Tours in the Balkans
8 days in the Balkan Mountains
An eco tour in the Western part of the Balkan mountain range, along ancient routes where we will enjoy beautiful scenery, unique rock formations and two of the most interesting caves in Bulgaria, as well as some monasteries and historic sites. The tourists will enter the Bulgarian villages atmosphere and will taste home-made ecologically clean food.
DAY 1. Arrival in Sofia. Transfer from the airport and accommodation at a 4 star hotel, with beautiful view over Sofia and to Vitosha mountain, several restaurants, night-club, sports center with indoor pool. Dinner at a restaurant in the typical Bulgarian folk style with dance on glowing embers. Excellent cuisine, rich selection of wines and folklore program featuring the unique dance on glowing embers. Overnight in Sofia.
DAY 2 After breakfast panoramic tour around Sofia, an ancient 7000 years old town! Visit to the most interesting places of interest: the National Museum of History with its unique collection of Thracian treasures, the Alexander Nevski cathedral, the Rotonda church of St. George, the Church of St. Sofia, which had given the name to the city and the historical and cultural center of the capital. Optional: Visit of the Crypt of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral or Visit of the Boiana Church
In the afternoon set off to the natural park Vrachanski Balkan. Pass through rarely beautiful rock formations, reaching 400 m hight. It is the canyon of Iskar river, the longest river in Bulgaria, flowing into the Danube. We will look around the picturesque Lakatnishki rocks (where cliff-hanging is often practiced) and the Cherepishki monastery, built on the very bank of Iskar river, having rich library and wall-paintings from 14th c. Next is visit of the Historical museum in Vratsa, where the original Rogozen, Thracian gold treasure is housed (the biggest Thracian treasure in Bulgaria).Visit of a rural house in the village of Pavolche for dinner. The hosts are the most famous culinars and masters of the home-made food in this area. Accommodation in Vratsa region according to your choice in 2-stars hotel or a village house with hospitable hosts, offering ecologically clean food and excellent cuisine
DAY 3 After breakfast visit of the nature park Vrachanski Balkan, a unique nature complex with 56 species of protected plants, 138 species of protected animals, more than 500 caves. Hiking with a guide along the Vratsa eco-path (for about 2 hours) among extremely beautiful nature. Picnic lunch in the foot of a picturesque waterfall. Visit of another natural phenomenon , Ledenika cave, which is one of the most visited caves in Bulgaria. Due to it’s very good acoustic, underground symphonic orchestras often take place in the cave. Set off to the town of Varshets, the most famous SPA resort in this part of Bulgaria, rich with mineral water springs with proven therapeutic effect. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Tintiava hotel
DAY 4. After breakfast climb to the fort near Belogradchik and sightseeing around the picturesque rocks, each with its own name. Nature has been curving the stone shapes for more than 200 million years. In the afternoon we will enter the fantastic underground world of Magurata cave.
with colorful paintings on the rocks which are preserved in its labyrinths.. These are real masterpieces of the prehistoric art in Southeast Europe. In the cave we will taste some sparking and still wines, which are stored inside. In the end of this unique trip, we will have free time to relax near the Rabishko lake, one of the oldest tectonic lakes in Europe. Accommodation in a 2-stars hotel with all conditions for a pleasant stay. The hosts will cook home made dishes, which are typical for this region. Dinner. Overnight.
DAY 5. After breakfast set off for the town of Vidin, established in 3rd c. B.C. on the riverbank of the Danube. We will see Baba Vida, the only fully preserved castle in Bulgaria from the Middle ages, dating from 10th c. This national cultural monument was used as background for many movies. We will see the St. Dimitrius cathedral, one of the largest in Bulgaria; the cross-shaped military barracks from the beginning of 19th c.; the mosque of a local feudal Osman Pazvantouglu, ending on its top with a heart (symbol of independence). Free time for a walk in the city park. With its preserved original layout, the park is a historic landmark. The combination of an English park layout and Baroque forms of vegetation gives the park an unique, typically Bulgarian look. The riverbank park is located along the bank of the Danube and includes wonderful beaches and recreation places.
Optional: a romantic boat trip along the Danube. We will enjoy some other places of interest of the town and a beautiful view to the neighbouring Romania.
Return to Belogradchik. Dinner and overnight in the hotel
DAY 6. After breakfast we will leave for Chiprovtsi, a town known for its goldsmith traditions and the production of the famous Chiprovtsi style hand-woven carpets. We will be guests at a local house, where we will learn about the secrets of hand-weaving, dating back to 17th c. We will also visit the Lopushanski monastery, keeping one of the most exquisite wall-paintings in Northwest Bulgaria. The monastery is well-known for its excellent cuisine and aged wines. Late in the afternoon departure for the town of Berkovitsa famous with its ancient history, exceptionally beautiful nature and its raspberry plantations. Dinner at an ancient local house specialized in eco-tourism which offers excellent cuisine. Accommodation and overnight in 2-stars hotel in Berkovitsa
DAY 7 Wlaking along the town of Berkovitsa and visit the ancient fortress of the town, one of the studios from the local ceramics school. Next is an exotic mountain photo-safari, which will finish with tasting of the magnificent local raspberry wine. In the afternoon departure to Sofia through Petrohan pass, where we will become familiar with the technology of producing of the renowned ecologically clean buffalo-cow yoghurt. After tasting some yoghurt we will return to Sofia for a dinner and overnight. .
DAY 8. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.
Prices on request in Euros or US$* Based on the number of Passengers in your Party
Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast and dinner daily
Lunch picnic Vratsa mountain
Wine tasting at Magurata cave
Transfer from Sofia airport on arrival and to Sofia airport on departure
Luxury transportation during all program
Guided in the requested language