Extravaganza Balcánica Fin París

Duration

24 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Athens

Available

April 2021 / March 2022

Cities to visit: Athens; Kamena Vourla; Kalambaca; Thessaloniki; Melnik; Sandansky; Rila, Kyustendil; Sofia; Bachkovo; Plovdiv; Kazanlak; ; Arbanassi; Veliko Turnovo; Basarboski; Bucharest; Sinaia; Bran; Sighisoara; Biertan, Judeţul Sibiu; Sibiu; Hunedoara; Timisoara; Belgrade; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Kravice; Dubrovnik; Split; Plitvice; Opatija; Postojna, Notranjska; Bled; Ljubljana; Venice, Véneto; Lugano; Lucerne; Zurich; Bern; Paris

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day
On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. 

You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
Distancia total realizada: 410 km.
Paisajes: Vistas sobre el mar. PAISAJES FANTÁSTICOS en la región de Meteoras visitamos monasterios ortodoxos.
Notas: Prevea ropa adecuada (las mujeres tendrán que colocarse faldas que las serán entregadas a la llegada al monasterio). Prevean también calzado cómodo… tendrá que subir muchos escalones!!!
08:00 hrs. Atenas –salida-. Viajamos hacia el norte de Grecia. Agradables paisajes Mediterráneos.
11:00 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –Llegada-. Bonito núcleo turístico junto al mar en muy hermoso enclave paisajístico. Tiempo para un paseo y un café.
12:00 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –salida-. Continuamos nuestra ruta por el interior de Grecia. Parada en área de servicio para almorzar.
15:30 hrs. - Meteoras –Llegada. Iniciamos nuestro recorrido entre los fantásticos paisajes de las Meteoras que albergan monasterios “colgados” literalmente de las rocas. Paramos y visitamos alguno de sus monasterios (entrada no incluida), divisamos los restantes monasterios “colgados” en las rocas.(Patrimonio de la Unesco).
Cena y alojamiento en Kalambaca, pequeña ciudad en el centro de la región de las Meteoras.
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-. 
14.00 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  KAZALNUK,  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.- Kazalnuk. 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 museum and time for lunch.

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.  Dinner included (may be changed for lunch in Etara).


Note:  in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.





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.
Total distance covered: 325  km.  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes with the Carpathian mountains, remote areas and forests. Small picturesque villages en route.
Note:   Wear suitable clothing. The Sinaia area is located on the mountain, we recommend warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

08.00hrs.- Bucharest. Departure. Today we have a stage of great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian mountains and through forests.  


10.30hrs.- SINAIA,  Arrival. We will stroll in the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor castles (visit of the gardens, the interior of the castle is closed on Mondays).

12.00hrs.- Sinaia- Departure. High mountains.
13.00hrs.- BRAN.  arrival to the 14th-century  fortress, known as “ Dracula’s Castle” (tickets included).  Time for lunch and stroll on the beautiful center.

15.30hrs.- Bran - Departure. The architecture of some of the villages shows that these regions were inhabited by people of German origin.

17.45hrs.- SIGHISOARA,  arrival to this very beautiful walled mediaeval city and Heritage of Mankind. Tonight we  include a very special dinner,  in the restaurant of Count Dracula, in the house where Vlad Tepes was born. 
Total distance covered: 39 5 km.
  
Scenery:  beautiful landscapes and towns.

08.30 hrs.- Sighisoara- Departure. In Transylvania there are numerous fortified churches in areas that were inhabited by people of German origin; some of these churches have been declared Heritage of Mankind, and we will see one of them: 
09.00 hrs.- BIERTAN. Arrival to visit the fortified church (tickets included) .

10.00hrs.- Biertan, Departure. 
11.15hrs.- SIBIU,  arrival to this important economic and cultural centre that was the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and for lunch. 

14.15hrs.- Sibiu- Departure. 
16.00hrs.- In the afternoon, we visit the impressive  castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included),  which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania.

17.00hrs.- Hunedoara- Departure.
19.30hrs.- TIMISOARA, Arrival.   T ime for a stroll in its elegant central squares. 
Total distance covered: 170 km .  
Note: Keep your passport to hand, as it will be required on the border with Servia.

08.30hrs.- Timisoara- Departure. Among pleasant landscapes we set off for Serbia and the border pass (border procedures sometimes delayed).

11.30 hrs.-   BELGRADE, arrival. We include a  panoramic tour  of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava, where we can admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan fortress.  Afternoon free.
Total distance:  295 km
Landscapes: Forests, mountains, rivers, small cities. Great contrasts in our trip through Bosnia.
Note:   Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Bosnia.  Schedules of this stage sometimes can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.  

08.00hrs.- Belgrade. Departure. A stage of pretty forest and mountain scenery. Short stop en route to get pictures of the landscapes.  We enter  BOSNIA. 


14.15hrs.- SARAJEVO , arrival at lunchtime.  Panoramic tour  with a local guide of this city of strong Turkish influence: its mosques, its madrasahs, its busy bazaars. We will also see the  Tunnel of life  that saved the city during the Serbian siege.  Dinner included.


Note:   according to arrival time, the Tunel of Hope can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar.
Total distance: 315 km.

Scenery: Beautiful landscapes all the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.

Notes: Carry your passport, today we go to Croatia. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for visits and the walk in Kravice.

08.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
11.00 hrs.- Mostar .- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of commercial life and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
14.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
14.30 hrs.- Medjugorge.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.

16.00 hrs. - Medjugorge - departure.
16.30 hrs - Arrival in Bosnia to Kravice, breathtaking waterfalls 25/30 m high whose walls form vertical gardens surrounded by greenery and where people of Dubrovnik or Mostar usually go to bathe and relax for a picnic.
17.15 hrs- Kravice, Departure to Croatia. Very beautiful coastal scenery.
19.45 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.- Dinner included.
Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik; We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. We start including the climb by cable car.  From the top of the mountains we can admire the best views of the City. After that, we will walk to know its historic center, a jewel of the world´s architectural heritage. In the visit, we include the entrances to the Franciscan Monastery which holds the oldest pharmacy in Europe; Entrance also included to the cathedral of Dubrovnik and the Palace of Sponza .

Free afternoon.
Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel . Dinner included.


Note:   Due to weather or maintenance, sometimes the cable car does not operate, in these cases we will offer entrance to the walls of Dubrovnik where you will also have fantastic views of the city and the bay.

Total distance: 220 km.

Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.


08:30 hrs. - Dubrovnik. Today´s stage will be exciting. Landscapes of great beauty following the Dalmatian coast.
13:00 hrs. - Split -. Free time for lunch.
14: 00/14: 30 hrs . - Included v isit with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included) . We will know the Roman period palace, the alleys of the center, the views over the sea. Duration of the visit about two and a half hours.
Free time later to walk.
Dinner included and accommodation.
Total distance: 450 km.

Scenery: Varied, mountains, lakes, plateaus.
Note : Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We also recommend you to wear warm clothing.


08:00 hrs. - Split-Departure. We travel to the north of Croatia following the coast.
11:30 hrs. - Plitvice Lakes National Park, s ite declared World Heritage by Unesco; Entrance included to the park where you will be able to admire its lakes. The entrance gives you the right to use the boats of the park to approach the falls or, if you prefer,  the inner train to approach the most picturesque places. Time to visit and have lunch.

15:00 hrs. - Plitvice National Park - Departure - We continue to the north.
18:15 hrs. - Opatija. Elegant Croatian coastal town that followed the tourist line of the Côte D´Azur or the Italian Riviera. Dinner and accommodation.

Note: i n exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or boat in Plitvice.
Total Distance: 230 Km.
Scenery: Very different from those of previous days: alpine type, with forests, high peaks and lakes.
Note: Carry your passport, it will be required when you pass to Slovenia. Wear a jacket for Postojna where there may be a strong temperature difference between the inside and the ouside of the cave.

07.30 hrs.- Opatija -departure. We leave to Slovenia. Mountains covered with forests, picturesque villages along the route.
09.30 hrs- Postojna-Arrival . We will know one of the world´s biggest and most visited caves in Europe with more than 20 km of galleries and lounges. We will visit it partially in an enabled tourist train where we will travel 3 km of its natural universe of stalactites and stalagmites (entrance and train ticket included).


11.00 hrs- Postojna, exit.
12.30 hrs. - Bled. Between mountains and forests, on the edge of the lake, a very beautiful Slovenian enclave on the shore of a lake in the middle of which there is an islet where the bell tower of a monastery stands out at the foot of a medieval castle.  We include a boat trip around Bled’s lake  and a visit of the monastery on the islet. 
Time for lunch in the tourist town of Bled.-

15.30 hrs. Bled-departure.
16.30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Arrival - Time to visit the small capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city, meeting point throughout the history of Slavs, Germanic and Mediterranean. It emphasizes its castle. We make a two hours visit with local guide that will make us know the peculiarities of this small country and its capital.
Dinner included and accommodation.

Note:  During winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljana during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.
Distancia total realizada: 240 km.
 
Paisajes: Paisajes mediterráneos. 
NOTA: Lleve el pasaporte a mano, entramos en Italia. En ocasiones pueden existir retrasos en la hora de llegada derivados de aglomeraciones en las fronteras.- 

Tiempo libre para conocer la pequeña capital de Eslovenia, hermosa ciudad centro europea punto de encuentro a lo largo de la historia de eslavos, germanos y mediterráneos. Destaca su castillo. 
16:30 hrs. - Ljubljana –salida-. Tras seguir montañas cubiertas por densos bosques llegamos al Adriático entrando en Italia. 
20:00 hrs. – Venecia –Llegada-. Alojamiento en la zona de Mestre.
Venecia - Visita panorámica. Por la mañana sobre las 08:30 hrs. se sale del hotel para efectuar visita de Venecia. En barco nos desplazamos hacia la zona de San Marcos y con guía local conocemos su entorno; caminamos entorno a la Plaza de San Marcos: Basílica, Campanile...; Conocemos también una popular fábrica de cristal de Murano donde podremos admirar la técnica del trabajo sobre cristal. Los pasajeros en media pensión tienen el almuerzo incluido.
Tarde libre. Opcionalmente podrá realizar un paseo en góndolas.
18.30hrs.- Traslado de regreso al hotel desde el área de San Marcos.
Distancia total realizada: 720 km 
Paisajes: Lagos, montañas en Suiza.
Nota: Entramos en Francia; recuerde llevar a mano su pasaporte.
07:30 hrs - Zurich –salida-. 
09:00 hrs - Berna –Llegada-. Tiempo libre en la capital Suiza presenta un centro histórico muy agradable con aspecto de “pueblo grande”. 
12:00 hrs - Berna - Salida-. Vistas sobre el lago de Neuchatel. Atravesamos el Franco-condado. Bonitos paisajes. Entrada en Francia. Parada para cenar en área de servicio. Cena incluida para pasajeros con media pensión.

21:00 hrs -París - Llegada.
Transfer to the Palace of Versailles. Transfer to Montmartre. Panoramic tour of Paris.

07.45 hrs- In the morning we include a transfer to the Palace of Versailles where you have 2 and a half hours ( according to variable arrival time depending on traffic) during which you can stroll through its beautiful gardens or visit its interior if you wish.

11.30 hrs - Return to Paris (the time may vary depending on the time of arrival in Versailles)
where we will offer a transfer to the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre to be able to take a walk and enjoy this neighborhood of small restaurants and outdoor artists.


15.00hrs- & nbsp; After lunch we will start the visit panoramic view of Paris with a local guide for 2 and a half hours. During the visit you will see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Madelaine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, Louvre Museum, St. Jacques Tower, City Hall, Ile de la Cite with Notre Dame Cathedral, Latin Quarter, Pantheon, Sorbonne, Luxembourg Gardens, Invalides, Military School, Champ de Mars - Eiffel Tower, banks of the Seine. We make brief stops next to the Invalides and the Champ de Mars.


At the end of the panoramic visit, return to the hotel making a stop in the city center so that they can get off from the coach people who still want to take advantage of their free time in Paris.

To end this full day, as an option, your guide will suggest you attend the the show of the Moulin Rouge at night.

Paris - day off.- Our guide will offer you activities to complement your visit to Paris: Boat trip along the Seine, Louvre Museum. If you prefer, you can take the day off and stroll at your discretion.
After breakfast, end of our services.

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