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
15-20 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 meeting point in Dubrovnik, keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk bus, as we pick you up from the meeting point and take you to  Trebinje, an 18th century town located 28km from Dubrovnik, and after checking into our hotel, we make our way to the walled city of Dubrovnik. After discovering this amazing town and roaming the vibrant streets, we return to Trebinje.
  • Included Activities; Dubrovnik Walking Tour
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Day 2: Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Kick off the day with a delicious breakfast and put on your swimsuit, 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 Stari Grad (old town), 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 of Dubrovnik before a drink 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. A touristic attraction in its own right, we discover the gorgeous town and all its attractions including Sveti Stefan – a former fishing village with its untouched old town with narrow streets, shops and churches. Late in the afternoon we depart for Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro where we’ll stay overnight.
  • Included Activities; Dubrovnk City Tour, Kotor City Tour, Budva Walking Tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 3: Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop 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 check into the hotel and rest up after a long day.
  • Included Activities; Panoramic City Tour of Tirana
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 4: Bitola, Tetovo, Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for Bitola. The group will explore the Turkish market, Bedestenot, Yeni Mosque, the Clock Tower and the wide alley and the military academy. Bitola stands at a critical junction connecting the Adriatic with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe, and has always been an administrative, cultural, commercial, and educational centre. As many European countries had consulates in Bitola, also commonly known as "The City of The Consuls" for centuries. In addition, we will visit Heraclea Lyncestis, an ancient Macedonian town with an important strategical position during the Hellenistic period. Continuing on with the journey, the 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 late evening hours, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Bitola and Tetovo Walking tours
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 5: Skopje
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Skopje at 11.00am.
  • Meals; Breakfast
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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 VERDE COMPLEX - PODGORICA


HOTEL AQUALINA - OHRID


HOTEL CONTINENTAL - SKOPJE


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