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It our pleasure to introduce this unique journey from Ljubljana to Skopje, planned with care to bring you the wonders of these rich countries. Discover the authentic medieval towns, colorful lively cities, the breathtaking natural scenes, fine cuisine and folklore, accompanied by the care of our professional guides, riding with the comfort deluxe coaches and staying at our best selected hotels. This itinerary is a perfect addition to any long haul travel excursion in Europe.Less
Arrival at Lubjana Airport. After border procedures, meet Local gui- de and driver and transfer to your hotel. Continue with the panora-
mic 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. Hotels as requested.
Breakfast at the the hotel. Check out and meet the group and pre- pare for departure. Drive to zagreb, capital city of Croatia. The
city tour will feature the historic Upper Town, one of the best-maintained medieval cities in Europe with 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 the Cathedral of Mary‘s Assumption and the Go- thic church of St. Mark. Accommodation and overnight in zagreb. Hotels.
After breakfast at 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 scene- ry 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. Donat 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.
fter breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart to Split. Stop en-route to Trogir. Impressive sightseeing tour will feature the city
with 2300 years of tradition. Its rich culture is created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, Venetians. Trogir with concentration of palaces, churches, towers, fortress on a small island in a every way deserves it‘s 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 Jupiter and Cathedral. The walking tour will feature the main high- lights 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.
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart to Dubrovnik. En- joy the panoramic ride along the Riviera of Adriatik sea. Stop en-
route for refreshments or possibility of lunch. Start the city tour of Dub- rovnik. Known also as the ‚Pearl of the Adriatic‘, Dubrovnik offers a range of attractions. Our walking tour will take you by the old harbor, Fran- ciscan monastery, St. Laurence Fortress, Sponza and Rector’s Palaces, 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. Accom- modation and overnight in Budva.
reakfast at the hotel. Meet the guests and continue to Shkodra city, via border crossing of Muriqane. After border procedures, proceed to Shkoder, with the city tour. Shkoder(Skadar) is an ancient city with a rich history; The tour will give insights of the old characte- ristic 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 restaurants and a suggestion for a folklore show. Fol- klore show – songs and dances accompanied by a band of music inst- ruments. The program will include typical songs of the region, accom- panied 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 lear- ning experience about the rich folklore of northern Albania. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cobble stone pathway of Otto- man 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 muse- um will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania.
Continue to Tirana. Upon arrival check in h tel. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana.
reakfast in the hotel. Meet the guest and continue to Durres. Visit Durres. Explore the ruins of town forum, roman baths, city cen-
ter, town hall, Roman Amphitheater, byzantine walls, Venetian tower and archaeological museum, a panoramic display of discoveries and urban planning of this once important city.
Possibility for lunch in Durres. Drive to Tirana. Afternoon visit will in- clude the tour of national Historical Museum. Continue with a religious tour. Learn about the history of religion in Albania and the new chan- ges 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, muslym sect, predominant in Albania. Another dinner surprise, at a traditional restaurant. Learn about the culinary varieties of Albanian cuisine, influenced by many cen- turies of foreign dominance. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana.
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast in the hotel before leaving Tirana a brief city tour. We shall explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as city centre, Skenderbeg Statue, Et’hem bey mosque, Clock tower, Italian buildings and Martyr’s of the nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vi- brant colours and the expansion of city.
Lunch will be a free choice in one of the restaurants in the Tirana. Leave Tirane for Ohrid. Stop en route to Elbasan for a refreshments and a brief panoramic tour of the Ottoman castle. Upon arrival in Ohrid, check in the hotel. An orientation walking tour will be offered from the hotel to the lake shore. Enjoy the panoramic view of Ohrid lake. Dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Ohrid.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast in the hotel meet the guest and full day tour in Ohrid. The highlight of the Ohrid tour inclu-
de Church of St. Sophia, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon – Plaosnik, Old Bazaar, Mesokastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, Icon museum After tour we suggest one local restaurant, in the old town for an optional lunch or snack. Continue to St. naum Monastery for an afternoon visit. This journey will take you to a monastic complex, known for its rich history of orthodox religion, some of the painting achievements and wood carving, displayed within the church of St. naum, a priest and scholar with a famous legacy. Tu- cked away in a middle of a natural wonder of water spring, this site is a must for any traveller.
Transfer back in hotel and prepare for dinner. We suggest dinner in local restaurant near the lake, and possibility to enjoy traditional fish menu.
After breakfast meet the group and depart to Bitola. Upon arrival in Bitola brief city tour. Visit Mangolia square, statue of Philip the 2nd and the pedestrian street with an ottoman architecture feel, the Clock tower and St Demetrius church. Proceed to Heraklea archaeolo- gical site. Discover the well preserved ruins of the Roman baths, the baptistery and the Episcopal church, the Jewish temple, Portico and an ancient theatre. After tour in Bitola drive to Skopje. Check in Hotel and start the afternoon city tour. Our panoramic tour will explore the old Railway station, the monument of Mother Teresa and her memorial house, the Stone Bridge, Daut Pasha Amam – monument of the Islamic architecture, the church St. Spas, the Fortress Kale; we suggest also a short walking tour of the old town and its bazaar. Accommodation and overnight in Skopje.
fter breakfast in the hotel, check out. Depending on the flight de-parture, explore the city or spend time for shopping. Transfer to the