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ALBANIA / MACEDONIA / GREECE / BULGARIA

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

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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 8 — May 22, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, May 08 - Depart the US for Albania
Depart From: Depart from individual departure cities for overnight flight to Albania.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Hotel Tirana is located in the tranquil heart of the city, near the National Park and also within the embassy and banking district of the city of Tirana. The Palace of Congresses and the Presidential Palace are a few minutes walk from the hotel, while all other places of interest are easily accessible. The hotel features the stylish "Infinity Bar" lounge offering a variety of cocktails as well as coffee and tea. The "Metropolitan" restaurant features international cuisine while honoring traditional Mediterranean and Albanian recipes.

Contact info:
Sheshi Italia
Tirana, Albania
phone: +35542274707
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1439

Room amenities: Television, high speed internet access (for a fee), international direct dialing, telephone, coffee maker, electronic safe, hairdryer, satellite channels, shower and/or bath, mini bar, voice mail, radio, daily free newspaper, climate control, outlet adaptors, bathrobe and slippers, bidet in bathroom, down comforters, fruit basket.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, 24-hour room service, car rental, doorman, business services, laundry service, lauggage stoarage, copy/faxing service, disability accessible facilities, currency exchange, 24-hour concierge service, multilingual staff, massage treatments, dry cleaning service, 24-hour security, shopping adjacent to hotel, live entertainment, free wi-fi internet access in public areas, safe deposit boxes, ATM, wheelchair access, air conditioned facilities, jewelry shop, 24-hour front desk, business center, gift shop, shopping mall, indoor and outdoor pools and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Additional nights are available on request. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.


Day Two: Thursday, May 09 - Arrive Tirana & Program Orientation
Afternoon: Program Arrival and Orientation: Arrive in Tirana, meet you Study Leader and transfer to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel and rest before an early evening orientation led by your Study Leader. Meet your fellow participants, and learn about customs, currency and logistics on this multi-country program.

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

Lodging: Sheraton Hotel Tirana

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Hotel Tirana is located in the tranquil heart of the city, near the National Park and also within the embassy and banking district of the city of Tirana. The Palace of Congresses and the Presidential Palace are a few minutes walk from the hotel, while all other places of interest are easily accessible. The hotel features the stylish "Infinity Bar" lounge offering a variety of cocktails as well as coffee and tea. The "Metropolitan" restaurant features international cuisine while honoring traditional Mediterranean and Albanian recipes.

Contact info:
Sheshi Italia
Tirana, Albania
phone: +35542274707
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1439

Room amenities: Television, high speed internet access (for a fee), international direct dialing, telephone, coffee maker, electronic safe, hairdryer, satellite channels, shower and/or bath, mini bar, voice mail, radio, daily free newspaper, climate control, outlet adaptors, bathrobe and slippers, bidet in bathroom, down comforters, fruit basket.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, 24-hour room service, car rental, doorman, business services, laundry service, lauggage stoarage, copy/faxing service, disability accessible facilities, currency exchange, 24-hour concierge service, multilingual staff, massage treatments, dry cleaning service, 24-hour security, shopping adjacent to hotel, live entertainment, free wi-fi internet access in public areas, safe deposit boxes, ATM, wheelchair access, air conditioned facilities, jewelry shop, 24-hour front desk, business center, gift shop, shopping mall, indoor and outdoor pools and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Additional nights are available on request. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.


Day Three: Friday, May 10 - 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.

Evening: Performance "Albanian Folklore": This evening enjoy learning about Albanian folklore through a performance accompanied by lively music.

Lodging: Sheraton Hotel Tirana

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

Description: The Sheraton Hotel Tirana is located in the tranquil heart of the city, near the National Park and also within the embassy and banking district of the city of Tirana. The Palace of Congresses and the Presidential Palace are a few minutes walk from the hotel, while all other places of interest are easily accessible. The hotel features the stylish "Infinity Bar" lounge offering a variety of cocktails as well as coffee and tea. The "Metropolitan" restaurant features international cuisine while honoring traditional Mediterranean and Albanian recipes.

Contact info:
Sheshi Italia
Tirana, Albania
phone: +35542274707
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1439

Room amenities: Television, high speed internet access (for a fee), international direct dialing, telephone, coffee maker, electronic safe, hairdryer, satellite channels, shower and/or bath, mini bar, voice mail, radio, daily free newspaper, climate control, outlet adaptors, bathrobe and slippers, bidet in bathroom, down comforters, fruit basket.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, 24-hour room service, car rental, doorman, business services, laundry service, lauggage stoarage, copy/faxing service, disability accessible facilities, currency exchange, 24-hour concierge service, multilingual staff, massage treatments, dry cleaning service, 24-hour security, shopping adjacent to hotel, live entertainment, free wi-fi internet access in public areas, safe deposit boxes, ATM, wheelchair access, air conditioned facilities, jewelry shop, 24-hour front desk, business center, gift shop, shopping mall, indoor and outdoor pools and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Additional nights are available on request. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.


Day Four: Saturday, May 11 - 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: Sheraton 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 "The Life of the Balkan People" 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 of the Blakan People. Then, enjoy a morning walking tour of Ohrid to see the Old Town. Visit Tzar Samuil Fortress and the 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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-let 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 18 - 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: Full Service Hotel

Description: Enviably located in the heart of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel offers both business and leisure travellers the ideal base for exploring the area's fascinating cultural and historical attractions. Surrounded by architectural gems set amid the famed yellow cobblestones of Naroldno Sabranie Square, this hotel in Sofia offers guests superb comfort and amenities.

Contact info:
4, Narodno Sabranie sq. - 1000
Sofiq, Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 9334 334
web: http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-sofia

Room amenities: Free high-speed, wireless Internet and flat-screen LCD television with satellite channels. Additional amenities include coffee and tea provisions, a mini bar and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Unwind at this spa hotel in Sofia which includes the following amentities: Cardiovascular equipment, Sauna Steam bath, Treatment room, Variety of aromatherapy and massage treatments, and weight-training equipment. Guest Services include 24-hour access to the in-house Casino Capitol (not operated by the hotel), 24-hour room service, Business Lounge with secretarial services, full technical support, drinks and light snacks, Car parking, Chauffeur-driven limousine service available, Concierge service, Currency exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, Shoe shine service, Transportation between the hotel and Sofia Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to change
Contact Road Scholar for details.


Day Twelve: Sunday, May 19 - 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: Radisson Blu Sofia

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

Description: Enviably located in the heart of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel offers both business and leisure travellers the ideal base for exploring the area's fascinating cultural and historical attractions. Surrounded by architectural gems set amid the famed yellow cobblestones of Naroldno Sabranie Square, this hotel in Sofia offers guests superb comfort and amenities.

Contact info:
4, Narodno Sabranie sq. - 1000
Sofiq, Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 9334 334
web: http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-sofia

Room amenities: Free high-speed, wireless Internet and flat-screen LCD television with satellite channels. Additional amenities include coffee and tea provisions, a mini bar and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Unwind at this spa hotel in Sofia which includes the following amentities: Cardiovascular equipment, Sauna Steam bath, Treatment room, Variety of aromatherapy and massage treatments, and weight-training equipment. Guest Services include 24-hour access to the in-house Casino Capitol (not operated by the hotel), 24-hour room service, Business Lounge with secretarial services, full technical support, drinks and light snacks, Car parking, Chauffeur-driven limousine service available, Concierge service, Currency exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, Shoe shine service, Transportation between the hotel and Sofia Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to change
Contact Road Scholar for details.


Day Thirteen: Monday, May 20 - 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: Radisson Blu Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Enviably located in the heart of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel offers both business and leisure travellers the ideal base for exploring the area's fascinating cultural and historical attractions. Surrounded by architectural gems set amid the famed yellow cobblestones of Naroldno Sabranie Square, this hotel in Sofia offers guests superb comfort and amenities.

Contact info:
4, Narodno Sabranie sq. - 1000
Sofiq, Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 9334 334
web: http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-sofia

Room amenities: Free high-speed, wireless Internet and flat-screen LCD television with satellite channels. Additional amenities include coffee and tea provisions, a mini bar and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Unwind at this spa hotel in Sofia which includes the following amentities: Cardiovascular equipment, Sauna Steam bath, Treatment room, Variety of aromatherapy and massage treatments, and weight-training equipment. Guest Services include 24-hour access to the in-house Casino Capitol (not operated by the hotel), 24-hour room service, Business Lounge with secretarial services, full technical support, drinks and light snacks, Car parking, Chauffeur-driven limousine service available, Concierge service, Currency exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, Shoe shine service, Transportation between the hotel and Sofia Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to change
Contact Road Scholar for details.


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, May 21 - 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: Radisson Blu Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, May 22 - Return to US
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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

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