MONASTERY TOUR OF BULGARIA including GREECE
Day 1 – October 31 – Sightseeing tour of Sofia – The Rila monastery
Day 2 – November 1 – the Rila monastery – The Rozhen monastery – Thessaloniki
Day 3 – November 2 – Full day in Thessaloniki
Day 4 – November 3 – Thessaloniki – Plovdiv
Day 5 – November 4 – Plovdiv – Etara – the Dryanovo monastery – Veliko Tarnovo
Day 6 – November 5 – Veliko Tarnovo – the Troyan monastery – Sofia
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 – October 31 – Sightseeing tour of Sofia including the Boayna church and the National Historical Museum – departure to the Rila monastery
In the morning pick up from your hotel.
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.
Drive to the vicinity of Sofia. Your next stop is the National historical museum situated nearby. Visit the Boyana church (UNESCO) and admire its beautiful paintings from 1259.
Departure to the Rila Monastery – 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 visitor’s first sight of Rila monastery huge towering walls gives the impression of a fortress. However, a step through the archway produces a wonderful surprise. The Monastery’s unrivalled architecture and murals will captivate you. Overnight in the Rila monastery.
Accommodation in the Rila monastery
Day 2 – November 1 – the Rila monastery – the Rozhen monastery – Thessaloniki
In the morning visit the Rozhen monastery situated 6 km from Melnik. Visit the monastery and admire its very beautiful frescoes and the old iconostas. In the little town of Melnik (the smallest in Bulgaria) visit the Kordopulova house – the oldest Revival house in Bulgaria built in 1754. After lunch preceed to the Greek border. Continue to Thessaloniki. Afternoon at leaisure.
Accommodation in Thessaloniki in hotel El Greco ***
Day 3 – November 2 – Free day in Thessaloniki to explore the city on your own.
Visit the St Sophia church with its beautiful mosaics, the Rotonda St George, the Arch of Galerius, the Palace of Galerius and many more landmarks that have given the statute of Thessaloniki a UNESCO site.
Accommodation in Thessaloniki in hotel El Greco ***
Day 4 – November 3 – Thessaloniki – the Bachkovo monastery – Plovdiv
After breakfast departure to Bulgaria via Kavala. Cross the border at Makaza and proceed to the town of Asenovgrad. Next to it is the Bachkovo monastery – the second biggest in Bulgaria founded in 1083. Still beautifully preserved is the Refectory where one can admire beautiful paintings from 1643. Continue to Plovdiv. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Plovdiv in family hotel At Renaissance Square
Day 5 – November 4 – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Dryanovo monastery – Veliko Tarnovo
In the morning take a sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – 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 theatre by Emperor Mark Avrelii during the 2nd c. A.D. Its magnificent arcade adorned with marble statues is simply breath-taking. You will also visit the Roman Stadium dating to the 2nd cetury, the yellow school, the house of La Martine, the Old Pharmacie, the church St Constantin and Helena, the house of Kuyumdjioglu, today turned into museum, the Nebet tepe where have been discovered parts of the Thracian walls that fortified the hill.
Departure to Kazanlak. Visit the Russian church situated in the foothills of the Stara Planian mountain (the Balkan Range). It was built in 1902 to commemorate all the 200 000 soldiers who lost their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria. Optional if time permits : After crossing the Shipka pass visit the open air museum « Etara » where have been presented 15 crafts practiced by the locals in the 17th – 19th century – weaving, cutlery, icon painting, saw mill and others. Your next stop will be the Dryanovo monastery “Sveti Arhangel Mihail” – situated in the picturesque gorge of Dryanovo River in Stara Planina. The monastery was founded in the 12th century and gradually became centre of the Hesychasm. During the Ottoman slavery, the monastery was conflagrated twice and it was built at its present place in the 17th century. The history of this captivating holy site is closely connected with the National Liberation Movement. The monastery was one of the headquarters of the Tarnovo revolutionary committee. The Apostle of Liberty, Vasil Levski and his adherents often stayed in the monastery. During the April Uprising several surviving rebels repulsed the attacks of the numerous Turkish army only in nine days.
Proceed to Veliko Tarnovo. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo in hotel Gurko ***
Day 6 – November 5 – Veliko Tarnovo – the Troayn Monatsery – Sofia
Departure to the Troyan Monastery, the third largest monastery in Bulgaria, situated in the northern part of the country in the Balkan Mountains. It was founded in the end of the 16th century. The main church of the monastery was reconstructed during the Bulgarian National Revival period by a master-builder called Konstantin in 1835 soon after the decline of Ottoman Rule was marked. The richly decorated interior and exterior of the church were painted between 1847 and 1849 by the great Bulgarian icon-painter Zahari Zograph. The Troyan Monastery has been keeping one of the holiest icons in Bulgarian Orthodoxy, the Three-Handed Virgin since the 17th century. It is also famous for its incredible wood-carving. The oldest carving is the marvelous wood carved iconostas of the chapel „St.Nikola” which is distinguished with its genuine artistic qualities.
Continue to Sofia. Drop off in your hotel. End of service.
Own Accommodation in Sofia
The trajectory of the tour please see here: https://goo.gl/maps/AemFvyyheqQ2
ACCOMODATION in total 5 overnights
- In the Rila monastery
- In Thessaloniki – in hotel El Greco *** (two nights)
- In Plovdiv – in family hotel Renaissance
- In Veliko Tarnovo – in hotel Gurko ***
TRANSFERS AND TRANSPORTATION
- All transfers and transportation with private vehicles according to program
- Fuel costs, parking fees
TOURS / GUIDES / FOOD
- 5 Breakfasts,
- Professional Bulgarian English speaking Private Tour Guide (to drive)
- All sightseeing tours and cultural connections (except in Thessaloniki)
- Admission fees for sites and museums as per program (except in Thessaloniki)
- Organisation, 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
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Plovdiv – At the Renaissance Square Family Hotel
Hotel “At Renaissance Square” was founded in 2007 under the name hotel “Renaissance” one-star. As a result of the loving care and professionalism of our team to each client, we won the love and friendship of many people around the world. For a short time hotel “Renaissance” has become a leader in its category and falling in world travel guides as the most suitable place to stay in Plovdiv.
– Lonely Planet – Publishing 2008 – Our pick;
– Lonely Planet – Publishing 2013 – Top choice.
In the restaurant or the cool garden you can enjoy the exquisite specialties of the European and Bulgarian cuisine.
For your good mood we have pick out a rich selection of Bulgarian and imported wine.
Professional service and a special attitude towards everyone guarantee your pleasant and unforgettable stay.
Room Size: 26-sq-m(280-sq-foot)
– antique furniture
– hand-painted walls and ceilings
– hardwood floors
– cable TV
Room Facilities: Cable channels, Flat-screen TV, Air conditioning, Hardwood/Parquet floors/, Wardrobe, Closet, Shower, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom
Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Veliko Tarnovo – hotel Gurko
Hotel and Tavern Complex Gurko is situated on Gurko Street in the Old town where you can see lots of traditional Bulgarian buildings from the XVIII and XIX century. The amphitheatrical position of all houses around creates a fascinating picture in the same heart of Veliko Tarnovo. As an important part of this landscape, Hotel Gurko provides romance and comfort by the banks of the river, overlooking the Sveta Gora Hill and Four-Horseman monument. Being in the immediate vicinity of the famous Samovodska Street, where you can enjoy the various small workshops that present typical Bulgarian crafts, makes it comfortable for the tourists during their holiday. At the same time the hotel is just a few minutes away from the centre and well-known Carevec Hill, where you can watch unique “Sound and Light Show”, which presents the history of the town.
Room Size: 30 m²
Bed Options: 1 queen or 2 twin
– air conditioning
– free WiFi
– flat-screen TV with cable channels
– bathroom with a shower or a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer
Room Facilities: Air conditioning, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Wardrobe/Closet, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Bathtub or shower, Cable channels, Flat-screen TV, Minibar, Wake-up service, Towels, Linens
Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
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