Day 2 (Monday): Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana
Today depart for Sarajevo via Mostar, 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. 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 speciality of 'bosanski cevapi' (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).
Day 3 (Tuesday): Sarajevo - Belgrade (Serbia)
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.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Belgrade
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.
Day 5 (Thursday): Belgrade - Skopje (Macedonia)
Departure for Skopje via Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. After a sightseeing tour in Nis, visiting remnants of its Ottoman past, we cross the border into Macedonia and proceed to the capital, Skopje, arriving in the afternoon.
Day 6 (Friday): Skopje
The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the centre, 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.
Day 7 (Saturday): Skopje - Ohrid (Macedonia)
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.
Day 8 (Sunday): Ohrid - Thessaloniki (Greece)
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.
Day 9 (Monday): Thessaloniki - Delphi - Athens
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.
Day 10 (Tuesday): Athens
After breakfast, our tour concludes with a transfer to Athens airport.
Escorted Package Includes:
- Inbound Transfer - Split Airport (SPU)
- Outbound Transfer - Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH) )
- English-speaking tour driver for the duration of the tour
- Professional English-speaking local tour guides at each site
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Tips except for driver and guide
- 9 nights' Accommodation
- 9 x Breakfast
- Tips for driver and guide
- Entrance fees
- Compulsory Travel Insurance
Hotels (or similar):
- Split: Hotel to be advised
- Sarajevo: Hotel to be advised
- Belgrade: 88 Rooms Hotel 4*
- Skopje: Best Western Hotel Turist 4*
- Ohrid: Belvedere Hotel 4*
- Thessaloniki: Hotel to be advised
- Athens: Titania Hotel 4*
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (fz)