Gateway to Balkans

$329/per person

The Balkan countries have diverse culture and geography, making every country well worth the visit. Discover the Balkans tumultuous past as well as some amazing architecture, beautiful beaches, ancient landmarks and quirky towns on Travel Talk’s 7-Day Gateway to Balkans tour.

Duration
7 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Dubrovnik / Sofia
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

    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
    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.
    • Included Activities; Skopje walking tour
    • Meals; Breakfast
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    Day 6: Skopje, Sofia
    Early in the morning we get up for breakfast and depart for Sofia. As we drive into town and learn about the Bulgarian lifestyle, we’ll join the walking tour of the town centre and visit all the famous landmarks. We start off with the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, and continue on to The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre and St. Sofia Church. Along the way is Sofia's oldest building - St George Rotunda, dating all the way back to the 3rd century. As our guide fills you in about the diverse history of Bulgaria, and the communist era, you’ll get to see the houses of the Council of Ministers, presidency and the former communist party headquarters. Then rewind a few centuries at the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika from the 6th century, and visit the National Palace of Culture. As we stroll towards the main shopping streets of Sofia, feel free to get lost and discover the shops and cafes around. You are free to roam the city as you wish.
    • Included Activities; Sofia walking tour
    • Meals; Breakfast
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    Day 7: Sofia
    Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Sofia 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

    6 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


    HOTEL FESTA - SOFIA


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