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Mediterranean Wonders - 14 Days Tour
Private - Escorted
The "Mediterranean Wonders" tour includes visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Albania. This Tour starts in Tirana, Albania, and ends in Zadar, Croatia. This tour is for people interested in discovering the culture, history, and the hospitality of four countries. It provides access to all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old towns, beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, and the Adriatic Riviera. This is a unique opportunity to explore the history and the tradition of those countries and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Balkan Riviera while traveling in breathtaking nature and enjoying local food and hospitality. This is a 14 days tour, and the visits may include Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Ston, Sibenik, Krka National Park, Kotor, Mostar, Durres, Tirane, Llogora National Park, Budva, Vlore, Sarande, Butrint, Blue Eye Spring, Gjirokaster, Berat, Himare, Dhermi, Porto Palermo.
Tour Details - Mediterranean Wonders
Total traveling time* - 25 hours (*times are estimated)
Total traveling distance - 860 miles - 1.385 Km
Day 1: Visiting Tirana, the Albanian Capital City
This day will start by visiting the center of Tirana and Main Boulevard. We will have several short walks around the magnificent Skanderbeg Square. We will enjoy this new and modern build square and admire all the buildings surrounding it. After that, we will continue by visiting the 'BUNKART 2', a museum built inside an anti-nuclear bunker under the ground in a network of tunnels just meters away from the Interior Ministry.
Overnight in Tirane.
Day 2: Back to Ancient and Modern
This day will start by driving to Apollonia Archaeological Park. Apollonia's site lay on the territory of the Taulanti, a cluster of Illyrian tribes that remained closely involved with the settlement for centuries. The city was originally named Gylakeia after its founder, Gylax. Still, the name was later changed to honor the god Apollon. Our day will continue with a walk around the main promenade in Vlore and a coffee break close to the sea. Afternoon at leisure
Overnight in Vlore.
Day 3: Albanian Coastal Road
This day, we will drive deep towards south Albania via the Albanian Coastal road, which many believe to be the Mediterranean's most beautiful coastal road. Have the first stop on top of Llogora Pass and enjoy a unique view of the Ionian sea from more than 1,700 feet above the sea level, along with the breathtaking view that this Park has to offer. The next visit is in Porto Palermo, where the Ali Pasha Castle stands like a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea to protect the country. The bay of Porto Palermo once served as an important secret military submarine base, and the tunnel is still visible.
Overnight in Sarande.
Day 4: Butrint UNESCO
This day will start with visiting Butrint Archaeological Park, a World-Class Unesco World Heritage site founded in the VII century bc by the Kaons of Epirus. It became one of the most important cities in the Ionian Sea. Nowadays, it is the best-preserved Archaeological Park in Albania. This day will continue with a visit to the "Blue Eye" National Park before driving to Gjirokaster city, another UNESCO site.
Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Day 5: Argjiro Castle and the Stone City
This day will start with visiting the Argjiro Castle, the biggest castle in the Balkans and the second biggest in Europe... The day will continue with visiting the old part of the city and the local shops at the old Bazaar. Driving to Berat.
Overnight in Berat.
Day 6: Berat, the White Crown
Berat is a UNESCO world heritage town and known as "The White City," but the locals call it the "The Crown of the Balkans." It is the oldest and the most visited place in Albania. Even those who come to Albania to enjoy the seaside get the opportunity to jump and see this gem-like city. After arrival, our day will continue visiting the "Kala" neighborhood and the "Onufri" museum.
Overnight in Kruje.
Day 7: Visiting Kruje, the Ottoman Nightmare
Today we will hit the road towards Kruje, the Gjergj Kastrioti stronghold during the war with the Ottomans in the 16th century. This day will continue with visiting the Castle, the Nation Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Old Bazaar. Drive to Budva and afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Budva.
Day 8: Visiting Budva and Kotor
This day will start with visiting Budva, Montenegro, the old town, and the Citadel. Budva is a relatively small town, but it has a very nice neighborhood around the old town, with plenty of coffee shops and people walking around. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church Sv. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa. The day will continue with visiting the Old Town and start the walking tour. This walking city gives you a great introduction to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the Square of Arms, the Clock Tower, Flour Square with Pima and Buca palaces, St Tryphon Cathedral, the Bokelian Navy Square with Karampana, and the St Luke Square with St Luke church. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Kotor.
Day 9: Kotor Bay & Dubrovnik
We will drive to Dubrovnik in the morning. The day will continue visiting the Old Town. Its many sights, including the well-preserved city walls and one of the top attractions here, along which you can walk. The Old Town is also famous for Stradun (also known as Placa), the main thoroughfare – one of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
Day 10: Famous Mostar Bridge
The day will start by driving to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. We will visit the most obvious iconic landmark of Mostar and probably from Bosnia & Herzegovina: the Stari Most (Old Bridge). It’s the beating heart of the city for sure, a strong iconic symbol of its history. Visit the Old Town and the Kujundziluk bazaar. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Mostar.
Day 11: Croatian Beauty
This day will start with driving to Split, Croatia. We will visit the historical part. The historical center is situated inside a Roman palace. Still, it isn’t just a pretty seaside attraction: Diocletian’s Palace is a fully-functional high street, home to Split leading commercial outlets, and the thumping heart of the city’s restaurants. Designed to house the noble Emperor Diocletian and the shackled serfs that served him, the Palace’s shell is spectacularly well-preserved for a Roman ruin. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Split.
Day 12: Krka National Park & Waterfalls
This day will start by driving from Split to KRKA National Park. It is located entirely within the territory of Šibenik-Knin County. It encompasses 109 square kilometers along the Krka River: two kilometers downriver from Knin to Skradin and the lower part of the river Čikola. The Krka National Park is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value.
Overnight in Sibenik.
Day 13: Zadar
This day will start by driving to Zadar. We will visit the old town and its historical part.
Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for its peninsular Old Town's Roman and Venetian ruins. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round,
9th-century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Zadar.
Day 14: Tour over after breakfast
There are no activities today, and this is the end of the Tour and services. Breakfast is provided. If you have booked a post-tour transfer, you will be escorted to your destination or Tirana International Airport.
Faleminderit and have a safe flight back home!
Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Apollon Tours experience.
On our tours — among other things — you'll need to happily…
1. Carry/roll your luggage. If you cannot, our staff will help you carry your luggage.
2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in good weather conditions. No activities in heavy rain/snow or high temperatures.
3. Sleep in centrally located hotels.
4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own