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Explore Bulgaria

Explore Bulgaria

Sofia - Borovets - Rila monastery - Melnik - Rozhen monastery - Village of Ognyanovo - Village of Kovachevitsa - Plovdiv - Bachkovo monastery - Shiroka Laka - Trigrad - Etara - Shipka - Tryavna - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Oreshak - Sofia.

Day 1  Arrival in Sofia

Transfer to the famous mountain resort Borovets and accommodation in a hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Breakfast. Drive to Rila monastery – the largest and the most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria, located in the highest mountain on the Balkan peninsula and included in UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue to Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgaria famous for wine producing and unique sandy rocks relief. Visit of Rozhen monastery, one of the most renowned in Bulgaria, both for the masterpieces of religious painting and for the beauty of the surrounding Pirin Moutain. Drive to Ognianovo – a village with mineral springs. Accommodation in a hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3

Breakfast. Visit to Kovachevitsa - a charming little village, simply out of this world – so very detached from the modern-day surroundings. Drive to the popular mountain resort Bansko, which is a small town with unique architecture, a short walking tour with free time for lunch. Drive to Plovdiv and accommodation in a hotel. Free time for rest. In the evening – dinner in a typical Bulgarian restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast. A walking tour in the Old Town of Plovdiv where you will see well preserved historical sights from different periods – the Roman amphitheatre, numerous houses and churches from the Bulgarian Renaissance, the Ethnographic museum and St. Konstantin and Elena church. Drive to Asen's fortress near Asenovgrad. Continue to Bachkovo monastery – the second largest in Bulgaria. Back to Plovdiv and free time for a walk and shopping on the main pedestrian street. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5

Breakfast. Drive to the village of Shiroka laka, an architectural and ethnographic reserve. Continue through the picturesque Trigrad gorge to the Devil's throat cave, which has a marvelous waterfall cascade - 60m in height. After that drive through Buynovsko gorge and visit one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria – Yagodina cave. Drive back to Plovdiv, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6

Breakfast. Drive to Gabrovo and visit the open-air ethnographic museum Etara, where you will see workshops of the Bulgarian handicrafts from the 18th and 19th century. On the way - a stopover for visiting the memorial church of Shipka. Continue to Tryavna, a very nice mountain town, famous for its woodcarving traditions. A walking tour and dinner. Overnight stay

Day 7

Breakfast. Drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Bulgarian Kingdom during the Middle Ages. Walking tour of Tsarevets fortress and Samovodene market-place. Short drive to the nearby village of Arbanassi - one of the most picturesque villages in Bulgaria. Continue to Troyan and visit Troyan monastery, the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. Short drive to the village of Cherni Osam and visit the Natural Science Museum, where you can see a rich exhibition of animals, birds and insects, typical for that area in a very interesting way. After that we will stop at the National Arts and Crafts Exhibition in Oreshak, where you can see interesting examples of Bulgarian arts and crafts, as well as to buy souvenirs. Drive to the village of Ribaritsa and accommodation in a hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8

Breakfast. Drive to Sofia. A walking tour in the city center with visit to Alexander Nevski cathedral, the St. George Rotunda – the oldest Christian church in the city, the St. Sofia Church which gave its name to the Bulgarian capital, the Parliament and many other sights. Transfer to the airport.

Note: depending on the arrival and departure times of the flights, the city tour of Sofia can be done on the first or the last day of the trip.

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.

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).

National Park-Museum Shipka

    National Park Museum Shipka is located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains, 28 km from the town of Kazanlak and 22 km from the town of Gabrovo.

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

Old Town - Plovdiv

    Ancient Plovdiv Architectural Reserve is a well-preserved complex where on a relatively small area visitors can take walks through different historical ages, see ancient buildings adapted to the modern way of life.

The Bachkovo Monastery

    The Bachkovo Monastery "Assumption of the Virgin" is located in the southern part of the village Bachkovo, 10 kilometers south of Asenovgrad.

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.

Borovets

    Borovets is one of the biggest mountain resorts in Bulgaria. It is located at an elevation of 1300 m on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain some 70 km away from Sofia, approximately 130 km from Plovdiv.

Bansko

    One of the largest winter resorts of Bulgaria is situated on 925 meters above the sea level at the foot of the Pirin mountain – at a distance of 150 km from Sofia and 96 km from Blagoevgrad.

Plovdiv City

    The town in its present appearance was built around seven hills – the hills of Plovdiv (Plovdiv Tepes) which are an inseparable part of the city's history. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

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.

Tryavna

    Placed along the northern slopes of the Tryavna Balkan Mountain and Fore-Balkans. The relief is diverse - from mountain to river valleys, hills and gorges.

Architectural Complex Etar

    The Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex (usually referred to as Etara) is an open-air museum and a neighbourhood of Gabrovo (8 km south of its center) in northern Bulgaria.


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