Escorted Tours 2022

TheGreat Balkan Tour K804 17 days - Athens, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Tirana, Tivat, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, Bled, Zagreb PLIVICE LAKES Day 1 - Monday: Arrive in Athens, Greece On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at a Welcome Taverna Dinner in the Plaka beside the Acropolis. (Dinner Included) Day 2 - Tuesday: Explore Athens See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amid reminders of a long and a glorious past: graceful temples, centuries – old monasteries and ornate Byzantine churches. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the Parthenon, said to be the most perfectly proportioned building of all time, Also, see the Erectheion with the Porch of the Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Wingless Victory. Below the Acropolis lies the Ancient Agora and the Theaters of Dionysus and Herodus Atticus. Your afternoon and evening are free. (Breakfast Included) Day 3 - Wednesday: Athens to Kalambaka <RXU ¿UVW VWRS WKLV PRUQLQJ LV 'HOSKL ZKHUH WKH IDPRXV Oracle once foretold the destiny of men. The temple of Apollo in which the Oracle functioned, was built in the 6th century B.C. In addition, visit the Sacred Way, the Stadium and the Castilian Fountain, where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the Oracle. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, ZKLFK FRQWDLQV DQ LPSUHVVLYH FROOHFWLRQ RI ¿QGV IURP the site, including the beautiful “Bronze Charioteer”, before continuing to Kalambaka. (Breakfast & Dinner Included) Day 4 - Thursday: Kalambaka to Ohrid, The Republic of Macedonia After breakfast, admire the fantastic landscapes of Meteora, known as “the rocks that fell from the sky”, where monks built their rock – top monasteries far away from civilization. Out of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit’s cells, only four are now active. The most important is Megalo of Great Meteoro, of peculiar architecture with its tall and intricate dome, twelve VLGHV DQG ¿QH IUHVFRHV &RQWLQXH DFURVV WKH ERUGHU ZLWK the Republic of North Macedonia, and on to Ohrid. (Breakfast & Dinner Included) Itinerary Day 5 - Friday: Ohrid to Tirana, Albania The lakeside resort of Ohrid is an important cultural and VSLULWXDO FHQWHU FODVVL¿HG DV 81(6&2¶V :RUOG +HULWDJH site. Start morning sightseeing with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of 6W 6R¿D FRQWDLQLQJ VRPH PDJQL¿FHQW IUHVFRHV IURP WKH 10th century. In the early afternoon, travel to Tirana, the capital city of Albania. (Breakfast & Dinner Included) Day 6 - Saturday: Explore Tirana On a Morning sightseeing tour, see Sheshi Skenderbej (Skanderbeg Square) the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance, and the National History Museum with a mosaic on its façade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or simply just relax. (Breakfast Included) Day 7 - Sunday: Tivat, Montenegro After breakfast we leave Tirana towards town of Shkodra, nowadays a major cultural center. Shkodra was the center of the Illyrian tribe Labeat and was taken by the Romans in the year 168 B.C. We will see of the Rozafa Castle, PDJQL¿FHQWO\ VLWXDWHG RQ D URFN\ RXWFURS RI OLPHVWRQH KLJK abovethecity,beforewecrosstheborder toMontenegroanddrive to Tivat. Dinner upon arrival. (Breakfast & Dinner Included) Day 8 - Monday: Tivat to Dubrovnik, Croatia After breakfast, our journey takes us to Dubrovnik. On the way \RX ZLOO VHH .RWRU %D\ WKH RQO\ 6RXWK (XURSHDQ ¿RUG DQG ZH stop for orientation tour of old town Kotor, a UNESCO heritage Site. Continue to Dubrovnik. (Breakfast & Dinner Included) Day 9 - Tuesday: Dubrovnik After the breakfast, walking tour of Old Dubrovnik visit the Rector’s Palace, and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, see Dominican Monastery, and with the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. (Breakfast Included). Optional Excursion: Home hosted Dubelj with dinner. Day 10 - Wednesday: Split, Croatia Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past ROG ¿VKLQJ YLOODJHV DQG QHZ UHVRUWV WR WKH FLW\ RI 6SOLW (Breakfast & Lunch Included) 1 5