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12 DAYS GRAND BULGARIA TOUR

12 DAYS GRAND BULGARIA TOUR

12 DAYS GRAND BULGARIA TOUR

Duration : 12 Days
Depart From : Sofia
Tour Ending : Sofia
Route : Sofia-Veliko Tarnovo-Varna-Plovdiv-Bansko-Sandanski-Sofia
Category : Bulgaria Tours
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ITINERARY View Map

DAY 01 Sofia
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to a hotel in the center of Sofia. Last minute questions can be dealt with immediately. If time permits you will have the opportunities to seize your first impressions without the influence of your guide. Welcome dinner is included.
DAY 02 Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Kazanlak - Stara Zagora
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
We start the day by acquaintance with the cosmopolitan Bulgarian capital. Besides its busy nowadays appearance and concrete districts erected during the socialism period, Sofia has preserved numerous fine monument from its glorious past. The center is best explored on foot and we will visit: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, National Assembly Square, St. George Rotunda, Synagogue and other outstanding places and buildings. The sightseeing tour continues with a short transfer to the foothills of Mount Vitosha, where we will to enjoy the frescoes of Boyana Church (included in the World Heritage List) and observe the rich exhibition of Bulgarian National History Museum. From Sofia we head along the meandering road between the Balkan Mountains and Sredna Gora Moutain to stop at the poetical town-museum of Koprivshtitsa – small settlement emblematic for its Revival period architecture and revolutionary spirit. It’s a fine introduction to history of the bloody April uprising and the culture, crafts and way of life of the Bulgarian people during the Ottoman yoke. The next stop is the Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk (UNESCO), located in the rose valley region. Your guide will explain about the prestige and fascinating burial customs of the Thracian tribes. Overnight in the town of Stara Zagora.
DAY 03 Stara Zagora - Etara - Tryavna - Veliko Tarnovo
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
We depart north towards Etara via the picturesque Shipka pass. Just before the road starts climbing the Balkan Mountain, we will stop at the Russian style memorial church (The Birth of Christ). Etara is an open-air architectural and ethnographic museum, where you can see authentic Revival period architecture and still practiced crafts dating from 17th to the beginning of 20th century – wrought cow-bell production, pottery, knives, goat’s hair articles craft, shoes production and other. Lunch and while still fascinated by the handcrafts of Etara, we continue to the town of Tryavna – the Bulgarian center of woodcarving and icon painting. Sightseeing in Tryavna: Painting School Museum, the Museumof Wood-Carving Art, the architecture ensembles Kapitan Dyado Nikola Square, Slaveykov Street, the church of St. Archangel Michael and others. Overnight in the nearby picturesque town of Veliko Tyrnovo.
DAY 04 Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Veliko Tarnovo
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
DAY 05 Veliko Tarnovo - Madara Rider - Pobiti Kamani - Varna
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
The tour takes us to the Madara Rider (UNESCO), a rock relief of a full size horseman spearing a lion. The monument hewn in the Shumensko Plateau vertical rock facade dates far back to the early medieval times and commemorates a Bulgarian military triumph. Short distance from there is the natural rock phenomenon “Pobitite Kamuni” (The Upright Stones) – a sandy field with projecting like teeth high stone towers. There is a great debate and numerous theories about their mysterious origin. This enigma does not spoil their beauty, but attracts even more interest. We overnight in Varna, the “capital” of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The city is a premier resort that has it all – great beaches, charming neighborhoods, amazing gardens, fancy restaurants, bars and restaurants to suit every taste.
DAY 06 Varna - Aladzha Monastery - Varna
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
Today the program is more relaxed. First we visit Aladzha Monastery – the best known rock monastery on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It is a protected historical site where you can see monk cells embedded in a rock some 30 meteres from the ground. The adjacent chapel still preserves 14th century murals, but the place has been used for religion purposes as early as 4th century. Later we return to Varna to explore the Museum of Archeology. It’s the most frequently visited and impressive museum in Varna. The reason is its unique collection with artifacts from prehistoric, Ancient Greek, Roman and Bulgarian times. The most celebrated exhibit is the Varna Gold – the oldest gold in the World! Excavated in the year 1972, the precious metal adornments date back to 4600-4200 BC. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Varna.
DAY 07 Varna - Nessebar - Plovdiv
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
After breakfast we take the route tracing the Black Sea coast to reach the old town of Nessebar (included in the UNESCO World Heritage List). It is located on a fortified peninsula connected with the mainland through a tight isthmus. The natural beauty of its location adds up great value to the fascinating history and cultural significance of the site. It had been an important harbor and trading port during the occupation of the Ancient Greek, the Romans, the Ottomans and the Bulgarians. As a merchants’ center artifacts and influences from other civilizations are also visible. From Nessebar we continue along the vast vineyards of Karnobat towards the town of Plovdiv. It’s a city with its own very specific charm and rhythm. You will be granted free time to mix with the locals, to go shopping or to have a refreshment drink in a restaurant with fabulous panorama.
DAY 08 Plovdiv - Bachkovo monastery - Assenova fortress - Plovdiv
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
Plovdiv is one of the oldest settlements in Europe and the second biggest town in Bulgaria. We will tour the Old Town, which offers a cocktail of unbelievable stories, heroic legends and breath taking architecture from different historical periods. It is an authentic open-air museum preserving exhibits from Thracian, Slavic, Roman, Turkish and Bulgarian times – all located at a walking distance from each other. After lunch we will travel to two of the notable attractions in the vicinity: Bachkovo Monastery and the nestled above it Assen’s Fortress. The monastery’s religious importance, miraculous icons and richly decorated church attract pilgrims from all over Bulgaria and tourist from all over the world. Founded in 1083, the monastery is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Caucasian and Bulgarian cultural symbolism, united by the common faith. High above, on the with limestone rocks is Assenova fortress, a strategic medieval stronghold providing a unforgettable views of Cheplarska River and the Thracian Plane. Overnight in Plovdiv.
DAY 09 Plovdiv - Shiroka Laka - Dolen - Bansko
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
A long program lies in front of us and an early morning start is necessary. Shiroka Luka is the first place, where we stop for rest and sightseeing. It is a proclaimed architectural and fundamental folklore reserve. You will already naturally start to notice, without the help of the guide, the similarities and differences of the houses in Shiroka Luka from those in the Old town of Plovdiv, Etara Reserve and Koprivshtitsa. It is one of the dearest amusements of the tour, to be confident in your knowledge and to understand that you already have learned something to an almost expertise level. The next stop is at the village of Dolen, where every house is a unique fortification of wood and stone. A short stroll is planned along the cobble streets to obey the pull of village’s magnetic charm and to stretch our legs. The overnight is organized in Bansko, the finest Bulgarian ski resort.
DAY 10 Bansko - Melnik - Sandanski
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
Bansko has been one of the richest Bulgarian cities in the 19th century and the monuments are still here to prove it. We tour the center and then head to the smallest Bulgarian town – Melnik. The road follows the separating line between Pirin and Rila Mountains and then continues along the stream of Struma River to feel and see how the Continental climate gives way to the Mediterranean. The white houses of Melnik are grouped in a valley among an imposing sand pyramids. The pyramids are an adorable natural phenomenon. The town is famous for its red wines produced in the embedded inside the sand pyramids cellars and commercial acumen. Wine testing is included in Kordopulos house (the largest Rivaval period house on the Balkans). We depart from Melnik to pay a visit to Rozhen Monastery and learn about its intriguing history. Overnight in the nearby SPA resort Sandanski.
DAY 11 Sandanski - Rila Monastery - Sofia
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
After breakfast we head towards the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, a true monument of Bulgarian monasticism and literacy. The more energetic ones can climb Hrelu’s Tower, which is the oldest construction in the monastery complex. The monastery’s museum is not to be missed. Moving from exhibit to exhibit, the guide will gradually construct the whole history of the monastery from the founder John of Rila to today’s symbolism and key religious role. The surrounding rugged peaks and the over century old beech and spruce forest of Rila National Park contribute to the spirituality and complete tranquility of the area. A short walk is included in the itinerary. Lunch and we return to Sofia. Free time until the farewell dinner.
DAY 12 Departure
Start Time : 00:00:00 - End Time : 00:00:00
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport according to your flight.

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Highlights

From the mountains to the sea, this journey is a dive into the turbulent history of Bulgaria, its lively traditions and attractive cultural monuments. Passing through a series of sites significant not only for the Bulgarian, but for the humankind civilization, we will understand how a small country on the cross road between Europe and Asia had a remarkable role in shaping nowadays European identity. The itinerary’s aim is in 12 days time to accomplish a lot: acquaint every guest with the most important attractions of the country; to offer firsthand experiences of the great variety of local and national Bulgarian manners; to make an account of today’s social and economic reality; to provide hearty hospitality and taste of Balkan cuisine specialties.

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Tour Includes

    Transfers from/to Sofia airport and private transfers throughout the tourEnglish-speaking guide (other languages can also be handled)Accommodation and boarding as mentionedEntrance feesVAT and all local taxes    

Tour Does Not Include

		FlightsTipsOther meals X alcohol drinksPersonal expenses    

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Terms and Conditions

Single rooms supplement: 195 Euro Accommodation: 3-star hotels, en-suite double rooms, incl. breakfast and dinner. During the days good restaurants will be suggested for lunch en-route.

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