21 Day Greece & The Balkans

Athens - Santorini - Meteora - Kalambaka - Tirana - Budva - Kotor - Dubrovnik - Split - Mostar - Sarajevo - Belgrade - Skopje - Thessaloniki - Delphi


✓ Small group 20 people max
✓ Return international airfares with Qatar Airways
✓ 19 nights accommodation in mostly 4 star hotels
✓ Return airport transfers
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Professional guides throughout 
✓ In-depth sightseeing
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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$9,230

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The Balkans are peaceful, affordable, interesting, rich in history and culture, delicious and most of all stunning! Not only do you travel to road-less-travelled on this three week extravaganza but cap it off with a Aegean getaway to sunny Greece and the volcanic paradise of Santorini. Eat, drink and explore your way through an incredible Mediterranean getaway. 

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Athens

Today, board your international flight bound for Athens! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Some flights might depart the night prior.

Hotel: 4★ Athens Titania Hotel or similar

 

 

 

 

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Day 2

Athens Santorini

Today, you’ll be transferred in the morning for your highspeed ferry to the breathtaking island of Santorini. Here you can soak up the sun and relax on the beach or perhaps explore the picturesque capital, Fira. Santorini was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns that cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera.

Hotel: 4★ El Greco Hotel Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 3

Santorini

Today is a full free day to soak up the sun in Santorini. 

Optional tour - Boat cruise - Take a boat trip in the world's biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Visit the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal waters and take a therapeutic mud bath.

Hotel: 4★ El Greco Hotel Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 4

Santorini

Today is another full free day to soak up the sun in Santorini

Hotel: 4★ El Greco Hotel Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 5

Santorini Athens

Today you’ll be transferred back to the port to return to main land by highspeed ferry. Upon arrival in Athens you will be collected from the port and driven to your hotel where the remainder of your day is free to explore at your own pace. 

Hotel: 4★ Athens Titania Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 6

Athens

Today, enjoy a city tour of Athens. Your city tour starts with the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's 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.

Hotel: 4★ Athens Titania Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 7

Athens Meteora Kalambaka

Today we head to Meteora, a unique and enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars. Here we view the spectacular landscape and visit the byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. We spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka.

Hotel: 4★ Antonia Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 8

Kalambaka Tirana

Today we leave Greece behind and head towards the Albanian border. En route we visit the UNESCO listed town of Gjirokastra, a rare example of a well preserved Ottoman town, and one of the most attractive tourist sites of the country. After, we continue to the capital, Tirana. Tirana is a mix of Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city's focal point, Skanderbeg Square, which is named for its equestrian  statue of a national hero. On the square's north end is the modernist National History Museum, covering prehistoric times through Communist rule and the anti-Communist uprisings of the 1990s.

Hotel: 4★ Tirana International Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 9

Tirana Budva Kotor

After breakfast, we have a walking tour of the town visiting the Clock Tower, Et'hem Bey Mosque, St Paul's Cathedral, National Historical Museum, Piramida, National Art Gallery and Mother Teresa Square. We then leave Albania and drive to Budva, Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with arrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church St. Trojica, housing the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St.  Bogorodica and St. Sava. We continue to Kotor, which is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Splendido or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 10

Kotor Dubrovnik

This morning set out to see the sights at Kotor including the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls, along which you can walk, and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (built in 1166). We continue along beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik, a city legendary for its well-preserved stone walls, and is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the Adriatic Sea. You'll also visit Big  Onofrio's Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city, the 13th century Franciscan monastery and the Sponza and Rector's Palaces.

Hotel: 3★ Valamar Club Dubrovnik or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 11

Dubrovnik Split

After breakfast, we will drive along the Adriatic coast line towards to Split. On the Croatian Dalmatian Coast, it is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its centre. In the afternoon we will have walking tour of the city visiting, Diocletian Palace, a Roman imperial palace and UNESCO World Heritage site. We will walk the southern part of palace, the Bronze Gates, through the Vestibul of the Emperor's Palace, The Mausoleum, St. Dujam's Cathedral,  Cathedral Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, St. Martin's Church (Golden Gate) and conclude the tour at the fruit square and visit the Venetian castle, Milesi Palace  and the Monument of Marko Marulic.

Hotel: 3★ Hotel Slavija or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 12

Split Mostar Sarajevo

Today we depart for Sarajevo via Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed settlement in Bosnia during the war, but it has since been rebuilt and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On the way, we visit the famous Stari Most Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 156. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. Afterwards, we drive to Sarajevo, which is Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital. Twenty years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities. The city mixes east and west dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's old bazaar and you must try the local specialty of 'bosanski cevapi' (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).

Hotel: 3★ Astra Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 13

Sarajevo Belgrade

This morning, after breakfast, we depart for Serbia's capital, Belgrade, which is famous for its grand Orthodox churches and museums. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires, and it's now the site of several museums as well as Kalemegdan. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere, in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to fashionable nightclubs.

Hotel: 4★ Abba Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 14

Belgrade

Today, we will visit the city's wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. Kalemegdan Park, split in two as the Great and Little Parks, was developed in the area that once was the town field. It provides places of rest and entertainment. Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park together represent a cultural monument of exceptional importance (from 1979), the area where various sport, cultural and arts events take place, for all generations of Belgraders and numerous visitors of the city. The park is home to Kelmegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries.

Hotel: 4★ Abba Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 15

Belgrade  Nis Skopje

Departure for Skopje via Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. After a sightseeing in Nis, visiting remnants of its Ottoman past, we cross the border into Macedonia and proceed to the capital, Skopje, arriving in the afternoon. Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula. Over time it has experienced Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule. The 15th-century Stone Bridge connects the Ottoman Old Bazaar (Čaršija) on the Vardar River‘s north bank with Macedonia Square and a statue of Alexander the Great to the south.

Hotel: 4★ Best Western Hotel Turist or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 16

Skopje

This afternoon we head out for a gentle walking tour of the centre of town. We begin with a visit to the Kale Fortress. Dominating the skyline of Skopje, is the Game of Thrones–worthy 6th-century AD Byzantine (and later, Ottoman) fortress. After we continue on to the Church of the Holy Savior. Built in the late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century by a seemingly simple construction, dug in the ground, the Church of the Holy Saviour hides a fantastic iconostasis and iconography and one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving. We finish our tour with a visit to the Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge.

Hotel: 4★ Best Western Hotel Turist or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 17

Skopje Ohrid

This morning, we drive to Ohrid, this UNESCO world heritage site is known as the 'Macedonian Jerusalem' due to its large number of churches. In the city’s compact old town, medieval churches, monasteries and open-air ruins stand alongside traditional houses with red-tiled roofs. Nestled on the shores of a large lake which is renowned for the clarity of its water. Here we discover the highlights of Ohrid, The church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation.

Hotel: 4★ Belvedere Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 18

Ohrid Thessaloniki

Today we set off towards Thessaloniki, famous for its UNESCO listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments and the foreshore lined with cafes, cocktail lounges, bars and restaurants. The city is home to the ruins of Roman Emperor Galerius’ 4thcentury palace include the Rotunda that has been both a church and a mosque. Much of the city center was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1917. The rebuilt 20th-century city has a modern European layout. Enjoy free time on arrival.

Hotel: 4★ Imperial Palace Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 19

Thessaloniki Delphi Athens

This morning we drive to Delphi where we will explore the incredible site and museum of Delphi. The museum houses extensive artifacts unearthed during excavations at the Delphi oracle and its vicinity and it is one of the top must-see museums in Greece. Explore the sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke. Located amidst breathtaking scenery in central Greece, the Sanctuary of Apollo at Ancient Delphi was the most important sacred site in the Greek world. Revered as early as 1500 BC, the sacred precinct was home to the famous Oracle, in which the god himself counseled his people through the mouth of an intoxicated priestess. We then continue to Athens where on arrival is at leisure.

Hotel: 4★ Athens Titania Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 20

Athens Australia

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport to board your homeward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 21

Australia

Arrive home today

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Qatar Airways (Emirates or Etihad Airlines if unavailable)
    Brisbane Customers Only - Return airfares with Etihad Airways (Emirates if unavailable)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 19 nights accommodation in mostly 4 star hotels 
  • Daily breakfast
  • The services of a professional English speaking driver throughout
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides at each site
  • Incredible sightseeing (see Fine Print regarding entry fees)
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation
  • Small group 20 people max

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Athens - Visit the Panathenaic Stadium and pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Athens - Explore the Parthenon and Acropolis
  • Santorini - Travel by highspeed ferry to this iconic island
  • Santorini - Enjoy free time at leisure
  • Meteora - Travel to an enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars
  • Kalambaka - Visit the UNESCO listed town of Gjirokastra
  • Tirana - Enjoy a walking tour of the cities highlights
  • Budva - Enjoy Budva Old Town 
  • Kotor - Spend time exploring the beautiful Bay of Kotor
  • Dubrovnik - Take a guided tour of this incredible walled city
  • Split -  Explore the Diocletian Palace, a Roman imperial palace and UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Mostar - Walk the famous Stari Most Bridge
  • Sarajevo - Learn about the city that mixes east and west dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee
  • Belgrade - Head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija
  • Nis - Enjoy sightseeing in Nis, visiting remnants of its Ottoman past
  • Skopje - Visit Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas
  • Ohrid - Discover highlights of Ohrid, The church of St. Sofia and Clement Church
  • Thessaloniki - Visit the UNESCO listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments
  • Delphi - Explore the incredible site and museum of Delphi

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,000 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.

  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.

  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.

  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.

  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contact after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information

  • Full service airline used will be Qatar Airways (Etihad Airlines or Emirates if unavailable)
  • Brisbane Customers - Full service airline used will be Etihad Airlines (Emirates if unavailable)
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry fees (where applicable - see below)
  • Resort fees (Greece only) - EUR 3 per room per night

Entry Fees

Entry fees are not included in your package to allow you to choose what you see. Some sights are free of charge, others incur a entry fee. If you choose not to enter you'll be able to view the sight from the outside. Please CLICK HERE for a full list of entry costs payable locally.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

Documentation: final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,799 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $1300 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'. 

Triple share: Not available.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $6,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Group Size: 2-20 people

Children: Children must be 8 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

 

Departure Dates

Thursday
02 MAY 2019
Thursday
16 MAY 2019
Thursday
30 MAY 2019
Friday
14 JUN 2019
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Friday
28 JUN 2019
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Thursday
11 JUL 2019
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Thursday
25 JUL 2019
Thursday
08 AUG 2019
Thursday
22 AUG 2019
Thursday
05 SEP 2019
Thursday
19 SEP 2019
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Thursday
03 OCT 2019
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