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Balkan Explorer

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Food tour
  • Local culture
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Footprint carbonneutralCO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date prior to 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour You can select a new tour run by the same operator up to 30 days before departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discover Skopje and Sofia two of the Balkan's most vibrant capitals
  • Bulgaria's UNESCO world heritage Rila Monastery
  • North Macedonia's Tikvesh wine region and alluring Lake Ohrid
  • Visit Prizren, Kosovo's culture capital
  • Natural beauty, ancient sites and traditional Balkan cuisine
Start and end in Sofia, the "Balkan Explorer" tour is a guided food trip that takes 10 days. You will be touring through Prizren, Ohrid, Lake Ohrid and 4 other destinations in Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria. "Balkan Explorer" is a small group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

Discover the rich history of Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Kosovo, where influences from the East and the West collide. This trip showcases some of the cultural highlights of the central part of the Balkans, famous for ancient civilization traces, UNESCO world heritage monasteries and churches and the vibrant, laidback capital cities of Sofia and Skopje. Having been under numerous influences throughout the ages, both Bulgaria and North Macedonia have an eclectic history where different cultures have all left their mark. But a visit to this region of the Balkan Peninsula would not be complete without experiencing the contrasting natural beauty it has to offer: national parks, high mountains, fertile valleys, famous wine regions and the peaceful, alluring Lakes Ohrid and Prespa – they are all part of this comprehensive itinerary.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 05 2018
5 - Excellent
Great way to explore the region
This is a very nice trip, with no time to get bored. We visited 3 counties in 10 days from the biggest to the smallest cities in the region. It was an interesting contrast. We explored several, churches, monasteries, mosques,... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 28 2018
4 - Very Good
Great trip
As the trip title suggests, this is great way to explore Macedonia, with a couple of days in Bulgaria and a day in Kosovo thrown in. The trip took in a good mix of cities, small towns, national parks and lakes (and a lot of... Read more
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the meeting with the leader, we go for a welcoming dinner.
  • Day 2: Transfer to Melnik stopping at UNESCO sites Boyana Church and the famous Rila Monastery en route. Free afternoon upon arrival into Melnik.
  • Day 3: Transfer to North Macedonia. After lunch we visit the ancient city of Stobi and enjoy wine tasting over dinner in a winery of the famous Tikveš wine region.
  • 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.
  • Day 5: Pelister NP walk, Beekeepers farm and lunch in Dihovo, transfer to Lake Ohrid via Lake Prespa and Galičica NP.
  • Day 6: A full day in Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Dinner in a family home in Kuratica village.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Kosovo via Tetovo and Šar Planina NP. Lunch in Varvara and a walking tour in Prizren.
  • Day 8: Visiting the UNESCO’s Gračanica Monastery before arrival to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, followed by a walking tour of the city.
  • Day 9: Osogovo monastery visit while transferring back to Sofia for a city tour and a farewell dinner.
  • Day 10: End Sofia.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Transport
  • Transfers for group flights
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Balkan Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 04 August 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 04 August 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Balkan Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Balkan Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

    Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip. 

    If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.

    Having said that, you can also diversify your itinerary by mixing and matching different elements of the same country. Italy tops the charts not just for its medieval monuments and Renaissance art but also for coastal scenery and sun-soaked beaches. Similarly, Spain is a foodie paradise as much as it is an architectural hotspot.

  • How to travel around Europe cheap?

    Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.

    Budget airlines are another great way to get around Europe’s major cities, especially when you want to cut down on travel time between two countries. Keep an eye out and you might be able to snag tickets at unbelievable rates. Services like Skyscanner can be of help. Some of the largest budget airlines in the continent are Ryanair, WizzAir, Eurowings, and EasyJet.

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  • What is the best travel insurance for Europe?

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    There are a number of things that you should be aware of while purchasing travel insurance. If it is comprehensive medical insurance plans that you are interested in, make sure to find out what all the plan covers. If you are concerned about certain scenarios, then check out customizable travel insurance policies and find out if the provider can cover you for those situations. You also need to determine if there are reasonable coverage limits. Check deductibles and compensation limits in the insurance policy for this.

    While insurance is important, it is mostly a safeguard against emergencies. If you are on a budget, you can go with the second- or even third-best option and prioritize getting your money’s worth instead of purchasing the most comprehensive coverage.

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