1 DAY TOURS FROM SOFIA

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1 DAY TOURS FROM SOFIA WITH PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH – SPEAKING GUIDE
and transportation with a comfortable vehicle 

*** 1 DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA TO PLOVDIV ***

Duration: 10 hours
Route: Sofia – Plovdiv – Sofia

What You’ll Do:
– Tour the famous Old Town of Plovdiv, a candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage site;
– Visit the best preserved Roman Theater (2nd century) in Bulgaria, which is still used for live performances;
– Walk through the newly reopened Ancient Stadium (2nd century) that had accommodated 30,000 spectators;
– Explore the Ethnographic Museum’s exhibitions of costumes and instruments.
What’s Included:
– Transportation with a comfortable vehicle (car or van);
– English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
What’s Not Included:
– Food and beverages;
– Personal expenses;
– Entrance fees (about 5-7 Euro in total per person);
– Gratuities.

A 2-hour drive from Sofia will take you to the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city and one of its oldest towns. Within 2-3 hours of walking along the city you will discover the history and culture behind a 7000-year old settlement, written by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations. You can enjoy sightseeing in the Old Town with its museums, historical monuments, revival period houses, lined with souvenir shops cobbled streets or get impressed by the rich Ethnographical Museum and the ancient Roman Theater. Feel the atmosphere of this artistic and trades center and enjoy a lunch at the local restaurants.

*** ONE DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA TO BOYANA CHURCH AND RILA MONASTERY ***

Duration: 8 hours
Route: Sofia – Boyana Church – Rila Monastery – Sofia

                             

What You’ll Do:
– Visit two of Bulgaria’s most famous UNESCO sites in one day;
– Explore Rila Monastery, the biggest and most frequented religious and tourist site in Bulgaria;
– Admire Boyana Church’s famous pre-renaissance frescoes, which date back to the year 1259;
– Taste organic food specialties in the restaurants nearby as mekitsi, yogurt, or a grilled trout;
– Travel in comfort through the Bulgarian countryside.
What’s Included:
– Transportation with a comfortable vehicle (car or van);
– Entrance fees to Rila Monastery Museum and Boyana Church;
– English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
What’s Not Included:
– Food and beverages;
– Personal expenses;
– Gratuities.

The Rila Monastery is the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture of Bulgaria. It is the most famous Bulgarian monastery, situated deep in the heart of the Rila Mountain, having a life span of a millennium. Founded in the 10th century by the monk Ivan Rilski, it has survived periods of both rapid development and decline through the years.

Visit the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin with its miraculous icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis. See the Rila Monastery Museum, which keeps the long and heroic history of the monastery. You will also see the beautiful wood-carved cross, created for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, the Hrelyu’s Tower and other spectacular views from the Rila Mountain.

The frescoes in the Boyana Church bring epochal change in the mural painting and are considered to be predecessors of the European Renaissance. The majority of the 240 figures depicted there have individuality and vitality.

*** ONE DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA TO RILA MONASTERY ***

Duration: 8 hours
Route: Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia

                                      

What You’ll Do:
– Visit two of Bulgaria’s most famous UNESCO sites in one day;
– Explore Rila Monastery, the biggest and most frequented religious and tourist site in Bulgaria;
– Travel in comfort through the Bulgarian countryside.
What’s Included:
– Transportation with a comfortable vehicle (car or van);
– Entrance fees to Rila Monastery Museum;
– English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
What’s Not Included:
– Food and beverages;
– Personal expenses;
– Gratuities.

The Rila Monastery is the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture of Bulgaria. It is the most famous Bulgarian monastery, situated deep in the heart of the Rila Mountain, having a life span of a millennium. Founded in the 10th century by the monk Ivan Rilski, it has survived periods of both rapid development and decline through the years.

Visit the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin with its miraculous icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis. See the Rila Monastery Museum, which keeps the long and heroic history of the monastery. You will also see the beautiful wood-carved cross, created for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, the Hrelyu’s Tower and other spectacular views from the Rila Mountain.

*** ONE DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA TO VELIKO TARNOVO AND ARBANASI ***

Duration: 10 hours
Route: Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi – Sofia

                   

What You’ll Do:
– Explore the former capital of Bulgaria at Veliko Tarnovo;
– Visit the historic buildings of Veliko Tarnovo, including St. Demetrius Church;
– Learn the history of Bulgaria with an expert tour guide;
– Tour the charming village of Arbanasi;
– Enjoy views of the hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora.
What’s Included:
– Transportation with a comfortable vehicle (car or van);
– English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
What’s Not Included:
– Food and beverages;
– Personal expenses;
– Entrance fees (about 5-7 Euro in total per person);
– Gratuities.

Veliko Tаrnovo is a trap, which will teleport you back in time, to make you a spectator of the rise and fall of the mighty capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom (12-14 century). By walking on the winding cobble streets, you will learn and feel how its proud population lived under the Turkish oppression, developing fabulous architectural masterpieces and established cohesive and powerful craftsmen’s guild.
The legends and stories, the interesting history and picturesque location of Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo had gained them numerous fanatical admirers in Bulgaria and abroad, making the region a top tourist attraction on the Balkans.

*** ONE DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA TO KOPRIVSHTITSA ***

Duration: 8 hours
Route: Sofia – Koprivshtitsa – Sofia

What You’ll Do:
– Explore the historic town of Koprivshtitsa;
– See the charming houses of the Bulgarian National Revival period;
– Hear the history of the Bulgarian National Liberation Movement with an expert guide;
– Visit Oslekov’s House, Dimcho Debelianov’s House, the Church of the Dormition of Theotokos and more.
What’s Included:
– Transportation with a comfortable vehicle (car or van);
– English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
What’s Not Included:
– Food and beverages;
– Personal expenses;
– Entrance fees (about 5-7 Euro in total per person);
– Gratuities.

The road from Sofia to Koprivshtitsa (around 2 hours drive) follows the southern foothills of the majestic Balkan mountains providing spectacular views of its snow-capped alpine peaks.

Panoramic pastoral views, coupled with more than numerous colorful Revival-Period houses, make the teeny town of Koprivshtitsa memorable for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Traipse along the narrow cobbled streets for a guided look at some of its most inspirational attractions.

We start the walk at the monumental mausoleum, located on Koprivshtitsa’s central square. It was built in memoriam of those killed during the 1876 April Uprising. Venture along to the stunning home of the local merchant Nencho Oslekov. We will marvel its ornately painted facade and see how a well-off Bulgarian family lived during the 1850s–1900s. We will visit the homes of symbolist poet Dimcho Debelyanov, the Karavelov family, and revolutionary leaders Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski.

On the way back we choose a different route, which transects the Rose Valley of Strelcha. During spring time, we may stop to join the locals in their rose picking activities.