19 DAYS EUROPE & BALKAN COUNTRIES TOUR: : Istanbul - Turkey - Plovdiv - Sofia - Sandaski - Melnik - Bulgaria - Thessaloniki - Vergina - Thermopylae - Athens - Kalambaka - Greece- Ohrid - Macedonia - Tirana - Albania - Budva - Montenegro - Dubrovnik - Croatia - Mostar - Sarajevo - Travnik - Bihac - Bosnia - Ljubljana - Slovenia - Zagreb - Croatia

19 DAYS EUROPE & BALKAN COUNTRIES TOUR


Day 01 --- Turkey - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 --- Turkey - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the daily tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND SPICE BAZAAR for Shopping. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free Evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 - Turkey - Istanbul - Plovdiv - Bulgaria
After breakfast check out from the hotel and Depart for Bulgaria. Arrival in Plovdiv around noon.in Bulgaria. Check in to hotel and rest of day is yours. Explore Plovdiv city, shop in the local markets, or enjoy many big party or games in Casinos. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 04 - Bulgaria - Plovdiv - Sofia
Departure for Sofia. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, today housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, Presidency, etc. Upon request – dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 05 - Sofia - Rila Monastery --- Sandanski - Bulgaria
Departure for Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Guided tour of the monastery complex. Visit to Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the old kitchen, the monastery museum where you can learn about the long and heroic history of the monastery, the wood carved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyo’s Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Drive to Sandanski in the afternoon. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Sandanski.
Day 06 - Sandanski --- Melnik - Bulgaria --- Thessaloniki - Greece
Drive to Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria famous for its excellent wines and sandstone rocky pyramids. Visit to Kordopulova museum-house. Around noon departure for Greece. It is your free day to explore and enjoy Thessaloniki on your own. Depending on the time of arrival, you can spend the day walking around, doing the shopping or relaxing in one of many cafeterias or Taverns in Thessaloniki down town. Dinner in Thessaloniki
Day 07 - Thessaloniki - Vergina - Thermopylae --- Athens - Greece
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Vergina, the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tombs some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant in Vergina.After lunch, drive back to Athens. On the way, make a short stop at Thermopylae where a fierce battle took place between the Persians and Greeks during the Persian invasion of 480-479 BC. The Greek force (300 strong) was very small but was determined to make a stand against the huge Persian army. Overnight in Athens.
Day 08 --- Athens - Greece
After Breakfast Athens full day city tour starts for a visit to Acropolis, Parthenon, Olympic Stadium, Olympian Zeus Temple, Lycabettus Hill and Greek Ancient Market. Lunch and Shopping afterwards at Syntagma Square, Monastiraki. Back to hotel, Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Athens --- Kalambaka - Greece
Breakfast. Proceed to Kalambaka. Lunch at arrival. Half day city tour with a visit to Meteora, Theopetra Cave. Check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kalambaka
Day 10 - Kalambaka - Greece - Ohrid - Macedonia
Breakfast. Proceed to Ohrid. Arrival, lunch. Half day city tour with a visit to Hadzi Turgut Mosque, Old Bazaar, Zeynel Abidin Pasha Tekke, Krst Dazmija. Check in and Dinner at hotel
Day 11 --- Ohrid - Macedonia --- Tirana - Albania - Budva - Montenegro
Breakfast. Proceed to Tirana. Half day city tour: Mosque of Ethem Bay, Clock Tower, National Museum. Lunch. Proceed to Budva. Arrival, check in hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Budva
Day 12 - Budva - Montenegro - Dubrovnik - Croatia
Breakfast. Half day city tour of Old town Budva. Lunch at arrival. Proceed to Dubrovnik. Arrival, check in the hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 13 - Dubrovnik - Croatia
Breakfast at hotel , city tour of this UNESCO protected pearl of the Adriatic and its Cathedral , Rector’s Palace, Fransican Monastery (included Old Pharmacy), Clock Tower, Orlando’s Columns, Sponze Plaza, Dubrovnik City. Lunch in the old City, Free time, Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 14 - Dubrovnik - Croatia - Mostar - Sarajevo - Bosnia
Breakfast, Check out hotel. Transfer to Mostar), Proceed for city tour – visit Karadjoz Bey mosque and Muslibegovic house – walk through the old town and old bridge listed as UNESCO heritage site. Continue drive to Sarajevo, Lunch at Local Restaurant on the Way at Jablanica, arrive at Sarajevo, Free time at Old City and check-in the hotel, Dinner and Overnight in Sarajevo.
Day 15 - Sarajevo - Bosnia
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for tour to visit Vrelo Bosne – spring of river Bosnia, Tunnel museum – the only means of going in and out during the siege of Sarajevo in last war. On Foot Tour of old town Bascarsija, Latin bridge, place where the Austro Hungarian Archduke was assassinated, what triggered the 1st World War; Brusa bezistan – covered market place; Gazi Husref Bey Mosque- built in 1530 year during the Ottoman era – and Gazi Husref Bey Madrass; Morica Han built in 1551 ; Vijecnica – town hall for the Austro-Hungarian era. Lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon, free for shopping. Back to hotel, Dinner and Overnight in Sarajevo
Day 16 - Sarajevo - Travnik - Bihac - Bosnia
Breakfast at hotel, check-out the hotel to Bihac on the way visit of the Pyramids of Bosnia. Continue driving to Travnik, visit to the mosque in Travnik including Suleimania. Travnik is located 90 km to the west of the city of Sarajevo, the Bosnian governor from 1697 to 1850 , Lunch at Local Restaurant in Travnik , continue drive to Bihac , Check-in the hotel , Leisure time enjoying the waterfalls and Una river which is best for Rafting , Dinner and Overnight in Bihac .
Day 17 - Bihac - Bosnia - Plitvice Lake - Croatia - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Breakfast at hotel, Check-Out and proceed to Ljubljana, towards Plitvice National Park, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of the 16 crystal - blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lake is a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Continue drive to Ljubljana, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba''s Fountain, the Three Bridges, and Lunch at Local Restaurant, Check-in the hotel, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 18 - Zagreb - Croatia City Highlights Tour
Proceed to city visit of the highlights after the breakfast including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop''s Palace, Lunch at Local Restaurant, free time exploring the winding streets of the old town, free at leisure for the rest of the day, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 19 - Zagreb - Croatia - End of Tour
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out the hotel. Departure to the airport. We hope this was a memorable tour for you and looking forward to see you again on another tour of ours. Thank you for joining us.
This exclusive tour is consisted of many different countries to include Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Greece with an exciting itinerary to let you enjoy the Adriatic coast and the Balkans entirely where you will also get to see Aegean Region and experience a journey through Greece.

Tour Includes

2 Nights - accommodation in Istanbul 1 Night accommodation in Plovdiv1 Night accommodation in Sofia1 Night accommodation in Sandanski1 Night accommodation in Thessaloniki2 Nights - accommodation in Athens1 Night accommodation in Kalambaka1 Night accommodation in Ohrid1 Night accommodation in Budva2 Nights - accommodation in Dubrovnik2 Nights - accommodation in Sarajevo1 Night accommodation in Bihac1 Night accommodation in Ljubljana1 Night accommodation in ZagrebAll coach transportation by fully equipped busesAll Sightseeing Trips with entrance fees as above Professional English speaking Guide All meals ( Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner ) as mentioned in above ItineraryProfessional English speaking tour guides

Tour Does Not Include

International flightsInsurance of all typesCountry entry VisaItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned within the included sectionExtra meals or Drinks not mentioned aboveTips and Personal expenses
What are the discounts for children? Under 2 years of age, your child will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 Euro only. Children under 6 years of age are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul Children 7-11 years of age are charged at 75% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul. Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares.