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Balkan Kaleidoscope

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Balkan Kaleidoscope - Penguin Travel
Balkan Kaleidoscope - Penguin Travel
Kmaroli "Excellent Itinerary. We loved all the places that we visited and would have never been able to do these if were to travel on our own in the given amount of time. Mostar definitely needed a bit of more time. The stay near Studenica Monastery , Serbia was exotic in my opinion: In the middle of nowhere, surreal landscapes. Most hotels were good, comfortable after long drives and absolute value for..."
Good
76 reviews
Starts
Sofia
Destinations
+15
Ends
Sofia
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Highlights

  • Enter the land of Game of Thrones in stunning Dubrovnik
  • Shop for souvenirs at the old Turkish bazaar in Sarajevo
  • Climb the Vitosha mountain and gaze down at Sophia
  • Admire the incredible medieval literary centre of Ohrid
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
25
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach / Bus
Operator
Penguin Travel
Start and end in Sofia! With the in-depth cultural tour Balkan Kaleidoscope, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and 15 other destinations in Europe. Balkan Kaleidoscope includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1. Sofia
  2. Day 2. Sofia – Kruševac – Studenica (Serbia)
  3. Day 3. Studenica – Visegrad – Sarajevo (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  4. Day 4. Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  5. Day 5. Sarajevo – Mostar – Trebinje – Dubrovnuk (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia)
  6. Day 6. Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  7. Day 7. Dubrovnik – Herzeg Novi – Kotor (Croatia/Montenegro)
  8. Day 8. Kotor – Pec (Montenegro/Kosovo)
  9. Day 9. Pec – Prizren (Kosovo)
  10. Day 10. Prizren – Tirana (Kosovo/Albania)
  11. Day 11. Tirana – Ohrid (Albania/Macedonia)
  12. Day 12. Ohrid - Skopje (Macedonia).
  13. Day 13. Skopje – Sofia (Macedonia/Bulgaria)
  14. Day 14. Departure

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

76 Reviews

Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Average
13%
Rather Poor
5%
Bad
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  • Written on August 17, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    This was an excellent tour that exceeded my expectations. Vera, our guide, and Nikolai, our driver, were wonderful. Vera is professional, personable and organized. Nikolai, our bus driver, was skilled, punctual and professional. I liked the balance of... Read more

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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 2
    Written on August 14, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an amazing tour and packed so much in, my only suggestion for improvement would be to have the tour over three weeks instead of two as everything was a bit rushed!

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    Written on July 17, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best holiday ever, exceeded our expectations for the price. Too many highlights, but I loved the fireflies when we stayed at the monestery in Serbia... Sarajevo was a highlight, and all the swimming. Such good information from our tour guide and all the... Read more

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  • Written on July 14, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Enjoyed everything about the tour. Great accommodation and good mix of travelling and 2 night stops. Thoroughly enjoyed a Hotel Splendido in Kotter. Best location by the water with a swimming pool with heated water as well. Our guide Rumi was totally... Read more

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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 5
    Written on July 13, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    This tour provides a great overview of some of the lesser visited countries in the Balkans. To see so many places involves a lot of driving but our driver, Emil, was fantastic. And our guide, Rumi, was wonderful and made sure everything went smoothly. She... Read more

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  • Written on July 13, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    Exceeded our expectations. On the go but a good pace. Avoiding where possible busy tourists routes. Very informative. Our guide Rumi was pleasant and calm. Skopje was a good addition to the last leg of tour.

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    Written on July 1, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    My family and I greatly enjoyed this memorable tour through 8 Balkan countries. It was a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about the complex histories and cultures of these countries. At various stops, we had knowledgeable local guides who led us on... Read more

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  • M
    Written on July 1, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Overall,this trip was very interesting! I got to see many countries that I never would have travelled to on my own. I really enjoyed Dubrovnik,Kotor, Mostar and many other places. I always felt safe with our bus driver navigating all the mountain roads.Our... Read more

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  • K
    Written on June 30, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Excellent Itinerary. We loved all the places that we visited and would have never been able to do these if were to travel on our own in the given amount of time. Mostar definitely needed a bit of more time. The stay near Studenica Monastery , Serbia was... Read more

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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 10
    Written on June 26, 2019
    2.5 - Average

    The Good The Bad and The Ugly. First the good: The tour is very ambitious and takes you to some incredible places. You see how different cultures live. The hotels on the whole were quite nice. The Bad: Too much drive time on bus. No bathroom on bus.... Read more

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    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Private airport transfers to/from your scheduled hotel are included in tour price on the arrival and departure days, no matter the time of arrival at Sofia Airport. If you arrive or depart outside of the tour itinerary transfers are able to be arranged for an additional cost.

    • Are entrance fees included in the tour price?

      Entrance fees are payable on arrival as Penguin Travel likes to give you the flexibility to choose the places you wish to visit on the tour.

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    About the countries

    Useful things to know before you go

    Currencies

    лв
    Lev
    Bulgaria
    Дин.
    Dinar
    Serbia
    KM
    Marka
    Bosnia
    kn
    Kuna
    Croatia
    Euro
    Montenegro and Kosovo
    Lek
    Lek
    Albania
    ден
    Denar
    Macedonia

    Plugs & Adapters

    Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia

    Visa

    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.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Bulgaria and Bosnia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Croatia and Albania. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Sofia.
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    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 23 October 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 23 October 2019, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with Penguin Travel. 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 60 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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    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Penguin Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,389 km.
    • Sofia (Bulgaria)
    • 243 km
    • Kragujevac (Serbia)
    • 133 km
    • Visegrad (Bosnia)
    • 84 km
    • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
    • 68 km
    • Mostar (Bosnia)
    • 82 km
    • Trebinje (Bosnia)
    • 21 km
    • Dubrovnik (Croatia)
    • 42 km
    • Herceg Novi (Montenegro)
    • 16 km
    • Perast (Montenegro)
    • 9 km
    • Kotor (Montenegro)
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