CLASSICAL GREECE & THE GREATEST BALKAN TOUR

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CLASSICAL GREECE & THE GREATEST BALKAN TOUR

GREECE – ALBANIA – MONENEGRO – CROATIA- BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA- SERBIA – HUNGARY

14 Days – Avio/Bus
Autumn 2016

Day 1.Athens

Picking up the group at the airport and accommodation in the hotel.Going to Athens sightseeing.(Athens – cradle of democracy and birthplace of philosophy. How much of ourselves we can trace back to ancient Greece is truly remarkable, but when visiting this magnificent city, its history is not the first thing you meet. That Athens is rife with history is an adjunct, a secondary to the plain fact that Greece is one of the most visually stunning countries to ever nestle against the pellucid blue of the Mediterranean).National Historical Museum Athens.Time for lunch.Monastiraki. Roman Agora. Ancient Agora. Temple of Hephaestus. (This Greek temple on KolonosAgoraios hill overlooks the Agora in Athens. It was constructed in 449BC predating the construction of the Parthenon by 2 years). Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.greece_main_pic

Day 2. Athens

Breakfast. Going to Athens sightseeing. Akropolis.Parthenon. (The Parthenon is the main ancient structure on the Acropolis, a hill in the center of Athens. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the symbol of Athens and the most famous of the surviving structures from the world of ancient Greece).Plaka. Theater of Dionysos..Hadrians Arch. Temple of Olympian. (The remains of this massive temple stand southeast of the Acropolis. The temple of Zeus Olympios was the largest in ancient Greece).Free time for lunch.Akropolis Museum. Return to the hotel. Supper in the restaurant with traditional Greek food and music. Overnight.

Day 3.Athens – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nauplia (214km.)

Breakfast. Set off from Athens in the morning and head along the mainland coast to Corinth Canal. Linking the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth, the canal is steep-sided and narrow, making it a favorite spot for thrill-seeking bungee jumpers. After stopping to see this impressive canal, your tour continues to the seaside town of Nauplia for a walk, and then continue to Mycenae. Learn about the Classical Greece era, hearing tales of the period’s strong influence on the Roman Empire. Here, enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the archaeological site of Epidaurus.the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios (the shrine to the Greek god of medicine) and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Enjoy your evening in Nauplia at leisure after dinner in your hotel.

mycenae

Day 4.Nauplia – Olympia – Antirion – Delphi (440km.)

After breakfast visit the Archeological Site of Olympia. Home to the Atlis (Sanctuary of the Gods), the site was a mecca for ancient Greeks who came here to worship Zeus. See incredible ruins like the Stadium of Olympia, where the country’s ancient Olympic Games were held.Lunch.In the afternoon, drive to Antirion, passing the towns of Patras. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge – considered a landmark of 21st-century Greece – and then sightsee independently in Antirion and the nearby town of Nafpaktos. Finish your day with a relaxing meal at your hotel in Delphi.

Stitched Panorama

Day 5. Delphi – Kalambakka (246km.)

Breakfast. Rise early to explore Delphi – one of the most important archeological digs in Europe. As you walk around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide, see monuments like the Sanctuary of Athena. Head inside the Delphi Archeological Museum and encounter numerous artifacts and relics that date back to 15th century BC. Watch out for the Charioteer of Delphi and the intriguing Sphinx of Naxos. Enjoy a break for lunch in town and then relax on your afternoon journey through central Greece. Gaze out of your window as you cross the Thessalian plains, passing the pretty towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala, and then arrive at your Kalambaka hotel in the early evening. After checking in you can explore town on your own, and finally relax over dinner in your hotel.

Day 6.Kalambakka – Meteora – Butrint – Saranda (235km.)

Breakfast. Leave your hotel to visit the rock towers of Meteora – incredible sandstone peaks topped with 11th-century monasteries. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to more than 20 rock monasteries, either perched precariously on top of Meteora’s towering sandstone cliffs or built into the cliffs themselves inside naturally formed caves.With your guide, make your way up the walking trails to visit these monasteries, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views from the top. After spending the morning exploring Meteora, journey to Albania.On the way stop for lunchin the picturesque city of Ioannina. After border control, visit archeological site Butrint, 15 km from Saranda. Accommodation in hotel in Saranda.Dinner in the restaurant with traditional Albanian food, dance and music. Overnight.

meteori

Day 7.Saranda – Gjirokastra – Berat – Durres (325km.)

Breakfast.Leave your hotel to visitGjirokastraUNESCO World heritage site. Visit Berat, known as the “City of 1,000 windows” and “City Museum”, whose settlement Mangalem is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Lunch at the traditional restaurant in Berat.Tour of the fortress among whose walls there is a large number of medieval Orthodox churches. Tour continues to the seaside town of Durres. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 8.Durres – Tirana – Kruje – Budva (210km.)

Breakfast.Short city tour of Durres, a city founded in the year of 627. Tour of the Roman amphitheater from 2nd century which was discovered only in 1966, largest in the Balkans, the Venetian towers and the port of Durres. Continue to visit Tirana and a tour of the capital of Albania: EthemBey Mosque, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Cathedral, Skanderbeg Square … The journey continues to Kruja, the first capital of the autonomous Albanian state in the Middle Ages, which has become widely known for the father of the Albanian nation, GjergjKastriot Skanderbeg. Visit the fortress and the Skanderbeg museum which leads to the old bazaar full of shops with beautiful handcrafts. Lunch at a restaurant in Kruja.Travel towards Montenegro, and Budva. Accommodation in hotel in Budva.Dinner and overnight.

kruja

Day 9.Budva – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Trebinje (150km.)

Breakfast.Short tour of the Old Town of Budva and departure for Kotor (on the list of UNESCO).Upon arrival exploring the beauties of this town of Boka Bay: a tour of the old town, the city tower, the Pillar Cathedral Tripun, the walls of the church of St. John, the palace Byzantines, Pima Palace, Square Weapons.Lunch on the way to Dubrovnik, unique in the world due to its impressive medieval fortresses, churches, convents and palaces and is often called a pearl of the Adriatic. Sightseeing Dubrovnik: The Sponza Palace, Orlando Column, Fort Lovrenac, walking along Stradun (Placa Street). After free time in Dubrovnik, travel to Trebinje. Accommodation in hotel.Dinner and overnight.

Day 10.Trebinje – Pocitelj – Mostar – Sarajevo (270km.)

Breakfast. A brief tour of Trebinje: Arslanagicabridge, built in the 16th century out of stone, Trebisnjica, Clock Tower, “the Poet Square” where are the plane trees over 100 years old, which is the symbol of the city. Departure for Počitelj – a historic settlement in the oriental-Mediterranean style, town-fortress dating back to the middle ages. It is situated along the left bank, in the valley of river Neretva in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This picturesque small town is one of the most beautiful cultural-historical sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Travel to Mostar(on the list of UNESCO) and city tour: the Old Bridge, The Halabia Tower, The Hercegusa Tower, The Sahat Kula (The Clock Tower) the KrivaCuprija (The Crooked Bridge), – one of the oldest preserved monuments from the Ottoman period, built before 1558, Coppersmith’s street – old Mostar’s “carsija” (“çarşı” in Turkish means “bazaar” or “market”) located on the left side of the Neretva river with its workshops and souvenir shops. Free time for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue travelling to Sarajevo. Accommodation in hotel.Dinner in Bascarsija (Turkish word for the main market place).Back to hotel. Overnight.

mostar-custom

Day 11.Sarajevo – Visegrad – Mokra Gora – Sargan – Zlatibor (180km.)

Breakfast. Sightseeing Sarajevo – Olympic city is surrounded by steep mountains: Bjelasnica, Igman, Jahorina, Ozren, Romania, Treskavica and Trebevic. Sarajevo is often called the “Jerusalem of Europe” because of its traditional and religious diversity. Visit the old town: Bascarsija, the Cathedral, old Orthodox church with museum of icons, old mosque and turkish house …unique edifices of Ottoman urban architecture, numerous mosques, kujundziluk (Coppersmith’s street)… Departure to Visegrad and visit old bridge, famous “Bridge over the Drina river” and monument to Ivo Andric, Andric’s town, erected by famous film director Emir Kusturica and the Government of the Republic of Srpskain honour of the Nobel Prize Winner.Travel to Mokra Gora nature park. Tour of the famous tracks “Šargan Eight” and Drvengrad – Mecavnik – built on the idea of Emir Kusturica. Enjoy free time for lunch. After, continue to Zlatibormountain, accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 12. Zlatibor –Sirogojno -Oplenac – Topola – Belgrade (220km.)

Breakfast.Visit Sirogojno, village-museum in the open which features architecture, arrangement, economy and way of life in mountainous regions on Zlatibor. Enjoy free time in the beautiful nature of par Zlatibor. Departure for Oplenac and Topola.Sightseeing of Mausoleum of the Serbian Royal Family on Oplenac and old town in Topola.Lunch in the famous restaurant Aleksandar in Arandjelovac. Travel to Belgrade. Accommodation in hotel.Dinner and overnight.

sirogojno
Day 13. Belgrade

Breakfast. Half day city tour of Belgrade: St.Sava Temple, Terazije, Republic Square, National Museum, Studentskitrg, Belgrade fortress – Kalemegdan, Cathedral Church, Ethnographic museum, The Assembly of the City of Belgrade, Str. KnezMilosa, Bulevarmira, Memorial Center Josip Broz Tito.Sightseeing Zemun.Zemun is really distinguished by its tradition: fortification on Gardos that has been mentioned as early as in the 9th century. The St. Father Nicolaj Church – the oldest orthodox church in Belgrade, Magistrate square, Zemun quay, the Old Captan’s House and The Old Customs House….Free time for coffee and lunch (own expense).. Return to the hotel. Free afternoon time. In the evening a short stroll in the center of the town and going to Skadarlija, bohemian quarter located in the very center of Belgrade, for dinner. Skadarlija is a cobble paved street dating back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was famous for being a favorite meeting place/venue of well known Belgrade bohemians, poets, painters, actors from the nearby theater, as well as of many lovers of good alcoholic drinks, socializing and spoken word with friends. Over all these years of progress and modernization of the city and society Skadarlija has managed to preserve the spirit of old times and just because of that it has become a favorite to citizens of Belgrade and many tourists. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 14. Belgrade – Budapest (400km)

Early breakfast. Departure for Budapest at 08:00. On the way to Budapest, we visit the city of Novi Sad, panoramic sightseeing (www.novisad.rs): Petrovaradin fortress, The Freedom Square… After Novi Sad, we cointinue to the lake „Palić“ where we will have a lunch break on a type of farm, typical for this part of Serbia. After lunch we continue to our trip and arrive in Budapest in the evening. Check in at the hotel. We take a short walking tour through the city center. Dinner in hotel. Overnight.

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Day 15. Budapest

Breakfast. Budapest sightseeing: Heroes Square, Vaci Streeti, Andrassy Avenue, St. Istvan (Stephan) Basilica, House of Parliament, Fishermans Bastion, Gellert Hill, Citadel… Lunch in Budim in a national restaurant. Free afternoon. In the evening lunch in a traditional hungarian restaurant. Overnight.

Day 16. Budapest – Beijing

Breakfast. Check out of the hotel by 12:00. Free time until transfer to the airport.

PRICE PER PERSON
40 pax35 pax30 pax25 pax20 pax15 pax
1385€1420€1465€1530€1630€1795€

UNESCO World Heritage-listed:
Parthenon. The main ancient structure on the Acropolis, the symbol of Athens and the most famous of the surviving structures from the world of ancient Greece.
Epidaurus. Sanctuary of Asklepios (the shrine to the Greek god of medicine) and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
Delphi. One of the most important archeological digs in Europe.
Meteora. Incredible sandstone peaks topped with 11th-century monasteries.
Berat and Gjirokastra. Known as the “City of 1,000 windows” and “City Museum”
Kotor. The Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor. It encompasses the old town of Kotor, the fortifications of Kotor and the surrounding region of the inner Bay of Kotor.
Mostar. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO.
Budapest. Banks of the Danube; Buda Castle Quarter; Andrassy Avenue

The package price includes:
– Transport according to program by modern tourist bus (air conditioning, toilet) with 49 seats regardless of group size
– Accommodation in 4 * hotels and meals according to the program
– Tickets for cultural and historical monuments in the program
– English speaking guide and a Chinese translator during the tour
– Local guides where necessary
– 1 FOC for representative of agency
– Organizationcosts

The package does not include:
– Flight ticket
– Supplement for 1/1 room – € (on request)
– Individual costs of passenger


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