CULTURAL TOUR “THE BEST OF BULGARIA”
8 days/7 nights tour from Sofia to Sofia
Tour dates in 2017:
- 25 Aug – 03 Sep
Tour dates in 2018:
- 01 Jun – 10 Jun
- 22 Jun – 01 Jul
- 24 Aug – 02 Aug
This exclusive programme presents the best of nature and heritage of Bulgaria. You will feel the ancient towns – like Nessebar and Plovdiv, the ancient Thracian culture and the mysterious Madara Horseman, the wild nature of Ropotamo reserve, the Valley of Roses and so you’ll reach the excellent beaches at the Black Sea coast. Of course, you’ll start from Sofia – an 8500 years old town, called “My Rome” by Emperor Konstantin the Great 17 centuries ago!
Day 1 Sofia
Arrival to Sofia. Transfer from the airport and accommodation in Ramada Sofia 4* or similar. Welcome dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 Sofia
Day devoted to the Bulgarian capital Sofia, which the Emperor Constantine the Great called “My Rome”
After breakfast – panoramic tour around Sofia and visit to the most fascinating places of interest: the Alexander Nevski cathedral, the St. Sofia church which had given the name of the city, the antique Roman Forum dated III-IV-th century (the time of the Emperor Constantine the Great), the quadrangle of tolerance with the temples of the major religions in Bulgaria: the Christian Orthodox, the Catholic, the Muslim and the Jewish, the square with the Royal palace, the boulevard to King Liberator, the Parliament, the National Theatre, and the historical and cultural centre of the capital.
In the afternoon – visit of the Boyana church – a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the Boyana district, near Sofia. The monument is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church is one of the most completely and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art. The frescoes in the church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings.
Next is National Museum of History with its unique collection of Gold Treasures
Free time in Sofia. Accommodation, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi
Day devoted to the history of Bulgaria in 12-14th century. Visit the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom (Veliko Tarnovo) which have been considered as 3-th most beautiful capital in Europe in this period after Rome and Constantinople
After breakfast – departure to Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom. Sightseeing of the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church, the Royal Palace and the Emperor Bolduin’s tower. Panoramic tour of the town, stroll along the old Trade Street – “Samovodska charshia”.
Departure to the village of Arbanassi. The village is famous for its ancient, richly decorated churches and magnificent architecture. It used to be a residence of the Bulgarian kings.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Grand Hotel Yantra 4* in Veliko Tarnovo (or similar).
Day 4 Veliko Tarnovo – Etara – Kazanlak – Plovdiv
Day devoted to the roses – the visit card of Bulgaria
After breakfast – departure to Etara – a unique open air museum, reproducing the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th 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. The road to Kazanlak passes by Shipka peak, where is situated the monument of the Bulgaria liberators from the 19th C. From the monument’s top, over 1100 m above sea level, there is a wonderful view to North and South Bulgaria. You will learn more details about the crucial battles, which changed the course of the Russian-Turkish war in 1877-78.
On the way to Kazanlak, in the village of Shipka we will visit Shipka Memorial Church, built in honor of to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers who died for the liberation of Bulgaria from the ottoman slavery. The church’s bell tower reaches a height of 53 m and the heaviest bell weighs 12 tons.
In Kazanlak you will visit the Historical Museum, which houses collection of bronze and gold treasures, as well the 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.
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.
In the late afternoon we will reach Plovdiv, the city of the seven hills founded by Philip of Macedonia – the father of Alexander the Great. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in 4* hotel Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium (or similar) in Plovdiv.
Day 5 Plovdiv – Bachkovo – Plovdiv
Day devoted to wine – in the most famous wine growing region in Bulgaria – Thracian lowlands. It produces wine from typical Bulgarian wine variety – Mavrud
After breakfast – visit of the Old Plovdiv, built in IV century before Christ from the King Philip of Macedonia. Visit to the old part of the town with the Ethnographical museum, the St. Constantine and Elena Church, the Antique Theatre and the Roman Stadium.
Next is visit of Bachkovo Monastery. Founded in 11-th century by two Georgian brothers, this is the second largest Bulgarian Monastery after the Rila Monastery. There are extremely valuable frescos of biblical subjects from 16-th century in the monastery. The Icon of Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the monastery, is considered as miraculous.
Dinner and wine tasting in “Todoroff” boutique wine-cellar, located not far from Plovdiv. This cellar produces small consignments of high quality wine, made from the typical Bulgarian grape sort “Mavrud”. There is a small SPA hotel next to the cellar, which offers various wine therapies.
Return to Plovdiv. Overnight.
Or Plovdiv and Koprivisthsa (supplement mentioned below) with dinner on todorff or better old house in old Plodviv
Or Plivdi and Villa Yustina ( suppl. for degustation )
Day 6 Plovdiv – Velingrad – Bansko – Melnik
Day devoted to custom and traditions – meet local people from the Bulgarian villages
Breakfast. Departure to Velingrad, the SPA capital of Bulgaria. Before Velingrad, we will visit the only one carpet factory, producing giant carpets, which clients are world celebrities as Queen Elizabeth II, Mick Jagger, etc.
Departure for Bansko – the most dynamically developing mountain and winter resort in Bulgaria and Southeast of Europe. Before Bansko we will visit Dobarsko village and St. Teodor church with its unique wall paintings. Attend on The private concert by Dobarski babi.
Arrival in Melnik – the town of the sand pyraminds and the smallest one in Bulgaria. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in 3* authentic hotel in Melnik.
Day 7 Bansko – Rila Monastery – Sofia
Day devoted to Bulgarian folklore – dances and songs during the dinner
Take off to the Rila Monastery, founded in 10th c. The biggest Bulgarian medieval spiritual centre with rich collection of icons, wall-paintings, old-printed books – some 15 000 volumes. Guided tour round the monastery. It is in the UNESCO list of world heritage. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in 4* hotel in Sofia.
Optional: dinner in a typical Bulgarian folklore restaurant.
After breakfast – transfer to the airport and flight back home.
Day 6 Plovdiv -Kostandovo carpet – Belitsa and Avramovo with train – Bansko NB: Only Panoramic tour of Plovdiv without museums and early departure to Kostandovo
Day 7 Bansko – Dolno village – Dobraski babi – Rila – Sofia
Day 8 starting
Day 5 Plovdiv -Smylian with house of milk – Shiroka luka – Devil Throat Cave – Trigrad NB: Only Panoramic tour of Plovdiv without museums and early departure to Smilyan
Day 6 Trigrad – dopsat – lesthen – Gorno Dryanovo – Melnik
Day 7 Melink – DobdarskoBabi – Rila –Sofia NB: 360 km / 6.5-7 hours en route
Guaranteed departures for min 2 passengers arriving together in 2018
|Start date||End date||Double / Twin share||Single supplement|
|01 June 2018||10 June 2018||1 399,00 €||240,00 €|
|22 June 2018||01 July 2018||1 399,00 €||240,00 €|
|24 Aug 2018||02 Sept 2018||1 399,00 €||240,00 €|
Privately escorted tour prices valid for any date in 2018
|PAX||Double/Twin share||Single supplement|
|2||1 589,00 €||240,00 €|
|3||1 425,00 €||240,00 €|
|4||1 170,00 €||240,00 €|
|5||1 070,00 €||240,00 €|
|6-7||1 010,00 €||220,00 €|
|8||950,00 €||220,00 €|
Tour prices include:
- Accommodation for 7 nights in 4* and 3* hotels on HB base
- Dinners are 3 course meal with water
- Concert by Dobarski Babi
- A/C bus with driver during the whole trip
- Parking fees and road taxes
- All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches
- Professional English speaking guide throughout
- 1 tour leader free of charge including accommodation and meals from min 20 PAX
Tour prices don’t include:
- Other meals than stated
- Porterage in the hotels
- Flight tickets to Bulgaria
- Supplement for lunch – 10 EUR per person per day
- Supplement for wine tasting in wine-cellar “Todoroff” – 15 EUR per person
- Supplement for wine tasting in Vila Yustina – 12 EUR per person
- Dinner with folklore show in Sofia – 35 EUR per person
- Orthodox concert – 18 EUR per person min 10 PAX
- Wine tasting at authentic old house in Plovdiv and dinner or Dinner with degustation Todoroff – 25 EUR per person
- Supplement for extend rose camp program with folklore – 22 EUR per person for min 20 PAX
- Cooking lesson and lunch 25 euro
- Light on Veliko Tarnovo
- Tickets for available performances on certain dates during the year – 13 EUR per person – join-a-group with many other tourists
- Privately arrange performance on any date just for our group – 440 EUR per group
- Shared performance with 1 more group on same date – 220 EUR per group
Supplement for excursion to Koprivshtitsa instead of Bachkovo
|2 PAX||24 EUR pp|
|4 PAX||18 EUR pp|
|6 PAX||12 EUR pp|
|10 PAX||9 EUR pp|
|20 PAX||6 EUR pp|
|30 PAX||5 EUR pp|
|40 PAX||4 EUR pp|