TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Highlights: City tour of Vienna. Vienna gardens of the immense Schönbrunn Palace. Evening transfer.
09.00 hrs.- Vienna- start with a scenic sightseeing tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. (If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish).
Directly afterwards, we head the Schönbrunn Palace where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens.
In the evening we go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will have dinner with cuisines from around the world (including Austrian, Chinese , Indian and Italian). Return to hotel.-
Viena- Maribor- Zagreb.-
Total distance covered: 380 km
Scenery: Beautiful scenery most of the way, above all at the border between Austria and Slovenia, picturesque villages, lakes and mountains.
07:30 hrs. - Vienna – Departure -.
11:00 hrs. - Maribor - Arrival -. Time for a stroll in Slovenia’s second largest city, overlooked by its castle.
13:00 hrs. - Maribor - Departure -.
16:00 hrs. - Zagreb – Arrival -. From the hotel, we start a panoramic tour of Zagreb with a local guide to admire its two hills, the ancient quarter, the high city and the new districts of the Croatian capital. The visit will last around two hours. There will be free time after this. Dinner included for all of our passengers.
Zagreb- Bania Luka- Jajce - Sarajevo.-
Total distance: 415 km
Scenery: Mountains, ancient castles.
Note: Please bring your passport in hand as we will cross to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic or border delays.
07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.
09.30 hrs.- Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). We travel through the region where the ruined houses remind us of the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia that took place in the 1990s.
10.30hrs- Bania Luka. Arrival and time for a walk through the capital of the autonomous entity of Republika Srpska and the second largest city in Bosnia, after Sarajevo, where its boulevards and gardens as well as its fortress and orthodox cathedral stand out.
11.30 hrs- Bania Luka, departure. We continue through densely wooded regions.
13.00 hrs- Jajce- arrival in what is perhaps the most beautiful town in Bosnia, with its cultural mix, its mosque, its fortress and its impressive waterfall. Time for a walk and lunch.
14.30hrs- Jajce, departure and continuation to the capital of Bosnia.
17.30 hrs.- Sarajevo - Arrival. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide. We will talk about the conflict that existed in Bosnia and Sarajevo, we will walk through the historical center with strong Turkish influence (its bazaars, mosques..). Dinner included.
Sarajevo - Mostar - Medjugorge - Dubrovnik.-
Total distance: 285 km.
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes throughout the whole route: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and picturesque villages. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.
Notes: Please bring your passport in hand, as today we cross to Croatia.
We will still have some time to explore Sarajevo, where we will visit the Tunnel of Hope that in 1993 saved the city in the 30 months siege of Sarajevo during the war by connecting the besieged city through a tunnel with free Bosnia.
10.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
13.00 hrs.- Mostar.- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of lively commerce and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
16.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
16.30 hrs.- Medjugorge.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.
17.30 hrs. - Medjugorge - departure. Departure to Croatia. Border procedures (which may take a while). Very beautiful coastal scenery.
20.00 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.-Accommodation may be in Catvat, on the coast near the city. Dinner included.
Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik Cavtat .-
Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. The tour includes tickets to the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral. We also include a boat trip to LOKRUM, a small island 15 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and home to the ruins of a Benedictine monastery of the eleventh century, popular setting of the series "Game of Thrones". Free time during the afternoon. Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel. Dinner included.
Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.
Note: in the winter months, from November to March, there is no boat service to Lokrum and therefore we cannot visit the island.
Dubrovnik- Kotor- Budva- Tirana.-
Distance covered: 295 km
Scenery: Very beautiful scenery along the Adriatic coast. The bay of Kotor possesses some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Very picturesque villages along the way. . Subsequently Albania presents us with images of a more rural country with a very strong character of its own
Note: Have your passports to hand. We cross the border to Montenegro and Albania. We will sometimes have to change coach on the border with Montenegro.
07.30 hrs.- Dubrovnik - Departure -. We set off early for Montenegro. Border procedures (which may sometimes be long). Beautiful scenery in the bay of Kotor.-
09.30 hrs (variable depending on which border).- Kotor.- Arrival -. Time to stroll in this beautiful walled town with its strong Venetian influence, which stands in a magnificent scenic background.
11.00 hrs.- Kotor - Departure - We continue among beautiful coastal scenery.
11.45 hrs.- Budva, a beautiful walled enclave on a rocky islet in the sea. Time for a stroll, to take photos and have lunch.
13.45 hrs.- Budva - Departure -. We travel along the coast towards Albania. Arrival at the frontier and border procedures (which may sometimes be long). Time at the frontier too to have a coffee and change money. We carry on along small roads. We enter the capital of Albania.
17.30 hrs.- Tirana - Arrival -. Dinner and accommodation.
Tirana- Struga- Ohrid.-
Distance covered: 160 km Scenery: Slow mountain roads in Albania. Interesting scenery throughout the whole stage. Very beautiful around Lake Ohrid with its crystal clear waters.
Note: Have your passports to hand. We are crossing the border with Macedonia. Make sure you do not need a visa to enter this country.
After breakfast, we include a panoramic tour of Tirana: The capital of Albania, with its mosques, the clock tower, the ministries. Our local guide will tell us about this small country. Free time before going on our way. (this visit may also be made in the evening on arrival in Tirana, depending on the sunlight and on the decision of the guide).-
11.15 hrs.- Tirana - Departure -. Mountain scenery. After this, we come to Lake Ohrid which forms the border with Macedonia and offers us very pretty countryside. Border crossing (there may sometimes be delays). Entry in Macedonia.
14.30 hrs.- Struga - Arrival -. A picturesque town on the shore of the lake. Time for a stroll and lunch.-
15.30 hrs.- Struga - Departure -.
16.15 hrs.- Ohrid - Arrival -. A town with a very strong Ottoman influence, declared World Heritage. Time to see the centre of the town, after which we will go to our hotel (located in the outskirts of the town, by the lake). Dinner included and accommodation.
Ohrid- Kastoria- Kalabaka- Meteora.-
Distance covered: 295 km
Scenery: Generally pretty scenery of the Balkans and north of Greece. Mountains in Greece. Spectacular scenery in the area of the Meteoras.
Notes: Have your passports to hand. We enter Greece (Schengen zone).
- We visit the Valley of the Meteoras, stopping at the most important Orthodox monasteries and visiting one of them. Provide for suitable clothing (women will have to put on skirts, which will be given to them at their arrival at the Monastery). Provide for comfortable footwear to climb up to the Monastery.
07.45 hrs.- Ohrid - Departure -. We travel to the border through regions of pleasant agricultural plains. We pass through Bitola, a historic town that was called the “city of consuls”. Stop at the frontier where we have a chance for a coffee and to change money if we need to. The north of Greece has a strong Slav and Ottoman influence and a very broken geography.
11.45 hrs.- Kastoria - Arrival -. The city of the 100 churches, with its mediaeval streets and pleasant restaurants beside its pretty lake. Time for a stroll and lunch.
13.45 hrs.- Kastoria - Departure -.
16.00 hrs. – Meteoras – Arrival -. We start our route amidst the fantastic scenery of the Meteoras which houses monasteries literally “hanging” from the rocks. We stop and visit theMega Meteoras monastery while observing the remaining monasteries “hanging” on the rocks.
Dinner included and accommodation in Kalabaka, a small town at the centre of the Meteoras region.
Kalabaka - Delphi -Osios Loukas- Athens.-
Total distance covered: 435 km.
Scenery: Attractive Mediterranean landscapes. Very beautiful countryside in the Delphi region.
Note: The order of the stage may vary, with the Monasterio of Osios Loukas coming first and then, Delphi.
08:00 hrs - Kalabaka –Departure-. Journey through Thessaly towards central Greece. Spectacular countryside above the sea on arrival in Delphi.
11.30 hrs - Delphi –Arrival-. Entrance included to visit the beautiful archaeological site that dominates the Gulf of Corinth, a place that abounds with magic. Time for lunch.
14.30 hrs - Delphi –Departure-. Journey through the mountains, Mount Parnassus dominates the landscape.
15.15 hrs- Osios Loukas Monastery. Arrival to one of the most beautiful Byzantine monasteries in Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its magnificent mosaics from the 11th century are surprising.
16.30 hrs- Osios Loukas departure.
19.30 hrs Athens –Arrival.
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens.
We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included).
In the evening we include a transfer to the area of PLAKA, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.
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