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Bulgaria & the Black Sea coast revealed

Route: Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Nessebar & the South Black Sea Coast, Kazanlak, Plovdiv, Rila Mountain, Sofia
13 days / 12 nights
Transport: Coach
Price from: T/A

We welcome you to discover these lands where Slav literacy was born and the oldest civilizations in Europe have left traces. Feel the rhythm of Bulgaria in its music and dances! Sink into Bulgaria’s ‘all-embracing’ beauty – in nature, folklore, village lifestyle, unique museum towns and modern city life! Take a journey through time in search for Bulgaria. The more you discover, the more you will love it!

Day - by - day Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Bulgaria!
Our guide will meet you at the Sofia Airport upon your arrival and escort you to the hotel while you get your first impressions of the Bulgarian capital followed by a welcome dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers who will share the amazing experience with us.
Overnight in Sofia. (D)

Day 2: Sofia & Vitosha Mountain
We start the day with a guided sightseeing tour of the Bulgarian Capital Sofia - a colourful blend of numerous ancient sites and modern city landmarks. The afternoon we will spend at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain in the outskirts of Sofia where we will visit the National History Museum and the UNESCO classified Boyana Church with its stunning 13th - century frescoes.
Overnight in Sofia. (B,D)

Day 3: Veliko Tarnovo
Today we set off for the beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo. During the guided sightseeing tour we will discover all traces of the bravery and pride in the history of this glorious Medieval capital and we will visit the well preserved Tsarevets Fortress, the Baldwin's Tower, the "execution rock" and the Holy Ascension patriarchal church. Afterwards we will stroll down the town’s Medieval market street Samovodska Charshia where in the many authentic workshops we will have the chance to learn more about the ancient Bulgarian crafts.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. (B, D)

Day 4: Veliko Turnovo and Arbanassi
After a short trip we will find ourselves in the village of Arbanassi which used to be one of the important merchant and cultural centres during the Bulgarian Revival period. Here we will explore the impressive Revival architecture and the beautiful frescoes at the UNESCO classified Rojdestvo Christovo Church. For dinner we will wash down some traditional local dishes with a glass of rakija (the Bulgarian traditional spirit) in one of the inviting taverns of the village.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. (B, D)

Day 5: Shumen, Madara & Varna
This morning we will head to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.  En route, we will pay a visit to the ancient and UNESCO classified Madara Horseman relief carved on the rock of a high plateau nearby the city of Shumen. The relief depicts a triumphant ruler in a symbolic hunting scene. According to the scientists it is older than the 8th century AD and represents a Thracian god. Next stop will be the town of Shumen where we will visit the imposing Tombul Mosque - the biggest temple of its kind in Bulgaria and second in size on the Balkan Peninsula. Afterwards we travel to the coastal city of Varna which is the most important Bulgarian port on the Black sea as well as a significant cultural and economical centre in North-East Bulgaria; hence it is dubbed “the Sea capital of the country”.
Overnight in Varna. (B, D)

Day 6: Nesebar
This morning we will travel to the charming peninsula of the Old Town of Nesebar which has existed as an important maritime centre for more than 9000 years and it is today a cultural monument enclosed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. After our guided tour you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of the nearby Sunny Beach resort or relax in the SPA centre of our hotel. The next five days (from Day 6 to Day 10) we will spend in Nesebar, in a comfortable 4-star hotel near the Old Town. There will be a selection of optional excursions available for you to choose from in case you would like to explore the coast area a little more.
Overnight in Nesebar. (B, D)

Day 7: A free day in Nesebar
OPTIONAL: Half- day trip to Pomorie
We will take a short trip to the charming fisherman’s town of Pomorie famous for producing one of the best Bulgarian white wines. Naturally, a wine-testing is part of our program here. Another place of interest in town is the Thracian tomb Heron. In the afternoon we travel back to Nesebar.
Overnight in Nesebar. (B, D)

Day 8: A free day in Nesebar
OPTIONAL: One-day trip to Sozopol, Ropotamo River and Strandja Mountain

We will travel south to Sozopol where we will explore the Old Town with its Revival period houses adorned by aromatic flower gardens, narrow cobbled streets, tiny art galleries and inviting taverns. In the afternoon we will travel further south along the Black Sea coast and reach Ropotamo River famous for its beautiful water lilies. We will enjoy a boat trip to the mouth of the river to observe the beautiful lush green forests - home to a number of rare bird species. In the afternoon we will travel to the Strandzha Mountain where urbanization has not managed to extinguish the traditional way of life of the local people. The tranquil village scattered around the mountain feel a world away from the fast-paced urban reality. The people here still follow centuries - old customs and have an impressively rich holiday calendar that we will have the chance to learn more about.
Overnight in Nesebar. (B, D)

Day 9: A free day in Nesebar
OPTIONAL: One-day trip to Kotel and Zheravna

We will travel west to the authentic village of Zhervana in the Eastern part of the Balkan Mountain. The region of the village has been inhabited since ancient times. In the 17th century Zheravna became a big craft and cultural centre with a population of a couple of thousand people, a main street and lots of shops. The main occupation of the local people was sheep breeding, together with different crafts. Nowadays Zheravna is an architectural and museum reserve with well-preserved and restored houses adorned by exquisite wood-carvings from the Bulgarian Revival Period, narrow cobblestone alleys and many drinking fountains. Next stop will be the town of Kotel famous for its centuries-old traditions in the carpet industry. We will attend a carpet exhibition in the old Handicraft School and learn more about the fantastic patterns created by the skilful hands of local masters. We will have lunch in a local tavern and head back to Nesebar.
Overnight in Nesebar. (B, D)

Day 10: A free day in Nesebar
Enjoy the beach, relax in the hotel’s SPA centre, explore the Old Town or indulge in the various opportunities for a quality shopping.
Overnight in Nesebar. (B, D)

Day 11: Sliven & Plovdiv
Today we will leave the seaside and travel to the heart of South Bulgaria towards the city of Plovdiv. En route, we pass through the Valley of the Thracian Kings and the Bulgarian rose “Damascene”. We will visit one of the interesting Thracian tombs scattered in the valley and learn more about the ancient Thracian culture and art. Next stop will be the city of Plovdiv. Our guided tour will take us to the Old Quarter of Plovdiv famous for its spectacular Roman Theatre, the multitude of tiny art galleries and the authentic cobbled streets lined with Revival period houses.
Overnight in Plovdiv. (B, D)

Day 12: Plovdiv & the Bachkovo Monastery
Our day starts with a short and scenic trip to the Batchkovo Monastery - the second in size and importance monastery in Bulgaria founded during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and impressive with its picturesque location and extensive icon collections. The afternoon will be at everyone’s disposal to explore the Old Quarter (Trimontium), the main shopping street or the hills of Plovdiv on their own.
Overnight in Plovdiv. (B, D)

Day 13: Tour ends in Sofia
Today we travel to Sofia and say “Goodbye” with the promise to keep the beautiful memories of our colourful journey forever. (B)

If you like the suggested program, ideas, services and this is really your kind of holiday please send us your request for further details! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you our professional advice. Thank you!

Highlights

  • The Bulgarian Capital - Sofia: a colourful blend of ancient heritage and modern urban culture
  • The Medieval capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo
  • The city of Varna - The Bulgarian Black sea capital
  • The ancient maritime town of Nessebar perched on a tiny peninsula in the Black Sea
  • The splendid sand beaches of the Black Sea coast
  • The mystic Strandzha Mountain and the idyllic Ropotamo River
  • The charming Old Quarter of the city of Plovdiv with its spectacular Roman amphitheatre
  • The spectacular Rila mountain

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What Is Included

  • 13 days /12 overnights
  • 12 breakfasts (B), 12 dinners (D)
  • 12 nights 4 - star hotel accommodation on a twin-share or double basis
  • Guided sightseeing tours of all visited cities and sights
  • Escorted services of an experienced guide in the requested language for the whole tour
  • Group Size: T/A
  • Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach
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