Itinerary Notes

 

Please note that most Yolo accommodation in Europe is multi-share. For more info, see the "About Accommodation" section under "Tour Details".


Itinerary

Day 1Dubrovnik

 

Arrive at any time.

 

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

 

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 

 
Hostel 365 for U (or similar)

 

Hostel

Day 2Dubrovnik/Kotor

 

Cross the border into Montenegro and go hiking or visit Lake Skadar. 

 

Please note that we use a mixed sex dormitory in Kotor.

 
Private Vehicle

 

Dubrovnik – Kotor2h100km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Border Crossing (Croatia - Montenegro)

 

Karasovići – Herceg-Novi

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Free Time

 

KotorAfternoon

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful small country.

Accommodation

 

 
Old Town Kotor Hostel (or similar)

 

Hostel

Day 3Kotor

 

Enjoy an included day trip to the beautiful nearby village of Perast. Later, opt to explore the city of Kotor or the beaches of Herceg Novi.

 

Please note that we use a mixed sex dormitory in Kotor.

 
Perast Visit

 

Perast

Visit the small seaside town of Perast for a taste of the quaint in Montenegro.

 
Free Time

 

KotorHalf Day

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful small country.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Sea Kayaking
Kotor
20EUR per person

Head out by sea kayak to fully appreciate this gorgeous area. Start just outside the Old Town walls and explore the coast. Stop at a beach bar for a break or a swim.

 
Kotor City Exploration
Kotor15m-30m
Free

Take some time to explore this picturesque town surrounded by a walled fortress built by the Republic of Venice. Kotor has a Mediterranean feel to it and the bay offers a stunning backdrop for photographs. 

Accommodation

 
Old Town Kotor Hostel (or similar)
Hostel

Day 4Kotor/Tirana

Check out all that the capital of Albania has to offer on an included orientation walk.

Be sure to check out the lively nightlife here.

 
Private Vehicle
Kotor – Tirana4h-5h200km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Border Crossing (Montenegro - Albania)
Sukobin – Muriqan15m-30m

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities - Day 4

National Gallery of Arts
Tirana1h-2h
2EUR per person

Check out the National Gallery of Arts to see collections of realist paintings, historic and political pieces, propaganda, as well as modern paintings and sculptures. The gallery also houses temporary exhibitions and has one of the best collections of Socialist Realism paintings. 

 
National History Museum
Tirana1h-2h
2EUR per person

Learn about the history of Albania by spending some time at the National History Museum and checking out the archaeological and historic artifacts. Most displays are translated into English and French to help visitors understand the collections. One of the darker but vastly important sections focuses on the oppression of the communist regime in the country, however this section is a recent addition and has few translations in English. 

 
Piramida Visit
Tirana
Free

Take a visit to this obscure, culturally-significant building from 1987. It's vandalized state is reflective of the ongoing debate on what, exactly, it should be used for today; originally intended to be used as a museum, and currently being considered for "memorial" status for Albania's 45-year isolation after WWII. Until someone decides, it continues to be the turf of grafitti artists, and skaters. 

 
Dajti Ekspres Cable Car Ride
Tirana
6EUR per person

Take a ride up to the top of Dajti Mountain. Spanning 1 km long, this is the longest cableway in the Balkans and offers views of the city.

Accommodation

 
Hostel Freddy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 5Tirana/Saranda

Travel through the Albanian countryside to coastal Saranda, stopping along the way to explore towns and local sights. Opt to take a dip in the Blue Eye Spring and stop for lunch in the historic centre of Gjirokastër, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The exact stops along the drive depend on the day and weather.

Depending on traffic and arrival/departure times to Saranda, groups may opt to stop by Albania's largest archaeological site from the Greek era, which includes a large Roman amphitheatre and a Byzantine basilica.

 
Private Vehicle
Tirana – Saranda4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ptional Activities - Day 5

Butrint Archaeological Site Visit
Butrint
20EUR per person

Take a taxi to the nearby ruins of the city of Butrint, excavated in 1944. This Greek city and UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a stopping point along trading routes but when the Roman Empire began to decline residents started to leave. After the city was flooded during an earthquake Butrint was abandoned and laid untouched for years under the mud and debris from the quake, preserving artifacts and protecting the ruins. 

 
Bay Visit
Saranda1h-4h
Free

Take a walk along the town's horseshoe shaped beach. Grab a scoop of ice cream, rent a paddle boat, or try the catch of the day at a seaside restaurant,

 
Mirror Beach Visit
Saranda

Take a taxi south to Mirror Beach, a secluded natural bay. If you are looking for some quite time in paradise (read: turquoise waters and limestone cliffs), this is the place.

 
Syri Kalter Visit
Saranda
Free

Syri Kalter is a natural spring in the hills of Saranda. The name of this natural phenomenon translates to "the Blue Eye" because the waters glisten a deep shade of blue, much like the iris of an eye, on a clear day. Take some time to explore this area, made tranquil by towering oak and sycamore trees.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Palma e Arte (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6Saranda/Corfu

Take a late afternoon ferry across the border to the island of Corfu. Enjoy an orientation walk in the old town of Kerkyra, then enjoy free time to hit the beach and the clubs in the evening.

 

 
Ferry
Saranda – Corfu1h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Border Crossing (Albania - Greece)
Saranda – Corfu

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Free Time
CorfuEvening

Do as much or as little as you'd like on this slice of Greek paradise.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Bretagne (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7Corfu

Free time to hit the beach and the clubs. Opt to explore the island by horseback, visit some of the older churches and historic buildings found on the island, or relax on one of its many beautiful beaches.

 

 
Free Time
CorfuFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like on this slice of Greek paradise.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Archaeological Museum
Corfu
3EUR per person

See some of the amazing artifacts housed at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu, including relics excavated from the ancient city of Corfu, Cassiope, the Gorgon pediment and The Lion of Menecrates. While small, this museum is a great place to see local artifacts and get a sense of the area’s history. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Bretagne (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8Corfu/Athens

Morning flight to Athens and free afternoon to explore Greece's capital city.

Spend the day in one of the most renowned ancient capitals of the world. Wander around the open-air museum that is the historic centre. Sample mouthwatering greek food such as Saganaki (fried cheese), or Spanakopita (spinach pie). Opt to visit the Acropolis site, the new Acropolis Museum, the Roman agora and the National Archaeological Museum.

 

 
Plane
Corfu – Athens2h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

 
Free Time
Athens

Start exploring this fascinating ancient city. Parthenon, anyone?

Accommodation

 
Hotel Economy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Athens

Depart at any time.

 

Please note that there are many things to do in and around Athens. Booking extra accommodation after your tour is recommended to take in the sites as this tour only spends one night in the city.

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

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