Balkan Explorer

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Discover Macedonia and get a taste of Bulgaria and Kosovo


Duration: 10 Days
Starts in: Macedonia
Group Size: 4-14

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.


Start in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the meeting with the leader, we go for a welcoming dinner.

Transfer to Melnik stopping at UNESCO sites Boyana Church and the famous Rila Monastery en route. Free afternoon upon arrival into Melnik.

*Transfer to Macedonia. After lunch we visit the ancient city of Stobi and enjoy wine tasting over dinner in a winery of the famous **Tikveš wine region.*

*Drive to Bitola to visit the archaeological site of Heraclea and enjoy a walking tour of the city with free time in the evening.*

*Pelister NP walk, Beekeepers farm and lunch in Dihovo, transfer to Lake Ohrid* *via Lake Prespa and Galičica NP.*

*A full day in Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Dinner in a family home in Kuratica village.*

*Transfer to Kosovo via Tetovo and Šar Planina NP. Lunch in Varvara and a walking tour in Prizren.*

*Visiting the UNESCO’s Gračanica Monastery before arrival to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, followed by a walking tour of the city.*

*Osogovo monastery visit while transferring back to Sofia for a city tour and a farewell dinner.*

End Sofia.

Additional Information

Discover the rich history of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo, where influences from the East and the West collide. This trip showcases some of the cultural highlights of the central part of the Balkans, famous for ancient civilization traces, UNESCO world heritage monasteries and churches and the vibrant, laidback capital cities of Sofia and Skopje. Having been under numerous influences throughout the ages, both Bulgaria and Macedonia have an eclectic history where different cultures have all left their mark. But a visit to this region of the Balkan Peninsula would not be complete without experiencing the contrasting natural beauty it has to offer: national parks, high mountains, fertile valleys, famous wine regions and the peaceful, alluring Lakes Ohrid and Prespa – they are all part of this comprehensive itinerary.


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