Balkan Explorer

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Balkan Explorer - Exodus Travels
Balkan Explorer - Exodus Travels


Start and end in Sofia! With the in-depth cultural tour Balkan Explorer, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and 15 other destinations in Europe. Balkan Explorer includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, transport.
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16 to 99 year olds
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In-depth Cultural
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start in the afternoon at the hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the main briefing, there will be a 2 hour walking sightseeing tour of Sofia.
  2. Day 2: Transfer to Melnik stopping at UNESCO sites Boyana Church and the famous Rila Monastery en route. Free afternoon upon arrival into Melnik.
  3. Day 3: Morning visit to the Smolare waterfall. After lunch transfer to the wine region of Tikvesh for evening wine tasting via the ancient town of Stobi.
  4. Day 4: Morning visit to archaeological site and town of Heraclea Lyncestis. Transfer to city of Bitola after lunch and enjoy a walking tour and visit the old bazaar.
  5. Day 5: Pelister N.P, lunch in Dihovo, transfer to Lake Ohrid
  6. Day 6: Morning visit to the Vevcani Springs, followed by lunch in the village; Free afternoon in Ohrid.
  7. Day 7: Morning visit Tetovo Mosque. Afternoon walking tour of Prizren.
  8. Day 8: Transfer to Skopje visiting the Monastery of Gracanica along the way. Late afternoon arrival into Skopje, followed by walking tour.
  9. Day 9: Free morning in Skopje before transferring back to Sofia.
  10. Day 10: End Sofia.

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  • Ann Curran's review about another Exodus Travels tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    This part of Bulgaria was very remote and it felt as if I had stepped back in time.  Knowing that the food we were eating was grown or produced locally, including the delicious cheese and potato based dishes, jams and honey.<br /><br /><strong>What was the... Read more

  • Kieron Rackley's review about another Exodus Travels tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    It has been three years since my last Exodus trip and this one reminded me of what I had missed. Great accomodation, lots of quality chunky walks, pleasant group and outstanding leader. Able to relax in evenings. Holiday as well as a challenge. Met friendly... Read more

  • Malcolm Tone's review about another Exodus Travels tour
    4.0 - Good

    Lovely scenery at a relaxed pace. <br /><br /><strong>What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?</strong><br />The view from Saint Elijah and walking to the end of the overhanging platform. Also, the Yagodina Caves were great. Some very impressive... Read more

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Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Bulgaria and Macedonia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Bulgaria and Macedonia. Ideally 2 months before travel.


Start and end in Sofia.
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For any tour departing before 3 October 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 3 October 2019, a minimum payment of $99 is required to confirm your booking with Exodus Travels. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 75 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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Covering a total distance of approx 880 km.
  • Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • 65 km
  • Rila (Bulgaria)
  • 71 km
  • Melnik (Bulgaria)
  • 44 km
  • Smolare (Macedonia)
  • 80 km
  • Stobi (Macedonia)
  • 79 km
  • Bitola (Macedonia)
  • 11 km
  • Pelister National Park (Macedonia)
  • 5 km
  • Dihovo (Macedonia)
  • 40 km
  • National Park Galicica (Macedonia)
  • 3 km
  • Trpejca (Macedonia)
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