General

PRICE FROM: 699 euro
DURATION: 11 days
ROUTE: Sofia – Rila monastery – Bansko – Velingrad – Perushtitsa – Plovdiv – Nessebar – Varna – Madara – Veliko Tarnovo – Etara – Kazanlak – Koprivshtitsa – Sofia
INFO: The price is based on a 6 PAX group accommodated in a double room. If your group is smaller or bigger please contact us for a quote.
The price includes:

– Accommodation in total 10 overnights with breakfasts

– Transport – Mini van A/C, all road taxes, parking fees, vignette, border taxes

– Home hosted dinner in Bansko

– Home hosted dinner in Arbanassi

– Home hosted dinner in Koprivshtitsa

– Admission fees as per itinerary – in this program have been included 4 UNESCO sites

– Professional guide’s services throughout the tour

– VAT

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Arrival at Sofia airport. Meet and greet by your Bulgarian guide. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 2

Sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visit The Saint Nedelya Church, The Statue of St Sofia – the symbol of the city, the Parliament square, 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, the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most beautiful on the Balkan Peninsula, the Monument of Alexander II – Tzar Liberator, the Parliament. Continue to the Boyana Church where you will admire frescoes dating to 1259. Overnight.

Day 3

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 site is included in the list of  UNESCO as part of the world heritage list. It is located some 120 km to the south of Sofia, in the heart of the Rila Mountain. On a number of occasions it was destroyed and burnt down, only to rise again like a phoenix from the ashes. 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. Departure to Bansko.Overnight in a guest house. The householders will prepare a real traditional tasty diner especially for you. Overnight.

Day 4

Departure to Velingrad- the biggest Bulgarian spa resort. The road passes through the picturesque pass of Yundola. Here is also the highest train station in Bulgaria – 1400 meters above sea level. Continue to the town of Perushtitsa. Visit the Red Church – probably built under Roman Emperor Anastasius I (491–518); it was originally measured 32 by 25 meters. It is believed the church was devoted to the Saint Mary the Virgin and it was later known as the Red Church due to the color of the bricks and red mortar between the bricks.

Departure to Plovdiv. Arrive in the late afternoon. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 5

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. Its unique location on these ancient crossroads has stimulated cultural and political influences from East and West civilizations and yet maintained its unique cultural identity. 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. Theater and opera performances are still staged here on warm summer nights. TheRoman Stadium is also constructed during the II century and reproduces the layout in Delphi, Greece. Within the center 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. Departure to Nessebar. Overnight.

Day 6

Tour of the Old town of Nessebar  – an undoubted jewel of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, historical and archaeological reserve with ancient archaeological remains of various periods, original churches from the 5th – 17th centuries and more than hundred authentic Revival houses – it is included in the list of UNESCO. Time will pass too quickly here as you hunt for souvenirs in the gift shops, explore churches and museums and enjoy the country’s great-value, appetizing cuisine at the traditional restaurants called “mehanas”. Overnight.

Day 7

Departure to Varna – During the Second Bulgarian state, Varna was one of the most important trading and craft centers in the country. Now a day it is the biggest sea port and one of the favorite holiday places. Numerous hotels, restaurants and night clubs make it a preferable seaside center. Summer is fresh and pleasant because of the breezes. Here the wide beach strip attracts thousands of tourists. The city lies in the bay of Varna and is 11 km long. The city’s structure resembles an amphitheater as it follows the curves of the Bay of Varna. We will make tour of the town – The city center, the Cathedral, the Archaeological museum where is being kept the oldest gold treasure in the world dating back 4000 years B.C., the Roman baths. Overnight.

Day 8

Departure to Madara for a view of the famous Madara Rider, a stone carved representation dating from the 8th century AD and inscribed on the UNSCO World Heritage List. Continue to the Shoumen town. Visit the Shoumen fortress and the impressive and the biggest monument in Europe dedicated to the 1300 anniversary of Bulgaria. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight.

Day  9

Tour of Veliko Tarnovo –  the capital of Medieval Bulgaria. Located on the hills above the meandering river Yantra, this city, once a glorious medieval 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. Start exploring the city with the Tsarevets Royal hill. Our guide can tell you more than any of the thick books will. 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. Dinner in a traditional house in the village of Arbanassi. Overnight.

Day  10

Departure to 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 Kazanlak. Visit the Thracian tomb dating to the 4th century BC. The site is included in the list of UNESCO (we will visit the replica). 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. Overnight in a guest where you will also experience a home hosted diner.

Day 11 – Departure to Sofia. Drop off at the airport for your departure flight..

 

 

PRICES AND DATES:

The price is based on a 6 PAX group. If you are more or less please contact us for a price.

The price includes:

– Accommodation in total 10 overnights with breakfasts

– Transport – Mini van A/C, all road taxes, parking fees, vignette, border taxes

– Home hosted dinner in Bansko

– Home hosted dinner in Arbanassi

– Home hosted dinner in Koprivshtitsa

– Admission fees as per itinerary – in this program have been included 4 UNESCO sites

– Professional guide’s services throughout the tour

– VAT

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