Balkan tour :
8 Days Bulgaria, Greece, macedonia & kosovo
Unforgettable and impressive journey along one of the most colorful region in Europe- the Central part of the Balkans. By this trip you are visiting and exploring 4 countries - Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo.
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With this tour you will experience some of the best from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo. It is very rich of historical, archaeological and natural sites. It will make you understand the complexity and the delicacy of the region. You will learn a lot for all the conflicts and turbulences in this relatively small area, but which is having such an intense and long history. Except the ancient periods we will cover one of the most controversial and dramatic modern history periods - the collapse of Yugoslavia. Your adventure will be guided by one of our highly educated and professional guides.
You will ride on carefully selected roads and stay in recommended 3* hotels.
We will start our tour on one of the most popular scenic moto road in Bulgaria. It is right next to Central Balkan mountain. After a couple of hours we will reach our first stop, where you will have a guided visit of ancient "Diocletianopolis". Established by the Romans because of its thermal springs, the town is still an active SPA resort with well preserved Roman remains, where we will have our lunch. Our final destination is Plovdiv, the cultural capital of Europe for 2019th, where we will overnight. After checking in the hotel you will have guided walking tour of the historical part of the oldest cities in Europe. Heritage from all periods is preserved around the cobble stone streets. The main highlights we will visit are : Revival period wealthy houses, Roman Theater, early 20th century pharmacy, Medieval remains and fortifications, Roman stadium, 14th century beautiful mosque and many more. For the evening we recommend area called "The Trap", full of bars, restaurants and craft shops.
Riding time for the day approximately 4 hours / ~230 km.
After breakfast we will keep our course South. We will visit a Medieval fortress, on a top of a cliff, giving a nice view of the area. Then the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria – Bachkovo monastery. It was established in 11 century by Georgian, very close to the Imperial power of the Byzantine empire. This place is also an important for the history of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, because the main figures, responsible for saving them during the Second World War are buried there. After guided visit of those pleases we will head toward Trigrad. It is situated in the heart of the Rhodope mountain. We will pass through an amazing mountain roads and gorge. We will overnight there, enjoying the local cosine traditions.
Riding time for the day approximately 4 hours / ~150 km.
After breakfast, we will continue towards Greece on nice mountain roads. We will avoid as much as we can highways for a better experience. We will pass through many Greek villages. Our final destination is the city of Kavala. It has fortress on the seaside and one of the best preserved Roman Aqueduct. We will overnight in the town. We can have great dinner at the marina.
Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours / ~190 km.
In the morning we will start our journey west. Our first visit will be in the tomb of Philp II, father of Alexander the Great. The tomb is very close to Aigai, the old capital of the ancient Macedonian dynasty and it is part of a big ancient necropolis. You will have guided visit of the historical site which will give you a great knowledge for the ancient Macedonian heritage related also with North Macedonia that will visit further in our trip. After this we will go a bit back and enter Thessaloniki, the second biggest city of Greece. We will check in hotel there, leave the bikes and enjoy the city’s center. The main highlights are : The white tower, the Roman terms, Roman arch, the Medieval town and big, rich archaeological museum.
Note : Thessaloniki is famous for its nightlife :)
Riding time for the day approximately 4 hours / 280 km.
After breakfast, we will start our trip to North Macedonia. We will ride to the most beautiful area of the country - the Ohrid lake. We will enjoy the beautiful nature on the way. Our final destination for the day is the city of Ohrid. It is very important historical city for the Bulgarians and also for the people of Macedonia. This is the place where in the 10th century the Cyrillic was invented. You will hear about more historical periods and events while we are walking in the historical part of the city and enjoying the traditional cuisine.
Overnight in Ohrid.
Riding time for the day approximately 4 hours / ~280km.
In the morning we will start our trip to our next country in the schedule-Kosovo. This territory is still heavily disputed and center of tension between Serbia and the Albanian population. It is a dramatic aftermath of the collapse of Yugoslavia. We will ride trough a very beautiful mountain road. Our destination is Prizren. It is the second biggest city but historically the most important and beautiful. It will take us around 2 hours to reach Prizren. We will leave the bikes and start our historical walk by visiting the top of the city - the fortress from where you will have a stunning view of the whole region. Then we will walk trough the cobblestone streets with buildings from the Ottoman period and nice authentic bazaars.
We will overnight
Riding time for the day approximately 5 hours / ~290km.
After breakfast, we will start our ride back to North Macedonia. We will ride to its capital - Skopje. Before we get there we will stop to one of the most beautiful natural parks in Europe – Matka. We will spend some time there. Also, if you like, you can rent a small boat and enjoy the nature. You can reach a cave and some medieval Bulgarian monasteries.
As a city Skopje is an amazing place and definitely worth to be seen. It is separated by a river, called Vardar, in two absolutely different worlds, which makes the city unique.
The afternoon we will relax in Skopje and enjoy the city's atmosphere.
Overnight in the city.
Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours / ~150km.
This is the last day of your guided tour. In the morning we will start our return journey to Sofia. On the way we will stop at one of the UNESCO sites in Macedonia– Osogovo monastery – the biggest in the country. It is still an active one and monks are still living there. The history of the place could be tracked in 12th century. You will have guided visit of the complex. If you are hungry when we finish with it there are some nice restaurants in the area. After that we will ride to Sofia. You will return the rented bikes and check in the hotel (if your flight is on that day we will transfer you the airport directly. If you depart the next day, also airport transfer is included).
Riding time for the day approximately 5 hours / ~240km.
English speaking educated biker guides
8 days Guiding
7 nights in recommended 3+ star hotels in private room : 1 in Sofia, Plovdiv, Trigrad, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Meteora area, Ohrid, Skopje. Night in Sofia on Day 8 is not included.
Guided visits of the mentioned places
2199€ for 1 rider with
own bike in single room
2399€ for 2 persons
with own bike/s
in double room