MASTERS OF THE SEAS
ULTIMATE PRIVATE BALKAN TOUR 14 DAYS
FROM 970 €
• ALL 5 SEAS AROUND THE BALKAN PENINSULA
• 6 COUNTRIES
• 9 MOST BEAUTIFUL HARBOURS
• 4 BOAT TRIPS (OPTIONAL)
• 10 UNESCO SITES
It is an amazing tour around the southern European seas. Yes, it is possible to be seen 5 different seas – the Black sea, The Sea of Marmara, The Aegean Sea, The Ionian Sea and The Adriatic Sea. Only in 13 days we will cross 6 countries and will stop in 9 extraordinary cities, including the 4 biggest ports in SE Europe.
The tour starts from Varna, Bulgaria, where the first European civilization created the very first high developed culture and Gold processing. The Black sea is so intrigue, that you will fall in love from the first word and sight.
Next stop will be Istanbul and The Sea of Marmara. The smallest sea in the region is one of the most important, because of the location between Europe and Asia. The Greatest and largest city in Europe will be our host and home for three days, showing us its beauty and colors.
On the Aegean Sea we will stop in two cities – Kavala and Thessaloniki. Both cities are amazing and we will spend 3 days, enjoying the preserved history and the clear water of the sea.
The Ionian Sea will enchant us with the deep blue water and atmosphere of old times. The life on the Ionian coast is so peaceful, but colorful, that everybody is dreaming to visit the places again. At least.
The last sea of our ultimate tour is The Adriatic Sea – the most famous and visited in Europe after the Mediterranean Sea. We just can’t avoid the fabulous Kotor and Dubrovnik and to feel the spirit of the Adriatic pearls.
Day 0 – Arriving on Varna International Airport (or Sofia with transfer to Varna – optional)
Day 1 – Varna, Bulgaria – The Black sea
The tour starts from Varna, Bulgaria, which is the biggest Bulgarian city on the sea coast and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Day tour from Varna to Kaliakra cape and Fortress, Shabla cape and the picturesque coast of the village of Tyulenovo. City walking tour of Varna in the night.
The Black Sea is absolutely unique and the only one in the whole World with anoxic water on the lower layer (after 1200-2000 m depth). The sea is one of the oldest navigated and used for marine transport and thousands of ships laying on the bottom. BUT, here is the most interesting fact, because of the absolutely free of oxygen water, there is no life there. Nothing. So, all of the crushed ships are still there on the bottom, still looking just like in the day of the crush. So, that’s why, the marine archeologists name it “The biggest museum in the World”. This and many others very interesting stories about the Black sea we have in the sleeves, waiting to be said.
Day 2 – Nessebar, Bulgaria – The Black sea
In the morning we will start with the Archeological museum in Varna and the exhibition of the Oldest Gold in the World, dated to the 5th Millenia BC. Transfer on south to Nessebar, an UNESCO protected town on the southern seaside of Bulgaria. The city was founded millennia ago by the Thracians and later colonized by the Ancient Greeks. The city has always been very important port, cultural and religious center. Well preserved medieval churches from 10-14 centuries are symbol of Nessebar and excellent sample of the architectural style of Bulgarian Empire. There are ruins of the Ancient Theatre, the city walls and Early Christian basilica as well. Strongly recommended is the local sea food and cuisine.
Overnight in Nessebar in 4* hotel.
Day 3 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Sea of Marmara
The day will be mostly for the transfer to Istanbul, the largest city in Europe, the only one city on two continents. Night walking tour in the historical center of Istanbul with a local guide.
Overnight in Istanbul in 4* hotel.
Day 4 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Sea of Marmara
The program for the day is according to the interest of the travelers. We could enjoy the Marmara Sea with boat trip to the Princes’ Islands (optional, not included in the price), to visit the largest covered market “Kapala Charshi”, to visit the Palace “Topkapi”, the “Blue Mosque”, the greatest temple ever – “Hagia Sophia”. It will be full day sightseeing for sure.
Overnight in Istanbul in 4* hotel.
Day 5 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Sea of Marmara
One full day is not enough, so that’s why We will spend a second day here.
Overnight in Istanbul in 4* hotel.
Day 6 – Kavala, Greece – The Aegean Sea
The transfer between Istanbul and Kavala is half day, in the late afternoon we will be in Kavala, which is an amazing old city on the Aegean Sea. The preserved aqueduct of Roman times is the symbol of the city, as well as the hilly look of the Old Town. We will enjoy the local atmosphere, drinking coffee on the main street.
Overnight in Kavala in 4* hotel.
Day 7 and Day 8 – Thessaloniki, Greece – The Aegean Sea
Thessaloniki is the capital of region Central Macedonia, the most glorious city after Constantinople (Istanbul) in the Eastern Roman Empire. The biggest harbor on The Aegean Sea has always gathered people from Asia, Africa and the Balkans with its unique location and business opportunities. The program for the two days there is also full of interesting places – The Church of Saint Demetrius, White Tower of Thessaloniki, the ruins from Roman times, museums, restaurants and shops, or boat trip (optional, not included in the price).
Overnights in Thessaloniki 4* hotel
Day 9 and Day 10 – Saranda, Albania – The Ionian Sea
On the 9th day we will have transfer to Saranda, Albania. On the way to Albania we will use the ancient trace “Via Egnatia” and will cross amazing places in Northern Greece. In the afternoon we will be in Saranda, where will stay two days. On the second day will visit an Archeological park “Butrint” and as addition – half day boat trip to Corfu island (optional, not included in the price).
Overnights in Saranda 4* hotel.
Day 11 – Saranda – Gjirokastër – Durres, Albania – The Adriatic Sea
The Highlight on this day is Gjirokastër, which is not on the seacoast, but is so absolutely gorgeous, that must be visited. The city is in UNESCO World Heritage list and is fascinated with its preserved atmosphere, but most important, it still not crowded. On the hill over the city there is an Ottoman fortress, the best-preserved fort on the Balkans with stop breathing view to the mountains around. Be sure we will have time to enjoy the local espresso on the main market street.
Overnight in Durres 4* hotel
Day 12 and Day 13 – Kotor, Montenegro – The Adriatic Sea
Kotor bay and Kotor city are so fantastic, that we don’t know from where to start to describe them. The most Southern fiord in Europe is a deep two-levels bay with amazing Nature and History. Known as the Bride of Adriatic, the bay and the city have been in the hands of so many rulers, but always with it’s own domestic culture. Kotor is included in UNESCO both as Natural and Cultural Heritage site. Two days are not enough, but we’ll do our best and will show you the most remarkable spots there. Off course we will have time for boat trip in the bay and the nearby attractions (optional, not included in the price).
Overnights in Kotor 3* or 4* hotels
Day 14 – Dubrovnik, Croatia – The Adriatic Sea
The last day of our life time tour will be in Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic. The most visited site on the Balkans is full of interesting and fascinated places and stories. We will spend the day in the Old town, feeling the atmosphere of Dubrovnik.
Overnight in 4* hotel in Dubrovnik
Day 15 – departure from Dubrovnik International Airport (or Zagreb with transfer from Dubrovnik – optional)
Date: On request
Group of 2 – 1750 € per person
Group of 4 – 1320 € per person
Group of 6 – 1080 € per person
Group of 7 – 970 € per person
– Transfers from Varna airport and to Dubrovnik airport
– Accommodation in 3* hotels
– Transport with comfortable car/mini-van
– Bottle of water every day
– Local tour leader and guide along the whole tour
– Sightseeings like described in the programme
– Local guides where is need
– 24hrs assistance
– Organisation of the programme
– Travel insurance
Price does not includes:
– Personal expenses
– Optional activities along the tour
– Air tickets
– Personal insurance