The Communist Past of the Balkans

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 Itinerary - The communist past of the Balkans

 
Day 1: Bucharest
Arrival at the Bucharest Airport. Meet and greet by our guide. Private transfer to hotel, accommodation and overnight.
 
Day 2: Bucharest
Breakfast. Today we will see socialist heritage of Bucharest by visiting the Parliament, the Academy, the Nicolae Ceaușescu’s grave and the Soviet Heroes’ Cemetery. Also, we’ll have some time to explore the Old town. Overnight in Bucharest.
 
Day 3: Bucharest - Scornicesti - Pitesti
After breakfast, we will visit Scornicesti, the birthplace of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Continue with Pitesti and the site of the Pitesti Prison, best remembered for the reeducation experiments carried out between December 1949 and September 1951. Overnight in Pitesti.
 
Day 4: Pitesti - Targoviste - Constanta
After breakfast, we’ll move on to the city where the regime met its end: Targoviste. The place where the shameful farce trial against Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena was carried out on Christmas day of 1989. From Targoviste we’ll head to the mining in the village of Doftana, an imposing fort-cum-prison where the fascist Romanian regime used to lock up commies, anarchists, and other political prison. Afterwards we will head to Constanca for overnight.
 
Day 5: Constanta – Varna  
After breakfast, we will visit the famous abandoned Art Nouveau casino. Free time for beach or city walk. In the afternoon we will cross the border with Bulgaria, known as the sixteenth Soviet republic. Upon arrival at Varna, we’ll have city tour to explore the architectural Ottoman, Neo-Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau and socialist heritage mix together. Overnight in Varna.
 
Day 6: Varna - Shumen - Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast. Transfer to Shumen for a visit to the impressive monument to the Founders of Bulgaria. Depart for Veliko Turnovo, where we will have city tour including Tsarevets fortress, Asen’s monument and free time for shopping on the Samovodska charshia street. After that we will visit ex-communist residence in Arbanassi, built in 1975 for the former president Todor Zhivkov. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
 
Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv
After breakfast we will head to Plovdiv, but our first stop will be the Buzludzha monument, the impressive Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party built on Buzludzha Peak.  After that, proceed to the second biggest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv. City tour, including visit of Old town and Roman theatre. Overnight in Plovdiv.
 
Day 8: Plovdiv - Sofia
Breakfast. Sofia city tour including the most interesting communist sites such as: National Palace of Culture,
Park “The Bells”, former Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters, National History Museum, Museum of Socialist art and Soviet Army Monument. Free time for shopping. Overnight in Sofia.
 
Day 9: Sofia – Skopje  
After breakfast we will continue to Macedonian capital, Skopje. City tour including the Parliament, the Telecommunication Center, the Post office and the Museum of Communism and Socialism. Free time to explore the Old town. Overnight in Skopje.
 
Day 10: Skopje – Veles – Krushevo – Tirana
After breakfast, we will continue to Krushevo. On the way we will stop few times in some small towns as Veles to see the Memorial Ossuary and in Prilep to see the Tobacco museum. Last stop in Macedonia is the Monument of “Krushevo republic”. In the afternoon we will cross the Albanian border. Overnight in Tirana.
 
Day 11: Tirana - Podgorica
After the breakfast we will visit Bukart – a museum organized in the Enver Hodzha personal bunker, the former home of Enver Hozha and the Spy museum in Tirana. Later we will continue our trip to Montenegro. City tour of Podgorica including the old town Stara Varoš, famous with its Clock Tower, Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection, Petrović Palace and Natural History Museum of Montenegro.  Overnight in Podgorica.
 
Day 12: Podgorica – Mostar
After breakfast we will head to visit the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge, the highest on the Balkans. Second stop is Mostar in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Tour in the old town and visit to the memorial dedicated of the partisan fights. Afterwards, we will continue to Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo.
 
Day 13: Sarajevo
Breakfast. City tour including some of the most interesting communism sites such as: The Tunnel of life, the abandoned Olympic games sites in Sarajevo, the graveyard on a Soccer field, Children’s memorial, Post office, Canned beef memorial, Sniper Alley, Holiday Inn hotel, the Latin bridge – the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, which became casus belli of World War I. Free time for exploring the Ottoman style old town and its markets. Overnight in Sarajevo.
 
Day 14: Sarajevo – Visegrad – Mokra Gora
After breakfast, we will visit the Sutjeska Memorial Monument. Continue to Visegrad to visit the famous Drina’s Bridge, an UNESCO site. Overnight in Mokra Gora, a Serbian village with amazing nature and wooden houses.
 
Day 15: Mokra Gora – Kragujevac – Nis
Breakfast. Today we will head to the city of Nis. But our first stop for today will be in Kragujevac - Memorial Park October. City tour of Nis including visit the infamous skull tower and the Yugoslav Spomenik of three gigantic fists symbolizing resistance to Nazi oppression during WW2. Overnight in Nis.
 
Day 16: Nis – Belgrade
After breakfast, we will proceed to Belgrade for a communist tour, where you will learn some of the most interesting stories about former Yugoslavia, World War II, Tito’s life and democratic changes at the beginning of the third millennium. Visit Museum of Yugoslav history, which is also a resting place for the lifetime president of Yugoslavia, Tito, the Republic Square, Bohemian Quarter, Kalemegdan Park, and the Belgrade Fortress. Overnight in Belgrade.
 
Day 17: Belgrade – Novi Sad -  Zagreb
Breakfast. Our tour continues with the 2021 European Capital of Culture, Novi Sad.  Walk around the city’s pedestrian zone, the City Hall, a Catholic church, the old city centre, the former house of Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva, the cultural foundation Matica Srpska and a synagogue. After lunch continue to Zagreb. Overnight.
 
Day 18: Zagreb   
After breakfast, we’ll visit the WW2 underground tunnels and the basement used as a shelter during the air raids on Zagreb and the Museum of bombing of Zagreb before taking a funicular to the top of the city and visiting the museum of broken relationships. Free time. Overnight in Zagreb.
 
Day 19: Zagreb – Ljubljana
After breakfast we will cross the Slovenian border. City tour of the capital, Ljubljana including the Revolution Square, Old Town, the Cathedral, Communist secret police jail, Liberation Square, Križanke Monastery. Free evening. Overnight.
 
Day 20: Ljubljana departure
Free time after breakfast. Transfer to the Sofia airport. End of our services.
 

Rates for The Communnist Past of the Balkans 2020

   2 pax  4 pax  6 pax
3* Hotels  2 360 euro  1 610 euro    1 310 euro
4* Hotels  2 470 euro  1 720 euro  1 420 euro
5* Hotels   2 800 euro  2 050 euro  1 750 euro
 

What is included in the Communnist Past of the Balkans Tour?

Price is per person
19x hotel accommodations
BB board, private tour with personal guide/driver
Transport with air-conditioned modern car or mini-van
Road taxes and parking

 

What is excluded from the Communist Past of the Balkans Tour?

Tipping (no fixed amount)
Entrance fees 
Personal expenses

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