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October 14 - 27, 2018
14 Days • per person double occupancy
beginning and ending in Sofia, Bulgaria • Airfare Additional

Bulgaria: Sofia • Plovdiv • Rila Monastery • Melnik • Sandanski
Macedonia: Strumitsa • Stobi • Skopje
Kosovo: Prishtinë • Pejë • Prizren • Dechani
Montenegro: Budva • Kotor
Albania: Shkoder • Tirana
Macedonia: Ohrid • Tetovo • St. Joachim Osogovski

Dear World Travelers,

Our supplier in Bulgaria continues to dream up new and exciting ways to explore the Balkans. Here’s what our travelers are saying:

We keep talking about how great our trip to the Balkans was last fall. It was truly beyond compare with all we saw and did.
-Bob and Lois Woodmansey (2013)

This “quick-trip” is like no other! We’ll discover five countries in just two weeks with no visas required for U.S. citizens. Just look at the map below to get a glimpse at all we’ll see.

We’ll begin and end our trip in the comfort of our lovely hotel in Sofia. Before venturing out of Bulgaria we’ll see the exceptional Rila Monastery and charming Melnik. In Macedonia see a one-of-a-kind church near Strumitsa and the ancient ruins of Stobi. In the newest state of Europe - Kosovo - we see a once war-torn area where monasteries and mosques have stood for centuries. Cross the border into Montenegro where the Adriatic Coastline sparkles and the Byzantines and others came ashore and left their mark. Two nights in Albania will give us time for a cultural event and an excursion to the coastal town of Durres with its Roman amphitheater that could once hold 15,000 visitors for gladiator games. Finally, we head back east to Macedonia’s beautiful Lake Ohrid region. Churches dot the shoreline, and of the nearly one for every day of the year, we’ll visit a few.

There’s too much to mention here from the exquisite architecture, captivating frescoes and impressive monuments to the seaside views, river gorges and rolling hills. Many of the photos are from the two tours David Lewis has taken with us. See his enticing photos of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania here https://www.flickr.com/photos/dslewis/sets/.

Call today to reserve your space and let us show you the charm of the Balkans.

Gwen Erwood

President, Travel Concepts

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Discovery Highlights

  • Marvel at the Rila Monastery - the most famous of all Bulgarian Christian Orthodox monuments
  • Walk through Plovdiv, cultural capital of Bulgaria
  • Explore the archaeological site of Stobi, one of the biggest archaeological sites of Macedonia
  • Visit Prishtinë, Prizren and Pejë in Kosovo, the newest state of Europe
  • Have a special appointment to visit the UNESCO site of the Monastery of Pejë
  • Make an excursion to the Medieval town of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the Pearls of the Adriatic
  • Get a glimpse of the luxurious fairytale-like island of Sveti Stefan in Budva
  • See the amazing view of Lake Shkodra from high up at the Castle of Rozafa in Shkoder
  • With two nights in Tirana, we’ll enjoy the opportunity for a cultural event
  • Discover Lake Ohrid, listed as one of the “Top 31 Places to See” by NY Times in 2010
  • Step inside the Monastery of St. Naum with its constructive layers dating back from the 10-14th centuries




© 2018 Travel Concepts International, Inc. CST 2005743-40

Travel Concepts International, Inc.
Cultural Tours to Better Understand the World and Its People

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