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Balkan Splendor 2017

       Jim Gold International Folk Tours
BALKAN
SPLENDOR!
Folk Dancing,  Folk Music, Art, History, Culture, Adventure !SERBIA, CROATIA,          BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA,
MONTENEGRO

       Belgrade, Novi Sad  South Serbia, Iba              Valley, Studenica, Nis,  Sarajevo,
Mostar, Kotor, Budva, Dubrovnik
October 15-29,  2017
Extension to Dubrovnik October 29-November 1

 Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt

★ Visit historic Balkan cities, capitals, and folkloric villages.
★ Meet Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin folk dancers.
★ Plus international folk dancing with Lee Otterholt.
★ Our price includes round-trip airfare, city tours, transfers, hotels, two meals daily, and our own private bus.

 Itinerary
Day 1: Sunday, October 15: Fly to Belgrade from Newark airport in Newark, New Jersey.
Day 2: Monday, October 16: BELGRADE
Arrival at Belgrade airport. Meet & greet followed by a private transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight at the Hotel Life Design.
Day 3: Tuesday, October 17: BELGRADE
City tour of Belgrade including Dedinje residential district with its numerous villas and mansions which is considered as a wealthiest part of the city; Topcider Park one of the oldest parks in Belgrade with marvelous residence of Prince Milos Obrenovic; House of Flowers, former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito`s memorial house, Royal Palace, white stoned palace in the Serbian-Byzantine style; St. Sava Temple, the biggest Orthodox temple   on the Balkans; Slavija Square; Parliament building; Republic Square; Knez Mihajlova pedestrian zone with large number of shops, cafes, restaurants; and much more. Dinner in a local restaurant in the famous bohemian quarter named Skadarlija. Folk dancing with Lee and local teachers.Day 4: Wednesday, October 18: BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – BELGRADE
Drive to Novi Sad, the main administrative center of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. A picturesque city situated on the shores of the Danube north of Belgrade in Vojvodina province. Serbia’s second largest city boasts the impressive 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress, featuring courtyards, walkways and a system of underground tunnels.  Lunch in local restaurant.  Meeting with local folklore group. Drive back to Belgrade for overnight.

Day 5: Thursday, October 19: BELGRADE – NI
Depart for Niš. Serbia’s third largest city, and one of the oldest cities in the Balkans. Home to one of Serbia’s oldest Christian churches dating to the 4th century, it is also the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, as well as two other Roman emperors, ConstantiusIII and Justin I.  Sightseeing tour of Niš including the  Fortress on the bank of Nisava river, best preserved Turkish fortress in the central of Balkan , Mediana – archeological site from the 4th century, Nis Cathedral Temple, Church of St. Panteleimon, Skull Tower, Stambol house, City hall, and Tinkers alley with its restaurants and cafes.  Folk dancing with Lee and local teachers. Overnight: Grand hotel Niš.
Day 6: Friday, October 20: NIŠ – SICEVO GORGE
Sicevo Gorge is a spectacular part of the river Nišava valley!  Visit the Sicevo hydroelectric power station, built according to the principles of Nikola Tesla principles. Wine tasting and lunch in local restaurant.   Afternoon meeting in Nis with the local folklore group.
Day 7: Saturday, October 21: NIŠ – STUDENICA – KRALJEVO
Drive to Studenica Monastery.  This most important medieval Serbian monastery, under protection of UNESCO World Heritage, is the endowment of Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, founder of the  independent Serbian state. a dynasty which ruled Serbia for two centuries. Lunch in a local restaurant. Meet with the local Studenica folklore group.  Overnight in Hotel Crystal.Day 8: Sunday, October 22: KRALJEVO – SARAJEVO
Walking tour of Kraljevo:  Serbian Warriors Square, church of the Ascension, and Master Vasa´s Konak’s residence. Continue to Sarajevo. Folk dancing with Lee and local teachers Overnight in Sarajevo at Hotel Radon Plaza.

Day 9: Monday, October 23: SARAJEVO
Sightseeing tour of this capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity, with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. Due to this rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo is often called the “Jerusalem of Europe”. Museums include the Museum of Sarajevo, Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and more.  Afternoon meeting with the local folklore group. Overnight in Sarajevo..

Day 10: Tuesday, October 24: SARAJEVO – JAJCE
Morning drive to Jajce in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  First built in the 14th century. Jajce served as the capital of the independent Bosnian kingdom. The town is also famous for its beautiful waterfall where the Pliva River meets the river Vrbas. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon meeting with the local folklore group. Check in & overnight. Hotel Turist98*** www.hotel-turist98.com  Hotel Plivsko Jezero*** www.hotel-turist98.com

Day 11: Wednesday, October 25: JAJCE – MOSTAR – NEUM
Drive to Mostar on the Neretva river. Mostar is named after its bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who, during medieval times.guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the, Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks. After sightseeing, continue to Neum.  Overnight. Grand hotel Neum.Day 12: Thursday, October 26: NEUM – DUBROVNIK – CILIPE – BUDVA
Depart for a sightseeing tour of the Dubrovnik. This ancient city under UNESCO protection surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces.  See Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery, housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Lunch in local restaurant.  Continue to Budva, with en-route stop for presentation of local folklore group in Cilipe.  Walking tour of Budva, famous for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and examples of Mediterranean architecture. The Old Town architecture is of Venetian design. Important churches are 7th century St. Ivan’s,  St. Mary’s of Punta dating from 840 and The Holy Trinity, built in 1804. Overnight at Hotel Budva.

Day 13: Friday, October 27: BUDVA – CETINJE and LOVCEN – BUDVA
Visit Cetinje and Lovcen. Cetinje is the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro and now the secondary capital of Montenegro with the official residence of the President of Montenegro. The city nestles on a small karst plain surrounded by mountains, including Mt. Lovcen, the Black Mountain from which Montenegro gets its name.  Founded in the 15th century, Cetinje son became the center of Montenegrin life. cradle of Montenegrin culture and a Serbian Orthodox religious center. Numerous points of interest include Cetinje Monastery, Vlaška church (built in 1450, with its fence made out of barrels of captured enemy rifles), numerous museums, Zets kindom royal theater and historic foreign embassies. Lunch in a local restaurant.  Return to Budva.  Afternoon meeting with the local folklore group.  Overnight in Budva.

Day 14: Saturday, October 28: BUDVA – KOTOR – PERAST – DUBROVNIK
Drive to Kotor, a coastal town of Montenegro, surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. A UNESCO world heritage site. Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is home to the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon built in 1166, and ancient walls stretching directly above the city.  After a program with local folklore group, we’ll drive to Perast to visit . Our Lady of the Rock, completed in 1632 and noted for its beautiful artwork painted by the region’s celebrated 17th century artist Tripo Kokolja.    Drive to Dubrovnik. Farewell dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Hotel Importanne Resort,Day 15: Sunday, October 29: DUBROVNIK  departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure flight.
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Join our October 29-November 1, 4-day/3-night DUBROVNIK EXTENSION!

Day 15: Sunday, October 29:  DUBROVNIK
Transfer to Dubrovnik. Visit the old city walls. Dinner and all overnights in Importanne Resort,Day 16: Monday, October 30: DUBROVNIK – PELJESAC – DUBROVNIK
Excursion to Peljesac peninsula. second largest peninsula in Croatia, Ston, known for its wine growing and oysters, was a major fort of the Ragusan      Republic its defensive walls are a notable feat of medieval architecture. Lunch in a local restaurant.

Day 17: Tuesday, October 31: DUBROVNIK – KONAVLE
Excursion to Konavle. Transfer to Cavtat. Cavtat is a small town near Dubrovnik, founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC under the name of Epidaurus. Today, Cavtat is a popular tourist destination with a seafront filled with shops and restaurants.  Continue to the village Grude in Konavle region where a famous local artist Antonia Ruskovic has her atelier. Inside you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the traditional production of silk. Taste homemade liqueurs and cakes. Return to Dubrovnik for dinner in a local restaurant and overnight.

Day 18: Wednesday, November 1:  DUBROVNIK departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Dubrovnik airport for your outbound flight.

Land Only: $3995    Land and Air: $4885
Dubrovnik extension: $1195

REGISTRATION FORM: I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Single supplement: $795. Dubrovnik ext. single supplement: $595.  Additional charges: Air tax: $640. Service charges:$85.  Gratuities and drinks during meals not included.  Program subject to change without notice. Group air: Minimum 10 people needed for group air rate to apply. If not met, additional fees will be added. Air taxes and fuel surcharges not guaranteed until ticketing one month before departure. Group rate: A minimum of 15/20 or 25 people required or additional fees may apply. Cancellations 45 days prior to departure: Refund: 50% of total price. Less than 30 days: No refund. Travel insurance recommended.  Total balance due July 1, 2017.
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