12, Jan 2020
Bulgarian heritage and seaside tour

Bulgarian heritage and seaside tour

Day 1

Arriving at Sofia Airport and transfer to a hotel. Check-in at hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2 

Breakfast. Departure for the Rila Monastery – the most famous and fascinating monastery in Bulgaria, under the UNESCO protection. Tour of the monastery and visit to the monastery church, museum, and kitchen, known as Magernitsa. The tour continues to Plovdiv. Tour of the Old Town of the city – an imposing open-air museum situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. Visit to the Ancient Theatre (a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre), the Ethnographic museum and some other interesting sites. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 3 

Breakfast. Departure for the Rose Valley. Visit to the Museum of Roses and to the ancient Thracian tomb (UNESCO) in Kazanlak. Continue to Nessebar. Check-in at a hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Nessebar.

Day 4 

Breakfast. Half-day tour in the old part of Nessebar – one of the oldest towns in Europe, well known for its impressing monuments from the Antiquity, its fascinating architecture from the Middle Ages and the National Revival period. Leisure time for sunbathing. Overnight in Nessebar.

Day 5 

Breakfast. Departure for Varna. City tour of Varna – a place inhabited still before the Greeks established the colony of Odessos there c. 580 B.C. Of particular interest are the National Revival Museum, the Ethnographic and City Historical Museum, the Art Gallery, the Navy Museum and the Aquarium, the Natural History Museum, the Zoo and the Dolphinarium, the Sea Gardens, the17th century Cathedral of the Holy Mother, and the 2nd century Roman Thermae. Leisure time for sunbathing. Overnight in Varna.

Day 6 

Breakfast. Departure for Balchik. Tour in Dvoretza Complex. Struck by the natural beauty of this place, Queen Maria built a palace with a botanical garden, a chapel, and a villa complex for the Romanian aristocrats. The town turned into a luxurious resort at that time. Return to Varna.

Day 7

Breakfast. Visit to the Rock Aladja Monastery and the natural spot, Pobiti Kamani – a stone forest situated only 11 miles away from Varna. Just like most of the natural phenomena, the origin of Pobiti Kamani is shrouded in mystery. Leisure time for sunbathing. Overnight in Varna.

Day 8 

Breakfast. Departure for the Madara Horse National Preserve (UNESCO) and Veliki Preslav town to explore the ruins from the First Bulgarian Kingdom. The tour continues to another former Bulgarian capital – Veliko Tarnovo. Check-in at a hotel. Overnight.

Day 9 

Breakfast. Tour of Veliko Tarnovo town with visit to the medieval fortress of Tsarevets; the Old Marketplace Samovodska Tcharshia; and other exciting landmarks. Continue to Sofia.

Day 10 

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure


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