Arrival and departure airport transfers
Transportation with an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle
7 nights accommodation on BB basis at 3/4* hotels in Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Kardzhali
All excursions mentioned in the itinerary except for optional tours
Entrance fees for the visited museums and places of interest on the itinerary
Professional English-speaking guide
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Meals (lunch, dinner) and drinks
Optional tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances
Personal expenses, entry taxes for museums visited individually
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 – Kyustendil – Sofia – Plovdiv – Hisarya – Stara Zagora – Perperikon – Kardzhali – Sofia
8-day excursion from €750
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia's symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. Sophia Church, built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, the Presidency, etc. Free time in the city centre and the main trade area around Vitosha Boulevard. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Visit to the National History Museum. Most interesting among the diverse exhibits of the museum are the Thracian and Old Bulgarian gold and silver treasures, rich collection of icons, church plates and cloths, numismatics, manuscripts and early printed books, ethnographic exhibits. Return to the centre and visit to St. George Rotunda (4th c.) - the oldest building in Sofia and a fine monument of Roman architecture, and the Roman architectural complex of the ancient city centre. Free time. Optional evening tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Drive to the town of Kyustendil - the old Roman Pautalia, translated as "city of the spring". The hot mineral springs are Kyustendil's biggest asset. A total of 40 springs are the horn of plenty in this country. Sightseeing tour of the town concentrating on the Roman heritage - Hisarlaka Fortress, the baths of Pautalia, local history museum, etc. Drive back to Sofia. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast and departure for Plovdiv, ancient Trimontium - European Capital of Culture 2019. Sightseeing tour in the Old Town, including the Roman Ancient Theatre, which was built in the 1st century AD and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, the Roman Stadium, St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Free time in the main pedestrian area, Kapana creative district and city garden. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Breakfast. Visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Eirene Museum with the well preserved mosaics of a wealthy Roman villa. Drive to Hisarya - the ancient Auguste or Diocletianopolis. Sightseeing tour, including the Roman Fortress with the complex of the ancient thermae. The archaeological reserve Hisar Fortress is an excellent example of early fortification art, best monument of this kind in Bulgaria. Nine basilicas have been discovered here. Departure for Stara Zagora. Accommodation and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Stara Zagora.
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Stara Zagora - the Roman Forum, Southern Gates of ancient Augusta Trayana, the History Museum. Departure for Kardzhali. On the way - tour of Perperikon - most important megalithic structure in Bulgaria with incessant life for the last 4000 years. Under the Roman Empire a whole settlement existed here - remains of a palace and fortifications can be seen on top of the rocks. Accommodation at hotel in Kardzhali and optional dinner. Overnight in Kardzhali.
Breakfast. Visit to the History Museum in Kardzhali exhibiting some of the most interesting discoveries from antiquity in the Eastern Rhodope Region. Departure for Sofia. Accommodation and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and departure.