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SERBIA & BULGARIA

BELGRADE – SREMSKI KARLOVCI – NOVI SAD – OPLENAC – KRAGUJEVAC – KNIĆ – ŽIČA – VRNJAČKA BANJA – KRUŠEVAC – NIŠ – SOFIA – RILA – PLOVDIV

8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 Tokyo – Istanbul – Belgrade

Flight Tokyo 22:30 – Istanbul 05:15. Flight Istanbul 07:40 – Belgrade 08:20

Pick up of the group at the airport. Transfer from the airport and accommodation in the hotel. Resting period and lunch in hotel. In the afternoon a walking tour through the city center: Terazije street, “Knez Mihailova” Street, Republic Square, Cathedral, Princess Ljubica’s Residence, Ethnographic museum, Students’ Square, National museum, National theater… In the evening we go to Skadarlija street – bohemian quarter in the very center of Belgrade, for supper. Skadarlija, a cobble-paved street, dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, was famous for being a favorite meeting place of well known Belgrade bohemians, poets, painters, actors from the nearby theater, as well as of many lovers of good alcoholic drinks, socializing and spoken word with friends. Over all these years of progress and modernization of the city and society Skadarlija has managed to preserve the spirit of old times and just because of that has become a favorite site to citizens of Belgrade and many tourists. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 2 Belgrade
Breakfast. Belgrade sightseeing (www.beograd.rs): Kalemegdan fortress, St. Sava Church, City Hall, Kneza Milosa street, Boulevard of Peace, White Hall, Memorial Center Josip Broz Tito, Mount Avala and an “Unknown Hero” monument… Continuation of the tour in Zemun, the old part of the city across the river. Zemun is really distinguished by its tradition: fortification on Gardos that has been mentioned as early as in the 9th century. The St. Father Nicolaj Church – the oldest orthodox church in Belgrade. Lunch in a restaurant in Zemun, on the shores of river Danube. Return to the hotel. Free afternoon and evening. Overnight.

Day 3 Belgrade – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – Belgrade
Breakfast. Excursion for Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci. Sightseeing of Novi Sad (www.novisad.rs): Petrovaradin fortress, The Freedom Square… We continue our tour to the city of Sremski Karlovci: Cathedral, Patriarchate Court, Gymnasium (High School) of Karlovci… Lunch on a „salaš“ (a type of traditional household typical for this part of Serbia). Return to Belgrade. Free afternoon and evening. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4 Belgrade – Oplenac – Kragujevac – Knić – Žiča – Vrnjačka Banja (200km)
Breakfast. Check out of the hotel and departure for Oplenac. A tour around the old city center in Topola: Mausoleum of Serbian royal family at Oplenac (www.topolaoplenac.org.rs). Continuation of the trip to Kragujevac. A tour around
the city: „Sumarice“ Memorial Park, dedicated to the 3000 citizens of Kragujevac shot by the Nazi Germany soldiers during World War II. After Kragujevac, we go to lunch in a traditional Serbian house in a nearby village of Knic. After lunch, we go to the Žiča Monastery (built in the 13th century). Continuation of the trip and arrival in spa „Vrnjačka Banja“. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5 Spa „Vrnjačka Banja“ – Kruševac – Niš – Sofia (272 km)
Breakfast. Check out of the hotel and departure for Kruševac, a former capital of Serbia, during the rule of Prince Lazar (14th century). After a short tour around Kruševac, we continue towards Niš (Naisus), a city that dates all the way back to Ancient times and is a birthplace of famous Roman Emperor Constantine. We visit the „Ćele Kula“, a tower built by the Turks out of skulls of fallen Serbian fighters as a retribution. Lunch break in Niš. After lunch, we continue our trip towards Bulgaria. Arrival in Sofia in the evening. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 6 Sofia
Breakfast. Sofia sightseeing: „St. Alexander Nevski“ Church – which is the 2nd biggest orthodox church in the Balkans, then „St. Sofia“ church, Boyana church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)… Lunch. Free afternoon. In the evening we go to dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight.

Day 7 Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv – Sofia (497 km)
Breakfast. Excursion: Rila Monastery – the biggest orthodox monastery complex in the Balkans, founded in 10th century. It is considered the most important historical, cultural and architectural monument in Bulgaria, and it is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1983. After the monastery, we continue to Plovdiv, a city known for its old city center which has largely been restored to resemble its 19th century appearance. We have a lunch break in a bohemian quarter of the city. After lunch in Plovdiv we return to Sofia. Free evening. Overnight.

Day 8 Sofia – Istanbul – Tokyo
Breakfast. Check out of the hotel and free time for individual sightseeing and shopping until the transfer to the airport.
Flight Sofia 21:40 – Istanbul 23:05. Flight Istanbul 01 :20 – Tokyo 19 :10 (+1).

PACKAGE PRICE:

40 pax35 pax30 pax25 pax20 pax15 pax
585 €595 €605 €625 €655 €695 €

Package includes:
– transport by a modern tourist bus
– 1 HB and 2 BB in a 4* hotel in Belgrade
– 1 HB in a 4* hotel in Vrnjačka Banja
– 1 HB and 2 BB in a 4* hotel in Sofia
– lunches during the tour: Zemun, salaš, Knić, Niš, Plovdiv
– dinners during the tour: Skadarlija, Sofia
– sightseeing as in the program with local guide in English language
– entrance fees for cultural-historical landmarks in the program
– organization and tour leadership costs

Package does not include:
– supplement for 1/1 room:
– airplane tickets
– individual expenses of passengers


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