12 Day Affordable Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia

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This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Dubrovnik to Split. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break. This is an Off Season program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Albania
Depart for Albania

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tirana
Arrive in Tirana, capital of Albania and center of the political, economic and cultural life of the country. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a welcome drink where you will meet your tour manager and travel companions for an orientation meeting on the journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Tirana City Tour
Today, discover the city of Tirana. Morning sightseeing begins at Skanderbeg Square, bustling heart of the city, named for Skanderbeg, the Albanian national hero; his equestrian statue dominates the center of the plaza. View the Et'hem Bey Mosque, serving as a symbol of the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Continue to the soviet built Palace of Culture with its first stone symbolically placed by Nikita Khrushchev. End the tour at the National History Museum, adorned with the stirring gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own or, join the optional tour to Kruje. The visit will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Walk through the old bazaar, visit the Ethnographic museum and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Kruje Tour & Dinner
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Shkodra, Moraca Monastery, Kolasin
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, an important cultural center and one of Albania's oldest cities, on the east side of Shkodra Lake. Drive by the ruins of mythical Rozafa Castle, one of the largest and most famous castles in Albania, with its fascinating history dating back to the early Bronze Age. Then, cross the border into Montenegro, the jewel of the Mediterranean, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic coast with its lovely beaches and crystal-clear lakes. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Moraca Monastery with its huge stone walls, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, built in 1252. Arrive in the spa town of Kolasin, situated in the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountains; an ideal location with expansive vistas of the surrounding Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Komovi peaks. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Durmitor National Park
After breakfast, depart the hotel to breathtaking Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. Stop at Biogradsko, considered the most picturesque lake in the Balkan Peninsula with its serene and natural beauty. Return to the hotel, with time to enjoy some of the resort's delightful amenities. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Cetinje en route Dubrovnik
The journey continues to Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro and rich in cultural and historical heritage. Admire the colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, drive along a steep road down to the fjord-like Bay of Kotor - the view is unforgettable. Along the way, see the breathtaking scenery of the Dalmatian coast and jewel-like town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik; see the astonishing views of the city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps, spend time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces. The walking tour of Old Dubrovnik highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk past the monumental Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city, preserved in its original form. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando’s Column, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Then on to view the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle. The rest of the day is yours. Be sure to watch the beautiful sunset tonight and walk along the cobbled streets, with its buildings glowing and the fortifications accented against the night sky. Tonight, attend the optional Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj. Visit the Dubelj family home, where things are still done the old-fashioned way. The owner will show you the traditional method of making olive oil, using a horse-driven mill. Afterward, taste local cheese along with Dalmatian prosciutto and exchange views with your host family over a traditional three-course meal
Optional: Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Split Walking Tour
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the dramatic Adriatic coast, past charming old fishing villages and brand-new resorts, to the UNESCO, protected the seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, begin a walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best-preserved building of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Built for Emperor Diocletian, it represents a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Tonight, enjoy your time at leisure or, join the optional Croatian Dinner at Epetium. Travel this evening to Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three-course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of the region for over 50 years
Optional: Croatian Dinner at Epetium
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Trogir Visit and Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Morning drive to historic Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 BC. Here, admire the three-naved 13th century Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia and the stunning Cipiko Palace. Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magnificent wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and a huge primeval forest. This area, known as a geological phenomenon, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After enjoying the beauty of the park, travel to the town of Plitvice for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Plitvice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday – Zagreb’s Upper and Lower City Tour, Bled
After breakfast, drive inland through the wooded mountain area, lush with vegetation to the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Embark on a walking tour, with stunning views of the attractive facades of Old Town and Ban Jelacic, the main square. Then, continue to busy Kaptol Square, dominated by the monumental Zagreb Cathedral, with its soaring twin spires. Walk along Kravi Most, to St. Mark’s Church with its brightly colored roof and the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine. Afterward continue to Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps, and enjoy the evening at leisure among one of the world’s most beautiful alpine resorts. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner at a traditional Country Inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica that includes choices of Slovenian favorites along with wine
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Bled City Tour, Ljubljana
Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts, also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake water. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. The tour begins at the imposing 11th century Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This is a medieval fortress, with huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. In the afternoon, drive to Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. The city tour features views of the open-air market, City Hall, The Triple Bridge and the Parliament. This evening, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at a Farewell Reception
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Slovenia
Morning transfer to Ljubljana Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Albania
Depart for Albania

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Tirana
Arrive in Tirana, capital of Albania and center of the political, economic and cultural life of the country. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a welcome drink where you will meet your tour manager and travel companions for an orientation meeting on the journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Tirana City Tour
Today, discover the city of Tirana. Morning sightseeing begins at Skanderbeg Square, bustling heart of the city, named for Skanderbeg, the Albanian national hero; his equestrian statue dominates the center of the plaza. View the Et'hem Bey Mosque, serving as a symbol of the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Continue to the soviet built Palace of Culture with its first stone symbolically placed by Nikita Khrushchev. End the tour at the National History Museum, adorned with the stirring gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own or, join the optional tour to Kruje. The visit will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Walk through the old bazaar, visit the Ethnographic museum and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Kruje Tour & Dinner
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Shkodra, Moraca Monastery, Kolasin
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, an important cultural center and one of Albania's oldest cities, on the east side of Shkodra Lake. Drive by the ruins of mythical Rozafa Castle, one of the largest and most famous castles in Albania, with its fascinating history dating back to the early Bronze Age. Then, cross the border into Montenegro, the jewel of the Mediterranean, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic coast with its lovely beaches and crystal-clear lakes. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Moraca Monastery with its huge stone walls, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, built in 1252. Arrive in the spa town of Kolasin, situated in the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountains; an ideal location with expansive vistas of the surrounding Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Komovi peaks. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Durmitor National Park
After breakfast, depart the hotel to breathtaking Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. Stop at Biogradsko, considered the most picturesque lake in the Balkan Peninsula with its serene and natural beauty. Return to the hotel, with time to enjoy some of the resort's delightful amenities. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Cetinje en route Dubrovnik
The journey continues to Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro and rich in cultural and historical heritage. Admire the colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, drive along a steep road down to the fjord-like Bay of Kotor - the view is unforgettable. Along the way, see the breathtaking scenery of the Dalmatian coast and jewel-like town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik; see the astonishing views of the city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps, spend time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces. The walking tour of Old Dubrovnik highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk past the monumental Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city, preserved in its original form. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando’s Column, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Then on to view the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle. The rest of the day is yours. Be sure to watch the beautiful sunset tonight and walk along the cobbled streets, with its buildings glowing and the fortifications accented against the night sky. Tonight, attend the optional Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj. Visit the Dubelj family home, where things are still done the old-fashioned way. The owner will show you the traditional method of making olive oil, using a horse-driven mill. Afterward, taste local cheese along with Dalmatian prosciutto and exchange views with your host family over a traditional three-course meal
Optional: Home-Hosted Dinner at Dubelj
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Split Walking Tour
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the dramatic Adriatic coast, past charming old fishing villages and brand-new resorts, to the UNESCO, protected the seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, begin a walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best-preserved building of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Built for Emperor Diocletian, it represents a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Tonight, enjoy your time at leisure or, join the optional Croatian Dinner at Epetium. Travel this evening to Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three-course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of the region for over 50 years
Optional: Croatian Dinner at Epetium
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Trogir Visit and Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Morning drive to historic Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 BC. Here, admire the three-naved 13th century Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia and the stunning Cipiko Palace. Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magnificent wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and a huge primeval forest. This area, known as a geological phenomenon, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After enjoying the beauty of the park, travel to the town of Plitvice for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Plitvice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday – Zagreb’s Upper and Lower City Tour, Bled
After breakfast, drive inland through the wooded mountain area, lush with vegetation to the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Embark on a walking tour, with stunning views of the attractive facades of Old Town and Ban Jelacic, the main square. Then, continue to busy Kaptol Square, dominated by the monumental Zagreb Cathedral, with its soaring twin spires. Walk along Kravi Most, to St. Mark’s Church with its brightly colored roof and the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine. Afterward continue to Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps, and enjoy the evening at leisure among one of the world’s most beautiful alpine resorts. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner at a traditional Country Inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica that includes choices of Slovenian favorites along with wine
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Bled City Tour, Ljubljana
Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts, also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake water. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. The tour begins at the imposing 11th century Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This is a medieval fortress, with huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. In the afternoon, drive to Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. The city tour features views of the open-air market, City Hall, The Triple Bridge and the Parliament. This evening, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at a Farewell Reception
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Slovenia
Morning transfer to Ljubljana Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Your visit of Kruje will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Kruje is best known as the hometown of Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero, and is where the Ottomans were successfully resisted for nearly 35 years until 1478. Visit of the Ethnographic museum, a walk though the old bazaar and a dinner in a local restaurant will complete the experience.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $77.00
01 Apr 2019 - 15 Dec 2019 $79.00
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Depart Dubrovnik and head north, to the bucolic village of Orašac. Here, visit the Dubelj family home, a rustic estate where things are still done the old-fashioned way. The owner will show you the traditional method of making olive oil, using a horse-driven mill. Afterwards, taste local cheese along with Dalmatian prosciutto and exchange views with your host family over a traditional three course meal. An unforgettable experience!

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours

Day #7 01 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019 $53.00
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Travel this evening to the beautiful village of Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of this region for over 50 years.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours

Day #8 01 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019 $48.00
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This evening, visit the little medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old section. Later, stop at a popular and traditional country inn. Your dinner will include a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.

Departs at 7:00 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $57.00
01 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 $67.00
Tour of Radovljica with dinner Thumbnail

Your visit of Kruje will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Kruje is best known as the hometown of Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero, and is where the Ottomans were successfully resisted for nearly 35 years until 1478. Visit of the Ethnographic museum, a walk though the old bazaar and a dinner in a local restaurant will complete the experience.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $77.00
01 Apr 2019 - 15 Dec 2019 $79.00
Kruje Tour & Dinner Thumbnail

Depart Dubrovnik and head north, to the bucolic village of Orašac. Here, visit the Dubelj family home, a rustic estate where things are still done the old-fashioned way. The owner will show you the traditional method of making olive oil, using a horse-driven mill. Afterwards, taste local cheese along with Dalmatian prosciutto and exchange views with your host family over a traditional three course meal. An unforgettable experience!

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours

Day #7 01 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019 $53.00
Home Hosted Dinner at Dubelj Thumbnail

Travel this evening to the beautiful village of Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of this region for over 50 years.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours

Day #8 01 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019 $48.00
Croatian Dinner at Epetium Thumbnail

This evening, visit the little medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old section. Later, stop at a popular and traditional country inn. Your dinner will include a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.

Departs at 7:00 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $57.00
01 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 $67.00
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