BULGARIAN MONASTERIES TOUR
Duration: 8 days / 7 overnights
Route: Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv – Sandanski – Sofia
Info: This tour will help you to go in the beautiful world of Bulgarian monasteries. You will find in details information for the most popular monasteries in Bulgaria.
*** The program can be changed upon client’s request.
Day 1: Sofia
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon – half-day sightseeing tour of Sofia including the gold domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Crypt – a precious museum of Orthodox Art, 4th c. AD St. Sophia Church, 4th c. AD St. George Rotanda, 11th c. AD church of St. Petka of the Saddlers. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2: Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo (B,D)
Breakfast. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgaria’s medieval capital. On the way, stopping at Troyan Monastery (16 c. AD), one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo: Tsarevets Holy Hill, 9th c. AD church of St. 40 Martyrs, church of St. Peter and Pavel. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 3: Arbanassi – Shipka – Kazanlak (B,D)
Breakfast. Visit the museum village of Arbanassi with the Church of Nativity (16-17th c. AD) and Konstanzaliev’s House. Visit 14th c. AD Preobrazhenski Monastery. Departure for Kazanlak. On the way, see Etara open-air architectural-ethnographic museum, the picturesque Dryanovo (14th c. AD) and Sokolski (19th c. AD) Monasteries, the spectacular Shipka Pass and Russian Memorial Cathedral of Shipka. Dinner and overnight in Kazanlak.
Day 4: Kazanlak – Hissar – Starosel – Plovdiv (B,D)
Breakfast. See the famous 4th century BC Thracian Tomb included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List; Goliamata Kosmatka Tomb dating back to 5-4th century BC belonging to the Thracian king Seuthes III; visit Kazanlak History Museum where some of the unique golden treasures discovered in the region are on display. Afternoon – visit of Hissar: see some of the best-preserved Roman remains and fortifications. Proceed to Starosel: see the recently discovered Thracian sanctuaries dating back to 5th c. BC. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 5: Plovdiv – Sandanski or Bansko (B,D)
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv, Bulgarian second largest city. Visit the Old Quarter with its Ethnographic museum, 2nd c. AD Roman Amphitheatre and 4th century AD St. St. Constantine and Helena church, and Jumaya Mosque. Afternoon visit of the 11th century Bachkovo Monastery with original architecture and spectacular 17th c. AD frescoes. Visit Assen’s Fortress, see the 13th century church of St Mary of Petrich – one of the best examples of Medieval architecture in Bulgaria. Dinner and overnight in Sandanski or in Bansko.
Day 6: Sandanski or Bansko – Melnik – Sofia (B,D)
Breakfast. Depart to Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgaria with remarkable wooden houses. Visit Rozhen Monastery, 9th c. AD. Visit the 10th century AD Rila Monastery, the biggest and most
spectacular in Bulgaria, one of Europe’s oldest and included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. Depature for Sofia. Dinner and overnight in Sofia.
Day 7: Sofia (B,D)
Breakfast. Morning visit of the National Museum of History and the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage listed Boyana Church with astonishing 13th century AD frescoes. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at a traditional folk style restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 8: Departure (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia Airport according the flight schedule. Have a safe flight back home!