From modern urban areas, to rural regions and villages, from high mountains, rivers and lakes, to the sea level, from thousands of years of history of civilization in this region, to present days, fresh fruits and vegetables and wine from old wine regions, varieties of national dishes, folk and traditional dances and music, this is a trip for travelers that desire almost all in one trip, which includes 3 countries.
Join trip in Sofia, Bulgaria. Meeting and orientation walk.
Sofia tour, starting from the Archaeological Museum where there are Thracian, Roman and Medieval artefacts on display, we walk to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral church, finishing in the central square.
Driving to Skopje, Macedonia. We stop to visit a medieval Macedonian Saint Joakim Osogovski Monastery. Orientation walk in Skopje.
Skopje was the hometown of Mother Theresa. We visit Skopje Fortress, the Church of Holly Salvation and the old Turkish bazaar, the Memorial house of Mother Theresa, the monuments of Alexander the Great and Phillip the Second of Macedon, and we admire the natural beauties of Matka Canyon.
We drive to Macedonia’s pearl, the ancient city of Ohrid and its lake, two UNESCO sites. Today, we have one of the most scenic routes, following valleys and rivers, observing old Macedonian architecture.
We admire the beauty of the city of Ohrid and its lake, one of the oldest in the world. This is a city of 365 medieval churches and monasteries, an important crossroad of the famous Via Ignatia. The trip includes little boats and a big boat ride to the pre-historical settlement on water.
Free day with an option to join a full-day excursion around the lake, including the Albanian side of the lake, visiting rural Albania. Dinner with Macedonian traditional folk dances.
We drive across Galicica National Park and mountain with spectacular view of the Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa, visiting the ancient site of Heraclea Linkestis, we get to Thessaloniki, Greece. Orientation walk.
Today we'll see the Roman Rotunda, the White Tower, Acropolis and Saint Demetrius Church, with a chance to visit the Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum. Dinner with traditional Greek music.
Travelling to Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. We then head for Vergina, the ancient capital of the Macedonian kings, to visit the royal tombs of King Phillip II of Macedon.
Travelling along scenic roads we pass through Arnea to the Athos Peninsula. From Ouranopolis we take a boat along the coast of Mount Athos, known as 'The Holy Mountain', then continue the journey to Kavala.
Today we travel by ferry to Thassos Island to explore the island and a number of archaeological sites on foot or local bus, or relax on one of its superb beaches around the capital of Limenas.
We drive to the Bulgarian border via the ancient site of Philippi, the first European city to accept Christianity and the scene of a decisive battle between two Roman armies in the 1st century AD. Next stop is one of the most famous monasteries in Bulgaria, Rila Monastery, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Trip ands in Sofia. Transport to the airport and farewell.