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About Guided Tour 08 - Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Macedonia
This tour includes the coast of Montenegro, Lake Ohrid, Albania, Dubrovnik and the fabulous countryside inbetween.
START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
Activity code: GAT 08
Duration: 8 Days
This "off the beaten track" tour of the south starts out from Dubrovnik making it convenient for many flight connections from across Europe. The tour itinerary takes in the best bits of Montenegro's stunning coastline including the Bay of Kotor and Budva, a full visit to Albania's capital, Tirana, and the fabulous Lake Ohrid in the middle of the tour. There is time to enjoy Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and plenty of countryside and mountain scenery en route back to the Adriatic coast. A full programme of sightseeing is included in each location.
** 2020 departures on request.
NB. This is a group tour but can also be arranged for any reasonable date as a private chauffeur-driven holiday itinerary; fully guided with a/c mini-bus, plenty of stops to take photographs and stretch legs en route. You can also choose your accommodation from our personal selection in each location to make up a tailored itinerary to suit your taste and budget - please contact us for more details.
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will stay overnight, meet your tour guide and enjoy your first dinner in Croatia.
After breakfast depart for the jewel that is Dubrovnik and take a sightseeing tour of this spectacular, UNESCO-protected, fortified city whose city walls can be walked on. Dubrovnik was known as the Republic of Ragusa in the Middle Ages and became the only Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by skilled diplomacy and wealth, the city achieved a remarkable development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's third oldest pharmacy, Rector's Palace and Cathedral.
In the afternoon drive to Montenegro, heading for Budva, known for its Old City and surrounded by walls from the Venetian period. Then on to Albania, crossing the border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.).
In the morning tour the sights of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, and the National Museum which depicts Albania's history and houses archaeological finds from sites across the country.
Depart for Macedonia in the afternoon, via Elbasan and the Albanian-Macedonian border at Cafasan.
Enjoy a full day at the lakeside resort of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Thanks to the work of St. Clement and St. Naum, the famous 'Ohrid Literary School' was founded here and thus the first pan-Slavic University in Europe. A morning sightseeing tour includes the Church of St. Sofia from the 11th century, with its magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings the pre-eminent mediaeval monument in M acedonia, and then St. Clement Church with its icon of The Annunciation. In the afternoon, a short drive takes you to St. Naum Monastery, built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid.
In the morning depart for Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and birth place of Mother Theresa. Take a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Saviour with its iconostasis and fine example of traditional walnut woodcarving, the Old Bazaar and the Stone Bridge. Afterwards, drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where you'll visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostasis and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art.
Leave Skopje in the morning, driving via Pećs (Kosovo) and Berane (Montenegro) and along the impressive Morača River Canyon to arrive at Kolasin in the afternoon. You will have dinner and spend the night in the delightful small town of Kolasin, 954m high above the River Tara. Surrounded by the lush pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain, the whole area is a popular skiing and [air] spa resort.
In the morning depart for Cetinje where you'll visit the King Nikola Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I. Afterwards, continue on to UNESCO-protected Kotor, where you'll visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphon, the city's patron saint. Then the tour journeys along the picturesque Bay of Kotor to Dubrovnik.
The tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.
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Inclusive Tour price (based upon 2 sharing one hotel room).
Prices from £800
Single supplement: £ 219 per person
All prices are per person