Spring-Summer Study tour – Traditions, Crafts & Outdoor Adventures
BEST PERIOD (April – June 2018)
7 days / 6 nights
REF # UNI050517/BG
Sofia – Troyan – Veliko Tarnovo – Gabrovo – Etara – Kazanlak – Plovdiv – Sofia
- Fully escorted tour with a professional tour guide
- Experience the Bulgarian spirit in the cuisine, art and crafts
- Culinary lessons & rose-oil distillation demonstration
- SPA relax and active entertainment
- UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb & world-famous Thracian Golden Treasures – masterpieces of one of the oldest civilizations in Europe
- Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia – one of the oldest cities in Europe
- Plovdiv – second Bulgarian city, announced for European Capital of Culture of 2019.
Arrival to Sofia. Transfer from the airport and accommodation in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2Sofia – Troyan – Veliko Tarnovo (260 KM)
After breakfast, set off to the town of Troyan and visit of the Museum of folklore arts and crafts with amazing examples of pottery handicraft – a typical occupation for the region. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Departure to Arbanassi village to admire the panoramic view to Yantra river valley and Veliko Tarnovo.
In the afternoon – sightseeing of the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo with the historical hill Tsarevets including the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor Baldwin’s Tower. Walk along the old Trade Street – “Samovodska charshia”, where you will have opportunity to buy handmade souvenirs.
Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 3Veliko Tarnovo – “Bacho Kiro” cave – Gabrovo – “Etara”- Kazanlak – (126 KM)
After breakfast – set off to “Bacho Kiro” cave – a four-storey labyrinth of galleries and corridors with a total length of 3.6 km, 700 metres of which are maintained for tourists’ attraction. In this cave the earliest human remains found in Bulgaria have been excavated.
The town of Gabrovo comes next with visit of the Museum of Education in Bulgaria with interactive presentation of the first Bulgarian School.
Visit “Etara”– a unique open-air museum, reproducing the way of living and occupation of the local people in XIX c. It is a great attraction for tourists, one of the most visited places in the country.
Set off to Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose valley and Thracian Kings.
Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by visit of replica of Thracian Kazanlak Tomb, dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO.
This is a masterpiece of the art of the oldest civilization on the Bulgarian lands – the Thracians. Herodotus announces the Thracians were one the most numerous people in the world. They didn’t have their writing, but had left priceless heritage: unique frescos, ceramics, golden and silver jewelry and instruments, discovered in the Thracian tombs. The Thracian treasures, which are rare masterpieces of jewelry, were on display at the fabulous “Louvre” museum last spring.
Accommodation and overnight in 3* hotel the region of Kazanlak.
Day 4Kazanlak – Skobelevo – Plovdiv (160 KM)
After breakfast – departure to Skobelevo village where we will visit the Ethnographical Complex “Damascene”, which works also as a family-run rose oil distillery from more than 20 years.
The hosts will show how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we will reach Plovdiv, the “City of the seven hills’’. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe still existing today. It was called Philippopolis in the IV century B.C. in honor of King Philip II of Macedonia. Today Plovdiv is a cultural center of Bulgaria and selected as European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight in а 3* hotel in Plovdiv.
Day 5Entertainment in the green nature – Panagyurishte – Sofia (192 KM)
After breakfast – Departure to Eco Hotel Zdravets. A day, dedicated to rope-park for climbing, mini-zoo of the hotel, horse-riding possibilities.
In the afternoon – set of for the town of Panagurishte, where the famous Thracian golden treasures, exhibited last spring in Louvre Museum, will be seen.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Sofia.
Day 6Full day in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria
After breakfast – panoramic tour around the Bulgarian capital SOFIA– an 8500-years old city called “My Rome” by the emperor Constantine The Great. Visit the most fascinating places of interest: the forum of Ancient Serdica (the old name of the city) with the newest archeological discoveries from Roman time, which are exhibited next to the Bulgarian presidency.
St. George Church, built by the Romans in the 4th c. – the Early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia, located amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica.
Next is the St. Nedelya square, where 4 worship buildings of the main religions in Bulgaria are located next to each other. These are the Orthodox Church St. Nedelya, the Catholic Church, the Synagogue and the Mosque. They form a quadrangle, symbolizing the peace between different religions in Bulgaria.
Our tour continues with the “Alexander I” square, where the Royal Palace and the National Theatre are located, “Tzar Osvoboditel” boulevard, the Parliament, the Church of ”St. Sofia” (the name means wisdom), which had given the name of the city, the Sofia University and the “Alexander Nevski” Cathedral (the biggest Orthodox church on the Balkan peninsula).
Free time to explore Sofia on your own. Walk along the pedestrian Vitosha Art Boulevard. This is the place in Sofia, where you can feel the spirit and live of the city. There are a lot of boutiques, shops, cozy cafes and restaurants. Possibility for visiting of one of the best shopping malls in Sofia.
Dinner and overnight in Sofia.
Optional: Dinner in folklore restaurant
Day 7Free time in Sofia and flight back
Tour prices include:
- Accommodation for 6 nights in 3* hotels.
- 17 meals – 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
- Throughout transportation by a comfortable coach
- Sightseeing tours with entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide-assistant
- 1 teacher / tour leader free of charge in SGL at each 20 students.
- All local taxes
Tour prices don’t include:
- Other meals than mentioned.
- Porterage service
- Personal expenses
- Dinner in a folklore restaurant in Sofia – 25 EUR per person