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MIDDLE BYZANTINE BALKAN TOUR : SERBIA AND MACEDONIA
Day 1 : Morning departure from Belgrade and drive along highway to Batocina and further to Kraljevo. Tour of Zica Monastery /13th century/. Drive on along the “Kings Road” to Studenica Monastery complex. Accommodation in monastic dormitory, “monastic dinner”. Overnight.
Day 2 : After breakfast tour of Studenica Monastery complex. Drive along the picturesque Ibar River Gorge to Stara Pavlica Church and Nova Pavlica Monastery and sightseeing. Drive on to Novi Pazar and tour of the St Peter’s and Paul Church, the oldest Christian church in the Balkans of Byzantine architecture. Traditional lunch in Novi Pazar downtown. Sightseeing of Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery – St George’s Pillars Monastery, dominating over the town from the woody hill. Drive on to Sopocani Monastery and tour of Holy Trinity Church housing wonderful frescoes that are considered the peak of Medieval paintings. Drive back to Novi Pazar and hotel accommodation, overnight.
Day 3 : After breakfast drive along gorgeous scenery via Rozaje /Montenegro/ to Pec. Tour of Pec Patriarchate Complex of four Medieval churches featuring beautiful fresco decoration which are UNESCO heritage. Drive on to Decani Monastery, the most magnificent Serbian Medieval Monastery which is UNESCO Heritage. Drive on to Prizren, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo and Metohija and hotel accommodation. Walking tour to the old town and sightseeing of The Holy Virgin of Ljevis Church /UNESCO site/ and the old quarter of Prizren. Traditional dinner, overnight.
Day 4 : After breakfast departure for Macedonia. Drive along the western part of Macedonia to Mavrovo National Park. Short brake for refreshment. Drive on to St John Bigorski Monastery /11th century/ which is considered one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Balkans and sightseeing. Drive on to Ohrid and hotel accommodation. Evening stroll through the center of Ohrid. Traditional dinner, overnight
Day 5 : After breakfast half-day sightseeing of Ohrid – UNESCO “Town – Museum” : Church of the Holy Virgin Peribleptos which is also known as St. Clement Church /13th century/, St. Sophia Cathedral /11th century/ and St. Panteleimon Church /9th century/. Tour ends at the Ohrid local bazaar. Afternoon free for individual program. Traditional dinner, overnight.
Day 6 : After breakfast tour of famous St Naum Monastery /9th century/ and sightseeing. Short refreshment on the springs of Crni Drim /Black Drim/ River. Return to Ohrid and visit to the Icon Gallery and filigree shop, selling famous Ohrid pearls. Afternoon free at leisure. Traditional dinner, overnight.
Day 7 : After breakfast drive to Bitola and tour of Heraclea archaeological site. Short walk along the downtown of Bitola with the old bazaar. Drive onward Skopje with stop over in Stobi for touring the Stobi archaeological site. Drive on to Skopje, capital of Macedonia and hotel accommodation. Walk through the old part of the town with visit to St Savior Church and the Stone Bridge. Traditional dinner, overnight.
Day 8 : After breakfast tour of St Panteleimon Monastery in Nerezi village, one of the best preserved Byzantine churches in the Balkans with beautiful frescoes. Drive on to gorgeous Matka Canyon and tour of St Andrew’s Monastery. Boat ride along the beautiful lake on Treska River located in the intact nature. Return to Skopje and free afternoon. Farewell dinner, overnight.
Day 9 : After breakfast free time until transfer to Skopje Airport and departure flight. End of program and services.
PRICE : 890 EUR Minimum 15 participants, 845 EUR Minimum 20 participants
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT : 210 EUR
Included : high tourist class bus/van transportation, 1 overnight in Studenica Monastery Dormitory /quality of accommodation as 3 stars hotel/ and 8 overnights in 3-4 stars hotels with H/B services /Novi Pazar, Prizren, Ohrid, Skopje, breakfast and dinner/, entrance fee for all sights included in the program : Icon Gallery, Heraclea, Stobi, boat ride in Matka Canyon, 24 hours PANACOMP support, logistics and professional guidance
Note : visits to all mentioned monasteries and churches are on the program free of charge, but donation and buying candles or souvenirs would be appreciated
APPLICATION DEADLINE 90 days prior departure