Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sandanski
Panoramic city tour of Sofia. Departure to Rila Monastery, World Heritage. Founded in the 10th century by the Bulgarian monk St. John of Rila
Overnight in Sandanski.
Sandanski - Melnik - Rozhen Monastery - Sandanski.
Departure to SANDANSKI: In the South-West chains of Pirin Mountain. It is believed that in these place was born Spartac. The town arises around the medicinal mineral springs. Accommodation and visit of MELNIK: the town of Melnik is one of Bulgaria’s smallest towns (about 300 inhabitants). Melnik Pyramids- sheer, strangely shaped sand and limestone rocks. Visit of the ROZHEN Monastery at 10 kms from Melnik it is the only monastery restored during the first centuries of Ottoman rule which has survived to this day
Overnight in Sandanski.
|Sandanski-Shiroka Laka-Bachkovo -Plovdiv|
Sandanski - Shiroka Laka - Bachkovo - Plovdiv
Departure to Plovdiv visiting on route SHIROKA LAKA: this village was founded in the 15th century. It is located at an altitude of 1000 m in the valley of the Shiroka Luka river in the West Rhodopes. The village has preserved the rich traditions of the local population-handicrafts, songs,dances,customs.
Visit to BACHKOVO Monastery at 28 kms from Plovdiv it is the second in importance in Bulgaria. It was built in 1083
Overnight in Plovdiv
|Panoramic city tour of Plovdiv|
Panoramic city tour of Plovdiv
PLOVDIV Lucina the Greek called Plovdiv “the biggest and most beautiful of all towns” in Thrace. It is Bulgaria’s second largest city. The old town show us the long and varied history of the city: the Thracian fortifications used by Macedonians masons and overlaid with Byzantine walls, the mansions erected during the Bulgarian Revival, the Ottoman mosques and artisan?s homes of the lower town.
Overnight in Plovdiv
Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Shipka - Etara - Veliko Tarnovo.
Departure to Veliko Tarnovo visiting on route:
KAZANLAK: Since the 19th century Kazanlak has been the centre of Bulgarian rose-growing and rose-oil manufacturing. Many people from all over the world associate Bulgaria with the fragrant rose of Kazanluk. The town is most famous for is the Thracian tomb of Kazanluk. Visit of the Thracian Tomb and de House of Roses
SHIPKA: Only 12 km north of Kazanluk, near the small town of Shipka, is the Shipka Memorial Church. It was erected after Bulgaria’s Liberation from Turkish rule as a monument to both Russian and Bulgarian soldiers that died in the battles here.
ETARA: Etar is an open-air ethnographic museum located on the outskirts of Gabrovo. Arts and crafts from bygone years are still practised here.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo
|Veliko Tarnovo- Arbanassi-Madara-Shumen-Varna|
Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Madara - Shumen - Varna
Panoramic city tour of VELIKO TIRNOVO: The royal city of Veliko Tirnovo, once capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, is situated on three hills encircled by the Yantra river.
Visit to ARBANASSI, one of Bulgaria?s most picturesques villages. At only 4 km north east from Tarnovo, it represents an architectural jewel of the Revival Period. It was established in the 15th century, but its flourishing was during the 17th-18th centuries. Visit to the House of Konstantsaliev and the Nativity Church.
Continue to Varna with a stop at MADARA: The Madara Horseman, World Heritage, is a relief cut into a vertical rock at a height of 23 m during the 8th century, about three decades after the foundation of the Bulgarian State (681). It measures 2.6 m in height and is 3.1 m wide at the base. The scene has been depicted realistically and without any unnecessary details.
Arrival in VARNA: Panoramic city tour of Varna,the gem of the Bulgarian Black Sea is a beach resort and the third city most important in Bulgaria. It was an important port and trading centre from ancient times: Odessos (the ancient name of Varna).
Overnight in Varna
|Varna - Nessebar - Pomorie - Burgas|
Varna - Nessebar - Pomorie - Burgas
Visit of NESSEBAR The ancient Mesembria is situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea. The more than 3000 years old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Messembria).Nessebar is World Heritage. Continue to
POMORIE. The city was founded by the ancient Greeks under the name Anchialos. Is famous for the medicinal mud. Here we can visit the Ancient Thracian beehive tomb (3rd century AD) and the Museum of Salt. Overnight in BURGAS, the second largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It is surrounded by Bourgas Lakes.
|Burgas - Sozopol - Sofia|
Burgas - Sozopol - Sofia
Departure to SOZOPOL. Established by Greek colonists in the 7th century B.C. under the name of Apollonia, Sozopol is one of the oldest towns in Europe. Sozopol is located 32 km to the southeast of Burgas
Overnight in Sofia.
|Sofia - Vidin - Belogradchik - Sofia|
Sofia - Vidin - Belogradchik - Sofia.
Full day excursion to VIDIN: On the right bank of a big bend of the river Danube, this town is the first Bulgarian port on the river and one of the centres of chemical industry in the country. The visitors can see here the most fully preserved medieval Bulgarian castle -the Baba Vida fortress. The Magura Cave, inhabited by primitive man as early as the beginning of the Bronze Age (2750-1900 BC)
And visit to the famous Rocks of BELOGRADCHIK , an exceptional creation of the Nature: unique odd statues moulded out of rock by wind and water
Overnight in Sofia
|Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Sofia|
Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Sofia
Full day excursion to KOPRIVSHTITSA, town-museum and one of Bulgaria’s best preserved towns, and its typical 19th century atmosphere along with its natural surroundings make it a must on every visitor’s list.
Overnight in Sofia
|Sofia - Pleven - Lovech - Troyan - Sofia|
Sofia - Pleven - Lovech - Troyan - Sofia
Full day excursion to PLEVEN: Pleven has a rich history. It became widely known for the five-month battles during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-78 as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from the 500 years of Ottoman domination. Of interest to the visitors is the Kailak fortress, the tumulus in the Skobelev Park, the Pleven Epopee Panoramic Exhibition, the old bridge on the Vit River, and many monuments. The city of LOVETCH,located at the boundary between the Danube Plain and the northern foothills of the Balkan Range The pride of Lovetch is the covered bridge over the river Ossam. Built up in 1874 by master Kolyo Ficheto - length 84 m, with 64 small shops.
Visit to the Troyan Monastery, a real jewel in the crown. It is the country?s third largest monastery, romantic and enchanting. The monastery was founded in late 15th century but the present church was built in 1835. The frescoes were painted by Zahari Zograf; the icon stand of carved wood is a real masterpiece and a product of carvers from Tryavna. The monastery is famous for the miracle-working icon Three-handed Virgin.
Return to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
|Transfer to the airport.|
Transfer to the airport.