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The tour is dynamic and full of activities. It gives an opportunity all the most significant historical, archaeological places, most UNESCO sites, natural landmarks, present day big cities and small villages, monuments and traces from communist era to be seen and touched. The tourists 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: • 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.

What’s included

  • 16x Breakfast
  • 15x Dinner
  • 15x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 15 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Pirin National Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Melnik Pyramids
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Bachkovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Alexandrovo
  • Entry/Admission - Perperikon
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village
  • Entry/Admission - Vila Armira
  • Entry/Admission - Sozopol Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Varna Archaeological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Aladzha Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Srebarna Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  • Entry/Admission - Madara Rider
  • Entry/Admission - Fortezza di Veliki Preslav
  • Entry/Admission - Veliko Tarnovo - Trapezitsa
  • Entry/Admission - Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel
  • Entry/Admission - Buzludzha Monument
  • Entry/Admission - The Thracian tomb at Shushmanets
  • Entry/Admission - Hisarya
  • Entry/Admission - Sofia Airport Transfer

What’s not included

  • Flight tickets, drinks, tips and personal expences

Itinerary

Day 10: Srebarna Lake and Sveshtari Thracian tomb Stop At: Srebarna Nature Reserve, Srebarna, Silistra Province The first spot for the day is the Srebarna Nature Reserve, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Duration: 3 hours 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: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Ruse
Day 11: Ivanovo Rock Monastery and Churches, Madara rock relief, old capital Preslav Stop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse Province The tour will start with Basarbovski Rock Monastery “St. Dimitrius Basarbovski” and Ivanovo Rock Churches. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen Province Then we will visit the Horseman of Madara, a huge proto-Bulgarian basrelief carved into a cliff Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Fortezza di Veliki Preslav, Veliki Preslav, Shumen Province We continue to the Preslav, the capital of First Bulgarian Kingdom Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Shumen
Day 12: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi Stop At: Veliko Tarnovo - Trapezitsa The day is dedicated to the, the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo and the gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi Duration: 1 day Stop At: Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo Province The gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo
Day 13: Etar, Buzludzha monument, Shipka, Karanovo and Stara Zagora Stop At: Buzludzha Monument, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora Province We 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Pavel bania or Kazanlak
Day 14: Valley of the Thracian Kings and Koprivshtitsa Stop At: The Thracian tomb at Shushmanets, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province This 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 town Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in **** SPA hotel in Hisarya or Pavel Bania
Day 15: SPA & relax day in Hisarya 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 ****SPA hotel In Hisarya
Day 16: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights home Stop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia Region Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights home Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast 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: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sofia
Day 2: Rila monastery and Bansko Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region 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. Then we continue to Bansko – a magnificent combination between a small town and a modern ski resort. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Bansko
Day 3: Pirin mountain Stop At: Pirin National Park, Pirin, Blagoevgrad Province This 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Banya, Dobrinishte or Bansko
Day 4: Sandanski and Melnik Stop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad Province On 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in **** SPA hotel in Sandanski
Day 5: Plovdiv - European capital of culture Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv Province We 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Plovdiv
Day 6: Bachkovo monastery Stop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv Province It 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 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Plovdiv
Day 7: Alexandrovo Thracian Tomb, Perperikon and Tatul Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Alexandrovo, Haskovo, Haskovo Province This day we will see a Thracian burial mound and tomb famous for its well-preserved frescoes. Duration: 2 hours 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: 4 hours Stop At: Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village, Momchilgrad, Kardzhali Province Finally we will visit Tatul, the place where Orpheus was buried. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel In Momchilgrad or Kardjali
Day 8: 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. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas Province 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: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sozopol
Day 9: Varna and Aladzha monastery Stop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna Province In 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 hours 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: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in St. Konstantin and Elena, Golden sands or Varna
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