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Balkan Kaleidoscope - Penguin Travel
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michael "A very quick snapshot of many countries, nothing to in-depth. A few more night stops in some of the countries would have made it better in my opinion. I would have even been willing to pay a bit more for that chance. As for the price of this trip, it was very economical for what we got. The accommodation was well located in the center of cities. Just be prepared for lugging your bags upstairs (no..."
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49 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
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, 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.

49 Reviews

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64%
Good
26%
Average
6%
Rather Poor
4%
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  • SC
    Written on September 2, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was a brilliant tour that took in all of the Western Balkans. Every day was exciting. There were so many beautiful cities and towns that we stayed at or visited including Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Prizren, Berat, Ohrid and my favourite, Sarajevo. The accommodation was quite a lot better than I expected considering the price of the tour. Boris was an excellent coach driver and Rumi an outstanding tour guide. She was friendly and open and always helpful, but she could be firm with the hotel staff on issues that affected our stay such as breakfast times and check in times. I am exclusively a solo traveler so this tour was a new experience for me and far exceeded all my expectations. The Balkans are starting to draw attention as a travel destination and after this tour it is obvious why. Our tour was unbeatable value for money and delivered in spades on all counts. Thank you to Penguin Travel and staff for such a wonderful experience.
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  • D
    Written on August 30, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great trip with an opportunity to see everything we hoped and more. Great itinerary with very little down time (other than on the bus traveling). All the hotels were in great locations - with no more than a 10 minute walk to places for food and drink. All hotels were clean, have soap (some not shampoo) and good TV's , internet at most good speed.
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  • RT
    Written on August 27, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was a quick overview of the Balkans, with stops in most countries for 2 days, sometimes in one location, sometimes in two locations. Rumi did a good job of handling logistics while Boris was a highly skilled bus driver. We had an additional guide-in-training for the run, Ivan, who was very helpful, especially, when I was sick with a stomach bug. The boutique hotels were often quite good, and varied in places from modern, to updated, but quaint, locations in some of the older towns. Other than Dubrovnik, the food was often very good, and inexpensive. Local guides did walking tours in many locations, giving a detailed flavor to each city or country that would not have been possible otherwise. It was a whirlwind, but we enjoyed it very much. Our tour-mates were almost entirely well-traveled individuals and couples. We would highly recommend this tour to people who are looking to explore a relatively untouristed area, to get a look at what countries or cities they may want to spend more time in later. We will be going back to some of our favorite locations.
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  • JH
    Written on August 27, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    very good tour of the balkans
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  • A
    Written on August 15, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    great group,great guide
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  • AG
    Written on August 7, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    our guide was the best and a very good group to travel with
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  • A
    Written on July 15, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    I'm glad I went to the Balkans with a tour instead of doing it solo, I would have been lost without someone guiding me. It was difficult finding dishes that didn't have meat. Not a vegetarian or vegan friendly trip. But overall I'd recommend this tour!
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  • S
    Written on July 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    As in previous reviews this is an excellent survey tour of the lower half of Eastern Europe. The guide and driver were excellent. The bus, 15 passenger van, was comfortable with a group of 12. Accomodations ranged from average to excellent. Meals, breakfasts, were satisfactory. Most stops were provided with local tour guides who narrated walking tours with cultural and historical highlights. This is a good introduction into an area of Europe less well known. A suggestion would be to have more 2 overnight stops to enable better exploration of the cities. I recommend this tour if this is what you are interested in.
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  • A
    Written on June 12, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Good and helpful guide and an excelent driver
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  • M'
    Written on June 6, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    A very quick snapshot of many countries, nothing to in-depth. A few more night stops in some of the countries would have made it better in my opinion. I would have even been willing to pay a bit more for that chance. As for the price of this trip, it was very economical for what we got. The accommodation was well located in the center of cities. Just be prepared for lugging your bags upstairs (no elevators/lifts in some). Plus a few of the hotels were far from where the bus dropped us off.(2-3 minute walk) The morning meals were good and plenty, with both hot and cold food options. The city tours were informative. Although, some complained they were a bit long. The average walking time was 2 hours (summer months can be hot). Changing money was no problem (bring both cash and debit cards as some places are better than others. although, we had no problems with either). Very safe countries. Never felt unsafe at any time.This is a great part of the world to visit and now is the time to go. So if you want just a small glimpse into this area of the world for an economical price, then this is a good trip and penguin is a good operator. If you want something more in-depth or more adventure oriented then this trip is NOT for you.
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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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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

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    • 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.

    • 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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    Balkan Kaleidoscope

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    • Saturday
      Oct 6, 2018
      from Sofia
      14 Days
      Friday
      Oct 19, 2018
      to Sofia
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      $42
      USD $1,005
      + $118 Local payment

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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 25 November 2018 the full payment of $1,005 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 $1005 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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