EXPLORE BULGARIA TOUR
Duration: 8 days / 7 overnights
Route: Sofia- Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak -Plovdiv-Borovets – Rila Monastery – Sofia
Info: The tour discovers the beauty of Bulgarian nature and the most remarkable historic sites, some of which are in the UNESCO List of World Heritage.
*** The program can be changed upon client’s request.
Day 1: Sofia
Arrival in Sofia, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2: Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo (B,D)
Breakfast. Morning sightseeing tour of Sofia. See the gold domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Crypt – a precious museum of Orthodox Art, 4th century St. George Rotonda. Afterwards, travel to Veliko Tarnovo. Dinner in the hotel.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 3: Veliko Tarnovo (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Sightseeing of Tarnovo – ancient Bulgarian capital. See Tsarevets Holy Hill, church of St. Peter and Pavel. Then arrival in the museum village of Arbanassi. Lunch and visit the Church of Nativity (16-17 c.) and Konstanzaliev’House. In the afternoon, wine tasting at Lyaskovets Winery, only 10 km away from Veliko Tarnovo. Travel to Veliko Tarnovo and dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Morning departure for Plovdiv. On the way see the Etara open-air ethnographic museum, via the town of Gabrovo and the spectacular Shipka Pass. Arrival in Kazanluk. Lunch and visit the Rose museum and the Historical Museum houses a rich collection of Thracian treasures, following by the famous 4th century BC Thracian Tomb included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. Afterwards, drive through the famous Valley of Roses. Arrival in Plovdiv and dinner in hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 5: Plovdiv (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Morning sightseeing tour of Plovdiv. See the Old Quarter, the Ethnographic museum, the Church of St.Konstantine and Helena, the Roman Amphitheater, Lamartine’s House (exterior visit) and Jumaya Mosque (exterior visit). Lunch. In the afternoon, visit the 11th century Bachkovo Monastery with original architecture and spectacular 17th c. AD frescoes. Return to Plovdiv and dinner in hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 6: Plovdiv – Borovets – Rila Monastery – Sofia (B,L)
Breakfast. Today we spend our time to visit the 10th century Rila Monastery, one of Europe’s oldest and included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. On the way to Rila, short stop to see the mountain resort Borovets. Lunch and continue to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 7: Sofia (B,L,D)
Breakfast. This day we spend in the outskirts of Sofia where our place of interest is Boyana Church. Included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, the church is famous for its murals from the year 1259. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Dinner at Folkstyle Restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 8: Departure (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia Airport according the flight schedule. Have a safe flight back home!