The Black Sea offers some attractions and we will visit one of the most beautiful beaches in this area, Constanta, Romania. Afterwards we will travel to one of the most crazy places for nightlife and the stunning beaches of Bulgaria, Varna. We will travel to Burga in Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey. The Aegean Sea, will amaze you with its beauties. We will travel to Parga a typical Greek seaside town which give the impression of the famous Greek dance, Sirtaki, Sirtaki in the water. Then we travel to the Ionian Sea where the vibrant colors are characteristic of this Sea and then we travel north where we will face the Adriatic Sea, the sea which is very salty in its depth but very sweet and romantic on the surface. Whether your interest lies in ancient or military history, architecture, literature, contemporary politics or just in visiting some of the most atmospheric and fascinating places on earth, the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, has a lot to offer. Local guides will contribute greatly to our enjoyment and understanding of this intriguing corner of the world where East meets West.
Arrive Bucharest, transfer to our hotel for overnight.
After breakfast we will visit Bucharest. Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country’s capital and commercial center. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled. Then we drive to Constanta. Constanța is a city on the shores of the Black Sea, in southeastern Romania. Its long history, which goes back over 2,000 years, is documented at the National History and Archaeology Museum, near the port. The adjacent Roman Mosaics complex displays tiled floors dating back to the 4th century A.D. Nearby, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque is furnished with a vast Persian rug, while its towering minaret overlooks the city. Overnight in Constanta.
After breakfast we drive to Bulgaria, in the city of Varna. Varna is a port city and seaside resort on Bulgaria’s Black Sea, next to the coastal resorts of Golden Sands, St. Konstantin and Albena. It’s famous for the “Gold of Varna,” 6,000-year-old Thracian jewelry discovered in a necropolis, which is displayed inside the Archaeological Museum, along with Greek, Roman and Ottoman antiquities. A bar-lined waterfront promenade fronts 19th-century Primorski Park. Overnight in Varna.
After breakfast we will drive to Burgas, Bulgaria. Burgas is a city on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. At its heart, the Church of Saint Cyril and Methodius is known for striking stained-glass windows over its main entrance. Nearby, the Ethnographic Museum explores Bulgarian folk culture, with colorful costumes and everyday items. Along Burgas Bay is the Sea Garden, with broad promenades, performances at its Summer Theatre and a viewing platform at the end of its pier. Overnight in Burgas.
After breakfast we proceed to Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics. Overnight in Istanbul
After breakfast we travel to Alexandroupoli, Greece. With its strategic position, a crossroads of sea and land routes, Alexandroupolis connects Europe and Asia, East to the West. This beautiful seaside city, whose trademark is a Lighthouse, forms the center of a truly fascinating region. A tour around the coastal zone between the archaeological sites of Mesimvria Zone and Maroneia stretching out to the small port of Agios Charalambos, a visit to ancient Ismara , to the cave-church of Agioi Theodoroi, to the mines and to the famous villa of Kirki are also a must during your stay in the area. Overnight in Alexandroupoli.
After breakfast we travel to Thessaloniki, Greece. Considering the city’s location at the crossroads of European and Ottoman culture, you’d naturally expect Thessaloniki to have some terrific museums of ancient history, and the city does not disappoint. Like most major cities in the Balkans, Thessaloniki has suffered many war wounds. Much of the city has been built or rebuilt during the 20th and 21st centuries. But the evidence of ancient Byzantine and Ottoman architecture is dotted all around the city. The Archaeological Museum, one of Greece’s largest museums, traces the civilization of Macedonia from pre-history to late antiquity and is crammed with dazzling ancient treasures. The Museum of Byzantine Culture opened to much applause in the 1990s and is home to collections that cover the transformation of Roman religion and the early Christian Church to the 15th-century fall of Constantinople. The Olympic Museum of Thessaloniki: The only museum of its kind officially recognized by the Olympic Committee, this one has exhibits on the history of the games, the science of sports, and more. The White Tower is a prominent symbol and was a 15th-century Ottoman fortification, built to replace an earlier Byzantine fortress. Only 70 visitors are allowed in at one time. Climb to the top (about 10 stories) for the views. Others, like the Byzantine Baths, are found in hidden corners of residential districts. The baths were built around 1300 and, remarkably, were fully functional for almost seven centuries—until 1940. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
After breakfast we drive to Parga, Greece. What’s fascinating about Parga is that although it is a mainland town, its scenery reminds of an island. Surrounded by lush greenery and the cobalt sea, Parga boasts a unique natural setting. Parga Town, which sits on the slopes of a hill, looks like a postcard. Full of elegant two-story mansions with colorful walls, it is incredibly photogenic. On top of a hill above Parga town lie the ruins of an old Venetian Castle, built in the 11th century. Another castle worth visiting is the Ottoman Castle of Anthoussa, which was built in the 19th century by Ali Pasha. Off the town lie numerous Parga beaches. Valtos, Sarakiniko, and Lichnos are the best ones. Their crystal-clear turquoise waters and beautiful ambiance never fail to amaze the visitors. The easiest way to reach these beaches is by boat from the port of Parga. At Parga port, you’ll also have the chance to taste the delicious local recipes, as it is lined with many traditional taverns. Overnight in Parga.
After breakfast we travel to Saranda, Albania. We continue along the wonderful coast to the ancient city of Butrint another UNESCO World Heritage considered the best archaeological site in Albania and probably one of the most important in the Balkans. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations, giving archaeologists the possibility to study continuity through time. It is situated on a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation. The site has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC, although myths associated with its origins speak of the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. Overnight in Saranda.
After breakfast we drive to Albania Riviera. We drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. Breathtaking sceneries await us at the Llogara pass. At the Llogara National Park we stop at around 1100 m where spectacular views of the Ionian Sea can be admired. Then we will drive to Vlora. Vlora is an old city founded in the sixth century B.C., originally known by the name Aulona. Vlora is situated in a beautiful location, in the front of the Karaburun peninsula and Sazan Island and surrounded by beaches and rocky sand. The city carries historical importance to Albania as it hosted the First National Assembly, which declared the country’s independence from Ottoman rule on November 28th, 1912. The Museum of Independence is dedicated to this historic event. Overnight in Vlora.
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra the most important town of north Albania and the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century BC but first we will Apollonia Archaeological Park. Apollonia was an ancient city, former bishopric in Illyria, located on the right bank of the Vjosa river. The city of Apollonia flourished during the 4th century AD as an important economic and trade center. Over time it was expanded over the whole hilly slope including an area of ca. 81 ha, surrounded by a large wall of 3 km of length and 3 m of width. The city became one of the most important gateways of the trans-balkan, Via Egnatia Road, while in its famous Academy has studied and underwent military training Octavianus, accompanied by Agrippas, the eminent general and statesman of the Roman Empire. After a long period of continuous economic and cultural development, Apollonia fell into decline until its total abandonment during the medieval period. Then we drive to Shkodra and we will visit Rozafa Castle from where spectacular views all around can be admired. Experience the supremacy the Illyrians would have feel over their enemies standing in such an imposing castle. Take a walk in the newly renovated pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture, testimony to this town historic links with both these countries. Overnight in Shkodra.
After breakfast we travel to Budva. Our way to Montenegro’s coastal town of Budva is fantastic, rich in historical and cultural heritage, Budva is also well known for its sun kissed beaches and buzzing nightlife. Our journey through Budva will take you to the Church St. Trojica, home to the tomb of writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of St. Ivan, St. Bogorodica and St. Sava. Overnight in Budva.
After breakfast we travel to Dubrovnik, Cr0atia. Before we stop in Kotor. Explore Kotor, famed for its picturesque Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kotor was ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Austro-Hungarians, and Venetians. These conquerors have left many fortunes behind, such as renaissance palaces, baroque towers, and its most monumental testament, the Cathedral of St. Tripun, which is more than three centuries older than the discovery of America. The abundance of cultural and artistic monuments has set Kotor on the UNESCO’s list of protected cultural heritage. Kotor’s fortifications had grown up St John’s Hill from the 9th until the 19th century. There are 1350 steps to the St John’s Fortress at the top for those craving for magnificent views over the town and the bay. There are three gates at the Old Town that lead to the nearby towns scattered around the Bay of Kotor. Kotor also possesses the Fairy Gate – the arching rock above the town. Legend says that only the fairy’s favorites, direct descendants of the old sailors and founders of the town, can see her sitting on the rock and waiting for the golden ship on which she will set sail into the distant world only to return and confirm that Kotor is the most beautiful town in the world. Proceed to Dubrovnik. We’ll head out on a guided tour through Dubrovnik on foot, visiting the Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built from 1438-40 by Onofrio della Cava as part of a water-supply system that involved bringing water from a well approximately 12 kilometers away. Later in the day, you have some free time at the beach to relax and unwind, taking in the spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Free day in Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of our service
Tour Itinerary: Epic Journey from Black Sea to Adriatic Sea
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