Balkan Explorer

9 nights from £1549

Start:Sofia
Finish:Sofia Airport
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:4 - 14
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Discover the rich history of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo, where influences from the East and the West collide. This trip showcases some of the cultural highlights of the central part of the Balkans, famous for ancient civilization traces, UNESCO world heritage monasteries and churches and the vibrant, laidback capital cities of Sofia and Skopje. Having been under numerous influences throughout the ages, both Bulgaria and Macedonia have an eclectic history where different cultures have all left their mark. But a visit to this region of the Balkan Peninsula would not be complete without experiencing the contrasting natural beauty it has to offer: national parks, high mountains, fertile valleys, famous wine regions and the peaceful, alluring Lakes Ohrid and Prespa – they are all part of this comprehensive itinerary........read more
Highlights
  • Discover Skopje and Sofia - two of the Balkan's most vibrant capitals
  • 4 UNESCO sites including Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery
  • Macedonia's Tikveš wine region
  • World Heritage city and lake Ohrid
  • Visit Prizren, Kosovo's most historical city
  • Natural beauty, ancient sites, national parks and traditional Balkan cuisine
Food

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. Food in the Balkans is quite varied thanks to the many regional influences, particularly Mediterranean combining Ottoman, Oriental and European tastes. Many corners of the Balkans have popular dishes with the same names but often have big differences in taste. Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in many dishes. Grilled meats are very popular with pork and lamb being prevalent in Macedonia and Bulgaria. Pastries, pies, salads and fresh vegetable dishes are a staple of the Balkan diet. Macedonian wine is incredibly good value, especially wines from the Tikvesh region. Rakija, similar to brandy, is very popular and often locals make their own. Mastika, a liquor, is considered the national drink of Macedonia and is usually poured over ice and enjoyed with a selection of small dishes. Vegetarian and some special dietary requirements can be catered for but options are limited throughout the Balkans. Please inform the office of any specific requirements upon booking.

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Start:Sofia
Finish:Sofia Airport
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:4 - 14
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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