With this tour, you are offered the unforgettable experience of getting familiar with Bulgaria's rich cultural heritage along with its one-of-a-kind nature. So prepare your comfortable shoes and enjoy the tour!
Day #1 Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner with a folklore show at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant. Overnight.
Day #2 Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo - hotnitsa Waterfall
Breakfast. In the morning, sightseeing tourof Sofia - a 7000 year-old city. You will seethe Saint Sofia Church, built in the middle of the 6th century under the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, that gave the city its name; the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world; the former royal palace; the Parliament. Next, you will depart to the town of Veliko Tarnovo, famous as the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The town is located on three historical hills along the shores of the Yantra River.Itstill keeps the unique atmosphere of ancient times. Only 15 km away from Veliko Tarnovo is situated Hotnitsa Waterfall – a beautiful karst waterfall.Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day #3 Veliko Tarnovo - Bacho Kiro Cave - Bozhentsi
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour ofVeliko Tarnovo- you will see the ruins of the castle Tsarevets; the St. Forty Martyrs Church, which houses some of the Bulgarian Empire's most significant historical records; the Samovodska Charshiya Street in the Old Town. In the afternoonyou will visit the Bacho Kiro cave which is embedded in the exquisite canyons of the Andaka and Dryanovo River.It is a four-storey labyrinth of galleries and corridors. The cavewas named after the Bulgarian National Revival enlightener Bacho Kiro.Next stop is the village ofBozhentsi, noted for its well-preserved Bulgarian National Revival architecture and history, and is thus a well-known tourist destination.Overnight in Bozhentzi.
Day #4 Bozhentsi - Kazanlak - Plovdiv
After breakfast you will travel to the Etara Architectural-Ethnographic Complex. It is a unique open-air museum that presents the Bulgarian customs, culture and craftsmanship.You will take a sightseeing tour of Etara – you will see some typical Bulgarian revival houses, a clock tower, and a beautifully decorated house by Saakov featuring 21 windows. Depart tothe town of Kazanlak - the capital of the Bulgarian Rose Valley. You will visitthe Thracian Tombof Kazanlak. The monument dates back to the 4th century BC and has been on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979. In the evening you will proceed to Plovdiv, where you willovernight.
Day #5 Plovdiv - Bachkovo monastery - Marvelous bridges - Pamporovo
After breakfast you will take a morning sightseeing tour of Plovdiv, one of the most historically rich cities in Europe. During this tour you will see numerous preserved historical sites of different ages:the Roman theatre (early 2nd century BC) and Stadium (late 2nd century BC), the St. Constantine and Helena Church. In the afternoon you will head tothe Bachkovo Monastery – one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in Europe. There you will visit the Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary, home of the wonder-working icon of the Virgin Mary Eleusa from 1310; the Saint Archangels Church painted by the famous Zahari Zograf. Your next destination is The Marvelous Bridges – an amazing rock formation in the Rhodope Mountains, in the southern Bulgaria.It is located in the karst valley of the Erkyupryia River at 1 450 meters above sea level, at the foot of Persenik Peak. Dinner and overnight in the famous mountain resort Pamporovo.
Day #6 Pamporovo - Trigrad Gorge - Devil's Throat Cave - Sandanski
After breakfast your journey continuestothebeautifulTrigrad’s Gorge - a canyon of vertical marble rocks in the Rhodope Mountains. The gorge encloses the course of the Trigrad River that plunges into the Devil's Throat cave and 530 m further comes out as a large karst spring. Next, you will proceed to the Devil’s Throat cave which, according to the legend is the route by which Orpheus, the legendary Greek singer, attempted to retrieve his beloved Euridice from Hades in the Underworld. Depart tothe village of Shiroka Laka.It is a proclaimed architectural and folklore reserve and lies in the central Rhodope Mountains. The village is famous for its authentic Rhodopean houses set in tiers on both banks of the local river. In the afternoon you will leave for the town of Sandanski,knownfor its mineral springs with healing water. You will have the chance to enjoy somehealthy spa procedures. Dinner and overnight.
Day #7 Sandanski - Rila monastery - Sofia
Following breakfast you will proceedto the Rila monastery. It is the largest and most famousEastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery complex is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. The Rila Monastery became aUNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.You will visit the main church of the monastery, famous for its unique frescoes and its gold-plated iconostasis; the monastery museum, known for housing Rafail’s Cross.In the afternoonyou will return toSofia. Farewell dinner. Overnight.
Day #8 Sofia
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Breakfast. Transfer to the airportfor your flight home.