PRICE FROM: 390 euro
DURATION: 4 days / 3 overnights
ITINERARY: Sofia – Plovdiv – the Bachkovo monastery – Kazanlak – Etara – Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia
INFO: A fantastic tour including unique sites, beautiful sceneries and rich history. It comprises the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia where you will admire the second biggest Orthodox Cathedral on the Balkan peninsula – the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and also the oldest active Orthodox church in Europe – the Rotonda Saint George dating to the 4th century. The town of Plovdiv will surprise with its beautifully preserved Roman remains and its ancient spirit. The tomb of Kazanlak is included in the list of UNESCO and is unique of its kind among the tombs we find in Europe. Visiting Veliko Tarnovo is the culmination of the tour, this place will make you fall in love with it.
DETAILED ITINERARY FOR THE Discover Bulgaria in 4 days TOUR:
Day 1 – Tour of Sofia
Arrive at the Sofia airport. Meet and greet by your professional guide. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and short time for refreshment. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most impressive on the Balkan Peninsula, the Saint Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name, the Council of Ministers, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Roman Ruins of Serdica and St. Rotonda Church dating from 4th century AC, the Russian Church, the Mosque, the Synagogue, the Parliament square and the Monument of King Alexander II the Liberator. Overnight.
Accommodation in Thracia Premier Best Western ****
Day 2 – Sofia – the Bachkovo monastery- Plovdiv
Departure to the Bachkovo Monastery /20km from Plovdiv/ – the second largest monastery after the Rila Monastery. The complex and its neighborhoods have grown into a developed tourist sight where dozens of small shops, stalls, and restaurants stand on both sides of the walkway to the gates and appeal with their variety to visitors. Here you can buy rare herbs, home made honey and products made of buffalo’s and sheep’s milk. Continue to Plovdiv. Visit to the Old Town. It is declared an architectural museum reserve with over 150 monuments of culture. Its magnificent houses are turned into museums, galleries, workshops, restaurants. There are also parlours and studios of painters and wood-carvers. Visit the Ancient Roman Amphitheater (2nd century A.C) and the Roman Stadium. Optional: Dinner in a traditional restaurant with folklore program. Overnight.
B Accommodation in family hotel Renaissance or hotel Odeon ***
Day 3 – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Etara – Veliko Tarnovo
Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. On our way we will pass by the town of Kazanlak where will visit the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak – the monument dates back to the 4th century BC and has been on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979. Visit the Russian Church (12 km of Kazanlak) in the foothills of Stara Planina. Its golden domes and the green and pink colored facade loom against the mountains and attract the attention of the travellers in the Shipka pass. Next stop is to the other side of the pass where we will visit “Etara” – an open air museum. It is the first museum presenting the historic past, economic development and the way of living of the population in 18 – 19th c. The shopping street represents the way crafts were practiced locally in the mid-19th century. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo – capital city of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Overnight.
B Accommodation in hotel Gurko ***
Day 4 – Veliko Tarnovo – the village of Arbanassi – Sofia
After breakfast – tour of the city. Visit to “Tsarevets” – a mediaeval stronghold located on a hill with the same name. It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire’s primary fortress and strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. 47 churches and 400 residential houses have been discovered in the whole complex. Fortified walls and defensive towers surround the city. The tower of Baldwin is the most famous and is an evidence for the power of the Bulgarian Kingdom. We will continue our tour by visiting the old Marketplace Samovodska Tcharshia. Only 4 km from Veliko Turnovo is Arbanassi, a charming village with an eventful history and fascinating architecture. Thirty six of its 80 houses and the five local churches have been declared for national monuments of culture. Departure to Sofia. Drop off at the airport or in your hotel. End of service.
– Accommodation – in total for three overnights in the hotels stated in the itinerary above
– Transport, fuel costs, parking fees. All our vehicles please see here.
– Professional English speaking guide. Upon request we provide guides in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese. Additional fees may apply.
– Admission fees, WI-FI ON BOARD
– Meals and drinks
– Personal expenses
– Tips and gratuities
– Optional activity costs
This tour can be paid by credit card, paypal, bank transfer or cash upon departure.
Please note paying by credit card will apply a supplementary fee of 2,5% for VISA card and 1% for Master Card. Paying by paypal will apply a supplementary fee of 4% for overseas transactions.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THIS TOUR:
– 7 days prior to date of activity – Free cancellation
– 6 to 4 days prior to date of activity – 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement)
– 3 days prior to date of activity – 70% Cancellation Fee (30% reimbursement)
– 2 days prior to date of activity, on the day of the activity and for now show – 100% cancellation Fee (No reimbursement)