoman merchant towns still surviving in the Balkans. Continue to Tirana and check into the hotel.
In the best possible position, in the most beautiful boulevard in Tirana and surrounded by a marvelous nature. The unique Mediterranean garden in Rogner Hotel Tirana is wonderful in its magnificence and invites for walking and relaxation with a concluding cappuccino in the Bar terrace.For all sports enthusiasts there is a tennis court that may be used throughout the year and a putting green.The swimming pool tempts you to a refreshing jump with a final visit in the Bubbles Pool Bar.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
February 19, 2014
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