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THE GREAT BALKANS

highlights

  • Travel with GEM TOURS serving since 1983. 
  • No. 1 Selling Company in India with the Guaranteed Departures around the Year.  
  • Experience your stay with 4* and 5* Categories of Hotels.  
  • All Inclusive with Meals, Sightseeing’s mentioned in the Itinerary.  
  • Services of Tour Guide at all the places 
  • Services of GEM Tour Manager.  
  • Services of GEM Chef.  
  • Daily Rich Hotel Breakfast with one Hot Indian Dish and Indian Masala Tea.  
  • Experience various Cuisines like Indian, Italian, Mexican, Lebanese, Chinese and Thai  
  • Covering Most Beautiful Countries: Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania  
  • Athens: 1 Night stay covering Athens by Night Orientation City Tour and visit to Acropolis  
  • Kalambaka: 1 Night stay covering enroute visit to Meteora Peaks 
  • Ioannina: 2 Nights stay covering Excursion to Ioannina Island in Lake Pamvotida and Panaromic city tour visits the Greek Orthodox churches, the old town and the Castle Of Ioannina.  
  • Skopje: 2 Night stay covering Orientation tour visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Old Bazaar passing over the famous Stone Bridge, Excursion to Matka Canyon with Boat Ride and Millinium Cross with Cable car. 
  • Sofia: 2 Nights stay covering Enroute visit to Bansko. Orientation City tour of Sofia the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church, the Church of St. Sophia, the Round Church “St. George”, the National Theatre, the mineral baths and Enroute visit to Seven Rila Lakes.  
  • Varna: 2 Nights stay covering walking tour, Balchik Botanic Garden, Old part of Veliko Turnovo, visit the museum and have dinner with wine tasting at Darzalas Wine club.  
  • Bucharest: 2 Nights stay covering Panoramic Tour see the Herastrau Park the Romanian Patriarchal, Constitution Square, Visit the Palace of Parliament, University Square, Romana Square, Victory Square and many more exciting spots of the city.

Itinerary

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HOME DESTINATION - ATHENS( DAY 1)
Arrival at Athens International Airport. Meet and greet with our representative and transfer for lunch and then to the accommodation hotel. Check in and afternoon at leisure. In The evening we will proceed for an Athens by Night orientation tour and then back to the hotel. Overnight in Athens. (Meals: Dinner)
ATHENS - KALAMBAKA( DAY 2)
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Kalambaka, passing through villages and towns of Central Greece. The town is situated on the foot of the Meteora peaks. It was named "Kalampaka" six or seven centuries ago. Arrival in Kalampaka accommodation hotel (check-in). The rest of the day is at your leisure. Lunch on the way at Kalambaka. Overnight in Kalambaka. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
KALAMBAKA - IOANNINA( DAY 3)
After breakfast, we will check out and proceed for a guided tour of Meteora The area of Meteora is associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of the Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, which is considered as second in importance for the Eastern Orthodox Church after the Mount Athos. After our visit to Meteroa we will depart to Ioannina and to the accommodation hotel (check-in). Overnight in Ioannina. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
IOANNINA( DAY 4)
Breakfast, check-out and proceed to take the ferry boat for a visit to Ioannina Island which is located in Lake Pamvotida., the Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou Methodiou and Monastery of Prodromou.. The little settlement of the island built possibly during 17th century and it flourished in the Ali Pasha Era. In this place, Ali Pasha died in 1822, chased by Ottoman army. Free time and transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Ioannina. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
IOANNINA - SKOPJE( DAY 5)
Breakfast, check-out and proceed for a panoramic tour of Ioannina. Ioannina (often called Yannena) is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western which have findings from the Byzantine and post Bystazine period (Sculpture, currencies, heilrooms, etc from the 16th until 19th century).. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Skopje. Overnight in Skopje. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
SKOPJE( DAY 6)
Eat up this morning as we then hit the streets to discover the beauty of Skopje in the morning with a sightseeing tour of the town. In the afternoon, we drive to Bansko for overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
SKOPJE - BANSCO – RILA LAKES – SOFIA( DAY 7)
Nowadays Bansko is the Bulgarian most popular winter resort Later proceed to Seven Rila Lakes. The Seven Rila Lakes are a group of glacial lakes, situated in the northwestern Rila Mountain in Bulgaria.. In the evening we arrive in Sofia –The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the charms of the Bulgarian capital. Sofia is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans. Today Sofia is the largest city of all southern slavic countries, having a population of 1.26 million people, Overnight in Sofia. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
SOFIA( DAY 8)
After breakfast we will proceed for a panoramic city tour of Sofia. This half-day guided tour will introduce you to the real mixture of tradition and modern culture of the Bulgarian capital. the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church, the Church of St. Sophia, the Round Church “St. George”, the National Theatre, the mineral baths, the Jewish Synagogue, the National Art Gallery, the Archeological Museum and the Parliament square, the Presidency, Evening at Leisure. Overnight in Sofia.
SOFIA - VARNA( DAY 9)
After breakfast we will proceed Varna. We reach the town of Varna – the largest administrative, business and cultural center on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. In the afternoon we will introduce you to the town’s treasures – The Roman Thermal baths, The Cathedral “Assumption of Virgin Mary”. Overnight in Varna. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
VARNA( DAY 10)
In and around Varna Morning walking tour in the Old part of Veliko Turnovo with its steep cobblestone streets, Arrival in Varna - commonly referred to as the marine capital of Bulgaria and the pearl of the Bulgarian Black sea coast, Varna is among Europe's oldest cities. Miletians founded the trading colony of which can be seen in Varna museum now. City landmarks include the Roman baths, the Sea Garden, the Cathedral, etc. We will visit the museum and have dinner with wine tasting at Darzalas Wine club. Overnight at the hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
VARNA – BUCHAREST( DAY 11)
Breakfast, check-out and depart to Bucharest. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was at one time the summer residence of Bulgarian kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the church of the Nativity, built in 1637. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest. Upon arrival in Bucharest transfer to the accommodation hotel. Overnight in Bucharest. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
BUCHAREST( DAY 12)
Breakfast and proceed for a panoramic tour of the city. Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania. During the tour you will see the Herastrau Park the Romanian Patriarchal, Constitution Square with an excellent view of the Palace of Parliament, University Square, Romana Square, Victory Square and many more exciting spots of the city. Optional visit to Village Museum (optional-entrance fee are not included). After the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel. Overnight in Bucharest. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
BUCHAREST - HOME DESTINATION( DAY 13)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bucharest International Airport for your international flight back to India. (Meals: Breakfast)

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passport & visa information

Visa requirement:
  • 4 recent photographs ( 35 mm*45 mm white background matt finishing; 80% face focus)
  • Original passport with minimum validity of six months. ( please provide all old passports if any) (Validity of Passport should be 10 year from the date of issue)
  • Last three years income tax – Saral form (photocopies) Company & Personal.
  • Recent 6 months personal bank statements of all the passengers travelling. (photocopies) Company & Personal.
  • 3 Letterheads individual / company.
  • Pan card copy
  • Insurance copy
  • Student id proof
  • Business Proof (Partnership Deed / MOU of Proprietor / MOU of shop & establishment)
  • If salaried person, we need leave letter on company’s letter head and 3 months’ salary slip

FAQ's and other information

FAQS: ABOUT THE COUNTRY
1.     What is the best time to visit Balkan? The best time to visit Balkan around June to August. November and December also have favourable climate.
2.     Which languages are spoken frequently in Balkan? Most Europeans speak languages which are members of the Indo-European language family. The Balkan people speak mostly Romance, Albanian, Greek and many Slavic branches. 
3.     What currency is used in Balkan? Except for Slovenia, Greece, Montenegro, and Kosovo, which all use the euro, every country in the Balkans has their own currency.
4.     Are credit and debit cards accepted in Balkan? Major credit cards are accepted at grocery stores, hotels and big restaurants.
5.     Is an adapter required? Plugs in the Balkans are the standard round two-pin variety, also called the europlug. You’ll need an adapter if your plugs are different.
6.     Do I need travel insurance? Travel insurance is necessary while travelling to Balkan.
FAQS: Some delicacies to try in Balkan
7.     What are the must try delicacies in Balkan? Pastries, coffee, kajmak are popular in Balkan.
8.     Is tipping mandatory in Balkan? Tipping is quiet popular in Balkan countries.
FAQS: ACTIVITIES
9.     What adventure sports are done in Balkan? You can enjoy adventure sports like Para gliding, rafting, zip lining, kayaking, horseback riding etc.
DOS & DONTS
DOS
1.     Do educate yourself on TITO. It’s a word that’s frequently used.
2.     Be respectful.
3.     Do dress modestly and neatly.
4.     Do visit national parks.
Don’ts
1.     Don’t forget your camera.
2.     Don’t ask personal questions.

Sockets & plugs

 Balkan country uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

TYPE C
TYPE F
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