From cultural Split and Dubrovnik to ancient Athens and historic walled Balkan towns to the dance floors of exclusive nightclubs, this 7-day adventure promises a Europe you didn’t know was there. You’ll hit the Adriatic’s famous sites and hidden gems in the company of other travelers while indulging in hiking, exploring Montenegro and Albania, and embracing beach and social life in Athens. This is a European trip like no other strap on your sandals and discover it the right way.
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Our adventure begins as we head out from Split en route to stoic Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, explore the city’s renaissance architecture or wander the city’s famous walls. Jon Snow may know nothing, but you’ll learn plenty on a Game of Thrones walking tour of the city. This evening we’ll make tracks to Mediterranean Kotor. This Gulf nestled marvel offers endless views of the limestone cliffs and a maze of medieval streets wayward travelers can lose themselves in. At sundown, we forsake our beach-bods and devour a traditional Montenegrin feast. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the city’s bustling nightlife or recharge for the adventures still to come. Overnight in Kotor.
After breakfast we will explore some phenomenal sites within the old Venetian walls while you bask in the insane mountain views. Kotor’s Old Town is rich in history, hosting some of the finest medieval architecture in the Balkans. Come late morning, we’ll depart for a 2,500-year-old settlement on the Adriatic called the Budva Riviera. Here, spend the afternoon lazing in the sun on the Adriatic’s pristine beaches. When we return to Kotor, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to climb the nearby fortress and take in some stunning sunset views. Overnight in Kotor.
After breakfast we drive to Tirana, Albania. Headstrong, we’ll chug our way down winding roads until we arrive to an inclusive orientation walk of the city. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy marvel at this incredible city’s complex history whilst you explore vast monuments built by the Romans, Ottomans, and Byzantines. See the famous Tirana Mosaic Archaeological Complex or sample genuine Albanian cuisine. Modern history fans should pay a visit to the controversial Pyramid of Tirana. Tonight, explore pulse-pumping nightlife in this rich Balkan city. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast we drive to Kalambaka, Greece but first we’ll be stopping off at the wonderfully preserved Ottoman town of Gjirokaster. We arrive in Kalambaka (Meteora) this evening with a traditional Greek spread awaiting us. After we devour our feast you’re free to explore the town dubbed Middle of the Sky. Marvel at its amazing, mountainous scenery and quaint, winding streets. Make sure to hit the hay at a reasonable hour tonight because tomorrow we’re off to somewhere truly special indeed. Overnight in Kalambaka.
We know it’s early, but you won’t want to miss this. Today, we’re venturing to the logic defying monasteries of Meteora. From James Bond to Game of Thrones, these insane rock-formations have spurred more than a few creative minds, and are home to a warren of cave systems. Use the rest of this special morning to bask in the humbling views and absorb the monasteries’ rich history. After lunch, we depart for Athens with a stop at the Spartan Monument in Thermopylae. Fans of Greek history and the film “300” both will know this as the stage for King Leonidas’ legendary stand against Xerxes and his advancing Persian armies. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast we will visit the Acropolis, which is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the Daphne Monastery and Parthenon, and the temple to the Goddess Athena, the symbol of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy. With your feet sore and your head full of mythology, join us for a traditional farewell Greek dinner. Overnight in Athens.
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