• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Athina
  • Location: Athens, Albania, Montenegro, to Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Availability: DAILY, March - October
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Highlights

  • Great value for groups of 4 or more
  • Private Transfers between all areas in air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver
  • Driver/Guide from Tirana to Budva
  • See the Oracle at Delphi
  • Visit the fabulous mountain-top monasteries at Meteora
  • Ohrid, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Stay in the colourful and lively city of Tirana
  • Shkodra, ancient Illyrian capital, cultural centre of the region and one of the oldest cities in Europe
  • Kolasin, Durmitor, Cetinje, Budva, Kotor, Perast and to Dubrovnik
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11 days from Athens, Delphi, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Tirana, Shkodra, Kolasin, Durmitor, Cetinje, Budva, Kotor, Perast and to Dubrovnik

Private tour encompassing the best Greece, Albania and Montenegro have to offer. Start in beautiful Athens, then onto Kalambaka, then into Albania and Montenegro and finish in the Croatian jewel, Dubrovnik. Great for combining with a cruise or tour from Dubrovnik.

You will have private transfers the first few days from Athens to Albania, then a private driver for your sightseeing trips once you arrive to Tirana.

Independent Tour, departs daily March to October. Also available on request November-February

Itinerary

11 days from Athens, Delphi, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Tirana, Shkodra, Kolasin, Durmitor, Cetinje, Budva, Kotor, Perast and to Budva or Dubrovnik

Minimum 2 people. Open age Private Tour. Double bed or twin bed rooms available. Most triple rooms are a double bed with a single bed. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

Also available as a shorter tour from Athens to Tirana, https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/286/private-tour-athens-to-albania-6nts/ or from Tirana to Budva. https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/287/private-tour-tirana-to-budva-6nts/


ITINERARY:

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 2 ATHENS (B)
See the highlights of Athens this morning on a sightseeing tour. This cosmopolitan and bustling capital city is set amidst reminders of a long and glorious past: graceful temples, centuries-old monasteries, and ornate Byzantine churches. Visit the immortal Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Erectheion with the Porch of the Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Wingless Victory. Below the Acropolis lies the ancient Agora and the Theaters of Dionysus and Herodus Atticus. Your afternoon and evening are free. Overnight in Athens.

Day 3 ATHENS – DELPHI - KALAMBAKA (B)
Your first stop this morning is Delphi, where the famous oracle foretold the destiny of men. The Temple of Apollo, in which the oracle functioned, was built in the 6th century B.C. Also see the Sacred Way, the Stadium and the Castilian Fountain, where pilgrims cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the oracle. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which contains an impressive collection of finds from the site, including the beautiful "Bronze Charioteer," before continuing to Kalambaka. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 4 KALAMBAKA - OHRID (B)
After breakfast, admire the fantastic landscapes of Meteora (payment on spot), known as "the rocks that fell from the sky." Here monks built their rock-top monasteries, far away from civilization. Of the 13 large and 20 small monasteries and hermit’s cells, only 4 are now active. The most important is Megalo or Great Meteoro, of peculiar architecture with its tall and intricate dome, 12 sides and fine frescoes. Continue across the border to Macedonia, and on to Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 5 OHRID - TIRANA (B)
The lakeside resort of Ohrid is an important cultural and spiritual center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Start your morning sightseeing tour with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. Visit the Cathedral of St. Sofia, containing some magnificent frescoes from the 10th century. In the early afternoon, travel to Tirana, the capital of Albania. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 6 TIRANA (B)
On a morning sightseeing tour, see the Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, and the statue of G.K. Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero; the Palace of Culture, built with Soviet assistance; and the National History Museum, with a mosaic on its facade portraying Albanian history. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own, shop, or just relax. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 7 TIRANA – SHKODRA - KOLASIN (B)
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, ancient Illyrian capital, cultural centre of the region and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Drive by the ruins of mythical Rozafa Castle a former Illyrian stronghold situated atop a rocky hill. Continue to Montenegro and visit without local guide the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, Moraca Monastery. On to spa town & mountain resort of Kolasin offering beautiful views of the surrounding Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Komovi peaks. Overnight in Kolasin.

Day 8 DURMITOR (B)
After breakfast, depart to Durmitor National Park, characterized by high peaks, glittering glacial lakes, abundant forests and deep gorges, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tara River zigzags its way through the park, creating one of the deepest gorges in Europe. Stop at Biogradsko one of the most picturesque lakes in the Balkan Peninsula. Overnight in Kolasin.

Day 9 KOLASIN – CETINJE - BUDVA (B)
Travel to Cetinje, historical capital of Montenegro, a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage, located at the foot of Mount Lovcen. After visit of Cetinje Museum continue to Budva, country’s most visited destination. Overnight in Budva.

Day 10 BUDVA - KOTOR – PERAST - BUDVA (B)
Drive to medieval town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover its ancient monuments and medieval architecture. Continue to charming town of Perast and enjoy walk in Venice-like architecture of this beautiful village. Overnight in Budva.

Day 11 Departure - finish Budva or Dubrovnik (B)
Transfer to Tivat/Podgorica /Dubrovnik airport or train or bus station.


INCLUDED:
• 10 nights in double or twin bedded or single rooms in your select hotels or similar; hotel taxes
• 10 breakfasts
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Entrances as per program when indicated in bold letters
• Transfers with air-conditioned car or van
• Touring with air-conditioned car or van from day 06 to day 10
• English speaking local guides: Athens, Delphi, Ohrid, Tirana
• Sightseeing as per program with English speaking guide



NOT INCLUDED:
• Meals not listed
• Tips/gratuities


Hotels:
• ATHENS Hotel Titania 4star or similar
• KALAMBAKA Hotel Divani 4star or similar
• OHRID Hotel Park Lakeside 4star or similar
• TIRANA Hotel International 4star or similar
• KOLASIN Hotel Four Points 4star or similar
• BUDVA Hotel Budva 4star or similar

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 10 nights in double or twin bedded or single rooms in your select hotels or similar; hotel taxes
  • • 10 breakfasts
  • • Arrival and departure transfers
  • • Entrances as per program when indicated in bold letters
  • • Transfers with air-conditioned car or van
  • • Touring with air-conditioned car or van from day 06 to day 11
  • • English speaking local guides: Athens, Delphi, Ohrid, Tirana
  • • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking guide

Exclusions

NOT INCLUDED: • Meals not listed • Tips/gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
  • Day 2 ATHENS (B)
  • Day 3 ATHENS – DELPHI - KALAMBAKA (B)
  • Day 4 KALAMBAKA - OHRID (B)
  • Day 5 OHRID - TIRANA (B)
  • Day 6 TIRANA (B)
  • Day 7 TIRANA – SHKODRA - KOLASIN (B)
  • Day 8 DURMITOR (B)
  • Day 9 KOLASIN – CETINJE - BUDVA (B)
  • Day 10 BUDVA - KOTOR – PERAST - BUDVA (B)
  • Day 11 Departure - finish Budva or Dubrovnik (B)