Travel to the valley of the Roses, and you will see KAZANLUK and the replica of the Thracian Tomb (Heritage of Mankind) to learn about the production of products derived from the roses, with this 20-day tour visiting Athens, Kamena, Vourla, Meteora, Kalabaka, Thessalonica, Melnik, Sandanski, Rila, Sofia, Bachkovo, Plovdiv, Kazanluk, 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, Postojna, Bled, Ljubljana, Venice.
DAY 01 SUN. Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!! On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
DAY 02 MON. Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens. Evening transfer.
We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the centre; the new neighbourhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA quarter, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also enjoy this country´s folklore.
DAY 03 TUE. Athens- Kamena Vourla- Meteora- Kalabaka.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Meteora Valley with entrance to a Monastery. Dinner included.
We set off in the early morning for the North of Greece. A stop at KAMENA VOURLA, a pretty tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent countryside. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place. KALABAKA, ar- rival in the early afternoon. We will visit the Valley of the METEORA, an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage. We will see the whole of the valley and will have the chance to enter one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included). Dinner and accom- modation.
DAY 04 WED. Kalabaka- Thessalonica- Melnik-Sandanski.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes of Macedonia. Dinner included.
We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. Arrive in THES- SALONICA with time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second largest city. After this we continue towards BULGARIA, and the border pass. In Bulgarian Macedonia we stop in MELNIK, a picturesque museum village in beautiful scenery amidst a wine producing area. Arrive inSandanski, at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 05 THU.Sandanski- Rila- Sofia.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Rila monastery. City tour of Sofia.
We visit the beautiful Rila Monastery, the heritage of mankind, with its appearance of a fortress surrounded by forests. We continue to SOFIA, where we arrive at the end of the morning. After lunch, 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 06 FRI. Sofia- Bachkovo- Plovdiv.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Plovdiv. Dinner included.
In the morning we will leave for BACHKOVO MONASTERY, Bulgaria’s second most important monas- tery, 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 07 SAT. Plovdiv- Kazanluk- Shipka- Etara- Arba- nassi- 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 KAZANLUK, where tickets are included to the replica of the Thracian Tomb (Her- itage 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 ARBANASI, 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 pic- turesque medieval centre. Note: In some cases, Arbanassi may be visited on Sunday morning instead of Saturday.
DAY 08 SUN. Veliko Tarnovo- Dimitar Basarbovski Bucharest.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Panoramic tour of Bucharest. Dinnerincluded.
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.
DAY 09 MON. Bucharest- Sinaia- Bran- Sighisoara.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Dracula’s Castle. Transylvania region. Special dinner in Sighisoara.
Today we have a journey with great scenic beauty, trav- elling 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 10 TUE. Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hunedoara 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 ori- gin; 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 af- ternoon, 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 11 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 12 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 Madra- sahs, and its busy bazaars. We will also see the Tunnel of Hope that saved the city during the Serbian siege. Dinner included. Note: Depending on the arrival time, the Tunnel of Hope can also be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
DAY 13 FRI. Sarajevo – Mostar – Medjugorge – Kravice – Dubrovnik.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes throughout 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 14 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 cen- tre 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 15 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 16 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 possi- ble or advisable to use the train or boat in Plitvice.
DAY 17 TUE. Opatija- Postojna- Bled- Ljubljana.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Postojna 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 depar- ture to Maribor.
DAY 18 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 19 THU. Venice.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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. Afterwards, 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 20 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
- City tour in: Athens, Sofia
- Evening Transfer: Plaka neighbourhood in Athens
- Ticket admission: Rila Monastery. Meteora Monastery
- 2 Lunch or Dinner included in: Kalabaka (01), Sandanski (01)
- City tour in: Plovdiv, Bucharest
- Ticket admission: Roman Amphitheater, The Ancient Botica and The Armenian House in Plovdiv, Thracian Tomb Replica in Kazalnak, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, Basarbovski Monastery
- 3 Lunch or Dinner included in: Plovdiv (01), Etara (01), Bucharest (01)
- Boat: Tour around Bled´s Lake, To the area of St Marks in Venice
- City tour in: Belgrade, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Ljubjiana, Venice
- Ticket admission: 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, Postojna Caves, Murano glasswork in Venice
- Funicular: Cable car in Dubrovnik
- 7 Lunch or Dinner included in: Sighisoara, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Opatija, Ljubljana.
- May.21: 09
- Jun.21: 06, 20
- Jul.21: 04
- Sep.21: 05
PRICES PER PERSON
SEASON DBL SINGL
High S. $3085 $3925
Mid S. $3245 $4085
- 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
- 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.