Balkan's Route with Atenas
Travel through Macedonia to GREECE, passing through BITOLA, a historic city that was called the “City of Consuls”. The North of Greece is strongly Slav and Ottoman in influence and has a sharp landscape. Enjoy it with this 13 days trip visiting Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran, Sighisoara, Biertan, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Timisoara, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Medjugorge, Kravice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Struga, Ohrid, Kastoria, Meteora, Kalabaka, Delphi, Athens.
DAY 01 SUN. Bucharest.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to the hotel. City tour of Bucharest. Dinner included.
Welcome to Bucharest. On arrival at the airport, we will be waiting for you to transfer you to the hotel. Towards 13.00, after lunch, we will take a panoramic tour of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Leisure time followed by dinner.
DAY 02 MON. Bucharest- Sinaia- BranSighisoara.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Dracula’s Castle. Transylvania region. Special dinner in Sighisoara.
Today we have a journey with great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian Mountains and through forests. In SINAIA, we will stroll through the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor Castles before going on to the 14th-century BRAN fortress, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle (tickets included). Time for lunch, before continuing to SIGHISOARA, a very beautiful walled medieval city and Heritage of Mankind. In the evening we will enjoy a very special dinner, in the restaurant of Count Dracula, at the house where Vlad Tepes was born.
DAY 03 TUE. Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hune- doara- Timisoara-.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Varied landscapes, small picturesque villages en route.
In Transylvania there are numerous fortified churches in areas that were inhabited by people of German origin; some of these churches have been declared Heritage of Mankind, and we will see one of them, BIERTAN (tickets included). After this, we continue to SIBIU, an important economic and cultural centre, previously the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and take lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the impressive Castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included), which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania. We continue to TIMISOARA, with time to explore its elegant central squares.
DAY 04 WED. Timisoara- Belgrade.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Belgrade.
We set off for SERBIA and the border pass. After a few hours travelling, we will arrive to BELGRADE. Here you can enjoy a panoramic tour of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava. We get the chance to admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan Fortress. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 05 THU. Belgrade- Sarajevo.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Sarajevo. Tunnel of Hope. Dinner included.
Enjoy the journey of pretty forests and mountain scenery. We arrive to BOSNIA, SARAJEVO, at lunchtime. With a local guide, we will take a panoramic tour of this city with strong Turkish influence: its Mosques, its Madrasahs, and its busy bazaars. We will also see the Tunnel of Hope that saved the city during the Serbian siege. Note: Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
DAY 06 FRI. Sarajevo – Mostar – Medjugorge – Kravice – Dubrovnik.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes throughout the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Dinnerincluded.
Another exciting drive of scenic beauty. Amidst deep valleys, we travel to MOSTAR, with its very beautiful historic centre and Stonebridge separating the Orthodox, Muslim and Catholic communities. After lunch, we stop in MEDJUGORJE, a place that attracts thousands of Catholic Pilgrims. We then travel to KRAVICE, we stop at its magnificent waterfalls before continuing to CROATIA. Border procedures (which may be long). We will then arrive into DUBROVNIK at the end of the day. Dinner included. Note: From the end of October to the end of March it is not possible to visit the Kravice waterfalls.
DAY 07 SAT. Dubrovnik .-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Dubrovnik. Cable car ride. Dinner included.
In the morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of DUBROVNIK with a local guide. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, surrounded by walls, bathed by the Adriatic Sea; its intact historic centre is a jewel of world architectural heritage. The tour includes tickets to the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral. We also take the cable car to give us a fantastic view of the city and the neighbouring islands. You can then enjoy free time, returning to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included. Note: Accommodation in Dubrovnik will be in Kavtat, a coastal town near the city.
DAY 08 SUN. Dubrovnik- Kotor- Budva- Tirana.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful scenery of the Adriatic coast. Dinnerincluded.
We set off early for MONTENEGRO. The coastal scenery and the Bay of Kotor are beautiful. We enjoy a ferry to cross the bay. Arrive in KOTOR to enjoy some time strolling in this beautiful walled town with its strong Venetian influence. After this we stop in BUDVA, a marvellous walled village surrounded by the sea to enjoy lunch. Then we travel to ALBANIA. We arrive in the capital of the Albania, TIRANA, and enjoy some free time. Dinner included.
DAY 09 MON. Tirana- Struga- Ohrid.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Tirana. Slow mountains roads through rural areas. Dinner included.
Today we make a panoramic tour of TIRANA, with its Mosques, the Clock Tower and the ministries. At around midday, we leave for inland Albania, with high mountain scenery and small villages along the way. Enjoy the beautiful countryside around Lake Ohrid which forms the border with Macedonia. We continue to the Republic of Macedonia, and onto STRUGA, a picturesque town on the shores of the lake, time for lunch! We continue to OHRID, a city with a strong Ottoman influence, you can stroll and see the Plaosnik Monastery, or the ancient university founded in the ninth century. The city is declared World Heritage. Dinner included.
DAY 10 TUE. Ohrid-Kastoria-Meteora-Kalabaka.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful Balkan landscapes. Spectacular in the Meteora. Dinner included.
Today we travel through Macedonia to GREECE, passing through BITOLA, a historic city that was called the “City of Consuls”. The North of Greece is strongly Slav and Ottoman in influence and has a sharp landscape. Situated by the lake, with beautiful scenery, we see KASTORIA. Enjoy the city of 100 churches, with its medieval streets and its pleasant restaurants on the lakeside. Continuing to KALABAKA, we will arrive in the early afternoon. We will visit the Valley of the Meteora, an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage. You will also have the chance to enter one of its most famous Monasteries (entrance included). Dinner included.
DAY 11 WED. Kalabaka – Delphi – Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Delphi and Thessaly region.
We will travel south through the Thessaly region. We will arrive in DELPHI after enjoying the view of wonderful landscapes. Visit and lunch at the beautiful archaeological complex looking over the Gulf of Corinth offering amazing vistas. We will resume our journey to ATHENS. Arrival at mid-afternoon.
DAY 12 THU. Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens. Evening transfer.
We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the centre; the new neighbourhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA quarter, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
DAY 13 FRI. Athens.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide.
- Basic travel insurance.
- Hotels according to the itinerary.
- Breakfast buffet.
- Arrival transfer
- City tour in: Bucharest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik
- Ticket admission: Bran Fortress, Church of Biertan, Castle of Hunedoara, Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo, Kravice Waterfalls, Franciscan Monastery and Cathedral in Dubrovnik
- Funicular: Cable car ride in Dubrovnik
- 5 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Bucharest (01), Sighisoara (01), Sarajevo (01), Dubrovnik (02).
- City tour in: Tirana
- Ferry: Kotor Bay
- 1 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Tirana
- City tour in: Athens
- Evening Transfer: Plaka neighbourhood in Athens
- Ticket admission: Monastery in Meteora Valley
- 2 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Ohrid, Kalabaka.
- May.22: 01, 15, 29
- Jun.22: 12, 26
- Jul.22: 10, 31
- Aug.22: 14, 28
- Sep.22: 11
- Oct.22: 02
- Nov.22: 13
- Dec.22: 25
- Jan.23: 08, 22
- Feb.23: 12, 26
- Mar.23: 12
PRICES PER PERSON
SEASON DBL SINGL
High S. $2.452 $3.184
Mid S. $2.593 $3.325
Low S. $2.281 $3.013
- Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
- From the end of October to the end of March it is not possible to visit the Kravice waterfalls.
- Accommodation in Dubrovnik will be in Kavtat, a coastal town near the city.
- It is a general policy in the hotels that may request a deposit of money on arrival at each of the hotels where you will be staying. This deposit is charged at the time of check in and is refunded upon departure if you did not make any expenses at the hotel.
- The space in the holds of the coaches and in the train wagons is limited and this determines the maximum amount of luggage authorized per passenger on our circuits: one suitcase per person and one handbag. Carrying more luggage than allowed can be checked in at destination.