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An impressive trip which will present you in same moment Asia and Europe, old and new, East and West. Mixture of the cultures, cuisines, people, traditions and religions. Connecting Istanbul old name Konstantinopol with Dubrovnik all try the Balkans will be trip to remember forever.
Arival at Ataturk Airport. Upon arrival at the airport do the check in and meet with Etc-Vas tour guide and driver. Transfer to Istanbul for a city tour. The tour starts with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. After a lunch break, visit the main sights around Sul- tanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years, and decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with six delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting grounds of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusu- al antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Check in hotel and prepare for dinner. Accommodation and overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at hotel, check out, meet the guests and depart to Kavala. Visit the city centre of Tekirdag with its Ataturk sta-
tue. The panoramic sightseeing includes the church of Panagia and a typical Turkish house, which nowadays houses Rakozci Museum. Continue to Alexandroupolis city. Visit its main attractions like the Light- house, the Armenian Orthodox Church, Ecclesiastical museum, the town harbor. Continue to Kavala. Check in hotel and prepare for dinner. Ac- commodation and overnight in Kavala.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out, meet the guests and vi- sit Kavala. First we would visit the archeological cite of Philipi,
build during time of PhilipII. This town wous one of moust developt city‘s in that time. Visit the Archaeological Museum whic houses Hel- lenistic and Roman sculptures from the city, the Old Aqueduct, the Medieval Citadel, the House of Mehmet Ali, famous ruler of Egypt, the Town Hall building and the Convent of Lazarists, now a Catholic church. Proceed to Thessaloniki, check in hotel. Afternoon city tour. Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece. Our panoramic city tour includes the White Tower, The Arch of Galerius, The Church of Hagios Demetrios, the Statue of Alexander the Great, Aristotelous Square. Visit some of the Byzantine monuments, as well as several Ottoman and Je- wish structures. Accommodation and overnight in Thessaloniki.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and meet the guests and depart for Kalambaka. Stop en route to Kozani for a city sightsee-
ing tour, including nikis Square, the Clock Tower and the Church of Agios nikolaos. Drive to Kalambaka. Check in at hotel and prepare for dinner. Accommodation and overnight in Kalambaka.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart to Me- teora. The tour of Meteora will include the Holy Monastery
of Great Meteoron, its museum and the Kalothicon Church, the Holy Monastery of Varlaam and that of St. nicholas. Explore the great sto- ries of construction ingenuity and survival skills of the local people. In the afternoon, continue your route to the town of Gjirokaster. Stop en route to Ioannina for a short city sightseeing tour. The combination of innumerable historical monuments and museums with the unbelie- vable natural beauty of the landscape is a guarantee for the visitors. The castle of Ioannina, the lake with the island, the cave, the fabu- lous ancient city with its traditional stores and its exceptional market give no other choice to the visitors but attract their attention and captivate them. Accommodation and overnight in Gjirokaster.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and meet the group for a morning tour of the old city and its castle. Known for its unique architecture, this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE will offer something interesting for everyone. The highlights of the Old Town include the cast- le, its weapons museum and breathtaking views, the bazaar area, the eth- nographic museum. Drive to Butrinti archaeological site. This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient world during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek mythology. Start with the Asclepius temple, the theatre, the Roman portico and baths, early Christian baptistery, the Byzantine basilica, the defensive walls and their impressive gates. Accommodation and overnight in Sarande.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for Vlora, along the Albanian Riviera. Continue driving along some high mountainous and breathtaking views arriving at the Llogara national Park, stop for refreshments and continue southward to Vlora. Upon arrival in Vlora, the panoramic city tour includes the old town, the in- dependence square and Muradie Mosque. Proceed to Berati. In the af- ternoon visit Berati Castle. The walking tour will explore the ancient fortress, the main gates, the towers, the orthodox churches, the typi- cal architecture of the dwelling sites, bearing 2500 years of heritage and the tour of the Onufri Museum, located within St. Mary’s church. Board the bus, drive to Berat city centre and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the Mangalem quarter still preserving some elements of the Ottoman architecture of the dwelling places and narrow pathways with cobblestones. Visit the unique mosques, the monastery and the newly build Orthodox Church. Accommodation and overnight in Berat.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for Durres city. Explore the ruins of the town forum, the Roman baths, the
city centre, the town hall, the Roman Apmphiteatre, the Byzantine walls, the Venetian tower and the archeological museum, a panoramic display of discoveries and urban planning of this once an important city. Proceed to Tirana. Afternoon sightseeing tour. Explore the capi- tal city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as the city centre, the Skanderbeg Statue, the Et’hem bey mosque, the Clock Tower, Italian buildings and Martyrs of the nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vibrant colours and the expansi- on of city. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and depart to Kruja. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cobble 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 inclu- de the historic museum dedicated to Skanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman invasion. An old house turned to an ethnogra- phic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in nort-hern Albania. Continue to Shkodra city. 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 Lead Mosque, the Catholic cathedral, and a walking tour of Rozafa castle are some of the main attractions of the city. Proceed to Budva. Check in at the hotel. Accommodation and overnight in Budva.
Breakfast in at the hotel, check out and meet the group, depart for a city tour of Budva and Kotor. The sightseeing of Budva will include
the old town with its prevailing Venetian architecture and its churches; St. Ivan, St. Mary and Holy Trinity. Sightseeing of Kotor will explore the old city, Ivan’s fortress and defense towers, cathedral of St. Tryphon, protec- tor of the city and the Byzantine Palaces. Continue to Dubrovnik. Spend all the afternoon to explore the old city. Known also as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik offers a range of attractions. Our walking tour will take you by the old harbor, the Franciscan monastery, the St. Laurence Fortress, Sponza and Rector’s Palaces,the Bell Tower Clock and Orlando’s