The Beauties of the Balkans tour goes to Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Croatia about 8 days. A rare tour to this last corner of Europe that has just opened up to foreign tourism in recent year. We depart from Dubrovnik, Croatia to exotic Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. We travel from the beautiful Adriatic Coast to Shkodra, capital of the former Illyrian Kingdom surrounded by magnificent mountains. On to Ohrid, a World Heritage city and one of the oldest settlements in Europe nestled on the shores of Lake Ohrid. Admire majestic Alpine scenery at scenic Montenegro before returning to the coast at charming Kotor.
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Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will do sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Recto’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana and we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian boarder at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Overnight in Tirana.
Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Scanderbeg Square, the Mosque of E’them Bey and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border. Overnight in Ohrid.
Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent medieval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohird Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid.
Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge.We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Overnight in Skopje.
Morning departure for Kolasin, driving via Pec and Berane and along the impressive Moraca River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolasin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 953 m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Overnight in Kolasin.
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrovic. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, the tour ends with transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. Ends of our service.
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