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Day 1:
Welcome to Europamundo! Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will be provided with the information required for the beginning of the trip in the afternoon; otherwise, the information will appear on the information panels at the hotel reception area.

IMPORTANT:- Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.

Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Day 2: Athens.-
We will enjoy the city tour with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will finish at the Acropolis site (entry not included).

In the evening we include a transfer to the PLAKA area, which is full of small Greek bars and where you will be able to enjoy the rich folklore of this country.

Day 3: Athens- Kamena Vourla- Kastraki- Meteora- Kalambaka.-
Total distance: 410 km.

Scenery: Views over the sea. Fantastic landscapes in the region of Meteora, orthodox monasteries.
Notes: Wear appropriate clothing (women will have to wear the skirts that will be given at arrival to the monastery). Also foresee comfortable footwear... you will have to climb many steps in the Meteora area!

08:00 hrs. Athens –departure-. We leave for the north of Greece. Pleasant Mediterranean landscapes.
10.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla – Arrival.- Charming tourist centre by the sea amidst magnificent scenery. Time for a stroll and a coffee.

11.15 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –departure-. Continuation northbound. We make a brief stop at the gorge where the battle of Thermopylae took place.
13.45 hrs. Kastraki- stop for lunch in this picturesque town located at the foot of the Meteora. The views here are magnificent!. After lunch we will visit Meteora, an impressive place declared UNESCO World Heritage, an area that covers a few square kilometers and where an ancient monastic community and a rare geological phenomenon of huge rock pillars coexist in absolute harmony. We will see the whole valley and have the chance to go into one of the most famous monasteries (entrance included).
Accommodation in Kalambaka, a small town in the center of the Meteora region. Dinner included.
Day 4: Kalambaka- Thessaloniki- Melnik- Sandanski.-
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 Bulgaria.

08.00 hrs.- Kalambaka.- Departure. We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea.
11.15 hrs.- THESSALONIKI– Arrival-, time for a walk and lunch in Greece’s second city.

14.00hrs.- Thessaloniki- 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, crossing the border. Schedules of this stage sometimes can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.

16.45hrs.- MELNIK. Arrival. In Bulgarian Macedonia we will make a stop in this picturesque museum-town among beautiful landscapes in the center of a wine-producing area. We will learn about the traditional Balkan ways of life.

17.45hrs.- Melnik. Departure.
18.15 hrs- SANDANSKI, arrival in this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus, dinner and accommodation.
Day 5: Sandanski- Rila- Sofia.-
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.- Departure.-
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 visit it.

11.45 hrs - Rila -Departure-.
15.00 hrs - Sofia -Arrival-. After the lunch time we include a city 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 afterwards.

Day 6: Sofia- Bachkovo- Plovdiv.-
Total distance covered: 205 km.

Scenery: Large agricultural plains.
Note: Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Bachkovo.-

08.30 hrs.- Sofía. Departure.-
11.00 hrs.- 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, arrival and lunch included before the sightseeing tour of one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here we include tickets to the Roman Amphitheatre, the ancient chemist’s and the Armenian House. Free time afterwards, so you can stroll through its beautiful historic streets and small shops.

Day 7: Plovdiv- Kazanluk- Shipka- Etara- Arbanassi- Veliko Tarnovo
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.

10.00 hrs. - KAZANLAK.- In the valley of the Roses, we will see KAZANLAK, where the tickets to the replica of the Thracian tomb (UNESCO Heritage) are included and we will learn about the production of products derived from the roses.

11.30 hrs.- Kazanlak. Departure. Amidst the mountains we will make a 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 for independence against the Ottomans.

13.15hrs.- ETARA, arrival at this charming village/ethnographic museum. We walk between their traditional houses and their artisan workshops. Lunch included in a typical restaurant.

15.30 hrs.- Etara. Departure.
16.45 hrs.- ARBANASSI, arrival to the ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the Church of the Nativity (admission included).

18.00 hrs.- Arrival in VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque medieval center, along with its hill.

Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo- Dimitar Basarbovski- Bucharest.-
Total distance covered: 190 km.

Scenery: We crossed the Danube on the border.
Note: Keep your passport with you, as it will be required on the border with Romania.

08.30hrs.- Veliko Tarnovo. Departure.
10.00hrs.- BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY, we will stop at a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock.

11.00hrs.- Barsabovski. Departure. We cross the border and the river Danube; sometimes there may be delays at the border.
12.45 hrs.- BUCHAREST, arrival. Lunch included. 15:00 hrs. - city tour of Bucharest with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Free time afterwards.

Day 9: Bucharest- Sinaia- Bran- Sighisoara.-
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.

Note: The hotel capacity of Sighisoara is limited. On some date the accommodation can be given in SIBIU (departure from Sighisoara after dinner). In these cases the stop in Biertan is removed and the city of Alba Lulia is visited instead.

Day 10: Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hunedoara- Timisoara- .
Total distance covered: 395 km.

Scenery: beautiful landscapes and towns.
Note: Due to the length of the days in winter and the opening hours of the monuments, from November to March we will not be able to visit the interior of the church of Biertan, although a brief stop will be made to see it from the outside.

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).

10.30 hrs.- Biertan, Departure.
11.45 hrs.- SIBIU, arrival to this important economic and cultural center that was the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a walk and lunch.

14.30 hrs. - Sibiu - Departure.
16.15 hrs. - Hunedoara. We will visit the impressive castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included), which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania.

17.15 hrs. - Hunedoara - Departure.
19.45 hrs.- TIMISOARA, Arrival. City of Roman origin, different communities live there, its restored classical and pedestrian center is very beautiful. Would you like to explore it?

Day 11: Timisoara- Belgrade.-
Total distance covered: 170 km.

Note: Please keep your passport in hand, as it will be required on the border with Serbia.

08.30hrs.- Timisoara- Departure. Among pleasant landscapes we set off for Serbia and the border pass (border procedures sometimes can delay the schedule).
11.30 hrs.- BELGRADE, arrival. We include a city 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. A visit to the Museum of Yugoslavia, where Tito´s Mausoleum is located, will also be included. Free time in the afternoon.

Day 12: Belgrade - Sremska Mitrovica - Zvornik - Sarajevo -
Total distance: 299 km.

Scenery: Forests, mountains, rivers, small towns. Great contrasts in our trip through Bosnia.

Note: Please remember to have your passport ready, you will need it to enter Bosnia.

08.00 hrs.- Belgrade-. Departure. We start our wonderful day towards Bosnia among beautiful landscapes following the Drina River. Border crossing.

09.15 hrs. - Stremska Mitrovica, arrival in this city with a pleasant historic center on the banks of the Sava River that was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire, the capital of the province of Pannonia. We include the admission to the grounds of the Imperial Palace of Sirmium, which illustrates us that period.

10.30 hrs. - Stremska Mitrovica, departure. We continue towards Bosnia among beautiful landscapes following the Drina River. Border crossing, which may take a while.
13.15 hrs. (approx., depending on the time crossing the border) - Zvornik, arrival and brief stop in one of the oldest cities in Bosnia, crossed by the river that marks the border with Serbia and will make us remember with sadness the war in Bosnia. Its population has changed a lot as most of it, Muslims, were expelled, while Serb refugees from other regions settled. We are near the village of Srebrenica, known for the massacre.

14.15 hrs. - Zvornik. Departure. Our way follows an area of small villages, forests, and hills.
17.45 hrs. - Sarajevo. Arrival in the evening and time in the historic center, during which you can stroll through the charming bazaar, an old Ottoman market famous for its architecture, oriental atmosphere and traditional shops. Dinner included.

Day 13: Sarajevo- Mostar- Dubrovnik Cavtat.-
Total distance: 280 km.
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes throughout the whole route: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and picturesque villages. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.

Notes: Please bring your passport with you, as today we cross to Croatia.

After the breakfast we will have a sightseeing tour with a local guide in Sarajevo, a fascinating city known as "Jerusalem of Europe" due to the coexistence of several religions. Mosques, churches and synagogues reflect religious diversity. We will observe the great Ottoman influence in its old town, with its great mosque of more than 500 years old and its beautiful fountain.

11.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
14.00 hrs.- Mostar.- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of lively commerce and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.

17.00 hrs.- Departure. We continue to Croatia.
20.00 hrs.- Dubrovnik/Cavtat - Arrival. Dinner included.

Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.
Day 14: Dubrovnik Cavtat .-
Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a city tour with the local guide 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. The tour includes tickets to the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral. We also include a boat trip to LOKRUM, a small island 15 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and home to the ruins of a Benedictine monastery of the eleventh century, popular setting of the series "Game of Thrones". Free time during the afternoon. Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel. Dinner included.

Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.
Note: in the winter months, from November to March, there is no boat service to Lokrum and therefore we cannot visit the island.
Day 15: Dubrovnik-Ston- Split.-
Total distance: 235 km.
Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.

08:00 hrs. - Dubrovnik - departure. Today´s route will be exciting. Beautiful landscapes following the Dalmatian coast.09:15 hrs. - Ston. We will make a stop to see this picturesque town that has one of the longest walls in the world.

10.00 hrs. - Ston - departure. We continue amidst pleasant landscapes, where the great Peljeski bridge crossing the sea stands out.
12:30 hrs. - Split - arrival. Time for lunch. After that we will include a sightseeing tour with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included). We will visit the roman palace, the alleys and enjoy great views over the sea. The tour will last about two and a half hours.
Free time afterwards. Dinner included.

Day 16: Split- Plitvice- Opatija.-
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, site 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: in exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or due to tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or/nor boat in Plitvice.
Day 17: Opatija- Postjona- Bled- Liubliana.-
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, departure.
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.

Day 18: Ljubljana- Venice.-
Total distance covered: 240 km. Scenery: Mediterranean scenery.
NOTE: Please, have your passports with you, we are entering Italy. There may sometimes be delays in arrival due to crowding at the borders.-

Free time to see the little capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city and a meeting point in history for Slavs, Germans and peoples of the Mediterranean. Its castle stands out.

16:30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Departure -. After the following mountains covered by dense forests, we come to the Adriatic and enter Italy.
20:00 hrs. – Venice - Arrival. Accommodation in the Mestre area.
Day 19: Venice.-

08.30 hrs.
- In the morning we include a boat transfer to the area of St Mark´s in Venice, a city built on more than 100 islands connected by bridges. We include a walking tour with a local guide around the city of canals. Afterwards we will visit the Murano glass factory and admire the technique of crystal blowing. Free time afterwards. In the afternoon you can have a nice gondola trip through the canals (optionally).

18.30 hrs.- Transfer to the hotel from the area of St. Mark´s. You will have the chance to have dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
Day 20:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

Price includes


  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, hotel and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • Boat: to Lokrum island in Dubrovnik, Tour around Bled´s Lake , To the area of St Marks in Venice
  • Evening transfer: Plaka neighborhood in Athens
  • Ticket admission: Monastery at Meteoras, Monastery , Sofia Cathedral , Roman Amphitheater, The Ancient Botica and The Armenian House in Plovdiv , Thracian Tomb Replica in Kazalnak , Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi , Basarbovski Monastery , Bran Fortress , Church of Biertan , Castle of Hunedoara , Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade , Sirmium Imperial Palace in Stremska Mitrovica , Franciscan Monastery and Cathedra in Dubrovnik; , Diocletian´s Palace in Split , Plitvice Lakes National Park including boat or train tours in Plitvice , Postjona Caves , Murano glasswork in Venice
  • 1 Lunch Included in: Etar

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Planned Hotels

Trikalon Str. 144 , 42200 , KALAMBACA , GRECIA
4 Michail Voda STR CP 104 39 ATENAS , 104 39 , ATENAS , GRECIA
42200, Theopetra Kalambaka Grecia , 42200 , KALAMBACA , GRECIA
3, Marikas Kotopouli Str, Athina 104 31, Grecia , 104 31 , ATENAS , GRECIA
ul. Yane Sandanski , 2800 , SANDANSKY , BULGARIA
Opalchenska 77 , 5000 , VELIKO TARNOVO , BULGARIA
Bulevard , 1606 , SOFIA , BULGARIA
63 Stefan Stambolov Str, , 5000 , VELIKO TARNOVO , BULGARIA
27 Hydrostroy Area , 2800 , SANDANSKY , BULGARIA
t6, Lev Tolstoy str./ 1A, Arch.Kamen Petkov sr. CP 4017 Plovdiv, Bulgaria , 4017 , PLOVDIV , BULGARIA
Veliko Tarnovo 33, Gurko Str. , 5000 , VELIKO TARNOVO , BULGARIA
Strada George Enescu 15-17-17A , 010302 , BUCAREST , RUMANIA
Nicolae Balcescu Street No 8 , 545400 , SIGHISOARA , RUMANIA
Str Marasesti nr 1-3 , 300086 , TIMISOARA , RUMANIA
Ruzveltova 23 CP 11000 BELGRADO , 11000 , BELGRADO , SERBIA
Fra Filipa Lastrica CP 71000 SARAJEVO , 71000 , Sarajevo , BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Dzemala Bijedica 169 A , 71000 , Sarajevo , BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Frankopanska 10 CP 20210 Cavtat-Dubrovnik , 20210 , DUBROVNIK , CROACIA
Šetalište Pavla, Ivana Pavla II 51, 21000, Split, Croacia , 21000 , SPLIT , CROACIA
Kopilica ul. 5 , 21000 , SPLIT , CROACIA
Ulica Marsala Tita 108 , 51410 , OPATIJA , CROACIA
Masarykov put 20 , 20000 , DUBROVNIK , CROACIA
Don Frane Buli263;a 87 , 21210 Solin , 21210 , SPLIT , CROACIA
Ulica Marsala Tita 174 , 51410 , OPATIJA , CROACIA
Corso del Popolo 211 , 30172 , VENECIA , ITALIA
Via Forte Marghera 119 , 30173 , VENECIA , ITALIA
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