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Southern Europe: Croatia, Montenegro & Ancient Greece

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 Trip Length
12 Days
 Trip Starts
Dubrovnik
 Trip Finishes
Athens
12 Day Southern Europe: Croatia, Montenegro & Ancient Greece Itinerary (G Adventures)
Countries Explored: Croatia Montenegro Albania Greece
Accommodation
Hostels
Max. Group Size
24
Pace
Leisurely
Trip Style
Roamies
Trip Code
ECDAHW

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 12 Day Southern Europe: Croatia, Montenegro & Ancient Greece. If good times in ridiculously gorgeous scenery is what you’re after, this 12-day, hostel-based adventure along the coast of Southern Europe serves up precisely that, and then some. Making your way down from Croatia to Montenegro then into Albania, you’ll watch the sunrise from the historic Kotor fortress, marvel at the massive Skadar Lake, and take a dip at the Blue Eye natural spring. After that, you're off to Greece for some epic ancient history. You’ll explore the mountainside...read more ruins of Delphi before heading to Athens to visit world-famous sites like the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and the Temple of Zeus.

Itinerary

Arrive at any time, find a comfy spot in the hostel to relax or go out to explore before meeting fellow Roamies in the evening. After your Welcome Meeting, set out on a walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. See Dubrovnik Cathedral, Lovrijenac Fort, a Franciscan Monastery, and feel the vibrant energy of this Unesco protected walled city. Stay: Hostel 365 Dubrovnik

Pull out those travel journals and cross another country off your bucket-lists today because it’s time to leave Croatia behind and give some love and attention to Montenegro. All of the boxes will be checked today, beautiful sites, quaint villages, and your first glimpse of Kotor Bay, a unique fjord of the Adriatic. You’ll check out the historic village of Perast. Think marvellous buildings, postcard-like churches, and a romantic waterfront that seems to feature in every painting of European sailing towns. Rest of the day you get to hang out with your super cool and fun CEO. They will take you on a highlights walk of UNESCO protected Kotor and show you places like the Old City, St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the famous Clock Tower. Don’t let the fun end here! Make a plan and keep hanging out and see if your CEO can accompany you to a few hole in the wall places that will make your time here truly unique. Stay: Old Town Kotor Hostel

Amazing views and a magical experience are on the menu for today. It all starts as the sun rises over the land on a morning walk to the San Giovanni Fortress. Grab some fun group photos with your CEO as you stand atop the city and revel in the views. The rest of the day belongs to you. Explore, bop around, and experience Kotor as you wish. Even if that means laying low at the hostel with a few friends, we won’t judge, in fact, the best moments often happen when you least expect them. Cat lovers rejoice! Because Kotor has their very own Cat Museum you can visit. Not feeling an afternoon of felines? That’s ok, walk into the impressive interior of St. Nicholas’ Church, hop on a boat and visit Our Lady of the Rocks, or book an excursion to Blue Cave for a bucket-list worthy swim spot. Stay: Old Town Kotor Hostel

Another day, another dollar. Just kidding, it’s free to make awesome memories with your friends and it’s guaranteed that you will as you travel along the Montenegrin coastline towards Tirana, Albania. Make a pit stop to St Stefan, part island, part luxury resort. It’s a great place to get out, stretch those legs and pretend you have just arrived on your private yacht like most guests do. From there you’ll get to visit Dolphin-shaped Lake Skadar on the border of Albania and Montenegro. Explore the area surrounded by steep mountains, island monasteries, and crystal-clear waters by foot. Finish up the day in Tirana with a CEO led highlight walk through the streets featuring Skanderbeg Square and a visit to a former Cold War bunker turned underground art and history museum. (How cool is that?) Stay: Milingona Hostel

We’re not going to lie, today’s adventure is enough to make anyone wish they were on this trip with you. Drive along the coastal route to Saranda with several stunning beaches along the way that offer convenient spots to run right in for a quick swim. Float in the calm turquoise waters of the Adriatic – last one in is a rotten egg! Ok, let’s keep moving. Step inside the fairytale hillside town of Gjirokaster and walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town with your CEO. Then continue on to the Blue Eye natural spring, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning blue pigment (we bet pictures of this place will take over your feed). Arrive in Saranda in the early evening, get settled in your hostel and then enjoy an evening walk along Saranda’s promenade with the group. Stay: Hostel Hasta la Vista (B)

It’s no secret that travelling is exhausting! Build up that energy with breakfast in the hostel then take off on foot for a walking tour of Saranda, known fondly as the “Albanian Riviera”. Reflect and connect with this new place as you stroll leisurely along the Hasan Tahsini Boulevard. Pass beach access points and many cute bars and cafes begging for your attention. Not a bad place to search for some souvenirs to bring home. Strap those sea legs on as you catch the ferry from Saranda to the island of Corfu where once you arrive you’ll have free time to grab a drink, explore Corfu, and laugh it up with your pals at the hostel. Stay: Sunrock Hostel Corfu (B)

Wake up in paradise and know that the choice is yours today and there’s nothing holding you back! Take a taxi and explore the UNESCO-listed town, wander by the laundry swaying in the sea breeze and search for a place to grab lunch and a cocktail or two. Searching for something more exciting and unique? Chill out on an olive oil tasting experience, or learn about bees and honey production in Corfu. Looking for more adventure? Visit an ancient monastery on steep cliffs overlooking the azure waters. Want to just relax? Lay out beachside working on your tan and swimming in the refreshing waters. Turns out you really can’t go wrong on this Greek island. Stay: Sunrock Hostel Corfu (B)

A day all yours to relax in paradise. You can visit St Spyridon Cathedral, boasting the highest bell tower in the Ionian Islands. Witness remnants of a different way of life at the Paleokastritsa Monastery, where the monks also cultivate olives and press their own oil. (insider tip, it’s sold at the gift shop). You’re welcome. Then, indulge your vacation side swimming or lying in the warm sands of the chill and soothing Paleokastritsa Beach. It sits at the end of a long inlet with high rock walls offering natural privacy on both sides (the exact kind of beach we like best). Or maybe walk out to the end of a narrow jetty off the southern edge of the Kanoni Peninsula for a chance to see the Vlacherna Monastery before treating yourself to some beach hopping at Canal d’Amour, Mirtiotissa, and Issos beaches. Your friends back home will wish they came too! Stay: Sunrock Hostel Corfu (B)

While it’s hard to not be sad when you leave the island life behind, we have a feeling where you head next will make you do a happy dance. Travel to Kalambaka, the town next to Meteora via public bus and enjoy free time to explore the magnificent Monasteries. Perched on insanely high cliffs there are six still available for visiting. They were built on these immense natural pillars and hill-rounded boulders and make for a once-in-a-lifetime sight. See as many as you can and try not to succumb to a fear of heights. In the evening, you may want to relax in your hostel, play some games as a group, and show off those epic photos you took. Stay: Hostel Greco (B)

Wave “antio sas”(that’s good-bye in Greek) to Meteora and Kalambaka as the group heads to Delphi on a public bus. Once you arrive you’ll have time to grab some lunch before joining your CEO to visit the Delphi Archaeological Site. Afterwards, take advantage of free time to view the exhibits at the museum, and snap some photos of the Temple of Apollo. Temples, and Gods, and Greek Mythology, oh my! Stay: Hotel Castri Delphi (B)

Sit back, relax, and think about the wonderful times you’ve already had as you transfer from Delphi to Athens. Head out on a CEO led highlights walk of Athens and lay your eyes on famous landmarks before visiting Shedia, a G Adventures—supported café where you will have a drink and learn about the mission of this incredible place. In the evening let loose on your final night! Grab some cool beverages as a group and let those good times roll. Stay: Bedbox Hostel Athens (B)

Say goodbye to your Roamies and depart at any time, or keep the adventure going. It’s your choice and you don’t have to go home just yet. Right? (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Take a scenic drive along Kotor Bay with a stop in Perast.
  • Walk to Kotor fortress at sunrise.
  • See Skadar Lake and swim at coastal beaches en route to Saranda.
  • Visit the stunningly clear Blue Eye natural spring.
  • Take advantage of a free day in Corfu.
  • Visit the magnificent Monasteries in Meteora.
  • Experience the Delphi Ancient Ruins with your CEO.
  • Embark on a highlights walk of Athens and lay your eyes on famous landmarks.
  • Grab a drink at a G Adventures-supported café.
  • Travel through miles of beautiful coastal scenery.

  • Your G for Good Moment: Visit to Shedia Home, Athens
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Scenic drive along Kotor Bay
  • Walk to Kotor fortress at sunrise
  • See Skadar Lake
  • Visit the Blue Eye natural spring
  • Take advantage of a free day in Corfu
  • Visit the magnificent Monasteries in Meteora
  • Experience the Delphi Ancient Ruins with your CEO
  • Embark on a highlights walk of Athens
  • Grab a drink at a G Adventures-supported café
  • Enjoy free time in major cities along the way
  • All transportation between destinations
  • 24 hour metro passes in select cities

  • Hostels (11 Nights)
  • On this trip you can expect to stay in hip and lively hostels in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations.
  • Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces.
  • Accommodation will be primarily in multi-share hostels (typically 6-8 people per room), with a choice of mixed gender and female-only dorms as well as available upgrades to twin-share rooms (same gender).
  • Some rooming exceptions may apply due to the unique nature of the itineraries and of the hostels themselves, which have been specifically chosen to give local flavour to your trip. Please see the full itinerary description and the Rooming Exception section below for specific exceptions to the rooming that may apply to this tour.

  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout

  • 8 breakfasts

  • Private vehicle, boat, and walking

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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