ROUND TRIP

BALKAN TOUR SOFIA THESSALONIKI
Itenarary:
SOFIA - THESSALONIKI
Duration:
7 days / 6 overnights
Transport:
Bus
Program
Additional information
DAY 1:Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 2:Sofia
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Lunch. Hotel accommodation. Free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 3:Sofia - Rila monastery - Sandanski
Breakfast. A guided tour of the Rila Monastery – the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. The monastery served as a center for cultural and spiritual life of the Bulgarian people, during the centuries of foreign enslavement. The tour includes a visit to the monastery, the main church and the monastery museum. Lunch. In the afternoon – departure to Sandanski – famous spa resort. Arrival. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay in Sandanski.

DAY 4:Sandanski -Melnik - Thessaloniki
Breakfast. Departure for Bulgaria. Visit to Melnik, a picturesque town at the foot of Pirin Mountain. Melnik is famous for its wine cellars. A visit to the Kordopulov’s House, a monument of the Bulgarian Revival architectural style, built in 1754. On the ground floor there are wine cellars, where the famous wine of Melnik is kept. Lunch in Melnik combined with wine tasting. Visit of Rozhen Monastery – the biggest cloister in the Pirin area, founded in the 13th century. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 5: Thessaloniki- Vergina - Thessaloniki
Breakfast. Departure for Vergina, Greece – the first capital of ancient Macedonia. After prolonged archaeological excavations at Vergina in 1977, archeologists discovered remains from the ancient city of Aigai, capital of ancient Macedonia, which is home of the royal necropolis. Visit of the ancient city with the royal tombs and the remains. Of great interest are the resting places of Philip II of Macedon and his grandson Alexander IV, son of Alexander the Great. Visit in the museum, which now holds the royal tombs and the exhibition of unique objects, found during excavations. Some of these objects include a 10 kilogram (20 pound) gold casket, which contains the bones of Philip of Macedon; the funeral crown of Philip II of Macedon, which is a wonderful wreath made of gold oak leaves; a portrait made of ivory, which portrays the skillfully crafted faces of Philip II of Macedon, his wife Olympia and their son Alexander, the future Alexander the Great. Departure to Thessaloniki. Panoramic tour of the city:- the White Tower – symbol of the city; the monument of Alexander the Great, the Eptapyrgio Fortress with a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Thermaic Gulf, the St. Demetrius Church where the relics of one of the most respected Orthodox saints - St. Demetrius are kept. St. Demetrius is the patron and protector of Thessaloniki. The tour continues with a visit to the St. George Rotunda, Aristotelous square and the Arch of Galerius, built in 305 to celebrate the final victory of the emperor Galerius Maximianus over the Persians. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay in Thessaloniki (Greece).

DAY 6: Thessaloniki - Meteora _ Thessaloniki
Breakfast and departure to Kalambaka, The famous Meteora monasteries area.. Visit to two of them - The big Meteora monastery and St. Stephan. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon vist icon craft center. On the way back to Thessaloniki visit the Aphrodita springs. Accomodation in Thessaloniki.

DAY 7: Thessaloniki - Sofia
Transfere to airport flight back..

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