Special Balkan Byzantine Tour
Would you like to rediscover the forgotten but well preserved Byzantine churches of the Balkans and visit the Byzantine marvels at Ohrid and experience the Late Antique and the Byzantine arts, and the sheer romanticism of the Byzantium ? Here they are awaiting you…
Day 1 Arrival to Belgrade airport, welcome by Panacomp professional English speaking tourist guide and transfer to Excelsior hotel /or similar 3*/4 stars centrally located available hotel/. Accommodation. Belgrade city tour : Parliament, National Theater, Saint Sava Orthodox Cathedral /second largest in the world/, Kalemegdan fortress… Welcome dinner, overnight.
Day 2 After breakfast drive along highway and tour of Manasija Monastery. Continue to Ravanica Monastery and sightseeing. Drive to the famous Zhupa Wine region and accommodation at the Nikolic Winery tourist Complex. Traditional dinner with wine tasting, overnight.
Day 3 After breakfast drive direction Kosovo and Metohija with break for visit to the pre historical archaeological site of Plochnik /with presentation of ancient metallurgy processes performed thousand years ago/. Traditional branch – homemade bread and cheese. Continue via Pristina to Grachanica Monastery, UNESCO heritage site and sightseeing. Accommodation and big traditional dinner at the Ulpiana Splendissima Hotel in Grachanica, or at the Konstantin Hotel in nearby Laplje selo village. Overnight.
Day 4 After breakfast tour of the nearby Ulpiana archaeological site. Drive on via Gnjilane /North-East of Kosovo/ to St Prohor Pcinjski Monastery and sightseeing. Continue to Macedonia and tour of the St George Monastery in Staro Nagoricane. Accommodation, big traditional dinner and overnight at the Ethno settlement of Timcevski near Kumanovo.
Day 5 After breakfast drive direction south and visit to the Treskavec Monastery. Continue to Bitola and tour of the Heraclea Lyncestis archaeological site. Accommodation, dinner and overnight either at the Theater Hotel in Bitola or the rural tourist household – Vila Dihovo in Dihovo village.
Day 6 After breakfast drive to Ohrid, and accommodation at the Vila Katerina, on the beautiful shore of the Lake. Half day Ohrid sightseeing /UNESCO town museum/: the St Sophia Cathedral, St Panteleimon Monastery, the Most Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Saint John Kaneo Church, …. Visit to the green market and the Ohrid pearls filigree shop. Dinner, overnight.
Day 7 After breakfast full day program in Ohrid – visit to the Saint Naum Monastery and the Saint George Monastery in Kurbinovo village. Dinner, overnight in Ohrid.
Day 8 After breakfast drive direction Mavrovo National Park and tour of the St John Bigorski Monastery. Continue to Skopje and sightseeing, with visit to the old charshi quarter and the Sveti Spas Church /Saint Savior/ Church, and the Skopje Square. Hotel accommodation. Dinner, overnight.
Day 9 After breakfast departure for Prizren – the most beautiful town of Kosovo and Metohija, via Kachanik Gorge. Break for short refreshment in Brezovica on Sharr Mountain/National Park – homemade honey and fruit juice. Upon arrival to Prizren, accommodation either at the Dormitory of the Holy Archangels Monastery or the Centrum Hotel in Prizren /in historical part of the city/. Afternoon visit to the Holy Virgin of Ljevish Cathedral /UNESCO site/ and walk through the historical core of the town. Dinner, overnight.
Day 10 After breakfast full day in Prizren – walk along the historical core of the city, the sadrvan fountain, visit to the the fully reconstructed Orthodox Seminary of Prizren, and Saint Savior Church, and the Saint George Cathedral /fully reconstructed, after the pogrom in 2004/. Optional visit to the Filigree shop with presentation of well-preserved craftsmanship and techniques. Dinner, overnight.
Day 11 After breakfast drive direction north and visit to the Visoki Decani Monastery, UNESCO site and one of the most beautiful Medieval Monasteries of Serbia. Continue to Pec and visit to the Medieval complex of the Pec Patriachate /UNESCO heritage/. Drive along the breathtaking mountain chains, and further along the beautiful lake of Gazivode. Accommodation, big traditional dinner, overnight at the Zavicaj traditional settlement in Zvecan village, near the Medieval town of Zvecan.
Day 12 After breakfast drive direction Novi Pazar with break for touring the Crna Reka Monastery, one of the most secluded and spiritual of all the Serbian Monasteries. Continue to Novi Pazar and visit to the Sopocani Monastery /UNESCO Heritage site/, and further to St George’s Pillars /Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery, UNESCO heritage/. Drive on to the SS Peter’s Church, one of the oldest churches in the Balkans. Sightseeing. Accommodation, dinner, overnight at the Stari Ras Hotel/tourist resort, at the outskirts of Novi Pazar.
Day 13 After breakfast departure to Central Serbia. Optional visit to the Ras Museum in Novi Pazar. Visit to the Gradac Monastery. Continue to Studenica Monastery, UNESCO heritage site and sightseeing. Accommodation, /monastic/ dinner and overnight at the Studenica Monastery Dormitory.
Day 15 After breakfast drive to Belgrade, with break for touring the Oplenac Royal Mausoleum with the Saint George Church which features wonderful mosaics. Accommodation in Excelsior Hotel in Belgrade. Optional visit to the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Farewell dinner with live music at Skadarlija restaurant. Overnight.
Day 16 After breakfast free time until transfer to Belgrade Airport, departure flight and end of program and services.
Price per person – double occupancy : Min. 6 participants ; 7-12 participants
Included : transportation with AC high tourist class van/minibus, dinner on Day 1, 1 HB in traditional settlement of the Nikolic Winery with wine tasting, entrance fee for the Plochnik archaeological site with presentation of ancient metal processing and traditional brunch, 1 HB at the Grachanica 3+/4 stars hotel, entrance fee for the Ulpiana archaeological site, 1 HB at the traditional settlement in Kumanovo, entrance fee for the Heraclea Lyncestis archaeological site, 1 HB in Bitola area /either the Theater hotel or the Vila Dihovo/, 2 HB in Ohrid 4 stars hotel, entrance fee for the Mavrovo National Park, 1 HB in Skopje 4 stars hotel, traditional brunch – refreshment in Brezovica – Sara National Park, 2 HB in Prizren /either the Dormitory of the Holy Archangels Monastery or the Prizren centrally located hotel/, 1 HB at the Zavicaj traditional settlement in Zvecan, 1 HB at the Stari Ras tourist settlement in Novi Pazar, 1 HB at the Studenica Monastery Dormitory, 1 HB at the Luxurious tourist settlement of Kuca Colovica, entrance fee for the Royal Mausoleum and the Church of Saint George, farewell dinner on Day 15, entrance fees-donation for all the Medieval churches and monasteries along the route, 24 hours professional guidance and support of Panacomp Wonderland Travel and associates
Application deadline 120 days prior departure