The Secrets of Balkan Tour
11 Days Hotel 4* Athens, Kalambaka,Ohrid, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Kravice, Pocitelj, Blagaj, Mostar, Sarajevo
Arrival in Athens where your Relax Tours guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the center of Athens (around a 45 minutes drive). You will meet with a local guide on the Syntagma Square.You will have a panoramic city tour and go to Lycabettus Hill by the funicular train. Lycabettus is the highest hill located in the center of Athens. We will pay a visit to the remaining parts of the Zeus Temple. Lunch at the local restaurant. Check in at the hotel. Free time. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay in Athens.
After breakfast you will meet with a local guide in front of the hotel. We will begin with a full day tour around Athens with a visit to the Acropolis and the breathtaking Parthenon and Erectheum, then the neoclassical buildings in the center of Athens, Olympic Stadium and Greek Ancient Market (Ancient Agora). We will have lunch in the Old Town (sea food and Greek specialties). Shop ping sites are Syntagma Square, Plaka and Monastiraki Square. Return to the hotel. Free time. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay in Athens.
Breakfast and check out from the hotel you will go to Kalambaka (353 km/cca 5 hours). You will have a short break in Lamia and continue to Kalambaka via Trikala. After arrival you will have a lunch in a tavern. Half day city tour includes a visit to Castrati village and Meteors, as well as two Monasteries - Varlaam and St. Stefano's.You will have a stop to take panoramic pictures of several spots of Meteor Hills. Check in at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay in Kalambaka.
After breakfast you will leave for Ohrid (277 km/cca 5 hours) toward the Northern border of Greece. We will pass the border and enter Macedonia. Upon arrival we will have lunch in a restaurant in Ohrid. Half day city tour includes a visit to the Old Bazaar, Zeynel Abidin-Pasha Dervish' Convent and (optional) boat ride on the Ohrid Lake. Free time to enjoy in the wonderful lake which is the deepest and one of the largest lakes in the Balkans, whose clean water has a visibility of 20 m. Perhaps you will be interested in visiting the recommended and famous Ohrid Pearl shop. Check in at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay in Ohrid.
After breakfast you will go to Tirana ( 138 km/3+ hours). Half day city tour includes a visit to the Mosque of Ethem-Bey, Clock Tower, University, bunkers and communist pyramid-shaped Museum of Culture. You will have lunch in a local restaurant. We will continue to Budva (175 km/4+ hours). After arrival, check in at the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay in Budva.
After breakfast you will have a half day city tour around the Old Town of Budva, which is positioned inside the stone walls. We will visit the Old Entrance, Square of the Poet and Square of the Churches. We will go to the beach afterwards. Free time for shopping. We will continue to Kotor and visit this medieval town on the Adriatic Coast which is also surrounded by stone walls. Kotor is also one of the largest bays on the Adriatic Coast which is a stop for many cruisers. You will have lunch in a local restaurant in the Old Town and proceed to Lepetane by ferry. We will continue to Dubrovnik (115 km/2 hours).After arrival, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast at the hotel you will have a city tour around this UNESCO protected pearl of the Adriatic Coast and see its Cathedral, Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery (including the Old Pharmacy), Clock Tower, Orlando's Columns, Sponze Palace, Dubrovnik city. You will have lunch in the Old City (sea food), free time (optional), a boat ride and/or cable car ride for a panoramic view of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast and check out from the hotel your first stop in Bosnia will be Kravice Waterfalls, then we will proceed toward Pocitelj, the medieval stone town. Afterwards we will leave for Blagaj to visit of the oldest Dervish' Con vent in Bosnia built in the XV century. You will have lunch in a traditional Bosnian restaurant by the Buna River Springs. Arrival in Mostar. Check in at the hotel and free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Mostar
After breakfast and check out from the hotel you will go to Mostar for a city tour around the Old Town and visit Mehmet Koski-Pasha Mosque, famous Old Bridge, recognized as the UNESCO world cultural heritage site. After free time in Mostar we will continue to Sarajevo and see Neretva Canyon and Jablanicko Lake. You will have a short stop in Jablanica to take pictures of the bridge destroyed in the Second World War. Lunch in a traditional Bosnian restau rant. Arrival in Sarajevo, check in at the hotel. Free time for shopping. Dinner and overnight stay in Sarajevo.
After breakfast in the hotel we will proceed to visit Vrelo Bosne - the Springs of Bosna River, and the Tunnel of Hope Museum. This Tunnel was the only way to go in and out of Sarajevo during its 1.425 days long war siege. We will have a walking tour around the Old City including Bascarsija, Latin Bridge, where the Austro-Hungarian Archduke was assassinated which initiated the First World War, then Brusa Bezistan- the roofed market place, Ghazi Husrev-Bey Mosque built in 1530 during the Ottoman Empire, Ghazi Husrev-Bey Madrassa, Morica Han (Inn) built in 1551,Taslihan -the remaining parts of the largest Caravansary in Sarajevo, and Vijecnica- the Town Hall built in the Austro-Hungarian Period. Free time for shopping. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Sarajevo.
After breakfast you will check out from the hotel. Drive to the airport for final departure.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM CAN BE MADE AS PER YOUR WISH. ALSO WE CAN OFFER ANY OTHER HOTEL THAT YOU WOULD PREFFER.