12 day discovery tour through Athens, Kamena Vourla, Kalambaka and 16 other destinations in 4 different countries
What is included in the tour
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
- Includes arrival transfer
- City tour in : , Sofia, Plovdiv, Bucharest, Belgrade.
- Evening Transfer: Plaka neighborhood in Athens.
- Ticket admission: Monastery, Roman Amphitheater, The Ancient Botica and The Armenian House in Plovdiv, Thracian Tomb Replica in Kazalnak, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, Basarbovski Monastery, Bran Fortress, Church of Biertan, Castle of Hunedoara.
- 6 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Kalambaka, Sandanski, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Bucharest, Sighisoara.
01 SUN. Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
02 MON. Athens.-
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens.
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 center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will end at the Acropolis site (entry not included).
In the evening we include an evening transfer to the Plaka District. This neighbourhood is full of small Greek taverns where you can enjoy the rich folklore of this country.
03 TUE. Atenas- Kamena Vourla- Meteoras- Kalambaka.-
We leave in the early morning for the north of Greece. A stop in KAMENA VOURLA, a pretty tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent scenery. Continuation northwards. KALAMBAKA, arrival in the early afternoon. We will visit the valley of THE METEORAS, an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage. We will see the whole valley and have the chance to go into one of the most famous monasteries. Dinner included.
04 WED. Kalambaka- Thessalonica- Melnik- SandanskI.-
We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. THESSALONICA– Arrival-, time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second city. After this we go on our way 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. SANDANSKI, arrival at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus, dinner and accommodation.
05 THU. Sandanski- Rila- Sofia
We visit the beautiful Rila Monastery, the heritage of mankind, with its appearance of a fortress surrounded by forests. We go on to SOFIA, where we arrive at the end of the morning. After time for 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. Free time.
06 FRI. Sofia- Bachkovo- Plovdiv
In the morning we will leave for BACHKOVO MONASTERY, which is Bulgaria’s second most important monastery, founded in the eleventh century, with its three churches and the life of its monks, and we feel it as a place full of peace. Continuation to PLOVDIV, where we 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.
07 SAT. Plovdiv- Kazanluk- Shipka- Etara- Arbanassi- Veliko Tarnovo
Today’s stage 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 (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. ETARA, arrival at this charming village/ethnographic museum and time for lunch. After this, we travel to ARBANASSI, an ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the Church of the Nativity (entrance included). Arrival in VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque mediaeval centre, along with its hill. Dinner included.
Note: in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.
08 SUN. Veliko Tarnovo- Dimitar Basarbovski- Bucharest
We travel to Romania, and on our way we stop at the BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY, a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock. We cross the border and the river Danube. BUCHAREST, arrival at about 1 PM (variable schedules depending on the border procedures). After time for lunch, we take a panoramic tour of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Free time. Dinner included.
09 MON. Bucharest- Sinaia- Bran- Sighisoara.-
Today we have a stage of great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian mountains and through forests. SINAIA, we will stroll in the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor castles before going on to the 14th-century BRAN fortress, known as “Dracula’s Castle” (tickets included). Time for lunch. We go on to SIGHISOARA, a very beautiful walled mediaeval city and Heritage of Mankind. Tonight we include a very special dinner, in the restaurant of Count Dracula, in the house where Vlad Tepes was born.
10 TUE. Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hunedoara- Timisoara- .
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 go on to SIBIU, an important economic and cultural centre that was the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the impressive castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included), which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania. We go on to TIMISOARA, with time for a stroll in its elegant central squares.
11 WED. Timisoara- Belgrade
We set off for SERBIA and the border pass. After a little under 3 hours, we come to BELGRADE, where we include a panoramic tour of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava, where we can admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan fortress. Afternoon free.
12 THU. Belgrade- Sarajevo
A stage of pretty forest and mountain scenery. We enter BOSNIA. SARAJEVO, arrival at lunchtime. Panoramic tour with a local guide of this city of strong Turkish influence: its mosques, its madrasahs, its busy bazaars. We will also see the Tunnel of life that saved the city during the Serbian siege. Dinner included.
Note: according to arrival time, the Tunel of Hope can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
13 FRI. Sarajevo - Mostar - Medjugorge - Kravice - Dubrovnik.
Another exciting stage 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 MEDJUGORGE, a place that attracts thousands of Catholic pilgrims. We go on to KRAVICA, we stop at its magnificent waterfalls before continuing to CROATIA. Border procedures (which may be long). DUBROVNIK, arrival at the end of the day (accommodation on the coast near the city). Dinner included.
14 SAT. Dubrovnik.
In the morning we include a panoramic tour of DUBROVNIK with a local guide. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities of 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; Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Sponza Palace. We also include a cable car ride to give us a fantastic view of the city and the neighbouring islands. Afternoon free. Return to our hotel at the end of the afternoon. Dinner included.
15 SUN. Dubrovnik.-
After breakfast, end of our services.