TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Zagreb sightseeing tour. Dinner included. Welcome to ZAGREB! Upon arrival at the airport, we shall 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 neighbourhoods of Croatia’s capital city. Dinner included.
ZAGREB 59ºF - MAGLAJ 61ºF - SARAJEVO 54ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Sightseeing tour of Sarajevo. Tunnel of Hope. Dinner included. We will leave first thing in the morning to travel to Bosnia. The border area still shows sad memories of the conflict in the 1990s. First stop MAGLAJ, take a stroll around this pretty Bosnian village, then enjoy some 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. We will also see the Tunnel of Hope that saved the city during the Serbian siege. Dinner included. Note: Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
SARAJEVO 54ºF - MOSTAR 61ºF - MEDJUGORJE 61ºF - DUBROVNIK 59ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Beautiful landscapes throughout the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Dinner included. Another exciting drive of scenic beauty. Amidst deep valleys, we travel to MOSTAR, with its very beautiful historic centre and Stonebridge 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 KRAVICE, we stop at its magnificent waterfalls before continuing to CROATIA. Border procedures (which may be long). We will then arrive into DUBROVNIK at the end of the day. Dinner included.Note: From the end of October to the end of March it is not possible to visit the kravice waterfalls.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic tour of Dubrovnik. Cable car ride. 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 centre 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 take the cable car to give us a fantastic view of the city and the neighbouring islands. You can then enjoy free time, returning to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included. Note: Accommodation in Dubrovnik will be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city.
DUBROVNIK 59ºF - KOTOR - ST. STEPHEN'S (SHKODËR CATHEDRAL) - TIRANA 57ºF
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 marvellous 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.
TIRANA 57ºF - 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.
OHRID - KASTORIA 59ºF - KALAMBACA
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful Balkan landscapes. Spectacular in the Meteora. 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.
KALAMBACA - THESSALONIKI - MELNIK 52ºF - 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.
SANDANSKY - RILA 59ºF - SOFIA 63ºF
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.
SOFIA 63ºF - BACHKOVO 57ºF - PLOVDIV 57ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Plovdiv. Dinner included. In the morning we will leave for BACHKOVO MONASTERY, Bulgaria’s second most important monastery, founded in the eleventh century, with its three churches, we feel it as a place full of peace. Continue to PLOVDIV, where we will visit the city, which is one of the oldest in Europe. Here we include tickets to the Roman Amphitheatre, the ancient chemist’s and the Armenian House. Dinner included.
PLOVDIV 57ºF - KAZANLAK 63ºF - SHIPKA 63ºF - ETARA - ARBANASSI 63ºF - VELIKO TARNOVO 63ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Balkans mountain. Thracian tomb, Church of Nativity in Arbanasi. Lunch included. Today’s journey takes us through beautiful scenery across the Balkans mountain range. In the valley of the Roses, we will see KAZANLAK, where tickets are included to the replica of the Thracian Tomb (Heritage of Mankind) and we will learn about the production of products derived from the roses. Amidst the mountains, we stop at the Russian church of SHIPKA,which commemorates the war between Russia and Turkey. Visit ETARA with its charming village/ethnographic museum. Lunch included. After this we travel to ARBANASI, an ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the Church of the Nativity with entrance included. Travel to VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque medieval centre. Note: In some cases, Arbanasi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.
VELIKO TARNOVO 63ºF - BASARBOSKI - BUCHAREST 55ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic tour of Bucharest. Dinner included. We travel to Romania and on our way we will stop to visit the BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY, a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock. We proceed to cross the border and the river Danube, arriving to BUCHAREST in the early afternoon. Time for lunch, then we will take a panoramic tour of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Leisure time followed by dinner.
After breakfast, end of our services.
TRG KRESIMIRA COSICA 9
Gajeva ul. 1
|CANOPY BY HILTON ZAGREB CITY CENTRE****|
Ul. Kneza Branimira 29
|HILTON GARDEN INN ZAGREB RADNICKA****|
Radnicka cesta 21
|DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL ZAGREB****|
Ul. grada Vukovara 269A
BA, Dzemala Bijedica St 185
DR. MUSTAFE PINTOLA, 23
|SPA HOTEL TERME****|
Hrasni269;ka cesta 14
|IBIS STYLES SARAJEVO****|
Dzemala Bijedica 169 A
IVA VOJNIVICA 14, LAPAD
IVA DULCICA 142
Ulica Iva Dulicica 34
ULICA IVA DULCICA 140
Kardinala Stepinca 21
Frankopanska 10 CP 20210 Cavtat-Dubrovnik
|HILTON GARDEN INN TIRANA****|
AL, Bulevardi Gjergj Fishta 146
|METROPOL LAKE RESORT****|
Settlment Konjsko B.B
NATIONAL ROAD TRIKALON - IOANNINA
|HOTEL AMALIA KALAMBACA****|
42200, Theopetra Kalambaka Grecia
|PIRIN PARK HOTEL*****|
27 Hydrostroy Area
115 N Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd
64, Tsarigradsko shosse blvd. SOFIA
|RAMADA PLOVDIV TRIMONTIUM****|
KAPITAN ST 2
97 Bulgaria Blvd
|GRAND HOTEL PLOVDIV*****|
C. PLOVDIV, UL.
4003 Karshia PLOVDIV
t6, Lev Tolstoy str./ 1A, Arch.Kamen Petkov sr. CP 4017 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
5000 VELIKO TARNOVO
63 Stefan Stambolov Str,
5000 VELIKO TARNOVO
|YANTRA GRAND HOTEL****|
5000 VELIKO TARNOVO
5000 VELIKO TARNOVO
|DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BUCHAREST UNIRII SQUARE****|
Bulevardul Nerva Traian 3A,
7D Vitan - Calle Barzesti, Bucarest, RO 042121,