Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

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12 Days
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$1931
$1815

Balkans off the Beaten Track

12 Days Starting and ending in UK

Visiting:

Tirana

,

Shkodër

,

Berat

,

Krujë District

,

Lake Ohrid

,

Monastery of St. Naum

,

Skopje

,

Ohrid

,

Mavrovo

Tour operator:

Titan Travel

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Titan with any specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TTALM

Age range:

16-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1931

$1815 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

tourhub discount: $116


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 75 days before departure
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Tour Overview

Unlock the beauty of the Balkans as you make your way through dramatic landscapes and culture-rich communities on this Albania and North Macedonia tour. Relatively undiscovered by UK visitors, you’ll be veering off the well-worn tourist trail - and your reward will be spectacular national parks, World Heritage Sites and centuries-old mosques, churches and monasteries. We’ll tick off the two capital cities, Tirana and Skopje, and meander through unspoilt countryside. In North Macedonia, we’ll base ourselves in Ohrid - a lakeside resort with a church-filled old town.

Highlights

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    Exploring the UNESCO-protected city of Berat, with Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques hidden within the castle walls.

Places You'll See

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Balkans off the Beaten Track

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : UK - Tirana

Location:

  Tirana


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Tirana. On arrival our coach transfers you to our hotel.

icon Day 2 : Tirana

Location:

  Tirana


Meals Included:

  No Meals


We begin with a guided tour of Tirana, Albania’s vibrant capital and a destination just emerging on the city-break scene. Ambling along the main boulevard, we pass the Presidential Palace and National Arts Gallery, before continuing to Skanderbeg Square, home to the 18th-century Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Palace of Culture and the National History Museum.You’ve got the afternoon to explore on your own - perhaps take the cable car up to Mount Dajti National Park for forest walks and spectacular city views.

icon Day 3 : Shkodra

Location:

  Shkodër


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Today we make our way to Shkodra, stopping off in the city of Lezha for a visit to the Memorial Museum of Skanderbeg, a national hero. Settled on the shores of its namesake lake, Shkodra has history and culture in spades - founded in the 4th century BC, it’s one of the oldest cities in Albania and the country’s centre of Catholicism.After calling in at the cathedral and a photography museum, we stop by the lake, before touring the hilltop Rozafa Fortress.

icon Day 4 : Berat

Location:

  Berat


Meals Included:

  No Meals


The riverside city of Berat is on the agenda today. It has a fairly chequered history, with everyone from the Ancient Greeks to the Byzantines to the Romans leaving their cultural stamp. But it’s the Ottoman architecture that you’ll notice the most these days - and it’s what helped the city win UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2008.Explore the hillside houses and grand mosques, and tour the Byzantine churches hidden inside the walls of Berat’s castle. We make our way back to Tirana via a local winery, for the chance to sample Albanian whites and reds.

icon Day 5 : Kruja

Location:

  Krujë District


Meals Included:

  No Meals


The medieval town of Kruja is our first destination today. We get a great insight into Albanian culture at the History and Ethnographic Museum (housed in a 5th-century castle), before ducking into the old bazaar to browse traditional crafts, silver filigree and colourful kilim rugs. Souvenirs sorted, we’ll return to the hotel.

icon Day 6 : Tirana - Ohrid

Location:

  Tirana, Lake Ohrid


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Bid farewell to Albania as we journey east into North Macedonia, making our way to the lakeside town of Ohrid, where we stay for six nights. Ohrid is one of the country’s prettiest places. We spend today visiting a number of its churches, including the photogenic Church of St Jovan Kaneo, perched on a clifftop overlooking the lake’s glassy waters. We also get a glimpse at the Icon Gallery - Ohrid’s collection of Byzantine icons is one of the most important in the world, and one of the reasons the area holds World Heritage Site status.

icon Day 7 : St Naum Monastery

Location:

  Monastery of St. Naum


Meals Included:

  No Meals


A scenic boat ride takes us south along the forest-edged shores of Lake Ohrid to the Byzantine monastery of St Naum. We pass the villages of Pestani, Trpejca and Ljubanista, and stop off at the ‘Bay of the Bones’, a reconstruction of an ancient pile-dwelling settlement. After a visit to the monastery - which houses frescoes and iconostases dating back to the 16th century - you have some time at leisure. Perhaps enjoy lunch with a lake view or wander down to one of the two beaches beside the monastery for a paddle or swim.

icon Day 8 : Skopje

Location:

  Skopje


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Today is devoted to North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje - a city destroyed by an earthquake in 1963, then rebuilt to its former glory. A guided tour in the morning leads us around some of the city’s old and new highlights, including the Old Skopje Bazaar and Macedonia Square.Once the tour wraps up, there is time to explore Skopje on your own. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit one of the many galleries or museums, or find a café for a strong, thick Turkish coffee and a feta-stuffed burek pastry.

icon Day 9 : Ohrid

Location:

  Ohrid


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Today is free to explore Ohrid at your own pace. The old town is a jumble of frescoed churches and basilicas, with narrow, cobbled streets winding down a hillside to the lake and a delight to just wander.

icon Day 10 : Mavrovo

Location:

  Mavrovo


Meals Included:

  No Meals


More stunning scenery is on the cards today as we travel around Mavrovo National Park. It’s home to the country’s highest mountains, as well as winding rivers, herb-scented meadows and dramatic gorges. Our route takes us past a trio of artificial lakes, including the spectacular Movrovo Lake - surrounded by forested hills and snow-dusted peaks. We also stop for a peek inside the monasteries of St Jovan Bigorski and St Georgi Pobedonosec.

icon Day 11 : Ohrid

Location:

  Ohrid


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Today is another free day. Go for a wander through the small bazaar, watch a demonstration at a traditional paper-making workshop, or browse the exhibitions at Cultura 365 gallery and cultural centre.

icon Day 12 : Ohrid - Tirana - UK

Location:

  Ohrid, Tirana


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

What's Included

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    11 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)

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    International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

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    22 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 2-12) 11 dinners (days 1-11) 12 excursions and visits

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    Guided tours of Tirana; Shkodra (including Rozafa Fortress); Berat; Ohrid; and Skopje

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    Boat trip to St Naum Monastery

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    Wine tasting at Cobo Winery

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    Entry to Movrovo National Park Plus

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    Portable audio headset system on excursions

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    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service

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    Travel in destination by coach

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What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

All Ages over 16 can join this tour.

Are flights included in this tour?

Yes

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

4-5 Star

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

May 04, 2023

Monday

May 15, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $116 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$1931
$1815 (USD)
$1931
$1815 (USD)

tourhub discount: $116

Including Flights from the UK

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

Jun 15, 2023

Monday

Jun 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $119 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$1984
$1865 (USD)
$1984
$1865 (USD)

tourhub discount: $119

Including Flights from the UK

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

Sep 07, 2023

Monday

Sep 18, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $122 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$2038
$1916 (USD)
$2038
$1916 (USD)

tourhub discount: $122

Including Flights from the UK

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

Sep 21, 2023

Monday

Oct 02, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $122 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$2038
$1916 (USD)
$2038
$1916 (USD)

tourhub discount: $122

Including Flights from the UK

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

Oct 12, 2023

Monday

Oct 23, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $116 (USD)

  • Including Flights from the UK

$1931
$1815 (USD)
$1931
$1815 (USD)

tourhub discount: $116

Including Flights from the UK

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    Up to 75 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 43 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost.

    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost.

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Balkans off the Beaten Track

12 Days Starting and ending in UK

Visiting:

Tirana

,

Shkodër

,

Berat

,

Krujë District

,

Lake Ohrid

,

Monastery of St. Naum

,

Skopje

,

Ohrid

,

Mavrovo

Tour operator:

Titan Travel

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Titan with any specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TTALM

Age range:

16-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1931

$1815 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

tourhub discount: $116


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 75 days before departure
See local operators tour description
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