Art treasures in South Eastern Europe
10-day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites
|Tour in comfortable bus
|English speaking guide
|9x nights and breakfast in selected 3* and 4* hotels
|9x dinner at the hotels
|1x dinner "Macedonian Evening"
|Rowing boat trip Sveti Naum on the 7th day
|Wine tasting on the 8th day
|Tickets according to program
Best time to travel
1. Day: Arrival
Flight from Germany to Sofia. Transfer to the hotel.
2. Day: Sofia – Rila – Bansko
In the morning we start exploring the Bulgarian capital, and of course, we visit its landmark – the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Afterwards we drive to UNESCO – protected Rila Monastery, for a detailed tour of the probably most important monastery of Bulgaria, then continuing to our hotel in the winter resort Bansko, where we go for a walk exploring the beautiful place before dinner.
3. Day: Bansko – Melnik – Thessaloniki
We drive southward from Bansko to Melnik, Bulgaria’s smallest town, one from the UNESCO’s protected cities from the list. We walk through the town, and after we head to wine tasting. After visiting Melnik, we cross the border with Greece and continue to Thessaloniki, for an extensive tour, including city’s landmark – the White Tower, then continuing to our hotel.
4. Day: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Meteora – Kalampaka
After breakfast we visit the excavations of Vergina, where the grave of Filip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great is located. Then we continue to UNESCO’s protected monasteries of Meteora, where we visit one of them and afterwards we continue to our hotel in Kalampaka.
5. Day: Kalampaka – Ioannina – Butrint – Saranda
Drive to the city of Ionannina, situated on the peninsula and completely surrounded by a city wall, where we visit the old town and the lake Pamvotida, considered to be sister-lake of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. Then we continue to the Albanian border and the UNESCO protected excavations of Butrint. After a detailed visit, we head to our hotel in Saranda.
6. Day: Saranda – Gjirokaster – Korce
Another highlight is ahead of us – first we make a photo-stop at the monastery of Mespotam, then our path lead us to the UNESCO protected city of Gjirokaster, also called the city of stones.
Visit to the old town and the fortress, then continuing our path to the city of Korca, and accommodating in hotel.
7. Day: Korca – Kloster Sv. Naum – Ohrid
Day’s route takes us to UNESCO’s protected Ohrid Lake. After crossing the border with Macedonia, we visit the monastery of St. Naum, one of the most important monasteries for the Macedonian Orthodox community. Here we also find the springs of Ohrid Lake, which we explore with rowboats. Afterwards, we head out to UNESCO’s protected city of Ohrid, for a detailed city walk. Visit to the St. Sofia church, one of the 365 churches and monasteries located in and around Ohrid. Ohrid is not called Balkan’s Jerusalem for nothing.
8. Day: Ohrid – Bitola – Prilep – Skopje
Drive from Ohrid to second’s largest city in Macedonia – Bitola, former diplomatic city of the country. After a stroll through the old town, we visit the excavations of Heraclea Lincestis, the remains of the town founded by King Filip II of Macedonia. Afterwards we drive to Prilep, where we visit Archangel Michael monastery, and on the way to Macedonia’s capital, we stop at Stobi for an opportunity to taste some of the excellent Macedonian wines. In the evening, we reach to our hotel in Macedonia’s capital Skopje, after which we head out to traditional Macedonian dinner with music in a restaurant.
9. Day: Skopje – Kriva Palanka – Sofia
The next morning we explore the Macedonian capital Skopje. We see the old town and the Kale fortress and the old bazar after we continue to the new and modern part of Skopje, where we see the monument of Alexander the Great and the Mother Theresa memorial house. Then we continue east to Kriva Palanka, and visit the St. Joakim Osogovski monastery. We cross the border with Bulgaria and reach our hotel in Sofia.
10. Day: Transfer to Sofia airport and a flight back
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