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$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.

$108.46 Cultural & Theme Tours

Birdwatching and cultural heritage tour from Varna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen ProvinceWe will pick you up from your accommodation / hotel in Varna at 9 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 Rider relief is included in the list of the UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Shumen Fortress, Shumen, Shumen ProvinceHaving 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. We may have, of course, a walk in the old part of the town, where we’ll have our lunch.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Ovech FortressOn 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. 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: Municipality BeloslavDepending on the preferences of the group, we may visit also Yatata Nature Reserve – a haven for aquatic birds, located near the Varna - Beloslav Lake and included in the Natura 2000 network in Europe. Yatata is important for the nesting Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Stilt and Gadwall. During migration and in winter the site is among the most significant places in Bulgaria for many rare and endangered species, such as the Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, White Stork, Glossy Ibis and Whooper Swan. A half an hour drive will bring you back to your accommodation in Varna.Duration: 1 hour

$57.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day tour from Sofia to Shumen Monument and Madara Horesman (UNESCO site)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Founders of the Bulgarian State MonumentThe Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, also known as the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument, is a lhuge monument built on a plateau above the city of Shumen.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Madara HorsemanMadara Horesman is a rock relief carved 23 meters high on a vertical rock. It is dated from 8th cantury AD and is declared as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.Duration: 1 hour

$2560.90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

ItineraryDay 1: capital Sofia and Boyana churchStop At: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia RegionThrough this combined (walking and bus) tour you will discover the present day capital Sofia, as well as its ancient history. By bus we will reach Boyana Church, renowned for its 13th-century frescoes and included in the list of UNESCODuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SofiaDay 2: Rila monastery, Bansko and SandanskiStop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionOvernight in *** hotel in Sandanski or MelnikIn this day you will see the next UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – Rila monastery, center of learning and church power during the time of Medieval centuries. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Archaeological Museum Sandanski, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThen we continue to Sandanski - one of the places in Bulgaria famous for its numerous mineral water springs. Duration: 1 dayStop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThe day will end in Melnik - the smallest town, natural and architectural reserve renowned for the unique Bulgarian kind of wine “Shiroka melnishka loza”Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sandanski or Melnik Day 3: Melnik, Plovdiv and Bachkovo monasteryStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe day starts with walking tour of Melnik. Then we continue to the oldest town in Europe – Plovdiv. It is also a European capital of culture.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceLast for the day is Bachkovo monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in EuropeDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Plovdiv Day 4: Alexandrovo Thracian Tomb, Perperikon and Tatul Stop At: Thracian tomb of AleksandrovoThis day you will see a Thracian burial mound and tomb famous for its well-preserved frescoes. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali ProvinceThe archaeological complex Perperikon is one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, which is as well as a rock of worship. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village, Momchilgrad, Kardzhali ProvinceFinally we will visit Tatul, the place where is believed, that Orpheus was buried.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel In Momchilgrad or Kardjali Day 5: Armira villa, antique town of Kabile and SozopolStop At: Vila Armira, Ivaylovgrad, Haskovo ProvinceArmira Villa is one of the most interesting monuments from the time of the Roman Empire. Then we continue to the antique town of Kabile with territory of the archaeological reservation more than 600 decares. The day will end with a walking tour in a very romantic town of Sozopol.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sozopol Day 6: Varna and Aladzha monasteryStop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna ProvinceIn this day you will discover present day town Varna, where we will visit Archaeological museum in Varna, which houses an extraordinary collection, including 6,000-year-old gold. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna ProvinceThe last place for visit in this day is Aladzha Monastery - one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in St. Konstantin and Elena, Golden sands or Varna Day 7: Veliki Preslav and Sveshtari tombStop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen ProvinceWe will visit the Horseman of Madara, a huge proto-Bulgarian basrelief carved into a cliff. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Veliki PreslavWe continue to the Preslav, the capital of First Bulgarian Kingdom. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, Sveshtari, Razgrad ProvinceThen we go to the most famous Thracian tomb in Sveshtari, which is built in the early 3rd century BC and is painted and lined with semi-columns of goddesses with upraised arms.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in ShumenDay 8: Veliko Tarnovo and ArbanasiStop At: Tsarevets FortressThe day is dedicated to the the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo and the gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi.Duration: 1 dayStop At: ArbanassiGorgeous town-museum ArbanasiDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo Day 9: Etar, Buzludzha monument, Shipka, Karanovo and Stara ZagoraStop At: Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Gabrovo, Gabrovo ProvinceWe will start with the lovely architectural and ethnographic complex Etar. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Buzludzha Monument, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora ProvinceThen we will continue to Buzludzha – the most important monument from communist era and Shipka National park-monument. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Neolithic Dwellings Museum, Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora ProvinceAt Stara Zagora we see a group of Neolithic dwellings, in Karanovo - the Thracian chariot tomb and the Karanovo Tell.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Pavel bania or Kazanlak Day 10: Valley of the Thracian Kings and KoprivshtitsaStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceThis day we will visit the most significant tombs of Valley of the Thracian Kings. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv ProvinceTouring continues with the Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel - the oldest ever found royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaThen continue to the wonderful architectural and historical reserve Koprivshtitsa townDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in Hisarya or Pavel Bania Day 11: Hisarya - SPA dayStop At: HisaryaRelax day in the Late Roman Spa Town – Diocletianpolis, famous for its numerous healing mineral springsDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel In Hisarya Day 12: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeStop At: Sofia International AirportArrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeDuration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$2692.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Round Trip Itinerary 16 days 15 overnights on FB

ItineraryDay 1: capital Sofia and Boyana churchStop At: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia RegionThrough this combined (walking and bus) tour you will discover the present day capital Sofia, as well as its ancient history. By bus we will reach Boyana Church, renowned for its 13th-century frescoes and included in the list of UNESCODuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sofia Day 2: Rila monastery and Bansko Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionIn this day you will see the next UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – Rila monastery, center of learning and church power during the time of Medieval centuries. Then we continue to Bansko – a magnificent combination between a small town and a modern ski resort. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Bansko Day 3: Pirin mountainStop At: Pirin National Park, Pirin, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThis day is dedicated to Pirin National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its rich flora and fauna. There will be walking tours, hiking and open air activities.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Banya, Dobrinishte or BanskoDay 4: Sandanski and MelnikStop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad ProvinceOn this day we are going to visit Melnik - the smallest town, natural and architectural reserve renowned for the unique Bulgarian kind of wine “Shiroka melnishka loza”. The day will end in Sandanski - one of the places in Bulgaria famous for its numerous mineral water springs.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in **** SPA hotel in SandanskiDay 5: Plovdiv - European capital of cultureStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceWe continue to the oldest town in Europe – Plovdiv. Walking tour in the old part of the town and visit the most significant Revival houses, which are turned into museums today.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Plovdiv Day 6: Bachkovo monasteryStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceIt is time to get some rest. After visiting Bachkovo monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in Europe, the group will have a half-day free time for a walks and shopping in Plovdiv.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in PlovdivDay 7: Alexandrovo Thracian Tomb, Perperikon and Tatul Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Alexandrovo, Haskovo, Haskovo ProvinceThis day we will see a Thracian burial mound and tomb famous for its well-preserved frescoes.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali ProvinceThe archaeological complex Perperikon is one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, which is as well as a rock of worshipDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village, Momchilgrad, Kardzhali Province Finally we will visit Tatul, the place where Orpheus was buried.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel In Momchilgrad or Kardjali Day 8: Armira villa, antique town of Kabile and SozopolStop At: Vila Armira, Ivaylovgrad, Haskovo ProvinceArmira Villa is one of the most interesting monuments from the time of the Roman Empire.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas ProvinceThen we continue to the antique town of Kabile with territory of the archaeological reservation more than 600 decares. The day will end with a walking tour in a very romantic town of Sozopol.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sozopol Day 9: Varna and Aladzha monasteryStop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna ProvinceIn this day we will discover present day town Varna with its Archaeological museum, which houses an extraordinary collection, including 6,000-year-old gold.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna ProvinceThe last place for visit in this day is Aladzha Monastery - one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in St. Konstantin and Elena, Golden sands or Varna Day 10: Srebarna Lake and Sveshtari Thracian tomb Stop At: Srebarna Nature Reserve, Srebarna, Silistra ProvinceThe first spot for the day is the Srebarna Nature Reserve, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, Sveshtari, Razgrad ProvinceThen we go to the most famous Thracian tomb in Sveshtari, which is built in the early 3rd century BC and is painted and lined with semi-columns of goddesses with upraised arms.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in RuseDay 11: Ivanovo Rock Monastery and Churches, Madara rock relief, old capital PreslavStop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse ProvinceThe tour will start with Basarbovski Rock Monastery “St. Dimitrius Basarbovski” and Ivanovo Rock Churches.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen ProvinceThen we will visit the Horseman of Madara, a huge proto-Bulgarian basrelief carved into a cliffDuration: 1 hourStop At: Fortezza di Veliki Preslav, Veliki Preslav, Shumen ProvinceWe continue to the Preslav, the capital of First Bulgarian KingdomDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in ShumenDay 12: Veliko Tarnovo and ArbanasiStop At: Veliko Tarnovo - TrapezitsaThe day is dedicated to the, the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo and the gorgeous town-museum ArbanasiDuration: 1 dayStop At: Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo ProvinceThe gorgeous town-museum ArbanasiDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo Day 13: Etar, Buzludzha monument, Shipka, Karanovo and Stara ZagoraStop At: Buzludzha Monument, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora ProvinceWe will start with the lovely architectural and ethnographic complex Etar. Then we will continue to Buzludzha – the most important monument from communist era and Shipka National park-monument. At Stara Zagora we see a group of Neolithic dwellings, in Karanovo - the Thracian chariot tomb and the Karanovo Tell.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Pavel bania or Kazanlak Day 14: Valley of the Thracian Kings and KoprivshtitsaStop At: The Thracian tomb at Shushmanets, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceThis day we will visit the most significant tombs of Valley of the Thracian Kings. Touring continues with the Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel - the oldest ever found royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Then continue to the wonderful architectural and historical reserve Koprivshtitsa townDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in **** SPA hotel in Hisarya or Pavel Bania Day 15: SPA & relax day in Hisarya Stop At: HisaryaRelax day in the Late Roman Spa Town – Diocletianpolis, famous for its numerous healing mineral springsDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in ****SPA hotel In Hisarya Day 16: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeStop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia Region Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$630.24 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot-air balloon trip above Shumen

The flight tour will be 1 hour. The balloon leader will give you information about the places that you flight over during the tour. Price includes: Duration of the hot-air balloon flight; Hot-air balloon leader. Price doesn't include: Transfer and accommodation. The town of Shumen is the center of the district and has a population of 87 000 inhabitants. It lies at a distance of 360 km northeast of Sofia. It is located at the southeastern foot of Shumen Plateau at an altitude of 200 m. The town is a crossroad of major roads connecting Danube and Eastern Stara Planina with the Black Sea. Life has existed in the town of Shumen for more than 3 200 years.