4 DAYS FROM $949
4 DAYS FROM $949
With a history reaching back over seven millennia, Sofia is one of Europe’s youngest capitals but oldest cities. Modern Sofia is full of cobblestone boulevards, domed churches, and vast parks, but behind this eclectic city is a history as rich as any capital. The city’s full heritage was only recently brought to light; when bulldozers broke ground to dig a path for the city’s new metro only a decade ago, they unearthed an ancient world, complete with intact Roman streets, houses, churches, and baths dating over 2,000 years back. Add in the fact that the city is also home to some of Bulgaria’s finest museums and restaurants, and you’ll find that Sofia is the perfect balance of history and culture. Your explorations include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Boyana Church and Rila Monastery.
With the end of the Communist era, Tirana, the compact capital of Albania, blossomed into a cheerful city of parks, fountains, and cafes. The first thing that will strike you will be the vivid colors of the buildings, running from deep reds and oranges to the most delicate of pastels. During this extension, you’ll explore Tirana's historic district. You'll also make the trip across the border visit Prizren, in Kosovo, the world's newest country. You’ll learn about the differences and similarities between the two cultures, and their intertwined histories. You'll also visit Medieval Monuments of Kosovo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extension is a superb opportunity to become acquainted with yet another destination in the endlessly fascinating Adriatic region.