Welcome to Blagoevgrad

While many large Bulgarian towns have a harried vibe, Blagoevgrad locals are warm and approachable. An injection of foreign students into its student population of nearly 16,000, attending Neofit Rilski Southwest University and American University of Bulgaria, has shaped Blagoevgrad into a youthful and cosmopolitan place. Bisected by a small river and filled with grand squares, Blagoevgrad cannot brag about any A-list attractions but its minuscule Varosha district has charm and there are plenty of shady green spaces to dally in.

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$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Sofia to Rozhen Monastery and Melnik Hike Private Day Trip

The tour starts at 9.00 from the hotel that you are staying in Sofia. Your first stop which will be Melnik. The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik, is nested in the south slopes of Pirin, among sand pyramids with queer forms. It is situated in the Sandanski Municipality, Blagoevgrad county, 175 km south from Sofia, and it is only 30 km from the borderline with Greece.The findings from the antiquity discovered upon the archaeological diggings testify for its centuries-old history. Melnik is declared a natural and architectural reserve and it attracts thousands of tourists annually. The wine which is produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs, and in the presence of an oak it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town and the region, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world. You can sample it in some of the wineries and cellars in the town and around it. After a stop for lunch in a typical Bulgarian restourant you will star the hiking tour to Rozhen monastery. It is the largest Orthodox monastery in the Pirin region. The monastery is comparatively well preserved and every year it is visited by many tourists from various countries. 

$56.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Kukeri festival in Blagoevgrad

The tour starts at 10:00 am. We will gather in front of the main entrance of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. If you want us to take you from your hotel or the place where you are staying, please let us know in advance by contacting us, so we can make the arrangements (usually such a 2-way transfer will cost around 10 euro for a group).On our way to Blagoevgrad, we will visit The Boyana Church and marvel at the wonderful frescoes which helped the church to become one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Together we’ll get to experience a centuries-old tradition, but before that, we will take a walk on the alleys of Varosha architecture compound – Blagoevgrad’s oldest neighborhood. The clean cobblestone roads and white stone houses built during the times of the Bulgarian renaissance look like a historical movie scenery in which we will be the main characters.Afterward, we will have a lunch in a typical Bulgarian pub, where you can enjoy the tasty traditional kitchen, folk-style surroundings, and folk music.Next thing to do will be to immerse in the magic of the masquerade games and get to meet the living bearers of the old Bulgarian traditions!We leave for Sofia at 18:00h. End stop: main entrance of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at about 19:20h. (or your hotel if you’ve chosen the option to use our transfer services)