Macedonia – Albania – Montenegro


Day 01: Skopje (D)

On arrival at Skopje, embark on a city tour of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Start the day with a visit to Parliament Building, built in 1933 by Viktor Hudak in modernistic style, see The Double Hamam, which was built in the middle of the 15th century by Isa Beg was used as both male and female bath. Today it is used as a gallery for temporary exhibits. Continue to the Clock Tower, the Bey’s Tower and some of Ottoman Inns. Visit St. Bogorodich church, St. Kliment of Ohrid Cathedral & Mother Teresa House.

Day 02: Skopjie - Kavadarci (B/L/D)

Start the day with a walking tour of the city as most of the sights are situated in and around the Old Bazaar. It is easily the most pleasant part of the city to wander around. Here you will find lots of tiny, pastel shaded, square little one floor shops that string themselves along the narrow cobbled streets that wind up and down the shallow slopes. It has a very Turkish feel about it, with grand mosques dotted among the shops, and shopkeepers with pillbox tupi hats selling everything. We cross the oldest bridge in Skopje, called the “Stone Bridge”. It has been the symbol of the city and every ruler tried to leave a mark on it. Continue to the Upper Town at the Kale Fortress for a panoramic view of the city, with the Museum of Macedonia and Mustafa Pasha Mosque just nearby. After lunch, we head south to the grape growing region. With the extensive vineyards, the Tikvesh region is one of the most prestigious wine making regions in the Balkans and is distinguished by excellent soil and ideal climatic conditions for grape cultivation. Night in Kavadarci.

Day 03: Kavadarci – Lake Ohrid (B/L/D)

This morning, take a leisurely drive to Lake Ohrid, a popular resort in Macedonia. Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288m and covers an area of 358 sq km. It is also an important cultural and spiritual centre and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walking tour begins with a visit to St Sofia Cathedral, with preserved monument of church architecture and frescos from the 11th Century. Visit the magnificent St Clement Church known for its display of Byzantine and Italian Renaissance Art. Other tour highlights include St Jovan Kaneo - a famous symbol of Ohrid. Browse around the numerous shops with the famous Pearls of Ohrid.

Day 04: St Naum Monastery – Lake Ohrid (B/L/D)

On the south-east side of Lake Ohrid, lies the Monastery of St Naum. In 1799, the tiny chapel over St Naum’s underground tomb was built. If you listen carefully, they say you still can hear the heartbeat of St Naum. Touching the stone above the tomb should make a wish come true. After lunch, we will proceed for boat ride on Lake Orchid. Its astonishingly clean and clear waters, together with the serene stillness of its mountain settings have captivated visitors since prehistoric times.

Day 05: Lake Ohrid -Tirana (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart for Tirana, capital city of Albania. Tour begins with visit to Skanderbeg Square – the main plaza of Tirana, named after the Albanian hero. Visit the Et'hem Bey Mosque which pilgrims go to offer prayers. Proceed to the Clock Tower, the Palace of Culture, the monument of Mother Albania and the National Historical Museum; these are some significant places every visitor must see.

Day 06: Tirana-Kruja-Tirana (B/L/D)

This morning, as we drive past age-old olive trees and lime-kilns, with limestone outcrops offering the barest grazing to a few sheep & goats, we arrive at Kruja, a small historical town perched high on a hill. Visit the Kruja Castle, was famous for its resistance against Ottoman Turkish army in the 15th century. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination in Albania. It also houses the museum of the national hero Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg. Walk through the narrow path leading to the Citadel of Kruga. The Old Bazaar offers its traditional souvenirs for sale.

Day 07: Tirana - Kotor (Montenegro) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart for Kotor, a coastal town in Montenegro. It is well-known for its stunning architecture and amazing natural settings. Visit the St Tryphon’s Cathedral (Old Town), first built in the 11th century, reconstructed after earthquakes. It is a Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Chapel holds the remains of St. Tryphon, the patron saint of Kotor. Continue to proceed to St Nicolas Church, the biggest Orthodox Church in the Old Town and Maritime Museum with three floors of photographs, uniforms, weapons, paintings, and model ships.

Day 08: Kotor - Podgorica (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart for Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro and also the largest city. Explore the town, starting with Old Turkish town called ‘Stara Varoš’ (‘old town), with its mosques and old clock tower. A typical old Turkish ‘Kasaba’ (town), with narrow and curvy streets, the Skaline (the stairs) on the outfall of the Ribnica river to Morača, with it’s old Turkish bridge over the Ribnica, and the ruins of old Nemanja’s town and of course King Nikola’s castle, turned onto a museum, and the surrounding park. In the afternoon, continue the tour with Monument to King Nikola in the park across the street from the Montenegro’s parliament and Hercegovačka pedestrian street in the city centre. Continue with Trg Republike the central square of the city, next to Hercegovačka Street, which is lively at night, when people finish working. There are lots of cheap restaurants and friendly people, a pleasant place to spend the evening.

Day 09: Podgorica (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.

PRICE: EURO PER PERSON

In price is included:

• Accommodation in good 3-stars to 4-stars hotels including daily breakfast - 8 BB,

• Transfers & transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coaches,

• Sightseeing tours including entrance fees to places of interests as per itinerary,

• Meals as per itinerary (all lunches and dinners in restaurants),

• English speaking guide during all days.

Note: Prices are for accommodation in standard double room, per person.

Supplement for single room, charges for children and tripl room on request.

Note: All entrances fees are included with tour guide.

Note: All lunches and dinners include set menu plus one non-alcohol beverage or water.

Any special request for special meal is charged additionally.

Alcoholic drinks are going to be charged on spot directly.

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