Bulgarian Treasures
8 Days Escorted Tour from Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanassi, Etara, Kazanlkak, Plovdiv, Bansko, Sofia

Features and Inclusions

  • Transportation with modern A/C car, minibuses

  • 7 nights in accommodation with private facilities

  • 7 Breakfasts

  • 3 Lunches at local restaurants and 1 lunch with Wine Tasting

  • English Speaking guide 

  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned

  • Tour will operate with a minimum of 2 people

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Preferred Hotels*

Sofia:

Radisson BLU (D) or Similar

Veliko Tarnovo:

Grand Yantra (SF) or Similar

Bansko:

Kempinski Grand Arena (D) or Similar

Plovdiv:

Ramada Princess (SF) or Similar

* Similar category hotel may be used depending on availability

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Departures and Prices 2016

starting Every Friday Or Saturday from

January 1 - December 31, 2016

Per Person In Twin

$ 1795.00

Single Room Supplement

$ 430.00

 

                   

                  

 

 

                   

 

 

               

ITINERARY

Day 1: Sofia

Arrive in Sofia and transfer to your hotel. Check into your hotel. (O)

 

Day 2: Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo

Half day city tour and lunch at local restaurant in Sofia. Visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the church of St. Sophia, which gave the name of the city, The Round Church of St. George dating back to 4thc., The Russian church of St. Nicholas, see the buildings of the National Theatre and the Parliament. Depart towards Veliko Tarnovo and check in at Grand Hotel Yantra 4*. In the evening, visit to the oldest merchant street in the town called Samovodska Charshia, where you can see masters who pursue their crafts according to old traditions. (B,L,O)

 

Day 3: Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Etara - Kazanlak - Plovdiv

See the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Enjoy a morning walk on the Tsarevets Hill, where the Bulgarian kings once lived. Proceed to Arbanassi, a small Bulgarian
village situated at 4 km from Veliko Tarnovo, interesting for its architecture. See the Konstancalieva Ethnographical House and the church of Nativity, whose
mural-paintings are considered a real masterpiece. Leaving behind Arbanassi, we first visit Etara open air museum, representative for its architecture, the life style
and the economic past of Gabrovo region during the Revival period. Cross the Balkan mountains through the Shipka Pass, famous for its historical significance.
Short stop in Kazanlik, where you will see the UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb with its Hellenistic frescoes from the 3rd century BC. Proceed through the famous
Valley of Roses arriving in Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria. (B,L,O)

 

Day 4: Plovdiv - Bachkono Monastery - Brestovitsa wine cellar - Asenovgrad - Plovdiv

Plovdiv is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns on the Bulgarian lands. It is famous with its old town, where you can walk the cobbled streets, enjoying the beautiful architecture preserved from the Bulgarian Revival period. You will also visit the Amphitheatre, which dates back from Roman times, the Ethnographic museum and the Church of St. Konstantine and Elena. For lunch we invite you to the nearby village of Brestovitsa where you can enjoy wine tasting and a gourmet dishes prepared by the local Chef. In the afternoon proceed to Bachkovo
monastery dating back to the 11th c. Visit the monastery church and refectory. Drive back to Plovdiv. On the way short stopover to see the medieval Asenova fortress. (B,L,WT,O)

 

Day 5: Plovdiv - Velingrad - Dobrasko - Bansko

In the morning you will have free time to explore Plovdiv on your own. After free time for lunch, depart for Bansko, the most famous mountain resort in Bulgaria. En route, stop in Dobarsko to visit the 17th century monastery. A typical peculiarity is the presence of the greatest number of female images in comparison to the other Bulgarian churches, as well as the predominating inscriptions in Bulgarian language. (B,O)

 

Day 6: Bansko Hiking trip in the Pirin Mountains

After breakfast you will enjoy a trip in the mountains, following the track towards Muratovo, Ribno and Okoto lakes, the most beautiful lakes in Banderitsa valley. Accommodation in Bansko. (B,L,O)

 

Day 7: Bansko - Rila Monastery - Sofia

Drive to Rila Monastery one of the greatest centres of scholarship and religion in Bulgaria during the National Revival Period. Founded in the middle of the 10th century it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. See the monastery church with its amazing frescos painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from 19 th c. and the monastery museum. Lunch at local restaurant and drive back to Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. (B,L,O)

 

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport. End of tour. (B)

 


B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                             
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