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Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo - Kazanlak - Plovdiv - Asenovgrad - Bachkovski monastery - Zlatograd - Xanti - Kavala - Filipi ( Krinides) - Thessaloniki - Vergina - Meteora - Kalambaka (UNESCO) - Ioannina - Butrint (UNESCO) - Saranda - Gjirokaster (UNESCO) - Tepelena - Berat (UNESCO) - Tirana - Elbasan - Ohrid - Skopie - Canyon Matka - Sofia

Day 1 - Sofia
Arrival in Sofia. Meeting with your local guide at the Airport. Transfer to your hotel for check in and free time to unpack. Dinner in a traditional restaurant with folklore program.

Day 2 - Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast at the hotel. The day will start with sightseeing tour in the downtown area. In 2 hours we will see some of the most famous cultural, historical and architectural landmarks of the city: the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the St. Sofia Church, which had given the name of the city and the historical and cultural center of the capital.
Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom, is superbly situated on four hills. The houses are at the foot of the hills, perched one above other, crowning the steep streets with their gables. Here are preserved the remains of the old fortress built around the banks of Yantra river. Several mediaeval churches connected with Bulgarian history can be seen as well. Visit the Wax museum where you will meet the middle age life and folklore of their territory. You will walk along the old Trade Street Samovodska charshia. Check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Kazanlak - Plovdiv
Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Kazanlak the capital of the rose valley. Here we will visit the replica of the Thracian Kazanlak Tomb, dating back to the 4th C. BC (historical heritage of UNESCO). At theafternoon we will visit the authentic rose-distillery and introduction to the technology of production of rose oil, tasting of rose products.
Afternoon departure to Plovdiv the City of the seven hills. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe still existing today. It was called Philippopolis in the IV century B.C. in honor of King Philip II of Macedonia. Walking tour of the Old Town of Plovdiv impressive with the houses-museums of the Revival period like the Ethnographical museum; the Ancient Theater, the Fortress walls, the oldest church in the city St. St. Constantine and Helena, etc. We will see the Muslim temple Dzhoumaya Mosque and the Roman Stadium on the main street of Plovdiv. Check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Asenovgrad - Bachkovski monastery - Zlatograd - Xanti
Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Asenovgrad and Asens castle. This castle I located at the north part of Rodopa Mountain and have a great bird-view to all Trakian valley. This castle has been build in IX sentury, and keep the same position saved to our days.
Our next stop is Bachkovo monastery - the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery estate is almost 8000 sq.m and about 440 meters above sea level. It includes two yards and four churches. The monastery has 18 chapels, 10 in Asenovgrad and 8 around it. Lunch time (not included)
After lunch we will continue to Zlatograd. This small town in the Rhodope Mountains is located just 2 km away from the Greek border and 60 km southeast of Smolyan. Zlatograd Ethnographic Area Complex lies in the heart of the town. It is an open-air museum which is also part of the everyday life of local people. The complex has an ethnographic museum, workshops and an exhibition of water equipment. Late afternoon we will continue to Xanti via small border point hight in the mountain. Check in at the hotel in Xanti, dinner and overnight.

Day 5 - Kavala - Filipi ( Krinides) - Thessaloniki
After breakfast we will continue via Via Egnatia road to Kavala, a city rich in history, situated in a pleasant natural environment. Built over the ruins of the previous Byzantine fortress and surrounded by well-preserved walls, Kavala is considered to be the access door of Christianity in Western Europe because Apostle Paul, following one vision, landed there to bring the good news. Visit of the old ton and the new central area. Near Kavala is located our next stop- Filippi ( Krinides), an important archaeological site and a city founded by King Phillip the 2nd of Macedonia. It was here, where Saint Paul founded his first Christian church in Europe. We will visit the ruins, and will have a free time for lunch in the near park area (lunch is not included)
At the afternoon we continue to Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki in not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the numerous Byzantine monuments, but it is also a beautiful modern European city full of life! Possibility to visit Galerius Arch (Kamara), Rotunda, Archaelogical Museum, St. Demetrius church, Roman Forum, Our Lady "of the Coppersmiths" church, Bey Hamam Baths, Museum of Byzantine Civilization, White Tower. Check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Vergina - Meteora - Kalambaka (UNESCO)
After breakfast continue to Vergina. The archaeological site of Vergina, or Aeges as it used to be called, consists of three equally interesting exhibits: the palaces, the ancient theater area and the Royal Tombs. The Royal Tombs precious findings are exhibited in a museum which was built under an artificial hill; they precede and introduce the tombs. Some of the most remarkable excavated treasures of the Macedonian civilization can be found in the museum. The exhibits that are most memorable, however, are the two great tombs of King Phillip II and Alexander IV, father and son of Alexander the Great (respectively). Continue to Meteora, for a visit of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. The cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers. The difficult access gave the monks an ideal refuge, as well as protection during the Turkish occupation. Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. At the end of the day youll drive to Kalambaka, a lovely town with beautiful gardens located at the footstep of Meteora rocks. Check in at the hotel in Kalambaka, dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Ioannina - Butrint (UNESCO) - Saranda - Gjirokaster (UNESCO)
Breakfast. Departure to Ioannina. We will visit the mosques, the byzantine castle and the old Ottoman citadel as well as the picturesque island which lies in the middle of Lake Pamvotis. We will also have the chance to visit the market and buy some souvenirs made of wood and silver. After lunch(not included) we will continue to where we visit ruins of Butrint antic city, Albania's most important archaeological site. Butrint dates from the 7th century BC, later becoming a Roman colony, then falling under the sway of the Venetians and Turks. Within a century of the Greeks arriving, Butrint had become a fortified trading city with its own acropolis, the ruins of which we can still visit. Exploration of amphitheater, Venetian tower, Mosaic, Lion gate, etc. Than continue to the Museum City of Gjirokastra. Evening city tour, visit to its castle and Armaments Museum. Dinner and overnight in Gjirokastra.

Day 8 - Tepelena - Berat (UNESCO) - Tirana
We depart to Tepelene, and we stop to the castle of Tepelene. Tepelena Castle was built by Ali Pasha in the end of 18th century CE in the town of Tepelena. Continue to Berat, one of the oldest inhabited regions of Albania, more than 2400 years old, and with special status from UNESCO. Visit to its castle of Berat with Onufri museum and other churches inside; Mosque of Berat and the old Bridge of Gorica and several churches and mosques. Continue to Durres. Durres is one of the oldest towns in the country. Legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of the area. It was for centuries the largest port on the Adriatic, and the start of the Via Egnatia to Constantinople. We will visit the Roman amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum. We continue to our next stop- Tirana via new road and tunnel.. Here we will visit Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, the National Museum (the huge mosaic on front represent the Albanian history development, and the stages of this development are presented on respective pavilions), Archeological Museum, the National Heroes Cemetery. Check in, dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 8 - Elbasan - Ohrid
After breakfast continue to Elbasan. Since ancient times, was a important city on Via Egnatia form Rome-Durres-Ohrid-Thessaloniki-Istanbul. Its fortress was built during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (483-565) by which time Skampa had become the seat of a Bishopic with a Cathedral and a Basilica outside its surrounding walls. After the failure of the second Turkish siege of Kruja, renamed the town Elbasan. In the middle of the city is found the Saint Mary Orthodox Church. The church has been an important religious and cultural center for the Albanian language. Continue into Macedonia to the town of Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This UNESCO world heritage site is known as the Slavic-Macedonian Jerusalem due to its large number of churches. See St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia, the Church of St Clement at Plaoshnik,. Afternoon visit to the monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. The enormous lakes renowned for the clarity of its water. Check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 9 - Skopie - Canyon Matka - Sofia
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will reach our final destination Sofia. En route we will visit the capital of Macedonia- Skopie. Our tour starts from Macedonia Square, among which the monument of Alexander the Great and the Arch of Triumph Macedonia, Memorial house of Mother Theresa, Old Bridge, the old Turkish market, St. Spas church where you can witness one of the most beautiful wood-carved iconostases on the Balkan peninsula. After lunch time (not included), we will continue via the spectacular Canyon Matka carved by the Treska River. This area is famous with the variety of unique flora and fauna, but also with. We will visit the St. Andrew Monastery. Here we have an optional boat trip (extra suppl.) to Ubava cave for a walk among the beautiful sandstone formations, some of which unique on the Balkans.Arrival in Sofia at the evening. Check in , dinner and overnight.

Day 10
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

Price per person:
2-7persons - 1250euro per person in double room
8-19persons -880euro per person in double room
20-40 persons- 730euro per person in double room
Single supplement 210euro

Tour prices include:
Accommodation for 9 nights in 3/4* hotels on HB base
Meals breakfasts and dinners daily
A/C van/bus with driver during the whole trip
All guided tours according to the program
Parking fees and road taxes
All entrance tickets for the tour objects in the program
Licensed English speaking guide
City maps for the visited

Tour prices doesnt include:
Other meals than mentioned
Flight tickets before/after the tour
Contact Us:
phone: 00359 700 10 308 ; 00359 2 943 13 43

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