14 Days Golden Byzantine Tour Package from Info Hum €1540/- (Posted on Jun 14 2011)

14 Days Golden Byzantine Tour Package from Info Hum €1540/-

GOLDEN BYZANTINE TOUR: SERBIA – MACEDONIA – ALBANIA – MONTEMEGRO – CROATIA

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 15 – 25 people
Destination(s): Serbia   Macedonia   Montenegro
Specialty Categories: Pilgrimage/Spirituality   Cultural Journey
Season: January – December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1540 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1680 Euro (EUR)

Departure: 27 MAY – 10 JUN 2011

Kraljevo, Serbia

Kraljevo, Serbia

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Morning departure from Belgrade and drive along highway to Batocina and further to Kraljevo. Tour of Zica Monastery /13th century. Drive on along the “Kings Road” to Studenica Monastery complex. Accommodation in monastic dormitory, “monastic dinner”. Overnight.

Day 2: After breakfast tour of Studenica Monastery complex. Drive along the Ibar River to Stara Pavlica Church, one of the oldest Medieval churches in Serbia and Nova Pavlica Monastery and sightseeing. Drive on to Novi Pazar and tour of the St. Peter’s and Paul Church, the oldest Christian church in the Balkans of Byzantine architecture. Traditional lunch in Novi Pazar downtown. Sightseeing of Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery – St George’s Pillars Monastery, dominating over the town from the woody hill. Drive on to Sopocani Monastery and tour of St Trinity Church housing wonderful frescoes that are considered the peak of Medieval paintings. Drive back to Novi Pazar and hotel accommodation, dinner, overnight.

Day 3: After breakfast drive along gorgeous scenery via Rozaje. Montenegro/ to Pec. Tour of Pec Patriarchate Complex of four Medieval churches featuring beautiful fresco decoration which are UNESCO heritage. Drive on to Decani village and tour of the Decani Monastery, the most magnificent Serbian Medieval Monastery which is UENSCO Heritage. Drive on to Prizren, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo and Metohija and hotel accommodation. Walking tour to the old town and sightseeing of The Holy Virgin of Ljeviska Church /UNESCO site/ and recently reconstructed Churches of St George and the tiny Church of St Nicolas, situated in the old quarter of Prizren. Traditional dinner, overnight.

Day 4: After breakfast drive along the central part of Kosovo and Metohija and tour of Gracanica Monastery /14th century/. Drive on to Skopje, capital of Macedonia and tour of St Panteleimon Monastery, one of the best preserved Byzantine churches in the Balkans with beautiful frescoes. Hotel accommodation. Evening walk through the old town and bazaar of Skopje. Traditional dinner, overnight.

Day 5: After breakfast drive tour of St George’s Monastery in Staro Nagoricane village, whose frescoes are considered the masterpiece of famous Byzantine painters Michael and Eutychus. Drive back to Skopje and visit to the Icon Gallery, the richest collection of icons dating from the 11th until the 19th centuries. Afternoon free for individual program. Overnight.

Day 6: After breakfast tour of the drive to Ohrid, the town museum and UNESCO site. Continuing to Ohrid drive along the gorgeous Mavrovo National Park and stop over for visit to St John Bigorski Monastery, famous for its beautifully wood-carved iconostasis and its particularly nice location on the mountain slope. Arrival to Ohrid and hotel accommodation. Traditional dinner, overnight.

Day 7: After breakfast walking tour around the old town-museum of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit to Church of the Holy Virgin of Peribleptos which is also known as St. Clement Church /13th century/, St. Sophia Church /11th century/ and St. Panteleimon Church /9th century/. Tour ends at Ohrid local bazaar. Afternoon free for individual program. Dinner, overnight.

Day 8: After breakfast tour of famous St Naum Monastery. Entering Albania and drive to Berat, known as a “city of thousand windows”. Visit to the Onufri Museum, comprising paintings of this outstanding painter from the 16th century. Tour of several Byzantine churches known for their interesting architecture. Hotel accommodation in Berat. Dinner, overnight.

Gracanica Monaster

Gracanica Monaster

Day 9: After breakfast drive from Berat to Durres, Albania’s second largest city and one of its oldest town. Tour of the Roman amphitheater and the Roman Baths behind the Aleksandër Moisiu Theater on the central square. Drive on to the Albanian capital city of Tirana, founded in 1614, located on the site of a Byzantine fortress. Tour of the Skanderbeg Square in the center of the town, the 1789 old Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the 1830 Clock Tower and the Palace of Culture housing the Opera. Tirana hotel accommodation, dinner, overnight.

Day 10: After breakfast drive to Kruja, charming little town perched high on the hill which was the center of the 15th century Albanian resistance against Ottoman Turks. Visit to the Skenderbeg Museum. Drive on to Shkoder, one of the oldest cities in Europe and the traditional center of the Gheg culture. After crossing the border to Montenegro, drive to the capital of Podgorica, passing along the scenic landscape of Skadar Lake to the Montenegrin Riviera to Kotor – “town museum”. Hotel accommodation, dinner, overnight.

Day 11: After breakfast drive up the scenic Lovcen Mountain to Cetinje, the old capital of Montenegro. The town was founded in 1482, when here a palace and church have been built. Tour of the Royal Palace of King Nikola II, last King of Montenegro which contains both a beautiful small museum as well as the Monastery of St. Petar. Drive back to Kotor – a World Heritage Site which was inhabited from the times of the Illyrians and the Romans. Walk through the city and tour of the Cathedral of St. Typhoon, St. Luke’s Church and St. Mihal’s Church. Hotel accommodation. Fish dinner, overnight.

Day 12: After breakfast drive along the spectacularly beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay. Boat tour to Our Lady on rock Church. Walk through Perast and Risan. Afternoon drive along Adriatic coast via many old fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas and beaches to Dubrovnik. Crossing the border into Croatia and arrival to Dubrovnik. Hotel accommodation, dinner, overnight.

Day 13: After breakfast Dubrovnik sightseeing : Stradun, Pile Gates, old part of Dubrovnik, Franciscan Monastery with its 14th century Pharmacy, Rectors Palace that once used to be the seat of the government in the Dubrovnik Republic, Lovrijenac Tower, Minceta Tower, Revelin Tower … Afternoon free for individual program. Farewell dinner, overnight.

Day 14: After breakfast time until departure until transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. Departure flight and end of program.
Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
– Luxurious coach/van transportation
– 1 overnight in Monastery Dormitory (quality of accommodation as 3 stars hotel) and 13 overnights in 3-4 stars hotels with H/B services (breakfast and dinner)
– Entrance fee for all sites included in the program logistics and professional guidance.

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