9 Days 4 Balkan Capitals
IF YOU ARE EAGER TO DISCOVER THE BALKANS THIS TRIP IS THE BEST YOU CAN CHOOSE. NOT ONLY YOU WILL VISIT THE CAPITALS OF BULGARIA, ROMANIA, SERBIA AND MACEDONIA BUT ALSO YOU WILL EXPLORE OTHER HISTORICAL CITIES, MEDIEVAL CAPITALS AND NATURAL WONDERS. OUR GUIDE WILL PROVIDE ALL HIS KNOWLEDGE FOR THE REGION AND WILL DO HIS BEST TO PRESENT IT IN THE APPROPRIATE CONTEXT.
Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and North Macedonia tour itinerary:
Our first day will start from the modern capital of Bulgaria, Sofia and will end in the medieval one –Veliko Tarnovo. The city is situated on the northern slopes of Stara Planina, amidst the meanders of Yantra River.
Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest in Bulgaria and has been continuously inhabited since 5th millennium BC, therefore many different cultures like the ancient Thracian, Roman and Byzantine contributed to the historical and cultural heritage of the city. Without a doubt however, the most noticeable marks have been left by the Medieval Bulgarians, as the city is former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396). From this period are most of the highlights of the city which you will have the chance to explore. We will visit the remains of the main medieval fortress of this magnificent city. Admiration is provoked as well by the typical for the city architecture from the National Revival period (XVIII-XIX) – houses from stone and wood, scattered along the slopes and narrow, cobblestone streets. We will visit the main commercial area, built during the Ottoman period, but still alive, keeping the traditions of different crafts.
We will overnight in the city. During the evening you can enjoy the beautifully illuminated fortress of Tsarevets.
After breakfast we will head north to the Danube River. We will stop at one of the most beautiful city in Bulgaria – Ruse. We will walk through its center and will admire the architecture, which gave the name of the city during the 19th century – The small Vienna. After this relaxing walk we will cross the river and will enter Romania. After an hour drive we will reach its capital Bucharest. We will overnight in the city’s center. During the evening you will have the chance to enjoy its intense nightlife.
This day will be dedicated to explore Bucharest’s highlights. We will visit one of the biggest buildings in the world – Romanian parliament, a very ambitious project of Ceaușescu, their last communistic leader, related with the horrible events of 1989. Our next stop will be at a museum, called “Village museum”. There you will see copies of all architect styles of Romania, including the famous wooden churches. Our next stop will be in the historical part of Bucharest, where you will see the remains of the structures from the time of Vlad the Impaler. We will walk through the main pedestrian street, full of shops, restaurants, beautiful building.
We will overnight in the city.
After breakfast we will head west. Our final destination for the day is the city Craiova. It is great example of the Austrian-Hungarian heritage in Romania. Craiova was also a capital of Wallachia region. We will spend the afternoon enjoying the architecture and the beautiful center.
Overnight in Craiova.
After breakfast we will start our trip to the next capital in our list – Belgrade. On the way we will stop in a town situated on the Danube River. This is considered to be the place where Emperor Trajan built the famous bridge, presented on the column in Rome. By this bridge he transported his legions and won the Dacian wars in 106 AD. After we see the remains of the bridge we will cross the river by a modern bridge and will enter Serbia. After hour and a half drive we will reach Belgrade. We will check in our hotel and have relaxing evening.
This day will be dedicated to explore Belgrade. We will visit the fortress, which was guarding the two Rivers – Danube and Sava. In the fortress we can visit the National Military museum where you will learn about many dramatic moments of the Balkan history, from the Serbian point of view, of course.
Then our walking tour will continue through Belgrade main boulevards and shopping streets. The evening we can go to a street, famous with its traditional Serbian restaurants. In some of them there is life Balkan music.
Overnight in Belgrade.
In the morning we will drive toward the 3rd biggest city of Serbia-Nis. You will have guided tour of the historical part. You will see the Roman villa where Constantin the Great was born. After that we will stop by a very sad for our history site – The Skull tower, built by the Ottomans after an uprising in 1809 with the idea just to send a message. Other point of interest is a Nazi concentration camp. Perfectly preserved with amazingly rich museum. Our next stop will be the fortress of Nis and the main pedestrian street, where we will have our lunch. After that we will continue our journey toward the next capital – Skopje, Northern Macedonia.
Overnight in Skopje
This day will be dedicated to one of the most controversial cities on the Balkans. Skopje is an amazing mixture between orient and modern, and also one of the few examples in nowadays how historical propaganda reflects on the appearance of a city. The two worlds are separated by a river. In the old there typical orient market place – Suk, surrounded by beautiful Ottoman buildings-mosques, hammams (Turkish bathhouse) and many more. The atmosphere is wonderful. On the other bank of the river is the modern centre, full of statues and neoclassical buildings. Also the we will visit the house of Mother Teresa.
In the afternoon we will enjoy one of the most spectacular gorges on the Balkans – Matka canyon. If you want to we can hire a boat and have a boat trip.
The night we will spend in Skopje.
After breakfast we will start our journey back to Bulgaria. On the way we will visit the biggest monastery in Macedonia. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage list. Built in the Middle Ages it is still an active one and keeps the atmosphere of those times.
In the afternoon we will reach Sofia. Our guide can show you the centre of the city if you haven’t got the chance to do so and will drop you off at your hotel.
Overnight in Sofia. 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
9 nights + 9 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.
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