Trip Summary: Croatia to Greece | 9 Days

Private Dates: Year Round

Next Group Trip:  23 May - 01 June 2017

Group Size: Capped at 12

Price From: $3800 per person

CROATIA TO GREECE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Join us on a journey through a place rich in natural, cultural, historical, and gastronomic diversity - a place where Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe meet

  • Travel to 5 - 7 beautiful countries - Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Greece where we will immerse ourselves in hands-on activities and visit some of the most famous destinations that this part of Europe has to offer

  • Embark on unique cultural excursions such as cooking classes, city walks, visits with Artisans, and incredible outdoor adventures –  You will travel off the beaten track to discover unique gems that not many tourists get to experience

Itinerary | 9 Days

Day 1-2 Dubrovnik, Croatia:  Get lost in the impressive Old Town surrounded by its incredible city wall.  As a city surrounded entirely by beautiful white stone walls, Dubrovnik gleams like a proverbial City on a Hill.  Regarded today as one of the world's most exquisite places, Dubrovnik's character reflects its storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. Also known by its Latin name, Ragusa, this was a fortress city that served as the base for a fleet of ships that carried trade between much of Europe and the Middle East. The city-state's period of autonomy extended from 1358 to 1808. In the early 1990s, some of Dubrovnik's historic sites sustained damage during the Balkan conflicts, but the city has been peaceful for more than 15 years and largely restored under UNESCO supervision.  In the evening we will join some local people and experience their way of life - sitting down for a Home-Hosted Dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik Hotel

Day 3 Mostar, Bosnia: A short ride in our private bus through the beautiful mountains of Southern Croatia will take us across the border into Bosnia, where we will visit the city of Mostar -- a major trading center during the Ottoman Empire.  Through the centuries Mostar became the meeting point of various cultures and religions, history that has left its mark on the city still to this day.  We will visit the UNESCO Old Bridge, the symbol of the town, the Mosque of Mostar, the famous Turkish house, and many other monuments throughout the city.  Overnight in Dubrovnik Hotel

Day 4 Kotor, Montenegro: Today we will take another short journey along the South Adriatic coast to the tiny country of Montenegro, a place of great natural beauty and immense cultural heritage.  We will travel along the only Montenegrin fjord – purple mountains surrounding tiny islands that dot the sparkling water in the bay below.  When we arrive to the ancient town Kotor, the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean, we will check into our hotel and then set out on a site-seeing tour of the beautiful city.  During our tour, we will visit the famous St. Triphun Cathedral, visit the local Artisan shops, and sample traditional Montenegro delicacies at the local cafes. Overnight in Dubrovnik Hotel

Days 5-6 Tirana, Albania: It’s time to feast your eyes on the Albanian Coast, a place the New York Times named as its number 4 place to visit in 2016. Take in the spectacular views of miles upon miles of rugged coastline along the way to the coastal town of Saranda. Today we’ll take in turquoise waters & golden beaches as we stop for a swim and enjoy cocktails on the beach before arriving at our stop for the evening. Catch glimpses of Ottoman-era villages and coastal scenery along the way and discover firsthand the effects of the prominent communist era with insights into Albania's abundant history. On our way you will also spend time in Albania’s lively capital city, Tirana. Recognized as one of Europe’s quirkiest cities, it doesn’t take long to discover why this city is the heart and soul of Albania.  Overnight in Tirana Hotel

Days 7-8 Skopje & Lake Ohrid, Macedonia:  Welcome to Macedonia. Craggy mountain backdrops, time-weathered monasteries, stunning lake panoramas, hearty national cuisine – Macedonia has only one missing ingredient from the standard Europe recipe. And happily, that happens to be crowds. Landlocked into relative obscurity in a region worshipped for its coast, Macedonia’s tract of the Balkans is often overlooked. Yet for those venturing beyond the Adriatic and Aegean, Macedonia’s rugged interior has rewards aplenty. There’s excellent hiking in the mountain forests, Lake Ohrid’s waters rival Croatia’s clarity, and 500 years of Ottoman rule can be felt in the capital’s bazaars. To round it off, the locals will be delighted to have you. The 30 mosques, innumerable caravanserais and hamams that fill its winding streets are a testament to Skopje’s Ottoman past. Visit the Daut Pasha bathhouse, Church of St Spas, or the elegant 15th century Mustafa Pasha Mosque. See Fortress Kale and walk across the medieval Stone Bridge – Skopje’s most prominent landmark. Welcome in this delicious Real Food Adventure with a traditional Macedonian dinner in the cosmopolitan area of Debar Maalo. Overnight in Skopje Hotel

 Day 9-10 Sofia Bulgaria: Bulgaria's capital is a metropolitan with wide tree-lined boulevards and pleasant parks. The city claims to be Europe’s second oldest at 7,000 years, though it was only first mentioned by name in documents 2,700 years ago. Alongside Communist-style architecture and beautiful Orthodox churches, construction works frequently uncover Roman remains, so it is perfectly normal to walk past Roman brickwork that has been incorporated into a pedestrian underpass. Mingle with locals who hit the parks and beer gardens to absorb the sun, seek out some regional cuisine.  Begin the day with a browse around the cured meats and cheese of the Central Market Hall, then take a walk through the city and see the gold-domed Alexander Nevski Church. It was built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died fighting for Bulgarian independence during the Russo-Turkish War – it’s imposingly cavernous, cool, and hushed inside. After our time in Bulgaria we will depart for the Sofia Airport to catch our connecting flights back home, or continue onwards to Athens, Greece for our 4-day Greek Islands Extension. Overnight in Sofia Hotel

This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


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Expedition Dates:

23 May - 01 June 2017

Private dates upon inquiry.


Prices From:

$3800

All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.


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4 DAY GREECE EXTENSION: With a history of over 3000 years, Athens is among the most interesting places in the world to visit.  The world-famous Acropolis with the Temple of Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum, the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, and many other historical sites dot the city.  Some of the highlights of our time in Athens will include touring the Acropolis, visiting the famous Monastiraki Flea Market, watch the changing of the guards at the Greek Parliament building, and strolling through Athen's oldest district - Plaka.  Reminiscent of the bygone era of Turkish-rule, Plaka's antique charm, pedestrain-only streets, and al fresco dining make for a most pleasant stroll.  Just 30 minutes outside of the city are beautiful stretches of Attica coasline, where we will spend one of our days soaking in the beautiful Greek sun. Ride past the historic Panathenean Stadium, originally constructed in 330 BC and restored for the first "modern" Olympic Games in 1896, the Greek Parliament building, where the ceremonial guards in traditional Greek dress watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Neo-Classical Presidential Palace.  In the afternoons,  savor lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to make further discoveries on your own. In the evenings, gather for cocktails and traditional dinners.  

4 DAY GREECE EXTENSION:

With a history of over 3000 years, Athens is among the most interesting places in the world to visit.  The world-famous Acropolis with the Temple of Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum, the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, and many other historical sites dot the city.  Some of the highlights of our time in Athens will include touring the Acropolis, visiting the famous Monastiraki Flea Market, watch the changing of the guards at the Greek Parliament building, and strolling through Athen's oldest district - Plaka.  Reminiscent of the bygone era of Turkish-rule, Plaka's antique charm, pedestrain-only streets, and al fresco dining make for a most pleasant stroll.  Just 30 minutes outside of the city are beautiful stretches of Attica coasline, where we will spend one of our days soaking in the beautiful Greek sun.

Ride past the historic Panathenean Stadium, originally constructed in 330 BC and restored for the first "modern" Olympic Games in 1896, the Greek Parliament building, where the ceremonial guards in traditional Greek dress watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Neo-Classical Presidential Palace.  In the afternoons,  savor lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to make further discoveries on your own. In the evenings, gather for cocktails and traditional dinners.