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Europe Explorer Grand Tour “dalmatia Route”

Europe Explorer Grand Tour “Dalmatia Route”

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We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Tirane - Shkoder - Podgorica

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
After breakfast in the hotel in Tirana, we head to Shkoder. Shkoder is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and was once the capital of Illyria before it was conquered by Rome (year 168 BC). It is also considered the “Florece of the Balkans” due to its cultural inheritance and richness. We visit its old bazaar, cathedral and mosque before heading to Rozafa castle for spectacular views of the city, lake and the surrounding mountains.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Podgorica, Montenegro
Continue to MOntenegro’s capital Podgorica, where we visit the Old Town and show you the most important historical monuments and buildings in town: Doganjska Mosque from 15th century, Skaline (“the stairs”) is probably one of the most historic and picturesque site of Podgorica. It is a place perfectly described as peaceful, quiet and in the middle of the city, Republic Square, St.George church form 11th of century, Millenium Bridge, Russian Bridge, Vladimir Vysotsky Monument, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Orthodox Church), Roman Square, King Nikola's Castle from 19th century and Clock Tower (Sahat Kula) from 17th century. Then continue to Niksic. There are many places worth seeing in the center of Niksic: the Central Square of Liberty, the Royal Palace of King Nikola I Petrović Njegos containing the museum, the Church of St. Basil of Ostrog, who was built in the 19th century in Montenegrin heroes, who gave their lives for the freedom of the country. Near the center there is an old Turkish city walls and Hadji-Smajil's mosque.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation to hotel (Garni Atrium 3*, or similar) and overnight.


Day 2: Niksic - Trebinje - Nevesinje - Blagaj- Mostar (UNESCO).

Stop At: Niksic, Montenegro
Departure to Niksic. In the west of Montenegro, at the field of Niksic, is the city of Niksic. Built in the 4th century BC castle ruins, form Illyrians, its original name was Onogost. Remains of this old city are today a cultural and historic monument. In the vicinity of Niksic, from the direction of Podgorica, high in the cliffs, is the greatest spiritual centre of Montenegro, the Monastery of Ostrog. Founded in the12th century by Metropolitan Vasilije that, who was later proclaimed Saint and miracle worker. In the city itself is the monumental Saborna Church, dedicated to Saint Vasilije and surrounded by a beautiful park. Niksic is flanked by three lakes: Krupac, Slano and Liverovici Lake. During the summer months these lakes are the main places for day trippers and holiday makers. Niksic is also well known for its production of the famous Niksicko beer.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cross the border to Bosnia-Herzegovina and travel to Mostar, where we explore on a walking tour through the old town. Mostar is situated on River Neretva and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation. Old Bridge which is the oldest single arch stone bridge was built in the 16th century and it was one of the biggest monuments of Ottoman Architecture in the Balkans. In the 90's the bridge was hit and destroyed. And in 2004, the reconstruction of the Old Bridge was finished and there was a grand opening which was held in Mostar. Nowadays, all people who come to the Balkans never leave the Balkans without visiting Mostar, especially Old Bridge. At Old Bazaar of Mostar, souvenirs and a lot of different symbols about Mostar can be found, and enjoying your drink while watching Old Bridge and lovely flowing Neretva River are extremely recommended.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Hotel Hana 3*, or similar.


Day 3: Sarajevo - Travnik.

Stop At: Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
After breakfast continue to Sarajevo. Proceed for tour to visit Vrelo Bosne – spring of river Bosnia, Tunnel Museum – the only means of going in and out during the siege of Sarajevo in last war - Walking tour of old town Bascarsija, Latin Bridge, place where the Austro Hungarian Archduke was assassinated, what triggered the 1st World War; Brusa Bezistan – covered market place; Gazi Husref Bey Mosque- built in 1530 year during the Ottoman era – and Gazi Husref Bey Madrass; Morica Han built in 1551 ; Vijecnica – town hall for the Austro-Hungarian era - Lunch at the local restaurant.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Travnik, Travnik, Central Bosnia Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Then proceed to Travnik. Travniks’ fortress, tombstones and burial Maculja are the legacy of the medieval period in Travnik. The fortress is very well preserved and it is located between two creeks, Hendek and Šumeće, access is provided from the north sida over a stone bridge. Worth visiting is the Museum Travnik, which contains a large number of photographs, a library, a collection of paintings, artifacts and ethnological very rich numismatic fund. As the Travnik was the birthplace of Nobel prize winner writer Ivo Andric (1892.-1975.), His house is now a memorial museum which is exposed to a constant setting - the birth room, Travnik Chronicle, library and art collection.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Travnik. Vezir Palace 3*, or similar.

Day 4: Bihac - Plitvicka Jezera (UNESCO)

Stop At: Bihac, Bihac, Una-Sana Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
After breakfast, continue to Bihac. We will have a guided city tour of Bihać to uncover the secrets of untouch natural landscapes that are classified in the most preserved natural division of Europe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Plitvica, Plitvica, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia
Then continue to Plitvicka. Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It's known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. Plitvice lakes has been a national park since 1949 and in 1979 it was added to the UNESCO list of world natural heritage.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Plitvicka. Grabovac Hotel 3*, or similar.

Day 5: Zagreb - Ljubljana.

Stop At: Zagreb, Zagreb, Central Croatia
After breakfast, continue to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. After the arrival walking tour, where you will see all the highlights of the city including the Green Horseshoe of Zagreb, the Cathedral, the historical Upper Town and the Museum of Broken Relationships. In addition to hearing about history and the hidden gems of the city, you can also enjoy a snack and a cup of coffee at Zagreb 360° Observation Deck.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Then proceed to Ljubljana. Slovenia’s capital. Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia is one of its top 3 attractions, and it is a perfect base to enjoy any day trips in Slovenia. Explore its medieval old town and the old Roman ruins, admire the river banks and bridges of the Ljubljanica river, and take the funicular up to Ljubljana castle for great views of the city and the Alps. Relax in Tivoli park and in the numerous restaurants and cafés where people of all ages meet. Marvel in the architectural beauties, marked by influences of neighbouring Italian and Viennese styles of the previous centuries.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Emonec Hotel 3*, or similar.


Day 6: Bled - Postojna Cave - Rijeka.

Stop At: Bled, Bled, Upper Carniola Region
After breakfast, continue to Bled. Where you will have a tour of the majestic Bled Castle , which is located on a steep 139 m high cliff overlooking the lake and offers a heavenly view of Lake Bled, as well as the surrounding alpine mountaintops and valleys. Bled Castle, first mentioned in 1011, is one of the oldest Slovenian castles. You can admire the old wooden Gutenberg printing press and the castle’s smithy, while Bled Castle is also famous for being one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: 6230 Postojna, Slovenia
Then continue to Postojna cave, the largest and arguably the most beautiful cave of the classical Karst. Close by are the Skocjan Caves, which though less visited actually constitute a more spectacular site and indeed have been classed a UNESCO.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rijeka, Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Then continue to Rijeka in Croatia. Rijeka where you will visit the fortress of Trsat, built on the turn of the 12th and 13th century. You will learn about the long and interesting history of the castle which oversees the entire city of Rijeka, the administrative and cultural center of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar county and the third largest city in Croatia by number of inhabitants.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation in hotel (Continental 3*, or similar) and overnight.


Day 7: Opatija - Zadar.

Stop At: Opatija, Croatia
After breakfast, we continue to Opatija. Opatija is a beautiful Croatian city located on the Istrian Peninsula. Among its many attractions are the Villa Angiolina, Saint James's Church, the Juraj Sporer Arts Pavillion, and many picturesque parks.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zadar, Zadar, Zadar County, Dalmatia
Then we continue to Zadar via coastline road and by enjoying the fascinating Dalmatian Riviera scenery. After arrival in Zadar we will have a city tour. Walking along Zadar`s streets to show you the entire spectrum of monuments and hidden corners, taking you into the past more than 3000 years. By retelling the stories and legends you will feel the pulse of the town from the past and today's everyday living to enjoy this city considered one of “the Pearls of the Adriatic”.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation in hotel (Marinko 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 8: Šibenik - Trogir (UNESCO) - Split (UNESCO).

Stop At: Sibenik, Sibenik, Sibenik-Knin County, Dalmatia
Then continue to Sibenik. Sibenik is a historical town located in the picturesque bay where the Krka River flows into the Adriatic Sea, in Central Dalmatia. We have a walking tour in Sibenik's narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give it a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. St. Jacob's Cathedral is the most famous building in Sibenik. It was constructed over a period of a century, and is testimony to the determination, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Sibenik.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Trogir, Trogir, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia
We will continue our journey through history towards Trogir, a small, well preserved town sandwiched between Croatia’s mainland and the island of Čiovo. It is hard to find another town on the Mediterranean as small as Trogir and as rich in respect of the cultural heritage. This fact was noticed by UNESCO back in 1997 when Trogir was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. This small town is a mosaic of monuments that date from the ancient Greek period to the Middle Ages and further on to the present. Stroll through the streets of this charming little town; admire an undeniable masterpiece of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence and the famous Romanesque Portal of Radovan, 15th century’s palaces of noble families, the Town hall and 11th century’s Benedictine monastery.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia
Then continue to Split. Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses. Split walking tour includes the Roman part of town (Diocletian palace) and the old part of town (City hall, promenade, Fishmarket..) The ruins of the Palace can be found throughout the city. The cathedral locally known as St. Duje church was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation in hotel (As Hotel 3*, or similar) and overnight.


Day 9: Makarska - Dubrovnik (UNESCO).

Stop At: Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia
Then continue to Dubrovnik. The walking route takes you around the Old Town via Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Along the way you will pay a visit to St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine-producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation in hotel (Petka 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 10: Kotor (UNESCO) - Budva (UNESCO)- Ulcinj.

Stop At: Kotor, Kotor, Kotor Municipality
After breakfast drive to Kotor. We visit the Old Town and show you the most important historical monuments and buildings in town: Square of Arms, Byzanti Palace, Beskuca Palace, Pima Palace, St Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum, St Nicholas Church, Blessed Ozana Church as well as the North gate, and the biggest attraction the city ramparts thanks to which Kotor became a part of UNESCO World Heritage.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Budva, Budva, Budva Municipality
Then departure to Budva (UNESCO). We will visit the capital of Montenegro tourism to enjoy the amazing combination of the wonderful beaches with the history of the ancient, cultural and religious monuments. Visit in the Old City, Sveti Trojica Church, Stanjevici Monastery.
Then continue to Ulcinj.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accomodation in hotel (Vila e Balshajve 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 11: Lezhe - Tirane.

Stop At: Lezhe, Lezhe, Lezhe County
After breakfast, we will depart for Albania, where we will stop in Lezha. In the ancient period was called Lis (one of the most important Illyrian city states founded more than 1000 years BC, where according to a latest thesis it could possible be the famous Troyan city of Ilion (as everything is in synchrony with the Iliad poem description of battle field and participants)). Visit to Mausoleum of Skanderbeg (Albanian National Hero).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
Then continue to Tirana. After the arrival, we have a city tour of Tirana. Located on a plain on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital since 1920 (visits to the Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey (built on 1824), the Clock Tower (built on 1822), the National Museum (the huge mosaic on front represent the Albanian history development, and the stages of this development are presented on respective pavilions), National Art Gallery, Archeological Museum (there are presented many archeological discoveries since the Stone Age up to the Medieval), the National Heroes Cemetery, Grand Park and government buildings).
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Tirana in Hotel Kruja 3*, or similar, and overnight.