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10 Day Tour of Bulgaria:UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage, 2021

 

Tour cost:

Per person cost, depending on the size of travelling party, as follows:
♦ Group size: 2 participants: € 2 825 ( per person in double/twin room sharing)
♦ Group size: 3- 4 participants: € 2 290 ( per person in double/twin room sharing)
♦ Group size: 5- 6 participants: € 1890 ( per person in double/twin room sharing)
♦ Single Supplement: € 390

Tour cost includes:
1. Accommodation at comfortable, centrally located, 3-star hotels as per itinerary.

2. Transportation by private car/van/minibus, depends on size of the travelling party.

3. Full time bilingual licensed local guide-driver. The guide will drive.

4. Entrance fees to sites as indicated in the itinerary.

Itinerary: Sofia (1 night)- Bansko ( 1 night) - Plovdiv (1 night) - Kazanlak (1 night)-Varna (2 nights) – Silistra (1 night) -Rouse (1 night) -Veliko Tarnovo (1 night)

Bulgaria has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 7 cultural and 2 natural.

You will visit 9 outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

♦ Boyana Church, cultural

♦ Rila Monastery, cultural

♦ Pirin Nationa Park, natural

♦ The Thracian Tomb at Kazanlak, cultural

♦ The Ancient City of Nessebar, cultural

♦ Madara Horse Ride Relief, cultural

♦ Sveshtary Thracian Tomb, cultural

♦ Srebarna Nature Reserve, natural

♦ Ivanovo Rock Churches, cultural

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to you hotel Sofia. Sightseeing Sofia downtown.

Day 2: Transfer Day: Sofia- Bansko. En route visit Rila Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the 13th century Boyana Church, a remarkable UNESCO World HeritageSite. It is located in the footsteps of Vitosha Mountain. The murals of this famous church reflect both Byzantine and local traditions of the preceding two centuries. One of the portraits in the church is unanimously considered a genuine masterpiece of 13th century painting, created 200 years before the European renaissance.

Continue drive to Bansko. En route visit Rila Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We visit en route Rila Monastery; UNESCO World Heritage Site located 120 km (75 miles) south of Sofia in the Rila Mountains, which is an original national museum with a century-old history. The monastery dates back to the 10th century, but has been plundered and burned down several times. The present building was built in mid-19th century. Located in the gorgeous mountain scenery of the mountains, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival period. Of particular interest are the Museum, and also the 1335 Hrelyo's Tower in the courtyard, which is actually the oldest preserved building, standing alongside the big five-dome church Assumption of the Holy Virgin, which has splendid frescos by some of Bulgaria’s finest artists of the time.

Arrive Bansko. Overnight at Bansko.

Day 3: Transfer day: Bansko-Plovdiv.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Bansko is located at the footsteps of Pirin National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural.The Park occupies an area of approximately 40 000 hectare in the upper parts of the Northern Pirin Mounatins and preserves unique flora and fauna. The mounatins’ highest peak Vihren (2915m) is within the borders of the Park.

In the morning drive to Vihren Hut (1950 meters height). Walk in the surrounding area.Drive back to Bansko.

Depart Bansko to Plovdiv. Arrive Plovdiv. Overnight Plovdiv.

Day 4: Transfer day: Plovdiv- Kazanlak in the famous Rose Valley

Breakfast in the hotel.

Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second biggest city, which treasures a history that goes back thousands of years, traces of which have survived to the present day. The Thracians founded Plovdiv during the Neolithic period in the 2nd millennium BC. The Old Plovdiv was built in the 18th-19th centuries as the centre of the Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Along steep cobblestone lanes, behind stone walls and iron-studded heavy oak gates, one could glimpse at verdure and flowers, surrounding the typical Plovdiv symmetrical houses with their painted facades, oriels and jetties and grid windows.

Guided city tour to include the fabulous Roman Theatre built during the time of Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century, it has 28 rows with tiers of marble seats, which can accommodate over 3 500 spectators;we see on ourwayfrom outside a 15th century mosque, one of the oldest on the continent. We walk in the old town and visit a house-museum.

We depart Plovdiv to Kazanlak.

The town of Kazanluk is situated amidst the Valley of Roses, the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”, a world centre for rose oil production. This area has also became famous as the ‘Valley of the Thracian Kings’, due to the numerous archaeological finds of the Thracian period. Here we'll learn about Thracian history and culture and will visit the replica site of the world-famous 4th century BC Thracian tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight in Kazanlak.

Day 5: Transfer Day: Kazanluk – Varna. En route visit Nesesbar, UNESCO Site

Breakfast at the hotel.

We depart Kazanlak to Varna. En route visit Nessebar, UNESCO Site.

Аncient Messambria is a charming seaside town-museum, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nessebar is particularly beautiful both in its location on a headland by the sea, and because of its many brightly painted 18th and 19th century traditional timber houses and cobbled streets. It is also famous for the impressive remains of fortifications and for the well-preserved late Byzantine churches, built in the period 11th - 14th centuries at the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.

Continue drive to Varna. Arrive Varna. Overnight Varna.

Day 6: All day in Varna

Breakfast at the hotel.

Varna, Bulgaria’s third largest city and most important port on the Black sea Coast, is dotted with ancient ruins, fishing villages, resorts and sandy beaches. A busy trading and cultural centre starting with the Greeks in 600 BC, Varna became a major port under the Romans and Slavs, trading with Constantinople, Venice and Dubrovnik.

We will visit the fabulous Archaeological Museum which treasures the amazing collection of the ‘Oldest Gold’ in the world. These remarkable artefacts (unearthed in 1972 in necropolis) date from 4600-4200 BC. The necropolis contained more than three thousand golden objects together weighting 6 kg (13.2 lb) Two large ceramic plates are also beyond our knowledge of this age- they are decorated with stylized geometrical pattern executed in golden paint. The archeologists point out that the find of Varna Copper Age necropolis was as important as the discovery of Heinrich Schliemann at ancient Troy and that Varna necropolis is at least 1500 years older than Troy. Varna civilization was a highly developed civilization, the most ancient civilization of Europe which was even older than the Mesopotamian and the Egypt civilizations. That civilization steel keeps its secrets and sacred knowledge.

Overnight Varna.

Day 7: Transfer Day: Travel from Varna to Silistra on the Danube River. En route visit Madara Horse Ride Relief, UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route visit Sveshtary Tomb, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart Varna for Silistra on the Danube River.

En route visit the outstanding Madara Horseman rock-cut relief (8th century), a UNESCO World Heritage Site the only one of this kind in Europe. The sacred rocks of the Madara plateau and the caves inside them were a major spiritual center during the period of the First Bulgarian State (681-1085).

En route visit the fascinating ThracianTomb of Sveshraty (4th-3rd c BC), another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is an amazing monument of Thracian art and architecture.

Drive to Silistra on the Danube River. Arrive Silistra. Overnight Silistra.

Day 8: Transfer Day: Silistra- Rousse on the Danube River.

Breakfast at the hotel.

We visit Srebarna Nature Reserve, UNESCO Heritage Site, natural.

It covers the lake Srebarna and the territories near it. Its fame is related on one hand to the fact that it is situated exactly on the way of the migratory birds from Europe to Africa - Via Pontica, and on the other hand to the unique and diverse species of water birds in it.

Continue drive to Rousse. Arrive in Rousse on the Danube River.

Rousse is an ancient Roman fort and major Bulgarian port on the Danube River. The river influenced the character of the town, as Ruse owes its appearance to Vienna and Budapest influence. It has a wealth of baroque and neoclassicist buildings; most of them were designed by famous Austrian architects of the 19th century, combining features from diverse epochs. Rousse is also the hometown of Elias Canetti (1905 - 1994), the 1981 Nobel Laureate in Literature.Sightseeing tour of Rousse called the small Vienna.One of the most interesting landmarks of the city of Ruse is the remains of the Roman fortress Seksaginta Prista. It is situated in the north-west part of the city, on a small hill near the bank of the Danube river.

Overnight Rousse.

Day 9: Transfer: Day Rousse- Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart Rousse to Veliko Tarnovo.

En route visit The Ivanovski Rock Churches(11th-14th centuries), UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Roussenski Lom Natural Park. The Ivanovo Roch Chrches which were inhabited by monks during the 11th - 14th centuries, whose walls are covered with valuable murals from various ages.

Continue drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Arrive Veliko Tarnovo. Sightseeing Veliko Tarnovo.

The scenery of Veliko Tarnovo is breathtaking. Perched on steep hills overlooking the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most picturesque Bulgarian towns. The glory of Veliko Tarnovo comes from the middle ages. It was a capital city of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396), where arts, culture and spiritual life flourished. During the time of the Bulgarian National Revival (18th – 19th century) it was an important center of education, crafts and trade, and played the major role in the establishment of modern Bulgaria after the liberation from Ottoman domination in 1878, being the birth-place of the First Bulgarian Constitution. We will enjoy a guided city excursion through the medieval fortress on Tsarevets Hill .

We explore the nearby village-museum of Arbanassi, famous for its traditional architecture, and beautifully decorated churches and monasteries, dating from the 17th to 18th centuries. We will visit the most beautifully decorated St Nativity Church. It was painted in 1597 and 1638 .The Church is famous with its fascinating scene- Circle of Life.

Overnight Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 10: Transfer Day: Veliko Tarnovo-Sofia Airport.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia airport. (3 hours drive without stops.)

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