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Shipka also boasts a seam of tombs, dating back to the 4th century BC. The countryside between Kazanlâk and Shipka has been dubbed 'Valley of the Thracian Kings', thanks to hundreds of grass-topped burial mounds and archaeological sites. Shipka makes an excellent day trip from Kazanlâk, though staying a night or two allows you to tomb-hop and visit the offbeat Buzludzha Monument ruin.


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$497.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Discover Bulgaria's Highlights from Bucharest

Day 1 – Saturday – Bucharest – Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km)    ROMANIA + BULGARIAWe will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preserved. Continue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity  with beautiful and richly inside painted fresco .Early evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars”  , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.  Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia  are the main attractions of the city.Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo in a 4* Hotel. Day 2 – Sunday –  Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km)         BULGARIA After breakfast departure to Sofia . Crossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka "Monument of The Liberty") . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Continue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak  located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.)  and Rose oil Museum .In the early evening we will arrive in Sofia  . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street  Vitosha .

$290.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Super tour - The Essential Bulgaria - Plovdiv, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo

Day 1:On the very first day we begin with a strong dose of history in Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv - discover the medieval monastery, Revival period (18th-19th century) houses (old quarter of Plovdiv) and Roman remains in the second largest city in Bulgaria. We will enjoy a city walk in the modern part, its nice restaurants, cafes, bars and parks. We will stay in a wonderful Renaissance style hotel right in the old town of Plovdiv.Day 2:From Plovdiv we head up north to the Rose Valley of Kazanlak. In this rich historical area we will visit Kazanlak Thracian tomb (UNESCO), Goliama Kosmatka Seuthus 3rd Thracian Temple,  and Shipka Memorial Church. We will then cross the Balkan range via Shipka pass, a historical place during the Russian-Turkish Liberation war (1877-1878).If we have time we can stop at Dryanovo Monastery for a quick walk around. Etara (museum town with an accent to local crafts from the 19th century) visit is a possible option if your group is energetic or if you decide to skip one of the Thracian tombs.We will stay overnight in a beautiful authentic hotel in Veliko Tarnovo and if we get lucky, we will enjoy a unique Sound and Light show over the medieval fortress.Day 3:After a delightful breakfast in our cozy family hotel in Veliko Tarnovo it is time to begin our climb to the fortress of Tsarevets, Bulgarian medieval Empire capital. There you will learn all the history of Bulgarian people - its glory and defeats. In the early afternoon we will visit the amazing church in Arbanassi (Nativity of Christ) with its absolutely fascinating frescoes from 1632 and one of the oldest iconastasis.Then we will begin our 3-hour journey back to Sofia.An optional stop in Saeva dupka Cave is possible (entrance fee to be paid extra) if your time allows. 

$316.93 Multi-day & Extended Tours

The Essential Western Bulgaria in 4 Days

Day 1: The first thing we are going to visit in the morning is Boyana church just outside Sofia - an amazing example of 13th century art. After a 2 hour drive we will reach the most visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. Our visit there takes 2 hours, admiring beautiful frescoes and wonderful mountain landscapes. Then we go to try the local specialty fresh grilled trout. Another 1h40min drive will take us to Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria. We will visit a house and wine cellar before we check-in into our neat and cozy hotel. Day 2: In the morning after a nice breakfast we say good bye to our hosts and  we head to Bansko for a quick walk around its old town, the house of Neofit Rilski (monk from the Monastery) and its charming cobblestone streets. From Bansko we start our 3 hour drive through Rodopi mountains, where you will have the opportunity to see the highest train station on the Balkans and learn about local Pomak people. We will spend the afternoon in Plovdiv and its old town, Roman Theater and Stadium where we will check-in into a beautiful family hotel right next to the old town. Overnight in Plovdiv.Day 3: From Plovdiv we head north to our Medieval capital of Veliko Tarnovo via the Valley of Thracian Kings, where we will stop for a visit to Goliama Kosmatka Seuthus 3rd Thracian Temple and Shipka Memorial Church. We will then cross the Balkan range via Shipka pass, a historical place during the Russian-Turkish liberation war (1877-1878). If we have time we can stop at Dryanovo Monastery for a quick walk around. In the early afternoon we will arrive in Veliko Tarnovo for "an assault" of the Tsarevets hill fortress. In the evening we can relax in our hotel with a great view over the monument of Assen Dynasty of Kings. Overnignt in Veliko Tarnovo.Day 4: We will start our day early with a drive to Arbanassi village for a visit of the the Nativity of Christ church with its beautiful frescoes from 1632 and one of the oldest preserved iconostasis from wood. The mural paintings include the life of St. John the Baptist, patron of the church, and the wheel of life with the 12 zodiac signs. Then we go back East (3 hour drive) with a short stop in Troyan Monastery (the 3rd largest monastery in Bulgaria) to Koprivshtitsa. It is our most preserved historic town-museum with houses from the 1800s where we will have lunch and a walk to 3 of the houses. The last 2-hour drive will bring us back to Sofia along the beautiful Balkan range (Stara planina).

$520.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 Days Tour From Bucharest to Sofia

Day 1 – Saturday – Bucharest – Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km)    ROMANIA + BULGARIAWe will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preserved. Continue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity  with beautiful and richly inside painted fresco .Early evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars”  , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.  Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia  are the main attractions of the city.Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo in a 4* Hotel. Day 2 – Sunday –  Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km)         BULGARIA After breakfast departure to Sofia . Crossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka "Monument of The Liberty") . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Continue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak  located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.)  and Rose oil Museum .In the early evening we will arrive in Sofia  . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street  Vitosha .

$53.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Shipka Memorial Church - Private Day Tour from Plovdiv

First head towards the Shipka Memorial Church which is an outstanding Bulgarian Orthodox temple built between 1885 and 1902 near Shipka town at the foothills of the Balkan Range. The Shipka Monument complex is dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers who died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo - Turkish War in 1877-78.Next cross the Shipka pass to arrive in Arbanassi - one of Bulgaria's most remarkable villages. It is known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17-th and 18-th century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Discover the oldest church in the village - Nativity of Christ (1637 - 1649), dug into the ground without a belfry and with hidden cupola. This impressive monument, fully painted from the inside is a genuine art gallery of murals with over 3 500 stunningly realistic figures and Biblical scenes, painted by unknown artists throughout the ages. The next stop is the Konstantsalieva house museum originally built in the 17-th century and beautifully restored in National Revival style. It reflects not only the wealth of the owners but also the attention to detail and the quality craftsmanship of that time.From Arbanassi proceed to one of the most amazing landmarks of Bulgaria - its former capital Veliko Tarnovo (population: 71 000). The charming town is amphitheatrically situated at 210 m a. s. l. on the Yantra River. The historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom attracts many tourists with its unique architecture and beautiful landscapes. The first site to explore in town is the imposing Tsarevets Fortress – a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name.Tsarevets served as Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress and strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393. Then go for a walk along the lovely Veliko Tarnovo main street, the picturesque Gourko Street and the authentic  Samovodska Charshiya Street in the Old Town where one can see some crafts exhibits, pieces of art and traditional souvenirs.Trip duration: 11-11.5 hours

$43.95 Day Trips & Excursions

Kazanlak - Rose Valley - Valley of the Thracian Kings - Private Day Tour from Plovdiv

The rose is one of the symbols of Bulgaria. The country produces the best rose oil in the world since 1664 when the first rose bushes were imported from Syria via Turkey. Now Bulgaria manufactures about 70% of all rose oil in the world. The Kazanlak rose is being grown in the notorious Rose Valley in Central Bulgaria where the unique climate conditions and soils are perfect for this remarkable plant. The Rose valley covers geographically the Valley of the Thracian Kings as well. Many impressive Thracian tombs, temples and sanctuaries with lots of golden, silver and bronze craftsman masterpieces inside them have been found on the territory of Bulgaria.Travelling through some rose bushes fields we arrive to the centre of Kazanlak town. The first stop for the day is the Rose Museum of Kazanlak which is the only one of its kind in the world and stores interesting exponents related to the rose-picking and rose-production in Bulgaria.Then proceed to the local historical museum which protects, examines and popularizes the entire rich historical heritage of the Kazanlak region, including all Thracian tombs and treasures from the Valley of the Thracian rulers.Next discover the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site – the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak which impresses the visitor with its unique frescoes from IV century B.C. The tomb consists of a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber with the famous paintings on the cupola. The Thracian tomb of Kazanlak is a unique aesthetic and artistic work, a masterpiece of the Thracian creative spirit. This monument is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. The exceptionally well preserved frescos and the original condition of the structure reveal the remarkable evolution and high level of culture and pictorial art in Thrace.After lunch continue to the Thracian Tempe/tomb Golyama Kosmatka from V century B.C. About 20 gold objects were found in that tomb. Among them is a very precisely made golden wreath from oak leaves, a golden wine cup, golden heads of a goddess and a deer. A bronze man’s head was found in Golyama Kosmatka too. All findings impress with their marvelous workmanship and are valuable examples of art. They are exhibited in the historical museum of Kazanlak. Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the greatest Thracian king Seuthes III. The final stop for the day is the Shipka Memorial Church which is an outstanding Russian Orthodox temple built between 1885 and 1902 near Shipka town at the foothills of the Balkan Range. The Shipka Monument complex is dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers who died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo - Turkish War from 1877-78.  Trip duration: 7.5 hours