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BEST OF THE
WESTERN BALKANS

Available tour dates:
April 25 - May 8, 2021 (available)
This tour will take you on a journey across the Western Balkans, one of the forgotten corners of Europe. We will visit two of the newest states in Europe - Kosovo and Montenegro. In Kosovo we will explore the country's rich Medieval heritage, but also the recently healed wounds from the last war in Yugoslavia. We will take back roads and marvel the natural beauty of Montenegro and its elegant sea ports of Budva and Kotor. We can't miss Albania, once the most secretive state on the continent, now a country bustling with life. In North Macedonia we will visit colourful churches and mosques in Ohrid and Tetovo, and dig into the multi-layered capital Skopje. We start and finish the tour in Sofia, Bulgaria, giving us the chance to get to know some hidden pearls in western Bulgaria.
14 days, 13 nights

SOFIA/1 night – BOYANA CHURCHKYUSTENDIL/1 night – PRISTINAPEJE/1 night – HIGH DECHANI MONASTERYPRIZRENPEJE/1 night – BUDVA/1 night – KOTORBUDVA/1 night – SKADAR LAKE BUDVA/1 night – SHKODER TIRANA/2 nights – ST. NAUM MONASTERYOHRID/2 nights – TETOVOGORNO NEREZI SKOPJE/1 night – STARO NAGORICHANESOFIA/1 night
Day 1, Sunday
Welcome to Bulgaria!
We will meet in the afternoon at our tour hotel – the cozy and well located Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel. We will have a welcome meeting followed by an orientation walk and dinner in a selected restaurant.

Overnight in Sofia, Crystal Palace, one night. Dinner.
Day 2, Monday
After breakfast we will depart to Kyustendil in Western Bulgaria. En route we will stop at the Boyana church, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a small pre-renaissance gem with numerous murals from the twelfth-thirteenth centuries. Then we will drive south on some picturesque roads, surrounded by fields, vineyards, rivers and mountains. We will arrive and have lunch in Kyustendil, and check in at our spa hotel. Kyustendil is a spa town with numerous hot water springs, Ottoman architecture and the home to the "Saviour" of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust – then deputy-speaker of the parliament – Dimitar Peshev. Together we will have a short walk in town and visit to his home, now turned into a small museum. The rest of the day you will have some free time to rest, explore the gallery of one of the most famous Bulgarian artists of the twentieth century, Vladimir Dimitrov Maistora (The Master), or enjoy the spa facilities of our hotel. Today dinner is on your own.

Overnight in Kyustendil, Strimon Hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 3, Tuesday
Today we are crossing two borders. The first one is to Macedonia, half an hour ride from Kyustendil. Then we will drive towards another border, this time between Macedonia and Kosovo. Welcome to Kosovo, Europe's youngest state! We will drive straight to its capital, Prishtinë. We will cross the center of the city and have a stop at the Bill Clinton monument for a photo op. A walk in the city, and free time for lunch. Continue to Pejë (Peς in Serbian). Upon arrival we will visit the UNESCO listed Monastery of Pejë (with special permission). This is where Serbian Patriarchs have resided for centuries. The churches have been decorated by the most famous artists of the time. Frescoes date back to the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. We have a very special appointment to visit the monastery, as it is an area strictly defended by UN troops. Check in to our Hotel Dukadjini. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight in Pejë, Dukadjini Hotel, two nights. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 4, Wednesday
After breakfast depart for Prizren, a roughly two hour ride. We will walk along Old Prizren to see some of the highlights of the town, including the fourteenth century Church of Mary of Levish, also on the UNESCO list. The church was badly damaged in 2004. Today only a small part of the altar remains. We will also have a look at the Sinan Pasha Mosque, dating back to the early seventeenth century. It is believed that the construction material was taken from the nearby Monastery of Holy Archangels. And if restoration is complete we'll see the old Turkish baths in the center of Prizren – Gazi Mehmet Pasha Hammam. During our walk we will see one of the oldest trees in these lands, an 800 years old sycamore tree. After our walk we will have lunch in a tavern in Prizren. In the afternoon we will head back to Pejë. On the way back we will stop at the Monastery of St. Stephen in High Dechani, also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Overnight in Pejë, Dukadjini Hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 5, Thursday
In the morning we depart towards the city of Budva in Montenegro, making stops for lunch and to admire the scenery en route. Welcome to Montenegro! We will cross mountains, gorges, spectacular canyons, mountain rivers and small autumn-colored valleys. In the later afternoon we will arrive in Budva. We will stay in a hotel on the ramparts of the Old Town. Time for rest or explore the charming narrow streets of the Old town. Dinner on your own this evening.

Overnight in Budva, Astoria Hotel, three nights. Breakfast.
Day 6, Friday
In the morning we will drive to nearby pretty Kotor for a sightseeing tour. One of the Pearls of the Adriatic coastline, Kotor was founded in the 2nd century BC as a Roman town. Nowadays the city is in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its old town is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. We will see much - including the Cathedral of St. Tryphon (from the twelfth century), long sections of the defensive walls (Byzantine and Venetian), and much more. After grabbing lunch in Kotor, we will drive around Boca Kotor – the most south situated European fjord. In the late afternoon we return to Budva for dinner on your own or an evening stroll.

Overnight in Budva, Astoria Hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 7, Saturday
In the morning we will go from Budva to Virpazar for our boat cruise of Skadar lake. While on the boat we will pass by (but not actually access, as it is not accessible, being full of snakes and birds) the Montenegrin Alcatraz, island of Grmozur. We will also see the Moraca canyon and wetlands area, famous for its waterlilies and variety of birds, with the Dalmatian Pelican as the prettiest of all. The boat cruise will take about four hours. When we are back at Virpazar, we will have lunch prepared with local products. Afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight in Budva, Astoria Hotel, third night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 8, Sunday
Today we will have a look at St Stefan island – Montenegro's pearl. Dating back to the fifteenth century, the island was first inhabited by fishermen. In Yugoslavian times it was transformed into a luxury resort for the rich and famous. Its glory reached its zenith in the 1970s. Views are fairytale-like: terracotta rooftops over the blue sky and sea. The island is now closed for tourists unless one is willing to pay thousands for an overnight there. We will then continue our drive south to Albania where our first visit will be at Shkoder. Welcome to Albania! We will see the castle of Rozafa over the lake - perched at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. It is believed to have been used since ancient times by the Illyrians until it was captured by the Romans in second century BC. Nowadays remains are predominantly of a Venetian origin. We can enter the castle for an opportunity to see the valley from above. After lunch on our own, we will continue to Tirana (around 3 hours) arriving by about 6:00 PM. Our accommodation is at the four-star hotel Kotoni. We will grab dinner in a selected restaurant nearby.

Overnight in Tirana, Boutique Hotel Kotoni, two nights. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 9, Monday
In the morning we will walk to Skanderbeg Square, the main landmark of the city, named after the Albanian national hero. We will have a look at the famous painted Et'hem Bey Mosque, in the style of Ottoman "rococo", amazing for its colors and floral motives. Pilgrims from far and wide reach the Et'hem Bey Mosque to offer prayers. We will also have a look at the Clock Tower, National History Museum, Palace of Culture, the Ruins of Justinian Castle, the monument to Mother Albania and The National Gallery. During our walk we will visit the newly-opened House of Leaves museum, which housed the national surveillance agency during communism. We will have a chance to meet a political prisoner who survived the regime and hear his story. You will have the afternoon on your own to explore the bustling Albanian capital.

Overnight in Tirana, Boutique Hotel Kotoni, second night. Breakfast.
Day 10, Tuesday
In the morning we will depart to the UNESCO museum town of Ohrid in Macedonia – around 3.30 hours, depending on traffic at the border. We will stop for lunch at the St. Naum monastery, just across from the border. We will have lunch in a good local restaurant near the springs of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia's only UNESCO site. After lunch we can take a little row boat to see the springs, followed by a visit to the monastery of St. Naum. The monastery, established by St Naum, a disciple of St Cyril and Methodius, operated from the end of tenth to the beginning of eleventh century. In the afternoon we depart for nearby Ohrid where we can have dinner on our own in a selected restaurant, walking distance to the hotel.

Overnight in Ohrid, Tino Hotel, two nights. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 11, Wednesday
After breakfast we will have a sightseeing tour in the Old City of Ohrid. We will start a day with a panoramic boat ride in Ohrid Lake (if weather permits) to admire the beauty of Macedonia's gem. The town and the Lake are protected by UNESCO as rare architectural and natural phenomena. It is said that Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Its basilicas ornated with luxurious mosaics, valuable archaeological sites and an antique theater: Ohrid was an important religious and cultural center of the ancient era. Plenty of frescoes, wood-carvings and icons can be seen in the churches. Our city sightseeing tour of Ohrid will include the churches of St. Nikola, Virgin Mary Bolnichna, St. Sofia, St. Mary Perivleptos, all with world famous frescoes and icons, the Samuel fortress, the Plaoshnic (first Slavic university), the ancient Roman theater, the church of St. Jovan Kaneo and more. Lunch and afternoon on your own. Tonight we will enjoy a hearty Macedonian dinner.

Overnight in Ohrid, Tino Hotel, second night. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 12, Thursday
We will take the road to Skopje with a detour to Tetovo to visit the famous painted wooden mosque, dating back to the fifteenth century. Its colorful decorations and frescoes inside make it one of the prettiest mosques on our planet. Our next stop will be in the Vodno mountain, overlooking Skopje, the Macedonian capital: the monastery of St. Pantaleimon. Then we will drive to Skopje to have lunch, and then check in our hotel. In the afternoon we will explore the center of Skopje – Macedonia Square with its numerous monuments, the dominating statue of Alexander the Great, the medieval stone bridge and the small alleys of the old bazaar. The bazaar is the biggest of its kind (open-air) in the Balkans. We will also have a look at the house-museum of Mother Teresa, who was born here more than a century ago. We will have lunch in a place where locals enjoy kevapi and other traditional food.

Overnight in Skopje, Aleksandar Square Hotel - one night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 13, Friday
After breakfast we check out and depart to Bulgaria. Before leaving Skopje, we will visit the small church of St. Spas, which amazes with its wood-carved iconostasis. Our next stop will be the church of St. George at Staro Nagorichane. The Church of St. George was constructed in the 14th century on the remains of an earlier church, founded probably by the Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV Diogenus (1068-1071). Independent lunch in the area. Then on to the border with Bulgaria and to Sofia. Arrival in Sofia where we check-in to the Hotel Crystal Palace. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at a selected nearby restaurant.

Overnight in Sofia, Crystal Palace Hotel, one night. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 14, Saturday
Tour over after breakfast.
Farewell and hope to see you again!
€3347 per person, sharing double or twin room, €420 single supplement.
Maximum number of travelers is12.

Price includes
  • Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis as follow:
  • Private transportation (van or minibus depending on the number of people), including all border and toll taxes, parking fees, daily allowance and accommodation for the driver outside Sofia;
  • English-speaking guide services, including tour-guide's accommodation outside Sofia and daily allowance;
  • Local tour guides in (tips included):
  • Tickets for all museums and sites according to the itinerary;
  • Meals – all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (bread, water, tips for the waiters included), alcoholic beverages not included;
  • Welcome drink on Day 1;
  • Boat rides in Skadar lake, Montenegro and Ohrid Lake, Macedonia;
  • Complimentary bottled water on the bus;
  • Welcome pack with maps, brochures, etc.
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, mini-bar, laundry;
  • Flights;
  • Personal travel and medical insurance;
  • Independent meals according the itinerary;
  • Traditional tips for the lead tour guide and driver;
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment
Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and send it to office@lyuba.tours or stefan@lyuba.tours. A deposit at the amount of EUR 500 per person is required to assure your place on the tour. The final payment to be made no later than February 15, 2020. For all payments invoices with all banking details of Lyuba Tours 2007 will be sent. Payments by bank wire accepted after receiving the invoice.

Extra nights in Sofia and transfers
We are staying at Crystal Palace Hotel in Sofia. If you want to spend a night or two prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the hotel. No transfers from Sofia airport to the hotel or from the hotel to Sofia airport are included in the tour cost. You can always arrange a transfer through the hotel or you can use a different means of transportation (subway, public bus, taxi cab – details to be sent separately).

Flights
We do not arrange flights. You are responsible for booking your flight ticket. We can always help you with an advice on that.

Tour information
On receipt of deposit, Lyuba Tours will send a confirmation of space by an e-mail. Updates will be sent from time to time. After final payment is received, study material and a letter will be sent with information regarding luggage allowance, weather, packing, and money. About 30 days prior to departure, we will send final documents via e-mail. They will consist of hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-minute notes. All tour members must meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure timely processing of tour material. Upon arrival in Bulgaria, Stefan will provide maps of countries, alphabet, short dictionary list and other useful materials.

Customs and entry requirements
A passport with validity through May 2020 is required. No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia or Albania for fewer than 90 days. In the section for visas/entries and departures your passport should have space for entry and exit stamps. If not a U.S. citizen, passenger is responsible for obtaining whatever documentation is necessary for entry into countries to be visited. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance
We strongly advise to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. Traveler is advised that insurance is available covering trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain travel-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Most insurance companies now have a clause which invalidates the insurance if there is a "pre-existing condition." If you have such a medical problem yourself, or a situation in the family, which could very well cause you to cancel (such as an ill elderly parent), please consider taking the insurance soon after making your deposit. The insurance companies now offer to drop the "pre-existing exclusion" when insurance for the full non-refundable cost of the trip is purchased within 21 days of the initial trip deposit if purchasing Worldwide Trip Protector.

Group size and composition
Small groups make difference! Our groups consist of no more than 12 tour members plus the lead guide. This will allow us to be more flexible and explore the countries off the beaten track. The tour cost is based on minimum of 6 participants. On the trip status date of July 15, 2019 (or before if the trip is confirmed a go), all the participants with paid tour costs will be contacted by Lyuba Tours.

This special tour will be mostly composed of Lyuba Tours or Rick Steves' Europe tour alumni. You will enjoy traveling together with like-minded folks with hearts open to the big beautiful world and its peoples!

Ground transportation
We will travel throughout Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania in comfortable, air-conditioned private minibus or smaller vehicle with smaller group. Smoking is NOT permitted on the vehicles. Seating will be rotated.

Health regulations
No inoculations are required. Please see the CDC's website for recommendations: www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC INFO. We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster.

Health considerations
To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven or cobbled streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form. Lyuba Tours reserves the right not to accept or retain as a tour passenger any person whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or affects the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other passengers. A refund for unused tour services is the limit of Lyuba Tours liability if such person is required to leave the tour.

Opportunities for adventure
This tour is designed for those interested in learning about the history, culture, and natural areas of Bulgaria, Macedonia Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania. This is a moderately active program (soft adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. Don't expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy
We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We've spent months researching and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings.

Changes in itinerary
Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardize the traveler's comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travelers. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure.

Cancellations and refunds
Should Lyuba Tours cancel a departure for the reason of insufficient number of participants to operate the tour with no increase in cost, a full refund of all monies paid will be made.

On the participant's part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of EUR 300, irrespective of reason up until July 15. Cancellation between July 16 and July 30 will result in a cancellation fee of EUR 500. Thereafter, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour cost paid. Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement not be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found.

Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount.

Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable. Cancellations will only be accepted via an e-mail.
Questions and answers
What clothes should we pack? What will the weather be like?
Weather will be pleasant: this is the best time to travel the region, not too warm, not too cold. Rain and sudden drops in temperatures are still possible, though. Make sure you dress in layers, with a water and wind proof outer layer, and good sturdy walking shoes.
Meet your guide
STEFAN BOZADZHIEV
Stefan was born and raised in Kazanlak, the capital of Bulgaria's Valley of Roses. He's been guiding since age
16 and still loves being on the road with friends and guests. The region he loves is the Balkans. His interests include art history, archaeology, and architecture with a pint of traditional cuisine.
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