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18/06/2022
€499
06/08/2022
€499
15/10/2022
€499
PRICE INCLUDES:
Arrival and departure airport transfers
7 nights accommodation on BB basis at 3* or 4* hotels in Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo
Transportation with an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle
All excursions mentioned in the itinerary except for optional tours
Entrance fees for the monasteries visited in the itinerary
Professional English-speaking guide
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International flights
Personal expenses, meals (lunch and dinner) and drinks, entry taxes for museums visited individually
Optional tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances
Porterage, tips to the guide and the driver
Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Bulgaria
Sofia – Zemen – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv – Bachkovo – Plovdiv – Gabrovo – Dryanovo – Veliko Tarnovo – Troyan – Glozhene – Sofia
8-day excursion from €499
Day 1
Sofia

Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Visit to the medieval Boyana Church, included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Optional tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2
SofiaZemenSofia

Breakfast. Drive to the town of Zemen. Visit to Zemen Monastery, established in the 11th century. The monastery church is an outstanding monument of the Bulgarian architecture, single temple of such form in the country. The wall paintings are among the few well-preserved ensembles from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XIV c.). Drive back to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 3
SofiaRila MonasteryPlovdiv

Breakfast. Drive to Rila Monastery. It is the largest and the most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, built in the 10th century. Visit to the monastery church Nativity of the Virgin. One of its greatest treasures is the wooden iconostasis, along with some 14th and 15th century icons and wall paintings, made by the famous artist Zahari Zograf. Walk around the monastery - Hrelyo’s Tower, the old kitchen, and the history museum. Free time. Drive to the town of Plovdiv via Borovets Resort. Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 4
PlovdivBachkovoPlovdiv

Breakfast. Drive to Bachkovo Monastery. Tour of the monastery, which dates back to 11th century and is one of the most important and well-preserved Bulgarian monasteries. It is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith. Visit to the monastery church Virgin Mary (dating from 1604), which treasures the wonder-working icon of Virgin Mary Eleusa from 1310. Drive back to Plovdiv and sightseeing tour of the Old town, including visit to the church of St. Constantine and Helena. Free time in the city centre. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 5
PlovdivGabrovoDryanovoVeliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Drive to the town of Shipka. Visit to Shipka Memorial Church, designed in a 17th century Moscow style. It has been raised in memory of the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers, who gave their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-1878. Drive to Sokolski Monastery (built in1833) and tour of the monastery. Its chapel treasures icons painted by Zahari Zograf. The eight-spouted fountain constructed by Kolyo Ficheto is in the middle of the monastery courtyard. Visit to the ethnographic open-air museum Etara near Gabrovo. Drive to Dryanovo Monastery of St. Archangel Michael, located amidst beautiful mountain landscape. During the April revolt in 1876 the monastery was the scene of a heroic battle between the Bulgarian revolutionaries and the numerous Turkish army. Accommodation and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 6
Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Kilifarevo Monastery situated to the south of the town of Kilifarevo. Nikola Fichev reconstructed the church of the monastery in 1840, while the icon screen is a masterpiece of woodcarving of the representatives of the Tryavna Artistic School. Return to Veliko Tarnovo, sightseeing tour and free time in the old town. Drive to Preobrazhenski Monastery in the vicinity of Veliko Tarnovo. The monastery is a remarkable example of Bulgarian Revival art. When it was reconstructed in 1825, the master builder Nikola Fichev did the construction of the church, while the great painter Zahari Zograf is the author of the wall paintings. Drive back to Veliko Tarnovo. In the evening, upon request, audio-visual show "Tsarevets in Sounds and Lights". Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 7
Veliko TarnovoTroyanGlozheneSofia

Breakfast. Drive to Troyan Monastery in the village of Oreshak. The monastery is remarkable for the miraculous icon Three-handed Virgin, kept in its church. Drive to Glozhene Monastery and sightseeing of the complex perched on top of a cliff with magnificent panoramic view. Drive to Sofia. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.

Day 8
Sofia

Breakfast. Free time for shopping in the city centre. Transfer to the airport and departure.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Optional tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at a traditional restaurant (including 4-course meal, drinks, folklore music and dances)
from €0 to €65
7 dinners at the hotels (no drinks included, vegetarian menu is available)
€105
6 lunches at local restaurants (day 2 – day 7, no drinks included, vegetarian menu is available)
€90