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From Sofia: Multi-day Balkan Trip to Istanbul via Greece

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Explore the European cities of Sofia, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul on this multi-day trip with a local guide. Learn about the cities' ancient history and see famous chapels, cathedrals, and galleries.

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  • Explore the unknown Sofia
  • Discover the Mediterranean energy of Thessaloniki
  • Get to know the the colorful one Istanbul - a bridge between Еast and West


Day 1 – Arriving in Sofia. Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer and accommodation at your hotel. Evening - late short walking tour on lovely place - Vitoshka street – orientation tour for opportunities for dinner in one of Sofia's local restaurants, grocers, wineries, or beer pubs. Pickup from your hotel. Overnight stay. Day 2 – Explore Sofia. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. After Breakfast at 9:30 a.m - walking tour of Sofia's historic center (duration - about 2 hours and 30 minutes). Pick up from hotel. Landmarks: St. Sophia Church - dating to the 6th century. National Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Bulgaria. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral - (visit inside). Natoinal Gallery – Kvadrat 500 Saint Nikolas Russian Church - with best elegant domes… National Art Gallery - The former Royal Palace... National Theater and Garden – Research and Feel the aristocratic spirit of Sofia. The Presidency Building - Watch the change of the guards Sveta Nedelya Church - (visit inside). Departure by bus to Rila Monastery (transfer 2 hours) - most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of. Spare time and opportunities for lunch. Departure for Thessaloniki (Greece) - approx. 3,5 hours transfer. Accommodation at your hotel. Spare time and opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants and taverns. Overnight stay. Day 3 - Discover Thessaloniki.. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. Walking tour in Thessaloniki begin at the 09:30. Pick up from your hotel. Landmarks: Including the Church of Saint Demetrius (visit inside). The White Tower. The Coastal Boulevard. The Rotunda and Emperor Galerius' Arch. A stroll through Thessaloniki's central district, including Aristoteles Square, Ttsimiski Street. Spare time for lunch and shopping. Departure to Alexandroupolis - approx. 5 hours transfer. Accomm. at your hotel. Free time or just relax to the beach. Opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants. Overnight stay. Day 4 – First impressions of the magic of Istanbul... Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check out. Departure to Istanbul by bus at 9:30. Approx. 4 hours transfer (depend from depends on the traffic on the Greek-Turkish border) Arriving in Istanbul. Old city short walking tour. Blue Mosque. Hippodrome - Sultanahmet Square or the Hippodrome of Constantinople is a square in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Transfer to your hotel. Check in. Spare time for shopping, relax or individual explore Istanbul. Overnight stay. Day 5 - The treasures of Istanbul Breakfast is served at the hotel. Morning - Istanbul sightseeing city tour journey by bus and boat – total 3 hours. Pick up from your hotel. Discover Istanbul on this 90-minute bus tour and a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise. Cruise along for 90-minutes over the Asian and European shores. Drop off to hotel. Spare time. Day 6 - Coming home Check out and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight.


5 nights with breakfast in Sofia (1), Thessaloniki (1), Alexandropolis (1) - a 3-star hotels and Istanbul (2) - a 4-star hotels Individual transfers airport - hotel in Sofia/ hotel – airport in Istanbul Guided tours in Sofia, Rila Monastery, Thessaloniki, Istanbul Transportation by air conditioned bus along the entire route Tour guide during the entire trip. English Local tour guides - where necessary. English All entrance fees and tickets for the sites visited

Important Information

  • The walking tours are conducted even if it rains. However, if the weather is extreme, we reserve the right to make changes to the program to maintain the quality of the product for the better experience of our guests. Please check before booking whether Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey do not require entry visas for tourists from your country. Before traveling you should obtain a visa if required. We recommend get for the travel: - Umbrella or raincoat - Sunscreen - Sunglasses - Travel insurance including medical expenses in case of illness or accident - The electrical networks of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey have the same standard - 230V. If you are arriving from another continent or the UK, you will need travel adapters.

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