Best of Bulgaria
This trip is a perfect cultural journey with detailed tours of the most important and most beautiful Bulgarian cities like Sofia, Veliko Tarnavo, Plovdiv, Bansko and Sandanski. A meeting with the local people in an authentic Bulgarian village will bring you closer to the country and its people, so you can experience traditions and hospitality in person. Ancient monasteries, rich museums and medieval fortresses complete this excellent trip.
Your trip in Bulgaria starts at the airport, where you meet your Bulgarian tour guide. After the transfer to the hotel, you visit the unique Boyana Church. The church has been a UNESCO monument since 1979 and a must for every visitor of Sofia. Afterwards, you enjoy a pleasant sightseeing tour. The city’s highlights Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the St Georgi Rotunda from the 4th century and the ruins of the Roman city of Serdika will certainly impress you. A short walk away, you discover the St Sofia Basilica – one of the oldest churches in South-eastern Europe. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you travel to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. On the way, you stop briefly at the authentic Bulgarian mountain village of Golyam Izvor (Great Spring). Here you visit the old monastic cell school. You get to know more about the country and the people and sample the traditional pastry Banitsa and the local brandy. Your trip continues towards Arbanasi, where you can admire the Nativity of Christ Church (15th century). In the afternoon, you reach your destination Veliko Tarnovo, whose old town is a historical monument. Explore the Tsarevets Hill with its citadels and palaces and stroll through the traditional crafts shopping quarter, Samovodska Charshiya. Dinner at the hotel.
Discover in the morning the open-air village museum Etar and the Shipka Pass Church. Further travel and visit of the Thracian Tomb of King Seuthes III (second half of the 5th century BC). At lunch time, you reach the Rose Valley. Visit here a functioning rose distillery in the village of Skobelevo and sample the local rose jam and rose brandy. Travel to Plovdiv. Check-in and and dinner at the hotel.
Discover this morning the old town of Plovdiv. As early as the year 342 BC turned Philip II of Macedonia the then Thracian settlement into a city. The well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, the St Constantine and Helena Church and the authentic Hindlian House will certainly impress. Afternoon trip to the Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you start the day early and travel through the Pirin Mountains on a narrow-gauge train. Your destination is the highest railway station in the Balkan range – Avramovo. Further travel to Dobarsko. This authentic mountain village is known for its old church with its unique frescoes. Here Jesus is displayed in a space capsule and women are presented as saints. In the garden of the church, the singing Dobarski Babi (Dobarsko’s Grannies) will welcome you with folk dancing and traditional songs. Travel to Bansko. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
A day trip to the Rozhen Monastery and the town of Melnik. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery around the monastery, and explore the small town of Melnik. A wine tasting is a must for the visitors of Melnik. It will take place in the Kordopulov House from the 18th century. Free time to explore the old town on your own. Afterwards you drive back to Bansko and enjoy a dinner at the hotel.
Explore in the morning the Rila Monastery (UNESCO monument since 1983). The chronicle of the monastery reflects the entire history of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people, the assertion of its spiritual and cultural nature. Afterwards, you visit the monastery museum with its valuable medieval exhibits. Drive to Sofia and free time in the old town. Farewell dinner with folklore programme, Nestinari ritual fire dances and wine at a traditional restaurant.
Today you bid farewell to Bulgaria and to your local guide. You drive to the airport and fly towards home.