14 Day Majestic Balkans

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3 Bucharest, 1 Plovdiv, 2 Sofia, 2 Skopje, 2 Ohrid, 2 Tirana
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Enjoy an extended visit to romantic Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family Visit the Patriarchal church of Bucharest, considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Romania Special dinner with a guest lecturer who enlightens you on Romania's turbulent history At a beautiful 17th century Bulgarian church, a magical performance by an esteemed local choir Walk along the cobbled streets of Plovdiv, Europe's oldest city Ascend to the 10th century Rila Monastery, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site Explore the historic streets of Skopje’s Old Town, stopping at the House of Mother Teresa Wine tasting and vineyard tour in Stobi, a city in the Republic of North Macedonia at the crossroads of civilization Discover lively Tirana, the beating heart of Albania, with its vibrant café culture and funky art Visit Kruje, where the hero Skanderbeg defended Albania from the Ottomans †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    3 Bucharest, 1 Plovdiv, 2 Sofia, 2 Skopje, 2 Ohrid, 2 Tirana

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age range18 years and up
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Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe

Attractions

  • Bucharest
  • Romania
  • Skopje
  • Sofia
  • Tirana

Trip includes

    • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed Flights New York-Bucharest, Tirana-New York Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices Airline taxes & fuel surcharges 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Bucharest 1 night Plovdiv 2 nights Sofia 2 nights Skopje 2 nights Ohrid 2 nights Tirana Hotel taxes, fees & service charges Hotel porterage All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates† 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners Coffee and tea with all meals Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary Active itinerary with unique cultural features Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Romania
Depart for Romania

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Bucharest
Arrive in the bustling Romanian capital of Bucharest known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and glorious Belle Époque buildings, affectionately named "Little Paris." Time to settle in at the hotel before tonight's orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your To...
DAY 3, Sunday - Prahova Valley, Sinaia Monastery, Peles Castle
Heading north along the Prahova Valley arrive at the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia. Here, visit the impressive 17th century Sinaia Monastery named after St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai. The monastery features religious treasures and beautiful frescoes. After l...
DAY 4, Monday - Discover Bucharest, Palace of Parliament, Patriarchal Cathedral, Special Dinner & Guest Lecturer
The day begins with a view of Bucharest's Arch of Triumph, an impressive replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Then, as you travel along Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), the city's oldest and most...
DAY 5, Tuesday - Veliko Tarnovo, Tsarevets Hill, Arbanassi, Choir Concert, Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
Depart Bucharest for Veliko Tarnovo, the 'City of the Tsars', where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. Here, take an orientation walking tour that features views of the Tsarevets Hill, the ines...
DAY 6, Wednesday - Plovdiv's Old Town, Sofia
A delightful exploration of Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria. Walk along the cobbled streets lined with art galleries and bohemian cafes -- this city has an exuberant spirit! In the Old Town, lovingly restored to its mid-19th-century appearance, admire the Th...
DAY 7, Thursday - National History Museum, Alexander Nevsky Church
In magical Sofia, the morning tour starts with panoramic views of golden Ottoman domes dotting the skyline. Visit the National History Museum with its exhibits of Bulgarian lands spanning 8000 years and glimpses of unique gold and silver treasures dating back to Thracian...
DAY 8, Friday - Rila Monastery & Museum, Skopje (Republic of North Macedonia)
After breakfast, ascend to the 10th century Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered one of the greatest centers of literacy and religion in Bulgaria, playing a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language. Visit the monastery's church and view t...
DAY 9, Saturday - Discover Skopje's Old Town
In the morning visit the moving Holocaust Museum that commemorates the all but lost Sephardic Jewish culture of North Macedonia through a range of photos and video displays. Explore the historic streets of this eclectic capital's Old Town, stopping at Macedonia Square, P...
DAY 10, Sunday - Ancient Stobi, Wine Tasting & Vineyard Lunch, Lakeside Ohrid
The ancient city of Stobi is revealed today. Lying in a fertile valley, this ancient city was part of a vital trade route and was the crossroads of civilization with a rich legacy of palace ruins, bright mosaics, and religious relics. Enjoy a tour of a local winery along...
DAY 11, Monday - St Naum Monastery, Boat Cruise on Ohrid Lake
Drive along the shores of Lake Ohrid to reach St. Naum Monastery with its world-renowned priceless icons and religious paintings. Then, take a relaxing boat tour through the springs of the Black Drin river, often referred to as the Springs of Sveti Naum, the main water ...
DAY 12, Tuesday - Elbasan, Tirana (Albania), Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et'hem Bey
This morning, depart North Macedonia for Albania, stopping en route at Elbasan, one of the largest cities in Albania in the central part of the country. Later, arrive in lively and colorful Tirana, the beating heart of Albania, known for its vibrant café culture and funk...
DAY 13, Wednesday - Kruje, Ottoman Style Bazaar
Step back in time on your visit of Kruje, the hero Skanderbeg's hometown where 500 years ago he defended the town from the Ottomans. At the Ethnographic Museum, see a typical 18th-century Ottoman house that once belonged to an affluent family. *Afterward, a stroll throug...
DAY 14, Thursday - Depart Albania
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Last Updated: 2/23/2024

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