Montenegro & Albania - Magical Illyria
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £899.00.
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 And InclusionsSpend seven nights on pristine Adriatic shores
Explore thriving Budva and island-resort Sveti-Stefan
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
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
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly 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 TwoRest 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 ThreeToday’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 FourToday 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 FiveToday’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 SixPerhaps 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 SevenThe 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 EightTransfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationHotel Princess, Montenegro
This friendly and welcoming hotel is located two minutes from the beach, and just a mile from Bar’s bustling centre and marina.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of the year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable.
Special requirementsIf 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 accessThe 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.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit 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. Back to top