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15Days 12Nights Balkans & the Adriatic

(Romania/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Albania/Montenegro/Croatia/ Serbia/ Slovenia/ Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur ~ Istanbul                                      TK 061 ( 2335 / 0515+1 ) – 10h40m

Depart to Bucharest, the largest city and capital, a bustling metropolis, with nickname of “Little Paris”.

Day 2 Istanbul ~ Bucharest, Romania                             TK 1043 ( 0710 / 0830 ) – 1h20m

The House of the Free Press

Is a building in northern Bucharest, Romania, the tallest in the city between 1956 and 2007.A horse race track was built in 1905 on the future site of Casa Presei Libere. It has basically the same role nowadays, with many of today’s newspapers having their headquarters in the same building, now renamed Casa Presei Libere (“The House of the Free Press”).

The Arch of Triumph

Arcul de Triumf is a triumphal arch located in the northern part of Bucharest, on the Kiseleff Road.The first, wooden, triumphal arch was built hurriedly, after Romania gained its independence (1878), so that the victorious troops could march under it.

The Military Club

The Military Club is the cultural institution of the Romanian army.  This beautiful building was designed in the French neoclassic style by the architect Dimitrie Maimaroiu. The construction was started in 1911 and inaugurated a few years later.

The Revolution Square

Is a square in central Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei. Known as Piața Palatului (Palace Square) until 1989, it was later renamed after the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

The National Art Museum

Is located in the Royal Palace in Revolution Square, central Bucharest.It features collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.

The stunning Romanian Athenaeum

Is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city’s main concert hall and home of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival.

Satului Village Museum (Include Entrance)

Is the largest outdoor museum in Europe and it features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture.

Breakfast: Meal On Board //Lunch: Romanian Cuisine // Dinner: Romanian Cuisine
Hotel: Bucharest. Pullman Hotel   or similar

Day 3 Bucharest (182km) ~  Veliko Tarnovo (222km) ~  Sofia

Veliko Tarnovo

The medieval capital is brought to you with more than 7000-years of history. The houses, stacked one above the other, situated on the sloppy hills of the town show a remarkable, unique architectural style.

Tsarevets Fortress (Include Entrance)

The design of the fortress was meant to be impregnable, and the strong walls made of stone, huge and impressive gates, and high towers offered a lot of protections to the inhabitants there in.

Breakfast: Hotel    // Lunch: Bulgarian Cuisine  //   Dinner: Bulgarian Cuisine
Hotel: Sofia. Novotel Hotel   or similar

Day 4 Sofia (243km)  ~  Skopje , Macedonia

 The Archeological Museum
Is an archaeological museum in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It occupies the building of the largest and oldest former Ottomanmosque in the city, originally known as Koca Mahmut Paşa Camii. The museum was established as a separate entity in 1893 as the National Museum directed by Czech Václav Dobruský with its headquarters in the former mosque that previously housed the National Library between 1880 and 1893.
 The National Art Gallery
Is Bulgaria’s national gallery and houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art. It is located on Battenberg Square in the capital city of Sofia, occupying most of the historic and imposing edifice of the former royal palace of Bulgaria, having been established in 1934 and moved to the palace in 1946, after the abolition of the monarchy. National Art Gallery is situated at an altitude of 556 m.
 The Russian church
The church was built on the site of the Saray Mosque, which was destroyed in 1882, after the liberation of Bulgaria by Russia from the Ottoman Empire. It was built as the official church of the Russian Embassy, which was located next door, and of the Russian community in Sofia, and was named, as was the tradition for diplomatic churches, for the patron saint of the Emperor who ruled Russia at the time, Nicholas II of Russia.
 The Military club
Is a multi-purpose monument of culture building in the centre of Sofia, The building has three stories and features a coffeehouse, an art gallery, a number of refined halls varying in size, as well as an imposing concert hall with 450 seats.
 The Parliament Square
 The Tsar Liberator Monument
Is an equestrian monument in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was erected in honour of Russian Emperor Alexander II who liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
 The Sofia University
Is the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded on 1 October, 1888. The university has 16 faculties and three departments, where over 21,000 students receive their education. The current rector is Anastas Gerdzhikov. Sofia University has been consistently ranked as the top university in Bulgaria according to national and international rankings, and is constantly among the best 4 percent of world universities according to QS World University Rankings.
 The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Include Entrance)
Is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and primary tourist attractions.
 St Sophia Church
Is the second oldest church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, dating to the 4th-6th century. In the predecessor building took place the Council of Serdica held most probably in 343 and attended by 316 bishops. In the 14th century, the church gave its name to the city, previously known as Sredets (Средец).
  Boyana Church (Include Entrance)
Is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
 Breakfast: Hotel   // Lunch: Chinese Cuisine  //Dinner: Macedonian Cuisine
 Hotel:  Skopje. Holiday Inn   or similar

Day 5 Skopje (172km) ~ Ohrid

The Stone Bridge

The bridge is considered a symbol of Skopje and is the main element of the coat of arms of the city, which in turn is incorporated in the city’s flag.

The Fortress

Is a historic fortress located in the old town of Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. It is situated on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. The fortress is depicted on the coat of arms of Skopje, which in turn is incorporated in the city’s flag.

The Mustafa Pasha Mosque

The structure stands on a plateau above the old bazaar, built in 1492 by Mustafa Pasha, vizier on the court of Sultan Selim I. The mosque is largely intact from its original state, and no additions have been made through the years. The body of the daughter of Mustafa Pasha is buried in the türbe next to the mosque. The mosque has a rose garden.

The Mother Theresa Memorial House (Included Entrance)

Is dedicated to the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa and is located in her hometown Skopje, in Macedonia, where she lived from 1910 to 1928. he memorial house worth two million euro was opened on 30 January 2009 by Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski and is one of Skopje’s newest landmarks.

The Old Bazaar

The Old Bazaar falls primarily within the borders of Čair Municipality but a part of it is located in Centar Municipality. As one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the Balkans, it has been Skopje’s centre for trade and commerce since at least the 12th century.

Cathedral Church

The church is one of the most important monuments of Macedonia, housing architecture and art from the Middle Ages. The church was built during the First Bulgarian Empire, after the official conversion to Christianity.

Ancient Theatre

It was built in 200 BC and is the only Hellenistic-type theatrein the country as the other three in Scupi, Stobi and Heraklea Lynkestis are from Roman times. It is unclear how many people the original theater used to seat, as only the lower section still exists. The open theater has a perfect location: the two hills that surround it keep it protected from winds that could interfere with acoustics during performances.

Samuil’s Fortress

Is a fortress in the old town of Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. It was the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire during the rule of Tsar Samuel at the turn of the 10th century. Today, this historical monument is a major tourist attraction and was renovated in 2003.

Breakfast: Hotel    // Lunch: Macedonian Cuisine   //   Dinner: Macedonian Cuisine
Hotel: Ohrid. Metropole Hotel   or similar

Day 6 Ohrid (135km) ~  Tirana, Albania (100km)  ~ Shkoder

Skanderbeg Square

The square is named after the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu. The total area is about 40.000 square metres. The Skanderbeg Monument dominates the square.

Sahati clock tower + Et’hem Bey Mosque

The Clock Tower of Tirana , was built in 1811 in Tirana, Albania by Etëhem Bey Mollaj, a Bejtexhinj poet who also finished the Et’hem Bey Mosque next to the clock tower. It is a monument of culture of first category, approved on 24 May 1948. The Et’hem Bey Mosque is an 18th-century mosque located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana. Closed under communist rule, the mosque reopened as a house of worship in 1991, without permission from the authorities. 10,000 people attended and the police did not interfere.

The National Library

Is an Albanian national library headquartered in the capital, Tirana. It was founded in 1920 and inaugurated on December 10, 1922.

The National Historic Museum

Is the national historical museum of Albania and the country’s largest museum located in Tirana. It was opened on 28 October 1981 and is 27,000 square metres in size, while 18,000 square metres are available for expositions.

Breakfast: Hotel     //Lunch: Chinese Cuisine    // Dinner: Albanian Cuisine
Hotel: Shkoder. Grand Hotel   or similar

Day 7 Shkodra (108km) ~ Kotor, Montenegro (91km) ~ Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old City of Kotor
Is a coastal town in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The city has a population of 13,510 and is the administrative center of Kotor Municipality.
 Clock Tower

Built in 1602, this tall tower looks down on an unusual stone pyramid; it was once a pillory of shame for wayward citizens.

Napolean’s Theatre

It was built in the eighteenth century. In 1810 the French occupying authorities reconstructed this building to establish regular theatre, one of the first in this country. To turn it into the theatre, they had to break down the northern façade. This building was considerably damaged in the 1979 earthquake when its southern façade was almost completely destroyed.

Cathedral of Saint Tryphon

In Kotor is one of two Roman Catholic cathedralsin Montenegro. It is the seat of the Catholic Bishopric of Kotor which covers the entire gulf, currently led by Bishop Monsignor Ilija Janjic

Church of St Luke

The church of Saint Luke in Kotor is one of the oldest temples Montenegro. It was built in 1195 kotor benefactor in-law Prince Maura Katsefarangi.

Drago, Pima

The Pima Palace, built after the 1667 earthquake, dominates the square with its beauty. The palace portal with the terrace was built in the Renaissance style while the windows and upper balcony which lies on the twelve consoles were built in the Baroque style. The balcony rail is the work of Kotor blacksmiths. Above the main portal there is the coat of arms of the family Pima supported by two angels. The palace was reconstructed after the 1979 earthquake.

Grgur Palace + The Maritime Museum

This 18th century baroque palace is one of the most striking monuments in the old city. It used to belong to the Grgurina family. Long-running museum with nautical history exhibits, including model ships, paintings & furniture.

The Ancient City Walls
Old Walled City

The “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a standout attraction and perfectly preserved baroque city-state, to see the finest sites of the old walled city.

Breakfast: Hotel  // Lunch: Own Arrangement  //   Dinner: Croatian Cuisine
Hotel: Dubrovnik. Admiral Slano Hotel   or similar

Day 8 Dubrovnik (229km)Mostar, Herzegovina

Mount Srd

Cable car ride to 405-meter ascent above sea level and enjoy one of the best panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands.

Mostar

A beautiful valley bedded between high mountains of Herzegovina, known for its famous bridge built by the Ottoman empire, a single span stone bridge crossing the Neretha river.

Breakfast: Hotel    //   Lunch: Croatian Cuisine    // Dinner: Bosnia Cuisine
Hotel: Mostar. Mepas Hotel   or similar

Day 9 Mostar (229km) ~ Plitvice National Park (155km) ~ Western Croatia

Plitvice National Park (Include Entrance & Boat Ride)

Was granted UNESCO World Heritage since the year 1979. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.

Breakfast: Hotel     //   Lunch: Croatian Cuisine  //  Dinner: Croatian Cuisine
Hotel:  Western Croatia. BW Jadran Hotel   or similar

Day 10 Western Croatia (77km) Predjama , Slovenian(77km) ~ Postojna Cave (54km) ~ Ljubljana

Predjama Castle (Include Entrance)

It hangs dramatically in the middle of 123 m high rocky cliff. The interior houses an incredible collection of historical artifacts, from antique armaments to old artworks, as well as the original furnishings and decorations.

 Postojna Caves (Include Entrance & Electric Train)
The queen of the entire karst underground kingdom. Two million years old and 27km long, the system of subterranean caves is one of the most easily accessible network underground caves in the world.
 The Franciscan Church + The Preseren Square
It is the parish church of Ljubljana – Annunciation Parish. Its red colour is symbolic of the Franciscan monastic order. Since 2008, the church has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance of Slovenia. Prešeren Square is the central square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is part of the old town’s pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place.
 The Triple Bridge
Is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana’s historical, medieval, town on one bank, and the modern city of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, on the other.
 The Dragon Bridge
Is a road bridge located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It crosses the Ljubljanica River. between Kopitar Street (Kopitarjeva ulica) and Ressel Street (Resljeva cesta), to the north of the Ljubljana Central Market at Vodnik Square. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century, when Ljubljana was part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
 The Cobbler’s Bridge
Is a bridge crossing the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.It is one of the oldest bridges crossing the river in Ljubljana, and dates back to at least the 13th century. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Upper Bridge. It started as a wooden bridge with a butchers shop on it, but the stench from the meat was so strong that the Emperor at the time paid to have them relocated.
 The Cathedral of St Nicholas
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas, or simply the Cathedral (Stolnica), is a cathedral in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Originally, Ljubljana Cathedral was a Gothic church. In the early 18th century, it was replaced by a Baroque building. It is an easily recognizable landmark of the city with its green dome and twin towers and stands at Cyril and Methodius Square (Ciril-Metodov trg) by the nearby Ljubljana Central Market and Town Hall.
 Ljubljana Castle
Is a castle complex standing on Castle Hill above downtown Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is a key landmark of the town. Originally a medieval fortress, it was probably constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century.
 Breakfast: Hotel        //  Lunch: Slovenian Cuisine  //  Dinner: Chinese Cuisine
 Hotel: Ljubljana. Austria Trend Hotel   or similar

Day 11 Ljubljana (56km) ~ Lake Bled (198km) ~ Zagreb, Croatia

Lake Bled

One of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Alpine region.  It is unique with its emerald-green lake, a church on the island in the middle of the lake and a medieval castle from the 11th century, perched on a cliff above the lake. You will take the Bled’s typical “pletna” boat to the island.

Bled Castle (Include Entrance)

A medieval castle built on a precipice above the city of Bled in Slovenia, overlooking Lake Bled. Zagreb: the capital and largest city in Croatia, and a typical Central European town.

Breakfast: Hotel            // Lunch: Slovenian Cuisine     //   Dinner: Thai Cuisine
Hotel: Zagreb. Westin Hotel   or similar

Day 12 Zagreb (393km)Belgrade, Serbia

Lower Town

Lower Town is devoted to business, art and spacious parks. Most Zagreb hotels are in the Lower Town.

Marshal Tito’s Square + Croatian National Theatre

Marshal Tito Square is named after Josip Broz Tito, popularly known as just Marshal Tito, Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman. It is one of the biggest squares in Zagreb, Croatia. The square is located in Lower Town, with the Croatian National Theatre building at its centre. It is sometimes billed as the “most beautiful square in Zagreb”.The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, commonly referred to as HNK Zagreb, is a theatre, opera and ballet house located in Zagreb.

Upper Town (Include one way funicular ride)

Upper Town is a network of little streets that stretch between two hills: Kaptol and Gradec. It is a delightful place to explore and hosts some of Zagreb’s most interesting restaurants, bars and cafes.

Cathedral of Assumption

The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and not only the tallest building in Croatia, but also the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps. It is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. The cathedral is typically Gothic, as is its sacristy, which is of great architectural value. Its prominent spires are considered to be landmarks as they are visible from most parts of the city.

City Museum

The Museum deals with topics from the cultural, artistic, economic and political history of the city spanning from the prehistory, Roman finds to the modern period. The holdings comprise 75,000 items arranged systematically in a combined chronological and thematic approach into collections of artistic and mundane objects characteristic of the city and its history.

Dolac Market

Dolac is the most visited and the best known farmer’s market in Zagreb, well known for its combination of traditional open market with stalls and a sheltered market below. It is located only a few dozen meters away from the main city square, Ban Jelačić Square, between the oldest parts of Zagreb, Gradec and Kaptol. The Dolac market Zagreb is centrally located right behind the town’s main square.

Stone Gate

Medieval stone gate into town with a Virgin Mary shrine popular for prayer & candle lighting.

St Mark’s Church

The Church of St. Mark is the parish church of old Zagreb, Croatia, located in St. Mark’s Square.

Breakfast: Hotel         //       Lunch: Thai Cuisine        //        Dinner: Chinese Cuisine
Hotel: Belgrade. Holiday Inn   or similar

Day 13 Belgrade (294km) ~ Sarajevo, Bosnia

Belgrade

The capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.

The National Assembly

Is the seat of the National Assembly of Serbia. The building is located on Nikola Pašić Square in downtown Belgrade, and is a notable landmark and tourist attraction in the city.Between its completion in 1936 and 2006, it was the seat of the Parliament of Yugoslavia and later the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro.

Victor Monument

The history of the monument goes back to the period between 1913 and 1928, even though the initial idea was born in 1912, when Serbia’s success in the First Balkan War inspired proposals for erecting a monument in Belgrade to honour the final victory over the Ottomans. In August 1913 Belgrade city council made the decision to mark this momentous event by erecting a monument to Victory.

The Republic Square

Is one of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, located in the Stari Grad municipality. It is the site of some of Belgrade’s most recognizable public buildings, including the National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Michael.

St Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (Photo Stop)

Is a Serbian Orthodoxchurch located on the Vračar plateau in Belgrade. It is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and ranks among the largest church buildings in the world.

The City Hall (The Old Palace)

It was the royal residence of the Obrenović dynasty. Today it houses the City Assembly of Belgrade. The palace is located on the corner of Kralja Milana and Dragoslava Jovanovića streets in Belgrade, Serbia, opposite Novi dvor (New Palace).

The Knez Mihailova Street

It is the main pedestrian and shopping zone in Belgrade, and is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city. Named after Mihailo Obrenović III, Prince of Serbia, it features a number of buildings and mansions built during the late 1870s.

The Old Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija)

Is a vintage street, an urban neighborhood and former municipality of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in the Belgrade municipality of Stari Grad (Old town) and generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, similar to Paris’ Montmartre. After Kalemegdan, Skadarlija is the second most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade.

Belgrade Fortress

consists of the old citadel (Upper and Lower Town) and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad. Belgrade Fortress was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and is protected by the Republic of Serbia. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade, beating Skadarlija. Since the admission is free, it is estimated that the total number of visitors is over 2 million yearly.

Kalemegdan Park

Erected on the hill above the junction of the Sava and Danube Rivers. It represent a cultural monument of exceptional importance and offer stunning views over the rivers.

Breakfast: Hotel    //  Lunch: Serbian Cuisine        //  Dinner: Bosnia Cuisine
Hotel: Sarajevo. Hotel Hills   or similar

Day 14 Zagreb ~ Istanbul      TK 1022 ( 1155 / 1540 ) – 1h45m

Bascarsija

Is Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. The word Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language. Baščaršija is located on the north bank of the river Miljacka, in the municipality of Stari Grad. On Baščaršija there are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and sahat-kula. Today Baščaršija is the major tourist attraction of Sarajevo.

The GaziHusrey Mosque

Is a mosque in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Built in 16th century, it is the largest historical mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most representative Ottoman structures in the Balkans. Being the central Sarajevan mosque since the days of its construction, today it also serves as the main congregational mosque of the Islamic community of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the Baščaršija neighborhood in the Stari Grad municipality and, being one of main architectural monuments in the town, it is regularly visited by tourists.

The Old Orthodox Church of St Archangel’s Mikhail and Gabri

Is a Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was first mentioned in Ottoman sources dating to 1539, the Church was, however, built on older foundations.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Is a Christian church in Sarajevo; commonly referred as the Sarajevo Cathedral, it is the largest cathedral in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Vrhbosna, currently Cardinal Vinko Puljić, and center of Catholic worship in the city. The Cathedral is located in the city’s Old Town district.

The Old Jewish Temple

The Old Jewish Temple, also known as the Old Synagogue and the Great Temple (Il Kal Grandi), is the oldest place of worship for Jews in Sarajevo. It was built at the end of the 16th century in the part of town then known as Velika Avlija, a small Jewish neighborhood in Sarajevo’s Baščaršija.

Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (Include Entrance)

Was built on a historic private house whose cellar served as the entrance to Sarajevo Tunnel.  The “house” museum is exhibiting archival materials including war photographs, military equipment, flags and military uniforms, flotsam and jetsam.

Breakfast: Hotel     //        Lunch: Bosnia Cuisine       // Dinner: Own Arrangement

Day 15 Istanbul Kuala Lumpur           TK 060 ( 0155 / 1720 ) – 10h25m

A warm Welcome Home!

Special Cuisin: Ciorba, Byrek, Dalmatian seafood

Beverage: Local meals include 1 drink (choices: coffee or tea)

 

Tour Fare Included: Airport Taxes (Subject to change), Tipping & Travel Insurance

RM 12663 /Person –  11, 25 Nov & 02, 16 Dec 2017

RM 12863 /Person – 20 Oct 2017

RM 12763 /Person – 23 Oct 2017

RM 13463 /Person – 28 Oct 2017

 

 

** The sequence of itinerary, meals and hotel arrangement are subject to the final adjustment of the local ground operator. **
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