9 Days Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia
With this tour you will experience some of the best in Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia. It is very rich of historical, archaeological and natural sites. It will explain to you the common Balkan heritage, but also the local differences. You will drive on carefully selected roads and stay in recommended 3* hotels. Your guide will be highly professional and educated, and will share with you all of his knowledge.
Bulgaria, Greece and North Macedonia tour itinerary:
This is your meet and greet day. Your guide will meet you at the airport (Please provide us with the flight details) and transfer you to the hotel. If the time allows you will have guided walk in Sofia’s city center. The main highlights of our capital are the monarchy palace, the Roman ruins, the Communnistic administration center, the main pedestrian street, full of restaurants, bars and shops.
We will start our tour on one of the most popular scenic moto road in Bulgaria. It is right next to Central Balkan mountain. After a couple of hours we will reach our first stop, where you will have a guided visit of ancient "Diocletianopolis". The town is still an active SPA resort with well preserved Roman remains, where we will have our lunch. Our final destination is Plovdiv, the cultural capital of Europe for 2019th, where we will overnight. After checking in the hotel you will have guided walking tour of the historical part of the oldest cities in Europe. Heritage from all periods is preserved around the cobble stone streets. The main highlights we will visit are : Revival period wealthy houses, Roman Theater, early 20th century pharmacy, Medieval remains and fortifications, Roman stadium, 14th century beautiful mosque and many more. For the evening we recommend area called "The Trap", full of bars, restaurants and craft shops..
After breakfast we will keep our course South. We will visit a Medieval fortress, on a top of a cliff, giving a nice view of the area. Then the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria – Bachkovo monastery. It was established in 11 century by Georgian, very close to the Imperial power of the Byzantine empire. This place is also an important for the history of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, because the main figures, responsible for saving them during the Second World War are buried there. After guided visit of those pleases we will head toward Trigrad. It is situated in the heart of the Rhodope mountain. We will pass through an amazing mountain roads and gorge. We will overnight there, enjoying the local cosine traditions.
After breakfast, we will continue towards Greece on nice mountain roads. We will avoid as much as we can highways for a better experience. We will pass through many Greek villages. Our final destination is the city of Kavala. It has fortress on the seaside and one of the best preserved Roman Aqueduct. We will overnight in the town. We can have great dinner at the marina.
In the morning we will start our journey west. Our first visit will be in the tomb of Philp II, father of Alexander the Great. The tomb is very close to Pela, the capital of the Macedonian dynasty and it is part of a big ancient necropolis. You will have guided visit of the historical site. After this we will go a bit back and enter Thessaloniki, the second biggest city of Greece. We will check in hotel there, leave the bikes and enjoy the city’s center. The main highlights are : The white tower, the Roman terms, Roman arch, the Medieval town and big, rich archaeological museum.
Note : Thessaloniki is famous for its nightlife :)
Our main objective for the day will be to reach Meteora, one of the most sacred Christian place with a very unique nature. There a many monastery complexes, situated high on cliffs. The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. By the late 11th and early 12th centuries, a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos. By the end of the 12th century, an ascetic community had flocked to Meteora and expanded its size.
We will visit some of the most important monasteries and churches, which despite the history will give an amazing views. We will overnight in the area.
In the morning we will start our trip to Macedonia. We will ride on a beautiful roads and reach Ohrid, where you will have guided tour of the historical part of the city. It is the second city of the country, but for sure the most beautiful and preserved. We will ride around the huge Ohrid Lake. In the evening you will have traditional Balkan dinner in the old part of Ohrid, enjoying the surrounding nature. We will overnight there.
After breakfast we will start our journey to the capital of Macedonia – Skopje. Before we get there we will stop to one of the most beautiful natural parks in Europe – Matka. We will spend some time there. Also, if you like, you can rent a small boat and enjoy the nature. You can reach a cave and some medieval Bulgarian monasteries. After that we will ride to the city of Skopje and have guided walk in the historical center. It is a unique place, which will give you an interesting conception of the Balkan reality. Also the central part is separated in tho parts - the old and the modern. The old is very oriental and has the typical "suk".
Overnight in the city.
This is the last day of your guided tour. In the morning we will start our return journey to Sofia. On the way we will stop at one UNESCO site in Bulgaria – Rila monastery – the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula. It is still an active one and monks are still living there. The history of the place could be tracked in 10th century. You will have guided visit of the complex. Our lunch will be there. After that we will drive to Sofia and check in the hotel (if your flight is on that day we will transfer you the airport directly. If you depart the next day, also airport transfer is included).
Price from 850 per person
for 1 person - 2289 €
for 2 persons - 1265 € per person
for 3 persons - 999 € per person
for 4 persons - 910 € per person
5 + persons - 850 € per person
8 nights + 8 breakfasts
English speaking tour guide
Recommended period: All year round
Walking time: 2h per day
Driving time: 4h per day
Handicap accessible: No
Requirements: comfortable shoes
How to book?
By filling the form you will send a request for the mentioned tour. After we clear all the information required (hotels,places of interest, food and any other amendments you want to make, etc.) you will receive a complete itinerary and payment link. Once payment is confirmed we will send your voucher.
Is this tour guaranteed only for 1 person?
All our tours are designed in a way that we guarantee departure even for only 1 person. If there is no other interested in the same tour for the mentioned dates there is no problem. Your departure is guranteed!
What to expect?
Our trips & tours are focused on small groups, so do not worry you won't be put in a big bus with onother 30-40 people. Our goal is to build personal and individual rellations between you and your tour guide, so you can enjoy the excursion in more private way. The biggest tours groups are no more that 8 people with 1 tour guide.
For groups - 7 days or morebefore the date of departure (a group is considered at least 5 or more tourist with the same package of tourist services) and for individual tourists - 2 days or more before date of departure without cancellation fee. In case of annulations of tours and transfers less that 2 days for individual and less than 7 days for group bookings, 50 percent of the travel services rate will be withheld from the deposit.
The tour operator has the right to cancel the contract without any liability, if the tourist(s) does not make payment within the indicated period. If the tourist(s) have paid a deposit but did not pay the full amount according to this agreement deadlines, the deposit will not be refunded and the trip will be cancelled.