Arrival and departure airport transfers
Accommodation on BB basis at hotels of chosen category in Sofia, Bansko, Smolyan, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo
Transportation with air-conditioned comfortable coach
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 and dinner) and drinks
Wine tasting in Melnik
Personal expenses, entry taxes for museums visited individually
Porterage, tips for the guide and the driver
Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Bulgaria
Sofia - Rila Monastery - Melnik - Rozhen Monastery - Bansko - Leshten - Dolen - Smolyan - Zlatograd - Perperikon - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Etara - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Sofia
7-day excursion from €615
Arrival in Sofia. Sightseeing tour of the city centre. 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. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, Presidency, etc. Optional tour "Sofia by night" and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Departure for Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Visit of Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the monastery museum, keeping the long and heroic history of the monastery and the unique wooden crosss made for a period of twelve years by monk Rafael, Hrelyo's Tower. Drive to Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria. Original medieval houses together with the ruins of a fortress are preserved here. The town is famous for its wine cellars producing the best red wine in the country. The nature around is picturesque and you can see the biggest rocky pyramids in Bulgaria. Upon request - wine tasting in Melnik. Visit to the 13th century Rozhen Monastery situated to the east of Melnik. The iconostasis, the wood-carvings and the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary in the monastery church are real masterpieces. Drive to the town of Bansko. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Bansko.
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Bansko - the most famous winter resort in Bulgaria, recently discovered by foreign tourists. This town provides an interesting combination between the virgin nature of Pirin Mountain and the traditional Bulgarian atmosphere. The area around Bansko is part of Pirin National Park - the largest one in Bulgaria with an area of 40 thousand hectares. It is included in the UNESCO list of world natural heritage. Drive to the villages of Leshten and Dolen. The area baring the authentic spirit of the past is quietly set in the very western highlands of the Rhodope Mountains overlooking the Pirin Mountain, too. The houses in Leshten and Dolen are fascinating not only with their architectural style, but with their interior as well. Each house has its own spirit and the smell of wood can be felt everywhere. Visit to the old church in the village of Dolen, unique with its bells and murals. Departure for Smolyan. Accommodation and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Smolyan.
Breakfast. Departure for Zlatograd. Sightseeing tour including a visit to the Ethnographic complex. Departure for Perperikon. Thousands of years ago, Perperikon was a massive bald rock. Such rocks drew prehistoric humans like a magnet and became objects of worship. This amazing structure was discovered and documented in April 2001. It is high in the mountain, in a wild, rocky area above the Borovitsa Chalet, some 14 miles from Kurdzhali. Ruins from old prehistoric settlement, tombs, palace, city walls, temple - everything started its development some 5000 years ago. Drive to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture for 2019. Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria - is also known as the ancient Trimontium. Walking tour in the Old Town including the 2nd century Roman Theatre with its majestic marble statues, decorative columns and arcades. The Theatre was built under the rule of the Roman emperor Trajan and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Breakfast. Departure for the town of Kazanlak. Sightseeing tour of Kazanlak - visit to the unique Thracian Tomb included in the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage List and dating back to the 4th century BC. Its murals and paintings are Bulgaria's best preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period. The town is unique for its Rose Museum – only one in the world. Drive through the Shipka Pass to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum Etara, representing the Bulgarian customs, culture and craftsmanship. The park features typical Bulgarian Revival houses and the tourists are able to see how locals use original old instruments in crafts such as wood carving, pottery, coppersmith, needlework, etc. Drive to Veliko Tarnovo. Acommodation and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo - visit to the historical Tsarevets Hill, which served as a primary fortress of the capital town during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Drive to the village of Arbanassi, famous for its well preserved 17th and 18th century churches and the typical Revival architecture of its houses. Drive to Sofia. Accommodation and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Visit of the medieval Boyana Church, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Transfer to the airport and departure.