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Bulgaria – Macedonia – Albania option 2

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  • Tour of Bulgaria and the Balkans
The Rila Monastery



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DURATION: 7 days / 6 overnights
ROUTE: Sofia, Skopje, Ohrid, Tirana, Durres, Ohrid, Bitola, the Rila monastery, Sofia
INFO: An impressive tour around Bulgaria and Albania. Find out more information about the different activities during each tour day and what are the sights that you are going to visit

  • Day 1 Start the day with walking tour of Sofia – visit to the Saint Nedelya Church, the Council of Ministers, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and St. Rotonda Church dating from 4th century AC, the Russian Church, the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- the biggest and the most impressive on the Balkan Peninsula, the Saint Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name. Few steps ahead you will see the Parliament square and the Monument of Tzar Liberator. After lunch visit of the Museum of History and Boyana Church – UNESCO site.Dinner. Overnight.Day  2 Departure to MacedoniaSofia – Skopjie, the Republic of Macedonia – 4 hours driving After breakfast departure to Skopie. Visit the old Train station – first train station on the Balkans and the most beautiful building in the 19th century in the region, the monument and the house of Mother Teresa, the Stone Bridge – the most imposing monument in Macedonia and on the Balkans, built in the beginning of the VI century, Daut Pasin Imam – monument of the Islam architecture from the XV century, the church St. Spas, built at the end of the XVII century housing the relics of the great Macedonian Revolutionary Goce Delcev (1872-1903), the Kale fortress – the most outstanding tourist attraction in Skopje.e. Evening at leisure. B Accommodation in Skopjie at Hotel Residence Inn ***Day 3Skopje – Ohrid Departure to Ohrid. Short sightseeing tour of the town – start from the statue of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, continue to the Lower gate, the National Museum of Ohrid, the Church of St Sophia, the Roman amphitheater, the Upper gate, St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious (Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos), The Icon Gallery, the Tsar Samuil’s fortress. End the tour with a walk through the Ohrid’s marketplace. B Overnight stay in Ohrid in Villa Dea *** (or similar)Day 4ALBANIAOhrid – Tirana. After breakfast leave to Pogradec – a charming town situated on the shores of Ohrid lake. Continue continue to Tirana capital city passing the cities such as Elbasan which is located in central Albania, known with as ancient Skampa. Continue to Tirana. On the way pass through Elbasan where we will make a short stopover to the city fortification wall. Continue through the Bazaar Gate and the Clock Tower, final stop at the St Mary’s and St Vladimir’s Orthodox Church – the church captivates with its beautiful stone arcades on its walls. Arrival in Tirana. The city is located on a plain on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital since 1920. The city tour includes visits to the Skanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey, the Clock Tower, the National Museum, the Grand Park and government buildings. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.Day 5 Tirana – Kruja – Durres. After breakfast departure to the medieval city of Kruja. Visit the castle, the impressive Scanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographical Museum. Free time for shopping in Old Bazaar (the old market). Continue to Durres – one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean and the largest sea-port in Albania. Visit the  the second largest Roman amphitheaters in the Balkans (20000 spectators), the Archaeological museum, the Venetian tower. Dinner and overnight in Durres.Day 6Durres – Ohrid – Bitola After breakfast departure to Bitola. The ride will take 1 hour, including a stop in Galichica over viewing the two lakes, Ohrid and Prespa. City tour including a visit to the Antic city of Heraclea which is located near the city of Bitola, in the foot of mountain Baba. It was built in the middle of the IV century B.C – its beauty and charm testifies of the persistence and superiority through time. Departure to Bulgaria through the picturesque Macedonian countryside. Early evening arival to Melnik. B Accommodation in hotel Epinal ****

    Day 7 Melnik – Rila Monastery – Sofia n the morning – walk on the cobblestones of Melnik – the smallest town of Bulgaria, architectural reserve and ethnographic monument, the capital of wine production. Enjoy the marvelous architecture at the foothills of sandstone pyramids. Visit the biggest and the most beautiful house of Kordopulov built in 1754 and its wine cellar cut below the ground.Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Rila Monastery – Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 10th century by St. Ivan Rilsky, the monastery was at the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for centuries. The monastery is the largest in the Balkans and always have been a center of high religious achievement. Our tour of the monastery includes a visit to the Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarving. Continue to Sofia with arrival in the  afternoon. Hotel check in and evening at leisure.