The Circle Tour of Bulgaria is a singles friendly tour to some of the most interesting and characteristic places in Eastern Europe. Visit Sofia with the Alexander Nevsky 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 Tarnovo fortress and the Valley of the Roses.
7 nights / 8 days
2021 Guaranteed Departures April 17, May 15, Jun 12, Aug 07, Sep 04, Oct 02. Other dates on request
Day 1. Sofia Arrival at Sofia airport on your own and private transfer to your hotel. Short sightseeing tour of Sofia: The city that was founded 7 000 years ago. See the main attractions: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Crypt, National Theatre, St. Sofia church, Sofia’s oldest building from the 4th 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 10th century and rebuilt in 13th and 14th centuries. It is one of Europe’s oldest and included in UNESCO’S list in 1983. Behind the 20 meters walls lie impressive 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 pyramids. 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 through the picturesque Rhodope 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. Today we spend the night in the town of Trigrad in the heart of the Rodopi Mountains.
Day 4. Trigrad – Plovdiv
This morning we continue our picturesque drive through the Rhodope 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 Mycenae. 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 to explore the cities cafes and culture. 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 multicolored decoration of the church façade and attracts people’s attention from long distance. Next stop is the “Etura” open air Ethnographic museum recreating the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th c. See a range of traditional 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 back to Sofia (around 2 hours). Shared transfer to Sofia airport. End of the tour. Extra nights can be added. Please make sure to book your onward flight after 13:00 hrs.
Circle Tour of Bulgaria Includes:
• Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels and guest houses with private facilities.
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 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 needed on a different day add euro 16 per person (1-3 persons) euro 25 for vehicle 4-7 persons.
• Professional English speaking guide for touring days and English speaking assistant for airport transfers
Circle Tour of Bulgaria Excludes:
- Entrance fees
- Porterage in the hotels. gratuities to driver and guide
- Other meals than mentioned
Please bring warm clothes for the caves visit!
2021 Prices in EURO
- Euro 620 per person twin share
- Single supplement Euro 160
Book This Tour with Blue Danube Holidays.