PRICE FROM: 1123 euro
DURATION: 10 days / 9 nights
ROUTE: Sofia – the Rila monastery – Melnik – Devin – Plovdiv – Nessebar – Varna – Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Koprivshtita – Sofia
INFO: An impressive tour around Bulgaria. Find out more information about the different activities during each tour day and what are the sights that you are going to visit.
Arrive at the Sofia Airport. Walking tour in the city center – visit the St. Nedelya Church, the Statue of St Sofia – the symbol of the city, the Parliament square, the Presidency, National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and the Rotonda St George 4th c. AC, the Russian Church, the St. Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most beautiful on the Balkan Peninsula, the Monument of Alexander II – Tzar Liberator.Overnight.
Departure to Melnik. On the way – visit 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 recognized by UNESCO as part of the world heritage list. Arrive in Melnik – the smallest town of Bulgaria, architectural reserve and ethnographic monument, the capital of wine production. Visit the wine cave of the oldest Revival house built in 1754. In Melnik we will enjoy the marvelous architecture at the foothills of sandstone pyramids. Accommodation. Overnight.
In the morning visit the Rojen Monastery – perched on a high hill it is a piece of art that should definitely not be missed. Departure to the town of Devin. On the way we will pass by the picturesque small village of Dolen – here the time has stopped and only two, three tourists will remind about the present time. Continue to Trigrad. The Trigrad gorge will evoke feelings that will make you shiver recalling the stone hell that you have just gone through. The Miracle – how the turbulent river waters disappear into the Devil’s mouth in the underground caves and tunnels and comes again of the surface 500 m down below. Arrive in Devin. Accommodation. Overnight.
Departure to Plovdiv. We will pass by Pamporovo winter resort. Before arriving in Plovdiv we will visit the Monastery of Bachkovo (20 km 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. Arrive in Plovdiv. Visit to the Old Townwith its cobble streets, typical Bulgarian style houses, the Ancient Amphitheatre, the Roman stadium dating back from the 2ND century the renovated pedestrian street with its coffees and shopping centers. Accommodation. Dinner in a traditional restaurant with a folklore programand dances. Overnight.
Departure to Nessebar – one of the oldest towns in Europe. One of the undoubted jewels of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, this ancient town has a colorful past and balances it with beaches that shimmer like gold. Boasting a quaint old town of wooden houses, cobblestoned streets, and Basilica all packed onto an island-promontory, it’s the old quarter that sprinkles holidays in Nessebar with magic dust. 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 mehanas. Overnight.
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 centre. Summer is fresh and pleasant and 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 amphitheatre as it follows the curves of the Bay of Varna. Tour of the town. Accommodation.
Day at leisure. Optional: A trip to Aladja Monastery – situated only 16 km from Varna. The name of Aladzha Monastery comes from the Turkish word for colorful (“aladzha”) due most probably to the bright colors of its wall paintings, dating back to the early Middle Ages. The monks’ cells, common rooms and sanctuaries, dug directly into the limestone rock and situated on two levels high above the ground, were connected via an external staircase. The entire monastery is considered to date back from the 12th century AC.
Departure to Veliko Tarnovo – capital city of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom. City tour and visit and visit of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets, the old Marketplace Samovodska Tcharshia, the churches St. Demetrius (12th c.), Holy Forty Martyrs, built in 1230 by Tsar Ivan Assen II, and St. Peter and Paul (14th c.). 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. Overnight.
Departure to Gabrovo. Visit of Etara – an open-air 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. The trip continues through the Shipka pass. Visit ofShipka Memorial Church and The biggest Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. Departure to Koprivshtitsa. Accommodation. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight.
Tour of Koprivshtica – The town 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.
Optional: Visit of the Museum of History and Boyana Church – UNESCO site – one of the most valuable memorials of Bulgarian and European culture. Accommodation. Overnight.
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9 nights accommodation at three and four star hotels
services of a professional English speaking tour guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
fully insured sedan, van or minibus (depending on the size of the group)
fuel and parking fees
all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
Admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
VAT and local tax
Porterage at hotels
You’ll visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
The Rila monastery
The old town of Nessebar
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Other meals than stated
Photo/video fees at sites and museums