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GREECE &BALKAN GRAND TOUR - 15 DAYS

DEPARTURE DATE - 13th Sep 2020

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India – Athens - Santorini

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Arrival at Athens airport at 14:45 clear with immigrations and later take a connecting flight to Santorini departing at 19:45hrs. Upon arrival at Santorini Airport at 20:30hrs meet and greet with our representative and transfer for dinner at the Indian restaurant and then proceed to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay Santorini. (Indian Dinner)
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Santorini Caldera Cruise

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Breakfast and be transferred to Santorini port in order to take a Full Day Caldera Cruise with Oia on Organized Basis. The first stop of the excursion is the volcano of Santorini in Nea Kameni Island! There you will have a lifetime experience as you will climb on the top of the volcano, see the active crater and walk on its rims! (2,5 euro entrance fee to volcano are not included-be paid on the spot) The second stop is Palia Kameni Island, where you have the opportunity to swim in the hot springs of Caldera created by the volcano’s underwater power! Going to Thirassia Island the boat sails above underwater craters! In Thirassia Island we will visit the village of Manolas on the top of the cliff! Later we will visit Oia Village (climb up 300 stairs) and proceed for a walking tour on the Village and enjoy the Oia Sunset. Later we will be transferred to the Indian restaurant for dinner and then back to the hotel. Overnight in Santorini. (Breakfast, & Indian Dinner)
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Santorini to Athens (5hrs ferry)

Breakfast, free time, check-out & then transfer to Santorini’s Port and take ferry (12:00-16:30) to Athens. Arrival at Piraeus port and transfer to the hotel, check-in. Later transfer to an Indian restaurant for dinner and then back to the hotel. Overnight in Athens. (Breakfast & Indian Dinner)
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Athens City tour

Breakfast and proceed for half day City Tour of Athens. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. See the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the harmony between material and spirit, the monument that puts order in the mind, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. After the tour transfer back to the hotel. Later we will proceed for Athens by Night orientation tour with dinner at a local Greek restaurant (Greek Menu – Drinks Excluded) followed by folklore show (live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes) and then back to the hotel. Overnight stay Athens. (Breakfast, Local Dinner)
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Athens – Podgorica (Flight) – Budva - Kotor (Distance approx. 90 km / 1:30 hours’ drive)

Early breakfast, check-out and transfer to Athens Airport. Arrival in Podgorica upon arrival, take a panoramic city drive of the capital and proceed to Kotor via Budva. Panoramic Orientation tour of the City, Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see. It has around 14,000 inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera, is the centre of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.Upon arrival transfer to the hotel, check-in. Evening free in Kotor. Local Dinner at hotel restaurant.
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Kotor- Mostar-Sarajevo (Distance approx. 316 km / 5:00 hours’ drive)

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Breakfast, check-out and depart to Mostar and proceed for a panoramic tour of the city. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. Free time to explore the city on your own and depart to Sarajevo. Upon hotel arrival, Transfer to the hotel. Local Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight in Sarajevo. (Breakfast & Local Dinner)

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Sarajevo Sightseeing tour

After breakfast proceed for a panoramic city tour of Sarajevo is waiting for you. The tour will take you to see the main sights of the Ottoman and Austro Hungarian architecture, like the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Bazaar, the Sebil, the Bascarsi Mosque and the Eternal Flame. During the tour you will experience a unique line where East meets West and enjoy the scent of fresh made coffee, flavors from hookah, sound of church bells and the chants from the minarets. You will learn about the assassination that triggered the First World War and discover why Sarajevo is called “European Jerusalem”. After the tour transfer back to the hotel and free time. Local Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight in Sarajevo. (Breakfast & Local Dinner)
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Sarajevo – Belgrade (Distance approx. 294 km / 5:30 hours’ drive)

Breakfast, free time, check-out and depart to Belgrade. Upon arrival, proceed for dinner at Indian restaurant in Belgrade and then transfer to hotel, check-in. Evening free. Overnight in Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade. (Breakfast & Indian Dinner)

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Belgrade Sightseeing tour + River Cruise

Breakfast and proceed to a panoramic city tour of the Serbian capital. Our guided tour will help you discover that Belgrade has it all: a charming mix of old and new that is reflected in its medieval and modern architecture, its historical monuments and cosmopolitan culture. Belgrade features one of the oldest and, in the same time, one of the most fast growing cities of Europe. History is intertwined with modern life throughout the city. We will explore both the bustling modern part of Belgrade as well as its main historical spots, including the Belgrade Fortress and the remains of Singidunum, the ancient city of Belgrade that was founded in the 3rd century B.C. During our bus tour we will also have the opportunity to admire the Old and New parliament, the Republic Square, the Kneza Miihailova Street, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral that dates back to 1837 and the Monument to Nikola Tesla. In the evening you will proceed to an idyllic river cruise through the city. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to admire magnificent views of the illuminated city of Belgrade by-night. Along the pleasant music that pairs with the casual and relaxing atmosphere on the ship, you will hear many stories and legends about the history of Belgrade, Danube and Sava. The natural beauty of the scenery combined with the cosy atmosphere on the ship will make your cruise unforgettable. Later transfer to Indian restaurant for dinner. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Belgrade. (Breakfast & Indian Dinner)
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Belgrade – Sofia (Approximately 4hrs.30mins – 395kms)

Breakfast and depart to Sofia. Dinner at local/Indian restaurant. Transfer to hotel, check-in. proceed for a panoramic city tour of the city. Sofia is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans. For many centuries the city featured an important trading centre between East and West. Today Sofia is the largest city of all southern Slavic countries, having a population of 1.26 million people. Far from being all about ancient and medieval monuments, it is a stunning modern city that will impress you with its vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. Thanks to its exciting fusion of historical and modern features, the last few years Sofia has become an inviting beacon for travellers around the world. This half- day guided tour will introduce you to the real mixture of tradition and modern culture of the Bulgarian capital. It will acquaint you with Sofia's most famous points of interest: The Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church, the Church of St. Sophia, the Round Church "St. George", the mineral baths, the Parliament square, and many more exciting spots that will make you fall in love with this magnificent city. Overnight in Sofia. (Breakfast & Dinner)

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Sofia Sightseeing Tour, Rila Monastery (Distance approx. 127 km / 1:50 hours’ drive

Breakfast and cover any of the points which could not be covered in previous day city tour. Later we will visit and discover Rila Monastery with its colourful frescoes, located inside a nature park. Its checkered history goes back to Ivan Rilski, a hermit who founded it in 927. During the long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Evening return to Sofia and free time. Later you will be transferred to the Indian restaurant in Sofia for dinner and then back to the hotel. Overnight in Sofia. (Breakfast & Indian Dinner)
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Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Bucharest (Approximately 5hrs.30mins – 400kms)

Breakfast and depart to Bucharest. On the way we will stop at Veliko Târnovo which is located on the Yantra River where we will have free time to see some of the highlights of the city. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest. During the Middle Ages, Veliko Târnovo was ulgaria’s capital and it still retains some of its most attractive medieval features. Visit nearby Arbanassi, world famous for its house design, a cross between a dwelling and a fortress. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was at one time the summer residence of Bulgarian kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the church of the Nativity, built in 1637. Dinner at Local restaurant in Bucharest and then transfer to hotel. Overnight in Bucharest. (Breakfast & Dinner)
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Bran Castle tour – Brasov (Approximately 3hrs. – 185kms)

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Breakfast and transfer to Bran Castle. Guided tour of Bran Castle by English Speaking Guide. The Bran Castle is near Bran and in the vicinity of Brasov. It is monument and landmark of Romania. The fortress is located on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as “Dracula's Castle”, it is the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's film Dracula. The castle is nowadays a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture items collected by Queen Marie. At the bottom of the hill there is a small open-air museumpark exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant crafts from across the country. Nature has been generous with this area that is surrounded by the imposing silhouettes of the massifs Bucegi and Piatra Craiului. The landscape of this area features a harmonious mixture of different landforms: high mountains, impressive plateaus and picturesque valleys crossed by curvy rivers. After our visit at the Castle Dracula we will be transfer to Brasov and visit Peles Castle, a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I. Later we will return back to Bucharest and proceed for dinner at Indian/local restaurant. Overnight in Bucharest. (Breakfast & Dinner)

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Bucharest sightseeing tour – Departure.

Early breakfast, check-out and proceed for a panoramic tour of the city. Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania. It is located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the Dambovita River, less than 60 km north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border. Known for its wide, tree lined boulevards, glorious elle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris", Bucharest is today a bustling metropolis. The history of Bucharest is reflected in an exciting architectural mix of different eras and styles, including neoclassical, interbellum (Bauhaus and art deco), communist-era and modern style architecture. During the tour you will see the Herastrau Park the Romanian Patriarchal, Constitution Square with an excellent view of the Palace of Parliament, University Square, Romana Square, Victory Square and many more exciting spots of the city. After the tour we will depart airport as per flight timing. Overnight in Sofia. (Breakfast)
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