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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. 

7 nights/8 days 

Departures  22 Apr, 20 May, 17 June, 22 July, 19 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct 2017    Other dates on request

Day 1. Sofia Arrival at Sofia airport on your own and transfer to the 3 star Sofia Place hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities.  Short sightseeing tour of Sofia: The city has been founded 7 000 years ago. See the main attractions: the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the Crypt, National Theatre, St. Sofia church, Sofia’s oldest building from the 4-rd century with the St. George Rotonda. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2.  Sofia- Rila Monastery – Melnik
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 Europe’s oldest and included in UNESCO’S list in 1983. Behind the 20 meters walls lie impresive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. The route continues to Melnik – Bulgaria’s smallest town famous for its unique red wine and the natural sandstone pyramides. Close to Melnik lies the picturesque Rozhen Monastery dating from the 13th c. ( the only Bulgarian monastery that remained unharmed during the Turkish yoke). Overnight stay in Melnik.

Day 3. Melnik – Trigrad
Today we drive trough the picturesque Rhodopi mountains, believed to be the birthplace of the legendary Orpheus and a territory where the ancient Thracian tribes celebrated their religious cults. The highlight of the day is our visit to Yagodina cave – among the longest ones in Bulgaria (with more than 10 000 m mapped so far), considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls in them. Today we spend the night in the town of Trigrad in the heard of the Rodopi Mountains.

Day 4. Trigrad – Plovdiv
Today we continue our picturesque drive through the Rhodopi mountains to Plovdiv, the second biggest city in Bulgaria. On the way there we stop to visit Chudnite mostove (Miraculous bridges) – a natural arch, formed by the forces in nature in the solid rock of the mountain. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 5. Plovdiv
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. Free time after the tour. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 6. Plovdiv – Etara– Veliko Tarnovo
After breakfast departure for Veliko Turnovo. On the way to Veliko Turnovo there are visits to several interesting places. We head towards the town of Shipka, where we visit the memorial “Birth of Christ” , the Russian church. The dramatic background of the mountain makes prominent the gilt of the domes and the multi-colored decoration of the church façade and attracts people’s attention from long distance. Next stop is the “Etara” open air Ethnographic museum  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”  Proceed to Veliko Turnovo. Overnight stay in Veliko Turnovo.

Day 7. Veliko Turnovo – Koprivshtitsa
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo – the Medieval Capital of Bulgaria with a glorious past during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Visit to the ruins of Tsarevets Hill above 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.  A few kilometres from Veliko Turnovo lies the village of Arbanassi, famous for its well-preserved traditional architecture.

In the afternoon we head to Koprivshtitsa,  a small town situated in a picturesque valley among the mountains in the central part of Bulgaria. A town with its colorful wooden houses with a quaint ambiance now turned into a museum where you can feel the unique atmosphere of the Revival Period in Bulgaria. Overnight in Koprivshtitsa.

Day 8. Koprivshtitsa – Sofia.
Transfer to Sofia (around 2 hours). End of the tour. Extra nights can be added.

 

2017 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 2017 520 120
June, July, Aug 2017 520 120

* US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate

 

Tour prices include:
• Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels 3* on BB (Bed & Breakfast) bases and private fascilities.
• 5 buffet breakfast at the hotels and guesthouse
• A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip (for groups up to 6 passengers a driving guide is arranged)
• Arrival and departure airport transfers in Sofia. if transfer is on different days add euro 15 per person
• 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. gratuities to driver and guide.
• Other meals than mentioned.
• Beverages.
• Entrance tickets to museums: around euro 50

Optional for 2016:
• 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

Please bring warm clothes for the caves visit!

 

 

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