BACHKOVO MONASTERY - PLOVDIV - SKOBELEVO - "GOLIAMATA
KOSMATKA" - KAZANLAK - NESSEBAR - VARNA - KALIAKRA
CAPE - BALCHIK PALACE - VELIKO TARNOVO - ARBANASI
This tour covers a significant part of the most
popular and major tourist itinerary in Bulgaria.
There is so much to see and do in Bulgaria and this
is the perfect tourist option for this purpose. The
tour is conducted during the hot months since a part
of the cities in the itinerary are on the seaside so
if you have at least 5 days in Bulgaria during the
summer – you surely should join this tour. You will
get the most complete idea for Bulgaria joining this
tour because it will give you the chance to see some
of the most important cities and during the bus trip
you can enjoy the incredible and incomparable
Bulgarian nature – the majestic mountain chains,
woodlands, spacious fertile fields, even the stormy
and mysterious Black sea.
1 Day / SOFIA - BACHKOVO MONASTERY - PLOVDIV
The tour starts at the meeting point in Sofia – behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. After getting together at 09:00 o’clock we set off to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and very important monument of Christian architecture named Bachkovo Monastery – located around 180 km away from Sofia. The guide will give more information about the place and its significant in the Bulgarian history. After some break for photos and walk within the monastery complex the trip continues to Plovdiv city. When we get there you will have 1 hour for lunch after which we proceed with the walking tour of the city including à tour in the Old Town with its traditional Bulgarian houses, the Roman stadium, the Roman Forum, and the Amphitheater, St.St. Constantine and Helena church (it’s considered to be among the oldest churches in the city), the Mosque on the main Djumaia Square. Overnight in Plovdiv.
2 Day / PLOVDIV - SKOBELEVO - "GOLIAMATA KOSMATKA" - KAZANLAK - NESSEBAR
Breakfast. Around 09:00 o’clock we leave Plovdiv and head off to Kazanlak – the center of the rose oil production and the Thracian tombs. After approximately 1.5 hours driving will be in Skobelevo village where is situated the most attractive ethnographic complex for rose oil production named Damascena. After Damascena we will see over two of the most remarkable and interesting Thracian tombs in Bulgaria – Goliama Kosmatka and the tomb in Kazanlak city. We will have a lunch in a restaurant next to the Thracian tomb after which we head off to one of the major seaside resorts – the ancient city Nessebar. Overnight in Nessebar.
3 Day / NESSEBAR - VARNA
After the breakfast we start our guided walking tour in Nessebar – one of the cultural treasures of Bulgaria and part of UNESCO sites. We will make a walk in the Old Town with its houses from the Revival period, the numerous medieval churches, and the ancient amphitheater next to the port. You will have enough free time in Nessebar so to sense the antique atmosphere of this fabulous small town. In about 2 hours drive we arrive in Varna – the sea capital of Bulgaria where we will make right away a walk of the city center.
4 Day / VARNA - KALIAKRA CAPE - BALCHIK PALACE - VELIKO TARNOVO
This 4th day we will visit two of the most impressive tourist attractions on our Black sea north coast – Kaliakra cape and Balchik palace. Cape Kaliakra is one of the most beautiful and historic Capes in Europe where the rare species of sea and bird life. The view which Cape Kaliakra discovers is an ideal place for photo session. The second sight in our programme is the Palace and botanical gardens of Balchik. The Palace in Balchik is built by the Romanian Queen Maria in 1937 and the place is a combination of divine beauty, incredible atmosphere and a poetic sense of mystic. The unique flora diversity gathered in the garden and the way the plants are arranged make the place unique and curious for the visitors. After the long walk in the limits of the Palace we will stop for lunch. Our road trip continues to Veliko Tarnovo city – the royal city of Tarnovgrad. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
5 Day / VELIKO TARNOVO - ARBANASI - SOFIA
Our last trip day in Veliko Tarnovo will start with a visit of Tsarevets Fortress – the most popular and attractive tourist site in the city. We will walk around the ancient ruins, will enjoy the views, and will enter in the patriarchal church with its stark modern interior and the dramatic murals. We also will make a walk in Samovodska Charshia – a square where the people of nearby Samovodene village came to sell their home-grown produce in the second half of the 19th century, and will visit the Asenevtsi monument which was built in 1985 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the uprising of Asen and Petar.
At noon we will meet again at the bus parking lot so to continue to Arbanasi – an open-air architectural museum which includes 80 houses – there we will visit the oldest church – the Nativity Church covered in paintings and frescoes dating back to the 17th century. After taking a lunch we will start our way back to Sofia. We can make a short break around Yablanitsa town – particularly well known because of the local halva and lokum production (Turkish delights), so here you can buy some sweets and presents. The approximate time of arrival in Sofia is 18:30 o’clock.