10 days / 9 nights
Arrival in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Departure to the Rila Monastery/10th c./ , included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage, the largest and the most impressive Bulgarian monastery. Tour of the monastery complex, church and museum with its lavish collection of precious old manuscripts, icons, jewelry, masterpieces of woodcarving, an ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. Continue to Plovdiv – one of the oldest cities in Europe, rich in history and culture. Dinner and overnight.
Sightseeing of the Old town of Plovdiv with its 4000 years long history, National Revival architecture and excavations from Roman times. Visit of the ancient Roman Theater with impressive marble statues, decorative columns and arcades and the Ethnographic museum, seated in a majestic baroque house, typical for the region. Proceed to Kazanlak, the center of the famous Valley of Roses. Visit of the Rose museum - the Bulgarian oleaginous rose has gained fame throughout the world from times immemorial for its unique fragrance and the rose oil of best quality. Continuing with one of the UNESCO’s sites in Bulgaria - the Thracian Tomb /4th c.B.C/ in the Valley of Thracian Kings. Visit the Historical museum where the golden treasures from the Thracian tombs from the region are exhibited. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Drive eastwards to Nessebar - situated on a rocky peninsula, linked with the mainland by a narrow stripe, an UNESCO world heritage site. Walking around well-preserved Medieval churches and typical for the National Revival houses, enjoying the left by different civilizations marks of their history. Departure to Varna - the largest and the most important destination on the Black Sea Coast, major tourist center. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Visit of the Archaeological museum with its rich collection of more than 6,000 objects, nearly 30,000 icons and unique golden items from the Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis – the oldest gold in the world. Continue to the Roman Thermae from the 2nd century, one of the biggest in the European part of the Roman Empire. Free time in Varna. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Departure to the Madara Rider near Shoumen, included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. It is an unique relief carved into a 100m high cliff and represents a figure of a knight over a lion. After proceed to Sveshtari to visit the Sveshtari Thracian Tomb, an UNESCO monument. The unique architectural décor of the tomb includes 10 female figures carved in the walls and painted murals, a remarkable example of the culture of the Thracian people. After proceed to the Royal city of Veliko Turnovo – the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Dinner and overnight.
Sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo including the Revival shopping street and the Tsarevets hill - an impressive sight with its imposing Medieval fortifications and dramatic architecture. Drive to the museum town of Arbanassi, visit of the Church of Nativity with its genuine art gallery of biblical scenes with over 3,500 strikingly realistic figures. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Leave for the city of Gabrovo and visit the open-air Ethnographic museum Etura, a recreation of 19th century village with the old arts and crafts still alive. Departure to Sofia. Dinner and Overnight.
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Sofia – a city with a 7000 years long history, concentrating numerous cultural and historic monuments from different periods. Visits of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with the richest collection of icons on the Balkan peninsula, the St. George Rotunda from the 4 century. See old Bulgarian golden treasures on your visit of the National Museum of History. Visit the Boyana Church, included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural heritage. The world famous frescoes in the Boyana church played an important role in the development of medieval Bulgarian and European painting. Farewell dinner with folklore show in a typical folk-style restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Departure flight.