Tour Bulgaria Serbia Greece Macedonia
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – May – 26 – Arrive in Sofia. Transfer to your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Accommodation in Sofia in hôtel Premier Thracia ****
Day 2 – May 27 – Sofia – Belogradchik – The Magura Cave – Vidin
In the morning departure to Belogradchick. Once on spot visit the Belogradchik fortress and admire its marvellous shapes formed by the nature. Take a jeep and have one and a half hour drive around the spendid rock formations. Your driver will tell you many of the legends that the locals have been telling for centuries. After the jeep tour departure to the Magura cave – long 2,5 km and 15 million years old. Cave paintings dating from the Epipaleolitic, late Neolitic, Eneolitic and Early Bronze Age decorate some of the cave’s walls. The paintings have been estimated to be made between 10.000 and 8.000 years ago. The drawings represent important events of the society that had occupied the Magura cave: religious ceremonies, hunting scenes and depictions of deities which are unique on Balkan Peninsula. The Fertility Dance and the Hunting Ceremony rank among the most noteworthy paintings.
Continue to Vidin. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Vidin in hotel Ana Christina *** (two nights)
Day 3 – May 28 – Vidin, Zajchar, Negotin (Serbia) – Vidin
In the morning departure to the Serbian border. After crossing it continue to the town of Zajchar. Three Roman Emperors were born in the city of Zaječar: Galerius (r. 293–311), Maximinus (r. 305–312) and Licinius (r. 308–324). Visit the Roman complex (UNESCO) Felix Romuliana. The site consists of fortifications, the palace in the north-western part of the complex, basilicas, temples, hot baths, memorial complex, and a tetrapylon. The site offers a unique testimony of the Roman building tradition marked by the ideology of the period of the Second Tetrachy. The group of buildings is also unique in its intertwining of ceremonial and memorial functions. The relation between two spatial ensembles in this site is stressed by the tetrapylon which is placed on the crossroads between the worldly fortification and palace on the one side and the other-worldly mausoleums and consecration monuments on the other. Continue to the town of Negotin. Further Northe at the Danube river visit the Iron Gates gorge on the Danube river. It forms part of the boundary between Serbia (to the south) and Romania (north). At this point in the Danube, the river separates the southern Carpathian Mountains from the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The Romanian side of the gorge constitutes the Iron Gates natural park, whereas the Serbian part constitutes the Đerdap national park. Return to Vidin. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Vidin in hotel Ana Christina ***
Day 4 – May 29 – Vidin – the Chiprovtsi monastery – Vratsa
After breakfast visit the Baba Vida fortress. Departure to North-Western Bulgaria. Pass by the village of Tchiprovtsi famous with its carpet crafting. Some of the halls of the Buckingham Palace have been covered with carpets from Tchiprovtsi. The craft was added in the non-material heritage of UNESCO. Visit the Tchiprovtsi monastery. Continue to Vratsa. Visit the regional historical museum where on display you will admire the Valtchitrun Thracian silver treasure – the biggest treasure that has been discovered so far consisting of 165 vessels with total weight of 12,5 kgs including 108 phiales, 55 jugs and 3 goblets. The objects are silver with golden gilt on some of them with total weight of more than 20 kg. The treasure is an invaluable source of information for the life of the Thracians, due to the variety of motifs in the richly decorated objects. It is dated back to the 5th-4th centuries BC. In the evening – time at leisure.
B Accommodation in Vratsa in hotel Chaika ***
Day 5 – May 30 – Vratsa – Melnik
In the morning departure to Southern Bulgaria. Pass by one of the most visited monasteries in Norther Bulgaria – the Cherepish monastery. Here was written one of the most famous book by the Patriarch of the Bulgarian literature Ivan Vazov – “Dyado Iotso gleda” (Дядо Йоцо гледа). Still can be visited the tiny room where the poet lived and work. Continue to the Iskar gorge on the way to Melnik.
Once you arrive in Melnik take a walk around the town. Melnik is the smalles town of Bulgaria with only 200 citizens. Admire the beautiful rock formations surrounding the village. Taste wine in one of the local restaurants called “mehana”.
Day 6 – May 31 – Melnik – Kilkis – Thessaloniki
Departure to the Greek border. Pass by the Kerkini lake and arrive in Kilkis town.
Continue to Thessaloniki. Arrive in the late afternoon.
B Accommodation in Thessaloniki in hotel Egnatia ***
Day 7 – June 1 – Thessaloniki
Explore Thessaloniki at a slow pace. Visit the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, The Rotonda, the St Sofia church. Walk along the pedestrian street and have “frappe” – the most popular refreshing drink in Greece.
B Accommodation in Thessaloniki in hotel Egnatia ***
Day 8 – June 2 – Thessaloniki – Ohrid
Departure to the Macedonian border to Bitola. Bitola is today a Macedonian town, but part of the Bulgarian state in the past – with a very rich history. Stop for a walk on the main pedestrian street where the cafés are always full with young people. Continue to Ohrid. With no doubt the pearl of Macedonia. Take a walk in the Old town and admire the extrmemy beautiful view towards the Ohrid Lake. In the late afternoon walk on the main street full with jewelery shops selling the local perls from the lake.
B Accommodation in Ohrid in Villa Dea
Day 9 – June 3 –Ohrid – Skopje
In the morning departure to Skopje. 30 km from Skopje make a stop at the Matka canyon famous with its beauty.
Around noon arrive in Skopie. Free time to explore Skopje on your own. See the most remarkable landmarks of the town – The Statue of Alexander the Great, the Old Bridge, The Old market, the “Kameto Fortress”, the House of Mother Theresa the Daut Pasha Hamam.
Accommodation in Skopje in hotel Arka **** or similar ****
Day 10 – June 4 – Skopje – Sofia
In the morning departure to the Bulgarian border. Get in Sofia at around 2 pm. End of the day – free time.
B Accommodation in Sofia in hotel Thracia Premier ****
Day 11 – June 5 – Transfer to the Sofia airport. End of service.