EXCURSIONS IN BULGARIA - TRAVEL TO BULGARIA

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Round Trip Bulgaria
9 days / 8 nights




This is a great opportunity to visit the Valley of Roses, to smell the rose oil perfume and get acquainted with 4 civilizations, which are the foundation of modern European culture, in just one week to see and touch the millennial monuments of the Thracian, Ancient Greek, Roman and Bulgarian civilizations.

Day 1 - arrival in the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia
Transfer from airport to downtown hotel ( Niky 3*, Lozenetz 3* or similar).
Walking tour to the city center (about 3 hours). You will see St.Sophia church dating back to 5th-6th century of our era, a monument of Bulgarian medieval civilization that gave the current name of the town. Visit the largest cathedral Alexander Nevski with its gilded dome, the rotunda St.George 3th-4th century and the city fortress and you will feel the atmosphere of the city, which history dates over 5000 years ago.
Dinner in a folklore restaurant ( additional ). There you will not only try the typical Bulgarian dishes, but will listen to Bulgarian folk music and hectic rhythms of the dynamic Bulgarian folk dances. Overnight.

Day 2 Sofia- Rila Monastery- Boyana Church
Breakfast. Leaving the hotel.
Departure to Rila Monastery. Rila Monastery is one of the most impressive UNESCO world heritage sites in Bulgaria and it is the largest Eastern orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated 117 km (73 mi) south of the capital Sofia. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. The whole complex occupies an area of 8,800 m² and is rectangular in form, centered around the inner yard, where the tower and the main church are situated.
Return to Sofia.
Visit the Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It is a true masterpiece of the Bulgarian Middle Agesand the avant-garde of the European Renaissance. Its frescoes dates from 1259 year and it was declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage.
You will see real treasures in the National History Museum, located in the government complex of Boyana. Its rich collections are various of ages, ranging from the Paleolithic era through to present days. You can view items of the historical, numismatic and jewelry collections and the typical Bulgarian clothing of past eras.
Sofia is famous by its piano bars , discos , night clubs and casinos.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3 Sofia - Plovdiv
Departure to Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria.
Accommodation at Hotel Leipzig 4* or similar. It is located in the center of Plovdiv town. Walking tour of the city. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded before Athens, Rome and Constantinople in the time at which was based and the ancient city of Troy. There are artifacts of Thracian civilization. The Thracians were famous in the ancient world for its wines, which were declared as the best. The period during which Plovdiv has been within the Roman Empire was marked by the construction of many large public buildings like an amphitheater (late first and early second century of our era). And nowadays it is used for performances and outdoor concerts. Other major monuments of Roman civilization are the Roman Forum (2nd century BC) and Roman stadium in length of 180 meters and with 30,000 seats (second century of our era). At that time the name of the city was Trimontium, which means "town on three hills."
Bulgarian history is presented in the old town of Plovdiv with the big beautiful houses of 18 -19 centuries. They are evidence of the economic power of the city during this era. At that time Plovdiv compete with Thessaloniki and Istanbul. The walk along the narrow cobbled streets between high walls and overhanging second floors take us back in time. In many of these houses are now occupied exhibition halls, shops and restaurants. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4 Plovdiv Kazanlak - Sunny Beach
Breakfast and departure to Kazanlak.
Visit of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Roses. There is a big number of Thracian Kings tombs. One of the most interesting is Goliamata Kosmatka. Archaeologists reveal it several years ago. It was buried the Thraciann King Seuthes III. This monument of the Thracian civilization is 2500 years (5th century BC). There is difficult to explain how the Thracian are built this construction without the modern technology.
Another monument to be visit - the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (fourth century BC). Unknown artist of old times used 4 main colors and 2 - painting techniques. This tomb is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Rosa Damascena, known as the Damask or Castile rose, is the greatest treasure in the region of Kazanlak and it is one of the nations symbols. Under the influence of the countrys unique climate and soil, this rose gradually developed into a Bulgarian strain distinct from Damask roses elsewhere. That is why at the beginning of the 19th century this rose was named the Kazanlak Damask rose and the valley to the south of the Central Balkans came to be known as the Valley of the Roses. Here is produced 80% of the world production of rose oil, which is in the base of the highest quality perfumes. For centuries, roses have been the basis for the livelihood of this region. More can be learned about the regions rose cultivation at the Kulata Ethnographic Complex, which is just a kilometer from the city center. Here visitors can arrange in advance to observe the practice of traditional local customs and sample food and drink made from Kazanlak roses. Ethnographic Complex Tower welcomes guests with a sweet from roses and rose liqueur and it is not rare.
In the Museum of Roses in Kazanlak the exhibits are arranged in three separate halls, and in include original photographs and documents related to the cultivation of roses during the Bulgarian Age of Awakening (18th -19th centuries) and in the 20th century. There is a display of tools used to cultivate the rose gardens, along with vessels used to store and transport rose oil and rosewater.
Departure to Sunny Beach. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5 Sunny Beach Nessebar
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks between the meals and all kind of alcoholic and not alcoholic drinks.
In the morning visit of the old Nessebar. It is only a few kilometers away from Sunny Beach. It was founded by the Thracians, and in IV century BC became a Greek colony and the city-state. Due to its location the city developed as a major commercial fishing center. The old town was declared by UNESCO as a city-museum. Houses in the typical architectural style of the 18-19 century, and many churches are well preserved in it. The city was famous for its 40 churches, most of which are built during the reign of Ivan Alexander (1331-1371). Their number is impressive for such a small town and make it the city with the most churches per capita in the world.
Return to Sunny Beach. Free time to enjoy the 10 kilometer long beach and the intensive night life.
Overnight.

Day 6 Sunny Beach - Varna.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks between the meals and all kind of alcoholic and not alcoholic drinks.
Free time. In the afternoon departure to Varna. This is the 3-d largest city in Bulgaria and the biggest one on the Bleak Sea coast.
The history of Varna is very long and rich. At the boundaries of the town were found among the oldest settlements on the Black Sea over 7000 years old. Varna Chalcolithic necropolis dated to 4200 BC. There was found the oldest gold treasure in human history, and other objects of silver, copper, bronze, clay and flint.
The town is visited all over the year by big number of tourists. They are attracted by the sunny town, the beach, the famous maritime garden and the historic monuments.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 7 Varna
Breakfast. Walk around downtown and the sea garden - one of the pride of Varna.
Roman Baths - a huge spa since antiquity (2nd - 3rd century of our era) with an area of 7000 m2. Residents of Odessos spent several hours there each day. Baths were not just a place where they bathed but a real place for social networking and information exchange.
Lunch in a special place with Bulgarian cuisine.
Visit the Dolphinarium and watching a show of acrobatics, music and ekvilibristika. Artists are dolphins - the most intelligent animals on the planet.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 8 Varna Veliko Tarnovo Sofia
Breakfast. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo - the ex- Bulgarian capital. Visit Tsarevets Hill, home to the Royal Palace and Patriarchy.
The hill was fortified (with wall) and occupied between 12th-14th centuries. It had between 3000 - 3200 inhabitants. These were aristocrats and merchants. The royal palace was in the castle fortress. Its area is 4872 m2.
Patriarchy was the second fortress of the castle, with an area of approximately 3000 m2.The church of the Patriarchy was built in 13th-14th century, on the highest point of the hill.
Visit the street of the crafts - Samovodska charshija where crafts studios are still active. There is immersive atmosphere of 60th-70th years of the 19th century.
Free time for visiting the city and tasting the local cuisine.
Departure to Sofia.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 9 Breakfast. Departure


The offer includes:
  • 6 nights HB in hotels 3* and 4 *
  • 2 nights AI in hotels 4* ( Sunny Beach )
  • Tickets for museums, monuments and guided tours (except tickets for pictures with cameras and camcorders)
  • Transport in comfortable air-conditioned minibus/coach
  • All transfers
  • Guide in English

The offer does not include:
  • Not listed meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Insurance
  • Additional services

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