Sounds of Balkans-Tour through Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey

A 21-day journey through the culture of the Balkans!

Balkans is a multicultural region, nevertheless, every country connects to each other through either food, religion, history or music. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience this fascinating region and discover its treasures!

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Athens, Greeve
  • Included

    Our Deluxe Motorcoaches
    Our Experienced Tour Director
    Our Expert Guides
    Our Unsurpassed Service

Day 1: Arrival Athens

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, your Tour Director will greet you and transfer you to your hotel for Overnight.

Day 2: Ferry to Mykonos and Panoramic Tour of the Island

Early wake up today as you will embark you H/S Ferry to Mykonos.You will arrive at the “Island of the Winds”, Mykonos. Your driver will be waiting for you at the port to take you for your Panoramic tour, followed by a walk at the picturesque town of Mykonos. Later you will be transferred to your hotel for Overnight.

Day 3: Tour Delos Island and Ferry to Samos

Exciting day today as you will be visiting the most important archeological and mythological site in Greece, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, the sacred island of Delos. After a tour of the Island you will embark the boat to come back to the Island of Mykonos (Boat ride approx. 45mins). You will be given some free time at the town of Mykonos you will embark your Ferry from Mykonos to Syros and then from Syros on an overnight Ferry to Samos.

Day 4: Arrival Samos and Tour

Arrival at the Port of Samos. Samos is birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras and philosopher Epicurus, and is known for producing sweet Muscat wine. On the southeast coast, the remains of the ancient port of Pythagoreion include the 1,040-m underground Eupalinian aqueduct, built in the 6th century B.C. Enjoy a tour of the island and some free time in Pythagorion. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Ferry Samos to Kusadasi

Early morning again today as you have to be ready to embark your ferry to Kusadasi. The trip will be approx 1h15mins. Upon arrival at the beautiful port of Kusadasi will meet your local driver and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 6: Ephesus Tour

Second day in Kusadasi, you will meet your Turkish Guide and Driver and you will start your journey towards Ephesus! Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade bordered streets. You walk the marble-paved street with grooves made by chariot wheels and see the Fountain of Trojan, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theater. You also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and have a demonstration at a Turkish rug factory. Some free time for Lunch and then time permitting, you’ll visit the Basilica of St. John. Back to the hotel for Overnight.

Day 7: Kusadasi, Pergamon and Canakkale

Today you will be leaving Kusadasi and move towards Canakkale. On your way there you will make a stop at Pergamon for touring (Pergamon Acropolis, Temple of Trojan, Hellenistic Barracks, Library, Temple of Athena, Theater and Altar of Zeus) .Then you will continue towards your hotel for overnight.

Day 8: Canakkale, Troy and Istanbul

This morning be prepared for a long drive towards Istanbul. On your way there you will make a stop at the Archaeological Site of Troy, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site! Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the World, it has a history of more than 4,000 years!!

Day 9: Full day Istanbul Tour

Today you will visit The Blue mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and conclude at Topkapi palace;the largest palace in Turkey and main residence of the Sultans. Last but not least the famous Grand Bazaar one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops. Overnight at you Hotel.

Day 10: Istanbul Half day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Your tour today will begin with a visit the Spice Market, one of the largest bazaars in the city after the famous Grand Bazaar. Then you will get on board your Bosporus Cruise and enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul. Disembark your vessel and continue for an authentic Turkish farewell dinner. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 11: Day in Leisure

Profit this day to explore Istanbul on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 12: Istanbul to Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Early morning today as you are traveling from Turkey to Bulgaria in order to reach Plovdiv. There will be no touring today as the journey is long. The bus will make all the necessary stops on the way to Plovdiv for food and stretching. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 13: Tour Assenovgrad

Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Assenovgrad. You will travel a short 20km out of Plovdiv on the northern foot of Rodopi Mountains. First you will visit the Assenovgrad Fortress, situated there for thousands of years-had strategic purposes since the era of the Tracians. Then you will continue to Bachkovo Monastery and its old refectory with the fascinating frescoes. Break for lunch and back to Plovidv. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 14: Plovdiv to Thessaloniki

A scenic route through the Bulgaria country side will take you to the Greek Borders were you will meet your Greek driver and continue to Thessaloniki. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 15: City Tour Thessaloniki and Pella

Your day will begin with a guided tour of the Ancient site of Pella. Pella used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia in the Era of Alexander the Great! On your way back you will stop for lunch and continue to a city tour of Thessaloniki. Afternoon free and Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 16: Thessaloniki to Kalambaka

This morning we are driving south towards Kalambaka. On our way to Kalmbaka we will make a stop at the Ancient site of Berea. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 17: Kalambaka to Delphi

Today you will head towards Meteora monasteries. The monasteries are literally hanging couple hundred meters high on huge rocks. It is a miracle how the monks built those monasteries hundreds of years ago! Then you will continue to Delphi with a stop at Thermopyle for Pictures. You will overnight at Delphi.

Day 18: Delphi to Athens

The day begins with your touring of Delphi, home of the Delphic Oracle where Generals and Kings of the Ancient World would come and seek the prophecies of Pythia the priestess of the oracle. Then you continue to Athens for overnight.

Day 19: Acropolis & Acropolis Museum and Athens Sightseeing tour-Afternoon in Sounion

Your second day begins with a visit to the magnificent Parthenon temple dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, on top of Acropolis rocky hill overlooking Athens. You will continue with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, a true architectural marvel to admire archeological findings. Later your guide will walk you through Athens most important sites. Continue for a tour to Poseidon’s Temple at Cape Sounion and make pictures during the famous sunset showering the temple. Overnight in Athens

Day 20: Optional One Day Cruise

Today you have a free day to explore Athens on your own or to Join a One Day Cruise to the Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Overnight in Athens

Day 16: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Location

The Balkans

The Balkans, or the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in southeastern Europe with various and disputed definitions. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea
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