Hidden Europe: Macedonia & Greece !

This tour is the best possibility for travelers looking for a special experience of Balkans’ culture, nature, history, traditions, multi-ethnicity, multi-religion, etc. It is a tailor made program, carefully constructed, trying to optimize all “must to see” places for Macedonia and Greece. This tour is a real mosaic of Balkan multicultural world as the crossroad of all East-West Mediterranean civilizations.

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Overview

Tour Name: Hidden Europe: Macedonia & Greece !

Code: AEFIT1902

Duration: 4 Days (3 nights)

Type of tour: General, Cultural, Archeology, Nature, Gastronomy, Multi religious harmony, culinary, wine, art & folklore, etc.

Highlights: This tour is the best possibility for travelers looking for a special experience of Balkans’ culture, nature, history, traditions, multi-ethnicity, multi-religion, etc. It is a tailor made program, carefully constructed, trying to optimize all “must to see” places for Macedonia and Greece. This tour is a real mosaic of Balkan multicultural world as the crossroad of all East-West Mediterranean civilizations.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 Skopje – Tetovo – Ohrid (UNESCO. (08:00). Visit the Macedonia’s’ capital Skopje, some of the most important parts of the town, including the old Ottoman market, the monastery of Sveti Spas and the ancient Kale Fortress which dates back to Illyrian times inhabited by Dardanians. Continue to Tetova. Tetovo is a city in the northwestern part of Macedonia, built on the foothills of Šar Mountain and divided by the Pena River, and a population in which Albanians form a majority. Tetovo has become the unofficial capital and centre of a predominantly Albanian region which extends in an arc from Tetovo to Struga. Visit to the acient castle, then Mosque of Tetovo. This brightly painted Mosque is located on the right bank of the river Pena (Artat) in the old part of town. Then continue to Ohrid. Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This UNESCO world heritage site is known as the ‘Slavic-Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. See St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia, the Church of St Clement at Plaoshnik, where the first university in Europe was founded, and the Gallery of Icons, which has the largest collection of icons in the world. Afternoon visit to the monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. The enormous lakes renowned for the clarity of its water. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 2 Bitola – Meteora (UNESCO). (08:00) After breakfast, we continue to Bitola takes around 1.30 hours, The road leads to city of Resen and the biggest apple orchards in this part of the Balkans. First we will visit the ancient city of Heraclea Lincestis, the best preserved ancient city in Macedonia. Build in the 4th century BC, and conquered by the Romans 2 centuries latter. Through the city has passed the Via Egnatia road which was main road connecting Roman Empire with Asia – Constantinople. Heraclea Lincestis is famous for its beautiful mosaics, antique theater and roman baths. First excavations were taken after the First World War and then was discovered the beauty and importance of this ancient city – the Roman baths, Episcope basilica, Synagogue, portico, Roman theater – in which in modern times plays and music concerts are held. Then continue to Meteora, for a visit of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries. The cliffs, which average a height of 1,000 feet, were first inhabited in the 9th century by a group of hermit monks who lived on the rock towers. In the 11th and 12th centuries, basic monasteries were built and by the 14th century the great monastery of Meteoron was constructed. The difficult access gave the monks an ideal refuge, as well as protection during the Turkish occupation. Today 6 monasteries remain out of the original 20. Views of the entire valley from the magnificent rock towers, and the peace of the surroundings, make this a unique place to visit. At the end of the day you’ll drive to Kalambaka, a lovely city with beautiful gardens and magnificent views of the Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 3 Pella - Thessaloniki (UNESCO). (08:00) After breakfast transfer to Thessaloniki, where we stop in Pella (situated 500 m from the main road and part of Via Egnatia) the ancient capital of the Macedonia Kingdom (King Fillip & Alexander the Great). In Pella we visit the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century bc. villas, in city as well as the local Museum of Pella. Transfer to Thessaloniki in the afternoon. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 4 Departure. (08:00). Thessaloniki is one of the best places to visit not only for city breaks but also for longer holidays! And that is because Thessaloniki in not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the numerous Byzantine monuments, but it is also a beautiful modern European city full of life! Possibility to visit Galerius Arch (Kamara), Rotunda, Archaelogical Museum, St. Demetrius church, Roman Forum, Our Lady "of the Coppersmiths" church, Bey Hamam Baths (Paradise Baths, church of Holly Wisdom, Museum of Byzantine Civilization, White Tower. End of service.

Note: Last day program is conducted based on flight time details departure.

INCLUSIONS: - Airport transfer (departure) - All other transfers as per itinerary. - Transportation with modern AC car for the whole trip duration. - One English speaking driver/guide during all tour itinerary, and all relevant costs for accommodation, food, perdiem and salary. - All museums and other sites entry tickets as per itinerary.

 EXCLUSIONS: - International airfare and airport taxes - Driver/guides tips, - Gratuities and individual daily expenses and porterage - Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions”

 

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