21 Days 9 Countries - Balkans Tour from Sofia

21 Days 9 Countries - Balkans Tour from Sofia

Visit the Balkans in this 21 days tour in wich You will visit 9 countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Hungary. An unforgettable 21-day tour of the not-to-miss Balkan highlights, covering the very best of the Balkans attractions with a comfortable pace.

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Monday – Sofia – Rila – Skopje (350 km) BULGARIA +MACEDONIA

Pass By: Sofia, Sofia, Sofia Region
Pick-up in the morning at 9 a.m. from your hotel.

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria
Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and founded in the 10th century by Saint Ivan Rilsky (St John of Rila ) , a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church . The monastery , one of the largest in the Balkans , was the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for more than 1000 years . Our tour includes a visit to the Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarving
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Skopje, Skopje, Skopje Region
Continue drive south to the Bulgarian – Macedonian border . In the early evening we will arrive in Skopje , the capital of Macedonia . Orientation tour of Skopje before arriving to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Skopje.


Day 2: Day 2: Tuesday – Skopje – Ohrid (190 km) MACEDONIA

Stop At: Old Bazaar - Skopje, Skopje 1000 Republic of North Macedonia
Enjoy a walking tour of Skopje (internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa ) , with its most important landmarks : quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar (is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today ), the Memorial house of Mother Teresa , the 1500 years old fortress Kale , Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander The Great on horse
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid Republic of North Macedonia
Continue the tour and drive to Ohrid ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) situated on the banks of the lake with the same name , perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. Ohrid area has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the old city center are testimony to its past. Lake Ohrid itself is Europe’s oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. The walking tour of the old city center will include the narrow streets and squares , the Anchient Theater , discover the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church ) , Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress and pedestrian shopping street .
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Ohrid.


Day 3: Day 3: Wednesday – Ohrid – Tirana (180 km) MACEDONIA + ALBANIA

Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, Sheshi Skënderbej, Tiranë, Albania
Continue the tour and crossing the Macedonian – Albanian border driving to Tirana, capital of Albania . The walking tour of city center of Tirana will reveal the main tourist attractions : Tirana’s massive main square – Skanderbeg , National History Museum , Palace of Culture, National Bank, Et’hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg’s statue
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Tirana.


Day 4: Day 4: Thursday – Tirana- Podgorita (140 km) - ALBANIA+MONTENEGRO

Stop At: Podgorica, Podgorica, Podgorica Municipality
After breakfast we will head to the capital of Montenegro and during our walking tour we wil admire: The Clock Tower, Osmanagica and Doganjska Mosque, Skaline (the old stairs), St.George Church, Millenium Bridge, Russian Bridge, Vladimir Vysotsky Monument, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Roman Square, King Nicola's Castle.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Podgorica.


Day 5: Day 5: Friday – OPTIONAL: Podgorica – Budva – Kotor - Podgorica (180 km) MONTENEGRO

Stop At: Budva, Budva, Budva Municipality
Departure to Budva – Montenegro , crossing the Albanian – Montenegro border and stop to visit the Old Town walls of Budva and see the most important spots: Ballerina and Mogren Beach, Land Gate, Ancient Necropolis, Square of Churches, Citadel, Njegoš’s street, marina, Mediternaska Street and Slovenska Plaza
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kotor, Kotor, Kotor Municipality
In the evening you will arrive in Kotor and discover the fortified old town – Stari Grad ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) .
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Podgorica


Day 6: Day 6: Saturday - Podgorica - Kravice - Medugorje (230 km) MONTENEGRO + BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA

Stop At: Kravice Falls, Neretva valley, Studenci 88320 Bosnia and Herzegovina
After crossing the border in Bosnia&Herzegovina we will visit Kravica Waterfall, between the villages of Studenci and Zvirici, the river Trebizat creates a waterfall 28 meters high and a beautiful natural amphitheater 120 meters wide. Kravica waterfall is a paradisiacal place where we shall have a rest from everything that is ordinary and mundane, and simply enjoy the serene setting of captivating waterfalls embraced by the lush greenery. During the summer it is also possible to swim
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Medugorje, Medugorje, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Next, we will arrive in Medjugorje is one of the most famous Roman Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world. It became known through the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, which began as a phenomenon in 1981, In years that where coming Međugorje became the center of religious Tourism of this part of Europe. Although, it is one of Bosnian most visited tourist centers, Medjugorje still retained its original charm, in which pilgrims find peace in faith. Walk to Apparition Hill Križevac or just feel the positive energy of this settlement in St Jacob Church
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Medugorje

Day 7: Day 7: Sunday – OPTIONAL - Medugorje - Dubrovnik - Medugorje (250 km) - CROATIA

Stop At: Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia
Enjoy free time in Medugorje or take our OPTIONAL tour in Dubrovnik.
On the walking tour of Dubrovnik, you will explore the beautiful historic architecture and stone-paved streets of the UNESCO-protected Old City of Dubrovnik, and pay a visit to the famous Dubrovnik City Walls. Dubrovnik is most famous for serving as one of the sets for Game of Thrones, so fans of the show are definitely in for a treat, but we are certain everyone will be enthralled by Dubrovnik, regardless of their TV preferences.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Medugorje.


Day 8: Day 8: Monday – OPTIONAL - Saturday – Medugorje – Split - Medugorje (280 km) CROATIA

Stop At: Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia
OPTIONAL : Today you will have a chance to admire one of the most popular Mediterranean places, a place so special that there will hardly be a single thing you won’t be fascinated with. They say that Split is a place you have to love, it’s not a matter of choice.
The first part of a day we will use for an walking tour and learn about Split in depth. We will take a stroll through the centuries, starting from Roman times and enjoy the treasure trove of endless layers of history, architecture and urban spirit of this amazing city.
Just the fact that the essence of the city’s urban life is the grandiose 4th century Diocletian’s Palace which, along with the historic centre are UNESCO protected and maintained by the United Nation’s agency for education, science and culture is a small hint on all of the possible whirlwinds of emotions you will be experiencing while walking the paths of the ancient civilisations and enjoying the mesmerizing colors of Adriatic sea.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Medugorje.


Day 9: Day 9: Tuesday– Medugorje - Mostar - Sarajevo (150 km) BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA

Stop At: Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
After breakfast , we will head to Mostar where the focus of our attention will be the old town and the Old Bridge of Mostar. Built in 1566 the Mostar bridge has since been the main reason behind Mostar developing into the capital of the Herzegovina region. Unfortunately in November of 1993, during the Siege of Mostar, the bridge was destroyed. Reasons and judicial facts behind the destruction of the Mostar Old Bridge, we will thoroughly cover during our walking tour of Mostar.
Since the Bridge, since then there’s been a tradition of bridge diving. Today young and brave Mostar divers compete to earn a few euros by diving off the bridge in front of the tourists from all around the world.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
After we leave Mostar, we shall take an amazingly scenic road passing by the Jablanica lake and via the Neretva river canyon, we’ll arrive in Sarajevo.
Walking tour of the old part and city centre of Sarajevo. Our 2.5 hour tour will cover the stories of origins of Sarajevo and the medieval Bosnian Kingdom. We shall visit the Ottoman and Austria-Hungarian parts of Sarajevo, which both with its stunning markets, bazaars, mosques, churches and synagogues will reveal the true nature of the real European Jerusalem. We’ll make sure to visit the Latin Bridge and learn the story about how WWI was triggered right here, in the heart of Sarajevo. Sarajevo’s 1984 Winter Olympics and life during the Siege of Sarajevo will surely be part of our story today.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sarajevo.


Day 10: Day 10: Wednesday – Sarajevo – Belgrad (400 km) CROATIA + SERBIA

Stop At: Belgrade, Belgrade
After breakfast we will head to Serbia and in the afternoon we will arrive to Belgrad, capital of Serbia. Visit the Republic Square, the National theater and the National museum, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), the oldest part of Belgrade with Ottoman heritage, the only mosque in the city, Kalemegdan park, Belgrade fortress, „Victor“ the most famous symbol of Belgrade and the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Belgrade.


Day 11: Day 11 – Thursday – Belgrad – Novi Sad – Budapest (400 km) SERBIA + HUNGARY

Stop At: Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Vojvodina
After breakfast , departure to Budapest with a stop in Novi Sad where we will visit Zmaj Jovina Street, the promenade of Novi Sad and obligatory sight for any tourists, not least for the ornamental Palace of the Orthodox Bishop. We will see also y – Dunavska, street with its long line of single-storied 19th century houses. The Danube embankment, the outside of Petrovaradin Fortress on the other bank.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Budapest, Budapest, Central Hungary
In the evening we will arrive to Budapest ,`´ The Queen of Danube “ , capital of Hungary .
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Budapest.


Day 12: Day 12 – Friday – Budapest HUNGARY

Stop At: Budapest, Budapest, Central Hungary
Spare time in Budapest in wich you can discover by yourself this magical city and see the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, the Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover also St. Stephen’s Basilica, Dohány Street Synagogue and the beautiful Castle District in Buda.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Budapest.


Day 13: Day 13 - Saturday - Budapest - Timisoara (320km) HUNGARY+ROMANIA

Stop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara 300003 Romania
Timisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which is also the European Capital of Culture in 2023
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Timisoara.


Day 14: Day 14 - Sunday - Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu (320 km)

Stop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Strada Curtea Corvinilor 1-3, Hunedoara 331141 Romania
In the morning we will visit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin Castle
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania
Visit Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city where Romanians and Saxons have been living peacefully for centuries and where the various religious monuments (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) demonstrate this peaceful coexistence. Sibiu was named European Capital of Culture in 2007 and hosts an extraordinary theater festival every year. The city fascinates thanks to its three squares (Big Square, Small and Huet Square ) that transport tourists in a real medieval atmosphere. Its towers and its 15th century bastions, but also its beautiful museums and the famous “houses with the eyes” give the visitor lovely moments. Also in Sibiu you will see one of the largest gothic evangelical churches in Transylvania.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Turda, Turda, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania
Visit the most beautiful salt mine in Eastern Europe: Turda Salt Mine.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.


Day 15: Day 15 - Monday - Sibiu

Stop At: Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania
Visit Sibiu city dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.


Day 16: Day 16 - Tuesday- Sibiu – Sighisoara – Brasov (210km)

Stop At: Sighisoara, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania
Visit Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included)
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Brasov, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania
Visit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Catherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also see the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov

Day 17: Day 17: Wednesday - Brasov – Bran – Zarnesti – Brasov (70 km)

Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
Visit Bran where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, DN 73A km 6 - near the entrance in Zarnesti from Rasnov, Zarnesti 500075 Romania
Visit Libearty Bear Sanctuary, the biggest brown bear sanctuary from Europe and has the largest surface in the world. Here, 75 bears found a nice home in this 5 stars welfare facility. Here you can see happy bears in their natural environment, after a bad life in circuses and zoo cages. The tours are guided by trained animal welfare experts and the visitors can see brown bears really close
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov


Day 18: Day 18: Thursday -Brasov - Sinaia – Bucharest (180 km)

Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
Visit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.


Day 19: Day 19 - Friday - Bucharest

Stop At: Palace of Parliament, Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucharest 050711 Romania
Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People’s Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build. The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.
The Palace of Parliament it is the world’s second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old Town, Bucharest Romania
Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", Kiseleff Road 28-30 Sector 1 King Michael I Park, Bucharest 011347 Romania
Visit Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Piaka Revolukiei, Calea Victoriei Boulevard, Bucharest Romania
Revolution Square ( Panoramic sightseeing) the place where Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech and where the protests that ultimately led to the fall of communism took place in December 1989
Duration: 15 minutes

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.

Day 20: Day 20: Saturday – Bucharest – Veliko Tarnovo - Devetashka - Lovech (230 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIA

Stop At: Tsarevets, Tsar Asen Square, Veliko Tarnovo 5000 Bulgaria
Visit Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Devetashka Cave, Devetaki 5555 Bulgaria
The Devetàshka cave is a picturesque karst cave near the waterfalls. Unlike other caves Devetàshka is very well lit and its floor is covered by lush greenery, especially in spring and summer, so sometimes it is hard to believe that one is actually underground.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Krushunskiye Waterfalls, P.O.Box 226, 5500 Lovech, Krushuna Bulgaria
The Krushùna Falls are the biggest travertine cascade in Bulgaria, unique with its picturesque scenery, lush vegetation, numerous round-shaped terraces and small natural pools with mineral water. The main waterfall is about 20 m high and it splits into several smaller ones along its way down the soft limestone rocks.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Lovech.

Day 21: Day 21: Sunday – Lovech - Sofia (150 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIA

Stop At: Lovech, Lovech, Lovech Province
Visit Lovech with the Covered Bridge over the Osam River is another must-see attraction in Lovech. The bridge unites the two halves of the town and it’s a distinctive piece of construction and a significant representation of Lovech.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sofia, Sofia, Sofia Region
In the evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha .

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"A minimum of 6 participants is required to organise the tour. If the tour it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
"Near public transportation"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"!! In case you will need a transfer to the airport or any other extra services please ask the tour manager in advance if it is possible to organize it and let you know also the price."
"!! The tour manager will indicate the time that we will have for the visits and also he will decide the order of the visits."
"The order can be changed based on multiple factors like weather, traffic conditions and restrictions, national holidays, ecc but all the visits will be done as indicated in the itinerary, changing just the order keeping in mind that all this is done for your safety or to make more enjoyable your tour."
"In case that all the members of the tour have a special request to see something else that it is not in the itinerary and it requests also extra miles the tour manager after a discussion with our sales department will let you know the extra cost or if we can make it complimentary."
"!! This tour is a easy walking tour (moderate peace) for persons with a good general fit condition. It requires some small effort like: carrying your own bag on just some steps to get into the hotel (mostly of the hotels have also an elevator), and also some average effort like: walking tours from 2 hours to 4/5 hours (from 1 km to 7 km) depending on the sites visited. To have a better idea: Sofia walking tour: 1,5 hours = 4 km, Skopje Walking Tour: 1,5 hours = 3 km"
"A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Start Time: 09:00 AM
Duration: 21 Days
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
Departure at 09.00 a.m. from your hotel or indicated address

Cancellations and refunds: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Included

  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle for the entire tour
  • Professional tour leader
  • Local tour guide in Romania, Sofia, Skopje, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Belgrad
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • 20x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 20 nights

Not Included

  • Tips for the Driver / Tour Guide
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees at museums/churches
  • Optional Tour to Dubrovnik - 60 euro to be payed locally in cash
  • Optional Tour to Split - 60 euro to be payed locally in cash
  • Optional Tour to Budva and Kotor - 60 euro to be payed locally in cash

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