Fiesta Balcánica Completa (Fin Belgrado)

Duration

16 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Zagreb

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Zagreb, Croacia; ; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Dubrovnik, Dalmacia; Kotor; Tirana; Struga; Ohrid; Kastoria; Kalambaca; Thessaloniki; Melnik; Sandansky; Rila, Kyustendil; Sofia; Bachkovo; Plovdiv; Kazanlak; Arbanassi; Veliko Turnovo; Basarboski; Bucharest; Sinaia; Bran; Sighisoara; Biertan, Judeţul Sibiu; Sibiu; Hunedoara; Timisoara; Belgrade

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

Zagreb - If you start your trip in Zagreb: Our guide will arrive in the city of Zagreb on Wednesday about 15.00 hrs. Free time until the arrival of our guide. 

15.00hrs- In order to participate in the panoramic tou r of the city please be at the hotel reception.

16:00 hrs . - Zagreb. From the hotel, panoramic tour of Zagreb with local guide, we can admire its two hills, the old quarter, the upper city and the new neighborhoods of the Croatian capital. The visit will last about two hours.

You will then have free time. Dinner included.

Total distance: 415 km
Landscapes: Mountains, ancient castles.
Note:   Bring your pasport, we will go to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic density or border delays.

07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.
09:30 hrs.-    Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). 

We travel through the region where the ruined houses tell us about the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s. We cross Doboj , the former provincial capital where Orthodox, Muslims, Christians and Jews used to live together. Time for lunch.

13:30 hrs.- Maglaj .- Arrival, picturesque small town dominated by its castle. Time for a walk.

14:15 hrs.- Maglaj- departure.
16:30 hrs.- Sarajevo - Arrival. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide. We will talk about the conflict that existed in Bosnia and Sarajevo, we will walk through the historical center with strong Turkish influence (its bazaars, its mosques). We will also know the  Tunnel of Life that saved the city during the siege (according to arrival time, this place can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar).
Dinner included .

Total distance: 315 km.

Scenery: Beautiful landscapes all the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.

Notes: Carry your passport, today we go to Croatia. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for visits and the walk in Kravice.

08.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
11.00 hrs.- Mostar .- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of commercial life and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
14.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
14.30 hrs.- Medjugorge.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.

16.00 hrs. - Medjugorge - departure.
16.30 hrs - Arrival in Bosnia to Kravice, breathtaking waterfalls 25/30 m high whose walls form vertical gardens surrounded by greenery and where people of Dubrovnik or Mostar usually go to bathe and relax for a picnic.
17.15 hrs- Kravice, Departure to Croatia. Very beautiful coastal scenery.
19.45 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.- Dinner included.

Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik; We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. We start including the climb by cable car.  From the top of the mountains we can admire the best views of the City. After that, we will walk to know its historic center, a jewel of the world´s architectural heritage. In the visit, we include the entrances to the Franciscan Monastery which holds the oldest pharmacy in Europe; Entrance also included to the cathedral of Dubrovnik and the Palace of Sponza .

Free afternoon.
Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel . Dinner included.


Note:   Due to weather or maintenance, sometimes the cable car does not operate, in these cases we will offer entrance to the walls of Dubrovnik where you will also have fantastic views of the city and the bay.

Distancia efectuada: 160 km.
 
Paisajes: Lentas carreteras de montaña en Albania. Paisajes interesantes toda la etapa. Muy bellos contorneando el lago de Ohrid de aguas transparentes. 
  Nota: Lleve el pasaporte a mano. Cruzamos la frontera hacia Macedonia. Compruebe que no requiere visado para entrar en este país .
Tras el desayuno incluimos visita panorámica de Tirana: La capital de Albania, con sus mezquitas, la torre del reloj, los ministerios. Nuestro guía local nos hablará sobre este pequeño país.  Tiempo libre antes de continuar nuestra ruta. (Esta visita podrá efectuarse también la víspera a la llegada a Tirana, según luz solar y a criterio del guía).- 
11.15 hrs. - Tirana –salida-. Paisajes de montaña. Tras ellos llegamos al lago de Ohrid que forma frontera con Macedonia de muy bonitos paisajes. Paso de la frontera (en ocasiones pueden existir demoras). Entrada en Macedonia. 
14.30 hrs.- Struga –Llegada-. Pintoresca ciudad a la orilla del lago. Tiempo para un paseo y almorzar.- 15.30 hrs. - Struga –salida-. 
16.15 hrs.- Ohrid –Llegada-. Ciudad de fuerte influencia otomana declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad.  Tiempo para conocer el centro de la ciudad tras el cual nos trasladamos a nuestro hotel (ubicado a las afueras de la ciudad, junto al lago). Cena incluida y alojamiento.

Distancia total realizada: 295 Km.
Paisajes: En general bonitos paisajes balcánicos y del norte de Grecia. Montañas en Grecia . Espectaculares paisajes en la zona de las Meteoras. 
Nota: Lleve el pasaporte a mano. Entramos en Grecia (zona Schengen). - Visitamos el Valle de las Meteoras parando en los monasterios ortodoxos más importantes y visitando uno de ellos. Prevea ropa adecuada (las mujeres tendrán que colocarse faldas que les serán entregadas a la llegada al monasterio). Prevean calzado cómodo para la subida al monasterio. 
07:45 hrs. - Ohrid –salida-. Viajamos hacia la frontera por regiones de agradables llanuras agrícolas. Paso por Bitola, ciudad histórica que fue llamada “ciudad de los consules”. Parada en la frontera donde aprovechamos para tomar un café y cambiar moneda si lo precisa. El norte de Grecia tiene fuerte influencia eslava y otomana y una geografía muy accidentada. 
11:45 hrs. - Kastoria –Llegada-. La ciudad de las 100 iglesias, con sus calles medievales y sus agradables restaurantes junto a su bonito lago. Tiempo para pasear y almorzar. 
13:45 hrs. - Kastoria –salida-. 
16:00 hrs. – Meteoras –Llegada. Iniciamos nuestro recorrido entre los fantásticos paisajes de las Meteoras que albergan monasterios “colgados” literalmente de las rocas. Paramos y visitamos algún monasterio (entrada incluida) y divisamos los restantes monasterios “colgados” en las rocas.
Cena y alojamiento en Kalambaca, pequeña ciudad en el centro de la región de las Meteoras.

Total distance: 395km
Landscapes: Beautiful landscapes in the north of Greece and on the way to Bulgaria: mountains, isolated areas, forests.
Note:   Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Bulgaria.

08.00 hrs.- Kalambaca.- Departure.  We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. 
11.15 hrs.- THESSALONICA – Arrival-, time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second city. 

14.00hrs.- Thesalonica- Departure. We travel towards the Pirin mountain, a World Heritage Site, areas heavily influenced by the Greek, Slavic and Turkish cultures.  After this we go on our way towards  BULGARIA,  and the border pass.  Schedules of this stage sometimes,  can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.  

16.45hrs.- MELNIK. Arrival. In Bulgarian Macedonia we stop in this picturesque museum village in beautiful scenery amidst a wine producing area. We will learn about the traditional Balkan ways of life.  


17.45hrs.- Melnik. Departure.
18.15 hrs- SANDANSKI , arrival at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus,  dinner a nd accommodation. 

Total distance covered: 225 km.
  
Scenery: beautiful landscapes of the Balkans, with mountains, remote areas and forests. 
Note:   Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Rila.- 

08.30 hrs - Sandanski.- Saída.- T
10.30 hrs - Rila Monastery  - We visit this beautiful walled Orthodox monastery that is hidden hidden among forests and mountains within a national park. Time to look around. 

11.45 hrs  - Rila -Departure-. 
14.00 hrs - Sofia - Arrival-. 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.

Total distance covered: 205 km.
  
Scenery: Large agricultural plains. 
Note:  Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Bachkovo.- 

08.30hrs.- Sofía. Departure.-
11.00hrs.-    BACHKOVO MONASTERY, arrival to the 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. 

12.00 hrs.- Bachkovo Monastery. Departure. 
12.45 hrs.- PLOVDIV,  After time for lunch, we  visit the city with a local guide , which is one of the oldest in Europe. Here we  include tickets to the Roman amphitheatre, the ancient chemist’s and the Armenian house.  Free time to   stroll in its beautiful historic town centre with its half-timbered houses.   Dinner included.

Total distance covered:  230 km.
  
Scenery:   We cross the valley of the roses with great color in season of flowering (May and June). Beautiful scenery across the Balkans mountain range. 
Note:  in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.
 
08.00hrs.- Plovdiv. Departure. Nice small roads through the interior of Bulgaria. We arrived to the valley of the roses.

10.00hrs.-  In the valley of the Roses, we will see  KAZALNUK,  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. 

11.30 hrs.- Kazalnuk. Departure. Amidst the mountains, we stop at the Russian church of  SHIPKA , which reminds us the strong links that exist between the Bulgarians and the Russians and the help that Bulgaria received from Russia in its war of independence against the Ottomans.


13.15hrs.- ETARA,  arrival at this charming village/ethnographic museum and time for lunch.

15.30 hrs.- Etara. Departure.
16.45hrs.- ARBANASSI,  arrival to the ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the  Church of the Nativity (entrance included) . 

17.45hrs.- Arrival in  VELIKO TARNOVO , Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque mediaeval centre, along with its hill.  Dinner included (may be changed for lunch in Etara).


Note:  in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.





Total distance covered:  190 km.
  
Scenery:  We crossed the Danube on the border.
Note: Keep your passport to hand, as it will be required on the border with Romania.

08.30hrs.- Veliko Tarnovo. Departure.  We travel to Romania,
10.00hrs.- BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY,  We stop at a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock. 

11.00hrs.- Barsabovski. Departure.  We cross the border and the river Danube. 


12.45 hrs.- BUCHAREST , arrival  (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.

Total distance covered: 325  km.  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes with the Carpathian mountains, remote areas and forests. Small picturesque villages en route.
Note:   Wear suitable clothing. The Sinaia area is located on the mountain, we recommend warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

08.00hrs.- Bucharest. Departure. Today we have a stage of great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian mountains and through forests.  


10.30hrs.- SINAIA,  Arrival. We will stroll in the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor castles (visit of the gardens, the interior of the castle is closed on Mondays).

12.00hrs.- Sinaia- Departure. High mountains.
13.00hrs.- BRAN.  arrival to the 14th-century  fortress, known as “ Dracula’s Castle” (tickets included).  Time for lunch and stroll on the beautiful center.

15.30hrs.- Bran - Departure. The architecture of some of the villages shows that these regions were inhabited by people of German origin.

17.45hrs.- SIGHISOARA,  arrival to this 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. 

Total distance covered: 39 5 km.
  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes and towns.

08.30 hrs.- Sighisoara- Departure. 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: 
09.00 hrs.- BIERTAN. Arrival to visit the fortified church (tickets included) .

10.00hrs.- Biertan, Departure. 
11.15hrs.- SIBIU,  arrival to this 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. 

14.15hrs.- Sibiu- Departure. 
16.00hrs.- In the afternoon, we visit the impressive  castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included),  which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania.

17.00hrs.- Hunedoara- Departure.
19.30hrs.- TIMISOARA, Arrival.   T ime for a stroll in its elegant central squares. 

Total distance covered: 170 km .  
Note: Keep your passport to hand, as it will be required on the border with Servia.

08.30hrs.- Timisoara- Departure. Among pleasant landscapes we set off for Serbia and the border pass (border procedures sometimes delayed).

11.30 hrs.-   BELGRADE, arrival. 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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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