Private Balkan tours Day 1 Our Private Balkan tours start from Sofia and goes to Thessaloniki
Private Balkan tours start… 310 km, 4 hour drive (Bulgaria – Greece)
Your private Balkan tour starts from Bulgaria. In the morning we leave Sofia for Rupitе. This is the place where Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga – one of the most famous prophets of the world) had received people for almost 25 years before she passed away. Rupite is a sacred place, suggested to her by the forces from above. When Vanga was asked why she chose this site to spend the rest of her life and to build the temple she said mysteriously: “I have my time here. This site is very special. I use it like an accumulator and it gives me energy and power. A terrible fire burned there in the past and a great secret is hidden in the ridge above us.”
Many more secrets are hidden in Bulgaria. To discover them, you need to choose one or a few of the private tours in Bulgaria and let yourselves become part of that inspiring place.
Proceeds to Thessaloniki
Following a lunch break, your private Balkan tourproceeds to Thessaloniki, Greece. After we pass the border, we arrive in Thessaloniki. The name of the city comes from Alexander the Great’s half-sister. It was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. Thessaloniki is Greece’s 2nd major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre. It is the only city in Greece that has ministry building (Ministry of Macedonia) outside of capitol. In Thessaloniki we will visit Ataturk’s house (the founder of the Republic of Turkey), the White Tower, St. Dimitrios Cathedral, the Statue of Alexander the Great, Venezelo and Constantine statues, Vardar, Eleftherios, Macedonia and Aristotle Squares.
Private Balkan tours Day 2 From Greek-Macedonian capital “Thessaloniki” to Macedonian “Ohrid”
290 km 4:00 hour drive (Greece – Macedonia)
In the morning we leave Thessaloniki for Bitola. In Macedonian language Bitola means monastery. When we arrive there we will enjoy a nice stroll on Shirok Street (Wide Alley); we will visit the Old Bazaar (Ottoman Bazaar), the new mosque and Isaac Celebi Mosque. We will also see the Military School where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk graduated and we will visit the Ataturk Museum.
After some time spent nicely in the monastery, we leave for Ohrid. Ohrid is in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. It is settled next to Ohrid Lake. In the city we will visit Ottoman houses, Ottoman Bazaar, Ali Pasha Mosque, Haydar Pasha Mosque, St. Panteleimon Church, Hagia Sofia Church and Roman Theatre. We will have a shopping break in Sycamore Square. Check in and overnight in a hotel in Ohrid.
Private Balkan tours Day 3 Our Balkan tour leads us from Ohrid through Tetovo to Skopje
180 km 3:00 hour drive (Macedonia)
In the morning we leave Ohrid for Skopje. Our first stop will be Tetovo. We will visit Alaca Mosque which has been decorated by Ottoman ladies the way they liked it and then will be Harabati Tekke. After our lunch in Tetovo we leave for Skopje.
When we arrive in Skopje, we will see the Stone Bridge built in the time of Mehmet II on the Vardar River, Alexander the Great Statue, King Samuel Statue and Mother Theresa Memorial. We will have a shopping break in Skopje Bazaar. After the break, we check in the hotel to stay overnight in Skopje.
Macedonian spectacular night is extra for the ones who like to see more of Macedonian culture.
Private Balkan tours Day 4 the last day of tour is Skopje to the capital of Bulgaria “Sofia”
250 km 3:30 hours (Macedonia – Bulgaria)
In the morning we will visit Davut Pasha Mosque, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Yahya Pasha Mosque, the Sultan Murat Mosque, Isa Bey Mosque, Sulu Han, Kapan Han and we will also visit Leaded Han. After that we leave for Sofia.
Taste of Balkan tour is our suggestion as a private Balkan tour. As a tour operator in Bulgaria, we start the journey from here. It’s a short version of Balkan tours and just an idea for nice Balkan holidays. The tour covers three countries – Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia, and doesn’t pretend to be a detailed one. The place we will visit in Bulgaria is Rupite.
World-famous Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga
It is connected with the world-famous Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga). The place is special but more special is Baba Vanga. Here is her message to the Bulgarian people before she dies: ‘I am ill and soon I will leave you. Make sure, when I’m gone, not to fight with one another, spy on one another, to make peace between yourselves without my help. Do not envy each other! Help each other, work together! God will give everybody according to their deeds.’ This is a short visit but one that can make you hear the pulsing Bulgarian heart.
The tour proceeds to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city – one full of optimism. It is mostly walkable and its centre is dotted with historic sights. Thessaloniki is in many senses similar to Izmir, Turkey.
The last country in the Balkan tour is Macedonia – the country of Alexander the Great and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Part Balkan, part Mediterranean and rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history, Macedonia has a lot to offer. Skopje, Bitola, Ohrid, Tetovo – each one of them surprising in its own way.