Experience the seaside charm of Dubrovnik, beaches of Levkas and ancient culture of Athens

This adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of Macedonia and Albania to create the perfect balance between old and new. Hang out in Dubrovnik's Old Town, cruise around Lake Ohrid, admire Ioannina's archeological glories and sample some moussaka in Greece's capital. This whirlwind adventure through the Balkans is the best way to check out regional hot spots while also experiencing a hefty dollop of cultural hospitality.

Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Athens, Greece
Countries
Albania,
Croatia,
Greece,
Macedonia,
Montenegro
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Fulfil your cultural cravings in Dubrovnik
  • Laze on a beach in sunny Levkas
  • Explore the birthplace of Western civilisation in Athens
  • Cruise around stunning Lake Ohrid by boat

Itinerary

Arrive in the scenic seaport town of Dubrovnik and admire the Renaissance and Gothic architecture while walking through the winding marble streets. Explore the charming Old Town, stately Placa Stradun and Sponza Palace, or just kick back with the catch of the day at an alfresco restaurant and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere.
Walk around the city walls of Kotor for incredible views of the bay, or perhaps take a cruise out to the impressive Kotor fjords. Afterwards, explore historic Grubonja Palace, the Northern Gate and St Tryphon Cathedral while ambling through the streets of this charming coastal gem.
Experience the unique mixture of cultures and customs that make up Tirana, Albania’s capital city. Admire the colourful Italian and Turkish inspired architecture mingling with somber Soviet remnants, and the impressive Et’hem Bey Mosque, an important monument signifying the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Take a cable car ride up Dajti Mountain for breathtaking views of the city below.
One of the oldest human settlements in the world, Ohrid has a wealth of historic sites and religious monuments to discover. Wander the vibrant Old Bazaar and pick up a bargain or two on a guided orientation walk. Then relax on a scenic boat ride on the turquoise waters of Lake Ohrid.
Take a step back to Ottoman time while in Skopje, Macedonia’s political and cultural centre. Visit the Daut Pasha Hamam, meander through Macedonia Square and cross the iconic stone bridge to the city’s Old Bazaar. Enjoy a Balkan wine tasting experience in the Tikvesh wine region, or make the humbling journey to the Holocaust Museum.
Hike around the mountains of stunning Lake Prespa and explore the ruins of abandoned villages dotting the landscape, or just relax on the shore of this incredible freshwater lake.
With astounding archaeological sites, islands of extreme beauty, bucolic villages and some of the freshest food you’ll ever taste, Ioannina has something to please even the most seasoned of travellers. Take a daytrip to nearby Zagoria villages, before reveling in the lively local night-life.
Rest and relax in the rumored birthplace of the Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Follow the tourist trail to the blue waters and soft sands of Porto Katsiki beach, or perhaps hike or cycle around the surrounding mountains.
Named after the goddess of wisdom, Athens is a melting pot of awe-inspiring historical sites and modern cosmopolitan culture. Visit the ancient Acropolis, the National Gardens, the dramatic Temple of Olympian Zeus and the original Olympic Stadium. Afterwards, say a fond farewell to the birthplace of Western civilisation by tucking into a final group dinner of Greek cuisine and a shot (or two) of ouzo.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (13 nights)
Included activities
  • Boat trip and Ali Pasa Museum
  • Dajti Mountain Cable Car
  • Day Trip to Zagoria Villages
  • Wine Tasting

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A single supplement will be available for this trip. Please see trip notes for details.

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Reviews

Our Dubrovnik to Athens trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.

Dubrovnik to Athens , May 2015

Dubrovnik to Athens , May 2015