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18 Day Tour of Bulgaria- Macedonia- Albania, 2022

                    
                                                          

Itinerary: Sofia (3 nights) – Veliko Tarnovo (2 nights) – Plovdiv (2 nights) – Skopje (2 nights) – Ohrid ( 2 nights) – Vlora ( 2 nights) – Saranda ( 2 nights) – Tirana ( 2 nights)

                                  Bulgaria (7 nights) - Macedonia (4 nights) - Albania (6 nights)


Summary:

The Balkans is the melting pot of people and cultures, the cross-point where the political layers of north, east, south and west meet. This is a journey through the history and culture of 3 Balkan countries with a spectacular Thracian, Illyrian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman heritage. We follow a great part of Via Egnatia, which was the ancient Roman road through the Balkans.
During our journey we trace the rich and turbulent history of the Balkans - from ancient up to modern times. Some of these lands have been isolated for many years. Today these 3 Balkan countries are vibrant neighbors in a changing and uniting Europe. Visiting these 3 counties we learn not only about their ancient past, but also how they walk towards New Europe and modernize their economical, judicial and political systems.

In Bulgaria our journey will cover the capital city of Sofia and we’ll visit   the ancient city of Plovdiv and  the gorgeous Rila Monastery, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll explore Thracian monuments and golden treasures, ancient Roman forums and theatres, Byzantine fortifications, remarkable Christian Orthodox churches and Ottoman mosques, beautiful 19th century National Revival architecture. We’ll also take a filed trip to the famous 13th century Boyana Church, another world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In  Macedonia  we’ll see the vibrant capital Skopje, birthplace of Mother Teresa, a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. We’ll stroll on the cobblestone streets in the Old Town to view attractive ensembles of Ottoman and Orthodox Christian architecture. Drive through outstanding beautiful scenery to explore in the ancient city of Ohrid and take an excursion along the coastline of the magnificent Ohrid Lake, one of the oldest on earth, to see Orthodox Christian monasteries and churches of exceptional value and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Both the town Ohrid and the lake are remarkable UNESCO World heritage sites.

In Albania our journey covers an area of outstanding scenic beauty, as while visiting classical towns that once compete with cities in Greece and Italy we enjoy the crystal clean waters of Adriatic coastline. We’ll we see the capital city of Tirana with its new changing face. We’ll take excursions to the archaeological site of Butrint, which was named by Virgil a ‘Troy in miniature’, and will explore in the picturesque Ottoman town of Gjirokastra, dominated by its 13th century citadel. Both of them are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria

Arrive at Sofia airport.Transfer Sofia airport - your hotel in Sofia.
Overnight in Sofia.
 
Day 2: All Day in Sofia.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Sofia has an ancient history. Numerous Neolithic villages have been discovered in the area, and a Chalcolithic settlement has been recently discovered in the very centre of the modern city. The Thracian Serdi tribe settled here in the 7th century BC, and they gave Sofia its first recorded name – Serdica. The Byzantines called it ‘Triaditsa’ and the Slavs, ‘Sredets’. In the third century AD, the Romans built strong walls around Serdica, their capital of Inner Dacia and an important stopping point on the Roman road from Naisus (present Nish, Serbia) to Constantinople.
Today we explore the main sites of Sofia.

We see the ruins of the Roman town and walk along the Roman streets, passing the temples of several different religions, located in this part of the town -"St. Nedelia"  - Eastern Orthodox churche, "St. Joseph" -a Roman Catholic church, Banya Bashi mosque and the Synagogue. We  visit Sofia’s ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex, which opened in April 2016. This new complex offers visitors a glimpse into the Bulgarian capital city’s ancient Roman past. The complex, largely below street level and covering an area of about 9000 square metres, includes eight streets and an early Christian basilica .
We then continue along the massive administrative buildings created by one of the first great projects of the Communist Party and pass by the office of the Bulgarian President. From here we will visit one of the oldest churches - the Rotunda of “St.George”.

We visit Sofia’s  fabulous National Archaeological Museum, which occupies a former Ottoman mosque in the heart of the city. This collection has priceless treasures from antiquity as well as the first and second Bulgarian kingdoms.

We follow the 'yellow- brick' road and  we visit the magnificent splendidly decorated Alexander Nevski Memorial Church built in the period 1904–1912 to the designs of the Russian architect Pomerantsev. Gold-domed, it is one of the most ambitious and richly elaborated churches in the Balkans. The interior decoration, with Italian marble, Egyptian alabaster, Brazilian onyx, gold and beautiful mosaics, embodies the spirit of the finest Eastern Orthodox traditions.

We walk along Battenberg Square with its emblematic landmark The former Royal Palace.
We see from outside The National Theatre designed by the architectural firm of Helmer & Felmer from Vienna. The style of the building is a mixture of the neo-Baroque and Secession style.
We see from outside The neo-Renaissance building of the Bulgarian Parliament /1884-1886/ designed by architect Konstantin Yovanovic.
We see from outside The Central Military Club, built in the same neo-Renaissance style.
We see from outside The Sofia University, spectacular designed by the French architect Breansson.
Drive to the outskirts of Sofia, at the footstep of Vitosha mountain. We will visit the 13th century Boyana Church, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. The murals of this famous church reflect both Byzantine and local traditions of the preceding two centuries. One of the portraits in the church is unanimously considered a genuine masterpiece of 13th century painting, created 200 years before the European renaissance.

Overnight in Sofia.
 
Day 3: One day excursion: Sofia-Rila Monastery- Sofia

Breakfast.
Depart Sofia for Rila Monastery,  Bulgaria's greatest known heritage site,  founded in 927 A.D. Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. Located in the gorgeous mountain scenery of the mountains, romantically nestled in a valley overlooked by a forest, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival period.  Of particular interest are the Museum, and also the 1335 Hrelyo's Tower in the courtyard, which is actually the oldest preserved building, standing alongside the big five-dome church Assumption of the Holy Virgin, which has splendid frescos by some of Bulgaria’s finest artists of the time.The monastery complex,  was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Rila Monastery is located 120 km (75 miles) south of Sofia in the Rila Mountains.
Drive back to Sofia.

Overnight Sofia.

D4: Transfer day: Sofia- Veliko Tarnovo. En route visit Etura. En route visit Tryavna.

Breakfast.
Depart Sofia for Veliko Tranovo.
En route visit the  fascinating open-air museum Etara in which priceless examples of old Bulgarian architecture and artisan workshops have been gathered. Etara functions like a town in which artisans use 19th-century water-power to turn wood, weave, etc. There are blacksmiths, carpet weavers, an original Turkish coffee house, and a studio where some of Bulgaria’s most famous icon painters work.
En route visit Tryavna.
Tryavna is a small and cozy town situated at the footsteps of Balkan Mountain.It  is famous  for its  woodcarvers, whose work has graced churches and mansions across Bulgaria. We visit the Museum of Wood-Carving. It  is housed in the building of the old Daskalov’s House in Tryavna.  This was the place where the Tryavna Artistic School, the oldest in Bulgaria, was set up. It originated at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries and developed in three directions: icon painting, wood-carving and construction. These were also the three main crafts the local masters took up.
Continue drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
Arrive Veliko Tarnovo.

Overnight Veliko Tarnovo.

D5: All day in Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast.
The scenery of Veliko Tarnovo is breathtaking. Perched on steep hills overlooking the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most picturesque Bulgarian towns.  The glory of Veliko Tarnovo comes from the middle ages. It was a capital city of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396), where arts, culture and spiritual life flourished. During the time of the Bulgarian National Revival (18th – 19th century) it was an important center of education, crafts and trade, and played the major role in the establishment of modern Bulgaria after the liberation from Ottoman domination in 1878, being the birth-place of the First Bulgarian Constitution. We will enjoy a guided city excursion through the medieval fortress on Tsarevets Hill .
We explore the nearby village-museum of Arbanassi, famous for its traditional architecture, and beautifully decorated churches and monasteries, dating from the 17th to 18th centuries. We will visit  the most beautifully decorated St Nativity Church. It was painted in 1597 and 1638 .The Church  is famous with its fascinating scene- Circle of Life. We will visit a house museum.
Drive back to Veliko Tarnovo.

Overnight Veliko Tarnovo.

D6: Veliko Tranovo – Plovdiv. En route visit Kazanlak in the Rose Valley.

Breakfast.
Depart Veliko Tarnovo for Plovdiv .
Enjoy the  scenic drive via historical ShipkaPass in the Balkan Mountains. Balkan mountain called in Bulgarian Stara Planina crosses Bulgaria from its west end to its east end. The Balkan mountain gave  the  name of the whole Balkan Peninsula.

En route we will visit the incredibly beautiful Russian-style Shipka Memorial Church (1902).
Continue scenic drive.
En route visit Kazanlak in the Rose Valley.
The town of Kazanluk is situated amidst the Valley of Roses, the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”, a world centre for rose oil production. The oil yield rose - Rose Damask - was brought to Bulgaria from India through Persia, Syria and Turkey. We'll visit a rose oil distillery in the area to learn about centuries-long traditions of rose oil production and its modern development. The top perfumes in the world use the Bulgarian Rose oil as it has best qualities. (The Rosa Damascene usually is blossoming around 20 May-15 June, depending of the weather conditions.)
This area has also became famous as the ‘Valley of the Thracian Kings’, due to the numerous archaeological finds of the Thracian period.  Here we'll learn about Thracian history and culture and will visit the replica site of the world-famous 4th century BC  Thracian tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue  drive and arrive Plovdiv.

Overnight Plovdiv.

D7: All Day in Plovdiv

Breakfast.
Plovdiv is majestic! If you love art and Roman archaeology - this is a fantastic place.
Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest city and the sixth oldest city in the world.
The ancient Greek poet Lucian described ancient Plovdiv as “the greatest and loveliest of all cities”.
Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second biggest city, which treasures a history that goes back thousands of years, traces of which have survived to the present day. The Thracians founded Plovdiv during the Neolithic period in the 2nd millennium BC. Later, during the period of the Roman Empire, it was a major centre of the province of Thrace; many archaeological finds dating from the 2nd – 3rd century, testify for those glorious times. Plovdiv will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019.

Walk along the fascinating Old Plovdiv.
The Old Quarter was built in the 18th-19th centuries as the centre of the Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Along steep cobblestone lanes, behind stone walls and iron-studded heavy oak gates, one could glimpse at verdure and flowers, surrounding the typical Plovdiv symmetrical houses with their painted facades, oriels and jetties and grid windows.
We will visit the Roman period archaeological finds and sites, dating from the 2nd – 3rd century: the Forum, the Stadium, the Fortress Walls, and, above all, the fabulous Roman Amphitheatre, which was built during the time of Emperor Trajan (98-117). It has 28 rows with tiers of marble seats, which can accommodate over 3 500 spectators and today is still functioning.
We will immerse in the majestic atmosphere of the Old Town with the spectacular architecture of the National Revival Period (18th – 19th century), will visit two house museums in the Old town.

Plovdiv and the region around Plovdiv – attracts  investors from all over the world. Plovdiv is the industrial Capital of Bulgaria. About 140 modern, top class factories are built around Plovdiv. (Investment Destination Plovdiv)

Overnight Plovdiv.

D8: Transfer Day: Plovdiv – Skopje, Macedonia.

Breakfast.
Depart Plovdiv for Skopje, Macedonia. The Bulgarian guide-driver leaves you at your hotel in Skopje and the Macedonian guide-driver meet you at your hotel in Skopje.  
Welcome in Macedonia!

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia, situated in the Skopje Valley. It is a very attractive tourist destination with its fortress, cultural and historical monuments, archeological cities, caves in the canyon of the river Treska and Lake Matka and a health spa in the eastern part of the city. Skopje also is a modern, political, economic and cultural center. Skopje, and especially the downtown, hides interesting sites that need careful attention: the old station, (a reminder of the earthquake of 1963) the archaeological museum, the memorial house of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, winner of the Nobel peace in 1979, born in Skopje in 1910), Macedonia Square with numerous monuments like the monumental statue of Alexander The Great, the Stone Bridge, the Museum of Holocaust, the old bazaar, the church of St. Spas with the beautiful wood-carved iconostasis (19th century), the Daut Pasha Hammam, now an art gallery, one of the largest and finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans  urban, Kapan an, (15th century), the Mustafa Pasha Mosque (15th century).

Overnight in Skopje.

D9: Skopje-Matka Canyon-Tetovo-Skopje

After breakfast depart to Canyon Matka,is situated close to the capital Skopje, in one of the oldest artificial lakes in Macedonia and spreads over 5000 hectares making it one of the most popular natural destinations for nature lovers. In the canyon there are 10 caves. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Canyon. There are 119 species of diurnal and 140 species of nocturnal butterflies, 77 species of Balkan endemic small butterflies and 23 other species which are new to the science. You will visit also the Monastery of St. Andrea. It is located near the canyon of the river Treska.
Vrelo Cave. Located on the right bank of the Treska River, Vrelo Cave was listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the New7Wonders of Nature project and made it to the semi-finals. Vrelo Cave has many stalactites and two lakes within it making this a very interesting site. Though the exact depth of the cave is unknown,   some   speculate   that   it   could   be   one   of   the   deepest   underwater   caves   in   the   world.
Tetovo. The main attractions of Tetovo are its historic areas and structures. The "The Painted Mosque" is located near the Pena River in the old part of town. The mosque was built in 1438 and rebuilt in 1833 by Abdurrahman Pasha, the son of Rexhep Pasha. It is one of the most important cultural and historical structures of Tetovo and represents the style of early Ottoman architecture. The painted mosque continues to be an important monument to the residents of Tetovo, and is the main tourist attraction for many foreign visitors.

Overnight in Skopje.

DAY 10: Skopje-Stobi-Bitola - Heraclea-Ohrid

After early breakfast drive to Stobi one of the most important archaeological sites in Macedonia. Lying in a fertile valley just a few minutes off the central north-south highway that connects Macedonia with Greece, the ancient city of Stobi was a vital trade route in its days. Visit the excavation sites with beautiful remains such as a 2nd century amphitheatre, the Theodosia palace and early Christian ruins with extensive and ornate mosaic floors. Afterwards drive to Bitola one of the oldest cities on the territory in the Republic of Macedonia. It was founded as Heraclea Lyncestis by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC, after he had conquered the surrounding region of Lyncestis and incorporated it into his kingdom of Macedon. The city was named in honour  of the mythological Greek hero Heracles. The epithet Lyncestis means "the Land of the Lynx" in Greek. Famous for
its dazzling mosaics, ancient theatre and Roman baths, Heraclea is the most vividly preserved city from the surviving Ancient Macedonian Empire in the country. Afterwards depart to Ohrid.

Overnight in Ohrid.

DAY 11: Ohrid (UNESCO Site)- Kalista- Struga - Vevcani-Ohrid

Breakfast.

According to the historians, Lychnidos (the ancient name of Ohrid, meaning Light Giving) was built in the 4th century BC. According to the myths and legends it was built during the times of other classical civilizations, such as Phoenicia and Troy in the 2nd millenium BC. Whatever the actuality is, Ohrid was and is a secret nad sacred land. It is a city where mysterious royal golden mascs were found, where the Godess of Destiny, Isis had it’s cult, where grandiose basilicas were built as it evolved to a Archbishopric seat and the greathest religious center in Balcans. Here the famous cholars St.Clement and St.Naum founded one of the first universities in Europe and Czar Samuil, the creator of the midieval Macedonian empire had his throne.
Certainly, the city was built on the shores of one of the most phenomenal natural beauties of the world – Lake Ohrid. There is no other city in the world which reasembles it. Once, an unavoidable stop on the most important Roman road Via Egnatia, today Ohrid and Ohrid lake are ones of the brithest jewels in the treasures of UNESCO’s World Heritage.

As an important Christian place of pilgrimage, Ohrid became a place where new styles of fresco and icon painting were found (appearance of the first elements of The Renaissance in 1295), as well as specific sacral architecture (St. Kliment, St. Sofia, St. Jovan of Kaneo,Peribleptos church,Icon Gallery). Afterwards, continue to Vevcani.

Vevcani: The village of Vevcani is located at a distance of 14 km from Struga , at the foot of the gorgeous Jablanica mountain range. The famous Vevčani springs are some of the most famous springs to be found in Macedonia and surely the most beautiful natural attraction of Macedonia. The Vevcani springs are located on the eastern slope of the Jablanica mountain range whose fragrant slopes run through the village of Vevčani at an approximately sea level altitude at over 900 meters.

Kalista: In the vicinity of the village of Kalista there is the monastery dedicated to the Holy Mother of God.In this monastery is kept the icon of Holy Mother of God which is renowned for its healing powers . During the Second World War the icon had been thrown into the lake numerous times in order to be destroyed, but it would always appear back on the shore.

Struga is placed on the south-west of Republic of Macedonia, near Ohrid, on the coast of Ohrid Lake and the river Crn Drim. In ancient time the city was known as Enchalon, which in ancient Greek means eel (fishing eels in Drim river was very popular in Struga up until recently). It has been known since the time of Iliris and many of the old writers of traveling guides have noted that Struga was a very vivid city with developed trade, great markets and the houses of the wealthy citizens were always beautiful decorated. That is why the well-known saying: There is  no place like Struga’’.

Overnight in Ohrid.

D12:  Ohrid – Berat – Vlora

WELCOME IN ALBANIA!
After breakfast transfer from Ohrid to Berat/Albania.
You will be welcomed by the Albanian guide-driver at the  border of  Qafe Thane (170 km – 3.30 hrs). Stop for refreshments in Elbasan
Arrive  Berat.
Walking tour of BERAT FORTRESS. Berat  - Known as the “City of one thousand windows” and is declared a Museum City”. Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th century B.C. on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes. The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river; Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the Residential quarter within the fortress known as KALAJA.We visit the Fortres and the Onufri’s museum.
After the visits drive towards Vlora.

Arrive Vlora.

Overnight Vlora.

D13: Vlora – Apollonia – Aardenica – Vlora

Breakfast at the hotel,   depart for Apollonia Archaeological Park
Morning depart to Fier with a stop en route to visit APOLLONIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
The walking tour of the ancient Apollonia site includes the encircling wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the library, the Odeon, the portico, the house with mosaics, the archeological museum and the Church of St. Mary.
Continue our driving to Ardenica Monastery. Visit the Monastery.
Ardenica Monastery is a Byzantine structure where you can visit the Saint Mary Church, the Saint Triad chapel, the konake, the oil mill, the oven and the stall. In the center is situated the Church of St. Mary, partly built with pumice stones brought from Apollonia
Drive back  to Vlora.

Overnight Vlora.

D14: Vlora – Zvernec – Porto  Palermo – Saranda

Breakfast.
Depart for Saranda.
En route visit Zvernec Monastery.
Monastery of Saint Mary, also known as the Monastery of Zvernec, is an important cultural monument on the Zvernec Island in the Narta Lagoon. The Byzantine church, build in the 13th century is a spiritual oasis for Christians in the area. At the heart of the monastic complex, you will find the Church of holy Mary, a beautiful place of worship, peaceful and surrounded by evergreens.
Continue driving towards Albanian amazing Riviera.
Enjoy the scenic mountain ride, passing through National Park of LLogara, descending the rocky shore and pristine beaches of IOANIAN SEA, offering photo opportunities of the natural landscape, unique village settings, fortress of PORTO PALERMO, Himara beach town. We visit CASTEL OF ALI PASHA TEPELENA and PORTO PALERMO.
Continue drive to Saranda.
Arriver Saranda.

Overnight Saranda.

D15: Saranda – Butrint – Blue Eye – Saranda

Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Butrinti National Park. Visit Butrinti Archaeological Park
BUTRINTI WALKING TOUR. This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient word during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek mythology. Start with the Asclepius temple, theatre, Roman portico and baths, early Christian baptistery, byzantine basilica, defensive walls and their impressive gates.
We visit THE ANCIENT CITY OF BUTRINTI; THE TAMPLE OF AESCULAPIUS; THE BAPTISERY; THE GATE WITH TOWERS
Continue driving to visit Blue Eye (35 min)
Syri i Kaltër (albanian version for "blue eye") is a karst spring located on the western slopes of Mount Mali Gjerë in Albania. It has a capacity of 6 m³/s. The water flows at a temperature of 12.75 °C; the depth of the source has not yet been established.  The water in the inner source is a very dark blue, like the pupil of an eye, and a lighter color of blue as an outer ring - the iris, which gives the impression of a blue eye
Free time in Saranda.

Overnight Saranda.

D16: Saranda – Gjirokastra– Tirana

Breakfast at the hotel check out and depart to Gjirokastra

GJIROKASTRA – Many houses in Gjirokastra have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname "Town of the Stones", because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones. Of a great importance and interesting to be visit, are The Museum of Weapons (inside the castle) The Ethnographic Museum or known as the Enver Hoxha house, The Castle of Gjirokastra. This UNESCO SITE has something unique to offer to his visitors.
We visit: THE CASTLE; ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM - The Enver Hoxha Birth House.
Continue drive to Tirana (225 km – 4 hrs)
Arrive Tirana.

Overnight Tirana.

D17: Tirana – Kruja – Durres – Tirana

Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Kruja hill town
Transfer to Kruja. Visit KRUJA
Kruja is considered one of the principal old town and is' one of the most glorious cities in Albania. The walking tour takes you through the Ottoman bazaar, wooden shops and displays various gifts and antique items for the home. Visit the castle walls, Historical Museum dedicated Skanderbeg, and an old house converted into an ethnographic museum, invites you to a special cultural aspect of life in northern Albania.
We visit: THE FORTRESS; MUSEUM OF GJERGJ KASTRIOT SCANDERBEG; THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM; OLD BAZAAR
Continue drive to Durres.
City tour of Durres, the second largest city in Albania, features many historical attractions. It dates back to 627 B.C, firstly named Epidamnos, but after the Illyrian Wars with the Roman Republic in 229 BC, it was known as Dyrrachium. Situated in a small peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Dyrrachium developed a major military and naval base turning in central harbor and trading center on the via Egnatia. Our walking tour includes the Venetian Tower at the harbor, and the medieval Town Walls that lead to the Roman amphitheater dating back at the 2nd century A.D. We visit the ROMAN AMFITHEATER.
Drive back to Tirana.

Overnight Tirana.

D18: Tirana – Airport

Breakfast.
If your departure flight allows- we will make a city tour of Tirana.
Explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as City Centre, Skenderbeg Statue, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Clock Tower, Italian buildings and Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vibrant colors and the expansion of city.
We visit: THE STATUE OF GJERGJ KASTRIOTI SKANDERBEG; THE PALACE OF CULTURE; THE MOSQUES OF HAXHI ET’HEM BEY; THE CLOCK TOWER; FORMER BLLOK AREA; BUNK’ART
Transfer to the airport (30 min)
End of our service.

2022 Tour Cost:
Minimum number of persons: 2

Bulgaria Trip Section:

Tour cost per person in double/twin room sharing: € 

7 nights/ 8 days in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian guide-driver will drive you to Skopje.

The price includes:
1. Accommodation 7  nights at 3 *  hotels  (taxes included)
2. Meals: all breakfasts at hotels.
3. Transportation by private A/C car, fuel and taxes included.
4. Bilingual local private English speaking tour guide-driver throughout. The guide will drive.
5. Entrance fees to museums and sites as per itinerary
6. Comprehensive information package about Bulgarian history, culture and language

Macedonia Trip Section:

Tour cost per person in double/twin room sharing: € 

4 nights/5 days stay in Macedonia. The Mecedonian guide-driver will meet you at Skopje.

The price includes:
1. Accommodation 4 nights at 4 * hotels (taxes included)
2. Meals: all breakfasts at hotels.
3. Transportation by private A/C car, fuel and taxes included.
4. Bilingual local private English speaking tour guide-driver  throughout. The guide will drive.
5. Entrance fees to museums and sites as per itinerary

Albania Trip Section:

Tour cost per person in double/twin room sharing: € 

6 nights/7 days in Albania.

The price includes:
1. Accommodation 6 nights at 4 * hotel in Vlora; 4* hotel in  Saranda and 3 * hotel in Tirana (taxes included)
2. Meals: all breakfasts at hotels.
3. Transportation by private A/C car, fuel and taxes included.
4. Bilingual local private English speaking tour guide-driver  throughout. The guide will drive.
5. Entrance fees to museums and sites as per itinerary

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