Trip to Sofia, Bachkovo, Plovdiv, Kazanlak, Shipka, Etara, Arbanassi, Veliko, Tarnovo, Dimitar, Basarbovski, Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran Sighisoara, Biertan, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Timisoara, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Medjugorge, Kravice, Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Plitvice, Opatija, Postjona, Bled, Ljubljana, Venice.
DAY 01 THU. Sofia.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to the hotel. City tour of Sofia.
Welcome to SOFIA!!! Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After lunch (towards 15.00), 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.
DAY 02 FRI. Sofia- Bachkovo- Plovdiv.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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.
DAY 03 SAT. Plovdiv- Kazanlak- Shipka- Etara- Arbanassi- Veliko Tarnovo.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Balkans mountain. Thracian tomb, Church of Nativity in Arbanassi. 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 ARBANASSI, 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, Arbanassi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.
DAY 04 SUN. Veliko Tarnovo- Dimitar Basar- bovski- Bucharest.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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. Note: In some cases, Arbanassi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.
DAY 05 MON. Bucharest- Sinaia- BranSighisoara.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Dracula’s Castle. Transylvania region. Special dinner in Sighisoara.
Today we have a journey with great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian Mountains and through forests. In SINAIA, we will stroll through the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor Castles before going on to the 14th-century BRAN fortress, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle (tickets included). Time for lunch, before continuing to SIGHISOARA, a very beautiful walled medieval city and Heritage of Mankind. In the evening we will enjoy a very special dinner, in the restaurant of Count Dracula, at the house where Vlad Tepes was born.
DAY 06 TUE. Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hune- doara- Timisoara-.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Varied landscapes, small picturesque villages en route.
In Transylvania there are numerous fortified churches in areas that were inhabited by people of German origin; some of these churches have been declared Heritage of Mankind, and we will see one of them, BIERTAN (tickets included). After this, we continue to SIBIU, an important economic and cultural centre, previously the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and take lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the impressive Castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included), which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania. We continue to TIMISOARA, with time to explore its elegant central squares.
DAY 07 WED. Timisoara- Belgrade.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Belgrade.
We set off for SERBIA and the border pass. After a few hours travelling, we will arrive to BELGRADE. Here you can enjoy a panoramic tour of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava. We get the chance to admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan Fortress. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 08 THU. Belgrade- Sarajevo.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Sarajevo. Tunnel of Hope. Dinner included.
Enjoy the journey of pretty forests and mountain scenery. We arrive to BOSNIA, SARAJEVO, at lunchtime. 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. Note: Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
DAY 09 FRI. Sarajevo – Mostar – Medjugorge – Kravice – Dubrovnik.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes through-out the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, pic- turesque 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.
DAY 10 SAT. Dubrovnik .-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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 Kavtat, a coastal town near the city.
DAY 11 SUN. Dubrovnik- Split- Trogir.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit of Split. Dinner included.
We set off in the morning, travelling along the Croatian coastline which displays amazing seascapes and islands. We will arrive in SPLIT at noon. We include a visit with a local guide and entry into the Diocletian’s Palace. We will tour this immense palace from the Roman period, its labyrinth of streets, and its sea vistas. Towards the end of the day we will travel to TROGIR where we will stay for the night. Before heading to the hotel, we will go around what is one of the most charming towns on the Dalmatian Coast. Dinner included.
DAY 12 MON. Trogir- Plitvice- Opatija.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Plitvice lakes National Park. Dinner included.
We will travel to the interior region of Croatia, going through beautiful hilly landscapes to finally arrive in PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, which has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will enter the park where you can admire the park’s lakes and waterfalls. Take the opportunity to walk along the trails or take a boat and sail through the waters of the lakes. After lunch, we will travel back to the coast towards the north of Croatia. Upon reaching OPATIJA, take your dinner included and stroll in this resort town which offers charming nightlife. Note: In exceptional circumstances, either due to weather conditions or high numbers of tourists, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or boat in Plitvice.
DAY 13 TUE. Opatija- Postjona- Bled- Ljubljana.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Postjona cave, Boat trip, Tour of Ljubljana. Dinner included.
Today we will travel to Slovenia. We will visit POSTOJNA Cave, one of the world’s biggest caves which is partially toured by train. After this, we will travel to BLED, a stunning postcard town on the shore of a lake, and in the middle of the lake, there is an island where the bell tower of a monastery stands at the foot of a medieval castle. We take a boat trip around Bled’s lake and a visit the monastery on the island. We continue our trip to Slovenia’s Capital, LJUBLJANA. Here we will take a tour with a local guide and learn about this beautiful Central European city. Dinner included. Note: During the winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljana during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.
DAY 14 WED. Ljubljana- Venice.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Free time in Ljubljana.
Free time in the morning in LJUBLJANA where we have time to visit the pretty centre of this small capital. In the afternoon we travel on to the Adriatic Sea and cross the border into Italy. VENICE, arrival at the end of the afternoon and accommodation in the Mestre district.
DAY 15 THU. Venice.-
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHT: Boat on Venice’s Grand Canal. Admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass.
In the morning we include a boat transfer to the area of Saint Mark in Venice, a city built on more than 100 islands connected by bridges. We include a walking tour with a local guide around the city of canals. Af- terwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. In the afternoon, some might like to take the chance to have a trip on a gondola. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
DAY 16 FRI. Venice.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide.
- Basic travel insurance.
- Hotels according to the itinerary.
- Breakfast buffet.
- Arrival transfer
- Boat: Tour around Bled´s Lake, To the area of St Marks in Venice
- City tour in : Sofia, Plovdiv, Bucharest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Ljubjiana, Venice.
- Ticket admission: Roman Amphitheater, The Ancient Botica and The Armenian House in Plovdiv, Thracian Tomb Replica in Kazanlak, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, Basarbovski Monastery, Bran Fortress, Church of Biertan, Castle of Hunedoara, Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo, Kravice Waterfalls, Franciscan Monastery and Cathedral in Dubrovnik, Diocletian´s Palace in Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park including boat or train tours in Plitvice, Postjona Caves, Murano glasswork in Venice.
- Funicular: Cable car ride in Dubrovnik.
- 9 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Plovdiv (01), Etara (01), Bucharest (01), Sighisoara (01), Dubrovnik (02), Trogir (01), Opatija (01), Ljubljana (01).
- May.22: 12, 26
- Jun.22: 09, 23
- Jul.22: 07, 28
- Aug.22: 11, 25
- Sep.22: 08, 29
- Oct.22: 13
- Nov.22: 10
- Dec.22: 22
- Jan.23: 05, 19
- Feb.23: 09, 23
- Mar.23: 09, 23
PRICES PER PERSON
SEASON DBL SINGL
High S. $3.068 $3.800
Mid S. $3.294 $4.026
Low S. $2.977 $3.709
- In some cases, Arbanassi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday
- In some cases, Arbanassi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.
- Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
- From the end of October to the end of March it is not possible to visit the Kravice waterfalls.
- Accommodation in Dubrovnik will be in Kavtat, a coastal town near the city.
- In exceptional circumstances, either due to weather conditions or high numbers of tourists, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or boat in Plitvice.
- During the winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljana during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.
- Tickets to the archeological complexes are not included unless expressly provided.
- Programme with ferries subject to special changes.
- It is a general policy in the hotels that may request a deposit of money on arrival at each of the hotels where you will be staying. This deposit is charged at the time of check in and is refunded upon departure if you did not make any expenses at the hotel.
- The space in the holds of the coaches and in the train wagons is limited and this determines the maximum amount of luggage authorized per passenger on our circuits: one suitcase per person and one handbag. Carrying more luggage than allowed can be checked in at destination.