GLOBUS 2018: The Best of the Balkans with 3-Night Greek Cruise (REK)
21 days from Dubrovnik to Athens
Your 21-day escorted tour of the Balkans and Greece combines adventure, legendary history, and a relaxing 3-night cruise around the spectacular Greek islands. Your guided vacation tour begins in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik -- the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' -- known for its massive stone walls. Continue to Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit Sarajevo - host city of the 1984 Olympic Games. Stay in the Serbian city of Belgrade to see the Kalemegdan Fortress where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet. You'll travel through scenic Romania into the heart of Transylvania to see ancient churches, towers, and monasteries, including a walking tour of Brasov with its famous Black Church. Visit Dracula's Bran Castle on its hilltop perch, on your way to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. You'll see the grand People's Palace and the home of the late Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. From Bucharest, you'll travel to the Bulgarian towns of Ruse, Sofia, and Rila - mountainous home to legendary gladiator Spartacus. Crossing into Greece, you'll pass through centuries of legendary landmarks before arriving in the ancient, Greek capital city of Athens. Home to the first modern Olympics, Athens is home to the world's most celebrated 5th-century landmarks, including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Your adventure concludes with a 3-night cruise of the Greek Islands. Visit Mykonos with its windmills and dazzling white houses, and Kusadasi on the Turkish coast as you cruise across the deep-blue waters of the Aegean. You'll also explore Crete and Santorini - the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean.' Your escorted cruise of the Greek Islands is the perfect ending to your Balkans sojourn, complete with gourmet dining, relaxation, and breathtaking vistas.
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|Offer valid through 12/31/2017|
|Day 1||Dubrovnik||Welcome to Dubrovnik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)|
|Day 2||Dubrovnik||Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century RECTOR'S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available. (B)|
|Day 3||Sarajevo||Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city's symbol, ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566, to replace the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the 1984 Olympics took place, and the first city in Europe to own an electric tram network. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Sarajevo||Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian War, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. [LF] A visit has been included to the SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War to supply the inhabitants with food and war supplies. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. (B)|
|Day 5||Belgrade||A scenic drive through Bosnia brings you to Belgrade, capital of Serbia. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Belgrade||First mention of Belgrade was in the 3rd century. Morning guided sightseeing features a drive to see the main sights, like the Santa Sava Church and a walking tour through the fascinating Kalemegdan Fortress, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and symbol of the strategic importance of the city in the past. For centuries, the city population lived within the walls of the fortress. Afternoon at leisure. Choose from our exciting optional excursions. (B)|
|Day 7||Sibiu||In Timisoara, admire the Romanian Orthodox Church, seat of the archbishop, before arriving in elegant Sibiu with its towers, churches, and buildings dating back to the 14th century. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Brasov||Enter the heart of Transylvania and stop at the fortified town of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful, well-preserved inhabited citadels in Eastern Europe. Continue to Brasov, where guided sightseeing features the Old Town Hall, the Merchants' Hall, the 15th-century Monastery and School of St. Nicholas, a walk through the Old Town, and a visit to the impressive BLACK CHURCH. [LF] This evening, you can try the local food at one of Brasov's excellent restaurants. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Bucharest||Highlight today is [LF] a visit to Dracula's BRAN CASTLE, built in the 14th century. The castle is dramatically located on top of a hill and has, because of the legends, attracted people from all over the world. Next stop is Bucharest, capital of Romania. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Bucharest||Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive along flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees. Also see the palace where Ceausescu, the former Romanian dictator, lived, and visit the impressive PEOPLE'S PALACE, the second-largest government building in the world after the Pentagon. (B)|
|Day 11||Sofia||Stop in Ruse, Bulgaria's most important river port and nicknamed 'Little Vienna' because of its neo-baroque and neo-rococo architecture. Arrive in Sofia, proud capital of Bulgaria. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Sofia||Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled at one time by Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the HOLY SOFIA CHURCH. (B)|
|Day 13||Thessalonika||Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where [LF] a scenic trip takes you high up towards the RILA MONASTERY, a beacon of the Bulgarian nation during a half-millennium of Ottoman rule. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because throughout the centuries, it has always been the spiritual, educational, and cultural center of Bulgaria. Continue through the Struma Valley, Spartacus' mountainous homeland, before crossing the Greek border and arriving in Thessalonika. (B,D)|
|Day 14||Athens||During your guided sightseeing, see the White Tower; the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire; the Rotonda; and visit the BASILICA OF SAINT DEMETRIOUS. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay from the walls of the Upper City. On the way to Athens, drive along the eastern and southern side of Mount Olympus and through the battlefield of Leonidas and the 300, the Spartan forces he led during the Second Persian War and the famous Battle of Thermopylae. (B,D)|
|Day 15||Athens||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)|
|Day 16||Athens||A full day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city or take an optional cruise to the islands. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)|
|Day 17||Mykonos||This morning, head for Lavrion/Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets before returning on board. (B,L,D)|
|Day 18||Patmos||Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. Also see the Grotto of the Apocalypse. (B,L,D)|
|Day 19||Santorini||First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean.' Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)|
|Day 20||Athens||After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens. Tonight is your chance to enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)|
|Day 21||Athens||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person in category ID twin inside cabin.Cruise port taxes or fees and gratuities to service personnel are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.Supplement per person to outside cabin XD: $170Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in inside cabin ID: $1264; in outside cabin: XD $1501Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in inside cabin ID:$148No reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XD.Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.Single room supplement: $959Triple room reduction per person: $97Extra nights per person in Dubrovnik:in single room $203-$304, in twin/in triple $121-$180Post-cruise extra nights per person in Athens:in single room $153, in twin $86, in triple $69
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