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Balkan Coach Tour (Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania)

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Venture on a journey through the Balkans during an 8-day coach holiday and visit four countries in the region.

Starting from Dubrovnik, Croatia where you will have a chance to explore its UNESCO-protected Old Town, drive inland via Budva (Montenegro) to Tirana (Albania).

Learn about Albanian history by visiting the National Museum in Tirana before heading east to a lakeside resort in Ohrid (Macedonia).

Morning departure to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia where sightseeing tour of the city will give you an insight in its history.

Back in Montenegro, enjoy a peaceful mountain resort to breathe in some fresh air

Before returning to Dubrovnik, visit Budva another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site – the beautiful city of Kotor, surrounded by the magical Kotor Bay.

Airport(s)

Dubrovnik

Duration

7 nights/8 days

2020 Departures

MAY 10, 31 | JUNE 21 | JULY 12 | AUGUST 02, 23 | SEPTEMBER 13

2021 Departures

MAY 9, 30 | JUNE 20 | JULY 11 | AUGUST 1, 22 | SEPTEMBER 12, 26

Price Includes

  • Arrival transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel and from hotel to Dubrovnik Airport on the first and the last day of the tour
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in Ohrid
  • Air-conditioned motor coach throughout
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • 2 nights 3* accommodation in Dubrovnik
  • 1 night 4* accommodation in Tirana
  • 2 nights 4* accommodation in Ohrid
  • 1 night 4* accommodation in Skopje
  • 1 night 4* accommodation in Kolašin
  • Local English speaking guide on sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
  • Local English speaking guide on sightseeing tour of Tirana
  • Local English speaking guide on sightseeing tour of Ohrid
  • Local English speaking guide on sightseeing tour of Kotor
  • Entrance fee to Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fee to National Museum in Tirana
  • Entrance fee to St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid
  • Entrance fee to Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje
  • Entrance fee to Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje
  • Entrance fee to St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor

Hotel List

  • Dubrovnik - Ivka 3*
  • Tirana - Sky Tower 4*
  • Ohrid - Metropol 4*
  • Skopje - Karpoš 4*
  • Kolašin - Bianca 4*

Complimentary

  • Travel pack delivery to your home address
  • 24/7 customer service
Highlights
  • Old Town Dubrovnik and its city walls
  • Shkodra, the capital of Illyrian Kingdom
  • National Museum in Tirana, Macedonia
  • Ohrid, a home to the famous ‘Ohrid Literary School’
  • Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge in Skopje
  • Pine forests of Bjelasica Mountain
  • King Nikola’s Museum
  • UNESCO-protected Kotor Bay

Balkan Coach Tour Itinerary

Day 1Sunday – Dubrovnik (D)

Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2Monday – Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana (B, D)

Morning sightseeing of Dubrovnik includes the Franciscan Monastery and its pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral.

During a drive to Tirana, we pass Budva and cross a border at Shkodra that was once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom.

Free evening in Tirana with dinner in a hotel.

Day 3BLED (SLO) – LJUBLJANA (SLO) – PLITVICE (CRO); BREAKFAST, DINNER

After breakfast, we leave Bled and head towards the Slovenian charming capital of Ljubljana.

You’ll be taken on a guided tour of this beautiful city, highlights of which include the Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain and the Three Bridges.

Our next stop today are is the popular UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia’s mountainous region of Gorski kotar.

The National Park consists of sixteen interlinked lakes and over 90 spectacular waterfalls.

Dinner and overnights in Plitvice area.

Day 4Tuesday – Tirana, Ohrid (B, D)

Join a morning sightseeing tour of Tirana that gives you an opportunity to learn more about Albania’s capital.

Visit Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and finish your tour with a visit to the National Museum.

Afternoon departure for Ohrid.

Day 5Wednesday – Ohrid (B, D)

Day four is reserved for roaming around this lovely lakeside resort.

Morning sightseeing tour will take you to St. Clement Church and an 11th century church of St. Sofia, a well-known medieval monument featuring Byzantine fresco paintings.

In the afternoon take a short drive to St. Naum Monastery built in 900 A.D. on the shores of Ohrid Lake.

The Monastery is dedicated to the Slavic educator and missionary St. Naum of Ohrid.

Enjoy a lovely dinner in a local restaurant after which return to the hotel.

Day 6Thursday – Skopje (B, D)

Morning departure to Skopje, the capital of Montenegro.

A sightseeing tour includes the Kale Fortress, Old Bazaar, Stone Bridge and the Church of the Holy Savior.

In the afternoon drive to Vodno Mountain to visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century frescoes, the highest achievement of Byzantine art of that period.

Overnight in Skopje.

Day 7Friday – Kolašin (B, D)

Morning drive via Peć and Berane takes you to Kolašin.

Stop along the way to witness the impressive Morača River Canyon.

In Kolašin, a popular mountain skiing and air spa resort on the left bank of Tara River, you will have time to relax and explore the surroundings by yourself.

Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 8Saturday – Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik (B, D)

In the morning depart for Cetinje and visit King Nikola’s Museum.

The museum was founded in 1926 and was once the residence of King Nikola I Petrović, the King of Montenegro.

Continue to Budva and Kotor, destinations under the UNESCO protection. Admire picturesque sights of both towns and their breath-taking surroundings.

Driving along the Bay of Kotor you will arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon where you will have time for a stroll in the town before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 9Sunday – Dubrovnik departure (B)

After breakfast, a transfer from the hotel to Dubrovnik airport will be provided.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the food like in Croatia?

Breakfast varies, although it mostly includes fried or scrambled eggs, a selection of salami, sausages and cheese with bread, rolls or toast and different types of cereal.

Lunch is the main meal in Croatia – it usually starts with soup, which is followed by a cooked meal.

Croatian food is heavily influenced by Austrian and Italian cuisines.

In Dalmatia, seafood, risottos, and pasta are very popular.

In continental parts, you should try schnitzel, roast meat dishes, roast potatoes, different types of pies etc.

If you prefer a lighter lunch, many restaurants offer different salads, soups, sandwiches etc.

What are the beaches like in Croatia?

Beaches in Croatia are mostly pebbly, some are rocky and there are several sandy beaches, although rare.

If you’re traveling with small children, it might be a good idea to get the beach shoes for them.

These can be purchased at shops and stands situated by or at beaches in Croatia.

What is the currency in Croatia?

The Croatian currency is Kuna. 1 British Pound (GBP) equals about (at Aug 2019) 8.20 Kuna (HRK).

Is Croatia a member of the European Union?

Yes, Croatia entered the European Union in 2013.

Can my travel agent book restaurants for me while I'm on holiday?

Yes. Your travel agent will provide his/her mobile phone number, so you can reach them quickly.

Should you need any assistance before or during the holiday, let them know and they will help as soon as possible.

Give your agent a day’s notice and he/she will book a table at a requested restaurant for you or suggest best restaurants in the area.

Can I add extra activities to my itinerary after I've paid the deposit?

Yes. Any additional cost will be added to your remaining balance invoice, which is due 60 days prior to your departure.

What if I need assistance while in Croatia or have further questions?

Your agent will share their personal mobile phone number with you; you’re welcome to contact them anytime (we recommend Whatsapp to save money!) should you have any questions or need assistance.

All our agents are native Croatians with rich knowledge of their country and the region.

Deposit

A minimum deposit of 20% is due at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days before your departure date.

Please note that the deposit and balance due date may vary depending on the nature of the booking.

Payment Methods

We accept payment from all major credit/debit cards.

You can pay via an online payment link which will be sent to you upon request or via bank transfer.

Is it possible to pay the total price of my holiday in instalments?

Yes, just let your agent know that you’d like to pay in instalments. The full amount needs to be paid 60 days prior to your departure.

What happens after I've paid the deposit?

We’ll email the confirmation pack to you.

Three weeks before departure, we’ll send you a pack containing all your travel documents (service vouchers).

The pack will normally be sent to your home address.

Alternatively, we can arrange the delivery to another address or to your hotel in Europe (applicable for clients travelling from other continents).

Cancellation Policy

Please see our Terms & Conditions for our cancellation policy.

City Tax

Since 2007 the Croatian government has levied a tourist tax or otherwise known as a Sojourn tax.

This is a tax imposed on all visitors and is common amongst virtually all the European countries.

The tax is paid to the various tourist boards and used to maintain their tourist facilities.

The amount levied ranges from 10kn to 20kn per person, per day depending on which town/city you are staying in and the season you arrive in.

The tourist tax is calculated by the hotel and added to your final hotel bill when you check out.

Health Insurance & Travel Documents

Please note it is your responsibility to make sure your travel documents are valid.

If you require a Visa to visit Croatia, please make sure to obtain it on time.

For more information, please see our Useful Links.

We also suggest that you purchase travel health insurance before your trip to Croatia.

You can read our full terms and conditions here.

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