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Location: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Kosovo & Albania
Duration: 18 days, 17 nights
The ‘Eastern Bloc’ was unknown territory to the Western World for decades, hidden behind the Iron Curtain of Soviet control. No longer off-limits, now it’s a region of youthful buzz and sublime beauty. Get stuck into adventure activities and parties in crazy cool cities. Explore the Balkans starting from Bulgaria a country on the shores of the Black Sea, through the landscapes of Macedonia, and to the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Albania, A perfect combination of 4 countries covering an array of cultural and natural sites considered UNESCO patrimony of humanity. Explore them with us in a comprehensive tour.
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Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria
Meet with our representative at Sofia Airport and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, we meet for our welcome dinner and orientation. Overnight in Sofia. Hotel Festa
After breakfast, we will explore the main sites of Sofia. Established 2100 years ago, the city became the capital of Bulgaria in 1879. We visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, and the church of St. Sophia, built by the Roman emperor Justinian in the 6th century. In the late afternoon, we will visit the Royal Palace. Overnight in Sofia. Dinner with live Bulgarian Folk Show. Hotel Festa
Skopje – Macedonia
Our longest travel day brings us to Skopje, Macedonia. Depending on the length of time it takes us to cross the border, we will visit the Stone bridge, the St. Spas Church, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the huge bazaar area with its famous inn, Kapan Ann, and the main street with its modern statues, which was part of the “Skopje 2014” project including statues depicting the most important historical figures of Macedonia, including Alexander the Great. Macedonia was part of former Yugoslavia, from which it gained its independence in 1991. Overnight in Skopje. Hotel Bush Resort
Skopje – Bitola- Ohrid
After breakfast, we drive to Bitola where we visit the ancient Macedonian city of Heraclea, founded in the 4th century BC. Marvel at the pristine condition of ancient buildings and palaces with their well-preserved mosaics. Later, we drive to Ohrid, located on the shore of the fabled Lake Ohrid, one of the largest lakes in the Balkans. Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species with worldwide importance. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium
Ohrid- Kalista Cave Monastery- Vevcani Springs- Ohrid
Today after breakfast, we enjoy the most interesting sites in and around Ohrid. First, we visit Kalista cave monastery on the lakeshore, which is unique with its special settings and location. After lunch, near the lovely Vevcani springs, we return to Ohrid, where we visit the Icon Gallery, the archaeological site of Ploeshnik, the Church of St. Bogorodica Perivleptos, and the Samuel fortress. Overnight in Ohrid. Dinner in Local Restaurant with live Macedonian night music show. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium
Galicia National Park and Lake Prespa
After breakfast, the group will enjoy the extremely scenic countryside as we travel. We make our way to Lake Prespa via Galicica Mountains National Park, situated between the two lakes of Ohrid and Prespa. Here, we can enjoy splendid views in every direction. This park has a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. If we are lucky, we may see eagles, vultures, Balkan butterflies, and even land turtles. Our destination is the (fishing) village of Stenje on the lakeshore. If time permits, we can enjoy a hike to a beautiful viewpoint. Lake Prespa is shared between Greece, Macedonia, and Albania. In 1999, the Society for the Protection of Prespa received the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award for its conservation efforts, primarily for protecting and breeding a colony of one of the most endangered waterbirds of the world, the Dalmatian Pelican. The area contains four National Parks located in Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. For dinner, we can try the famous Koran fish (Lake Ohrid Brown Trout) which is only found in this area. Overnight in Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium
Ohrid- Mavrovo Monastery- Prishtina (Kosovo)
Our long drive today takes us along the banks of the black Drini River, through Struga, Debar, and Gostivar. We make several stops along the way including the Monastery of Jovan Bigorski before we cross into Kosovo through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Sar Planina Mountains. Albanian inhabited’ Kosovo is the youngest independent country of Europe. Kosovo declared independence on February 17, 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its sovereign territory. Kosovo’s independence has been recognized by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states today. Overnight in Prishtina.
Prishtina – Peja- Gjakova- Prizren
After breakfast, start the explore the finest sites of Kosovo, including a stop at the battlefield where a major battle took place between Christian and Ottoman armies in 1389. We visit the Tomb of Sultan Murad II, the Museum, the Bazaar Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Mosque of Sultan Fatih of Prishtina, and the capital of Kosovo. Drive to Peja & Gjakova where we visit the Peja Patriarchate and Decani Monastery before returning to Prizren. Overnight in Prizren. Hotel Centrum
Prizren- B- Curri- Valbona (Albania)
After breakfast spends the morning in Prizren, one of the most scenic towns of the Balkans, with a magnificent setting on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and the former capital of old, historic Serbia. The municipality of Prizren is still the most culturally and ethnically heterogeneous area of Kosovo, retaining communities of Bosniaks, Turks, and Romani in addition to the majority Kosovo Albanian population which also live in Prizren. We learn about the recent turbulent history and enjoy views of the fortress, stone bridges, minarets, and mosques. We then make our way to Albania on a very scenic road through the Albanian Alps. Overnight in Valbona.
Valbona National Park
Today, we enjoy a full-day visit to the Valbona Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the Northern Albanian Alps with over 8000 hectares. The trail winds through woods of beech and fir, crossing occasionally an old road used during the regime years for timber, until we reach the plateau known as 'Rrethi i Jubanit' and continue towards a panoramic spot where we'll have a picnic lunch. In front of us tower the magnificent vertical peaks of Grykat e Hapta, which create an impressive amphitheater of limestone stretching till the end of the valley in the southwest, where the Valbona Pass awaits for us to cross it in the coming day. After lunch, we will continue to stay high on the plateau before starting the descent in the east-facing slopes of 'Rrethi' to reach the hamlet of Kukaj where we will taste a cup of herbal mountain tea on the terrace of a local family's home. Refreshed, we will then descend to the bottom of the valley under the soft late afternoon light. Back to Hotel Hotel Margjeka
Valbona- Fierza Boating on Drini River- Shkodra
After breakfast drive to Fierza, cruising to Koman along the Drini river. Village to Koman Dam built in the 1980s which encases the waters of Drin and creates one of the biggest artificial lakes in the country. to reach the ferry at Koman we travel to Fierza by ferry. Passing the mountains through the canyon, created by the river Drin, the route reveals the wild beauty of the Albanian Alps. We will have lots of opportunities to take pictures of unique views of the lake. Upon our arrival in Koman, we will board our bus and drive to Shkodra, located on the southernmost shore of beautiful Lake Shkoder in northwestern Albania. It is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Albania. It is a vibrant and important cultural and economic center and has a pulsating street life. Many visitors feel that Shkodra is the soul of Albania. The most attractive quarters of the city are commonly called the Pedonale. We stop quickly to take a photo of Mother Teresa’s Memorial statue before visiting the Shkodra Cathedral and Ethnic Museum to learn about the religions within Albania. Overnight in Shkodra. Hotel Tradita or Carmen
Shkodra- Lezha (Memorial of Skanderbeg)- Kruja, To Tirana
This morning we visit the Rozafa Castle near Shkodra, which rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Buna and Drin rivers. This is one of the largest and most impressive fortresses of the entire region, dating back to the Illyrian times. We learn here about local legends, explore the ruins and enjoy beautiful views over the rugged landscapes. We continue to Lezha where we see the memorial of Skanderbeg. We continue to proceed to Kruja, where we see the Old Castle and the Museum of Skanderbeg. After visiting the nearby Ethnographic Museum, we stroll through the Old Bazaar. We make our way to Tirana in time for dinner. Overnight in Tirana. Hotel 4*
Today is a full day of city sightseeing in Tirana, the capital of Albania. Modern Tirana was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614. Tirana became Albania’s capital city in 1920 and has a population of over 800,000, including the new quarters around the city. After breakfast starts with Tirana city tour begins from Skanderbeg Square, named after the Albanian hero the main landmark of the city. Visit the newly opened Atonic bunker, the Bunk’art2 museum in Tirana opened to the public describing it as a museum throwing light on political persecution during the Albanian communist era. The museum – called Bunk’Art 2 – is also intended as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned and executed by the communist regime,” The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, National Museum- north of Scanderbeg Square, The Palace of Culture, The monument to Mother Albania and The National Historical Museum are the significant spots that catch up the attention of one and all who visit the city. In the afternoon, we enjoy a leisurely excursion to Mt. Dajti by cable car for amazing views of the city with the Adriatic Sea in the distance. We return to downtown Tirana Overnight in Tirana.
Tirana- Durres – Berat
After breakfast, we drive to the second-largest city in Albania, Durres, which sits on the Adriatic Sea. The city is located on the central Albanian coast, where we will visit the Roman amphitheater and archaeological museum. From here, we make our way to Berat (UNESCO), which lies on the eastern bank of the Osumi River. Berat has a wealth of beautiful buildings of high architectural and historical interest. Berat is known to Albanians as “The City of a Thousand Windows” or “The City of Two Thousand Steps”. It was proclaimed a ‘Museum City’ by the dictator Enver Hoxha in June 1961. After lunch, we visit the citadel on the top hill of the city and Onufri Museum, which has 16th-century mural paintings by Onufri, the Albanians most famous medieval painter. From here, you have your choice of an optional stroll across the 16th-century bridge or the opportunity to visit either the Ethnographic museum, the King’s Mosque, the Bachelor Mosque, or the Helvetian Tekke, which was built in 1782. Overnight in Berat.
Berat- Ottoman Town of Gjirokastra (UNESCO)
After breakfast, we drive along a mountainous road to Gjirokastra (UNESCO), the birthplace of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estates”. Gjirokastra is situated in a valley between the Gjere Mountains and the Drino River. The city is overlooked by the Gjirokastra Castle, which includes a pre-Ottoman citadel with a weapons museum and former political prison. In the afternoon, we visit an Ethnographic museum; housed in the building in which Enver Hoxha was born. Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Gjirokastra-Blue Eye Springs – Butrint
After breakfast drive to Saranda the Ionian seashore, we stop en route at the gorgeous “Blue Eye” springs. The clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning pool that is more than 50 meters deep. Divers have descended to fifty meters, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karst hole is. After lunch, we drive to Butrint (UNESCO), Albania’s most important archaeological site. Butrint was an ancient Greek city and later, a Roman city in Epirus, located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel and Butrint National Park. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at the picturesque Lekuresi castle overlooking the town. Overnight in Sarande.
Sarande- Borsh- Himara- Llogara National park- Vlora- Tirana
After breakfast, we take a ferry back to the mainland and drive to Durres along the mountainous roads of the Albanian Riviera, enjoying the beautiful scenery and fantastic landscapes of Llogara National park and Ionian Coastline. Depending on time, we might do a photo stop at the fortress of Ali Pasha of Ioannina at Porto Palermo bay and continue to Vlora near Independence House and Muradie Mosque, again for some photos. This is the second-largest port city of Albania, where the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on November 28, 1912. The city was for a short time the capital of Albania. As we approach Tirana. Time for our Farwell dinner. Overnight in Tirana.
Tirana – Tirana Airport
After breakfast transfer to the airport
17 nights’, accommodation in 4* Hotels, with breakfast. All the transfers throughout the tour with a/c vehicle. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guide/ or Guide/Driver. (Separate driver and guide for over 7 participants) All taxes
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