Classic Bulgaria Tour
Ancient and medieval towns, authentic villages, monasteries, delicious local cuisine, wine and brandy are part of this outstanding 8-day tour of Bulgaria. Your journey starts right on the beach in Burgas. Then you continue through the breathtaking landscapes of the Balkan Mountains towards Plovdiv, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo. Culture and pleasure are the terms that best describe this journey!
Arrival at Burgas Airport, where you meet your tour guide. Short transfer to the hotel followed by a city tour of Burgas, including cathedral and pedestrian zone. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you travel to Plovdiv. The city is one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans and was designated as European Capital of Culture of the year 2019. The sightseeing tour in the old part of the city includes the very well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, the Dzumaya Mosque, the Ethnographic Museum and the St Constantine and Helena Church. Enjoy in the late afternoon a visit of one of the oldest wine cellars in Bulgaria and sample five of the local wine varieties. Dinner at the hotel.
Your trip continues this morning towards Sofia. Discover during the guided tour the city’s most significant monuments such as the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the St George Rotunda from the 4th century, the ruins of the Roman city of Serdika, the St Sofia Basilica, as well as the buildings of the Presidency and the National Assembly. Free time. Dinner with folk music and wine at a traditional restaurant.
Today you head south, deep into the Rila Mountains, where is located a symbol of the Orthodox Christian faith. The Rila Monastery (UNESCO) is situated at 1150 metres above sea level and resembles a fortress. It is one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in the world and impresses with its stunning architecture and frescoes. Visit the monastery museum and admire the most important piece of Bulgarian wood carving art, the extraordinary Raphael Cross. Drive to Sofia and free time. Dinner at the hotel.
This morning you leave Sofia and travel to Veliko Tarnovo – the medieval capital of Bulgaria. En route, you make a short trip to an authentic Bulgarian mountain village and visit an old monastic cell school from the 17th century. Get to know country and people and sample home-made rakia (brandy) and Banitsa pastry. You reach Veliko Tarnovo around noon. Explore here the Tsarevets Fortress and enjoy the traditional crafts shopping quarter. The nearby village of Arbanasi awaits you in the late afternoon after a short trip, where you visit the Nativity of Christ Church. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you set off in the morning for a scenic drive through the Shipka Pass to the town of Kazanlak. Visit here the Memorial Church and a functioning rose distillery where you learn more about the valuable Damascena oleaginous rose and sample various rose products. Admire also the recently discovered original burial place of the first Thracian king Sevt III. Drive towards Nessebar and dinner at the hotel.
The old town of Nessebar is located on a picturesque peninsula. Because of its significant cultural and historical monuments and unique location, the old town has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After a sightseeing tour and the visit to St. Stephen Church, the burial place of Sevt III, you are left to your own devices in this real cultural gem. Look forward to a special dinner in the village of Erkech in the evening. You are invited to a dinner with the local people; enjoy traditionally prepared dishes, wine, folklore programme and the barefoot fire dances on smouldering embers of the Nestinari.
Depending on flight schedule, you spend some more free time in Nessebar. Transfer to Burgas Airport where you say goodbye to your tour guide.