Balkan Dreams - ENGMARKET

Duración

13 Días

Condición física

Moderado

Ciudad de inicio

Zagreb

Disponible

Mayo 2021 / Marzo 2022

Ciudades a visitar: Zagreb; Maglaj; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Dubrovnik; Kotor; Budva; Tirana; Struga, Macedonia; Ohrid, Municipalidad De Ocrida; Kastoria; Kalambaca; Tesalonica; Melnik; Sandansky; Rila, Kyustendil; Sofia; Bachkovo; Plovdiv; Kazanlak; Shipka; Etara; Arbanassi; Veliko Tarnovo; Besarboski, MONASTERIO DE DIMITAR BASARBOVSKI,; Bucarest

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Introducción

Estimado viajero: ¡Gracias por habernos elegido para realizar este circuito! Esperamos que disfrute de su viaje.

Le damos aquí una orientación sobre su tour con la información que consideramos puede ser de su interés. La información es ORIENTATIVA, pudiendo existir variaciones sobre los horarios señalados.

TRASLADOS desde el aeropuerto, si lo tiene incluido o comprado. Nuestro trasladista lo estara esperando con un cartel con el nombre de Europamundo o su nombre a la salida de aduanas (despues de recoger su equipaje).

IMPORTANTE: Si usted tuvo NOCHES ADICIONALES a su llegada al hotel tendrá su reserva realizada, pero el guía de su viaje normalmente no se encontrará hasta la noche anterior al inicio del tour. Su tiempo por tanto hasta ese momento es libre.

En el HOTEL le podrán ayudar con toda la información que precise sobre la ciudad. En la recepción podrá encontrar un CARTEL INFORMATIVO de Europamundo donde figurarán las actividades y los horarios establecidos para su grupo. Lea el cartel informativo.

Dia

Zagreb  - Si usted inicia su viaje en Zagreb: Nuestro guía llegará a la ciudad de Zagreb el miércoles sobre las  15 hrs.  Si tuvo noches adicionales contratadas su tiempo hasta la llegada de nuestro guía es libre. De cara a participar en la  visita panorámica  de la ciudad le rogamos se encuentre en la recepción del hotel el miércoles a las 15 horas de cara al inicio de la visita. 
16:00 hrs.  - Zagreb . Desde el hotel iniciamos visita panorámica de Zagreb con guía local, podremos admirar sus dos colinas, el barrio antiguo, la ciudad alta y los nuevos barrios de la capital croata. La duración de la visita es de unas dos horas. 
Dispondrá posteriormente de tiempo libre. Cena incluida.

Total distance: 415 km
Landscapes:  Mountains, ancient castles.
Note:   Bring your pasport, we will go to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic density or border delays.

07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.

09.30 hrs.- Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). 

We travel through the region where the ruined houses tell us about the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s. We cross  Doboj , the former provincial capital where Orthodox, Muslims, Christians and Jews used to live together. 

12.45 hrs.- Maglaj .- Arrival, picturesque small town dominated by its castle. Time for a walk and lunch.

14:15 hrs.- Maglaj- departure.
16:15 hrs.- Sarajevo  - Arrival. We include a  panoramic city tour  with local guide. We will talk about the conflict that existed in Bosnia and Sarajevo, we will walk through the historical center with strong Turkish influence (its bazaars, its mosques). We will also know the  Tunnel of Hope  that saved the city during the siege (according to arrival time, this place can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar).
Dinner included .

Distancia total realizada: 315 km.

Paisajes: Bonitos paisajes toda la etapa: montañas, ríos, cataratas, lagos, pueblos pintorescos en ruta. Llegada a Dubrovnik con bellísimos paisajes marinos.
Notas: Lleve su pasaporte a mano, hoy regresamos nuevamente a Croacia.
Recomendamos lleve calzado cómodo para las visitas y el paseo en Kravice.
08.30 hrs. - Sarajevo –salida-. Muy bonitos paisajes entre montañas y valles.
11.00 hrs.- Mostar. - Tiempo libre  para pasear y almorzar en esta muy pintoresca ciudad, sus calles rebosan de vida comercial y pequeños restaurantes. El alto puente de piedra separa las  comunidades católica, ortodoxa y musulmana.
14.00 hrs. - Mostar –salida-. A tan solo 20 km se encuentra:
14.30 hrs.- Medjugorge. -  Llegada-. Lugar donde acuden miles de peregrinos católicos, dicen que la virgen Maria sigue apareciéndose en lo alto de la montaña. Tiempo para pasear junto a su iglesia principal y centro urbano.
16.00 hrs. - Medjugorge –salida-.
16.30 hrs-   Llegada, todavía en Bosnia, a Kravice , impresionantes cascadas de 25/ 30 m de altura cuyas paredes forman jardines verticales rodeados de vegetación y donde suelen ir gentes de Dubrovnik o Mostar a bañarse y relajarse haciendo un picnic.
17.15 hrs- Kravice, salida. Paso a Croacia. Muy bonitos paisajes costeros.
19.45 hrs- Dubrovnik - Llegada.- Cena incluida.  
Note: accommodation in  Kavtat , coastal town near the city. 

Dubrovnik - Por la mañana incluimos iniciando sobre las nueve de la mañana visita con guía local de la ciudad de Dubrovnik; nos encontramos sin duda en una de las ciudades más hermosas de Europa: colgada sobre una roca, rodeada de murallas, bañada por el mar Adriático, comenzamos incluyendo la subida en teleférico, desde lo alto de las montañas vecinas podremos admirar las mejores vistas de la ciudad, posteriormente caminando conocemos su centro histórico,  es una joya del patrimonio arquitectónico mundial. En la visita incluimos las entradas al Monasterio Franciscano que guarda la farmacia más antigua de Europa; entrada incluida también a la catedral de Dubrovnik y al Palacio de Sponza.
Tarde libre.
Regreso al final de la tarde a nuestro hotel. Cena incluida .
Nota: en ocasiones el teleférico no opera por cuestiones climatológicas o de mantenimiento, en esos casos ofreceremos entrada a las murallas de Dubrovnik donde también se tienen unas vistas fantásticas de la ciudad y de la Bahía.

Distance covered: 295 km 
Scenery:  Very beautiful scenery along the Adriatic coast. The bay of Kotor possesses some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Very picturesque villages along the way. . Subsequently Albania presents us with images of a more rural country with a very strong character of its own Note: Have your passports to hand. We cross the border to Montenegro and Albania. We will sometimes have to change coach on the border with Montenegro.    

07.30 hrs.- Dubrovnik - Departure -. We set off early for  Montenegro . Border procedures (which may sometimes be long). Beautiful scenery in the bay of Kotor.-  
09.30 hrs ( variable depending on which border).-  Kotor. - Arrival -. Time to stroll in this beautiful walled town with its strong Venetian influence, which stands in a magnificent scenic background.   
11.00 hrs.- Kotor - Departure - We continue among beautiful coastal scenery. 
11.45 hrs.- Budva , a beautiful walled enclave on a rocky islet in the sea. Time for a stroll, to take photos and have lunch.    

13.45 hrs.- Budva - Departure -. We travel along the coast towards  Albania . Arrival at the frontier and border procedures (which may sometimes be long). Time at the frontier too to have a coffee and change money. We carry on along small roads. We enter the capital of Albania.  
17.30 hrs.- Tirana  - Arrival -.  Dinner  and accommodation.  

Distance covered: 160 km 
Scenery: Slow mountain roads in Albania. Interesting scenery throughout the whole stage. Very beautiful around Lake Ohrid with its crystal clear waters.  
Note: Have your passports to hand. We are crossing the border with Macedonia. Make sure you do not need a visa to enter this country.   

After breakfast, we include a panoramic tour of Tirana: The capital of Albania, with its mosques, the clock tower, the ministries. Our local guide will tell us about this small country.  Free time before going on our way. (this visit may also be made in the evening on arrival in Tirana, depending on the sunlight and on the decision of the guide).-   

11.15 hrs.- Tirana - Departure -. Mountain scenery. After this, we come to Lake Ohrid which forms the border with Macedonia and offers us very pretty countryside. Border crossing (there may sometimes be delays). Entry in Macedonia . 
14.30 hrs.- Struga - Arrival -. A picturesque town on the shore of the lake. Time for a stroll and lunch.-   

15.30 hrs.- Struga - Departure -.  
16.15 hrs.- Ohrid - Arrival -. A town with a very strong Ottoman influence, declared World Heritage. Time to see the centre of the town, after which we will go to our hotel (located in the outskirts of the town, by the lake). Dinner included and accommodation.

Distance covered: 295 km 
Scenery:  Generally pretty scenery of the Balkans and north of Greece. Mountains in Greece. Spectacular scenery in the area of the Meteoras. 
Notes: Have your passports to hand. We enter Greece (Schengen zone).  
- We visit the Valley of the Meteoras, stopping at the most important Orthodox monasteries and visiting one of them. Provide for suitable clothing (women will have to put on skirts, which will be given to them at their arrival at the Monastery). Provide for comfortable footwear to climb up to the Monastery.    

07.45 hrs.- Ohrid - Departure -. We travel to the border through regions of pleasant agricultural plains. We pass through Bitola, a historic town that was called the “city of consuls”. Stop at the frontier where we have a chance for a coffee and to change money if we need to. The north of Greece has a strong Slav and Ottoman influence and a very broken geography.  
11.45 hrs.- Kastoria - Arrival -. The city of the 100 churches, with its mediaeval streets and pleasant restaurants beside its pretty lake. Time for a stroll and lunch.    

13.45 hrs.- Kastoria - Departure -. 
16.00 hrs. – Meteoras – Arrival -. We start our route amidst the fantastic scenery of the Meteoras which houses monasteries literally “hanging” from the rocks. We stop and visit the Mega Meteoras monastery while observing the remaining monasteries “hanging” on the rocks.    
Dinner included and accommodation in Kalabaka, a small town at the centre of the Meteoras region. 

Total distance: 395km
Landscapes:  Beautiful landscapes in the north of Greece and on the way to Bulgaria: mountains, isolated areas, forests.
Note:   Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Bulgaria.

08.00 hrs.- Kalambaca.- Departure.  We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. 
11.15 hrs.- THESSALONICA – Arrival-, time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second city. 

14.00hrs.- Thesalonica- Departure. We travel towards the Pirin mountain, a World Heritage Site, areas heavily influenced by the Greek, Slavic and Turkish cultures.  After this we go on our way towards  BULGARIA,  and the border pass.  Schedules of this stage sometimes,  can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.  

16.45hrs.- MELNIK.  Arrival. In Bulgarian Macedonia we stop in this picturesque museum village in beautiful scenery amidst a wine producing area. We will learn about the traditional Balkan ways of life.  


17.45hrs.- Melnik. Departure.
18.15 hrs- SANDANSKI , arrival at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus,  dinner a nd accommodation. 

Total distance covered:  225 km.
  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes of the Balkans, with mountains, remote areas and forests. 
Note:   Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Rila.- 

08.30 hrs - Sandanski.- Saída.- T
10.30 hrs - Rila Monastery  - We visit this beautiful walled Orthodox monastery that is hidden hidden among forests and mountains within a national park. Time to look around. 

11.45 hrs  - Rila -Departure-. 
17:45 hrs - Sofia - Arrival-. After time for lunch, we include a  tour of the capital of Bulgaria , where we will see the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian church, the mosque, its squares and avenues of Stalinist architecture. Free time.

Total distance covered: 205 km.
  
Scenery:  Large agricultural plains. 
Note:  Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Bachkovo.- 

08.30hrs.- Sofía. Departure.-
11.00hrs.-    BACHKOVO MONASTERY,  arrival to the Bulgaria’s second most important monastery, founded in the eleventh century, with its three churches and the life of its monks, and we feel it as a place full of peace. 

12.00 hrs.- Bachkovo Monastery. Departure. 
12.45 hrs.-  PLOVDIV,  After time for lunch, we  visit the city with a local guide , which is one of the oldest in Europe. Here we  include tickets to the Roman amphitheatre, the ancient chemist’s and the Armenian house.   Free time to   stroll in its beautiful historic town centre with its half-timbered houses.   Dinner included.

Total distance covered:  230 km.
  
Scenery:   We cross the valley of the roses with great color in season of flowering (May and June). Beautiful scenery across the Balkans mountain range. 
Note:  in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.

08.00hrs.- Plovdiv. Departure. Nice small roads through the interior of Bulgaria. We arrived to the valley of the roses.

10.00hrs.-  In the valley of the Roses, we will see  KAZANLAK ,  where  tickets are included to the replica of the Thracian tomb  (Heritage of Mankind) and we will learn about the production of products derived from the roses. 

11.30 hrs.- Kazalnak. Departure. Amidst the mountains, we stop at the Russian church of  SHIPKA , which reminds us the strong links that exist between the Bulgarians and the Russians and the help that Bulgaria received from Russia in its war of independence against the Ottomans.


13.15hrs.- ETARA,  arrival at this charming village/ethnographic. We walk between their traditional houses and their artisan workshops.  Lunch included  in a typical restaurant.

15.30 hrs.- Etara. Departure.
16.45hrs.-   ARBANASSI,  arrival to the ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the  Church of the Nativity (entrance included) . 

17.45hrs.-  Arrival in  VELIKO TARNOVO , Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque mediaeval centre, along with its hill.  





Total distance covered:  190 km.
  
Scenery:  We crossed the Danube on the border.
Note:  Keep your passport to hand, as it will be required on the border with Romania.

08.30hrs.- Veliko Tarnovo. Departure.  We travel to Romania,
10.00hrs.- BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY,  We stop at a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock. 

11.00hrs.- Barsabovski. Departure.  We cross the border and the river Danube. 


12.45 hrs.- BUCHAREST , arrival  (variable schedules depending on the border procedures). After time for lunch, we take a  panoramic tour  of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Free time.  Dinner included.

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