Day 1: Arrival to Sofia Airport. Meet at the airport by the guide. Transferred to hotel in Sofia for relax and dinner.
Day 2: Sofia, Plovdiv. After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Sofia, including NIM (National Historical Museum) and Boyana church, Alexander Nevski and St. Sofia church. Departure to Plovdiv for lunch. After lunch tour in the Old Town of Plovdiv: St. Marina Church, the Roman stadium, the Antique Theatre. This is one of the most fascinating cities in Bulgaria with its narrow cobble stoned streets, unique houses and romantic atmosphere. In May, June and September there are the annual venue of art festivals. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Plovdiv.
Day 3: Plovdiv - Bachkovsky Monastery – Plovdiv. After breakfast continue the city tour of Plovdiv and after that departure for Bachkovsky monastery. Bachkovo Monastery is located on the right bank of the Chepelare river (Chaya), above the Plovdiv-Smolyan road, 29 km away from Plovdiv, 89 km away from Sofia and 10 km away from Assenovgrad, it is not far from Pamporovo mountain resort. This is the second in size and importance monastery in Bulgaria, a real Holy Cloister. A prominent Byzantine statesman, of Georgian origin, founded it in 1083. Lunch near the monastery. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Plovdiv.
Day 4: Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Etara - Veliko Tarnovo. After breakfast, departure for Veliko Tarnovo. On the way visiting you will see Thracian Domed Tomb in Kazanluk from the 4th and 3rd century. The Tomb is included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. The Tomb itself is not large, a square antechamber, harrow passage and tomb vault, but it inspires the flight of imagination with the beautiful frieze of plant ornaments, and the figures of people and horses on the walls. The Russian church Shipka, The Etur - Ethnographic Museum in the open air. Time has stopped here. Everything looks to be unchanged from 150 years ago, the time of the Bulgarian Revival, when the craft-works of the Bulgarian craftsmen gained fame far beyond the borders of the country.
Everything surrounding the visitor takes you back to that period – the typical architecture of the houses, the vaulted bridges, the harrow cobbled streets, the stone fountains, the numerous workshops, where even today the craftsmen still work, using the same instruments and techniques from the revival times. The Etura museum exposition consists of 47 objects. It gives a glimpse on the original and ingenious constructive solutions of the Bulgarians of that time. Every visitor can talk to the craftsman, can watch them working and buy their products. Moreover, one can even try to make something himself. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 5: Tsarevets Fortress - Arbanassi - Veliko Tarnovo. The town of Veliko Tarnovo is 5,000 years old. Every piece of land in Tarnovo is marked by history. The town once was the Capital of Bulgaria from 1187 to 1393. Veliko Tarnovo is known for its distinct and picturesque architecture, which creates a feeling of warmth and cosines. The houses are perched high above Yantra River banks, paved lanes with tiny shops and craftsmen workshops winding between them. Sights include the churches of St. Demetrius /12th c/, Holy Forty Martyrs - built in 1230 by King Ivan Assen II, St. Peter /14th c/, the architectural preserve of Tsarevets protecting the mediaeval fortress walls and gates - Baldwin Tower, the Palace and ruins of the Church of the Blessed Saviour. Lunch and wine tasting in Vinpalace in the village of Arbanassi – with a few of the 18th c unique houses resembling miniature fortresses - with their solid walls and heavy gates. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 6: Veliko Tarnovo – Lovech – Sofia. After breakfast, departure for Sofia. On the way a visit the Covered Bridge in Lovech from 18-19th century, the only one of Balkan Peninsula, the Varosha area - an architectural and historical preserve. Continue to Sofia for lunch. After lunch downtown Sofia city tour. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Rila Monastery. After breakfast, departure for the Rila Monastery, which is the largest in the country and most frequently visited by Bulgarian and foreign tourists as both cultural and historical monument. The hermit John of Rila, who was later on, canonizes established the monastery in the beginning of the 10th century as a saint. The original, very precious icons and the picture gallery allow the visitors a broader and richer view on the historical and cultural heritage of centuries-old Bulgaria. Rila Monastery is included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage.
Lunch at local restaurant near the monastery. Dinner at typical folklore restaurant in Sofia “Chevermeto” and overnight at hotel in Sofia.
Day 8: Sofia. After breakfast transfer to the Sofia Airport for departure.
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