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12 DAYS BALKAN ODYSSEY (06-17 APR 2022)

Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia & Albania

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Exclusive choir performance in Pec & cultural dance in Gjirokaster in a unique venue
  • Exclusive lecture in House of Flowers where the history of Tito comes alive
  • All-inclusive package from all meals with alcoholic drinks to gratuities
  • Small group travel with maximum 16 adults, children not allowed
  • Assistance of acclaimed Tour Concierge throughout the journey

The glorious history of the mighty European Habsburg and Ottoman Turks, colourful local medieval heritage and recent dramatic development with the end of Cold War leaves behind not only gorgeous monuments but even more fascinating tales.

While other Mediterranean and Alpine Balkan countries have embraced tourism, these 4 countries just started to welcome the most curious and well-heeled travellers. The greatest charm is perhaps exploring the many UNESCO World Heritage sites with very few tourists.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HK$ 37,980/-
Single Supplement: HK$ 7,880/-

HKD 37,980 Per Person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First 4 bookings enjoy complimentary room upgrade to Premier Suite in Marriott Skopje for 2 nights

Deposit Amount

HKD 12,000/- Per Person

12 Days 11 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
01 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed.
No penalties for cancellation up to 46 days before departure (22 Feb 2022), 100% charge for cancellation from 23 Feb 2022.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
06 Apr, Wed Arrival in Belgrade

06 Apr, Wed Arrival in Belgrade
Belgrade
Lunch & Dinner included

Arrive in Belgrade in the morning, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Emerging from the isolation of communist Yugoslavia and ravages of the Balkan War, Belgrade is filled with renewed energy of vibrant streets, dining scenes and great museums. This afternoon, you will visit the National Museum and the Belgrade Fortress, beautifully situated at the confluence of Sava and Danube. Thereafter, you will stroll down the Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street.

Day 02
07 Apr, Thu Belgrade / Novi Sad / Belgrade

07 Apr, Thu Belgrade / Novi Sad / Belgrade
Belgrade
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we make an excursion to Novi Sad. Walk along the Art Nouvelles architecture while soaking in its distinct Austro-Hungarian ambience.

After lunch, you have the option to visit Fruska Gora, the Holy Mount with 17 orthodox monasteries or a Serbian winery. Return to Belgrade to visit the House of Flower also called Tito Memorial (Tue-Sun) to understand the legacy of this Yugoslavian strongman.

Day 03
08 Apr, Fri Belgrade / Studenica / Novi Pazar

08 Apr, Fri Belgrade / Studenica / Novi Pazar
Novi Pazar
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

This morning, we drive 238 km or about 3½ hours to the UNESCO-listed Studenica Monastery, the cradle of the Serbian Civilization and an outstanding Eastern Orthodox architecture.

After lunch, we drive another 64 km or about 1h 15m to Novi Pazar. Experience the refreshingly strong Turkish vibes as you wander around the streets lined up with bazaars and mosques.

Day 04
09 Apr, Sat Novi Pazar / Pec / Prishtina

09 Apr, Sat Novi Pazar / Pec / Prishtina
Prishtina
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

This morning, we drive 108 km or about 3h, crossing through Montenegro into Peja in Kosov, where another UNESCO World Heritage site awaits. Admire Pec, the mother church of Serbian Orthodoxy.

Continue for another 84 km or about 1½ hour to arrive at Prishtina, capital of the partially-recognized country of Kosovo for a walking tour.

Day 05
10 Apr, Sun Prishtina / Prizren / Skopje

10 Apr, Sun Prishtina / Prizren / Skopje
Skopje
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

We visit 2 sites at the outskirt of Prishtina, visiting the UNESCO-listed Gracanica and Gazimestan, the site of the Kosovo Battle between Turks & Serbs. Then, drive about 84 km or 1¼ hr to Prizren, an Ottoman Old Town oozing with medieval charm for a walking tour.

At the end of the day, drive 99 km or about 1½ hours back and cross the border into North Macedonian capital of Skopje.

Day 06
11 Apr, Mon Skopje

11 Apr, Mon Skopje
Skopje
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Skopje holds a unique reputation as the city with the most statues in the world. There are literally hundreds of them adorning the public squares and streets, some as high as 15m! Enjoy a walking tour of this charming city which bears Greek, Ottoman, Albanian and Serbian influences. We will also visit the Archaeological Museum and the memorial house of Mother Teresa. In the afternoon, make an excursion to Mt Vodno for a panoramic view of Skopje and enjoy the beautiful Matka Canyon.

Day 07
12 Apr, Tue Skopje / Ohrid

12 Apr, Tue Skopje / Ohrid
Ohrid
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

This morning, we drive 173 km or about 2½ hours to Lake Ohrid, one of the most alluring destinations in the Balkan. A guided tour leads us to the picturesque Church of St Jovan and soak in the atmospheric old quarter cascading down a graceful hill of beautiful churches and a medieval fortress.

Day 08
13 Apr, Wed Ohrid / Berat

13 Apr, Wed Ohrid / Berat
Berat
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we cross the border into Albania, once one of the world’s most secluded countries. The story of dictator Enver Hoxha makes Kim or Stalin sounds moderate and still permeates in the Albanian lives today.

We drive 156km or about 3½ hours to Berat. En route, stop at Cobo winery, where you will gain insight into interesting family tales through the tumultuous times in Albanian history. 

Berat is another UNESCO highlight not to be missed. Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town, where stone-walled houses, cobbled streets, lovely churches and a mighty castle is nestled on a riverside mountain. Conclude the day with a visit to the Onufri Museum.

Day 09
14 Apr, Thu Berat / Gjirokaster / Sarande

14 Apr, Thu Berat / Gjirokaster / Sarande
Sarande
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Leaving beautiful Berat, we drive 182 km or about 3 hours to Gjirokaster (UNESCO). As the birthplace of dictator Enver Hoxha, his story really comes alive here. Thereafter, we drive 55km or 1h 15m to  Sarande, a popular local resort right by the Adriatic sea.

Day 10
15 Apr, Fri Sarande / Burtrint / Tirana

15 Apr, Fri Sarande / Burtrint / Tirana
Tirana
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Devote the morning to another highlight of the trip, Burtrint. This very well-preserved UNESCO archaeological site unveils rich traces of Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritages. In the afternoon, drive 282 km or about 4½ hours back to Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Day 11
16 Apr, Sat Tirana

16 Apr, Sat Tirana
Tirana
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Lively and colourful, Tirana is now beyond recognition from its grey days of Enver Hoxha. We enjoy a full day here digging into its history and evolution into a dynamic city. Start the morning with an excursion to Kruze and visit the Skanderbeg Fort, home of Albania’s national hero.

Enjoy a walking tour around Skanderbeg Square, the National Museum and BunkArt, converted from a huge Enver Hoxha Cold War bunker.

Day 12
17 Apr, Sun Departure from Tirana

17 Apr, Sun Departure from Tirana
N.A.
Breakfast included

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight out.

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Finesse's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Minimum 10 Pax HK$ 37,980
Single Supplement HK$ 7,880

Nine Square BelgradeEmrovic Raj Novi PazarSwiss Diamond PrishtinaMarriott Skpoje • Unique Resort & Spa Ohrid • Hotel Colombo Berat • Buze Hotel Serande • The Plaza Tirana 

Belgrade

Belgrade

Nine Square (Superior)

Designed by architect, Isay Weinfeld, the award-winning Square Nine is located in Belgrade’s most charming historic quarter. The capital’s most luxurious, design-forward hotel is also distinguished by its impeccable service, attention to detail and fine food. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 45)

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Novi Pazar

Novi Pazar

Emrovic Raj (Superior)

Set in a beautiful natural environment, this new 4-star resort provides a soothing ambience, healing water spring spa and well appointed rooms. It is located just about 3 km away from the centre of Novi Pazar. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 41)

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Prishtina

Prishtina

Swiss Diamond (Deluxe)

Situated right in the heart of Prishtina, this is a well-run Swiss hotel and internationally awarded by The American Academy of hospitality science with 5-star diamond. It is “The” address in this Kosovo capital. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 141)

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Skopje

Skopje

Marriott (Deluxe)

This 5-star luxury hotel is superbly located right by the Macedonia Square within short walking distance to the main museums, old bazaar, art bridge and shopping street. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 164)

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Ohrid

Ohrid

Unique Resort & Spa (Superior)

This modern & urban 4-star hotel is in the heard of Ohrid city. After touring the old town of Ohrid, you can relax at spacious room or the spa facilities. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 130)

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Berat

Berat

Hotel Colombo (Junior Suite)

The newly opened Hotel Colombo is the only 5-star hotel located 5 min drive away from the old town. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 108)

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Sarande

Sarande

Buze Hotel (Front Sea View Double)

Located 250m from Maestral Beach, Buze Hotel offers panoramic sea views, romantic sunsets and private sundecks. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 18)

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Tirana

Tirana

The Plaza (Deluxe)

Superb location 200m from Skenderberg Square, forward design, meticulous service and luxury room appointments make this hotel the number one choice in Tirana for discerning travellers. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 190)

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DEPOSIT
HKD 12,000/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 4 bookings enjoy complimentary room upgrade to Premier Suite in Marriott Skopje for 2 nights

Registration Closing Date: 01 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Service of Intriq Journey’s Travel Concierge
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • All transportations and transfers on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry

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