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Luxury

Passage through the Balkans with Adriatic Shores & Greek Archipelagos

Belgrade to Athens
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Trip Code: NOBCBA18
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 14 destinations
  • On the island of Corfu, head to Ambelonas Farm to see its wine estate and enjoy dinner
  • Watch the sun set as you cruise through the Corinth Canal
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 47 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • 10 authentic land accommodation
  • 9 nights on the small ship MS Caledonian Sky
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team

Map & Itinerary

Europe map NOBCBA18 2021
Belgrade to Athens

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

In the Serbian capital of Belgrade today, we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. There’s time to relax before a welcome dinner with fellow guests this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Belgrade, Hilton Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

Today, experience Belgrade on a walking discovery, including the Old Town’s Bohemian quarter, where cobbled streets are lined with trees and cafes. At its heart, take a stroll down the curved street of Skardalija dotted with taverns, art galleries and antique shops. Later, you’ll also visit the burial place of Josip Broz Tito, Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park and the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox places of worship in the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
St Sava Church in Belgrade, Serbia

After breakfast this morning, head for Zlatibor, a region of mountains, rolling hills and rural villages, considered one of the most beautiful in Serbia. Along the way, linger in a local winery, which has been family-owned for generations, where warm hospitality and wine tasting are the order of the day. Later, continue to your hotel for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Zlatibor Mona or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

It’s all aboard the Šargan Eight Railroad this morning, as this heritage narrow-gauge railway loops through lovely scenery. You’ll also learn about this historical feat of engineering, which was built by Austro-Hungarian forces during World War I. Afterwards, continue to the timber village of Drvengard for lunch. Filmmaker Emir Kusturica created this village as the setting for his film Life is a Miracle and it is now an open-air museum depicting traditional life. This afternoon is dedicated to exploring Tara National Park. Nothing short of breathtaking, you’ll see pristine forested slopes, ravines and the dramatic Drina River Canyon, which is the third largest of its kind in the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sit back and watch the views slide by as you journey from Zlatibor to Sarajevo this morning. Once you’ve arrived in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there’s time to settle into your hotel and enjoy this afternoon as you like. With a full day set aside to discovering Sarajevo tomorrow, you might like to relax a while before dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Sarajevo, Hotel Europe or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Sarajevo’s Old Town, including the Baščaršija, which is the city’s ancient bazaar as well as its cultural and historical centre. Baščaršija dates back to the 15th century when it was founded by Isa-Beg Isaković. Afterwards, enjoy a wander along (Coppersmith’s Street) and see the Yellow and White Bastions, which are part of the old wall that originally protected the city. Alternatively, journey to Bijambare Nature Park, not far from Sarajevo, and explore the ancient Bijambare caves. This limestone cave complex, filled with stalagmites and stalactites, enjoys a stunning natural setting of pine forests and pasture.


How will you choose to spend today? It’s up to you with a choice of activities on offer.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leaving Sarajevo, set out for the historic city of Mostar today, arriving in time for lunch. Spanning a valley carved out by the Neretva River, this is a city packed with charming streets and architecture, clustered along steep river banks. First, sample traditional street food, burek (a delicious meat or cheese pastry), before continuing to see Stari Most (Old Bridge). This is the city’s centrepiece, a magnificent stone arch between medieval towers, which straddles the Neretva River. This 16th-century Ottoman treasure was rebuilt in 2004 and is now a World Heritage-listed structure known for its tradition of bridge diving. Later, take your time discovering the colourful stalls and handicrafts on display at the local bazaar of Kujundžiluk.

Stay: Mostar, Hotel Mepas or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning, travel to Mali Ston, a pretty fishing village overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Here, jump aboard a boat to visit an oyster farm and taste these delicacies fresh from the sea, an experience sure to tempt your appetite for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, on the shores of the Adriatic. Set against a rugged mountain backdrop, this idyllic coastal city is a regular on the silver screen. Take your time settling into your hotel before joining a guided discovery of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and maze of alleyways. Later this evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

Stay: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel with free time before boarding your ship this afternoon. Tonight’s welcome dinner celebrates the next chapter of your Mediterranean adventure.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Head up on deck early, as your ship carves through Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Wrapped in medieval stone walls, the city of Kotor’s setting is as striking as its storied interior. As your ship docks in this World Heritage-listed site, it’s time to leaf through this living history book. The Cathedral of St Tryphon, the Maritime Museum and town gates, as well as Romanesque churches are just some of the discoveries on a guided wander through the town. After lunch back aboard, perhaps scale the heights of the Castle of San Giovanni for bay views or enjoy the afternoon as you like.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On Albania’s Dalmatian Coast, disembark in the seaside town of Durrës and set out to discover the nation’s capital Tirana. Enjoy a city tour including a visit to the House of Leaves Museum. Located in the former headquarters of the Sigurimi, the Albanian secret service. The museum provides a fascinating showcase, from documents to surveillance equipment used by the Hoxha regime. Back on board for lunch, your ship gets underway for Corfu.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy dinner at Ambelonas Farm, whose history dates back to the 1600s. You’ll also meet the estate’s owner, for an insight into the farm’s vineyard.


Enjoy a leisurely morning aboard. After lunch, travel to Gastouri to visit the Achilleion Palace. Here, admire statues of the nine Greek muses, explore the palace and take in views of the Ionian Sea. Round off the day with a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of Corfu in Greece.

One of the smallest of the Ionian isles, Ithaca remains wonderfully unspoilt, despite being home to the legendary Greek hero Odysseus. Today, this renowned setting for Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, is no less captivating. Lush pine and cypress forests carpet hills and cascade down to clear blue seas. This afternoon, explore the idyllic port of Vathy.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to Katakolon, to see the site of Ancient Olympia, a venue for the original Olympics. Once upon a time, it was a small regional festival in the 11th century, dedicated to the god Zeus. At the primary site, you’ll see the main temple devoted to the god, featuring a statue made of ivory and gold. A local guide will show you the gymnasium, where athletes trained, and the main stadium where the games were held. Later, visit a local farm for lunch and a wine tasting straight from oak barrels produced on the estate. There’s time to stroll here too.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Delphi, one of Greece’s most significant sites of antiquity, at the foot of Mt Parnassus. Hillside ruins depict the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Apollo, a sacred site including the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the ancient Greek theatre. Or, visit the seaside village of Galaxidi. A guided stroll, takes you to landmarks including Agios Nikolaos church, overlooking the Adriatic.


From the Greek port of Itea, set out on your chosen activity. Later, a special Signature Experience awaits.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, set your sights on the sleepy isle of Hydra, in the Saronic Gulf. After breakfast enjoy a gentle morning wandering the cobbled laneways and lemon-scented squares of Hydra’s horseshoe-shaped harbour. Meander back to your ship for lunch before cruising to the beautiful seaport of Nafplion in the Peloponnese archipelago. An overnight stay has been set aside for you here, for an evening walking tour around this enchanting city.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Aerial view over Nafplio, in Greece.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

If you’d like to see more of Nafplion, join a guided wander through the city’s medieval Old Town. Explore the maze of narrow streets, brimming with flower boxes and framed with Venetian and neoclassical architecture. Alternatively, discover the secrets of one of Greece’s most iconic products, honey. Join a beekeeper at a local apiary, to learn about bees in their natural environment, and enjoy a Greek honey-tasting. Or explore Nafplion from the water on a sea-kayaking tour. Cut through the port’s deep-blue water on a sea kayak and admire the idyllic coastline and local fortresses that line its shores.


After breakfast, head off on your chosen sightseeing activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Athens Airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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