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Balkan Kaleidoscope - Penguin Travel
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Zahra "It was a wonderful trip.our leader Ivan although the first hours was silent but then he got familiar with all and managed everything on time.all suggestion by him we're accepted by the travelers because he seemed so honest and sweet. I travel a lot but I had never thought atrip to Balkans can be so interesting..we had almost wrong or incorrect in this tour we learned a lot about history and g..."
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36 reviews
Starts
Sofia
Destinations
+17
Ends
Sofia
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Highlights

  • Guaranteed departures
  • Experience the beauty and multiculturalism of the Balkans
  • Travel with local experts
  • cozy towns
  • Visit world heritage sites
Age range
10 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
22
Transportation
Coach / Bus
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 17 other destinations in Europe. Balkan Kaleidoscope includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • BC
    Written on April 7, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    For me this tour was just about perfect. Everything went like clockwork - each place we visited was either fascinating or beautiful (usually both), and our tour leader was dedicated, knowledgeable and very good company.
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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 2
    Written on October 28, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Enjoyed the entire trip. Excellent driver Rosen. Our guide Anton was alright. He helped our travel mates who lost the luggage and manage to have it delivered in Dubrovnik. He also helped to arrange another to go see a doctor in Kosovo for Bad rash. The places we visited were beautiful. Met wonderful people in my group. My favourites are Sarajevo, Kosovo and Tirana exceeded my expectation. Balkan kaleidoscope is a must for you! Good stuff for the price I pay for. Thank you for making mine a memorable and enjoyable one.
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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 3
    Written on October 28, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    We completed our Balkan kaleidoscope tour just today. Our experience reflected the itinerary. Needless to say, there are two or three very long days on the bus, with the last day simply being a return to the starting point in Sofia. Stops in Sarajevo, Kotor, and Ohrid were our favorites. Accommodations were good, but lots of hotels have no elevator, which was fine with us. We had lots of free time to explore on our own. I guess my only real criticism comes as a result of comparing Penguin Tours/Tour Radar with Trafalgar and OAT tours that I’ve been on. In these past tours, the tour guides spoke at length each and every day about what we would see that day, including history, local customs, little fun facts that we found interesting. This was not the case on this tour. Our “guide” did perform the clerical work (was the liaison with customs officials, arranged a few lunch reservations, told us when we would stop for breaks and lunch, and when we would begin the next day’s bus ride), but I guess I was expecting more facts as we rode. Another interesting datapoint: in the email I just received from Tour Radar asking us to complete an evaluation, they specifically used the term, “Tour guide.” Penguin Tours, however, prefers the term “tour leader,” who I guess is not expected to act in the capacity of a full-fledged guide. Additionally, our leader’s self-imposed dress code (sloppy and very casual) and personal hygiene (shower, please) were less than acceptable. Our bus driver, who did very well getting us everywhere safely, dressed professionally (shirt and tie). Bottom line: for the price, we got our money’s worth.
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  • RY
    Written on October 17, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    This trip is good value for money and a fantastic way to see the beautiful landscapes of the Balkans while learning the history, both ancient and recent, of this fascinating part of Eastern Europe. If you're happy to have basic but not luxurious accommodation (I was) and don't mind carrying your own luggage at times (I don't) and want a taste of eight different countries in two weeks then this tour is for you. There are about three days overall of longish bus travel (6 or more hours) but most days were much less than that with a pre-organised tour at all major stop offs and free time afterwards to explore for yourself. If you like physical activity (I do) then there's not much scheduled (although a few of the tour options had some moderate inclines) but there are plenty of scenic places to walk and hills to climb in your own time. Dubrovnik, Montenegro and Lake Ohrid (Macedonia) also offer beautiful swimming opportunities. Food was perfectly good for my taste but I'm happy with most things. Guide Atanas and assistant guide Pavo were helpful and friendly with good organisation and great English. Only downside is that there are a couple of places (e.g. Dubrovnik, Montenegro) where it would have been nice to spend longer just to take in the beauty and chill-out for a while but that's the price you pay for getting to so many countries in a short time frame. A more detailed written daily schedule would have been useful too. Overall thought this is a really great trip that I would recommend.
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  • GH
    Written on October 7, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Tour leader Atanas Dochev was excellent, very helpful Guide trainee Pavel: very helpful Driver: without complaint Transport: I assume that the bus is a second hand one from Germany or Austria, bus generally fair Program: very good, except Mokra Gora (tourist trap only) Accommodations: most hotels are unsuitable for international guests (no lift, no possibility to park the bus in front of the hotel, rooms are partly very poor)
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  • MK
    Written on October 6, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    Most of the hotels r bad, hotel locations r horrible,walking to most hotels r very hard, most hotels have no shampoo or body wash.
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  • M
    Written on September 28, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Wow, what a tour. Eight countries in 14 days (an itinerary I couldn't get through without this tour) - 19 travellers, a guide, an offsider and a driver. Thankyou so much to all involved as I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Accommodations were fine, not without the odd hiccup but its all part of the journey. The bus was comfortable, the driving was excellent and what our great guide Ivan didn't know could be easily found online or in a book. For me it was about being there and this tour ticked the boxes. Thanks again.
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  • JR
    Written on September 25, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    The guide was a back room clerk of Penguin who missed important details occasionally. Restaurants and hotels were fine EXCEPT Priszen Hotel, next to the mosque at 4 AM,, and breakfast was minimal also there (others excellent)
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  • ZH
    Written on September 23, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    It was a wonderful trip.our leader Ivan although the first hours was silent but then he got familiar with all and managed everything on time.all suggestion by him we're accepted by the travelers because he seemed so honest and sweet. I travel a lot but I had never thought atrip to Balkans can be so interesting..we had almost wrong or incorrect in this tour we learned a lot about history and geography. .. All hotels were really nice except in Student monastry, of course not unbearable. All local guides very patient and knowledegeble..
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  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 10
    Written on September 22, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    A great tour-value for money, great itinerary, very good guide and excellent driver
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  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 – Cetinje – Pec (Montenegro/Kosovo)
  9. Day 9. Pec – Prizren (Kosovo)
  10. Day 10. Prizren – Tirana (Kosovo/Albania)
  11. Day 11. Tirana – Berat (Albania)
  12. Day 12. Berat – Ohrid (Albania/Macedonia)
  13. Day 13. Ohrid – Sofia (Macedonia/Bulgaria). 
  14. Day 14. Departure

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • April 20, 2018

      Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Of course, we can! Once you have a confirmed booking on this tour, we can request additional accommodation for you with the tour operator.

    • May 1, 2017

      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.

    • May 1, 2017

      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.
    Trusted
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Penguin Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 July 2018 the full payment of $1,008 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1008 for Balkan Kaleidoscope, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
    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 1,456 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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