Tirana to Istanbul (2 week)

Tirana to Istanbul (2 week)

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This will be the fourth trip leg of a four month overland journey called “Vikings in Asia” which will go between Norway and Khazakstan. For more information about vehicles used, whats included, who this trip is for etc check out the website: www.vikingsinasia.com

Road tripping is the best, as it allows for flexibility whenever we want. That also makes it harder to have a set itinerary, but here is the plan for the second trip leg.

 

30.June Tirana

Welcome to Tirana! Let us know what time you are arriving at the airport so that we can come pick you up. We will have a dinner out where you will get all the information you need to prepare you for the journey you have ahead.

Accommodation: We will stay in a hostel in the city center for less than 10€ a night.

1.July: Tirana to Galichitsa National Park

We will drive across the border to North Macedonia and have a lunch/shopping break in Ohrid before continuing down to Galichitsa National Park. 

Accommodation: We will find a place to wild camp next to Lake Ohrid where swimming is possible.

2.July: Galichitsa National Park - Prilep

We will drive to Bitola to see the Heraklea Linkestis archeological site before continuing to Prilep where we will spend the night

Accommodation: We will stay at Annika Guest house which has hot water, wifi and showers and friendly owners. Price is 13€.

3.July: Prilep- Blagojewgrad

Today we will drive to Gradsko to see the Stobi Roman settlement ruins with well preserved mosaic floors. (entrance is 120denar/less than 2€). From there we will drive across to Bulgaria where we will visit Blagojewgrad known for its hiking oportunities and the Rila monestary.

Accommodation: We will stay at a campsite near Rila Monestary.

4.July: Blagojewgrad- Sofia

We will drive to the capital of Bulgaria and explore the city before spending the night there. 

Accommodation: 123Hostel offers bed in a 4 bed dorm iyncluding breakfast for 5€, but there are also lots of other alternatives available.

5.July: Sofia- Devetashka (170km)

We will spend the day continuing to explore Sofia before driving to an incredible cave called Devetashka Cave where we will spend the night. On the way we might stop at Karlukovo which is a cave called "the Eyes of God". You will see why.

Accommodation: We will bush camp near the cave.

6.July: Devetashka- Budludzha/Basho Kiro (200km)

Today we will drive to the Budludzha torch monument which is truly a Soviet style monument. From there it will be a short drive up to the Basho Kiro cave where we will spend the night 

Accommodation: We will bush camp near the cave.

7.July: Budludzha/Basho Kiro - Varna/Sunny Beach

Today we will drive to the black sea where we will find a nice place by the beach to be parked for a couple of days.

Accommodation: There are lots of possibilities. Hostels, hotels, campsites and wildcamping

8.July: Varna/Sunny Beach

We will be having a relaxing day at a place known for sun holidays.

Accommodation: There are lots of possibilities. Hostels, hotels, campsites and wildcamping

9.July: Varna/Sunny Beach

We will be having a relaxing day at a place known for sun holidays.

Accommodation: There are lots of possibilities. Hostels, hotels, campsites and wildcamping

10.July: Varna/Sunny Beach- Burgas

We will drive to Burgas where we can have a lunch and shopping break before continuing down the coast. 

Accommodation: Most likely we will find a nice place to stop along the coast at a beach-ish place.

11.July: Burgas-Istanbul

We will cross into Turkey and drive to the beautiful city of Istanbul. As always we will have a couple of buffer days here, as there is a probability that we would be delayed from finding other beautiful places along the way.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

12.July: Istanbul

We will stay in the the beautiful city of Istanbul. As always we will have a couple of buffer days here, as there is a probability that we would be delayed from finding other beautiful places along the way.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

13.July: Istanbul

There are so many day trips that can be done from Istanbul, see a few of them here.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

14.July: Departure Day from Istanbul

Today is the final day of the fourth trip leg of the Vikings in Asia trip. Let us know your flight details so that we can drive you to the airport.