Air & Land
12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights NYC-Tirana, Venice-NYC
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 10 nights First Class accommodations
- 2 nights Tirana
- 2 nights Kolasin
- 2 nights Dubrovnik
- 1 night Split
- 1 night Plitvice Lakes
- 2 nights Bled
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides in major cities
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Albanian National Museum, Tirana
- Rozafa Castle, Shkodra
- Durmitor Glaciers and National Park, Montenegro
- Mt. Lovcen, Cetinje
- Bay of Kotor
- Dominican & Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik
- Diocletian's Palace, Split
- Plitvice National Park, Plitvice
- Postojna Cave, Postojna
- Bled Castle, Bled
This itinerary is performed by a local tour company. It is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies; signage may display the local tour company name, but will have your name; tour guides and vehicles may change throughout your tour, and your tour documents/vouchers may be requested to exchange for local bus/theater/hotel/flight/ferry tickets. Luggage tags or name badges are not provided.
DAY 1, Monday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Albania. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment
DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Tirana
Arrive in Tirana, capital of Albania and center of the political, economic and cultural life of the country. Meeting and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, dinner with your tour manager and fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Albania
DAY 3, Wednesday - 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. On to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, closed under communist rule but re-opened in 1991, serving as a symbol of the re-birth 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, with the stirring Albania mosaic on its facade depicting proud Albanians marching through history. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Optional: Kruje Tour & Dinner
DAY 4, Thursday - Shkodra on the Way to Kolasin
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, an important cultural center and one of Albania’s oldest cities, on the east side of Shkodra Lake. Travel to 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. Within its massive defensive walls stand the Church of St. Stephen, several Venetian buildings, a belfry and many medieval rooms. Then, drive across the border into Montenegro, the jewel of the Mediterranean, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic coast with its lovely beaches and crystal-clear lakes. Arrive in the spa city 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, dinner together at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5. Friday - Kolasin City Tour
Morning tour to the impressive Moraca Monastery, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, built in 1252, with its huge stonewalls. According to legend, the monastery was built with a mysterious yellow stone, found only far from where it was built. After lunch, continue 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, with the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbor 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 spa resort’s delightful amenities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6, Saturday - Podgorica & Cetinje on the Way to Dubrovnik
Travel to Podgorica, cultural center of Montenegro, built amongst five rivers. As most of the city was destroyed during WW II, Podgorica is now completely rebuilt with modern buildings and many open green spaces. Continue to Cetinje at the foot of Mount Lovcen, a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage, with its colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Visit the Cetinje Museum, a historical complex with four sections: history, art, ethnographic and archaeological. Then, we drive along a steep road down to the fjord-like Bay of Kotor – the view is unforgettable. Along the way, see the spectacular 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". Dinner at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in 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. See 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 Tower, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture, and to the Franciscan Monastery, with exhibits from the world’s third oldest functioning pharmacy. The rest of the day is yours. Spend the time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea, or visit the Maritime Museum in St. John’s Castle. 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. Don’t miss a delicious dinner of local specialties at one of the city’s world-class restaurants
Optional: Cruise & Dinner
DAY 8, Monday - 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 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 antique palace in the world, built for the Emperor Diocletian, and represents a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Dominus built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend the remainder of the day discovering the town independently, or taking a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade. Dinner at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Tuesday - Trogir Visit and Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Morning drive to historic Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. 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 and hydrological phenomenon, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The park is also home to an extremely wide variety of animal and bird species. Rare fauna such as the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, lynx, wild cat and capercaillie can be found here, along with at least 126 rare species of birds. After enjoying the beauty of the park, travel to the town of Plitvice for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10, Wednesday - Opatija & Postojna Caves on the Way to Bled
Today, we return to the coast and travel along the striking Bay of Kvarner to the remarkable seaside resort of Opatija, a gem of Croatia's Adriatic coast, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches. Time to enjoy the pleasures of this area before journeying north to the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, a network of passages, galleries and chambers. This is the largest and the most visited show cave in Europe. Travel aboard the specially designed cave train with electric lighting that allows you to observe the splendor of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. You’ll be dazzled by the stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes, colors and ages. Afterwards, on to the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11, Thursday - Bled City Tour
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 true medieval fortress, with its huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Bled independently, or, visit tiny Bled Island, site of the 9th century Christian church. Tonight, perhaps a trip into town to sample some of the excellent local cuisine at one of the world-class restaurants on the last night in Slovenia
Optional: Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
Optional: Dinner at Country Inn
DAY 12, Friday - Return to the USA
Morning transfer to Venice Airport for your departure flight back to the USA
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Sheraton Tirana Hotel, Tirana
This first class hotel is located in the city of Tirana, close to its major attractions.
Rogner Hotel, Tirana
This deluxe hotel is situated along Tirana's major boulevard.
Bianca Resort & Spa, Kolasin
This first class hotel is located in the town of Kolasin.
Lacroma Hotel, Dubrovnik
This first class hotel is located close to the beach.
Hotel Atrium, Split
This deluxe class hotel is situated adjacent to ancient Diocletian aqueduct.
Hotel Jezero, Plitvice Lakes
This first class hotel is located in the center of the Plitvice Lakes National Park amidst great natural beauty.
Park Hotel, Bled
This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled, on the shore of Lake Bled, near the famous Bled promenade.
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Kruje Tour & Dinner
01 Apr 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $69|
|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 Skenderbeg, 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.|
Cruise & Dinner
01 Apr 2013 - 31 Oct 2014 $70|
|Sv.Jakov (St.James) beach in Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and where most of the attractive pictures of the Old City were taken from. A motor boat ride will take you around the Old City walls to St. Jakov Beach, where you will enjoy a three course dinner and Dalmatian wine. After dinner return to the Old City Port. Enjoy a glimpse of Dubrovnik by night before boarding your bus at Pile Gate to return to the hotel. Boat ride depends on weather conditions.|
Departs at 5:45 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.
Dinner at a Country Inn
01 Apr 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $49|
|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.
Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
01 Apr 2013 - 31 Oct 2014 $42|
|Bled with its surroundings of natural beauty, is a jewel among the Alpine resorts. Enjoy a scenic ride on a unique small rowing boat called a "Pletna," to the island in the middle of the lake. After disembarking the boat, visit the island's old church housing an impressive art collection. You'll have some free time to enjoy the magnificent views from the island. Later, the boat will bring you back ashore and you will continue by motor coach to another Alpine lake resort – Bohinj, beautifully incorporated amidst the dense woods and spectacular mountains. The journey will take you through some very old typical Slovenian villages with gorgeous landscape. Your excursion will end later in the afternoon.|
Departs at 11:30 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.
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Apr 28, May 5, Sep 22 & Oct 6 departures will be accommodated at the Rogner Hotel in Tirana.
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