14 Day Majestic Balkans



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Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights New York-Bucharest, Tirana-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Bucharest
    • 2 nights Sofia
    • 1 night Bansko
    • 2 nights Skopje
    • 2 nights Ohrid
    • 2 nights Tirana
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 11 dinners (including Welcome & Farewell dinners)
  • Coffee and tea with all breakfasts & dinners
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • In Bucharest, visit the Arch of Triumph, commemorating Romania's independence
  • Tour the unique open-air Village Museum, the first of its kind, nestled on Lake Herastrau
  • Special dinner with a guest lecturer who enlightens you on Romania's turbulent history
  • Private wine tasting and lavish dinner at the sumptuous Stirbey Palace
  • Ascend to Sofia's Tsarevets Hill, the inescapable symbol of the city and former seat of the Tsar
  • At a beautiful 17th century Bulgarian church, a magical performance by an esteemed local choir
  • Enjoy a Bulgarian Folklore Show, coupled with a traditional dinner and a choice of wine
  • At the splendid Bachkovo Monastery, a home-cooked lunch and warm hospitality
  • Ascend to the 10th century Rila Monastery, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the historic streets of Skopje’s Old Town, stopping at the House of Mother Teresa
  • Wine tasting and vineyard tour in Stobi, a Macedonian city at the crossroads of civilization
  • Discover lively Tirana, the beating heart of Albania, with its vibrant café culture and funky art
  • Visit Kruje, where the hero Skanderbeg defended Albania from the Ottomans

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Romania
Depart for Romania

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Bucharest
Arrive in the bustling Romanian capital of Bucharest known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and glorious Belle Époque buildings, affectionately named "Little Paris." Time to settle in at the hotel before tonight’s briefing by your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey to Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania that lies ahead. A Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Romania
Overnight: Bucharest
Meal: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Discover Bucharest, Open-Air Village Museum, Special Dinner & Guest Lecturer
The day begins at Bucharest's Arch of Triumph, an impressive replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Then, as you travel along Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), the city's oldest and most fashionable street, gaze at some of the most stunning architecture, including the splendid National Museum George Enescu housed in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, named a historical monument. Its sumptuous entrance in Art Nouveau style, emphasizes the luxury and refinement of the era. Next, at historical Revolution Square, understand how the last Communist dictator in Eastern Europe was overthrown. View the gigantic Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon) with over 3,000 rooms. In the afternoon, tour the unique open-air Village Museum, the first of its kind in the world, nestled on the shores of Lake Herastrau. This collection of traditional farmhouses, thatched cottages, and artisans’ workshops offers insight into traditional Romanian village life. Tonight, a special dinner featuring a renowned guest lecturer who enlightens you on Romania's turbulent history
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Prahova Valley, Sinaia Resort, & Palace Dinner
Heading north along the Prahova Valley arrive at the elegant alpine resort of Sinaia. Here, you’ll truly be enchanted by a visit to romantic Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family and the 17th century Sinaia Monastery named after St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai. After lunch, on the way back to Bucharest stop at the scenic town of Buftea, for a private evening at the sumptuous Stirbey Palace, former residence of Barbu Stirbey, Prince of Wallachia. Surrounded by lush lawns, pavilions, parks, and a lake, this palace has often been used to host royalty. You're invited to a wine tasting coupled with a lavish dinner in the regal dining room of the original manor. Truly an evening to remember!
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Veliko Tarnovo, Tsarevets Hill, Arbanassi, Choir Concert, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Depart Bucharest for Veliko Tarnovo, the 'City of the Tsars', where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. Here, a walking tour of Tsarevets Hill, the inescapable symbol of the city. This reconstructed medieval fortress dominates the skyline and is one of Bulgaria's most beloved monuments. Former seat of the Tsars, it boasts the remains of more than 400 houses, 18 churches, a royal palace and more. Continue to picturesque Arbanassi where you leisurely savor a delectable lunch of traditional Bulgarian favorites. After exploration of the quaint village, arrive at the 17th century church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. A superb evening of beautiful sounds awaits you. Listen to the magical voices of a local choir, surrounded by magnificent frescoes. The day ends in Sofia, Bulgaria's lively capital. Dinner at a trendy restaurant
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - National History Museum, Alexander Nevsky Church, Folklore Show
In magical Sofia, the morning tour starts with panoramic views of golden Ottoman domes dotting the skyline. Visit the National History Museum with its exhibits of Bulgarian lands spanning 8000 years and glimpses of unique gold and silver treasures dating back to Thracian times. On to the St. Sofia Church across the square from the impressive neo-Byzantine golden-domed Alexander Nevsky Church, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Next, continue to the 4th century Roman Rotunda, a red brick building transformed into the present day St. George Church, the oldest architectural monument in Sofia. Leisure time this afternoon to stroll the lanes of the city on your own and perhaps linger at one of the lovely cafes along Oborishte Street to just people-watch. Tonight, get ready for a rollicking Folklore Show, coupled with typical Bulgarian hospitality that includes a traditional dinner and a choice of wine
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Plovidv’s Old Town, Bachkovo Monastery Lunch, Bansko Mountain Resort
A delightful exploration of Plovdiv, a millennial town with a tumultuous history. Walk along the cobbled streets lined with art galleries and bohemian cafes -- this city has an exuberant spirit! In the Old Town, lovingly restored to its mid-19th century appearance, admire the Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian antiquities including an impressive Roman Amphitheater, the best preserved in the Balkans, now used for performances. After a stop at the St. Konstantin and Elena Church, the House of Lamartine and the Djumaya Mosque, arrive at the Bachkovo Monastery, spiritual center of the country. You’ll be warmly greeted and invited to partake in a home-cooked lunch in these ancient surroundings. A walk in the courtyard, a gathering place for pilgrims, reveals impressive trees such as a Paradise apple tree and a Chinese fir. The journey then take you to the popular ski resort of Bansko, at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. Experience the magnificent scenery and a rustic tavern dinner before returning to the hotel in Bansko
Overnight: Bansko
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Rila Monastery & Museum, Skopje (Macedonia)
In Bansko, a walking tour to learn more about its rich cultural history; view the traditional stone houses and richly endowed churches that have created a unique ambience in this tiny resort town. Then, ascend to the 10th century Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered one of the greatest centers of literacy and religion in Bulgaria, playing a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language. Visit the Monastery's Museum and view the astonishing frescoes, painted by famous Bulgarian artists. After descending from these lofty peaks, a drive to Skopje, capital of the republic of Macedonia, accented by a historic hilltop fortress overlooking monumental modern architecture. Tonight, enjoy a musical evening and a delightful dinner
Overnight: Skopje
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Discover Skopje's Old Town, Matka Canyon, Caves in Gadima
Morning visit to the Memorial house of Mother Theresa. Here, view the exhibits that follow the life of Mother Theresa, from her childhood in Skopje to her missionary years. After, explore the historic streets of this eclectic capital’s Old Town, stopping at Macedonia Square, Porta Macedonia, the 15th century Turkish Stone Bridge and the 6th century Byzantine Fortress, that dominates the skyline of the city. At the House of Mother Teresa, you’re reminded that the famed Catholic nun of Calcutta was born here in 1910. Perhaps time to bargain for wondrous treasures at the old Turkish Bazaar before departing to the Matka Canyon, where natural caves and medieval monasteries hide in the dense forests. This exceptional site with its striking natural beauty is also home to a hydroelectric dam and several monasteries. In the afternoon, a drive to Pristina; view the revered statue of Mother Teresa in the Old City, the 19th century clock tower, Imperial Mosque and public bath. Stop en route in Gadima to visit its limestone cave, one of the most beautiful in the region, before returning to Skopje for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Skopje
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Ancient Stobi, Wine Tasting & Vineyard Lunch, Lakeside Ohrid
The ancient city of Stobi is revealed today. Lying in a fertile valley, this ancient city was part of a vital trade route and was the crossroads of civilization with a rich legacy of palace ruins, bright mosaics and religious relics. Enjoy a tour of a local winery along with tasting of the fine wines, followed by appetizers including assorted local Galichnik cheese, smoked meats and lunch. Afterwards, on to the town of Ohrid, a jewel of the Balkans, set beside a pristine lake and topped by a medieval castle. During your leisure time here, discover the picturesque architecture and verdant crystal-blue waters of the lake. Perhaps walk along the waterfront, relax on a secluded beach or wander along the winding lanes to the Roman amphitheater. Tonight's dinner together is at a charming local restaurant
Overnight: Ohrid
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Bay of Bones, Museum on Water, Boat Cruise on Ohrid Lake
A unique visit to the Bay of Bones on the southern coast of the Gradiste Peninsula. This pile dwelling ancient settlement built on a platform is a Museum on Water, an exceptional archaeological complex, and the first of its kind in the entire region. Afterwards, drive along the shores of Lake Ohrid to reach St. Naum Monastery with its world-renowned priceless icons and religious paintings. Afternoon tour of the Old Town, named the "Jerusalem of the Balkans" with its over 365 churches. A town of vast history and heritage, Naum was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. A stop at the statue of St. Cyril and Methodius, before continuing to the lower gate, the National Museum, Church of St. Sophia, the Roman Amphitheatre, St. Clement’s Church and Tsar Samoil’s fortress. Later, relax on a boat cruise on Lake Ohrid, ringed by mountains, attractive villages and beautiful beaches. Dinner at a popular restaurant on your last night in Macedonia
Overnight: Ohrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Tirana (Albania), Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey
This morning, depart Macedonia for Albania, stopping en route at Elbasan, one of the largest cities in Albania in the central part of the country. Later, arrive in lively and colorful Tirana, the beating heart of Albania, known for its vibrant café culture and funky public art. This relatively new city, situated on the site of a Byzantine fortress, has been the capital of Albania since 1920. Visit famous Skanderbeg Square, dedicated to Albania’s national hero, home to the Opera House and the National Historic Museum adorned with a gigantic mosaic mural known as 'The Albanians'. Pause at the small and elegant Mosque of Et'hem Bey, one of the oldest buildings left in the city before proceeding to the Clock Tower and the towering statue of G.K. Skanderbeg. The afternoon is yours to discover this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Kruje's Skangerbeg Museum, Ottoman style Bazaar, Farewell Dinner
Step back in time on your visit of Kruje, the hero Skanderbeg's hometown where 500 years ago he defended the town from the Ottomans. The Skanderbeg Museum’s spacious seven-level interior displays replicas of armor and paintings depicting his struggle. At the Ethnographic Museum, see a typical 19th century Ottoman house that once belonged to an affluent family. Afterwards, a stroll through the Ottoman style Bazaar, the best place for souvenir shopping with its lanes of antiques, gems and handicrafts. Watch as women use looms to make kilims (rugs) - you can purchase the finished products! A spirited end to the day as you attend a performance of a local musical group who will serenade you with Albanian tunes. The rest of the day is at leisure in Tirana. At your Farewell Dinner, bid farewell to your new found friends and share wonderful memories of your journey together through the Balkans
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Albania
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Majestic Balkans, June 2017
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The trip was wonderful and 100% satisfied especially our tour manager Nicola. He is an excellent tour manager. I learned a lot of information and history on all the countries we visited.

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Majestic Balkans, May 2017
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Our trip to the Balkans was wonderful! Nikola was an amazing tour coordinator that helped make the trip a perfect one. Once more, amazing memories Gate 1 helped make!

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