Los Angeles, April 2007 — Continental Journeys introduces the off-the-beaten-track countries of Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia, combined with Croatia, in its 13-day “Grand Tour of the Balkans” for experienced travelers seeking affordable new destinations. Tour prices of $1,859 to $1,929 per person, double occupancy, provide first-class and superior tourist-class hotels, breakfast daily, eight dinners and extensive sightseeing with an English-speaking tour escort. Eight departures from May 22 to September 18 start in Zagreb, Croatia’s cosmopolitan capital, and end in medieval walled Dubrovnik.

Sightseeing in the mountainous countries along the Adriatic Sea highlights five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: in Croatia the terraced lakes linked by cascading waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park; huge Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in 295 AD and encompassing Peristyle columns, Jupiter’s Temple and the Old Town of Split; the old pharmacy from 1317 and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, once a powerful trading rival of Venice; in Macedonia the lakeside resort of Ohrid and the Byzantine frescoes in 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral; and in Montenegro the walled city of Kotor and Romanesque cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, its patron saint, on the cliff-lined Bay of Kotor.

From the fortified Upper Town of Zagreb the winding route leads to St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Skanderbeg Square and the Mosque of Ethem Bey in Tirana, capital of Albania; monasteries of St. Naum on Lake Ohrid and St. Panteleimon on Vodno Mountain; Kale Fortress and the Old Bazaar in Skopje, the Macedonian capital; Podgorica, formerly Titograd and capital of Montenegro; and Cetinje Monastery and the King Nicholas Museum in Cetinje, the historic Montenegrin capital.

Rates also cover transportation, airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. No visas are required. Flights from the U.S., single rooms and extra hotel nights in Zagreb and Dubrovnik are available.

Continental Journeys also offers tours to Austria, the Baltics, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine. The company is at tel. (800) 601-4343 or (818) 995-8643; fax (818) 995-8673; info@continentaljourneys.com; and www.continentaljourneys.com.

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