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Bulgaria and Greece

Bulgaria and Greece

Sofia - Troyan - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Etara - Shipka - Kazanlak - Plovdiv - Melnik - Sandanski - Tessaloniki - Kalambaka - Meteora - Delphi - Athens

Day 1  Arrival at Sofia Airport.

Arrival at Sofia. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 2  Sofia

Breakfast. City tour of Sofia including the Sveta. Nedelya Sq.,the 4th century AD Rotunda St George, The Presidency, National Theatre, The City Garden, Russian Church St. Nicolas, Parliament Square, Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral with the most valuable collection of Bulgarian Icons (13-19th c), Sveta Sofia Church (6th c). Lunch and free time for leisure and shopping or optional excursion to the National Historic Museum and Boyana Church (UNESCO site). Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3   Sofia – Troyan Monastery - Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi

Breakfast and departure to Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. On the way, visit of the Troyan Monastery (the most important monastery in the region, where you can see one of the Miraculous Icons of the Virgin). Lunch at local resaurant and continue to Veliko Tarnovo. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo, with its stone houses perched over the banks of the Yantra River. Visit Tsarevets Hill and tour the ruins of the King's Castle, Byzantine fortress, and old town. Visit the unique Holy Nativity Church in Arbanassi - Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 4   Veliko Tarnovo – Etara – Shipka – Kazanlak – Plovdiv

Breakfast and departure to Etara – an unique open air museum of authentic traditional crafts, created to preserve for the coming generations the appearance and the spirit of the old time Bulgarian mountain villages and the manufacturing traditions of the region. After the visit our trip contunue to Kazanlak with a short stop at Shipka, where we'll se the biggest monumental Russian church. Lunch at Kazanlak and walk visit of the town – the Tracian Thumb (UNESCO) and the Historical Museum. Evening arrival at Plovdiv, dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Plovdiv – Rila monastery - Melnik – Sandanski

In the morning, after breakfast, we'll tour the Old Town of Plovdiv, famous for its National Revival Period architecture (18th-19th centuries) with ethnographic museums and Roman Amphitheatre (2nd century.) Next, we'll take a drive to the Rila Monastery- the largest monastery in Bulgaria and all of the Balkan Peninsula. We'll have lunch, and take a departure to Melnik – the smallest bulgarian town, which perserves it's medieval spirit, famous for it's wines. Evening arrival at Sandanski, dinner and overnight.

Day 6  Sandanski – GREECE – Thessalóniki - Kalambaka

Breakfast and departure towards Greece. We'll pass the frontier and the first village to visit we'll be Thessaloniki(walk visit of the town and lunch). Departure to Kalambaka, passing alongside of Litohoro – the last village in the foot of Olimp. Short stop to take panoramic pictures of the region and continue to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight at Kalambaka.

Day 7 Meteora

Breakfast and full day visit of the Meteora Monasteries – may be one of the modern wonders of the world. Lunch at local restaurant, dinner and overnight at Kalambaka.

Day 8 Kalambaka - Delphi - Osios Lukas Monastery - Athenas

After breakfast we'll departure to Delphi, famous by the temple dedicated to Apolo God. Visit of this sacrosanct place and continue to the Osios Lukas Monastery (UNESCO). Evening arrival at Athenas, dinner and overnight.

Day 9  Athens

Breakfast and full day walk visit of Athens Acropolis, Sintagma square, Parlament, Plaka. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10  Departure from Athens

After breakfast you'll depart for the Athenas Airport to take flight home.

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.

The Russian Church ''St.Nikolay''

    The Russian church "St. Nikolay" is located in the center of Sofia, at the intersection of Rakovska and Tsar Osvoboditel streets. It is one of the most remarkable buildings in Sofia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Shipka Monastery

    The Shipka Monastery "The Nativity" is located on the outskirts of the city Shipka. The idea to found the monastery began with the Russian diplomat Count Ignatiev and Olga Skobeleva, mother of General Skobelev.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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