This is the best trip to discover Bulgaria’s many faces: picturesque monasteries, villages, cultural landmarks, pristine nature, and hotels offering a warm welcome. You will also visit UNESCO sites and other significant places, enjoy dinners in authentic restaurants and meet local people.
The trip starts in Sofia – the capital city. Visits of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery – two highlights of Bulgaria – are planned for the second day. In the next days we drive through three mountains ranges – Rila, Pirin and Rodopi. Along the way we visit Bansko, Dobarsko and Bachkovo Monastery. In Plovdiv, the second largest Bulgarian city, we explore the Old Town, which is a melting pot of various cultures and historical monuments. We continue of our trip through the Rose Valley and the valley of the Thracian Kings and cross the Balkan Mountains at the historical Shipka Pass. In Triavna, Etara, Bojentsi and Arbanasi we learn more about Bulgaria from the Revival Period (18-19th century) – architecture, art, and traditions. In the medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo we will feel the spirit of glorious Bulgaria (12-14th century). On the last days of this trip we visit Troyan Monastery and make the classical sightseeing walk of Sofia.
This trip offers several optional walks and hikes, which give opportunities to discover also plenty of Bulgaria’s pristine nature.
Not enough? You are guaranteed to have a great time because you will be with one of our best English-speaking guides.
Day 1: Tour starts in Sofia
Day 2: Dragalevtzi Monastery, Boyana Church and Rila Monastery
Day 3: Visits in Bansko and Dobarsko
Day 4: Visit of Bachkovo Monastery and sightseeing in Plovdiv
Day 5: Discover the valley of the Thracian Kings and Rose Valley
Day 6: Explore rural Bulgaria, charms of the Revival Period
Day 7: Visits in Arbanasi and Veliko Tarnovo
Day 8: Troyan Monastery
Day 9: Tour ends in Sofia
• 8 breakfasts and 1 dinner
• English-speaking guide
• transfers and drives according to itinerary
• any meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
• museum fees