You might not have already decided on your next holiday so here we are to help and offer you visit Bulgaria and plan your private tours Balkan. The itinerary you will see below is the Balkan tour we made in 2015 for a lovely Malaysian group. We travelled 5000 km and visited 11 countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania and Greece).
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We met at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey and left for Haskovo in Bulgaria. As soon as we left the group started to sleep. After the long flight from Malaysia, they were right to go to sleep. We had a break in Edirne to explore the nice city. We saw Selimiye Mosque and its Bazaar. For lunch we tried the so famous liver in Edirne as well.
For the border of Bulgaria it was so difficult to make the custom officer put the names of the group in the system. Our Bulgaria travel started and we were ready to start our short Bulgaria holiday.
(Mr Bakri managed to get a T-shirt and a hat with the Bulgarian flag)
18 Aug 2015 Kazanlak – Plovdiv – Melnik ( Bulgaria )
Our first stop was Kazanlak. The group met my family there. Marieta made some banitza (whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between filo pastry and then baked in the oven) for us. There we visited the Rose Museum. We had our lunch in the park called ‘Rosarium’. Still whole town is talking about us having lunch in the park. It is enjoyable to be on private tours Balkan.
We carried on travelling. Mr Kamar had serious doubts about where we were going to stay for the night – in a hotel or a tent. Just on time, we arrived to the smallest town of Bulgaria, Melnik. We checked in the Hotel Melnik (3-Star) in Melnik and stayed there overnight.
An interesting Bulgaria tour gives way to private tours Balkan
On the following day we visited the place of Vanga, Rupite. Vanga is one of the most famous prophets of the World. Here, we had to put an end to our Bulgaria tour. We carried on for the Macedonian border. I was a bit naughty to take pictures on the border.
We arrived in Skopje. There we visited the castle and checked in the Ibis Skopje City Center Hotel (4-Star). In Skopje we saw the stone bridge – one of the Ottoman bridges from 15th century. And we had free time to walk around the old centre of Skopje. The statues of Alexander the Great were so good.
20 Aug 2015 Skopje – Sarajevo (Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
That was the day. We took the risk and tried to make our journey shorter and we drove to the Serbian border. Although we tried so hard to get into Serbia but they said ‘No’ to us. We lost roughly 5 hours. We went back to Skopje and carried on to Montenegro border. That was our first time on that border and that road as well. It was a nice climbing up first. Then we got to the border of Macedonia. There the customs were so far away from each other that at one point we thought there wasn’t a custom for Montenegro. Luckily, we had no problem at the Montenegro custom. The road was all right to start with then we ended up on a really narrow mountain road. Even no car was coming from opposite direction. Thanks God the road wasn’t wide enough for two vehicles.
Eventually, we arrived to the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We travelled to Sarajevo and there we checked in the Octagon Hotel (3-Star).
We went to the Old City centre (Bas Carsi). We had our city tour there and a break for lunch. Although we didn’t have it in the itinerary, Mr Kamar wanted the group to see The Srebrenica Genocide Memorial. We travelled all the way to the place. We all got so emotional. On the way back to our hotel we had a dinner break in the Old City centre of Sarajevo. Because of the mobile operators, our driver and me, the guide, couldn’t communicate and we had to wait 30 minutes for our vehicle. Eventually, I had to go and get him from the parking place.
22 Aug 2015 Sarajevo – Mostar, 130 km (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
We started the day of our private tours Balkan with our morning coffee in Sarajevo and then we visited the Tunnel. It was built to get the supply to the city of Sarajevo. The day was interesting. We carried on driving to Mostar. We saw people jumping from the bridge. In Mostar we made a tour around. We checked in the Hotel Hercegovina (4-star) in Mostar and stayed there overnight.
On the way to Kotor, we visited only the middle-aged city of Dubrovnik. We crossed the Kotor bay on a ferry and there Mr Bakri managed to take a picture with Italian ladies with a Cabrio Mercedes. We checked in the Hotel Galia (3-Star) with a great Kotor bay view.
24 Aug 2015 Kotor – Budva – Ohrid, 330 km, (Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia)
We travelled through Albania. We had only one stop for lunch and toilet. It was a really nice mosque, where we stopped, restorated by Turkey. In Ohrid we had a city break. Most of us got some pearls from the city. We checked in the Villa Klia (4-Star).
We travelled a lot on the narrow road to reach the village of Kocacik (This is Ataturk’s father’s village. There is a myth saying that Ataturk was born there.) After the visit to the village of Kocacik, we got to Tetova through Gostivar. In Tetova we visited the Alaca Mosque which was painted by Ottoman ladies. We also visited Alabati Tekke. We checked in the 4-star Ibis Skopje City Center Hotel.
26 Aug 2015 Skopje – Athens, 700 km, (Macedonia, Greece)
We left for Athens, Greece. On the way, we had our lunch underneath an olive tree. We checked in the 4-star Airotel Stratos Vassilikos Hotel.
27 Aug 2015 Athens (Greece)
We visited the Pantheon, Stigma Square, Olympic stadium and a gift shop.
28 Aug 2015 Athens – Thessaloniki, 530 km, (Greece)
We travelled all day long.
29 Aug 2015 Thessaloniki (Greece)
Private tours Balkan in Thessaloniki, we visited the House of Ataturk, the Castle of Selanik, the White Tower and ruins from Ottoman times.
We travelled to Turkey. Before the group checked in their hotel, we visited the grave of Ammar.
31 Aug 2015 Istanbul (Turkey)
We visited the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
1 Sep 2015 Istanbul (Turkey)
The last day of private tours Balkan, we went to Spice Market and made a Bosphorus cruise.
Turkey – Bulgaria
Bulgaria – Macedonia
Macedonia – Serbia
Serbia – Macedonia
Macedonia – Montenegro
Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia
Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia
Croatia – Montenegro
Montenegro – Albania
Albania – Macedonia
Macedonia – Greece
Greece – Turkey