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About this tour
Unlock the central Balkans, where influences from the East and West collide. This trip showcases the cultural highlights of Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Kosovo, home to an invigorating mix of ancient civilisations, Unesco World Heritage landmarks and laidback cities such as Sofia and Skopje. Additionally, a visit to this region of the Balkan Peninsula would not be complete without experiencing the contrasting natural beauty on offer: national parks, high mountains, fertile valleys, wine regions and the peaceful lakes Ohrid and Prespa – all part of this comprehensive itinerary.Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here
Age range16 - 99
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Day 1: Start in Sofia, Bulgaria
Day 2: Transfer to Melnik, stopping at the Unesco-listed sites of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery. Free afternoon in Melnik (breakfast)
Day 3: Transfer to North Macedonia. Visit the ancient city of Stobi; enjoy wine tasting over dinner in a winery of the Tikvesh wine region (breakfast,lunch,dinner)
Day 4: Drive to Bitola to visit the archaeological site of Heraclea and enjoy a walking tour of the city with free time in the evening (breakfast)
Day 5: Pelister National Park walk, beekeepers farm and lunch in Dihovo, transfer to Lake Ohrid via Lake Prespa and Galičica National Park (breakfast,lunch)
Day 6: Full day in Ohrid, a Unesco World Heritage city. Dinner in a family home in Kuratica village (breakfast,dinner)
Day 7: Transfer to Kosovo via Tetovo and Šar Planina National Park. Lunch in Varvara and a walking tour in Prizren (breakfast,lunch)
Day 8: Visit the Unesco-listed Gračanica Monastery before Skopje, followed by a city tour (breakfast)
Day 9: Osogovo Monastery visit while transferring back to Sofia for a farewell dinner (breakfast)