• Historic cities of Plovdiv, Ohrid, Prizren, Berat and Shkodra
• Apolonia Archaeological sites
• Tirana including Mt. Dajti by cable car & Mother Teresa's Memorial statue
• Ottoman town of Prizren and Gjirokastra
• Corfu, Greece
• Ancient cities of Heraclea and Butrint (UNESCO)
• Gadima cave
• Lakes of Ochrid and Prespa
• Gorgeous clear blue water of 'Blue Eye' springs
• 22 land days
• Maximum 14 travelers
• Start in Sofia, Bulgaria
• Finish in Tirana, Albania
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2-3
Welcome to Old Europe... remote, unexploited and unspoiled. With cobblestone streets, Roman ruins, cosmopolitan cities, quaint towns, medieval monasteries and castles, UNESCO sites and pristine nature.
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania are easily some of Europe’s last, mostly unexplored gems. We also visit Kosovo, the youngest country of Europe, and Corfu (Greece).
After exploring the 5,000 year old cosmopolitan capital city Sofia, with its wide boulevards and grand churches, we travel to the city of Plovdiv, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Visit Asenovgrad Castle, a medieval fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains.
In Macedonia, visit Heraclea founded in the 4th century BC. In Orhid, we visit its beautiful lake and famous monastery on its shores. The friendly locals will delight us with their folkloric music and dance.
In Kosovo we visit Prizren, one of the loveliest towns in the Balkans dating back to the Turkish era. We then continue to Albania, where we enjoy scenic drives to magnificent Roman ruins, including the ancient cities of Berat and Butrint.
Relax and savour the atmosphere on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu on the Ionian Sea.
Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania offer the perfect off-the-beaten track adventure in seldom traveled Eastern Europe.
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
Some long drives.
Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria
To Plovdiv, Asenovgrad Castle, Devil's Throat Cave
To Skopje, Macedonia
Sightseeing in Skopje, to Bitola
Kalista Cave Monastery, Vevcani Springs, Old Ohrid sightseeing
Galicia National Park and Lake Prespa
Mavrovo Monastery, Tetovo, Sar Planina National Park, to Prizren, Kosovo
Gadima Cave, Kosovo Field, Pristhina, Peja, Gjakova
Valbona National Park
Boating on Drini River, To Shkodra
Rozafa Castle, Memorial of Shkanderbeg, Kruja, To Tirana
To Durres, Berat (UNESCO)
Ottoman Town of Gjirokastra (UNESCO)
Blue Eye Springs & Butrint ruinfields
To Corfu (Greece)
Ferry to Sarande, Apollonia Ruinfields, Ardenica Monastery, To Tirana