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Circle Tour of Bulgaria

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Circle Tour of Bulgaria

A singles friendly tour of  Bulgaria to some of the most interesting and characteristic places in Eastern Europe. Visit Sofia with the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the St Sofia Church, the St George Rotunda, Rila Monastery, Plovdiv (the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium), Etera open-air ethnographic museum, Veliko Turnovo  fortress and the Valley of the Roses. 

5 nights/6 days with optional extensions

Guaranteed departures  6 Mar, 3 Apr, 8 May, 12 June, 17 July, 7 Aug, 25 Sep, 9 Oct 2016    Other dates on request

Day 1. Sofia Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the 3 star Sofia Place hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities.

Day 2.  Sofia- Veliko Turnovo
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Sofia.  See the Main attractions like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia church, Sofia’s oldest building the 4-rd century. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo,  the former Medieval Capital of Bulgaria with a glorious past of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Eevnig free, overnight in Velikovo Tarnavo at the hotel Gurko or similar hotel.

Day 3.  Veliko Turnovo – Etara – Kazanlak
After breakfast Visit to the Tsarevets Hill which has been towered the the Patriarch church of Holy Ascending of God and the St. Peter and Paul church and Baldwin’s Tower. We will also walk through the main old street of the old town to get a glimpse into local way of life.
Departure to Etara – an unique open-air museum, recreating the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th c. See a range of  typical dwellings, shops and workshops and a still functioning Medieval “washing machine” .  Continue to Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose valley and world center of rose oil production. It is also famous for its ancient Thracian tombs. Visit the Historical Museum, which houses the collection of bronze and gold treasures and the replica of Thracian Kazanlak Tomb dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO. Accommodation and overnight at hotel Palace 3* in Kazanlak (or similar).

Day 4.  Kazanlak – Plovdiv
Breakfast at the hotel, after which we embark on the visit of the Valley of the Roses starting with Skobelevo village. At Damascene destillery you will learn the secrets of  the famous “liquid gold” production.  Indeed, rose oil prices surpass that of gold in most years. You will also have opportunity to buy some local rose oil-sented souvenirs and cosmetics. Departure to Plovdiv – the “City of the seven hills’’.
Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe on a par with Troy and Mycanea. It has existed as a settlement about 8 000 years ago. It has been the capital of Ancient Thrace and a big trade centre in the Middle Ages. In the historic quarter of the city we will see the beautifully decorated houses, ancient fortress walls, Roman forum and stadium, magnificent churches. Sightseeing includes visit to the Roman theatre and Hindlian`s house, St. Constantine and Helena Church, Dzhoumaya Mosque. Free time after the tour. In the evening
Optional: wine tasting in the boutique wine-cellar “Todoroff”, near to the village of Brestovica, where a red wine of high quality is produced.
Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv – hotel Expo 3* or similar.

Day 5. Plovdiv – Rila Monastery- Sofia
After breakfast drive to the Rila Monastery, the biggest and most important symbol of Bulgarian Orthodox church. The Monastery has been founded in the 10-th century and rebuilt in 13-th and 14-th centuries. It is one of Europes oldest and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Lsit. Behind the 20 meters walls lie impressive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. In the afternoon – return to Sofia. Accommodation and overnight at 3* hotel Sofia Place or similar.
Optional: Dinner at a typical Bulgarian folk style restaurant. Excellent cuisine, great selection of wines and folklore show.

Day 6 Sofia
Breakfast at the hotel, free time. Transfer to the airport to board your flight.

Tour is available on any other day on privately escorted bases. Please inquire!

 

2016 Price in Euro for guaranteed departures minimum 2 passengers traveling together:

Departure Dates Double per person in Euro Single supplement in Euro
March, April, May, Sep and Oct 2016 641 53
June, July, Aug 2016 705 53

* US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate

 

Tour prices include:
• Accommodation for 5 nights in hotels 3* on BB (Bed & Breakfast) base.
• 5 meals: 5 buffet breakfast at the hotels
• A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip (for groups up to 6 passengers a driving guide is arranged)
• Parking fees and road taxes.
• All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches.
• Professional English speaking guide for touring days and English speaking assistant for airport transfers

Tour prices don’t include:
• Porterage in the hotels.
• Other meals than mentioned.
• Beverages.
• Flight tickets to Bulgaria

Optional:
• Half board (dinner) supplement – 15 EUR per person per day
• Dinner with folklore show in Sofia – 39 EUR per person
• Wine tasting in wine-cellar “Todoroff” – EUR 16 per person

 

 

 

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