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BALKANland Tour - 06 DAYS

DEPARTURE DATE - 7th Sep 2017

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INDIA – BELGRADE / Night boat cruise :
Arrival at Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport. Meet and greet with our representative, transfer to the accommodation hotel and check-in. Lunch at local restaurant. The afternoon is at your leisure. Belgrade, the “White City” as its name says, is the capital and largest city of Serbia, having a population of 1.23 million. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonia Plain meets the Balkans. For your first evening in Belgrade we have arranged for you an idyllic river cruise through the city.

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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 cozy atmosphere on the ship will make your cruise unforgettable. Later don’t miss the chance to explore the numerous must-visit nightlife hotspots of Belgrade. Overnight at Belgrade. (Lunch, Dinner)
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BELGRADE CITY TOUR :
After breakfast we will proceed for a panomaric 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.
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History is interwined 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 Kalemegdan Park, the Republic Square, the National Theatre, the National Museum, the Kneza Miihailova Street, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral that dates back to 1837 and the Monument to Nikola Tesla. Lunch at local restaurant post tour.

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In the evening we suggest you to visit Skadarlija, the old bohemian district of Belgrade. Skadarlija is a remarkable tourist attraction which amazes and amuses visitors from all over the world. In Skadarlija you will find some of the most well-known traditional taverns, fashionable café-bars and hotels (e.g. Le Petit Piaf) of the city, as well as plenty of art galleries, antique and souvenir shops. There are also many live folk bands playing Serbian brass or traditional urban music and actors dressed in traditional Serbian costumes performing on the street. Overnight at Belgrade. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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BBELGRADE – SARAJEVO (distance approx. 350 km / 6 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Sarajevo. Upon arrival we will proceed for a panoramic city tour of Sarajevo. The tour will take you to the main sights of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture, including the City Hall “Vijecnica”, the Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque & Medrese, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Bazaar, the Sebil, the Bascarsi Mosque and the Eternal Flame.

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During the tour you will experience a unique line where East meets West and enjoy the scent of fresh made coffee, flavours 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 you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transferred to the accommodation hotel in Sarajevo. Overnight at Sarajevo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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BELGRADE – PODGORICA (distance approx. 230 km / 5 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Podgorica. Upon arrival we will proceed for a guided panoramic tour of the town. Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. It is the administrative as well as economic, political and cultural center of the country. During the tour our local guide will lead you through the main spots of the city and help you discover its charms.

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The tour includes a visit to the Old Town and its Mosques, The Republic Square, the "Bokeska" street, the King Nikola Palace, the Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection, one of the biggest temples in the Orthodox world, and the Millenium Bridge – the impressive symbol and landmark of Podgorica. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transferred to the accommodation hotel in Podgorica. Overnight at Podgorica. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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PODGORICA – TIRANA (distance approx. 155 km / 3 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Upon arrival we will proceed for a panoramic city tour of Tirana. Tirana is the largest city of Albania and the heart of Albania's cultural, economic and governmental activity. It is located on the western center of the country surrounded by hills with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance.

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During the city tour you will visit the most significant spots of Tirana: the Skanderbeg Square, the main landmark of the city that was named after the national hero of Albania, the Et'hem Bey Mosque, where pilgrims go to offer prayers, the Clock Tower, the Palace of Culture, the monument to Mother Albania and the National Historical Museum. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transferred to the accommodation hotel in Tirana. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight at Tirana. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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TIRANA - OHRID (distance approx. 135 km / 3 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Ohrid. Upon arrival we will proceed for a panoramic tour of Ohrid. Ohrid is the eighth largest city of the Republic of Macedonia and the largest city on the Lake Ohrid. It is the oldest and best reserved city of the country and is considered as a world heritage site protected by UNESCO. Ohrid is very rich in picturesque town houses and monuments and attracts tourists from all over the world.

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During the panoramic tour of the city our guide will take you to all main sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Church of St. Sophia, the Amphitheatre - the ancient Greek Theatre of Macedonia - and the Kuloglu Mosque. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transferred to the accommodation hotel in Ohrid. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight at Ohrid. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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OHRID - THESSALONIKI (distance approx. 255 km / 3,5 hour’s drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Thessaloniki, the capital of the Greek province of Macedonia and second largest city of Greece. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the charms of the city. Thessaloniki is a lively modern city overlooking the Gulf of Thermaikos. The White Tower (in Greek “Lefkos Pyrgos”), one of the last remainders of the 15th century fortifications, dominates the seafront promenade and is Thessaloniki’s unofficial emblem. In 1997 the city was selected as the Cultural Capital of Europe. It was also chosen as an Olympic city during the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.

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Thessaloniki was founded in 315 B.C. by Kassandros, king of Macedonia and former general of Alexander the Great. During the Byzantine era Thessaloniki was the second most significant city of the Byzantine Empire, after the capital Constantinople. The wealth of the 14th century Byzantine churches testifies to the heights that Christianity attained at that time in the city. Lunch at a local restaurant (post tour). Dinner and overnight at the accommodation hotel. Overnight at Thessaloniki. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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THESSALONIKI CITY TOUR :
After breakfast we will proceed for a panoramic tour of Thessaloniki. During this tour you will visit the Galerian complex, the Rotonda triumphal arch, the medieval churches, the holocaust monument, the port of Thessaloniki and, last but not least, the White Tower, the symbol of the city. Later we will visit the city walls, the trig onion tower, from which you can enjoy a panorama of the city, and the basilica of St. Demetrius from the 5th century A.D. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transferred back to the accommodation hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight at Thessaloniki. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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THESSALONIKI – SOFIA (distance approx. 300km / 4 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Sofia. Arrival in Sofia in the afternoon time and check-in in the hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the charms of the Bulgarian capital. Sofia is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans. For many centuries the city featured an important trading center 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 travelers around the world. We suggest you to take a stroll and explore Sofia’s City Center with its modern shopping malls, chic restaurants, cozy bars and fancy nightlife hotspots. Dinner and overnight at the accommodation hotel. Overnight at Sofia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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SOFIA CITY TOUR :
After breakfast we will proceed for a panoramic city tour of Sofia. 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 National Theatre, the mineral baths, the Jewish Synagogue, the Parliament square, the Presidency, the Ruins of Serdica and many more exciting spots that will make you fall in love with this magnificent city. After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then you will be transfered back to the hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure. Overnight and dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Sofia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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SOFIA – BUCHAREST (distance approx. 390km / 7 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart to Bucharest. Arrival in Bucharest in the afternoon and check-in at the accommodation hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is at your leisure to discover the charms 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 Belle 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.

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We suggest you to stroll and explore the Old City Centre, the beating heart of Bucharest, with its fashionable boutique stores, splendid high-end restaurants and cozy bars, all crammed up on picturesque, narrow streets. Lovers of nightlife will also find here numerous must-visit nightlife hotspots that will offer you a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight at Bucharest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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HALF DAY TOUR TO CASTLE DRACULA (distance approx. 185km / 3,5 hours drive) :
After breakfast we will depart for a half day tour to the Castle Dracula. The Bran Castle is near Bran and in the vicinity of Braşov. 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 museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant crafts from across the country.
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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. Lunch at a local restaurant. After our visit at the Castle Dracula we will return to Bucharest. Arrival, check-in and overnight at the hotel in Bucharest. Overnight at Bucharest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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DEPARTURE :
After breakfast time in leisure. Later you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant and then you will be transferred to Henri Coandă International Airport for your international flight back to India.

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