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Blissful Bulgaria

Days : 7 | Nights : 6

Sofia
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Tour Overview

Bulgaria is one of the best destinations for a family vacation. It is a country located on the south eastern Peninsula of the Balkans offers numerous tourist attractions. Each part of this country, be it s city, a town or countryside, has its own lure. The discovery of the scenery and rich history of Bulgaria is start in Sofia.  Wandering the capital city of Sofia and enjoy a walking tour through the lesser-known areas of the country make you relaxed. You will also love to experience the Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities not only in Bulgaria but also in the Europe.

Plan guided walking tour to explore the mountains of Bulgaria on foot. This tour will take you to the deep gorges, rocky slopes and thick pine trees forests. Exploring the alluring mountain village of Dobarsko is truly a fascinating experience. Travelers to Bulgaria do not forget to include the enchanting Arbanassi in their travel itinerary. Even if this country is a new addition to the EU, it has a long and rich history. Visit Kazanluk, located at the foot of the Balkan Mountain range in the Rose Valley to watch the biggest Thracian Tomb. This destination is also famous for rose oil extracting industry.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival Sofia

“Welcome to Bulgaria” your local guide will meet you at Sofia Airport. Transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Sofia.

Day 02: In Sofia

After breakfast together with their guide the group will go to the centre of the city where the tour of the charming capital begins. The city tour starts at Sveti Nedelja Square, where wide avenues begin to appear. A few steps further you will find the Rotunda of Saint Gorge, and one of the oldest churches in the city, built in the fourth century. Then you have the opportunity to admire the interesting and valuable building of the like Banya Bashi mosque, the Archaeological Museum, and the Presidency. The main landmark of the city is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which was built in the beginning twentieth century.

In the afternoon, you will go to the National History Museum, which is housed by the Old Presidential Palace. Enjoy its spectacular exhibitions such as the fantastic treasure of Tracian gold of the fourth century BC. Of Panagyurishte, as well as Roman artefacts, Greek poetry, icons and folk costumes. From here he continues his tour to the Boyana Church, a building protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. You can admire here some of the best examples of Bulgarian medieval art represented by the beautiful frescoes dating from the 13th century AD. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Sofia – Rila – Dobarsko – Plovdiv

This morning you will travel to the Rila Mountains, where you will visit the famous Rila Monastery. The beautiful monastery was built in the fourteenth century and houses valuable paintings, manuscripts, old books and masterpieces carved in wood. The monastery is protected by UNESCO From here, you will go to the city of Plovdiv (European capital of culture for 2019), one of the oldest cities in Europe. Stop on the way in the small village Dobarsko, where the grandmothers will welcome you with songs and traditional pastry. Check in at the hotel in Plovdiv for the next 2 nights. Overnight at hotel in Plovdiv.

Day 04: In Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and the administrative centre of the municipality of Plovdiv. It is located on the Upper Thracian Plain, on the two banks of the Maritsa River. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, the beginning of its history dates back 5000 years BC. The Old Town is a real outdoor Archaeological Museum that has incalculable ancient vestiges of the times of the Romans. During the tour of the city you will discover a unique historical and cultural heritage, such as the Ancient Roman Theater, the Roman Stadium, the Constantin and Elena Saints' Church and the Ethnographic Museum. Enjoy the Old Town by yourself this afternoon. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Plovdiv – Kazanluk– Shipka Pass – Etar – V.Tarnovo

Today we will visit the famous Rose Valley near Kazanluk, the centre of the cultivation of roses, famous especially for the production of oil and rose creams. Visit the Rose Museum in Kazanluk and learn more about the history of rose growing in Bulgaria. Also in Kazanluk visit the Thracian Tomb which is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (Replica). Continue your panoramic trip to the Schipka Pass and then to the Etar Museum. The Etar Museum is a spectacular outdoor museum, where you can still see artisans manufacturing souvenirs, jewellery and handicrafts. Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight at hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 06: Veliko Tarnavo – Troyan – Koprivstitsa – Sofia

Today you will visit a picturesque mountain town to Troyan, a small town where you will discover the Troyan Monastery, a remarkable monument of national importance, founded in 1600. Continue your trip to Koprivstitsa. The architecture of this small city reflects the historical growth and development of traditional Bulgarian architecture, which can still be observed in its various forms in the present. Here you can visit the Oslekov House, which was built in 1856 by the wealthy Koprivshtitsa merchant, Nencho Oslenkov. A particular interest is the walls and columns with abundant decorations that represent the lifestyle of a wealthy family of Koprivshtitsa in the nineteenth century. The museum exhibits include unique items, such as women's and men's clothing, a collection of Koprivshtitsa decorative embroidery and knit stockings. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Sofia.

Day 07: Departure Sofia

Enjoy some free time to explore Sofia by yourself. Transfer to the airport.‚Äč

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

Days : 7 | Nights : 6


Inclusions


  • Transportation
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast

Exclusions


  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Laundary    

Attractions

  • Borovets
  • Seven Rila Lakes
  • Vitosha
  • National Historical Museum
  • Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex
  • Perperikon
  • Central Balkan National Park
  • Ivan Vazov National Theatre
  • Madara Rider
  • Belogradchik Fortress
  • Aladzha Monastery
  • Sofia Central Mineral Baths
  • Devil's Throat Cave
  • National Art Gallery
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
  • Varna Archaeological Museum
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • The Melnik Pyramids
  • Sunny Beach
  • Rila Monastery
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Pamporovo
  • Boyana Church
  • Musala
  • Tsarevets
  • Kaliakra
  • Bachkovo Monastery
  • Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Vihren
  • Rila National Park
  • Rose Valley
  • Belogradchik Rocks
  • Church of St. George
  • Iskar
  • St Nedelya Church
  • Devetashka cave
  • Russian Church
  • Banya Bashi Mosque
  • Saint Sofia Church
  • Plovdiv Roman theatre
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Buzludzha
  • Malyovitsa
  • Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  • Sea Garden
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Troyan Monastery
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