All About Balkans & Greece

from $2178/per person

Join on a discovery of the iconic cities and impressive highlights of the Balkans. Get to discover Sofia, Skopje, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Tirana. Roam the ever-popular and lively Croatian coast while craving the calming serenity and charm of Albania and Montenegro. Experience the most popular islands, the amazing history of Athens and Greek way of life. See where the ancient Greek gods were born and the ruins of their temples, then party till dawn in crazy Mykonos, take an insta-worthy pic of the world’s most beautiful sunset in Santorini and explore the breathtaking Ios.

Duration
17 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans / Greece
Starts in / Ends in
Sofia / Athens
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 & 4 Star
35-40 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Belgrade
    Belgrade

    Belgrade is the capital and largest city of the southeast European country of Serbia.

  • Budva
    Budva

    Budva is a town in Montenegro and known for best nightlife on the Adriatic Sea.

  • Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik

    This complex is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe, but the lively streets show that there is more! Party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?

  • Ios
    Ios

    The perfect place for sea, sun & party type of holiday! Don’t forget to visit the tomb of the famous Greek poet, Homer, before you get lost in the night.

  • Mostar
    Mostar

    Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge).

  • Mykonos
    Mykonos

    Greece’s most famous with blue flag beaches, whitewashed streets and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to leave the ‘The Island of the Winds’!

  • Ohrid
    Ohrid

    Ohrid is a large town in Macedonia on the shore of Lake Ohrid and a UNESCO heritage site since 1980.

  • Santorini
    Santorini

    The most beautiful sunset in the world… This volcanic island has unique scenery with its multi-colored cliffs and beaches. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.

  • Sarajevo
    Sarajevo

    Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its main cultural, economic centre.

  • Shkodra
    Shkodra

    Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania and one of the oldest places in the Balkan peninsula.

  • Skopje
    Skopje

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of Macedonia and it lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Sofia
    Sofia

    Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria.ıt has rich history from Roman and Ottoman Empires.

  • Tirana
    Tirana

    Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania.It is also culturel and economical center of the country.

  • Trebinje
    Trebinje

    Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 28 km far from Dubrovnik.

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Sofia
Welcome to Sofia! At the airport, keep an eye out for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. At the hotel around 7pm, have an informal welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. After you get all the critical information about the tour, head out for our optional group dinner around 8:15pm and walk the streets of Sofia.
  • Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities: Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Sofia, Belgrade
After a substantial breakfast, hop on the bus and make your way to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. With stunning views over the Danube and Sava rivers by the mighty medieval Belgrade Fortress, head to the heart of the capitol. Starting off at the vibrant pretty shopping street, Knez Mihailova, filled with cafes, shops and charming sites, kick off the walking tour to discover the incredible landmarks Belgrade has in store and their marvellous histories.
  • Included Activities: Guided Belgrade City Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
3
Day 3: Belgrade, Sarajevo
Next stop Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, the city that has been through it all! It is where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where people of many nations and religions met, lived and warred. You can still see many reminders of the Yugoslav War in bullet holes and cannon marks all around town. Though, still an oriental beauty with a unique twist, and a delight to discover on your walking tour in the old town. The city offers endless delicacies to taste, but the specialty is lamb.
  • Included Activities: Sarajevo City Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
4
Day 4: Sarajevo, Mostar,Trebinje
Today, we drive for the amazing Adriatic shore, but first a stop at Mostar! As you arrive in this dreamland, walk through the Old Town of this Herzegovina pearl, see the iconic highlights Old Bridge – Stari Most, and the old čaršija (market). Enjoy your lunch with an amazing view at one of the local venues, discover the old town and make sure to try the delicious Turkish coffee. In the afternoon, ride to Trebinje for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities: Mostar Walking Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
5
Day 5: Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Get ready for a long day at Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic"! With its well-preserved majestic walls encircling the whole town and its sea of terra-cotta roof tiles, giving life to the "King’s Landing", the whole town is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even the drive down to town from the mountain-side is a breakth-taking highlight in itself! We start off with a guided walking tour of the Old Town and marvel at the millennial history of this fairy-like town. Walk atop the mighty walls, discover cute narrow streets, taste delicious seafood or jump off into the crystal-blue waters. In the evening, we return to Trebinje for a good night's rest.
  • Included Activities: Guided Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
6
Day 6: Trebinje, Kotor, Budva
Next stop Montenegro! Arrive in Kotor after a scenic drive an meet its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture, a less-crowded version of Dubrovnik with its impressive medieval citadel. Following a walking tour of the old town with your expert local guide and some free time, make your way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. Your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of the vibrant summer town with great food, impressive views and lively nightlife.
  • Included Activities: Guided Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
7
Day 7: Budva, Tirana, Ohrid
Hit the road after breakfast, next stop Albania! A panoramic city tour of Tirana will introduce the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture, and drop us off at the town centre for some free time to discover the bustling Skenderbeg square. In the afternoon, continue towards Ohrid, Macedonia and check-in to your comfy hotel. You can rest up after a long day, or join the optional Balkan night with dinner.
  • Included Activities: Panoramic City Tour of Tirana, Ohrid Walking Tour
  • Optional Activities: Balkan Night with Dinner
  • Meals: Breakfast
8
Day 8: Ohrid, St.Naum, Skopje
Start off the day with a guided city tour of Old Ohrid hosting hundreds of chapels and churches scattered all around. Afterwards drive for the heavenly Monastery of Saint Naum built on a high rocky cliff overlooking the vast Ohrid Lake. Surrounded by incredible nature, get some free time to discover the complex, have lunch and even swim in the lake! In the afternoon travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for the night.
  • Included Activities: Guided Ohrid City Tour, St.Naum visit
  • Optional Activities: Ohrid Boat Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast
9
Day 9: Skopje, Sofia, Athens ( By Flight )
Prepare to discover the beautiful Skopje with a guided sightseeing tour filled with stunning architecture, grand monuments and unique history. Pose with the famous statue of Alexander the Great or walk through the Macedonian Arc de Triumph. The city has countless landmarks and a vibrant street life with many cafes and bars around. In the afternoon we drive to Sofia for your flight to Athens.
  • Included Activities: Skopje Guided City tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
10
Day 10: Athens, Mykonos
Rise and shine, we have an early start to catch the ferry from Athens to Mykonos. In the afternoon, you will meet with your tour leader and your fellow travellers to explore Mykonos town, and its white washed houses.  
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Mykonos
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
11
Day 11: Mykonos
The day is yours to soak up the sunshine, swim in the sea or chew through your memory card taking pics of cute windmills and quaint streets. Or discover the birthplace of Apollo by taking an optional tour to Delos Island. Tonight, hit the bars and restaurants and dance the night away!  
  • Optional Activities: Delos Island Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
12
Day 12: Mykonos, Santorini
Next up: Santorini! After our ferry ride, we will wander through the town of Fira to get our bearings. See why the blue door houses, white church domes make Santorini the iconic postcard town of Greece. Santorini is formed from volcanic activity, and from the caldera witness the most epic sunset and breath-taking views.  
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Santorini
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
13
Day 13: Santorini
We’ve got a free day today. Relax on the red or black sand beaches, wander the streets and browse through the shops of the main town or take an optional quad biking tour. Explore the island’s volcano and check out an active crater and hot springs in our optional volcano tour. The choices are endless!  
  • Optional Activities: Volcano Tour, Quad Biking Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
 
14
Day 14: Santorini, Ios
Today we are taking to the seas, and heading towards to Ios. Get orientated on a tour around Ios and see its golden beaches and characteristic Aegean houses which are set on the hilltop. Tonight get amongst it, as we hit up the renowned party night life in the evening!  
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Ios
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
15
Day 15: Ios
Feeling a little under the weather from last nights antics? Nothing a gyros and a dip in the sea can't fix! It's a free day today so laze on the beach, roam the streets of the beautiful town of Chora or swoon over those awesome views.  
  • Meals: Breakfast
16
Day 16: Ios, Athens
Raise the anchor, today we are departing by ferry for our final stop, Athens. Tick off any last minute sightseeing and soak up all that Greece has to offer.
  • Meals: Breakfast
17
Day 17: Athens
Our trip will end here (11:00am) in Athens. Fill up on your last breakfast with the Travel Talk crew and say goodbye to your new friends.  
  • Meals: Breakfast
Start
Price ($)
Sat 16 May 2020
$2178
Sat 23 May 2020
$2178
Sat 30 May 2020
$2178
Sat 6 Jun 2020
$2178
Sat 13 Jun 2020
$2178
Sat 20 Jun 2020
$2178
Sat 27 Jun 2020
$2345
Sat 4 Jul 2020
$2345
Sat 11 Jul 2020
$2345
Sat 18 Jul 2020
$2345
Sat 25 Jul 2020
$2345
Sat 1 Aug 2020
$2345
Sat 8 Aug 2020
$2345
Sat 15 Aug 2020
$2345
Sat 22 Aug 2020
$2345
Sat 29 Aug 2020
$2345
Sat 5 Sep 2020
$2178
Sat 12 Sep 2020
$2178

The tour price covers the following services:

Accommodation

2 & 3 & 4 star hotels in Greece 4 star in Balkans

Meals

16 breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus, Economy class ferry in Greece part of the tour. Flight between Sofia and Athens.

Airport Transfer

From Sofia Airport (on day 1)

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

HOTEL VEGA - SOFIA


ABBA HOTEL - BELGRADE


HOTEL EXCLUSIVE - SARAJEVO


HOTEL CENTRAL PARK - TREBINJE


HOTEL PARK- BUDVA


HOTEL AURA - OHRID


HOTEL PANORAMIKA DESIGN - SKOPJE


ARION HOTEL - ATHENS


This contemporary, centrally located hotel is situated 2 minute walk-away from Monastiraki Metro Station. The rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with minibar, satellite TV and hairdryer.

ALEX HOTEL - MYKONOS


This hotel is located in Tourlos area, very close to central Mykonos, offers an outdoor swimming pool and wi-fi all around the hotel.

NEW HAROULA HOTEL - SANTORINI


New Haroula hotel is located in the centre of Fira, the capital of Santorini. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and free access to Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a fridge, satellite TV and a balcony overlooking the pool or the bougainvillea garden.

HERMES HOTEL - IOS


Hermes Hotel is centrally located, only 700 meters away from the town, offers an outdoor swimming pool, and it’s also 7 minute walk to the beach.

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