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

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During the tour you will see all the most significant historical and archaeological places, most UNESCO sites, present day big cities and small villages, monuments and traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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.

What’s included

  • 10x Breakfast
  • 11x Dinner
  • 11x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum Sandanski
  • Entry/Admission - The Melnik Pyramids
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Bachkovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian tomb of Aleksandrovo
  • Entry/Admission - Perperikon
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village
  • Entry/Admission - Vila Armira
  • Entry/Admission - Varna Archaeological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Aladzha Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Madara Rider
  • Entry/Admission - Veliki Preslav
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Arbanassi
  • Entry/Admission - Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
  • Entry/Admission - Buzludzha Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Shipka Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Neolithic Dwellings Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Temple of Starosel
  • Entry/Admission - Municipality Koprivshtitsa
  • Entry/Admission - Hisarya

What’s not included

  • Flight tickets, drinks, tips and personal expences

Itinerary

Day 10: Valley of the Thracian Kings and Koprivshtitsa Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province This day we will visit the most significant tombs of Valley of the Thracian Kings. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv Province Touring continues with the Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel - the oldest ever found royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Municipality Koprivshtitsa Then continue to the wonderful architectural and historical reserve Koprivshtitsa town Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in Hisarya or Pavel Bania
Day 11: Hisarya - SPA day Stop At: Hisarya Relax day in the Late Roman Spa Town – Diocletianpolis, famous for its numerous healing mineral springs Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel In Hisarya
Day 12: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights home Stop At: Sofia International Airport Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights home Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: capital Sofia and Boyana church Stop At: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia Region Through 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 UNESCO Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sofia
Day 2: Rila monastery, Bansko and Sandanski Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region Overnight in *** hotel in Sandanski or Melnik In 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 day Stop At: Archaeological Museum Sandanski, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad Province Then we continue to Sandanski - one of the places in Bulgaria famous for its numerous mineral water springs. Duration: 1 day Stop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad Province The 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sandanski or Melnik
Day 3: Melnik, Plovdiv and Bachkovo monastery Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv Province The 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 day Stop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv Province Last for the day is Bachkovo monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in Europe Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Plovdiv
Day 4: Alexandrovo Thracian Tomb, Perperikon and Tatul Stop At: Thracian tomb of Aleksandrovo This day you will see a Thracian burial mound and tomb famous for its well-preserved frescoes. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali Province The 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 day Stop At: Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village, Momchilgrad, Kardzhali Province Finally we will visit Tatul, the place where is believed, that Orpheus was buried. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel In Momchilgrad or Kardjali
Day 5: Armira villa, antique town of Kabile and Sozopol Stop At: Vila Armira, Ivaylovgrad, Haskovo Province Armira 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sozopol
Day 6: Varna and Aladzha monastery Stop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna Province In 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 day Stop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna Province The last place for visit in this day is Aladzha Monastery - one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in St. Konstantin and Elena, Golden sands or Varna
Day 7: Veliki Preslav and Sveshtari tomb Stop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen Province We will visit the Horseman of Madara, a huge proto-Bulgarian basrelief carved into a cliff. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Veliki Preslav We continue to the Preslav, the capital of First Bulgarian Kingdom. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, Sveshtari, Razgrad Province Then 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Shumen
Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi Stop At: Tsarevets Fortress The day is dedicated to the the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo and the gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Arbanassi Gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo
Day 9: Etar, Buzludzha monument, Shipka, Karanovo and Stara Zagora Stop At: Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Gabrovo, Gabrovo Province We will start with the lovely architectural and ethnographic complex Etar. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Buzludzha Monument, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora Province Then we will continue to Buzludzha – the most important monument from communist era and Shipka National park-monument. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province . Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Neolithic Dwellings Museum, Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora Province At Stara Zagora we see a group of Neolithic dwellings, in Karanovo - the Thracian chariot tomb and the Karanovo Tell. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Pavel bania or Kazanlak
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