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Balkan Dreams and Bulgaria

Duration

10 Days

From

$1,635

USD

Overview

On a "Balkan Dreams and Bulgaria" trip, tourists can embark on a remarkable journey through the Balkans and Bulgaria, which includes exploring the historic streets of cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Sofia. Additionally, travelers will have the opportunity to discover the mystical monasteries of Kalabaka and delve into the medieval charm of Transylvania. This adventure allows you to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Balkan Peninsula, visit ancient fortresses, immerse yourself in rich folklore, and savor regional cuisine. The tour provides a captivating blend of culture, history, and picturesque landscapes, making it an unforgettable exploration of southeastern Europe.

Inclusions :

Meals

- All Breakfast buffet include - 8 dinner included in: Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Kalabaka, Sandansky.

Transport

- Travel by bus with an English-speaking guide. - Includes arrival and departure transfers. - Boat:To Lokrum island in Dubrovnik - Ferry: Kotor Bay

Accommodation

09 nights of hotel accommodation is included.

Tour Highlights

Jajce Waterfall

The Jajce Waterfall, also known as "Pliva Waterfall," is a captivating natural wonder in the town of Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It descends from the Pliva River into the Vrbas River, creating a stunning 17-meter-high cascade of water. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque surroundings, walk behind the waterfall, and explore the historical town of Jajce with its medieval fortress, making it a must-visit destination for both nature and history enthusiasts.

Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo

The Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo is a historic underground passage that played a vital role during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. This tunnel, spanning 800 meters, connected the besieged city to the outside world, facilitating the transport of essential supplies. Today, it stands as a museum with exhibits and artifacts, serving as a powerful symbol of Sarajevo's resilience during the siege and a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Franciscan Monastery and Cathedra in Dubrovnik

The Franciscan Monastery and Cathedral in Dubrovnik are iconic historical landmarks. The Franciscan Monastery, with its beautiful cloister and ancient pharmacy, showcases Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The adjacent Cathedral is known for its Baroque facade and treasures, including the famous relic of the head of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint. Together, they offer a glimpse into Dubrovnik's rich cultural and religious heritage.

Itinerary

Day 1

ZAGREB

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Zagreb sightseeing tour. Dinner included. Welcome to ZAGREB! Upon arrival at the airport, we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Our guide will arrive with the group from Slovenia around lunch time. Then we will take a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We will have a chance to admire its two hills, the upper town and the new neighborhoods of Croatia’s capital city. Dinner included.

 

Day 2

ZAGREB - BANJA LUKA - JAJCE - SARAJEVO

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Sightseeing tour of Sarajevo. Dinner included. We will leave first thing in the morning to travel to Bosnia. The border area still shows sad memories of the conflict that took place in the 1990s. We cross the Serb-majority Bosnia. First stop, BANIA LUKA, and time to walk through the capital of the autonomous entity of the Srpska Republika, the second largest city in Bosnia after Sarajevo, with its fortress and orthodox cathedral. Then, departure to JAJCE, perhaps the most beautiful town in Bosnia, with its cultural mix, its mosque, its fortress and its impressive waterfall. Time for a walk and lunch. We continue our journey to SARAJEVO, arriving in the mid-afternoon. With a local guide, we will take a panoramic tour of this city with strong Turkish influence: its Mosques, its Madrasahs, and its busy bazaars. Dinner included.

 

Day 3

SARAJEVO - MOSTAR - MEDJUGORJE - DUBROVNIK

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo. Beautiful landscapes throughout the route: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and picturesque villages. Dinner included. Before leaving Sarajevo we visit the Tunnel of Hope that saved the city during the Serbian siege in the war. Later, we continue to another exciting drive of scenic beauty. Amidst deep valleys, we travel to MOSTAR, with its very beautiful historic center and stone bridge separating the Orthodox, Muslim and Catholic communities. After lunch, we stop in MEDJUGORJE, a place that attracts thousands of Catholic Pilgrims. We then travel to CROATIA. Border procedures (which may take a while). We will then arrive into DUBROVNIK at the end of the day. Dinner included.Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.

 

Day 4

DUBROVNIK

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic tour of Dubrovnik. Boat trip to Lokrum. Dinner included. In the morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of DUBROVNIK with a local guide. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, surrounded by walls, bathed by the Adriatic Sea; its intact historic center is a jewel of world architectural heritage. The tour includes tickets to the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral. We also include a boat trip to LOKRUM, a small island 15 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and home to the ruins of a Benedictine monastery of the eleventh century, popular setting of the series "Game of Thrones". You can then enjoy free time, returning to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included. Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.Note: in the winter months, from November to March, there is no boat service to Lokrum and therefore we cannot visit the island.

 
 

Day 5

DUBROVNIK - KOTOR - BUDVA - TIRANA

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful scenery of the Adriatic coast. Dinner included.We set off early for MONTENEGRO. The coastal scenery and the Bay of Kotor are beautiful. We enjoy a ferry to cross the bay. Arrive in KOTOR to enjoy some time strolling in this beautiful walled town with its strong Venetian influence. After this we stop in BUDVA, a marvelous walled village surrounded by the sea to enjoy lunch. Then we travel to ALBANIA. We arrive in the capital of the Albania, TIRANA, and enjoy some free time. Dinner included.

 

Day 6

TIRANA - STRUGA - OHRID

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Tirana. Slow mountains roads through rural areas. Dinner included. Today we make a panoramic tour of TIRANA, with its Mosques, the Clock Tower and the ministries. At around midday, we leave for inland Albania, with high mountain scenery and small villages along the way. Enjoy the beautiful countryside around Lake Ohrid which forms the border with Macedonia. We continue to the Republic of Macedonia, and onto STRUGA, a picturesque town on the shores of the lake, time for lunch! We continue to OHRID, a city with a strong Ottoman influence, you can stroll and see the Plaosnik Monastery, or the ancient university founded in the ninth century. The city is declared World Heritage. Dinner included.

 

Day 7

OHRID - KASTORIA - KALABAKA

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful Balkan landscapes. Spectacular Meteora´s Valley. Dinner included. Today we travel through Macedonia to GREECE, passing through BITOLA, a historic city that was called the “City of Consuls”. The North of Greece is strongly Slav and Ottoman in influence and has a sharp landscape. Situated by the lake, with beautiful scenery, we see KASTORIA. Enjoy the city of 100 churches, with its medieval streets and its pleasant restaurants on the lakeside. Continuing to KALABAKA, we will arrive in the early afternoon. We will visit the Valley of the Meteora, an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage. You will also have the chance to enter one of its most famous Monasteries (entrance included) . Dinner included.

 

Day 8

KALABAKA - THESSALONIKI - MELNIK - SANDANSKY

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Beautiful landscapes of Macedonia. Dinner included. We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. Arrive in THESSALONICA with time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second largest city. After this we continue towards BULGARIA, and the border pass. In Bulgarian Macedonia we stop in MELNIK, a picturesque museum village in beautiful scenery amidst a wine producing area. Arrive in SANDANSKI, at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 9

SANDANSKY - RILA - SOFIA

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Rila monastery. City tour of Sofia. We visit the beautiful Rila Monastery, the heritage of mankind, with its appearance of a fortress surrounded by forests. We continue to SOFIA, where we arrive at the end of the morning. After lunch, we include a tour of the capital of Bulgaria, where we will see the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church, the Mosque, its squares and avenues of Stalinist architecture. Rest of day at leisure.

 

Day 10

SOFIA

After breakfast, end of our services.

 

Included Activities

Our "Balkan Dreams and Bulgaria" tour package offers an exciting selection of 10 enriching activities, carefully curated to provide a diverse array of experiences. Throughout this remarkable adventure, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating cultural and historical landscapes of the Balkans and Bulgaria.

Dates & Availability

Departing

Nov 1, 2023

Season

Middle

Status

Available

Price

$1,890

Departing

Nov 15, 2023

Season

Middle

Status

Available

Price

$1,890

Departing

Jan 3, 2024

Season

Low

Status

Available

Price

$1,635

Departing

Jan 31, 2024

Season

Low

Status

Available

Price

$1,635

Departing

Feb 28, 2024

Season

Low

Status

Available

Price

$1,635

Departing

Mar 13, 2024

Season

Low

Status

Available

Price

$1,635

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