1-800-762-4216

Updated 4/11/18

Home Listing by Date Listing by Continent Contact Us
 

Subscribe to our
Email Updates!

 
TCI Home
About Us
Testimonials

Photo Album

Links
Phi Mu Foundation
League Leaders
Washington state residents, please call us directly regarding insurance

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 


October 14 - 27, 2018
14 Days • $5290 per person double occupancy
beginning and ending in Sofia, Bulgaria
Single Supplement $850
Airfare Additional

Based on minimum of 8 participants

Led by Dr. Yuri Boyanin

Bulgaria: Sofia • Plovdiv • Rila Monastery • Melnik • Sandanski
Macedonia: Stobi • Skopje • Gorno Nerezi
Kosovo: Prishtinë • Pejë • Prizren • Dechani
Montenegro: Budva • Kotor • Sveti Stefan
Albania: Shkodër • Tirana
Macedonia: Ohrid • Tetovo • Osogovo

UNESCO Sites
Outstanding religious and cultural sites as well as natural areas this tour includes:

Bulgaria
Boyana Church (1979)
Ensemble of three churches. The frescoes in the second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings and one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

Rila Monastery (1983)
St John of Rila (10th century), a hermit, was canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex.

Kosovo
Pec Monastery (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, the Patriarchate of Pec Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings.

Church of the Virgin of Levisha (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, early 14th-century frescoes in the church represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions.

Dechani Monastery (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, the monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Decanski and is also his mausoleum.

Montenegro
Kotor (1979, Natural and Cultural)
In the Middle Ages, this natural harbor on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial center with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography.

Macedonia
Ohrid (1979, Natural and Cultural)
Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. After those of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, this holds what is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world.
(from UNESCO.org)

 

 

Dear World Travelers,

This “quick-trip” is like no other! We’ll discover five countries in just two weeks with no visas required for U.S. citizens. Just look at the map below to get a glimpse at all we’ll see.

We’ll begin and end our trip in the comfort of our lovely hotel in Sofia. Before venturing out of Bulgaria we’ll see the exceptional Rila Monastery and charming Melnik. In Macedonia see the ancient ruins of Stobi dating from the 2nd century BC. In the newest state of Europe - Kosovo - we see a once war-torn area where monasteries and mosques have stood for centuries. Cross the border into Montenegro where the Adriatic Coastline sparkles and the Byzantines and others came ashore and left their mark. Two nights in Albania will give us time for a cultural event, and we have the unique opportunity to step inside Cold War Era bunker now transformed into Bunk’Art. Finally, we head back east to Macedonia’s beautiful Lake Ohrid region. Churches dot the shoreline, and of the nearly one for every day of the year, we’ll visit a few and spot a more from our boat ride on the lake.

There’s too much to mention here from the exquisite architecture, captivating frescoes and impressive monuments to the seaside views, river gorges and rolling hills. Many of the photos are from the two tours David Lewis has taken with us. See his enticing photos of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania here https://www.flickr.com/photos/dslewis/sets/.

Call today to reserve your space and let us show you the charm of the Balkans.

Gwen Erwood


President, Travel Concepts International

Click for larger image


Discovery Highlights

  • Marvel at the Rila Monastery - the most famous of all Bulgarian Christian Orthodox monuments
  • Walk through Plovdiv, Cultural Capital of Bulgaria
  • Explore the archaeological site of Stobi, one of the largest in Macedonia
  • Visit Prishtinë, Prizren and Pejë in Kosovo, the newest state of Europe
  • Have a special appointment to visit the UNESCO site of the Monastery of Pec
  • Make an excursion to the Medieval town of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the Pearls of the Adriatic
  • Get a glimpse of the luxurious fairytale-like island of Sveti Stefan in Budva
  • See the amazing view of Lake Skadar from high up at the Castle of Rozafa in Shkodër
  • With two nights in Tirana, we’ll enjoy the opportunity for a cultural event
  • Discover Lake Ohrid, listed as one of the “Top 31 Places to See” by NY Times in 2010
  • Step inside the Monastery of St. Naum with its constructive layers dating back from the 10-14th centuries
  • Behold the paintings both inside and out of the famous wooden mosque in Tetovo, Šarena Džamija

 

 


October 6 - 19, 2019
14 Days • per person double occupancy
beginning and ending in Sofia, Bulgaria
Airfare Additional


Bulgaria: Sofia • Plovdiv • Rila Monastery • Melnik • Sandanski
Macedonia: Stobi • Skopje • Gorno Nerezi
Kosovo: Prishtinë • Pejë • Prizren • Dechani
Montenegro: Budva • Kotor • Sveti Stefan
Albania: Shkodër • Tirana
Macedonia: Ohrid • Tetovo • Osogovo

UNESCO Sites
Outstanding religious and cultural sites as well as natural areas this tour includes:

Bulgaria
Boyana Church (1979)
Ensemble of three churches. The frescoes in the second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings and one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

Rila Monastery (1983)
St John of Rila (10th century), a hermit, was canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex.

Kosovo
Pec Monastery (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, the Patriarchate of Pec Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings.

Church of the Virgin of Levisha (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, early 14th-century frescoes in the church represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions.

Dechani Monastery (2004)
As a part of the grouping of
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, the monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Decanski and is also his mausoleum.

Montenegro
Kotor (1979, Natural and Cultural)
In the Middle Ages, this natural harbor on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial center with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography.

Macedonia
Ohrid (1979, Natural and Cultural)
Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. After those of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, this holds what is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world.
(from UNESCO.org)

 

 

Dear World Travelers,

This “quick-trip” is like no other! We’ll discover five countries in just two weeks with no visas required for U.S. citizens. Just look at the map below to get a glimpse at all we’ll see.

We’ll begin and end our trip in the comfort of our lovely hotel in Sofia. Before venturing out of Bulgaria we’ll see the exceptional Rila Monastery and charming Melnik. In Macedonia see the ancient ruins of Stobi dating from the 2nd century BC. In the newest state of Europe - Kosovo - we see a once war-torn area where monasteries and mosques have stood for centuries. Cross the border into Montenegro where the Adriatic Coastline sparkles and the Byzantines and others came ashore and left their mark. Two nights in Albania will give us time for a cultural event, and we have the unique opportunity to step inside Cold War Era bunker now transformed into Bunk’Art. Finally, we head back east to Macedonia’s beautiful Lake Ohrid region. Churches dot the shoreline, and of the nearly one for every day of the year, we’ll visit a few and spot a more from our boat ride on the lake.

There’s too much to mention here from the exquisite architecture, captivating frescoes and impressive monuments to the seaside views, river gorges and rolling hills. Many of the photos are from the two tours David Lewis has taken with us. See his enticing photos of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania here https://www.flickr.com/photos/dslewis/sets/.

Call today to reserve your space and let us show you the charm of the Balkans.

Gwen Erwood


President, Travel Concepts International

Click for larger image


Discovery Highlights

  • Marvel at the Rila Monastery - the most famous of all Bulgarian Christian Orthodox monuments
  • Walk through Plovdiv, Cultural Capital of Bulgaria
  • Explore the archaeological site of Stobi, one of the largest in Macedonia
  • Visit Prishtinë, Prizren and Pejë in Kosovo, the newest state of Europe
  • Have a special appointment to visit the UNESCO site of the Monastery of Pec
  • Make an excursion to the Medieval town of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the Pearls of the Adriatic
  • Get a glimpse of the luxurious fairytale-like island of Sveti Stefan in Budva
  • See the amazing view of Lake Skadar from high up at the Castle of Rozafa in Shkodër
  • With two nights in Tirana, we’ll enjoy the opportunity for a cultural event
  • Discover Lake Ohrid, listed as one of the “Top 31 Places to See” by NY Times in 2010
  • Step inside the Monastery of St. Naum with its constructive layers dating back from the 10-14th centuries
  • Behold the paintings both inside and out of the famous wooden mosque in Tetovo, Šarena Džamija

 

© 2018 Travel Concepts International, Inc. CST 2005743-40

Travel Concepts International, Inc.
Cultural Tours to Better Understand the World and Its People

5500 Bucks Bar Road • Placerville, CA 95667 U.S.A. • Voicemail/Telephone/Fax 1-530-621-3007
Voicemail/Tollfree in U.S.A. 1-800-762-4216
G
wen@SeriousTraveler.com • Web site www.SeriousTraveler.com