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【14-Day】The Balkans Tour from Athens (with airport transfer) - Tour Code: 17761

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Start City: Athens End City: Athens

Duration: 16 Day(s) Language: English Airport Pickup: Yes

Highlights

Visit Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia!

☆ UNESCO Heritage site visited: Athens, Delphi, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Meteora , Mostar, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Split, Thessaloniki  

☆ Airport transfer service included


Itinerary

Day 1: Airport - Hotel

Summary of The Day

Welcome to Athens, upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free to explore.

Overnight in Athens.

Pick-up info

1. The pick-up is available from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)

2. On arrival, you'll be met after passing through customs, for international arrivals, and collecting your luggage. The driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on. Please ensure that we have been provided with your 'arrival' details at least 24 hours before departure. 

Meals
Hotel (included)
Athenaeum Grand Hotel

Day 2: Athens city tour

Summary of The Day

Athens city tour starts from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896.

Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).

On the Acropolis visit, the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon.

Overnight in Athens.

Sightseeing
Acropolis

Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

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Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) is the central square of Athens.The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843. It is located in front of the 19th century Old Royal Palace, housing the Greek Parliament.

You can also see the traditional ceremony of Guard mounting.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Athenaeum Grand Hotel

Day 3: Athens - Meteora - Kalambaka

Summary of The Day

Today we head to Meteora, a unique and enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars. We spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka.

Overnight in Kalambaka.

Sightseeing
Meteora

Meteora

"City of the Sky" - Meteora, also known as "the ridiculous mountain of Greece", is famous for the Mount Olympus where the gods once lived and the amazing Meteora Monastery. Millions of years ago, it was a vast ocean, and later the movement of the earth's crust and the impact of the sea made it a stone forest. Meteora monastery is situated on top of these towering rocky hilltops. About 1,000 years ago, there were hidden monks here. They climbed the towering peaks by wooden ladders and ropes, living in natural caves, praying, praising and repenting. So far in the vicinity of the village of Kastraki, we can also find the ancient and broken caverns of the 11th century concealed monks that remain on the steep cliffs. The legendary hero 007 James Bond in the movie has also been here.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Antoniadis Hotel , OR Similar

Day 4: Kalambaka - Tirana(Albania)

Summary of The Day

Today we leave Greece behind and head towards to Albania. En route we visit the UNESCO listed town of Gjirokastra, a rare example of a well preserved Ottoman town, and then we continue to the capital, Tirana.

Overnight in Tirana.

Sightseeing
Gjirokastër

Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra is a magical hillside town, defined by its castle, roads paved with chunky limestone and shale, imposing slate-roofed houses and views out to the Drina Valley, There has been a settlement here for 2500 years, though these days it's the 600 'monumental' Ottoman-era houses in town that attract visitors.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Tirana International Hotel

Day 5: Tirana - Budva - Kotor (Montenegro)

Summary of The Day

After breakfast, we have a walking tour of the town visiting the Clock Tower, Et'hem Bey Mosque, St Paul's Cathedral, National Historical Museum, Piramida, National Art Gallery and Mother Teresa Square. We then leave Albania and drive to Budva, Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. We continue to Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight in Kotor.

Sightseeing
Tirana

Tirana

Tirana is a beautiful and charming city, where the cosmopolitan and small town feeling is intertwined with a lively night life. Tirana is where the old and new Albania meet. Unpaved streets host brand new Land Rovers, iPhone-toting youngsters rub shoulders with street vendors peddling all manner of items, and gleaming glass towers look down on abandoned construction projects.

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Budva

Budva

Budva is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called "Montenegrin Miami", because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with beaches and vibrant nightlife.

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Kotor

Kotor

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, it is well-known for its World heritage medieval structures (including churches and fortifications) and its stunning natural setting at the very edge of the mountain-rimmed Kotor Bay. Kotor has developed around Stari Grad(local language for "old town"), the city's old town and best known landmark, which is listed with UNESCO World heritage sites. Kotor Bay is the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost straight down to the waters edge) is spectacular

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Hotel Splendido

Day 6: Kotor - Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Summary of The Day

Amongst the sights to see, at Kotor, are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (built in 1166).

We continue along beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik, a city legendary for its well-preserved stone walls, and is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the Adriatic Sea. You'll also visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, the 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector's Palaces.

At the end of your journey, perhaps you'd prefer to simply unwind on a beach.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Sightseeing
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Although its population barely exceeds 40,000, it's one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.


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Meals
Hotel (included)
Villa Paradiso

Day 7: Dubrovnik - Split

Summary of The Day

After breakfast, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Split. In the afternoon we will have walking tour of the city visiting, Diocletian Palace, a Roman imperial palace and UNESCO World Heritage site. We will walk the southern part of palace, the Bronze Gates, through the Vestibul of the Emperor's Palace, The Mausoleum, St. Dujam's Cathedral, Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, St. Martin's Church (Golden Gate) and conclude the tour at the fruit square and visit the Venetian castle, Milesi Palace and the Monument of Marko Marulic.

Overnight Split

Sightseeing
Split

Split

Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Despite initial appearances, however, the city is not a small tourist town, and extends over a large area well beyond the ancient core. It's the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline (the unofficial "capital" of Dalmatia). Wandering the historic centre of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.

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Diocletians Palace

Diocletian Palace

Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Hotel Slavija Hotel Trogir Palace

Day 8: Split - Mostar - Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Summary of The Day

Today depart for Sarajevo via Mostar, on the way, we visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 156. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge.

Afterwards, we drive to Sarajevo, which is Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities. The city mixes east and west dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old bazaar and you must try the local specialty of 'bosanski cevapi' (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).

Overnight in Sarajevo.

Sightseeing
Mostar

Mostar

Mostar is a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

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Sarajevo

Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its largest city, with 430,000 citizens. Most of the city is within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but some parts are in the Republika Srpska. Sarajevo is very tourist friendly, especially in the Old Town in the center of the city.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Astra Garni Hotel Astra Hotel

Day 9: Sarajevo - Belgrade (Serbia)

Summary of The Day

This morning, after breakfast, we depart for Serbia's capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums.

In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.

Overnight in Belgrade

Sightseeing
Belgrade

Belgrade

Belgrade, meaning 'White City', is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. With a population of over 1.7 million people, Belgrade has been re-emerging as a tourist destination in the past years. Often called the party capital of Southeastern Europe, Belgrade is famous for offering numerous entertainment venues, many historical sites, great local food, and warm people. Various styles of architecture are found in the city, and its recent resurgence as the leading hub in Southeastern Europe makes it a must-see destination.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Prime Hotel

Day 10: Belgrade

Summary of The Day

Today, we will visit the city's wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries.

Overnight in Belgrade

Sightseeing
KALEMEGDAN PARK

Kalemegdan Park

Kalemegdan is Belgrade’s central park and fortress complex lying on a hill overlooking the Savaand Danube confluence, on the eastern side of the river Sava. This has been the sight of the ancient Roman city of Singidunum, the medieval and Turkish era Belgrade and was converted into a park in the mid 19th century.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Prime Hotel , OR Similar

Day 11: Belgrade - Skopje (Macedonia)

Summary of The Day

Early departure from Belgrade towards to capital of Macedonia, Skopje. In the afternoon we head to the gorgeous Matka Canyon and Lake area. You can visit the several churches and monasteries in the area, explore caves or take an optional boat trip before returning back to Skopje.

Overnight in Skopje.

Sightseeing
Skopje

Skopje

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of North Macedonia. Skopje is city of many cultures and many centuries. The various groups that have controlled the city through its history have each left visible reminders of their reign: multiple Dardanian and Roman-era archaeological sites dot the city; Byzantine and Serbian Empire churches and monasteries can be found around the outskirts; a great wealth of Ottoman heritage fills the Stara Čaršija; commieblocks and other Soviet-esque structures recall the Yugoslav era; and the current ruling party is erecting countless historicist neoclassical-style buildings in Centar. All of this comes together to form quite an interesting city.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Best Western Hotel Turist , OR Similar

Day 12: Skopje

Summary of The Day

The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the center, visit Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge.

Overnight in Skopje

Sightseeing
Kale Fortress

Kale Fortress

Kale Fortress is a historic fortress located in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. It is situated on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. The fortress is depicted on the coat of arms of Skopje, which in turn is incorporated in the city's flag.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Best Western Hotel Turist , OR Similar

Day 13: Skopje - Ohrid (Macedonia)

Summary of The Day

This morning, we drive to Ohrid, this UNESCO world heritage site is known as the 'Macedonian Jerusalem' due to its large number of churches. Nestled on the shores of a large lake which is renowned for the clarity of its water. Discover highlights of Ohrid, The church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation.

Overnight in Ohrid

Sightseeing
Ohrid

Ohrid

Ohrid is a town in southwestern North Macedonia on the shore of Lake Ohrid. A town of vast history and heritage, it was made a UNESCO heritage site in 1980. Nestled between high mountains up to 2,800 m and Lake Ohrid, it is not only a place of historic significance but also of outstanding natural beauty. Ohrid is the jewel in North Macedonia's crown.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Belvedere Hotel , OR Similar

Day 14: Ohrid - Thessaloniki (Greece)

Summary of The Day

Today we set off towards Thessaloniki, famous for its UNESCO listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments and the foreshore lined with cafes, cocktail lounges, bars and restaurants.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Sightseeing
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the capital of the region of Central Macedonia, Greece, and is, at about one million inhabitants, the second largest city in the country. More importantly, it is a city with a continuous 3,000-year history, preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Its Byzantine churches, in particular, are included in UNESCO's World Heritagelist.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Tobacco Hotel , OR Similar

Day 15: Thessaloniki - Delphi - Athens

Summary of The Day

This morning we drive to Delphi where we will explore the incredible site and museum of Delphi. The sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. We then continue to Athens.

Overnight in Athens.

Sightseeing
Delphi

Delphi

Delphi consists mainly of the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Athens, the theater, the sports ground, and the sports field. The most famous of them is the ancient Greek symbol of light and youth, and the god of the sun, Apollo, who is in charge of music, poetry and medicine, and animal husbandry. Temple. The ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the center of the earth and was "the navel of the earth." It is said to have been the center of spiritual civilization in the ancient world. For the Greek gods, Delphi is the most important shrine in all Greek holy places, and the temple is dedicated to Apollo.


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Delphi

Delphi Temple

Delphi Temple

The Temple of Apollo in Delphi was built in the 8th century BC, and there is a holy stone in the temple, marking the center of the universe. Shortly after the arrival of Apollo, his brother Dionysus also came to Delphi. Dionysus is a god of irrationality, ecstasy, and drunkenness. The Greeks thought that he could provide a balance for Apollo's calm and solemnity.

The Temple of Delphi was abandoned after the eradication of the pagan movement by the Roman emperors of Rome. Until the 17th and 18th centuries, interest in the temple gradually recovered. Archaeological excavations at the Delphi site began in the 19th century. Today at the Delphi Museum, visitors can enjoy the treasures of the ancient temple.

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Meals
Hotel (included)
Athenaeum Grand Hotel , OR Similar

Day 16: Athens - Transfer to the airport

Summary of The Day

The tour will end today, we will arrange the transfer to the airport according to your flight.

Note

Please make sure we have your 'departure' details at least 24 hours before departure. 

Please check with your guide regarding your outbound transfer pick up time. You will meet with your driver in your hotel lobby or at the end of your tour if you are departing directly from the tour. 

Meals
Pricing
Inclusions
    1. Airport transfer from/to ATH airport
    2. 13 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel and 2 night in 3-star hotel
    3. Daily breakfast
    4. Professional English-speaking local tour guides
    5. Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
    6. Tips except driver, guide and transfer staff
Exclusions
    1. Meals which are not included in the package
    2. Mandatory Tips/Service Fee for tour guide and for driver.
    3. Personal expenses such as insurance, laundry, telephone etc
    4. Greece - Hotel Residence Tax: the Hellenic National Tourism Organization has decided on a residence fee to be applied on hotel accommodation from 01/01/2018. The fees applied will be EUR 1.50 for 3* hotels, EUR 3.00 for 4* hotels and EUR 4.00 for 5* hotels, per room, per night.(This tax must be paid by the guests directly to the hotel before the end of the stay)
    5. Entrance fees
    6. Border or port taxes
Booking Info
Reminder
    1. Globerouter cooperates with top local tour operators and ensures the best quality of services to all travelers.
    2. The sequence of itineraries, travel time, tour start/end points, attractions covered as mentioned in the tour itinerary; are subject to change without prior notice based on departure dates, local weather, traffic/driving conditions, on ground situations etc.
    3. If you are booking a triple room, please note that in some hotels, the third bed may be a “fold-away” bed. Availability of triple rooms is limited. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability.
    4. The minimum traveller age for escorted group tours is 8 years.Child fare is applicable for kids aged "8 and above - below 10 years" , who share a room with two adults (A fold-up will be offered for the child. Only one child per room is allowed). 
    5. In addition to any personal items such as a handbag or laptop computer, you are entitled to have one main piece of luggage and a cabin bag or day pack. Please note that some domestic airlines in Turkey have a luggage limit of 15kg. If your tour program includes a domestic flight and your luggage exceeds 15kg you will be responsible for any excess baggage fees.
    6. We highly suggest all customer to book your flights tickets only after receiving your E-voucher. Globerouter will not be responsible for any flight cancellation/change charges incase of any changes before final confirmation. 

Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy

1. Cancel or change an order

The following terms apply to the refund policy when canceling or changing an order

1) Reducing the number of travelers

2) Canceling the entire order

3) Change to a different tour

Possible only 31 days prior to the tour departure date.

Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges.

4) Rescheduling tour departure date

This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 31 days or lesser.

Subject to availability of seats

Modification service fee will be applicable over & above the cancellation charges.


Cancellation Made Within Refund Policy
45 Days (or) more prior to tour departure date 70% of the tour cost paid will be refunded
30-44 Days prior to tour departure date 50% of the tour cost paid will be refunded
15-29 Days prior to tour departure date 35% of the tour cost paid will be refunded
14 Days (or) lesser prior to tour departure date The entire tour cost will be forfeited & No-Refund

2. Modify an order

Charges to modify an order apply for the following:

1) For requests to add more number of travelers

Subject to availability of seats.

2) For requests to change to a different tour

Possible only 07 days prior to the tour departure date.

Cancellation charges as above will be applicable over & above the modification service fee.

3) For requests to reschedule tour departure date

This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 07 days or lesser.

Subject to availability of seats.

Cancellation charges as above will be applicable over & above the modification service fee.

4) For requests to change the name of passengers

This request will not be accepted if the travel date is within 07 days or lesser.

Modification Notice Period Service Charge
Requests made from the date of booking until 07 day prior to the tour departure date 10% of the tour cost will be charged for each order
Requests made 07 days (or) lesser from the date of tour departure No requests will be accepted & No Refund

3. Notes

1) We recommend all our passengers to avail "Travel Insurance" to protect themselves against personal/natural/manmade exigencies of all kind (including medical & family emergencies, accidents, flight delays, traffic delays, theft or personal- acts of terrorism, natural calamities, etc.) that may affect you from participating in our tours (OR) arise while on tour.

2) Globerouter will take no responsibility for matters as stated above under personnel /natural/manmade exigencies.

3) No part / full refund/compensation will be offered to passengers who miss taking our tours (OR) for any un-utilized services, as per the date/time scheduled on the E-Voucher because all services are reconfirmed and prepaid for Charges as mentioned in our "Cancellation / Modification and Refund Policy" would be applicable.

4) All cancellation & tour modification requests should be emailed to info@globerouter.com.

5) We will not accept any cancellation/modification requests made through local tour provider/tour guide (OR) verbal requests made over the phone to our customer support staff / by voice mail

6) Cancellation request emails will not be accepted unless they have a complete, signed and attached "Globerouter Cancellation Request Form".

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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