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Montenegro & Albania - Magical Illyria

8 days from £899*
Departing: May - October 2019
* Price shown: 01 October 2019 from LTN - EZY2041
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Bathe in blue waters, soak up the sun and explore two of the Balkans’ must-see, must-do countries.

Join us in a very special corner of the Mediterranean, to relax and explore two wonderful countries. One already feted as an idyllic, sought-after holiday retreat, and the other rapidly emerging from decades hidden from the world, now keen to share its reborn vibrancy and historic past with curious visitors. Delightful Montenegro and beautiful Albania – part of Twelfth Night’s magical, mystical Kingdom of Illyria – wait to welcome you.

Tour Highlights

  • Spend seven nights on pristine Adriatic shores
  • Explore thriving Budva and island-resort Sveti-Stefa
  • Take in the breath-taking inland fjord of The Bay of Kotor
  • Wander the streets of UNESCO-listed Kotor city
  • Visit the mythical, picturesque Skadar Lake,the Balkans’ largest body of fresh water
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Albania’s Medieval Kruja, with its ancient Ottoman bazaar

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Princess, Bar, Montenegro
  • Return flights to Dubrovnik
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Dubrovnik, meet your tour manager and transfer across the border to your hotel in Bar, set overlooking the shores of the Adriatic, surrounded by lush vegetation and backed by forested mountains. Settle into your surroundings and, depending on your flight time, enjoy a first dinner.

Day Two

Rest and relax in the hotel this morning, perhaps taking a morning dip or stroll along the promenade, before joining the first of the included excursions. Heading north along the pristine coast to Budva, one of the Adriatic’s oldest settlements, you’ll get the chance to experience the now-thriving holiday resort, with beautiful beaches and scenic surroundings. After an opportunity to explore the old town, with its narrow streets and squares you’ll head south for a glimpse of the impossibly beautiful island village of Sveti-Stefan. Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, this private island is Montenegro’s most photographed sight. A wonderful first day is completed with a visit to the startling ruins of ancient Stari Bar, a timeless jumble of narrow streets and crumbling buildings that reverberates with history.

Day Three

Today’s included excursion sees you discover the spectacular Bay of Kotor, Southern Europe’s largest fjord, and enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor itself, with its old town of narrow streets and ancient houses. After a wonderful day, during which there’ll be time for a leisurely lunch, you’ll return to Bar for another balmy evening.

Day Four

Today is free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings. Hang out by the pool, enjoy drinks at the bar, make the most of the well-appointed wellness and spa area, or wander into the centre of Bar – where the colourful streets of the Turkish-influenced ‘new’ town are a delight. Don’t miss what is said to be the Mediterranean’s oldest olive tree. For a glimpse of Montenegrin history, pay a visit to the town museum in the former royal palace on the seafront. However you choose to spend your day, it is sure to prove hugely enjoyable.

Day Five

Today’s included excursion sees you journey inland to beautiful Lake Skadar. Straddling the border between Montenegro and Albania, which is designated as a National Park, the lake is home to an abundance of protected birds and wildlife. Dotted with sleepy towns and villages, the Lake is a haven of peace and tranquillity away from the Adriatic shore, and a rich source of Montenegrin folklore and legend. During the day, you’ll have the additional optional opportunity to board a boat to enjoy a traditional fish picnic, completing a memorable day.

Day Six

Perhaps saving the very best till last, today sees you cross the border to head into Albania, for a day of fascinating exploration. Famed as part of the Illyria of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and for decades hidden behind a repressive cloak that largely prevented foreigners from visiting, Albania is a spectacularly beautiful country. Today’s brief glimpse, in addition to the rolling hills and mountain-backed landscape of the north, will include visits to hillside Kruja home of Albanian hero George Castriot ‘Skanderberg’, who is widely celebrated through the town. Take in the giant statue of the Lord of Albania, as he is known, and wander through the colourful stalls of the ancient Ottoman bazaar, with its handcrafted curios.

Return to Bar at the end of a truly memorable day that may well whet your appetite for a longer visit.

Day Seven

The last day is left free for rest and relaxation, hopefully to soak up the sunshine on the beach, to make the most of the hotel and its amenities, or to enjoy a leisurely lunch in Bar, before a last dinner at the hotel.

Day Eight

Transfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

 

Departure Airport Date Price From
BHX
BHX 14 May 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 21 May 2019 £1019
BHX
BHX 04 June 2019 £1079
BHX
BHX 11 June 2019 £1079
BHX
BHX 18 June 2019 £1079
BHX
BHX 03 September 2019 £1249
BHX
BHX 10 September 2019 £1249
BHX
BHX 17 September 2019 £1149
BHX
BHX 24 September 2019 £1039
BHX
BHX 01 October 2019 £969
EDI
EDI 14 May 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 21 May 2019 £1019
EDI
EDI 04 June 2019 £1079
EDI
EDI 11 June 2019 £1079
EDI
EDI 18 June 2019 £1079
EDI
EDI 03 September 2019 £1249
EDI
EDI 10 September 2019 £1249
EDI
EDI 17 September 2019 £1149
EDI
EDI 24 September 2019 £1039
EDI
EDI 01 October 2019 £969
LGW
LGW 14 May 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 21 May 2019 £939
LGW
LGW 04 June 2019 £1019
LGW
LGW 11 June 2019 £1029
LGW
LGW 18 June 2019 £1029
LGW
LGW 03 September 2019 £1149
LGW
LGW 10 September 2019 £1149
LGW
LGW 17 September 2019 £1069
LGW
LGW 24 September 2019 £949
LGW
LGW 01 October 2019 £899
LTN
LTN 18 June 2019 £1029
LTN
LTN 24 September 2019 £949
LTN
LTN 01 October 2019 £899
MAN
MAN 14 May 2019 £999
MAN
MAN 21 May 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 04 June 2019 £1089
MAN
MAN 11 June 2019 £1089
MAN
MAN 18 June 2019 £1099
MAN
MAN 03 September 2019 £1249
MAN
MAN 10 September 2019 £1249
MAN
MAN 17 September 2019 £1149
MAN
MAN 24 September 2019 £1039
MAN
MAN 01 October 2019 £969
SEN
SEN 11 June 2019 £1029
SEN
SEN 17 September 2019 £1069
SEN
SEN 01 October 2019 £899
STN
STN 14 May 2019 £899
STN
STN 21 May 2019 £939
STN
STN 04 June 2019 £1019
STN
STN 11 June 2019 £1029
STN
STN 18 June 2019 £1029
STN
STN 03 September 2019 £1149
STN
STN 10 September 2019 £1149
STN
STN 17 September 2019 £1069
STN
STN 24 September 2019 £949
STN
STN 01 October 2019 £899

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.