Undiscovered Balkans: From Sofia to Sarajevo

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Lecturer
Deniz Beyazit
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Discover the diverse histories, cultures, and cuisines of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On a fascinating exploration of the former Yugoslavia, visit Roman ruins, Orthodox monasteries, Austro-Hungarian palaces, and timeless Turkish bazaars that stand proudly alongside bustling cafés and sophisticated restaurants. Delve into the diversity of the region and learn from lectures from experts that will unravel the intertwined, often turbulent histories of these countries.

In Sofia, explore the Roman ruins of Serdica, which Constantine the Great called "my Rome." Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town in picturesque Ohrid, Macedonia, set above a mountain-encircled cerulean lake, and spend a relaxing day on a yacht in the Bay of Kotor, discovering medieval villages and an enchanting church atop an islet. From Bosnia and Herzegovina's iconic Stari Most Bridge, rebuilt stone by stone, to Krujë Castle, which successfully defended the Albanians against numerous Ottoman attacks, the Balkans beguile with tales of fortitude and valor spanning the millennia.

Optional postlude in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

 
Program Rate From:
$8,995
Summary
• Marvel at the intricate decorations of the Painted Aladza Mosque in Macedonia
• Discover lovely, lesser-known landscapes in Montenegro and Macedonia
• Sample delicious olive oils, wines, and other local specialties
• Explore the beautiful Bay of Kotor aboard a privately chartered yacht
• Witness an ancient Bulgarian ritual in which dancers perform barefoot atop burning coals

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Program Rate From:
$8,995
Summary
• Marvel at the intricate decorations of the Painted Aladza Mosque in Macedonia
• Discover lovely, lesser-known landscapes in Montenegro and Macedonia
• Sample delicious olive oils, wines, and other local specialties
• Explore the beautiful Bay of Kotor aboard a privately chartered yacht
• Witness an ancient Bulgarian ritual in which dancers perform barefoot atop burning coals