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UNESCO Heritage

Sofia - Rila monastery - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Nessebar - Varna - Madara - Svestari - Rousse - Ivanovo - Arbanassi - Veliko Tarnovo - Troyan - Sofia

Day 1 - Sofia

Arrival to Sofia. Guide meets you at the airport and assists for a transfer to hotel. Check in and time at leisure until the evening, when you will enjoy a dinner at a local tavern with folklore music and traditional Bulgarian cuisine. Accommodation at centrally located hotel.

Day 2 - Sofia

Morning sightseeing tour of Sofia, a city with 7000-year long history. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Sofia, a pleasant city of boulevards and open spaces and see the city's most important places of worship – Alexander Nevski Memorial Church (to be included in UNESCO 's List of Cultural Heritage shortly) and St. George Rotunda. Walk along the main streets and see the most important landmarks in the city centre - St.Nedelya Square and St. Nedelya Church, St. Petka of the Saddlers, the Synagogue,  the Central Baths,  the Mosque, the underpass outside the President's Office, Alexander Battenberg Square, the National Theatre,  the former Royal Palace, the Russian Church, St. Sophia Church and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Your guide will make you feel the atmosphere of this city which history dates back to the ancient times.  Tour proceeds with panoramic sightseeing of the National Library, Sofia University, Borissova Garden, and the National Palace of Culture.

In the afternoon - visit the National museum of history and the 900 years old Boyana Church (Unesco List of Cultural Heritage). Enjoy the remarkable murals, painted by an unknown artist in the 13th century.  Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 3 - Sofia - Rila Monastery  - Plovdiv

After breakfast drive to Rila monastery (UNESCO 's List of Cultural Heritage). Tour of the monastery. Rila monastery is located some 120 km to the south of Sofia, in the heart of the Rila Mountain. Founded in the 10th century, it has been the biggest spiritual and cultural centre in Bulgaria for hundreds of years. The visitor's first sight of Rila monastery huge towering walls gives the impression of a fortress. The Rila monastery is the largest in the Balkans and included in the List of World Cultural Heritage. Tour of the monastery includes a visit to the Monastery Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarving.
In the afternoon - depart for Plovdiv.  Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at centrally located hotel.

Day 4 - Plovdiv - Kazanlak

After breakfast take the city sightseeing tour of Plovdiv (mainly on foot).  Depart North to Kazanlak, the main city of the Rose Valley. Visit the Thracian beehive tomb in Kazanlak, a unique monument of the Thracian Culture, included in UNESCO's List of World Heritage. The region around Kazanlak is dotted with dozens of Thracian burial mounds. Here, in summer 2004 Prof. Kitov and a team of fellow archaeologists unearthed an ancient gold funeral mask that they say is as important a discovery as the treasures of Agamemnon and Tutankhamen. This extremely precious discovery is displayed in the local museum. Dinner and overnight in Kazanlak. Accommodation at centrally located hotel.

Day 5 - Kazanlak - Nessebar – Sunny Beach

Following breakfast depart to Nessebar. The museum town of Nessebar, picturesquely situated on a small rocky peninsula is another UNESCO' s World Cultural Heritage site. Stop for a tour of the town, where different civilizations have left their marks on the tiny peninsula.

Accommodation at  hotel in Nessebar-Sunny Beach.

Day 6 - Nessebar/Sunny Beach - Varna

In the morning you will proceeds to Varna, one of the largest Black Sea cities, founded as a Miletian colony in the place of an old Thracian settlement already during the 6th c. B.C.  Enjoy the city sightseeing of Varna, visit the History museum, where the world's oldest gold (45000-42000 B.C.) is displayed. Dinner and overnight in Varna or surroundings. Accommodation at  hotel in Varna resort area.

Day 7 - Varna

Take a full day tour to the Black Sea coast North to Varna, visit Balchik and Cape Kaliakra. Drive back to Varna for dinner and overnight.

Day 8    Varna - Madara – Sveshtari – Rousse

Early morning departure to Sveshtari, en route visit the Madara national historic and archaeological reserve. This is where you will see the Madara Horseman, a unique bas-relief hewn into the sheer rock, included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage.  Drive north to Razgrad. Tour proceeds to Sveshtari. Visit the Thracian Royal Tomb, on the List of UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites, which is one of the most sensational discoveries during the past decade, dating back to the 4th-3rd century B.C. Dinner and overnigh in Rousse. Accommodation at hotel in Rousse.

Day 9 - Rousse - Ivanovo rock churches  - Arbanassi - Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast take a short sightseeing tour of Rousse, the largest river port in Bulgaria and one of the  cities with years-long European cultural traditions. Visit the archaeological reserve Ivanovo Rock churches (13th-14th c), listed in the UNESCO 's List of World Heritage. Six of the monastery churches and chapels preserve frescoes from 13th-14th C. Admire the famous frescoes at the "Holly Mother" church, created in the middle of the 14th c by an anonymous Bulgarian author.

Tour proceeds to Veliko Tarnovo via Arbanassi.  Stop for a tour of this beautiful museum village and admire its fortress-like houses and extremely interesting churches.

Accommodation at hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 10 - Veliko Tarnovo

The capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XII-XIV c) is situated on three hills, mirrored in the waters of the Yantra River winding down below. Tzarevets Hill is a genuine outdoor museum with its royal buildings, churches, fortress walls, towers, and the restored Ascension patriarchal church.

Enjoy a half-day city sightseeing tour, including visits to Tzarevets Royal Hill and the Church of SS Peter and Paul. Here you will see original Mediaeval frescoes (XIII c AD) of great artistic value.

Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 11 - Veliko Tarnovo – Troyan - Sofia

Following breakfast you will proceed to Sofia via Troyan. This small village is famous for its traditional ceramics and.... the best plumb brandy in Bulgaria. The name of the village derives from Via Trayana, the ancient Roman road, connecting the two Roman Provinces - Thracia and Misia. You will visit the Museum of traditional crafts and applied arts, followed by a demo at a local master's workshop. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before the farewell dinner in a typical restaurant with folklore music and show. Accommodation at modern, centrally located hotel.

Day 12 - Departure from Sofia Airoport

After breakfast our guide and driver will see you off to the airport, where tour ends.

St.Alexander Nevski

    The cathedral temple "St. Alexander Nevski" is considered a symbol of the Bulgarian capital. It is located in the center of Sofia, at the eponymous square. The reflection of its golden domes attracts from miles away.

Rotunda St.George

    The oldest and best preserved monument of architecture since Roman times in Sofia is the rotunda church St. George. The temple is situated in the courtyard of the Government Office.

Boyana Church

    The church is one of the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Rila Monastery

    Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and is also a popular tourist destination. The monastery lies in the recesses of Rila Mountain, between Rilska and Drushlyavitsa Rivers, at 1147 m.

Kazanlak Tomb

    An original Thracian tomb from 4th – 3rd century BC is situated in the Tyulbeto park. It is known as the Kazanlak Tomb. It is under a special storage regime. Its duplicate, constructed in scale 1:1

Madara Horseman

    The Madara Rider or Madara Horseman is an early medieval large rock relief carved on the Madara Plateau east of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara.

Sveshtarska Tomb

    It is a unique complex consisting of settlements, temples and necropolises dating back to antiquity. The most significant find on the territory of the historical and archaeological reservation of Sboryanovo is the Sveshtarska Thracian Royal Tomb.

Arbanasi Archeological Reserve

    The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 4 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 - 1393).

Architecture Reserve Tsarevets

    Architectural and Museum Reserve Tsarevets is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Bulgaria. It is located on Tsarevets Hill in the old part of the town of Veliko Tarnovo.

Troyan Monastery

    According to the historical documents, the monastery was first founded in 1600 and reconstructed in the period 1830 – 1865 in its present look. As an architectural style of the buildings it is associated with the School of Revival.

Sofia

    Sofia is Bulgaria's capital and its largest city. Founded thousands of years ago, today the city continues to develop as the country's cultural and economic center.

Kazanlak

    The town of Kazanlak is located in the center of Bulgaria, in the western part of the Kazanlak basin. Kazanlak is the center of the Valley of the Roses, the home of the Thracian kings, and an attractive tourist destination.

Nesebar

    The town of Nesebar (with a population of 10 000 people) is situated on the Black Sea Shore, 36 km northeast of Burgas. It is in close proximity to another big Bulgarian resort – Slanchev bryag (Sunny Beach).

Sunny Beach

    Sunny Beach (Bulgarian: Слънчев бряг, Slanchev Briag / Slančev Brjag / Slanchev Bryag / Slunchev Briag / Slunchev Bryag) is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nessebar municipality, Burgas Province. The biggest resort, with the longest and widest beach strip, with hotels spread along the beach.

City of Varna

    Varna (Bulgarian: Варна, pronounced [ˈvarnɐ]) is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, classified the third and the second largest city in Bulgaria. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous province and Varna Municipality and the tenth-largest city in the Balkans after Istanbul, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, Skopje and Tirana.

City of Ruse

    The connection which the city was having with Europe through the Danube river was favorable for its development. Due to the beautiful architecture and the internal shaping of the buildings constructed by Italian, Austrian, German and Bulgarian architects, Ruse was also known as "The Small Vienna".

Veliko Tarnovo

    Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture.


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