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BALKANS TOUR PACKAGE

8 NIGHTS – 9 DAYS - ROMANIA AND BULGARIA CLASSICS
DAY 1: BUCHAREST
Arrival in Romania at Bucharest Otopeni International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Bucharest was founded by the shepherd named Bucur. It is located on the plains between the Carpathian foothills and the Danube River. Take advantage of the friendly environment of the modern city and stroll the main boulevards. Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Bucharest. ( D )
DAY 2: BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – COZIA MONASTERY - SIBIU
After breakfast, the city tour of Bucharest starts with the visit to the ruins of the Old Princely Court a palace that existed during the time of Vlad the Impaler Dracula between 1456 and 1476. Continue to the Palace of the Parliament conceived on the largest scale possible by Ceausescu and left unfinished at the time of his execution. Proceed to Curtea de Arges, which was Vlad the Impaler's capital in the 15th century. Continue on to visit the Monastery and Mason Manole's fountain and the Cozia Monastery. Continue to Sibiu for overnight at a 3* hotel. ( B, D )
DAY 3: SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – BRASOV - MOECIU
Sibiu built on the site of the Roman village of Cibinum dates from 1192 where it was first mentioned in historic documents, Sibiu is renowned for its well-preserved medieval walled city center that was built to protect it from invading foes. The Gothic architecture of Sibiu is quite unique from the Catholic Cathedral to the "Liars Bridge." Continue to Sighisoara, the best-preserved 15th century medieval citadel still inhabited today. After exploration of Sighisoara we continue to Brasov, one of the largest medieval towns in Transylvania colored with blacken stone buildings, red brick chimneys and colored roofs. Overnight in the Bran area - Moeciu. ( B, D )
DAY 4: MOECIU – BRAN – PELES - SINAIA
Visit Bran Castle built on a cliff dominating the whole region. In 1920 it was donated to royal family as a summer residence and Queen Maria transformed it into a romantic castle. Continue to the winter ski resort of Sinaia at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains for a visit to Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the royal family. Peles Castle with its 106 rooms is said to be among the finest castles in all of Europe with ornate woodwork, chandeliers and terraced gardens. Overnight in Sinaia. ( B, D )
DAY 5: SINAIA – RUSE – IVANOVO – VELIKO TURNOVO
After breakfast leave Sinaia for Giurgiu. Meet your Bulgarian tour guide and driver and border cross via the only bridge on Danube that connects Romania and Bulgaria. Arrival in Ruse.  Short tour, free time for lunch and proceed to the rock carved Ivanovo Monastery (UNESCO site) on the way to Veliko Tarnovo, capital of Bulgaria's Second State from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The 5000 old city has a picturesque location on the banks of the meandering Yantra River. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo. ( B, D )
DAY 6 : VELIKO TURNOVO – ARBANASSI – DRIANOVO – ETURA – KAZANLUK - PLOVDIV
After breakfast, visit Tsarevetz Hill there are the relics of the mighty fortress of the Bulgarian monarchs. After touring the city, lunch in Arbanasi. Its five churches are unique, striking the visitor by the contrast between their austere outside appearance and the richness and originality of the mural paintings decorating their interior walls. En route – visit Drianovo monastery. Continue to Etara where we visit the open-air folk art museum, short stop at Shipka memorial church and then drive to Kazanlak where we visit the Thracian Tomb (UNESCO site). Drive to Plovdiv for dinner and overnight. ( B, L, D )
DAY 7: PLOVDIV – RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA
Sightseeing in ancient parts of Plovdiv. Beautifully situated on six hills rising in the Plain of Thrace, Plovdiv combines a wealth of monuments from past epochs with the bustle of a modern city. Among Plovdiv's greatest assets are the Thracian fortress crowning one of the hills, the impressive Ancient Theatre from the Roman times in the 2nd century and the splendid National Revival houses of the 19th century fringing the narrow streets of the Old Town. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Rila Monastery (UNESCO site). Tour and drive to Sofia for dinner and overnight. ( B, D )
DAY 8: SOFIA
After breakfast full day tour of Sofia including Boyana Church (UNESCO site) and the National Museum of History. Visit the St. George's Rotunda of the 4th century, containing the oldest mural paintings in Sofia, the Largo area with the Presidency, the Council of Ministers, the ruins of Ancient Serdica, the National Theater and the Old city Garden, St. Sofia 6th c basilica, the Parliament Square, St. Alexander Nevsky's Cathedral. Dinner with folklore show and overnight in Sofia. ( B, L, D )
DAY 9 : SOFIA
Transfer to Sofia airport. ( B )


ROMANIA + BULGARIA + MACEDONIA + ALBANIA / 13 NIGHTS - 14 DAYS
DAY 1: BUCHAREST
Arrival in Romania at Bucharest Otopeni International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Bucharest was founded by the shepherd named Bucur. It is located on the plains between the Carpathian foothills and the Danube River. Take advantage of the friendly environment of the modern city and stroll the main boulevards. Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Bucharest. ( D )
DAY 2: BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – COZIA MONASTERY – SIBIU
After breakfast, the city tour of Bucharest starts with the visit to the ruins of the Old Princely Court a palace that existed during the time of Vlad the Impaler Dracula between 1456 and 1476. Continue to the Palace of the Parliament conceived on the largest scale possible by Ceausescu and left unfinished at the time of his execution. Proceed to Curtea de Arges, which was Vlad the Impaler's capital in the 15th century. Continue on to visit the Monastery and Mason Manole's fountain and the Cozia Monastery. Continue to Sibiu for overnight. ( B, D )
DAY 3: SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – BRASOV – MOECIU
Sibiu built on the site of the Roman village of Cibinum dates from 1192 where it was first mentioned in historic documents, Sibiu is renowned for its well-preserved medieval walled city center that was built to protect it from invading foes. The Gothic architecture of Sibiu is quite unique from the Catholic Cathedral to the "Liars Bridge." Continue to Sighisoara, the best-preserved 15th century medieval citadel still inhabited today. After exploration of Sighisoara we continue to Brasov, one of the largest medieval towns in Transylvania colored with blacken stone buildings, red brick chimneys and colored roofs. Overnight in the Bran area - Moeciu. ( B, D )
DAY 4: MOECIU – BRAN – PELES – SINAIA
Visit Bran Castle built on a cliff dominating the whole region. In 1920 it was donated to royal family as a summer residence and Queen Maria transformed it into a romantic castle. Continue to the winter ski resort of Sinaia at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains for a visit to Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the royal family. Peles Castle with its 106 rooms is said to be among the finest castles in all of Europe with ornate woodwork, chandeliers and terraced gardens. Overnight in Sinaia. ( B, D )
DAY 5 : SINAIA – RUSE – IVANOVO - VELIKO TURNOVO
After breakfast leave Sinaia for Giurgiu. Meet your Bulgarian tour guide and driver and border cross via the only bridge on Danube that connects Romania and Bulgaria. Arrival in Ruse.  Short tour, free time for lunch and proceed to the rock carved Ivanovo Monastery (UNESCO site) on the way to Veliko Tarnovo, capital of Bulgaria's Second State from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The 5000 old city has a picturesque location on the banks of the meandering Yantra River. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo. ( B, D )
DAY 6: VELIKO TURNOVO – ETURA – SHIPKA – KAZANLUK – PLOVDIV
Morning visit of Tsarevets Royal Hill with the fortress and Baldwin tower ( the leader of the 4th Crusade ) and Samovodska Charshia – the street of crafts. Continue to Etura Open Air Ethnographic complex. Stop for visit and free time for lunch. Departure to Shipka memorial peak, cross the highest part of the Balkan mountains ( the mountain which gave its name to the Balkan peninsula ). Visit Shipka Memorial Church. Down towards the Valley of Roses ( where approximately 75% of the world rose attar was produced ) and its centre – the town of Kazanluk. Visit Goliama Kosmatka Thracian tomb ( 5th – 3rd c BC ) or Kazanluk Thracian tomb ( UNESCO site, copy ). Evening arrival in Plovdiv. Dinner and check in at the hotel in Plovdiv.  
Possible supplement for rose products tasing ( rose jam, rose liquor,banitsa with white cheere – traditional Bulgarian pastry ): 6 euro per person
DAY 7: PLOVDIV – BACHKOVO MONASTERY – PLOVDIV
Day dedicated to Plovdiv and its region: visit the Old Plovdiv architectural reserve with the Roman Amphitheatre, St. Constantine and Helena Church, the complex of the National revival houses. Free time for lunch. Afternoon to Bachkovo Monastery (11th c ) – the 2nd largest in Bulgaria. Possible wine tasting at a boutique wine cellar nearby. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
Possible wine tasting at a boutique wine cellar near Plovdiv: 3 types of wines: 9 euro per person/ 5 types of wines: 12,50 euro per person
DAY 8: PLOVDIV – RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA
Departure towards Rila Monastery UNESCO site – the largest and most imposing monastery in Bulgaria, located in Rila Montain National Park. Visit. Continie to Sofia. Panorama tour. Dinner and overnight in Sofia.
Possible supplement for dinner with folklore performance and Nestinari show ( dance with bare feet on burning coal, included in UNESCO list ): 15 euro per person
DAY 9: SOFIA - SKOPJE
Continue with the tour of Sofia. Free time for lunch.
Departure to Skopje in the afternoon. Arrival after 4 – 5 hours ( depending on the border check ).
Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
DAY 10: SKOPJE – NEREZI -OHRID
Meet your local tour guide for a morning tour of Skopje. Visit the church of Sv Pantaleimon at Nerezi village with fine Byzantine frescoes pre-figuring the work of Giotto.
Proceed to Ohrid UNESCO town. Visit St. Naum monastery, located some 29 km to the south of Ohrid, on Ohrid lake. Dinner and second overnight in Ohrid.
DAY 11: OHRID
Morning tour of Ohrid. Free afternoon to enjoy the lake. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.  
Possible boat trip on Ohrid lake ( for extra payment, depends on the climate conditions, rate to be advised )
DAY 12: OHRID – TIRANA - DURRES
Departure to Tirana. Tour. Continue further to Durres - the most important seaport in Albania, an ancient city. Dinner and overnight in Durres.
DAY 13: DURRES – KRUJA - TIRANA
Visit the Amphitheatre - the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula (capacity 15.000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which belongs the 2nd century A.D, the Archeological Museum, many mosaics, ancient public baths, etc. Trip to Kruja - a medieval town near Tirana, on the slope of a mountain. Visit in the castle of the city , housing the Skanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographic museum. Tour. Continue to Tirana.
DAY 14: TIRANA
Free time, departure transfer to the airport.

 

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