Itinerary: Sofia ► Velingrad ► Batak and Dospat ► Rila Monastery ► Veliko Tarnovo ► Sofia
Duration: 8 days
Meeting on the airport from representative of the agency and departure from Sofia to Velingrad. Arrival in Velingrad and check – in in the hotel. Free time for sightseeing, relax or shopping. Diner and night in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Dospat. On our way we’ll stop and visit Batak, which is a small but quite nice town with beautiful nature and a lot of preserved old time stories. After our visit in Batak we’ll continue our trip to Dospat lake where you’re for sure going to fall in love with it’s amazing and unreal nature. After the relaxing time in Dospat we’ll return back in Velingrad where we’ll have diner and night in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from Velingrad to the fabulous Rila Monastery. Everything that we can say about Rilla Monastery won’t be enough to explain you it’s unreal beauty, spirit and ancient history, you just need to go and see it by yourself. During this visit you’ ll feel like in different time and century. Following our extraordinary time in Rilla Monastery we’ll head back to Velingrad where we’ll have diner and night in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from Velingrad to Veliko Tarnovo. On our way we’ll stop and visit Shipka. National Park Museum Shipka is located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains. Inside we can see reconstructed battle positions, artillery batteries and dugouts of the defenders of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish War from 1877 – 78. The powerful bronze lion – symbol of the Bulgarian state – guards the entrance to the Memorial. One of the exhibits we’ll see is a exact copy of the Samara Flag – the first battle flag of the Bulgarian Opalchentsi. The highest platform of the Liberty Memorial affords a beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings. Following our visit in Shipka we’ll continue and visit another amazing place that have captured the Bulgarian traditions and spirit – The open – air Ethnographic Museum “Etara”.
Breakfast in the hotel and time for sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo. You have probably heart about Veliko Tarnovo and its unique atmosphere, beauty and history, if you haven’t this is a mistake we’ll fix immediately. We’ll visit the old city which is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra river. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. During this city tour you’ll understand why everybody that have visited the town ones is coming back again and again. We’ll end the day with diner and night in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia. On our way we’ll visit Troyan. One of Troyan’s major attractions is its museum dedicated to folk art and traditional handicrafts. The museum exhibits offers examples of the artisans’ skill, along with their original tools and photographs illustrating techniques employed by ceramicists and metalworkers. On 7 km from the town of Troyan is the National Collection of Handicraft and Folk Art in the village of Oreshak. The collection’s 9 exposition halls display unique works created by masters from every cultural region in Bulgaria. Near Troyan we’ll visit also a beautiful monastery – the Troyan Monastery “Assumption of the Virgin.” Of particular interest is the the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church at the monastery, with murals by Zahary Zograf (1810-1853). Following our visit in Troyan we’ll continue to Sofia where we’ll have diner and night in the hotel.
We’ll have breakfast in the hotel. After that we’ll have free time to explore the beautiful capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. This is a great possibility to discover the rich history of this old capital and to get more familiar with its present. Sofia have preserved many valuable monuments from its long and storied past. Visitors exploring the city’s streets can see remnants of The Eastern Gate from the days when Sofia was Serdika and Sredets, dating from the 2nd-4th centuries CE. These remains are exhibited in the underpass connecting the Presidential Palace and The Ministerial Council. Other places of interest are the Russian Church, The National Museum of History, with its collection from prehistoric times to the present day, . Saint Sofia Church, Saint Alexander Nevsky church and a lot more. The day ends with diner and night in the hotel.
We’ll have breakfast and after that free time for shopping and fun in Sofia. One of Sofia’s favorite spots for both visitors and residents is Vitosha Boulevard. Here you can find shops carrying world-famous brands, and since it is a pedestrian zone, it is a very pleasant place for walks and relaxation. In general, the capital is a shoppers delight, since Sofia is still one of the major crossroads on the Balkan Peninsula for trade of all kinds. You can also enjoy some of Sofia’s best parks – Boris’ Garden and South Park. The fun is guaranteed! Like every big city, Sofia has something for every taste. There are a many luxury restaurants and bars, piano bars, taverns and many other kinds of entertainment. We will end our spectacular day with diner and night in the hotel.
The price includes:
• 13 overnights with breakfasts in the cities included in the program
• Transportation with a comfortable air conditioned car/ minibus/ bus
• All the passes and entrance fees for monuments/museums included in the program
• Professional guides (English) in the cities included in the program
• All transfers to/from the airport
The price doesn’t include:
• The meals and beverages not listed in the program
• Additional services and excursions
• Other personnel expenses
• Air tickets to/from Bulgaria
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