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Duration

14 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Arabic, English, Turkish

Overview

General information: Our cultural odyssey weaves together the rich history and scenic landscapes of Slo- venia and four countries washed by the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. Highlights include medieval fortresses, natural attractions of lakes and waterfalls, rich religious sites, newly discovered archaeological ruins, UNESCO World Heritage towns and harbors, rock... More

General information:
Our cultural odyssey weaves together the rich history and scenic landscapes of Slo- venia and four countries washed by the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. Highlights include medieval fortresses, natural attractions of lakes and waterfalls, rich religious sites, newly discovered archaeological ruins, UNESCO World Heritage towns and harbors, rock built monasteries of Meteora and the glorious acropolis of Delphi and Athens.

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DAY 01: AIRPORT LJUBLJANA

Arrival at Ljubljana Airport. After border procedures, meet Local guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Continue with the panoramic city tour of Ljubljana. Visit the most significant sights of the old city centre: the picturesque Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, the Three Bridge, Robba’s Fountain and the Parliament. Accommodation and overnight in Ljubljana.

DAY 02: LJUBLJANA - ZAGREB

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and meet the group and prepare for departure. Drive to zagreb, capital city of Croatia. The city tour
will feature the historic Upper Town, one of the best-maintained medi- eval cities in Europe with its Museums, galleries, monuments, antique and souvenir shops. The Lower Town is known for its beautiful parks and the main square of Jelacic; St. Catherine’s Church, the Parliament and the Government Palace. Check in at the hotel. Afternoon walking tour of the Upper Town, visiting Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption and the Gothic Church of St. Mark. Accommodation and overnight in zagreb – Hotels as requested

DAY 03: ZAGREB – ZADAR

After breakfast in the hotel, check out and meet the guests in the hotel lobby. Drive to Plitvice Lakes national Park. Upon arrival,
take a walking tour around the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking Scen- ery of this natural wonder terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Depart to zadar city. Upon arrival check in the hotel and prepare for the city tour of zadar. The sightseeing tour of zadar including the Roman Forum, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia and St. Donatus Church. zadar was the centre of key Croatian and Dalmatian cultural events: the establishment of the first Croatian university (1396), the writing of the first Croatian novel (1536) and the publication of the first Croatian newspaper. The famous permanent exhibition of sacral art and the traditional St. Donatus Musical Evenings represent only a small part of numerous cultural events that zadar offers to its visitors. Accom- modation and overnight in zadar – Hotels as requested centre, town hall, Roman Amphitheatre, byzantine walls, Venetian tower and archaeological museum, a panoramic display of discoveries and ur- ban planning of this once important city. Possibility for lunch in Durres. Drive to Tirana. Afternoon visit will include the tour of national Historical Museum. Continue with a religious tour. Learn about the history of reli- gion in Albania and the new changes after the fall of Communism. The tour includes Et’hem bey mosque, St. Paul Cathedral, The new Orthodox Church in the city center. The last visit will be at the headquarters of Bektashi, Muslim sect, predominant in Albania. Another dinner surprise, at a traditional restaurant. Learn about the culinary varieties of Albanian cuisine, influenced by many centuries of foreign dominance. Accommo- dation and overnight in Tirana

DAY 04: ZADAR - TROGIR - SPLIT

After breakfast in hotel, Stop en- route to Trogir. Impressive sight- seeing tour will feature the city with 2300 years of tradition. It’s rich culture is created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, Vene- tians. Trogir with concentration of palaces, churches, towers, fortress on a small island in a every way deserves its nickname “THE STOnE BEAUTY” Drive to Split. Upon arrival check in the hotel and prepare for the afternoon city tour. The city panoramic tour we explore the UnESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace with its Peristyle, Temple of Jupi- ter and Cathedral. The walking tour will feature the main highlights of the city, St Domnius Cathedral, the statue of Gregory the nin, The Golden gate, City Clock and the city hall building. Accommodation and
overnight in Split – Hotels as requested. Dinner as per request

DAY 05: SPLIT - DUBROVNIK - BUDVA

fter breakfast in hotel, check out and depart to Dubrovnik. En- joy the panoramic ride along the Riviera of Adriatic Sea. Stop
en route for refreshments or possibility of lunch. Start the city tour of Dubrovnik. Known also as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik offers a range of attractions. Our walking tour will take you by the old harbor, Franciscan monastery, St. Laurence Fortress, Sponza and Rector’s Pal- aces, Bell Tower Clock and Orlando’s Column. Leave Dubrovnik and continue to Budva city. The sightseeing of Budva will include the old town with its prevailing Venetian architecture and its churches; St. Ivan, St. Mary and Holy Trinity. Check in the hotel and prepare for dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Budva.

DAY 06: BUDVA – SHKODRA – KRUJA – TIRANA

Breakfast in hotel. Meet the guests and continue to Shkodra city, via border crossing of Muriqane. After border procedures, proceed
to Shkoder. City tour Shkoder(Skadar) is an ancient city with a rich his- tory; The tour will give insights of the old characteristic houses where wood and other traditional motifs are used. The leaden Mosque, Catholic cathedral, and a walking tour of Rozafa castle are main attractions of the city. Drive to Kruja. Possibility for lunch in one of the local restau- rants and a suggestion for a folklore show. Folklore show – songs and dances accompanied by a band of music instruments. The program will include typical songs of the region, accompanied by the music band. The dancers in their local folk costumes will create a great event for photo sessions and interacting with the artists. Your local guide will assist you to make this event a truly learning experience about the rich folklore of northern Albania. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cob- ble stone pathway of Ottoman bazaar, with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and antique household items. Visit within the walls of the castle will include the historic museum dedicated to Scanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania. Continue to Tirana. Check in hotel and visit Tirana. We shall explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as city centre, Skanderbeg Statue, Et’hem bey mosque, Clock tower, Italian buildings and Martyr’s of the nation Boulevard. Visit the ex- communist buildings, painted with vibrant colours and the expansion of city. Dinner in one of the local restaurant, which serves only local dishes. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana.

DAY 07: TIRANA – DURRES – TIRANA

Breakfast in the hotel. Meet the guest and continue to Durres. Visit Durres. Explore the ruins of town forum, roman baths, city

DAY 08: TIRANA - BERAT - VLORA

Breakfast in the hotel, check out and meet the guests. Drive to Be- rat city. The walking tour will explore the ancient fortress, main gates, towers, orthodox churches, the typical architecture of the dwelling sites, bearing 2500 years of heritage and the tour of Onufri Museum, located within St. Mary’s church. After the tour board the bus and continue to Berat city center. After refreshment or optional lunch, continue with the panoramic tour of Berat old town. Visit Mangalem quarter known as the “City of windows one over another”, still preserving some elements of the Ottoman architecture of the dwelling places and narrow pathways with cobblestones. Visit the unique mosques, monastery and the newly build Orthodox Church. Depart to archaeological park of Apollonia, driving through city centre of Fier. The walking tour of the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, Archeological museum and the Church of St. Mary. Drive to Vlora. Upon arrival in Vlora, the panoramic city tour includes old town, independence square and Mu- radie Mosque. Check in the hotel and prepare for dinner. Accomm dation and overnight in Vlora. Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 09: VLORE – BUTRINTI – SARANDA

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast in the hotel meet the group and depart along the Albanian Riviera. Continue driving along the
high mountain and fascinated view of Albanian beauty and arriving to LLogara national park, stop for refreshments and continue southward to Albanian Riviera, passing by villages of Dhermi Himara, and Porto Palermo bay, with its long history buffs, from the Mediterranean pirates to the stronghold of Ali Pasha. Upon arrival in Saranda, continue to Butrinti na- tional Park. This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient word during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek mythology. Start with the Asclepius temple, theatre, Roman por- tico and baths, early Christian baptistery, byzantine basilica, defensive walls and their impressive gates. Upon arrival in Saranda, check in the hotel and prepare for dinner. Dinner suggested in Lekuresi Castle. Accom- modation and overnight in Saranda.

DAY 10: SARANDA - GJIROKASTRA

reakfast in the hotel. After breakfast meet the guests and continue to Gjirokastra city. Drive directly to Antigonea archeological park.
Built by King Phyrrus and razed to the ground by Romans, the site offers new discoveries of the remains of city stone walls, a fortified acropolis and evidence of an important city dependent on agriculture, weaving and metalworking. Continue back to Gjirokastra city and afternoon city tour. Arrival in Gjirokastra and start city tour. Known for its unique architec- ture, this UnESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, will offer something interest- ing for everyone. The highlights of the Old Town, include the castle, its weapons museum and breathtaking views, the bazaar area, the ethno- graphic museum. After the tour, check in hotel and prepare for dinner. Dinner included. Traditional music and dance performance – not to be missed! This city is known as the cultural cradle of the southern Albania. A music show with the typical polyphonic songs and traditional dances, performed by artists dressed in their folk costumes, can be arranged for your pleasure. Your local guide and a folklore specialist will be also present to give you details and answers questions. not only a memorable experience, but an event, that is featuring team building for the travelers. Accommodation and overnight in Gjirokaster

DAY 11 GJIROKASTRA – IOANNINA – KALAMBAKA

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, meet the group and depart to Border with Greece / Kakavije. Continue to Ioannina for a pan- oramic city tour. Stop for optional lunch and refreshments in Ioannina. Depart to Kalambaka. Upon arrival, check in the hotel Afternoon tour of Meteora. The tour of Meteora will include the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, its museum and Kalothicon church, Holy Monastery of Var- laam and that of St. nicholas. Explore the great stories of construction ingenuity and survival skills of the local people. Return to Kalambaka and prepare for dinner. Accommodation and overnight in the hotel / Dinner
included. Accommodation and overnight in Kalambaka.

DAY 12 KALAMBAKA - DELPHI - ATHENS

After breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart to Delphi. Enjoy the panoramic ride through central area of Attica, with stops on
the way for refreshments. An optional lunch can be arranged in one of the restaurants in Delphi. Proceed with the sightseeing of Delphi. Delphi - Af- ter leaving Athens, we continue through Thebes, Levadia (short stop) and Arachova for Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by Castalia spring; visit at the archaeological site the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and the Museum of Delphi with its spectacular finds, including the bronze charioteer, the naxian sphinx and the statue of An- tinoos. Drive to Athens. Upon arrival check in the hotel. Dinner will be in- cluded in one of the traditional restaurants. Enjoy a culinary experience of local dishes. Accommodation and overnight in Athens

DAY 13 ATHENS - AKROPOLIS - ATHENS

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast meet the group and depart to Acropolis full day city tour. Acropolis - The Acropolis hill, so called the “Sacred Rock” of Athens, is the most important site of the city. During Perikles’ Golden Age, ancient Greek civilization was repre- sented in an ideal way on the hill and some of the architectural master- pieces of the period were erected on its ground: the Parthenon, which is the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization and still remains its international symbol. It was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of Athens the Erechtheion, dedicated to the worship of the two principal gods of Attica, Athena and Poseidon the Temple of Athena nike, and the Propylaea, the monu- mental gateway of the Acropolis. The tour begins inside the Syntagma where our guide will show you shortly (in 10 minutes) the archaeologi- cal exhibits that came to light during the construction of the metro. You will then continue on to the House of the Greek parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards. Your tour continues towards the national Gardens and on to the beautiful neoclassical zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have to opportunity to visit. From there you enter the famous Plaka district where you see the portrait of Melina Merkouri and we head towards the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionyssiou Areop- agitou until we reach the Acropolis where we will begin our ascent while taking in the spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropo- lis such as, the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, nike Temple and the surrounding monuments as well (Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Ancient Ag-
ora). After the tour return back in the hotel. Check in and overnight

DAY 14 ATHENS - AKROPOLIS - ATHENS

After breakfast in the hotel, check out. Depending on the flight departure, explore the city or spend time for shopping. Transfer
to the Airport.

Languages

Arabic
English
Turkish

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