Balkans on a Shoestring

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Commence the tour in Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic and make your way through Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Learn about the rich history of the Balkans along with visiting beautiful landscapes, heritage sites and pretty towns. Experience the culture, customs and cuisine of this region on the 5-Day Balkans on a Shoestring tour.

Duration
5 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Dubrovnik / Skopje
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
35-40 Pax

Sight Visited

  • 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?

  • Kotor
    Kotor

    Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro and well-known for its World heritage medieval structures.

  • Ohrid
    Ohrid

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

  • Podgorica
    Podgorica

    Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro and 63 km far from the Budva.

  • 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.

  • 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

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Day 1: Dubrovnik, Trebinje
At the meeting point (in front of Hotel Petka at Gruz Port) in Dubrovnik, keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk bus, as we pick you up from the meeting point at 5pm and take you to  Trebinje, an 18th century town located 28km from Dubrovnik.
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Day 2: Trebinje, Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Get ready for a long day with full of discovery! After the early breakfast we depart for Croatia. It’s time to discover the “Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik. 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. We start our guided walking tour of impressive Old Town and learn all about the millennial history of this incredible town with influences of the Romans, Byzantine, Ottomans and Venetians. We walk inside the mighty walls, visit the castle overlooking the port, and all the beautiful attractions and quick swim or drink around Dubrovnik, shore of Adriatic Sea to cool off. Our next stop is Kotor, Montenegro with its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture. Following a walking tour of the old town with our expert local guide, we make our way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. Later in the evening we depart for Podgorica and we’ll stay overnight.  
  • Included Activities; Guided Dubrovnik City Tour, Guided Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 3: Podgorica, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop is Albania! On our way, we pass through Shkodra and its beautiful lake on the border, and continue to Tirana. A panoramic city tour of Tirana will embrace Ethem Bey Mosque, one of the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture; as well as the Clock Tower, and the Skanderbeg Square – the town centre, named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. Moving forward, the journey will continue towards Macedonia. As we arrive in Ohrid, we’ll check into the hotel and rest up after a long day or you can have an optional famous Balkan night.
  • Included Activities; Panoramic City Tour of Tirana, Ohrid Walking Tour
  • Optional Activities; Balkan Night with Dinner,
  • Meals; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Ohrid, St.Naum, Tetovo, Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for optional boat tour in impressive Ohrid Lake. Then, we will have a guided Ohrid City tour. In the afternoon, we drive for Monastery Saint Naum built on a high rocky cliff over the shore of the most southern point of Ohrid Lake. Monastery Saint Naum is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia, which also represents one of the first monuments of Slavic church architecture. You have also chance to swim in this place. After the visit of St.Naum,  our next stop will be Tetovo. Upon arrival, we embark on a tour of the city and visit the Arabati Baba Tekke and Sharena Dzamija (Painted Mosque). The impressive Painted Mosque was built in the year of 1459 on the foundation of an even older edifice. An example of early Constantinople style, the mosque is adorned with an elaborately painted facade and interior, making it unique. In the evening hours, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Guided Ohrid City Tour, St.Naum visit and Tetovo Walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Skopje
Eat up this morning as we then hit the streets to discover the beauty of Skopje in the morning with a sightseeing tour of the town. As we make our way to the main square along the popular Macedonia street and learn about the diverse history of the ancient settlement, we visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa – Skopje native and Noble Peace Prize winner; and reach Macedonia square. Look around closely as the square hosts many buildings and monuments representing the cultural heritage and history of Macedonia, including museums, sculptures, the famous statue of Alexander the Great, and even an Arch de Triumph. We make our way up to the outstanding Fortress Kale, overlooking the busy square at the heart of the capital, and continue towards the Old Bazaar passing over the famous Stone Bridge, and witness incredible churches and mosques along the way such as Mustafa Pasha Mosque, The church of St Spas (Holy Salvation), Chifte Amam and more. In the afternoon, we will also have a chance to join optional Matka Canyon Tour.The tour finishes after the city tour.  
  • Included Activities; Skopje Guided City tour
  • Optional Activities; Matka Canyon Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
Start
Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

4 star hotels

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Guide

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

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • 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 LEOTAR - TREBINJE


HOTEL NAR - TREBINJE


HOTEL VIV - TREBINJE


HOTEL HEC RESIDENCE - BUDVA


HOTEL OASIS - PODGORICA


HOTEL VERDE COMPLEX - PODGORICA


HOTEL AURA - OHRID


HOTEL PARK GOLDEN VIEW - OHRID


HOTEL FLAMENGO - OHRID


HOTEL PANORAMIKA DESIGN - SKOPJE


HOTEL BEST WESTERN - SKOPJE


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