The Best of the Balkans 2020

The Best of the Balkans 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

For the traveler who wishes to see it all, this is the perfect vacation to explore the Balkan countries. Visit the must-see sights and hear about the long and fascinating histories as you journey through Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece. Tour highlights include 15th-century Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, built in gothic style with renaissance and baroque elements; Mostar’s Old Bridge, a reconstruction of the city’s original 16th-century Ottoman bridge; Serbia’s capital Belgrade; the Romanian cities of Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Bucharest, and Brasov, where you’ll visit the impressive Black Church; Ruse, Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”; the byzantine Holy Sofia Church, built in the 6th century and today a symbol of Sofia; plus Thessalonika’s Basilica of Saint Demetrious, and Athens’ Acropolis, in Greece. Globus has also included some unique experiences. Enjoy a visit to Dracula’s 14th-century Bran Castle in Romania, including its torture chambers and followed by dinner on the castle grounds; the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria, and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Globus has included a visit to the Sarajevo Tunnel built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War.These are just some of the many highlights on this Eastern Europe tour. You’ll also have a special farewell dinner in Athens—a great way to end your vacation!

Day 1: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA.
Welcome to Dubrovnik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: DUBROVNIK.
Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and see the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Also visit the fascinating 15th-century RECTOR’S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available. (B)

Day 3: DUBROVNIK–MOSTAR, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA–SARAJEVO.
Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Meet your Local Guide and hear about the turbulent history of this interesting city. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city’s symbol, ordered to replace the older wooden bridge by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566. Continue to Sarajevo, where the 1984 Olympics took place, and the first city in Europe to own an electric tram network.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi / 270 km (B,D)

Day 4: SARAJEVO.
Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian War, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. [LF] A visit has been included to the SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War to supply citizens with food and war supplies. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 5: SARAJEVO–BELGRADE, SERBIA.
A scenic drive through Bosnia brings you to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi / 490 km (B,D)

Day 6: BELGRADE.
First mention of Belgrade was in the 3rd century. Morning guided sightseeing features a drive to see the main sights, like the Santa Sava Church. Take a walking tour through the fascinating Kalemegdan Fortress, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and symbol of the strategic importance of the city in the past. For centuries, the city population lived within the walls of the fortress. (B)

Day 7: BELGRADE–TIMISOARA, ROMANIA–SIBIU.
In Timisoara, admire the Romanian Orthodox Church, seat of the archbishop, before arriving in elegant Sibiu. An orientation reveals its towers, churches, and buildings dating back to the 14th century.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi / 440 km (B,D)

Day 8: SIBIU–SIGHISOARA–BRAN CASTLE–BRASOV.
Enter the heart of Transylvania and stop at the fortified town of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved inhabited citadels in Eastern Europe. Continue to Brasov for your overnight stay. Highlight is [LF] a visit to Dracula’s BRAN CASTLE and its torture chambers. The Castle, dramatically located on top of a hill was built in the 14th century and has, because of the legends, attracted people from all over the world. Later, dinner has been prepared for you on the castle grounds at Queen Mary’s Tea House.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km (B,D)

Day 9: BRASOV–BUCHAREST.
Guided sightseeing features the Old Town Hall, the Merchants’ Hall, the 15th-century Monastery, and School of St. Nicholas. Take a walk through the Old Town and visit the impressive BLACK CHURCH. Next stop is Bucharest, capital of Romania.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (B,D)

Day 10: BUCHAREST.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive along flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees. Also, see the palace where former Romanian dictator Ceausescu lived, and visit the impressive PEOPLE’S PALACE, the second-largest government building in the world after the Pentagon. (B)

Day 11: BUCHAREST–RUSE, BULGARIA–SOFIA.
Stop in Ruse, Bulgaria’s most important river port, nicknamed “Little Vienna” because of its neo-baroque and neo-rococo architecture. Arrive in Sofia, proud capital of Bulgaria.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km (B,D)

Day 12: SOFIA.
Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled at one time by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the Byzantine HOLY SOFIA CHURCH. (B)

Day 13: SOFIA–RILA–THESSALONIKA, GREECE
Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where [LF] a scenic trip takes you high up towards the RILA MONASTERY, a beacon of the Bulgarian nation during a half-millennium of Ottoman rule. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, throughout the centuries, has always been the spiritual, educational, and cultural center of Bulgaria. Continue through the Struma Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland, before crossing the Greek border and arriving in Thessalonika.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km (B,D)

Day 14: THESSALONIKA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS.
Guided sightseeing features the White Tower; the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire; the Rotonda; a visit of the BASILICA OF SAINT DEMETRIOUS; and a panoramic view of the city and the bay from the walls of the Upper City. On the way to Athens, drive along the eastern and southern side of Mount Olympus and through the battlefield of Leonidas and the 300, the Spartan forces he led during the Second Persian War and the famous Battle of Thermopylae.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km (B,D)

Day 15: ATHENS.
Discover one of the world’s oldest cities with a Local Guide, starting with a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view with glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation drive features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. (B)

Day 16: ATHENS.
A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity to take an optional cruise to the islands. This evening, celebrate the success of your Balkan tour during a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 17: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

DUBROVNIK
Welcome dinner; guided walking tour; visit Rector’s Palace

MOSTAR
Guided visit and see the Old Bridge

SARAJEVO
Guided sightseeing, [LF] visit the Sarajevo Tunnel

BELGRADE
Guided sightseeing, see Kalemegdan Fortress

TIMISOARA
Admire the Orthodox Cathedral

SIBIU
Orientation

SIGHISOARA
Stop in the walled town

BRAN CASTLE
[LF] Visit Dracula’s castle and dinner at Queen Mary’s Tea House

BRASOV
Guided sightseeing, visit the Black Church

BUCHAREST
Guided sightseeing, visit the People’s Palace

RUSE
Stop in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

SOFIA
Guided sightseeing, visit Holy Sofia Church

RILA
[LF] Guided visit of the monastery

THESSALONIKA
Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of St. Demetrious

ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinnerMotorcoach.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Brasov


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

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$930-$1030

Triple room reduction per person:
$110

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Dubrovnik: Valamar Lacroma Resort
Renowned for its fusion of nature and modern facilities, this 401-room upscale hotel enjoys sea views from a stunning position amidst lawns, palms and olive trees. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout, the elegant à la carte restaurant serves a mix of Mediterranean and international dishes, whilst the buffet style restaurant features a show cooking station. Other Leisure facilities include an all-day lobby bar, gym, the Spa which has a big heated indoor pool, steam bath, Finnish sauna and ice fountain and there is also a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sundeck and pool bar.
Address:
Ulica Iva Dulcica 34
Dubrovnik , Croatia
Sarajevo: Europe
Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendor alone will have you captivated.
Address:
Vladislava Skarica 5
Sarajevo , Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgrade: Radisson Collection Hotel Old Mill Belgrade
This 236-room property preserves the heritage of the 19th-century Old Mill in which it is partially housed and mixes modern chic with industrial design and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access is throughout. The hotel's restaurant offers modern Serbian menus with a twist and the lounge bar serves cool cocktails, leisure facilitites include a fitness centre and a spa with sauna and steam bath.
Address:
Vojvode Misica Boulevard 15
Belgrade , Serbia
Sibiu: Hilton
Hilton Sibiu offers easy access to the cultural sites of Sibiu. It is an ideal gateways offering free pool, a relaxing spa thaqt offers numerous holistic treatments (against a fee), 3 high-class restaurants - The Madrigal, The Versailles, and The Romanian Restaurant - serving international, French and Romanian cuisine. Two tennis courts and a hair salon are also at guests' disposal. Free internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Address:
1st Padurea Dumbrava str
Sibiu , Romania
Brasov: Ramada Brasov
Located at the entrance in Brasov, close to the downtown, the Ramada Hotel Brasov stands for easy access to the historic center of the city as well as favorable to reach from other destinations in Romania. 113 non-smoking rooms, all recently refurbished, in modern decor and vivid colors. The hotel boasts a popular grill restaurant and a very celebrated Japanese dinery as well as fully functional spa center equipped with sauna, fitness room and massage cabins.
Address:
Calea Bucuresti 13, Sacele
Brasov , Romania
Bucharest: Novotel Bucharest City
Located directly on the Victoriei Boulevard close to the University of Bucharest and Cismigiu Par, Novotel Bucharest City Centre is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, parks, and history. This modern hotel features air-conditioned rooms with LCD-screen TVs, minibars, and coffee and tea making facilities. Other amenities include a bar, a restaurant serving international cuisine, a heated indoor pool, as well as a fitness center, and a spa. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Address:
37B Calea Victorei, Sector 1
Bucharest , Romania
Sofia: Grand Hotel Sofia
The Grand Hotel Sofia is a very elegant hotel, beautifully decorated with a unique collection of over 400 original oil paintings. It is located right in the heart of Sofia, overlooking the City Garden and just a few steps away from the metro station. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite flat-screen TV. Bathrobes and slippers are available. Guests can enjoy a nice dinner at the gourmet restaurant overlooking the city, get fit at the fully-equipped fitness center, or have a drink at the open-air terrace of its stylish bar. Free Wi-Fi access is also available.
Address:
1 Gurko Street
Sofia , Bulgaria
Thessalonika: The Met
Centrally located in the new harbor area of Thessaloniki, this sophisticated 212-room hotel features a trendy skybar, restaurant and rooftop pool overlooking the City and Thermaikos Gulf, (open during the summer months - weather permitting). The elegant main restaurant serves a Greek fusion menu, Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout and leisure facilities include a spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center.
Address:
48, 26Th Oktovriou Str.
Thessaloniki , Greece
Athens: Wyndham Grand Hotel Athens
This sleek, contemporary 276-room hotel in the heart of Athens boasts an amazing roof terrace with outdoor swimming pool and bar-restaurant with panoramic views over the iconic Acropolis. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property and there is also a sauna and gym.
Address:
Megalou Alexandrou
Athens , Greece

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are any visas required for US citizens on Best of Balkans tour?

As of right now, US passport holders do not need a visa to go on this tour. For the most up to date information, please consultant the state department website: travel.state.gov

Question: how many guests -max availability in mid september on for 2

Maximum group sizes range from 44-50

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 7 reviews . Currently showing 5 reviews with comments only.
By Natarajan A on Oct 01, 2019

Good value for money and meet your expectations.

By Carmita B on May 01, 2019

Globus Tours did not disappoint. We had a great time, and with out Tour director Dino knowledge sharing, I know I learned so much and opened my eyes to that part of the world. I wish we had a last night dinner with music. Our previous tours with other companies had that and it was the most memorable one.

By Robert P on Sep 19, 2018

Great tour for those interested in European-Turkish culture and history. Globus hotels were okay in terms of comfort/quality (but for the most part well located relative to attractions of interest) - seems as though the Globus hotel standard was higher in the 1990s.

By Ingeborg W on Sep 08, 2017

It was a great trip, too many border crossings wasted a lot of time, but that was unavoidable. Learned a lot, saw a lot. The Tour director/guide was very nice and funny. Too bad GLOBUS is discontinuing that trip.

By John D on Aug 18, 2017

The trip was interesting and a learning experience. The itinerary was very taxing, more than I thought. We covered a lot of ground and I wasn't ready for this. But we saw a lot, traveled through a lot of countries and the guides were great.


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