Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

ALBANIA / MACEDONIA / GREECE / BULGARIA

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

Macedonia

Interest

Any

Price Range

$2000 - $3500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


AnyInternationalSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
Program #18351RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 13 — May 27, 2015

Expand all
Day One: Wednesday, May 13 - Depart the US for Albania
Depart From: Depart from individual departure cities for overnight flight to Albania.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A hotel in the center of economy, politics and hospitality. The location directly on Boulevard Dëshmorët e Kombit and the international standards regarding security and comfort, makes the business hotel Rogner Hotel Tirana the meeting place of the economy, diplomacy, culture and Albanian lifestyle. The seat of Parliament, President's Office, Prime Minister's Office and many important embassies are within walking distance.

Contact info:
Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit
Tirana, Albania
phone: +355 (4) 2235035
web: www.hotel-europapark.com/home-about-us.html

Room amenities: Self adjustable air-conditioner Soundproof windows 32"-LCD-TV Business desk Free highspeed internet connection Telephone for international calls Safe Wake up call Mini bar

Facility amenities: Business Corner with internet access Hotel shops Translation and Secretary Service Concierge Dry cleaning & laundry service Room Service Non-smoking rooms Fitness room Massage Putting Green Tennis court Money exchange ATM machine International newspapers Offices for rent from 20 m² International Airlines International travel agencies International car rental office Taxi stand Shuttle - Service from/to the airport Underground garage

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact Road Scholar
Pre-Nights Available upon Request


Day Two: Thursday, May 14 - Arrive Tirana & Program Orientation
Afternoon: Program Arrival and Orientation: Arrive in Tirana, meet your Study Leader and transfer to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel and rest before an early evening orientation led by your Study Leader. We will gather in our private meeting room where your Study Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Wine and local specialties will be served during dinner.

Lodging: Rogner Hotel Tirana

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A hotel in the center of economy, politics and hospitality. The location directly on Boulevard Dëshmorët e Kombit and the international standards regarding security and comfort, makes the business hotel Rogner Hotel Tirana the meeting place of the economy, diplomacy, culture and Albanian lifestyle. The seat of Parliament, President's Office, Prime Minister's Office and many important embassies are within walking distance.

Contact info:
Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit
Tirana, Albania
phone: +355 (4) 2235035
web: www.hotel-europapark.com/home-about-us.html

Room amenities: Self adjustable air-conditioner Soundproof windows 32"-LCD-TV Business desk Free highspeed internet connection Telephone for international calls Safe Wake up call Mini bar

Facility amenities: Business Corner with internet access Hotel shops Translation and Secretary Service Concierge Dry cleaning & laundry service Room Service Non-smoking rooms Fitness room Massage Putting Green Tennis court Money exchange ATM machine International newspapers Offices for rent from 20 m² International Airlines International travel agencies International car rental office Taxi stand Shuttle - Service from/to the airport Underground garage

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact Road Scholar
Pre-Nights Available upon Request


Day Three: Friday, May 15 - Tirana and the Albania National History Museum
Note: Afternoon: Walking for up to 2 hours whilst visiting the museum, steps to first floor and steps to main entrance of the museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Presentation "Albania from Closed Country to Open Borders": Led by a local expert, learn about the recent political history of this interesting country. Following the presentation, meet students living in Tirana. Enjoy this chance to talk to young Albanians about life in their country.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in town.

Afternoon: Field Trip "History of Tirana": Visit the National History Museum, followed by a panoramic city tour of Tirana: explore the Urae Tabakeve Bridge, the Mosque of Etem Bej, the Clock Tower and the tomb of Sulejman Pasha.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant with lively folklore music.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Rogner Hotel Tirana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A hotel in the center of economy, politics and hospitality. The location directly on Boulevard Dëshmorët e Kombit and the international standards regarding security and comfort, makes the business hotel Rogner Hotel Tirana the meeting place of the economy, diplomacy, culture and Albanian lifestyle. The seat of Parliament, President's Office, Prime Minister's Office and many important embassies are within walking distance.

Contact info:
Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit
Tirana, Albania
phone: +355 (4) 2235035
web: www.hotel-europapark.com/home-about-us.html

Room amenities: Self adjustable air-conditioner Soundproof windows 32"-LCD-TV Business desk Free highspeed internet connection Telephone for international calls Safe Wake up call Mini bar

Facility amenities: Business Corner with internet access Hotel shops Translation and Secretary Service Concierge Dry cleaning & laundry service Room Service Non-smoking rooms Fitness room Massage Putting Green Tennis court Money exchange ATM machine International newspapers Offices for rent from 20 m² International Airlines International travel agencies International car rental office Taxi stand Shuttle - Service from/to the airport Underground garage

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact Road Scholar
Pre-Nights Available upon Request


Day Four: Saturday, May 16 - Discover Kruja
Note: Morning: Walking for up to 2 hours and 30 minutes whilst visiting the museum, steep approach to the castle, steps to first floor and steps to main entrance of the castle.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Kruja, the hometown of Albania’s national hero, Gjerg Castrioti, widely known as "Skanderbeg". Skanderbeg is known for his stoic defense of what is now Albania agains the Ottoman armies. Visit the 13th century castle which Skanderbeg's army successfully defended from the Ottomans for 35 years.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Tirana or simply consolidate your thoughts and relax.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local flavors.

Lodging: Rogner Hotel Tirana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Beautiful views right from the balcony of your room. Features exquisite Italian marble flooring, and fine modern interior with wooden veneer.

Contact info:
2 Jane Sandanski
Ohrid, 6000 Macedonia
phone: +389 (0) 46 26 30 72
web: www.royalview.com.mk

Facility amenities: Turkish spa and Finnsh sauna, restaurant, high-speed internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, May 17 - Durres, Elbasan & Lake Ohrid
Note: Morning: Walking for up to 30 minutes whilst visiting the church and Roman theatre in Durres, some steps to main entrance and inside. Afternoon: Walking for up to 15 minutes in Elbasan and in Struga on the shores of Lake Ohrid before arriving at the hotel in Ohrid.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transit to Ohrid and Field Trip "Travel Along the Via Egnatia": This morning we transit from Tirana to Ohrid by coach. We first visit Durres, the most ancient city in Albania, once a major naval and military base of the Roman Empire at the most western end of Via Egnatia linking Rome and Constantinople. Here we visit the remains of the Roman Theater that could accommodate 15,000 spectators in its heyday. Following the 2000 year old road, Via Egnatia, we will visit Elbasan (site of the ancient city of Skampa) and take a leisurely stroll around its ramparts.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Elbasan.

Afternoon: Presentation "Ancient Civilizations from the Adriatic to the Aegean" and Field Trip "A Walk through Struga": As you continue the drive to Ohrid, enjoy a presentation led by your Study Leader about the peoples who inhabited these regions throughout history. Cross the border into Macedonia near Qaf Thanne and stop in Struga on the shores of Lake Ohrid before arriving at the hotel in Ohrid.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal View Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Beautiful views right from the balcony of your room. Features exquisite Italian marble flooring, and fine modern interior with wooden veneer.

Contact info:
2 Jane Sandanski
Ohrid, 6000 Macedonia
phone: +389 (0) 46 26 30 72
web: www.royalview.com.mk

Facility amenities: Turkish spa and Finnsh sauna, restaurant, high-speed internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, May 18 - Discovering Ohrid
Note: Morning: Predominantly flat and downhill walking and standing for up to 3 hours whilst visiting the Old Town, uneven cobbled surfaces, steps inside the Citadel, some steps to main entrance of churches and the Cathedral.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Presentation and Field Trip "Ohrid Ancient City of Natural Beauty": This morning, enjoy a presentation led by your local expert about everyday life and cultural history. Then, enjoy a morning walking tour of Ohrid to see the Old Town, Tzar Samuil Fortress, gallery of icons, the Church of Holy Mother of God Perivleptos, the first Slavic University, the Antique Theatre and St. Sofija Cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of only 28 sites to be listed for both Cultural Heritage and Natural Beauty.

Lunch: Enjoy snack lunch at a local family home.

Afternoon: Presentation "Education in Macedonia": Walk through the streets of beautiful Ohrid to the nearby Ohrid University to for a presentation and discussion with a local professor. Learn about the role and the system of education in Macedonia before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal View Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Beautiful views right from the balcony of your room. Features exquisite Italian marble flooring, and fine modern interior with wooden veneer.

Contact info:
2 Jane Sandanski
Ohrid, 6000 Macedonia
phone: +389 (0) 46 26 30 72
web: www.royalview.com.mk

Facility amenities: Turkish spa and Finnsh sauna, restaurant, high-speed internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 19 - Prehistoric Dwelling and the Monastery of St. Nau...
Note: Morning: Walking for up to 45 minutes downhill from the bus to the prehisoric site. Some walking and standing for approximately one hour while visiting the Monastery of St. Noam. Walking up steps to main entrance of the monastery. Afternoon: Walking for up to ten minutes each way from the coach through the campus of the folklore group on cobbled streets and uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Discovering Prehistory": Enjoy a morning trip around Lake Ohrid where you will see the prehistoric settlement at Gradishte mentioned by Herodotus in this Fifth Book of Histories. Continue to the monastery dedicated to St. Naum, the disciple of Cyril and Methodius. The monastery dates back to the year AD900.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore local flavors.

Afternoon: After lunch, rejoin the group and be part of a presentation called "Folk Traditions and Heritage" at the campus of a local folklore group. See the traditional dances and costumes and have the chance to interact with the young dancers.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Royal View Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The newly built Aigai Hotel is located a short distance from the center of the city of Edessa on the motorway of the eastern entry from Thessaloniki Naoussa, Veria, facing the Rock of Edessa, the acropolis of ancient Edessa, the Mills, the Kanavourgheio and majestic waterfalls. The Aigai Hotel is surrounded by cherry trees and plane trees, offering visitors a tranquil setting for relaxation.

Contact info:
Near City Centre
Edessa, Greece
phone: +30 2381029888
web: aigai-hotel.gr/

Room amenities: TV, air-conditioning, direct telephone, room service, internet, hairdryer, minibar

Facility amenities: Fireplace in lobby, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pool bar, spa, sauna, restaurant

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 20 - Transfer from Ohrid to Edessa along Via Egnatia. ...
Transfer from Ohrid to Edessa along Via Egnatia. Visit Bitola, Heraclea Lyncestis & Edessa.

Note: Morning: Walking for up to 2 hours and standing whilst visiting the museum, steps to first floor and steps to main entrance of the museum, flat walking through the centre of town to the restaurant. Afternoon: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours whilst visiting the archaeological site, uneven terrain, dirt path. Throughout: Riding in coach bus along route between Ohrid and Edessa with time to stop and stretch your legs at historic and interesting sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Presentation "Alexander and Phillip: Father and Son" and Field Trip "Bitola, City of Consuls": While en route to Bitola, enjoy a presentation called given by a local expert. Learn about the relationship between Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II. Arrive in Bitola and discover the second largest city in Macedonia. It was the city of the consuls during the Ottoman time and. Bitola was an important trading center on the Via Egnatia, an ancient Roman road which linked Rome with Constantinople.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Bitola offering traditional local dishes.

Afternoon: Field Trip "Heraclea Lyncestis": After a short jaunt on the coach, discover the ancient town of Heraclea Lyncestis founded by Phillip II Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. The town was first mentioned in documents dated back to the 4th century B.C. You will view the towns famous mosaics and antique ruins.

Afternoon: Field Trip "The City Rich With Water": Finish the day's journey and discover Edessa, "the city rich with water". Water was considered the "white coal" of the time before the industrial revolution - towns relied on it for all energy needs before coal came about. Discover the city through a short sightseeing trip before checking into the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Aigai Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of the city opposite the imposing entrance to the old harbour and the recently restored 'Ladadika' area with its bars, restaurants, tavernas and lively night-life, this five star neo-classical hotel offers spectacular view of the Thermaikos Bay.

Contact info:
3 Salaminos & Karatassou Street
Thessaloniki, 54626 Greece
phone: +30-2310-552554
web: www.mediterranean-palace.gr/index.jsp?extLang=LG

Room amenities: High Speed Internet Access, Air Conditioning, Telephone, Mini Bar, Hair Dryer, In-Room Safe, Clock Radio & Satellite Television.

Facility amenities: 24-hour Front Desk, Bar/Lounge, Concierge Services, Conference Rooms, Currency Exchange, Fitness Equipment, Hair Salon, Limo or Town Car Service, Spa/Massage Services, Meeting rooms (small groups), Multilingual Staff, Restaurants, 24-hour Room Service, Safe-deposit Box at Front Desk, Sauna, Laundry Service, Fax Machine & Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, May 21 - Transfer from Edessa to Thessaloniki. Discover th...
Transfer from Edessa to Thessaloniki. Discover the Royal Tombs in Vergina, and Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Note: Morning: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours whilst visiting the Royal Burial Ground, some steps and ramp down and up. Afternoon: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours whilst visiting the museum and archaeological site in Pella, steps to first floor and steps to main entrance of the museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Presentation "Alexander: The Later Years" and Field Trip "The Royal Tombs": En route to Vergina, enjoy a presentation led by your Study Leader about Alexander the Great. Morning coach trip to Vergina where you will discover the Royal Tombs, the funerary site of the father of Alexander the Great, Phillip II.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at a self-service restaurant in Vergina.

Afternoon: Presentation "Alexander: The Early Years" and Field Trip "Birthplace of a Great Man": On the coachbus, enjoy an expert-led presentation describing the life of young Alexander before he was known as "the Great". Discover the ancient site of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, and the new archaeological museum. Board the coach and continue the drive to Thessaloniki.

Dinner: Check in to the hotel and have some time to relax before enjoying a leisurely dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Mediterranean Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of the city opposite the imposing entrance to the old harbour and the recently restored 'Ladadika' area with its bars, restaurants, tavernas and lively night-life, this five star neo-classical hotel offers spectacular view of the Thermaikos Bay.

Contact info:
3 Salaminos & Karatassou Street
Thessaloniki, 54626 Greece
phone: +30-2310-552554
web: www.mediterranean-palace.gr/index.jsp?extLang=LG

Room amenities: High Speed Internet Access, Air Conditioning, Telephone, Mini Bar, Hair Dryer, In-Room Safe, Clock Radio & Satellite Television.

Facility amenities: 24-hour Front Desk, Bar/Lounge, Concierge Services, Conference Rooms, Currency Exchange, Fitness Equipment, Hair Salon, Limo or Town Car Service, Spa/Massage Services, Meeting rooms (small groups), Multilingual Staff, Restaurants, 24-hour Room Service, Safe-deposit Box at Front Desk, Sauna, Laundry Service, Fax Machine & Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, May 22 - Thessaloniki
Note: Morning: Walking and standing for up to 30 minutes whilst visiting the Church.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Overview of Ancient Thessaloniki" and Presentation "Alexander: The Rise to Power": Take a panoramic tour of Thessaloniki. View many unmissable sites: the White Tower, the university areas, the Rotunda and the Triumphal Arch of Galerius, the remains of the city walls, UNESCO protected Byzantine monuments, and the churches of St Demetrius and Sofija. Throughout the visit, enjoy an expert-led lecture about Alexander's rise to Greatness.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Thessaloniki to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your own. We suggest you visit the Achaeological Museum Chronologically. Your guide will show you the entrance to this museum during your morning tour and can help arrange transport there for you this afternoon.

Dinner: Take this time to explore the flavors of Thessaloniki tonight for a dinner on your own.

Lodging: Mediterranean Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the immediate vicinity of the town centre and the old quarter, in a quiet and noiseless street, is the Martin Hotel - a new and modern hotel offering its guests perfect conditions for recreation and tourism. The hotel is a successor of the long-famous Mir Hotel, but the building has been entirely redesigned and modernized. It is frequented by old clients since the very beginning of organized tourism in Bulgaria, and also by Bulgarian and foreign tourists and businessmen. English and Russian can be heard down the corridors at all times, and there are always guests from neighbouring Greece and other countries too. The hotel staff uses Bulgarian, Russian, English and French to serve its guests.

Contact info:
28 Neofit Rilski Str.
Bansko, Bulgaria
phone: +359 749/ 88301
web: hotelmartin.domino.bg

Room amenities: telephone, TV, Internet, a mini-bar and a safe

Facility amenities: With its four-star category forthcoming, the hotel offers its guests an amazing choice of services - a restaurant, a lobby bar, a SPA centre (a sauna, a large 10-person jacuzzi, a small swimming pool, massage, a fitness gym)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, May 23 - Transfer from Thessaloniki to Bansko. Explore Mel...
Note: Riding in a coach bus for about 4 hours during the transfer from Thessaloniki to Bansko.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transit to Melnik, Presentation "Bulgaria Today: From Communist Country to the European Union" and Field Trip "Exploring Melnick": On the ride to Melnick, your study leader will provide an expert lecture on his home country, Bulgaria. Feel free to ask questions about his country. Arrive in Melnik and take a short walking site visit before lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Melnik.

Afternoon: Presentation "The Wines of Bulgaria": Led by a local wine maker, learn about Bulgarian wines. Enjoy some local specialty cheeses as you learn about local wines. Continue on to the hotel, and have time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Martin Bansko

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Grand Hotel Sofia is one of the most prestigious hotels in Sofia. Art-lovers and food connoisseurs alike will appreciate the hotel gallery and its fine-dining Shades of Red restaurant. The Hotel is a stylish residence in a prime location with a welcoming and dedicated staff that will ensure your stay will exceed your expectations. Throughout the years Grand Hotel Sofia has accommodated a remarkable variety of international celebrities and dignitaries. The Hotel is easily accessible from Sofia International Airport (10 km). Grand Hotel Sofia features 105 unique spacious rooms of over 50 sq.m., all elegantly appointed and offering luxury, style and comfort including 20 twin room and rooms with opening windows. At guests' disposal are also 17 oversized suites including 2 Grand suites and 3 Panorama suites with extensive terrace, providing the finest accommodation in Sofia.

Contact info:
1, Gurko str.
Sofia, 1000 Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 811 0811
web: www.grandhotelsofia.bg/lang-en.htm

Room amenities: Unique spacious rooms, offering style and comfort In-room climate control Work desk and lamp IDD telephone with voice mail Wide LCD TV screen Satellite and pay TV channels Mini bar and in-room safe Bathroom with separate bathtub and shower cabin Hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, and umbrella

Facility amenities: During their stay at Grand Hotel Sofia guests will enjoy wide range of services and facilities. At their disposal are: Business centre Wi-Fi & LAN high-speed Internet Executive lounge Concierge services Airport pick-up Limousine service Rent a car & city tours Valet car parking 24 hrs room service Laundry & Dry cleaning Health centre & beauty parlour Hairstyle studio Boutique In-house florist

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar for Rates
Post-Nights Available Upon Request


Day Twelve: Sunday, May 24 - Transfer from Bansko to Sofia. Visit Rila Monaste...
Note: Morning: Walking for up to 2 hours whilst visiting the monastery, cobbled stone surface inside steps to first floor.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Panoramic Bansko" and Field Trip "Impressive Art and Architecture at the Rila Monastery": As we leave Bansko, enjoy a short panoramic tour of the main sites. On the way to Sofia, visit the Rila Monastery and walk through the monastery complex. It remains one of the most impressive monasteries on the continent due to its unique architecture and abundance of frescoes. Admire the 1,200 mural paintings at the Blessed Virgin Church, and see the Hrelyo Tower, built in 1335, as well as the Monastery’s museum collection.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant featuring local specialties.

Afternoon: Check in to the hotel and enjoy time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Grand Hotel Sofia is one of the most prestigious hotels in Sofia. Art-lovers and food connoisseurs alike will appreciate the hotel gallery and its fine-dining Shades of Red restaurant. The Hotel is a stylish residence in a prime location with a welcoming and dedicated staff that will ensure your stay will exceed your expectations. Throughout the years Grand Hotel Sofia has accommodated a remarkable variety of international celebrities and dignitaries. The Hotel is easily accessible from Sofia International Airport (10 km). Grand Hotel Sofia features 105 unique spacious rooms of over 50 sq.m., all elegantly appointed and offering luxury, style and comfort including 20 twin room and rooms with opening windows. At guests' disposal are also 17 oversized suites including 2 Grand suites and 3 Panorama suites with extensive terrace, providing the finest accommodation in Sofia.

Contact info:
1, Gurko str.
Sofia, 1000 Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 811 0811
web: www.grandhotelsofia.bg/lang-en.htm

Room amenities: Unique spacious rooms, offering style and comfort In-room climate control Work desk and lamp IDD telephone with voice mail Wide LCD TV screen Satellite and pay TV channels Mini bar and in-room safe Bathroom with separate bathtub and shower cabin Hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, and umbrella

Facility amenities: During their stay at Grand Hotel Sofia guests will enjoy wide range of services and facilities. At their disposal are: Business centre Wi-Fi & LAN high-speed Internet Executive lounge Concierge services Airport pick-up Limousine service Rent a car & city tours Valet car parking 24 hrs room service Laundry & Dry cleaning Health centre & beauty parlour Hairstyle studio Boutique In-house florist

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar for Rates
Post-Nights Available Upon Request


Day Thirteen: Monday, May 25 - Discover the city of Sofia, the Boyana Church and...
Discover the city of Sofia, the Boyana Church and the National Museum of History

Note: Afternoon: Walking and standing for up to 3 hours around Sofia steps to enter the crypt at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, predominantly flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Boyana Church": Take a field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Boyana Church surrounded by trees over a hundered years old. Enter the church and be astounded by the frescoes, probably painted in 1259. Be amazed by the lively characters, and how the seperate frescoes become a whole.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Field Trip "A Walking Discovery of Sofia": Discover the city of Sofia by walking tour. Enter the crypt at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and see culturally significant sites such as the St. Sofia Basilica, the Parliament building, the Synagogue, the Royal Palace, the National Theatre and St. Georges Rotunda.

Dinner: Explore the diverse flavors of Bulgaria on your own.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Grand Hotel Sofia is one of the most prestigious hotels in Sofia. Art-lovers and food connoisseurs alike will appreciate the hotel gallery and its fine-dining Shades of Red restaurant. The Hotel is a stylish residence in a prime location with a welcoming and dedicated staff that will ensure your stay will exceed your expectations. Throughout the years Grand Hotel Sofia has accommodated a remarkable variety of international celebrities and dignitaries. The Hotel is easily accessible from Sofia International Airport (10 km). Grand Hotel Sofia features 105 unique spacious rooms of over 50 sq.m., all elegantly appointed and offering luxury, style and comfort including 20 twin room and rooms with opening windows. At guests' disposal are also 17 oversized suites including 2 Grand suites and 3 Panorama suites with extensive terrace, providing the finest accommodation in Sofia.

Contact info:
1, Gurko str.
Sofia, 1000 Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 811 0811
web: www.grandhotelsofia.bg/lang-en.htm

Room amenities: Unique spacious rooms, offering style and comfort In-room climate control Work desk and lamp IDD telephone with voice mail Wide LCD TV screen Satellite and pay TV channels Mini bar and in-room safe Bathroom with separate bathtub and shower cabin Hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, and umbrella

Facility amenities: During their stay at Grand Hotel Sofia guests will enjoy wide range of services and facilities. At their disposal are: Business centre Wi-Fi & LAN high-speed Internet Executive lounge Concierge services Airport pick-up Limousine service Rent a car & city tours Valet car parking 24 hrs room service Laundry & Dry cleaning Health centre & beauty parlour Hairstyle studio Boutique In-house florist

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar for Rates
Post-Nights Available Upon Request


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, May 26 - Bulgarian Education System and Sofia on your own.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Presentation and Hands-On "Education in Bulgaria": Visit one of the leading secondary schools and meet with last-year students of about 18-19 years of age. A teacher will deliver a short presentation about the educational system in Bulgaria following which participants may interact with the students over a drink.

Lunch: Explore Sofia for lunch on your own to find the perfect local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. We suggest you visit the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum. Ask your group leader for details on how to get there.

Dinner: Your farewell dinner will be at the hotel. Take this opportunity to exchange contact information with your fellow travellers and enjoy your final night in Bulgaria.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, May 27 - Return to US
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Mini bus transfer to the airport for flight departures.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
13 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

Ratings

4.6
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768