The Best of North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania gives you a comprehensive overview of three countries of the complex mosaic of the Balkan Region.
North Macedonia is a treasure trove of ancient Roman and Greek archaeology and with influence of the Turkish culture. Bulgaria has a very distinct ancient culture of the Thracians combined the modern style of its own. Romania gives us a very unique history of Saxon influences in some of the amazing towns and museums. We are so fortunate to experience both the cities of Transylvania and the very special monasteries of Bucovina in the north, not to mention Bucharest.
Please join us on this fast moving tours of three regions of the Balkans.
For a longer more comprehensive trip of the Balkans take a look at our Balkan Odyssey also on our website.
2021 pricing and dates to be released in the fall, but please contact us for an estimate anytime
2020 Rates Per Person
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES
|Arrive||Depart||Land Cost Per Person – 2 Pax||Land Cost Per Person – 4 Pax|
|March 31||April 12||$2865||$2280|
|April 21||May 3||$2990||$2420|
|June 16||June 28||$3060||$2470|
|July 13||July 25||$2990||$2420|
|August 11||August 23||$2990||$2420|
|September 1||September 13||$2990||$2420|
|September 29||October 11||$2865||$2280|
|Single Supplement – $410|
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 20 travelers. Other group rates are available upon request.
Ohrid, Boyana Church, Rila Monastery, Kazanluk Thracian tomb, the famous monasteries of Bucovina: Voronet and Moldovita, the Medieval Citadel ‘The upper town’ of Sighisoara, the fortified churches of Transylvania: Biertan and Prejmer
EUROPEAN Cultural Sites:
Plovdiv, European Capital of culture in 2019
Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007
The ‘Golden Apple’ Prize/FIJET- Moldovita and Sibiel
This tour is also available for customized dates upon request.
- 12 nights accommodation at 3* and 4* hotels with breakfast and city tax
- Meals: 8 dinners and 4 lunches ( 3-course menu + mineral water )
- Entrances for the visited sites
- English speaking guide ( please note you might be paired with other languages such as German, French, Russian or Italian and the guide might conduct services in 2 languages )
- Transport according to the number of persons / in case of 2-4 pers, it is possible that the guide is also a driver
- 1 bottle of water (0.5lt) per person per day
- Arrival transfer Ohrid Airport/ Departure transfer Bucharest Airport
- Additional hotel stays before and after the trip can be booked with us
Price Does Not Include:
- Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
- E-VISA Fees to Azerbaijan
- Tips for driver and guide
Day 1: Arrival (North Macedonia)
Arrive in Skopje for a panoramic tour of the Macedonian capital city if time permits. Welcome dinner.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Skopje/Ohrid/Skopje
Day tour from Skopje to Ohrid, a picturesque historic town on the hilly shores of Ohrid lake and a UNESCO site. We will visit the old town with the medieval churches and open-air ruins, Samuil`s fortress with wonderful view of the area and enjoy the small cobblestone streets and beautiful houses. Return to Skopje for 2nd night.
Day 3: Skopje/Sofia
Continue with the tour of Skopje and transfer to Sofia.
Upon arrival, panoramic tour of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, which Constantine the Great once called as “My Rome”. Visit Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, St. Sofia 6th c basilica, Parliament Square, National Theatre and the Old City Garden, and St. George 4th c rotunda.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 4: Sofia/Boyana/Rila Monastery/Sofia
Morning visit of the National Museum of History and Boyana Church, a UNESCO site.
Proceed to Rila Monastery UNESCO site, the largest and most important monastery in Bulgaria, located in Rila Mountain National Park.
Return to Sofia.
2nd overnight at the same hotel.
Day 5: Sofia/Plovdiv/Kazalnuk
Departure to Plovdiv, the oldest continuously inhibited city in Europe. Visit the Old Plovdiv architecture reserve with the Ancient Theatre and the National Revival houses complex. Walk along the longest pedestrian street in the world with the remains of Roman stadium and Forum, and enjoy a coffee in Kapana, the artistic neighbourood of Plovdiv.
In the afternoon we will depart to Kazanluk, the centre of the Valley of Roses known as the Valley of the Thracian kings. Visit Kazanluk Thracian tomb UNESCO site.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 6: Kazanluk/Veliko Turnovo/Ruse/Bucharest
Departure to Veliko Turnovo, the medieval capital city of Bulgaria, beautifully located on 4 hills above Yantra river. En route we will make photo stops at Shipka memorial Church, Shipka peak with the mountain pass and Dryanovo Monastery. Upon arrival in Veliko Turnovo, we will tour the old part of the city with the small cobblestones streets like Gurko and Samovodska Charhia, the street of traditional crafts in Veliko Turnovo. Visit Tsarevets Royal Hill with the medieval Citadel.
Proceed in the afternoon to the border city of Ruse, located on the banks of Danube river. Proceed in Bucharest. In the early evening, check-in at your hotel.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Bucharest/Curtea De Arges/Sibiu/Sibiel
After breakfast, departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are buried. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Sibiu, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania formerly Hermannstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town. In the Main Square, visit the Evangelical Church and the Liars’ Bridge etc. Depart to Sibiel, visit the Museum of Icons.
Accommodation and dinner in Sibiel.
Day 8: Sibiel/Sighisoara/Targu Mures/Bistrita
Morning departure to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler known as Dracula. En route, visit the fortified Church at Biertan, one of the most beautiful in Romania. Arrival in Sighisoara and walking tour to explore the medieval Citadel UNESCO site. Visit the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill. Continue to Targu Mures, walking tour through the elegant city centre, well known for its architecture. Visit the Palace of Culture, the Orthodox Churches, and the Teleki-Bolyai Library. Drive on to Bistrita and one of the 7 medieval cities in Transylvania. Dinner and overnight stay at your centrally located hotel. After dinner, optional night walking tour.
Day 9: Bistrita/Campulung Moldovenesc/Moldovita/Voronet/Sucevita/Gura Himorului
Departure to Bucovina, where you will find the “upper land” with the unique painted monasteries UNESCO site. Arrival at Campulung Moldovenesc, lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Moldovita Monastery, a symphony in purple red and a medieval art treasure. We continue with visit to Lucia CONDREA’s workshop, the famous creator of painted eggs and the village of Vatra Moldovitei. We also visit one of the jewels of Bucovina, the Voronet Monastery, a wellknown touristic attraction called “the Sistine Chapel of the East”.
Dinner and accommodation in the area.
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Sucevita/Gura Himorului/Lacu Rosu/Miercurea Ciuc/Brasov/Poiana Brasov
We continue driving through the Moldavian villages, we visit the monastery of Agapia. In the afternoon, we cross the fabulous Bicaz Gorges on foot, if the weather is permit. Arrive at Lacu Rosu, the Red Lake resort. Continue to Brasov, founded by the Saxon colonists, in the center of Transylvania.
Overnight at your hotel in Brasov/Poiana Brasov.
Day 11: Poiana Brasov-Brasov/Prejmer/Bran/Brasov (100 KM /4 hrs)
Stop at Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe. Drive on to Bran and visit the famous medieval castle of Dracula built as a fortress for the citizens of Brasov in 1377. Stop in Prejmer for a visit to fortified church, also a UNESCO site. Return to Brasov for a city tour , visit the Gothic Black Church. Stop at the White and Black Tower, the Council Square, the Ekaterina Gate and Saint Nicholas Church. Overnight stay at your hotel Brasov/Poiana Brasov.
Day 12: Brasov/Sinaia/Bucharest
In the morning, we cross the Carpathians mountain. Continuing to Bucharest for a panoramic tour. The city is a contrast between old and modernity, with large boulevards and magnificent buildings like the Romanian Athenaeum, the Patriarchal Church, and the House of Parliament. Check-in at a 4* hotel in Bucharest. In the afternoon, a walking tour in the Old City centre. Farewell by a lovely dinner.
Dinner and overnight Bucharest. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Departure
Departure from Bucharest. After breakfast, time at leisure depending on your departure flight. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.