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$43.39 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Private Cultural Heritage and Shumen Sightseeing Tour from Varna

Meet your guide at your Varna hotel at 9am and travel for one hour in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle to the Madara Archaeological Reserve. Here, you'll observe a UNESCO-listed rock relief sculpture of a horseman on a sheer cliff that dates back to the eight century.Next, visit Pliska National Historical and Architectural Reserve, the former capital of the first Bulgarian Empire, and wander through the remains of Imperial Palace and other ornamental buildings. Then, continue to the town of Shuman and pause for lunch (own expense).Afterward, visit the Shumen Fortress, located on a high plateau. Peak at the Tombul Mosque before ascending to a lookout point to soak in a sweeping view of the landscape. Explore the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument, a large and abstract brutalist memorial complex, and take a stroll through the Old Town.Your 8-hour tour concludes with a drop-off back at your Varna hotel.

$71.93 Day Trips & Excursions

The Northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast in a Day Private Tour from Varna

The tour starts at 8.00 am from your accommodation in Varna. The first stop will be Balchik, a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort, 42 km northeast of Varna. The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea.The Balchik Palace was constructed between 1926 and 1937, during the Romanian control of the region, for the needs of Queen Marie of Romania. The palace complex consists of a number of residential villas, a smoking hall, a wine cellar, a power station, a monastery, a holy spring, a chapel and many other buildings, as well as most notably a park that is today a state-run botanical garden.Then you will continue to Kaliakra, a nature and archaeological reserve and one of the most beautiful historic Capes in Europe. The coast is steep with vertical cliffs reaching 70 m down to the sea. Kaliakra is a nature reserve, where dolphins and cormorants can be observed. Many rare and migrant birds can be seen here in Spring and Autumn and, like much of this coastline, is home to several rare breeding birds (e.g. Pied Wheatear and a local race of European Shag).It also features the remnants of the fortified walls, water-main, baths and residence of Despot Dobrotitsa in the short-lived Principality of Karvuna's medieval capital. The next stop will be the picturesque Bolata Bay, which is a protected area as well. The place represents a small cove with a perfect semi-circular shape, featuring a beautiful sandy beach. You can have a lunch and a glass of wine (at your own expense) at one of the most charming restaurants in the region - Dalboka, located at Kaliakra Bay. The place is ecologically very clean, which was the reason here to be established the first in Bulgaria mussels farms in 1993. They are specialized in cultivation and production of ecologically clean Black Sea mussels from the Muthilus Gallaprovincialis species.After lunch you will continue to the protected area and archaeological reserve of Yaylata, located at a distance of about 1 km south of Kamen Bryag. Rarely seen natural beauty reigns here, combined with multiple remains of ancient civilizations and mysteries of the past. Here visitors can see prehistoric cave residences, Thracian tombs, ancient cellars, a sanctuary, altar stones, necropolises, a fortified wall, semi-obliterated inscriptions, stone icons and crosses engraved along the cave walls.The last place for the day will be the picturesque village of Tuylenovo. There is a fishing harbor and a small beach. Dolphins can be seen from the coast and they usually come nearer to the land in the early morning or late afternoon. The caves in the cliffs were used as dwellings, and nowadays backpackers set up camp inside for free accommodation.Late afternoon you will depart for Varna and your accommodation.

$65.08 Tours & Sightseeing

One-day Cultural Heritage and Sightseeing Tour in the Vicinity of Varna

You will be picked up from your accommodation or hotel in Varna at approximately 9am.Your first stop will be the Aladzha Rock Monastery, situated in a beautiful area 14 km north of Varna, near Zlatni Pyasatsi Resort (Golden Sands Resort), in the center of Zlatni Pyasatsi Nature Park (Golden Sands Nature Park). There are no reliable historical records as to when the monastery was established, but there is evidence that it already existed in the 10th – 12th centuries.Your next stop will be the park-museum “Vladislav Varnenchik,” a memorial complex and a unique park, situated at the place of the battlefield from 10/11/1444, where the Polish- Hungarian King, Vladislav Yagello lost his life. In the exposition, visitors can see arms and equipment from the 15th century, found on the battlefield as well as paintings, sculptures, prints and other works of art.Your next stop will be the old glass production factory in Beloslav, which preserved and developed the production technology of the Beloslav glass factory founded in 1893. The production list includes about 400 items produced in one furnace for automated production of glass phials up to 150 ml and three furnaces for blown glass, clear and colored glass.You will have the chance to see live demonstrations of hand-made glassware craftsmanship. Qualified experts present the technologies employed to turn sand, calcined soda and limestone into melted glass, as well as the tools and skills used by the craftsmen to blow and shape glassware pieces. At the demonstration hall the blowing of souvenir articles, as well as their decoration and inscription by skilled glass-blowers is observed. On request, visitors can take a hand at blowing a glassware of their own.After the factory you will have lunch in a nice restaurant in Devnya serving traditional Bulgarian food.Next comes the town of Devnya, where we will visit the “in situ” museum of Roman mosaics and Ronam villa of the 3rd through the 4th centuries. A big Roman building with exquisite mosaics was discovered in this place during archaeological excavations carried out in 1976. The museum was constructed over some of the foundations of this building.The last stop for the day will be the Stone Forest, a fabulous natural phenomenon, mostly known by its Bulgarian name of "Pobitite Kamani," which means "stones beaten into the ground." The spectacular landscape of "Pobitite Kamani" is a spotty spread in a North - South orientated belt about 3 km wide and 8 km long. The stones are clustered in seven large groups and several separate small areas embracing a total area of more than 7 square kilometers. Тhe main group, the "Dikilitash" group is the most impressive and in the best state of preservation. Your tour will conclude in the late afternoon in Varna.

$108.46 Outdoor Activities

Birds, nature and sightseeing tour around the Varna - Beloslav Lake

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Municipality BeloslavThe tour starts at 9 AM from Varna with a drive west along the shores of the Varna - Beloslav Lake. Our first stop is Yatata Nature Reserve - a site with a great variety of birds in all seasons. During the tour we will drive most of the time along the Varna-Beloslav Lake Complex, which includes two lakes – Varna and Beloslav, located west of Varna and connected by an artificial canal. Annually, over 20,000 waterbirds of 64 species concentrate there. 201 bird species have been recorded in the complex, 79 of which are listed in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria. The Varna – Beloslav Lake Complex is especially rewarding in spring and autumn, when thousands of soaring birds pass overhead following the Via Pontica migration flyway. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Museum of Mosaics, Devnya, Varna ProvinceCrossing the lake complex at the town of Beloslav, we will shortly reach and visit the in-situ Museum of Roman Mosaics and Roman villa of the III – IV c. in the town of Devnya. A big Roman building with exquisite mosaics was discovered in this place during archaeological excavations. The museum is erected over the foundations of this building. We will have our lunch at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with ethnographic exposition and a pleasant garden and park in the vicinity of Devnya. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Ovech FortressAfter lunch we will continue our trip further west, with a visit to the Ovech fortress – another picturesque site with a medieval stone stronghold located east of the town of Provadia. The area abounds in unique natural formations such as attractive surface and underground karst caves. There are also ponors, sinkholes, picturesque valley formations shaped as small canyons and inaccessible rock rims, etc.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Stone Forest, Varna, Varna ProvinceHaving enjoyed the panoramic views to the surrounding countryside and the birds animating the craggy landscape or passing over, we will continue our trip driving back, with a visit to the Stone Forest - a natural landmark located at about 18-20 km west of the city of Varna. It consists of an ensemble of stone columns, up to 10 meters high, hollow or thick cylinders, crossed cones, variously shaped and sized rock blocks and stone pieces. It is an entirely natural formation, famous as a sacred place since antiquity.The tour finises in the late afternoon in Varna.Duration: 1 hour

$108.46 Cultural & Theme Tours

One-day Birding Along the Northern Black Sea Coast

The tour starts at 7 a.m. from Varna or any of the nearby resorts. We will drive north to Coastal Dobroudzha. This is the northernmost part of our Black Sea coast, locked between the Romanian – Bulgarian border and cape Kaliakra. Here the green plain gradually rolls on towards the coastal sand dunes and beaches. Two old riverbeds cut the lowland. Their former estuaries are occupied by the lakes of Durankulak and Shabla. In winter hundreds of thousands of wild geese, among which almost the whole population of the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose, choose this area as their wintering grounds.Over 80 bird species breed in the region of the two lakes, the most interesting of them being the Western Marsh Harrier, the Collared Pratincole, the Ferruginous Duck, the Red-footed Falcon. The two lakes are one of the few places in Europe where the Paddyfield Warbler, a typical Asian species, can be seen. Before we start our journey back south, we will stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant serving delicious Bulgarian dishes and good local wines.The second major site we will visit is the picturesque nature and archaeological reserve at Cape Kaliakra. Here the plain flows more and more steeply towards the expanse of the sea and at the cape itself the sea cliff towers up to 70 m. Here are the last remnants of the Great Steppe, formerly occupying the bigger part of Dobrudzha. The kaleidoscopic hues of the wild peonies, irises and adonises in spring, the silver-greentints of the absinthe and thristles in summer and the light movements of the feather-grass in autumn, gracefully sweeping among the remnants of the ancient fortress of Kaliakra, create the special appeal of this area. Plants like the local endemics  Silene caliacrae & Centaurea caliacrae, as well as Paeonia tenuifolia, Paeonia peregrina, Adonis volgensis, Iris pumila, Bellevalia sarmatica, Ruta glaveolens, etc., are among the botanical specialties. Cape Kaliakra is one of the few places in Europe hosting the Rose-colored Starling, the Pied Wheatear and all five lark species, typical for the Balkan Peninsula.The Stone Curlew, the Lesser Grey Shrike and the Isabelline Wheatear find refuge in  steppe vegetation, while the coastal cliffs are animated by the European Shags (ssp. desmarestii). The cape is a convenient point for watching the three dolphin species, occurring in the Black Sea – the Common Dolphin, the Bottle-nosed Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise may be seen playing or chasing fish shoals in calm weather.An hour drive will take us back to your accommodation.

$109.33 Cultural & Theme Tours

Birdwatching and cultural heritage tour from Varna

This one day guided tour will take you to the west of Varna, to explore a region with exceptional natural beauty, which is at the same time very rich in archaeological and historical monuments, testifying to the cultural heritage of these lands throughout the ages. We will pick you up from your accommodation/hotel in Varna at 8 AM. In about an hour drive we will reach our first destination, the Madara Archaeological Reserve, featuring a rock relief sculpture from the dawn of the Bulgarian state back in the 8th century. Because of its uniqueness the Madara Horseman relief is included in the list of the UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.Having spent about an hour at Madara, we will continue our trip to the town of Shumen. There we’ll visit the Shumen fortress located on a high plateau 2 km from the town and dated as far back as the Troyan war (about 13 c BC). Shumen Fortress (the Old Town) is the most significant historical and archaeological site on the territory of the nature park. It is a sophisticated complex of residential, religious, and fortification buildings. Today Shumen Fortress is a well-researched, preserved, and partially restored historical and archaeological reserve.The plateau itself was declared a nature park in 1980 with the aim of preserving its valuable flora and fauna species, its tableland landscape and its tourist spots and places for rest. Shumen Plateau Park abounds in unique natural formations such as attractive surface and underground karst caves. There are also caverns, sinkholes, picturesque valley formations shaped as small canyons and inaccessible rock rims, etc.We’ll have, of course, a walk in the old part of the town, where we’ll have our lunch. On our back way to Varna, we will visit the Ovech fortress – another picturesque site with a stone stronghold located east of the town of Provadia. Depending on the preferences of the group, we may visit also The Saltworks of Provadia – an ancient town believed by archaeologists to be the oldest town in Europe. It has been the site of a salt production facility approximately six millennia ago.