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Rose Fields and Monasteries – Escorted Tour # EU 203

rosefields-bulgariaA Short introduction to some of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in Bulgaria including visit to the Valley of the Roses., region of the famed rose oil production; burial places of ancient Thracian kings and charming Orthodox monasteries and churches

5 nights / 6 days

Guaranteed departures 2019:  Mar 3, 31, May 5, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 4, Sep 22 and Oct 6

Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia- one of the oldest city in Europe, Veliko Tarnovo castle on the top of Tsarevets Hill, UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb, Old town of Plovdiv, Etara open air museum, preserved ancient crafts methods still used nowadays, Rila Monastery , The Thracian tomb in Kazanlak

Day 1 – Sofia
Arrival to Sofia, one of Europe’s oldest cities that has been continuously been inhabited for 8500 years. Transfer to your hotel. Accommodation and overnight. (B)

Day 2 – Sofia- Veliko Tarnovo, the Capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom
After breakfast meet your tour guide for a panoramic tour around the Bulgarian capital ( a 8500 years old city) and visit to the most interesting historical sights: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. Sofia Church, which had given the name of the city, and the historical and cultural center of the Capital. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Free  time for orientation tour around the city. Accommodation and overnight. (B)

Day 3 – Etara – Kazanlak and the Thracian Kings
After breakfast  panoramic tour of Veliko Tarnovo with visit to the historical Tsarevets hill with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor’s Baldwin’s Tower. You will also have a walk along the old Trade Street- “Samovodska charshia’. Departure to Etara- a unique open air museum, recreating the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th century. It is a great attraction for tourists, one of the most visited places in the country. Set off to Kazanlak- The capital of the Rose valley. Visit of the the historical museum, which houses 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.

Day 4 – Kazanlak – Valley of the Roses – Plovdiv
After breakfast we continue exploring the Valley of the roses with visit of Skobelevo village and the ethnographical Complex “Damascene”, which has been working also as a family-run rose oil distillery from more than 20 years. The hosts will show you how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced. Departure to Plovdiv, the city of the seven hills. Visit to the old part of the town, built in IV century B.C. by King Philip of Macedonia, with some of the museum houses, the Antique Theatre and the Roman stadium.  Optional: Wine tasting in the boutique wine-cellar “Todoroff”, near to the village of Brestovica, where red wine of high quality is produced. Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv. (B)

Day 5 – Plovdiv – Treasures of the Rila monastery – Sofia
Breakfast. Departure to Rila monastery, founded in 10th century, which is considered Bulgaria’s spiritual center. The monastery has rich collection of icons, wall-paintings, old-printed books – about 15 000 volumes. Guided tour around the monastery. It is in the UNESCO list of world heritage and it is situated in the highest mountain of the Balkans- Rila Mountain, with its top peak “Moussala” at 2925 m. In the afternoon return to Sofia. Accommodation  and overnight in Sofia. (B)

Day 6.
After breakfast – free time. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.

2019 Prices Per Person in Euros:
For guaranteed departures minimum 2 passengers.
US$ price will vary with exchange rates

Departure Dates  Double per person Single supplement
March, April, May, Sep and Oct  774 66
June, July, Aug  851 66

Tour also available on privately escorted bases on any day, please inquire about prices based on the number of people in your party

Optional tours from Sofia to Boyana church UNESCO site, the typical village of Koprivshtitsa and  Belogradchik White town are possible

 

Tour prices include:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights in best available hotels  3* with daily breakfast.
  • A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip.
  • Parking fees, road taxes and porterage in the hotels.
  • All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches.
  • Professional English speaking guide throughout. For less than 6 people in the group guide is also the driver.

Tour price does not include:

  • Meals other than stated.
  • Beverages.
  • Tipping
  • Airplane tickets to Bulgaria

Hotels:

  • Sofia – Hotel St. George 3*
  • Veliko Turnovo – Tarava Hotel 3*
  • Plovdiv – Hotel Expo 3*

Optional:

  • Dinner supplement :  17 EUROS per person per day
  • Dinner with folklore show in Sofia:   42 EURO per person
  • Wine tasting in wine-cellar “Todoroff” : EURO 18 per person

Extensions available, please inquire about prices