Bulgaria Tour Mr Steve Klein
Day 1 – April 26 – Arrive in Sofia. Transfer to your hotel. Reminder of the day – time at leisure.
Own Accommodation in Sofia – two nights
Day 2 – April 27 – Sightseeing tour of Sofia including the Boyana church and the National Historical Museum
In the morning visit the Boyana Church (UNESCO). Admire its beautiful freascoes dating to 1259. In the National Museum of History you will get acquainted with the rich history of Bulgaria. Here is the Gold Thracian Treasure dating to the 4th c. BC. Return to the central part. Continue with a walking sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visit the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most beautiful on the Balkan Peninsula, the Monument of Alexander II – Tzar Liberator, the Parliament, The Statue of St Sofia – the symbol of the city, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and the Rotonda St George 4th c. AC, the Synagogue, the Russian Church, the St. Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name. Finish the tour at around 2 pm at your hotel. Afternoon at leaisure – time to enjoy the central part of Sofia.
Day 3 – April 28 – Sofia – the Rila monastery – Plovdiv
Departure to the Rila Monastery (UNESCO) – the richest historical and architectural monument of the Orthodox enclave, founded in 10th century and transformed to the most important spiritual and cultural center of Bulgaria. The Monastery’s unrivalled architecture and murals will captivate you. In the monastery visit the Ethnographic museum – very rich with its carpets and rugs exhibition, jewelry, customs, buckles. Also you will visit four rooms decorated according to the typical styles of decoration of four regions of Bulgaria. Departure to Plovdiv. After arrival take a walking sightseeing tour of the Old Town: Plovdiv is the second largest town of Bulgaria, an area since the time of Philip, King of Macedonia, father of Alexander The Great. The most impressive building of Roman time that has come to us rising above the city is the Antique Amphitheatre by Emperor Mark Avrelii during the 2nd c. A.D. Its magnificent arcade adorned with marble statues is simply breath-taking. Theatre and opera performances are still staged here on warm summer nights. The Roman Stadium is also constructed during the II century and reproduces the layout in Delphi, Greece. After lunch visit the “Eirene” house where have been preserved original Roman mozaics “in situ”. Within the centre of the ancient major town of the Roman province of Thrace remains of stone paved streets, foundations of buildings and columns and ancient fortress walls and gates reside. The Old Plovdiv nowadays is an original living museum, an architectural phenomenon with many of the houses of those times’ most prominent Bulgarians turned into museums, galleries hosting various art exhibitions and festivals. In the late afternoon profit from your free time to explore the beautiful Plovdiv on your own. Now-a-days the pedestrian street is consider the longest pedestriant street in the world – 1750 meters.
B Accommodation in Plovdiv in Villa Antica
Day 4 – April 29 – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Veliko Tarnovo
In the morning take the road to Kazanlak. Visit two Thracian tombs dating to the 4th century BC – one of them original – The Golyamata Kosmatka and the second one included in the list of UNESCO – the Kazanlak Tomb. You will visit its copy as the original has been closed for the public.
Departure to the Balkan Range mountain. Start climbing the Shipka pass. On the top of the mountain admire beautiful view towards the valleys of the Northern and Southern Bulgaria.
After crossing the Shipka pass visit the Etara open air museum where have been presented 22 crafts that people used in the 18th and 19th century.
Continue to Veliko Tarnovo. Start exploring the city with the Tsarevets Royal hill. The neighboring Arbanassi museum village is a genuine gallery of art. A must here is the 15th century Church of the Nativity, repainted in the 17th century. Because of its more than 1200 frescoes, It is also called the Sistine Chapel on the Balkans. Located on the hills above the meandering river Yantra, this city, once a glorious mediaeval capital (1186 – 1393), is now attracting thousands of romantic travelers with its irresistible atmosphere. Mixing the legends of the past with bursting joy of hundreds of young students – this is Veliko Tarnovo today, the second most important University City after Sofia.
B Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo in hotel Gurko ***
Day 5 – April 30 – Veliko Tarnovo – the Beklemeto pass – Koprivshtitsa – Sofia
In the morning departure to the village of Koprivshtitsa through the Beklemeto pass (1525 meters above sea level). Continue to Koprivshtitsa. The village boasts a large number of architectural monuments from the Revival period, 383 in all, most of which have been restored to their original appearance. Collections of ethnographic treasures, old weapons, National Revival works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical Bulgarian jewelry has also been preserved. Departure to Sofia. Drop off in your hotel. Overnight.
Own Accommodation in Sofia
Day 6 – May 1 – Transfer to the Bucharest airport for your departure flight. End of service.
The trajectory of the tour please see here: https://goo.gl/maps/WAWxxP3Fzpx
ACCOMMODATION IN TOTAL 2 overnights
- In Plovdiv – Villa Antica
- In Veliko Tarnovo – hotel Gurko ***
TRANSFERS AND TRANSPORTATION
- Pick up from the Sofia airport on arrival on April 26 and on departure on May 1
- All transfers and transportation with private vehicle according to program
- Fuel costs, parking fees, border fees
TOURS / GUIDES / FOOD
- 2 breakfasts
- Professional English speaking Private Tour Guide (to drive)
- All sightseeing tours and cultural connections
- Admission fees for sites and museums as per program
- Organization, VAT
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Additional private expenses of a client
All that is not mentioned in section “Price includes”
Travel insurance package
Other meals than stated
Photo/video fees at sites and museums
Bank and pay pal fees
The above stated price is based on cash payment.