TOUR FOUR COUNTRIES

(Croatia, Albania, Macedonia & Montenegro)

D1 -DUBROVNIK

Arrival to Dubrovnikcroatia-dubrovnik-old-port-harbor

Please advise flight details in advance, in order to prepare a correct program in first day

Transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation on BB

VALAMAR COMPLEX 3* or similar hotels

 

D2- DUBROVNIK – DURRES (300 km)

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After the breakfast departure towards Montenegro – one of the smallest and youngest European Nations.

It takes less than two hours’ drive to reach the border between Montenegro and Albania.

Arrival to Albania, the country whose history and long period of isolation are still intriguing the travelers. Upon arrival to Durres visit of the Roman Amphitheater – 2nd largest in Balkans dating from the 2nd cent.A.D.

Walk through the city center of Durres, the biggest Albanian port. 

ACCOMMODATION IN HOTEL “DOLCE VITA” 4*

Followed by the dinner

 

 D3- DURRES – KRUJE – TIRANA – DURRES (180 km)

After the breakfast drive, to Kruje – the birth place of Skanderbeg.kruja-castle-albania-petrit-metohu

The city nested on the steep hill is an excellent example of traditional architecture.

Visit of the Skanderbeg’s museum, typical house and Old town known for its handicrafts shops.

Kruja – is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic mountainside location. Some of  the main points of interest include the restored Castle and Citadel, the Skanderbeg  museum located inside the castle, and the Old Restored Bazaar. The citadel includes a restored house from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum

VISIT :

  • THE CASTLE
  • THE SKENDERBEG MUSEUM
  • THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

Tirana –   “The Albanians” – a mosaic on the face of the National Historical  Museum, Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square,    Et’hem Bey Mosque  at the south east corner of    Skanderbeg Square – The Clock Tower next to  the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Government buildings: at the south end of  Skenderbeg  Square . Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: The Tabakëve  and Terzive bridges (respectively in front of the Parliament building and on  Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century. The Palace of  Culture (Pallati I Kulturës), where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the  National Library stand, The monument to Mother Albania, 12 metres high,  was inaugurated in the Dëshmoret e Kombit cemetery in 1971. The Academy  of Sciences building , The Gallery of Figurative , The International Cultural  Centre, Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’.The Palace of Congress, and  President Resident, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Bulevard  Deshmoret e Kombit,

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  • THE NATIONAL HISTORIK MUSEUM

Afternoon return to Durres.

HB in hotel.

ACCOMMODATION IN HOTEL “DOLCE VITA” 4*

Followed by the dinner

 

D4-DURRES – ELBASAN -OHRID (182 km)

After the breakfast drive to Elbasan – ancient city of Scampa.

At 50 km from Tirana, Elbasan is a charming city with a long pedestrian avenue and its old city.195_elbasan

Elbasan (Albanian: Elbasan or Elbasani) is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. One of the largest cities in Albania, it is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of Elbasan and the County of Elbasan.

The very first teachers’ training college in Albania, the Shkolla Normale e Elbasanit, was established in Elbasan.

Industrial development began in the Zogist period when tobacco and alcohol factories were established.

It was founded as a stopover on the trade way Via Egnatia, the artery linking Apenine peninsula with Konstantiopolis.

Brief stopover.

The tour further continues to the Republic of Macedonia.

Ohrid is situated on the lake bearing the same name and is listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage.

It is the most shining of Macedonian pearls.

Free time to find out numerous shops selling Ohrid pearls.

Traditional dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Overnight.

ACCOMMODATION IN HOTEL METROPOL BELLEVUE 4*

Followed by the dinner 

 

D5 OHRID (locco)

 

Whole day is dedicated to the visit of this unique architectural complex.o

In the guide will take you through the cobbled streets of Ohrid .

 

OHRIDAt the lake side resort of Ohrid, classified as a UNESCO`s World Cultural Heritage site. Thanks to the activity of St. Clement and St Naum of Ohrid, the first Pan-Slavic University in Europe – the famous Ohrid Literary School was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St Sofia (11th century), the most eminent medieval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings, and St Clement`s Church with its icon of Annunciation. Afternoon short drive for a visit to the St Naum Monastery built on the shores of the Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. The monastery is dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Return to hotel, overnight.

VISIT :

  • St. Sofia
  • Klimant Cathedral
  • Icon museum

 

In the guide will take you through the cobbled streets of Ohrid .

Afternoon visit of St Naum – the monastery known as the cradle of Slav alphabet and boat drive on the Lake.

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  • St.  NAUM  

Dinner in the hotel or local restaurant

ACCOMMODATION IN HOTEL METROPOL BELLEVUE 4*

Followed by the dinner

 

D6 OHRID – SHKODRA (260 km)

Leaving the Ohrid Lake the route will take us again through Albania and to another lake – Shkodra shared between Republics of Albania and Montenegro.

Stop in Shkodra and visit of Rosafa fortress, where everything stll reminds on a legend of it’s foundation.

Shkodra ,known as the “capital of north Albania” it is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in the 4th century B.C. as the center of the Labeat tribe of Illyrians. Shkodra is rich in cultural heritage; the city itself as well as the people bears the pride that the large number of artists, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, and writers born here strove to 1create. Shkodra’s main tourist attraction is Rozafa Castle. Rising majestically upon a rocky hill west of the city, the outcroppings and battlements paint a blazing  picture against the setting sun. It is surrounded by the waters of three rivers; the Drini, Buna, and Kiri. Much like the town it protected, the castle has Illyrian origins.  Historians tell us a less enchanting and more scientific background of the castle’s characteristics. It reflects the dominion of the Balshaj family but passed through enough other ruling periods that each left their own signs and markings on the grounds, including a distinct Venetian flare, some Ottoman architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. Within the castle walls is a museu.

Highlights

Visit Rozafa, the castle of Shkoder

Cathedral of the city.

The Cathedral of Shkodra is called the Great Church because, at the time of construction, was one of the largest churches in 1408542483ura-e-mesit-shkoder-b-jpgsv0Balkan. Then we will visit the Mosque in Shkodra. The New Mosque, EbuBekr, is the largest in Albania and among the largest in Balkan.

Drive to the center of city of Skhodra built on the spot where the river Bojana runs into the Adriatic Sea.

Dinner in a restaurant placed in a traditional Albanian house.

Overnight in hotel „Grand“ 5*. 

 

D7 SHKODRA – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK (224 km)

After the breakfast descent to the Montenegrian coast and visit of Kotor – one more city of UNESCO World heritage List.

Our walking tour Kotor start with the guide in the front of the main gate (1). He will take you to place of merchants andkotor-bay sailors and lead you through two and a half thousand years of history of this amazing fortification. Kotor as we know now was built between 12th and 14th century and  contains numerous monuments of historical heritage and outstanding medieval architecture as well, which have made Kotor a UNESCO listed „World Natural and Historical Heritage Site“.

When you enter the Old Town, you’ll step on the main town square that is Arms Square (2), with the Town Clock Tower (3) dubrovnik-viewwhich dates back from 1602. By the tower facade there is a pyramidal pillar, a pillory, a testimony of the moral as well as legal norms respected in the town

Later in the afternoon visit of Dubrovnik:

main city’s artery Stradun, Onofrio’s fountain, Sponza palace, city harbour etc.

 

Accommodation on BB

VALAMAR COMPLEX 3* or similar hotels 

D8 DUBROVNIK

Departure day – transfers to airport or hotel in Dubrovnik for your extended holiday.dubrovnik_airport_sign