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Balkan Explorer – Blue Route (R1)
Balkan Explorer Tour (Blue Route) is the best possibility for travelers looking for a macro view of the Balkans’ culture, nature, history, traditions, etc. It is a tailor made program, carefully constructed, trying to optimize all “must to see” places for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia. This tour is a real mosaic of Balkan multicultural world as the crossroad of all East-West Mediterranean civilizations. Visit Tirana, Kruje, Lezhe, Shkoder, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Belgrade, Nis, Pristine, Prizren, and Durres.
Price € 854 803
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Tour Name:   Balkan Explorer Blue Route (R1)

Duration:       7 days (1 week)

Countries:    Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia,

Type of tour: General, Cultural, Archeology, Nature, Gastronomy, etc.

Tour Code:  AE-BE01

Available:    Every week, (starts every Monday, 12 months of the year)

Depart from: Tirana, Albania 

Duration:       2-14 Days 1-13 Nights.

(2-21 Days Albania, and South East Europe - Balkan Explorer Tours from Tirana in English (Chinese, or other major languages) - Red, Blue & Green Routes.)

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 Tirane – Kruje – Lezhe - Shkoder – Budva (UNESCO)

After breakfast in hotel in Tirana, we head to Kruja, one of Albania’s most important towns due to the part it played in resistance against the Ottomans. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum and castle as well as the old bazaar. Today lunch will be included and the opportunity to eat some traditional food in Kruja. Then continue to Shkoder. Shkoder is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and was once a capital of the Illyrian state. It also considered the “Florece of the Balkans” due to its cultural inheritance and richness. We visit its old bazaar, cathedral and mosque before heading to Rozafa castle for spectacular views of the city, lake and the surrounding mountains. Than departure to Budva (UNESCO). We will visit the capital of the Montenegro tourism to enjoy the amazing combination of the wonderful beaches with the history of the ancient, cultural and religious monuments. Visit in the Old City, Sveti Trojica Churc, Stanjevici Monastery, Ethnologic Museum. Accommodation to hotel Grbalj 3*, or similar and overnight. (B) 

Day 2 -  Kotor (UNESCO) – Dubrovnik (UNESCO)

After breakfast, we continue to Kotor. Visit the former palace of King Nikola, now Montenegro’s National Museum before heading to Kotor, whose lovely mediaeval walled city has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. We continue to Dubrovnik. City tour: visit the Old Town through the Stradun which is the main street of the city, in front of it is the Onofrio Fountain, built in 1438, the Franciscan Monastery, with one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe, in operation since 1391. This morning we take a cruise around some of the islands in Kotor bay. Later we head to Dubrovnik, one of the most attractive cities in the region, where we have time to explore. Overnight Hotel Valamar Babinkuk 3*, or similar. (B) 

Day 3 - Mostar (UNESCO)– Sarajevo.

Cross the border to Bosnia-Herzegovina and travel to Mostar, where we explore on a walking tour through the old Turkish town. Head to the capital, arriving in afternoon. We take a tour through the old oriental part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city, with its beautiful architecture, sweet shops and cafes. We also visit the Princip Bridge, site of the start of World War I, and spot various markings on the pavements which are ‘mini-memorials’ to the sniper victims of the recent war. We also visit the tunnel museum, a section of the tunnel that was the only way of accessing the city during the siege of 1992-1995. Later there is free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight Hotel Saray 3*, or similar. (B) 

Day 4 – Srebrenica - Belgrade 

Today we travel to Belgrade (Serbia) by stopping first to visit Srebrenica. Cross border with Serbia to Belgrade, arriving in the late afternoon. Belgrade is one of the largest city in the Balkans, and is an intriguing mix of the traditional and the modern, with its museums, galleries and lively nightlife. We explore this city, taking in the temple of St Sava, the parliament buildings and Republic Square. We then head to Kalemegdan Fortress, the oldest part of Belgrade, where we explore on foot. Overnight Balkan Hotel Garni 3* or similar. (B) 

Day 5 – Nis

Departure to Nish. Nis is the third largest city in Serbia and it is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and Europe, and from ancient times has been considered a gateway between the East and the West. It was named Navissos by the Scordisci in 279 BC, after an invasion of the Balkans. The city was among several taken in the Roman conquest in 75 BC. The Romans built the Via Militaris in the 1st century, with Naissus being one of its key towns; it is also the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, and Constantius III and Justin I. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Mediana. Upon our arrival in Nis we will first visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower NIS) where you will learn about the atrocities of the Turks against the Serbs and you will see a unique in the world monument for the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The second important archaelogical site in Nis is Medijana. This Roman estate exhibits the remains of a granary, craft centre, villas , thermae, and the remains of ancient villa with with rich mosaics. Most mosaics exhibit geometrical or floral motifs, while two mosaics presenting figures - the head of the Medusa and a semi-prostrate figure of a river deity (probably Neptune). Overnight in Nis in Hotel Sole 3*, or similar (B). 

Day 6 – Pristine - Prizren.  

After breakfast drive to Pristine. Explore the city visiting its main sites such as the Orthodox Church and the Carshi Mosque, dating back to the early 15th century. We then head to the ruins of Ulpiana, an ancient Roman city that was once one of the most powerful in the Balkans. Later we visit the spectacular Gracanica Monastery, one of Kosovo’s most beautiful sites and containing some impressive frescoes. Then continue to Prizren. This city, probably is the most attractive town in Kosovo with superbly preserved buildings from the Ottoman era. We visit the castle which is one of the oldest in the Balkans (almost 3 millenniums), built to protect the city from attacks, the ornate Bajrakli Mosque and the old Turkish Hammam among other sights. Prizren is an absolute highlight of any visit to Kosovo and to see the old houses of the old town in low light as the sun sets is a delight. Overnight at Hotel Prizren or similar. (B) 

Day 7 – Durres - Tirana.

After breakfast continue to Durres. This port city has the largest Roman amphitheater in the region (20,000 seats), dating back to the 2nd century built during Trajan Emperor rule. Visit  archeological museum, amphitheater, roman Baths, Byzantine Bazar. Then continue to Tirana and explore Albania’s capital. We visit Skanderbeg Square, dedicated to Albania’s national hero, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, one of the oldest buildings in Tirana, and the Archaeological Museum among other sites. Overnight Hotel Kruja 3*, or similar. (B)  

Optional: Change to continue to Balkan Explorer - Green Route (R2)  or Red Route (AE)

  • Accommodation 3*/4* hotels on double occupancy
  • Air Conditioned modern van/minibus/bus
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Professional English guide
  • 147 € single supplement pp
  • 49 € entry/fees supplement pp
  • Admission/entry Fees
  • Any charges for additional itinerary
  • A mandatory service fees for tour guide/bus driver
  • Excess baggage charges from Airlines
  • Other personal expenses
  • Lunch and Dinner charges (if applicable)
  • Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions”

How does it work?

·         You decide how many days you want to travel

·         Each day you can travel to a different place

 

For example, if you want to stop in Belgrade (Day 4), please select "4" in "Number of Days", and contact us. Please note the hotel accommodation is not included on the last day of your tour. List price is per person per day.

Pricing Policy

·      Price listed is per day per person.

·      Currency: All prices are shown in Euro (EUR) except admission and meal fees which are paid upon arrival.

·      Child fare: 2 - 11 year old share a room with two adults (no bed). No charge for infants under 2 years old.

·      Pre Accommodation (Same as Tour): Available on the day before (one night) or after the tour(one night). Hotel accommodation is not included on the last day of your tour.

·      EUR€29 per person per night (twin share basis), there is no charge for child share a room with two adults. EUR€57 per night applies for Single Room. 

·      Airport transfers (pick up / drop off): Available in Tirana Airport (TIA). Airport, hotel, meeting place transfer (available between 7am and 10pm), EUR€15 each way per person (minimum 2 people). The transfer service needs to be placed at least 2 business days in advance. 

Price Includes

·         Hotel: Accommodation 3*/4* hotels on double occupancy. Twin share basis for 7 overnights as per program. For child 2 - 11 year old sharing a room with 2 adults. (Hotel information is confirmed 24 hours prior departure)

·      Transportation: Air Conditioned modern van/minibus/bus and other transportation listed in itinerary.

·       Breakfast: Daily breakfast. All others meals not listed are at your expense.

·    Guide: Professional English (or other major languages) tour guide/leader. 

Price Excludes

·         Admission/entry Fees:

o    Entry fees prices are subject to change without prior notice.

o    If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.

·         Travel insurance, visa fees

·      Any charges for additional itinerary are not listed in itinerary

·      A mandatory service fees for tour guide/bus driver (min. 5 Euro /day per person).

·         Excess baggage charges from Airlines

·  Personal expenses such as room service, telephone, laundry service charges

·     Losses or additional expenses: The Company will accept no responsibilities for losses or additional expense due to accident.

·         Lunch and Dinner charges (if applicable)

·         Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions” 

POLICIES:

  Confirmation

·         Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of booking by email. Within 72 hours of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email confirming the booking status. Please do not book any airline tickets until you receive the status of your booking.

  Redemption

·    You will receive a confirmation voucher in 2-3 business days after you receive the e-ticket. Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination and depature details, is included in your confirmation voucher. When you reserve your attractions and services you will be asked to print the confirmation voucher to present when you arrive at your destination. It is your proof of purchase.   

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

The purchase of any travel services represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking. 

Booking changes
A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply. 

Cancellations and Cancellation Fees 
Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to AlbaniaExplorer.com by email or through web mail at Contact Us.

Standard cancellation penalties per person are as follows:

·         Up to 31 days prior to departure - 10% of total purchase amount.

·         15-30 days prior to departure - 30% of total purchase amount.

·         7-14 days prior to departure - 60% of total purchase amount.

·         Less than 7 days of departure or no show - 100% per person.

·         Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

·         Dates are based on the local time in Albania.

·         There is 5% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.

Those customers who asked for Visa Letter, the cancellation penalties after Visa Letter has been issued are as follows:

·         If without a visa reject letter, cancellation policies are as below:

o    Prior to departure 45-15 days, charge 35% of the tour fee.

o    Prior to departure over 45 days, charge €129 for whole booking.

o    There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.

·         If with a visa reject letter, we will follow Standard Cancellation Policies. 

Itinerary Variations
We constantly strive to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. 

Tour Cancellation: 
We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure of the tour, AlbaniaExplorer.com' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers. 

Currency Fluctuations:
All tour prices are current at the time of publication and are susceptible to currency fluctuations. We reserve the right to alter the tour price in accordance with changes in foreign exchanges rates and changes in prices for services. The rate that you pay when you reserve your tour will protect you against future currency fluctuations; on the other hand, no price adjustment (refund) will be made based upon change in tour prices. 

Remarks

1.    The Company is not liable for any delay or expense.

2.    The Company will accept no responsibility for losses or additional expense due to accident, delay, weather, strike or cause beyond its control.

3.    Passengers must have a valid passport. Your passport must remain valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date. The Company will not be held responsible for any expenses if passenger is refused entry into any country.

4.    The Company is not liable if a passenger decides to withdraw during the tour.

5.    The Company reserves the right to alter or curtail the itinerary and to substitute hotels and/or conveyances as it is deemed necessary.

6.    The Company do not accept liability for acts of violence for any single person sharing a room with others.

7.    Any unused portion of the tour or meals listed are non-refundable after departure no matter what the reason is that you cannot continue with the tour.

8.    The Company also reserves the right to require any individual to withdraw from the tour if it is deemed his/her act of conduct is detrimental to or incompatible with the interest, harmony and welfare of other passengers and the tour as a whole. The Company shall be under no further liability thereafter to any such person.

9.    The Company is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 

Responsibility
The Company acts only as an agent and/or intermediary for independent suppliers. As a result it retains other contractors to provide transportation, accommodation and other related travel services. The Company accepts no responsibility for any such losses or any additional expenses or distress due to delays, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes.

1.    Passengers shall be regarded as carrying his/her own risk with respect to loss or injury to person or property. The Company is not liable for any loss, injury, accident, damage, delay or expense which may arise during the tour.

2.    Passenger accepts full responsibility for losses and expenses due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes, wars, quarantine and changes in itinerary.

3.    The Company will not be held responsible if passenger carries any unlawful items or irregularities. Any losses and expenses are the responsibility of the passenger.

4.    The Company, tour guide and driver do not accept liability for lost or stolen personal property during the tour.  

Insurance
Purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended. We will be pleased to assist in inquiries of any travel insurance.

 

Note:
Albania Explorer has the right to cancel/postpone the trip up to three weeks before departure, if it is not acieved the minimum required participants number to operate the program. In this case clients will be offered alternatives, or if not interested, clients will be refunded (deducind cost for refund transaction). 

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