Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece & Bulgaria

 

Day 1, arrive Zagreb, Monday

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure until a welcome dinner. (D)

 

Day 2, in Zagreb, Tuesday

A morning sightseeing tour will take you along the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take one of available optional excursions. Overnight. (B)

 

Day 3, to Belgrade, Wednesday

Following breakfast depart to Belgrade. Serbia’s capital. Enjoy beautiful and picturesque Croatia countryside. Upon arrival hotel check in and evening dinner with live music in a typical national restaurant in the old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija. Overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 4, in Belgrade, Thursday 

Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city’s main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; the Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city and Tito’s Memorial. (B)

 

Day 5, to Skopje, Friday

After breakfast, depart towards Nis the third-largest city in Serbia. Here you will enjoy an orientation tour and a complimentary lunch. Proceed to Skopje with arrival in the late afternoon. Tonight enjoy dinner with Overnight. (B,L,D)

 

Day 6, to Ohrid, Saturday

Morning Skopje city tour. We will view the Memorial Holocaust Museum of Macedonian Jews; the old railway and the Skopje’s earthquake Memorial park all located in the new part of Skopje. Continue along the central pedestrian part of the city and visit the monument of Mother Teresa and the old Turkish stone bridge, the Monument of Alexander the Great. Following city tour the route will take you along the beautiful canyon of the river Radika where we shall visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia St. Jovan Bigorski. Continue along the river Crni Drim to Debar Lake and city of Debar to Ohrid. Dinner with national folk music and traditional cuisine. (B,D)

 

Day 7, in Ohrid, Sunday

We start the day with a walking tour around the Ohrid old town-museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old part of the town was known in ancient times as Lychnidos, the City of Lights. Slavs gave it the name of Arida in the 10thC, and it became a major center of culture and art for this area. It is the cradle of Slavic written language and literature, from where the alphabet called Cyrillic was created by the two brothers Cyril and Methods. Ohrid is also known as the “City of 365 churches “and we visit, not all, but the most important ones. Visiting Tsar Smuili fortress from the 10thC, St. Kliment from the 13thC, St. Sophia from the 11th C, and St. Panteleimon from the 9th C., we culminate the tour of Ohrid with a walk through the local bazaar. Afternoon is free to enjoy Ohrid at our own leisure. Overnight. (B)

 

Day 8, to Bitola, Monday

Today travel to Bitola. We will climb up from the lakeshore to the monastery of St. Naum and enjoy the scenic route through the Mountain region of Galichica where we will be able to see both lakes – Ohrid and Prespa. In the afternoon arrival to Bitola, Macedonia’s second must see city to visit the Hellcat ruins of Bitola. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 9, to Thessaloniki, Tuesday

Depart to Thessaloniki with a short stop in Pella. En route, an archeological site and the birth place of Alexander the Great. Enjoy viewing several characteristically mosaics from that period. In the evening we enjoy dinner with traditional Greek dancing and Buzuki music. (B,D)

 

Day 10, in Thessaloniki, Wednesday

The unique history of the city, which has passed through four characteristic periods, the Hellenic, the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire, allows you to experience the true architectural values of Thessalonica. From its piers and docks, churches and market places, to the wreathed hills, mountains and castles this city will leave you touched by its hospitality and its thriving antiquity. We will visit The White Tower, the Saint Demitrios Church and Jewish museum. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

 

Day 11, to Bansko, Thursday

Breakfast followed by a departure to the picturesque town of Melnik where we will enjoy wine tasting. Proceed to Bansko for evening dinner with Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 12, to Sofia, Friday

Departure to the UNESCO Rila Monastery, one of the greatest centers of scholarship and religion in Bulgaria during the National Revival Period. After being founded in the middle of the 10th century, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language. Visit the monastery church with its amazing frescoes, painted by the finest Bulgarian artists from XIX’th Century and the monastery museum. Departure to Sofia for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 13, in Sofia, Saturday

After breakfast meet your local guide for a panoramic walking tour of Sofia. Featuring Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, St. Sofia Church, Parliament Square, the monument of King Liberator, Russina church, the National theater, the National Art Gallery, Archeological museum the Presiensy and many more. Also you will be able to see impressive sites like the Round Church, St. George, which is the best preserved Byzantine building, the fortress walls of ancient Serdica. Remainder of the day at leisure. Evening farewell dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 14, depart Sofia, Sunday

After breakfast the departure transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

 
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