11 days / 10 nights
Day 01 SOFIA
Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 02 SOFIA - SKOPJE
In the morning departure to the Bulgarian-Macedonian border and after to Skopje. Arrival in Skopje. Afternoon Skopje city tour: the Stone Bridge – symbol of the city, the Skopje fortress Kale, the Old Bazaar with inns and hamams, the city center and main pedestrian zone. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 03 SKOPJE – PRISTINA – PRIZREN – SKOPJE
Starting from Skopje in the morning for a day trip to Kosovo. After border crossing visit of Grachanica Orthodox monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site). Walking tour in Kosovo capital Prishtina. Departure to Prizren. Afternoon visit of Prizren bazaar, the stonebridge, the Sinan-Pascha mosque and the UNESCO World Heritage Church of “Bogorodica Levishka”.
Drive back to Skopje via the mountain road on Shara mountain. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 04 SKOPJE - MAVROVO – OHRID
Morning visit of Matka gorge near Skopje. Drive to Tetovo and visit of the Dappled mosque (15th century). Departure to Mavrovo and drive along the Mavrovo lake and the canyon of river Radika to the biggest monastery in Macedonia – Bigorski monastery, with its wood carved iconostasis from 18th century. After drive along the lakes made by Black Drim river. Arrival and overnight in Ohrid.
Day 05 OHRID – BERAT - TIRANA
Crossing Macedonian – Albanian border and drive to Berat, the city of 1000 windows, World Heritage site by UNESCO. Visit of Berat castle and Onufri museum.
Departure to the Albanian capital Tirana. Afternoon Tirana sightseeing – the main square Skender beg, the State opera and museum, the University square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Day 06 TIRANA – KRUJE – OHRID
Morning departure to Kruje where the castle of Albanian hero Skender beg is situated. Visit of the museum and picturesque bazaar in Kruje. Short stop in Elbasan. In the afternoon drive back to Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 07 OHRID AND OHRID LAKE
Ohrid and Ohrid lake are part of UNESCO World Heritage. The city of Ohrid is known as “the city of 365 churches”. Visit of the most important Ohrid churches and sights – the Church of Mother of God Peribleptos, the Icon Gallery, the Ancient theatre, the Ohrid fortress of Tzar Samoil, the Holly area of Plaoshnik with St. Klement’s church, the unique church of St John – Kaneo and the biggest Ohrid church St. Sofia.
Time at leisure in the Old town. Afternoon drive along the Ohrid lake to St. Naum monastery. Visit of the monastery. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 08 OHRID – BITOLA – PRILEP – SANDANSKI
Morning drive to Bitola, the second largest city in Macedonia. Bitola city tour – the Clock tower, the Turkish bazaar - covered market and the main square.
Visit of the ancient site Heraclea Lynkestis, a city established by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Afternoon departure to Bulgaria. Arrival in Sandanski. Accommodation and overnight in Sandanski.
Day 09 SANDANSKI – RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA
In the morning drive the museum town of Melnik, located amidst the fantastic scenery of high sandstone pyramids. Walking tour of Melnik. After departure to the Rila Monastery/10th c/, UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest and the most impressive Bulgarian monastery. Tour of the monastery complex, church and museum with its lavish collection of precious old manuscripts, icons, jewelery, masterpieces of woodcarving, ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. After drive to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 10 SOFIA
Sightseeing tour of Sofia – a city with 7000 years long history, concentrating numerous cultural and historic monuments from different periods. Visits of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. George Rotunda from the 4th century, the St.Sofia Basilica, the Ruins of Serdica. Visit the Boyana Church, included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural heritage. The world famous frescoes in the Boyana church played an important role in the development of medieval Bulgarian and European painting. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 11 SOFIA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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