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Balkan Kaleidoscope - Penguin Travel
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14 days

Balkan Kaleidoscope

Start and end in Sofia
Tour Operator:
Penguin Travel
Max group size:
25
Age range:
18 to 80
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
85180
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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

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Itinerary

Start and end in Sofia! With the In-depth Cultural tour Balkan Kaleidoscope, you have a 14 days 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.
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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
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  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Accommodation
    Good
    4.0
  • Food
    Good
    3.9
  • 4.2
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  • L
    · August 2nd, 2020
    The tour guide was very nice and she solved every difficult we had. The places selected were outstanding. We also met interesting people from different parts of the world, such as Canada, Australia, USA and Ireland. We were the only Soutamerican in the... Show more
    Trip date: May 2018
  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 2
    · January 13th, 2020
    I did this tour in April 2019 and had a wonderful experience. I loved the itinerary - it was fast-paced, but I felt like I had enough time in each country to discover their culture and history. There’s a lot of travel time, so if you don’t like long... Show more
    Trip date: March 2019
  • D
    · November 5th, 2019
    This was my first trip out of the USA and the tour was everything I hoped for and much more. It was a great tasting of each country, the culture the sites and the local tour guides was a really nice touch. Vera is an excellent tour guide, from working... Show more
    Trip date: July 2019
  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 4
    · October 30th, 2019
    Great tour. Simply amazing
    Trip date: October 2019
  • CH
    · October 27th, 2019
    The itenerary was good as it covered the Countries I wanted to visit. The guides are good and driver too.
    Trip date: October 2019
  • Balkan Kaleidoscope reviewer 6
    · October 26th, 2019
    Wifi needed in the long bus rides
    Trip date: October 2019
  • PK
    · October 26th, 2019
    The whole experience was very good. There were some long travelling days but that was expected. It was a great way to get a snapshot of the Balkans.
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    Trip date: October 2019
  • PC
    · October 23rd, 2019
    This is a great tour that gives you an introduction to some of the highlights of the Balkans.
    Trip date: October 2019
  • JS
    · October 23rd, 2019
    Tour covers a lot of ground and you get to experience true Balkan culture. Most hotels are located in the city center, so you can easily walk to cultural sites and enjoy the local restaurants/ shops. For most countries on this tour, the cost for good... Show more
    Trip date: September 2019
  • MB
    · October 22nd, 2019
    Excellent tour- very good schedule- great tour guide= Vera.
    Trip date: October 2019

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Balkan Kaleidoscope
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the mandatory local payment?

      The local payment goes directly to all of the local guides on your tour to thank them for their service, so you don't have to worry about tipping them. This payment is mandatory and will be added to your tour price upon booking.

    • 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.

    • How many countries does this tour cover?

      There are 9 countries. Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia.

    • What is the age range?

      This tour is suitable for anyone within the age range of 10 to 80+ years old. This means that unfortunately infants and children under the age of 10 are not eligible to participate in this tour.

    • How many meals are included?

      There are 13 breakfasts included during the tour.

    • Do I need a visa?

      As a tour booking website, TourRadar cannot organise visas for you on your behalf as the visa requirements are regularly being updated and vary for the nationality of one traveller to the next. It is for this reason that we recommend checking with your local embassy or consulate website for the latest up to date information.

    • What is the capacity of the minivans used?

      Penguin Travel generally uses minivans that can accommodate up to 8 passengers, however, they do have bigger ones that can seat up to 16 people.

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The optional day-trip excursions for this tour are:

      Sofia City Tour by Bike. Price per person: €30 (2+ рeople €22)
      UNESCO Heritage - Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Price per person: €70 (2+ people €40)
      Ancient History, Spa & Wine. Koprivshtitsa and Starosel. Price per person: €110 (2+ people €65)
      Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery and Assen’s Fortress. Price per person: €105 (2+ рeople €60)
      Walking tour Vitosha and Dragalevtsi Monastery including Cherni Vruh Climb (2290 m). Price per person: €70 (2+ people €40)
      Trekking in Rila Mountains and Mt. Mousala Climb (2925 m). Price per person: €105 (2+ people €60)
      Balkan Horseriding. Glozhene Monastery Ride. Price per person: €105 (2+ people €60)
      Horseriding in the Rodopi Mountains. Price per person: €125 (2+ people €70)
      Mountain Biking in Vitosha. Price per person: €80 (2+ рeople €50)
      Cycling in the Balkan Mountains. Price per person: €95 (2+ рeople €55)
      Iskar Kayaking. Price per person: €105 (2+ рeople €65)
      Paragliding - Sofia from the Above. Price per person: €110 (2+ рeople €75)

      The tour operator has advised that these optional excursions are available for guests only who arrive or leave a few days out of the scheduled tour. Please be aware, that the list is a guideline only, and the prices are subject to change.

    • Are the flights included?

      Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price and you need to arrange these separately by yourself once your tour is guaranteed. As we specialise in organising the best tours around the world for you, we are unable to advise on flight prices or book flights on your behalf. If you have not already booked your flights we recommend checking out the following link which is powered by Skyscanner - https://flights.tourradar.com

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    Good to Know

    • Currencies
      Euro
      Kosovo
      L
      Lek
      Albania
      KM
      Convertible Mark
      Bosnia
      лв.
      Bulgarian Lev
      Bulgaria
      kn
      Kuna
      Croatia
      ден
      Denar
      Macedonia
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F.

      Type C
      Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia
      Type E
      Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia
      Type F
      Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      • Tick-borne encephalitis - Recommended for Albania and Croatia. Ideally 6 months before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Bosnia and Bulgaria. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • 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.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before October 1st, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after October 1st, 2021, 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 prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Penguin Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "Penguin Travel" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
    • Cancellation Policy
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