Long Weekend, Combined Bulgaria-Kosovo Tour

A journey around Kosovo is like a trip back in time. It can be combined with any of our Bulgaria tours available on our web site (http://guidetobulgaria.com) or with your tailor-made tour in Bulgaria prepared by us. The tour starts in Sofia, Bulgaria, but you can join us from other cities (please ask for advice). We will visit some impressive old and very well preserved cultural and historical sites in the western part of the country, as well as some of the top natural landmarks. First, we will stop in the town of Štrpce at the foot of the Šar Mountain, where we will visit the beautiful local church. We will cross the Shar Mountain National Park and the Brezovica resort to reach the old town of Prizren – famous for its fortress, mosques and churches. Following is the old town of Gjakova with its impressive closed market – Carshija, Visoki Decani – a Serbian Orthodox monastery protected by UNESCO and KFOR and the town of Peć – the main settlement at the foot of the Prokletije Mountains, also known as the Albanian Alps or the Accursed Mountains (there is a great beer by that name). Here we will also visit the Patriarchate of Peć – a medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery from the 13th century. The main natural attraction here is the picturesque gorge (canyon) Rugova – one of the longest in Europe (25 km), and also one of the deepest (over 1000 m). This gorge is a major landmark in Kosovo and it is really very impressive. We will visit the Sleeping Beauty Cave or Radaci cave and will walk to the White Drini spring and the biggest waterfall not only in Kosovo but in the region as well. We continue to the capital Pristina and some of its major landmarks. We will also visit the ancient Gračanica Monastery, completed in the eyar 1321 in the town of Gračanica, populated mostly with Serbians. The overnights are in a nice hotel in Prizren and in a small mountain hotel with wonderful views of the mountains. We will return back to Sofia or we can arrange your journey back home.

 

Basic Information

Dates: 8-10 May 2020 (planned program from Sofia). The tour can be organised for individuals or small groups year round in combination with any of our Bulgaria tours available on our web site (http://guidetobulgaria.com) or in combination with your tailor-made tour, prepared by us.
Price: EUR 270/person (small group of 7 tourists) for the above dates;
Duration: 2 nights/3 days;
Group: 7 tourists for the above dates or any number of people year round; 
In case you join the group from Sofia, the package includes: Thousand Voyages Guide; transportation by private car or air-conditioned bus; all road taxes and parkings; 2 nights in nice hotels based on two people sharing a double room with breakfast included (single supplement fee – please ask) (*); all entrance tickets, including the cave.
The package does not include: International flights; visa  (if needed); tips and gratuities, personal expenses; lunches and dinners; personal insurance.

Program

Day 1 From Sofia to Kosovo

Today we leave at 8.00 from the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia. We will pass through Northern Macedonia, stopping for photos and / or eating along the way. We will stop for a while in the town of Štrpce, at the foot of the Shar Mountain. Here we will visit the recently renovated church of St. Nicola with its beautiful murals. Close to the city is Kosovo’s only high mountain ski center – Brezovica. As we travel through Shar Mountain, we will be stopping for rest and pictures in scenic areas.

In the afternoon we will arrive in the town of Prizren. The city has been known for its rich history since Byzantine times. We will visit some of churches, mosques and the fortress with the tower. The old town is well preserved and pretty well restored, so the place is great for walking, relaxing and interesting things to watch. We will have dinner at a nice restaurant in the old town. We will stay at a hotel in the city.

Day 2 Prizren – Gjakova – Visoki Dečani Monastery – Sleeping Beauty Cave and The White Drin Waterfall – Rugova Canyon

After breakfast we head to the town of Gjakova. Here we will stroll through the streets of the Old Town and the Old Market – Carshija, also known as Harshia e Madhe (Grand Bazaar). This is the is the oldest market in Kosovo. Not far from the Bazaar is the oldest mosque in the city, Xhamia e Hadumit, dating from the 15th century.

We will have coffee at one of the many cafes nearby and then will continue to Visoki Decani, a Serbian Orthodox monastery protected by UNESCO and KFOR. The monastery is magical, with preserved frescoes dating from the 14th century.

From the monastery we continue directly to the picturesque gorge (canyon) of Rugova, where we will stop for photos and will have lunch. 

Rugova Canyon or Rugova Gorge is a river canyon near Peć in Western Kosovo, in the Prokletije mountains, close to the border with Montenegro. In the canyon there is a magnificent restaurant offering mountain trout and beautiful views of the Bistritsa River. It is the most famous canyon in Kosovo, one of the longest in Europe (about 25 km) and also quite deep (the rocks rise above 1000 m from the bottom). People travel to these places mainly because of this canyon and the fearsome mountains that rise around it.

After lunch, we will continue to the Sleeping Beauty Cave or Radaci cave, a net of tunnels, galleries and corridors, sculptured from a natural force of water, over centuries. Not far from the cave, we will find White Drini spring and the biggest waterfall not only in Kosovo but in the region as well.

After the waterfalls, we will have a short bus ride to the mountain hotel, where we will spend the night. It is located in the Prokletije Mountains, also known as the Albanian Alps or the Accursed Mountains, part of Prokletije National Park.

Day 3 Peć – Pristina – Sofia

After the breakfast at the mountain hotel, we will descend to Peć, the main settlement in the area. We will have about an hour available for a walk in the centre.

In the vicinity of the city is located the Patriarchate of Peć, a medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century. It was expanded in the 14th century, and in 1346, when the Serbian Patriarchate was established, the monastery became the seat of Serbian patriarchs. In 1947, the Patriarchate of Peć was added to Serbia’s “Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance” list, and on 13 July 2006 it was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as an extension of the Visoki Dečani site.

The next stop will be Pristina, where we will walk along “Mother Teresa” Boulevard, where the main sights of the city are located, including several monuments, the National Theatre and more. Our next stop will be the Serbian town of Gračanica near Pristina, where we will visit the ancient Gračanica Monastery, completed in the year 132. This is one of the most attractive Monasteries in Kosovo, mostly because of the medieval-era paintings, which are really impressive. The real treat is saved for the smaller side, chapel, which is an enchanted cavern of vivid, lifelike murals.

In the afternoon we will travel back to Sofia, where we will arrive at 19.00 – 20.00.

Guided and self-drive tours

We can offer guided or self-drive tours to Kosovo from Bulgaria.

A guided tour shall include: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; transfers from/to airport and all other services you might need.
A guided tour does not include: international air fares; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.

A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences (if needed); maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences; extensive pre-arrival information and services and all other services you might need;
Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights; fuel, food; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature. 

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