8 Days Bulgaria Ancient Times – Monasteries – Nature Package from Euro 460/- (Posted on Jun 9 2011)

8 Days Bulgaria Ancient Times – Monasteries – Nature Package from Euro 460/-

Bulgaria – Ancient Times, Monasteries & Nature

A classic journey through the history of Bulgaria. Centuries, indeed millennia will pass before your eyes as you explore museum villages, ancient monasteries, tombs and sanctuaries in the Rila, Pirin, Rhodope and Balkan mountains. There is no better way to experience Bulgaria and no more delightful way to taste the local cuisine, to experience the local habits and way of life and to appreciate the natural surroundings.

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emo etara gabrovo bulgaria

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival at Sofia Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Free time if you arrive early enough, followed by dinner and an overnight stay.
Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe, founded 7,000 years ago by members of the Serdi Thracian tribe. Later, Sofia became the capital of the Roman province of Inner Dacia in 29 A.D. Through the ages the city has played a role as an important trading centre in the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. Under Ottoman rule, Sofia was the centre of the Rumelia province. Sofia became the capital of the newly-independent Bulgaria in 1879, with a population of only 20,000. Today many streets, buildings, parks and even whole neighbourhoods preserve the architectural style of the turn of the century.

Day 2. Sightseeing in Sofia. Visit to Rila Monastery. Transfer to Bansko for sightseeing and an overnight stay.
The day starts with sightseeing on foot around Sofia city centre, with visits to some of the most interesting sites in the town, such as the St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, St Sofia Church, the St. George Rotunda (Sofia’s oldest building dating from the 3rd century AD), the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika (from the 5th-6th centuries AD) etc. In the afternoon, we head southwards to Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery and probably the most famous monument in the country, situated in the Rila Mountains. Behind the 20-metre high walls lie impressive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. We end the day in Bansko at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, where we stay overnight. Here we enjoy a short sightseeing tour walking around the cobbled streets and ancient houses, some converted into traditional taverns or “mehani”.

Day 3. Today we cross the Rhodope Mountains, stopping in Shiroka Luka and Bachkovo Monastery on the way to Plovdiv.
After breakfast we drive westwards to Shiroka Luka for a short sightseeing tour. Numerous houses built in the typical Rhodope architectural style, along with the dialect, songs and customs of local people have given the village the status of an architectural, ethnographic and folklore reserve. Further on, we turn northwards to the town of Plovdiv. En route, we stop at Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria) and Assen’s Fortress. We reach the town of Plovdiv in the afternoon to enjoy a short break before dinner.

Day 4. Sightseeing in Plovdiv. Transfer to Starosel (a Thracian Tomb) and the museum town of Koprivshtitsa. Return to Plovdiv for an overnight stay.
Situated in the Thracian plain in Central Bulgaria, Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria. It is also one of the oldest on the Balkan Peninsula – it was the capital of Ancient Thrace and a big trading centre in the Middle Ages. In the historic quarter of the city, you will see beautifully decorated period houses, the ancient fortress wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The nearby village of Starosel is the location of one of the major centres of Thracian culture, where many of the ancient rulers and their soldiers are buried in dozens of tombs in the surrounding area. We will also visit a temple built in the 5th century BC. The next stop is Koprivshtitsa. This is one of the few towns of the Bulgarian Revival Period with thoroughly preserved architecture. Koprivshtitsa’s greatest wealth lies in its Revival Period houses, some of which are now museums. These will be visited today.

Day 5. Transfer to the Black Sea coast, with a visit to Nessebar and a drive northwards to Varna for sightseeing and an overnight stay.
Nessebar is one of the oldest towns in Europe, the successor to the ancient Thracian settlement of Mesambria, founded in the Second century AD. Through the centuries the town has been occupied by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Turks. It was added to the UNESCO Heritage List more than 20 years ago for its many churches, old houses and wealth of history. In the afternoon, the trip continues northwards along the Black Sea Coast to Varna for a short sightseeing tour before dinner, including a visit to the archaeological museum and the Cathedral of the Holy Mother.

plovdiv

plovdiv

Day 6. Visit to Aladhza Monastery, followed by a drive to Madara and on to Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo for an overnight stay.
In the morning we transfer to Aladzha Monastery. This is the most famous of the numerous 13th – 14th century rock monasteries on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The next stop is the Madara Horseman, a unique image of a horseman carved on the rocks of the Shumen Plateau. The feature is now a UNESCO site. Scholars suggest that the image portrays the victorious Khan Tervel. Later we continue towards Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Just before entering the city, we stop to see the sights of Arbanassi. This village is renowned for its massive houses like small fortresses on the outside, with high, solid walls, heavy gates and secret hiding places, but spacious and comfortable, richly decorated and furnished on the inside.

Day 7. Sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo. Transfer to the Etara open-air museum and back to Sofia in the afternoon for a gala dinner and overnight stay.
Veliko Tarnovo was the 13th century capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. During this period Bulgaria was the largest and the most powerful state in South-East Europe. Remains of the medieval fortifications, churches and palace still stand on Tsarevets (the King’s Hill). This elevation in the eastern part of the town is designated as an archaeological reserve. Further south, we visit Etara, an open-air Ethnographic Heritage Museum near the town of Gabrovo, with houses from the Bulgarian National Revival period and ceramic, coppersmithing and other handicrafts workshops.

Day 8. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Accommodation: 3-star hotels, en-suite double rooms on halfboard, except for  Day 8 when dinner is not served. During the days good restaurants will be suggested for lunch en-route.

Guaranteed departures: 14 May, 11 June, 13 August, 10 September

Price per person:
>> 1-2 pers.: 730 Euro
>> 3 pers.: 550 Euro
>> 4 – 8 pers: 460 Euro

For groups larger than 8 persons: please contact us for a special quotation)

Single supplement: 120 Euro

The price includes: transfers from/to Sofia airport and private transfers throughout the tour; English-speaking guide; accommodation and boarding as mentioned; entrance fees; VAT and all local taxes

The price does not include: tips, other meals, alcohol drinks and personal expenses

EXTENSIONS
Yes, summer holidays at the Black Sea
Do not miss a unique chance to prolong your stay in Bulgaria with one week more at anincredibly low price! We can offer a great variety of accommodations – from home stays (no meals) to 2, 3 and 4-star hotels (BB or HB) in the most famous summer resorts along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, namely Sunny Beach, Sozopol, Nessebar, Golden Sands etc.

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Posted by on Jun 9 2011. Filed under Bulgaria, Europe, Featured, Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo.

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8 Days Bulgaria Ancient Times – Monasteries – Nature Package from Euro 460/-

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