PRICE FROM: 340 euro
DURATION: 3 days / 2 overnights
ITINERARY: Sofia – the Rila monastery – Plovdiv – the Bachkovo monastery – Sofia
INFO: This tour is designed for those travelers that would like to see as much as possible from Bulgaria in 3 days. It comprises Sofia and the Boyana church, the Rila monastery and Plovdiv – three of the most visited places of Bulgaria. The tour will also give you rich information about the Orthodox religion, the history and the culture of the Bulgarians.
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. After lunch visit the National Museum of History and the Boyana Church – UNESCO site. Overnight.
Accommodation in Thracia Premier Best Western ****
Day 2 – Sofia – the Rila Monastery – Plovdiv – 330 km
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 Rila Monastery is located in 1147 meters altitude in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain. It is a complex of cultural, dwelling and farming buildings which take about 8800 square meters. The Rila Monastery has an unique architecture and is recognized by UNESCO as part of the world heritage list. Departure to Plovdiv. Accommodation. Overnight.
B Accommodation in family hotel Renaissance or hotel Odeon ***
Day 3 – Plovdiv – the Bachkovo monastery – Sofia – 170 km
Sightseeing tour of 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 to the Ancient Roman Amphitheater (2nd century A.C) and the Roman Stadium. Departure to Bachkovo Monastery. Erected in a magnificent locality along the reaches of the Assenitsa River (20 km south of Plovdiv), the Bachkovo monastery ranks second after the Rila Monastery both with regard to size, and to architectural, artistic and literary significance. 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. One can find here everything that grows or is being manufactured in the Rhodopi mountain – rare herbs, home-made jams of wild fruit, yogurt and white cheese made of sheep or buffalo’s milk, woolen carpets, etc. Continue to Sofia. Drop off at the airport or your hotel. End of service.
– Accommodation – in total for two 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)