Day 1: Departure to the village of Oreshak. Arrival. Accommodation in 'Popovi' guest house - gorgeous place with sunny rooms, garden and really friendly owners! Tour of the legendary Troyan monastery after lunch. It is located in the northern folds of the Troyan Balkan on the left shore of the Cherni Osum River and it is the third largest and most significant monastery in Bulgaria. It must have been in existence long before the 15th century, as legends suggest. It flourished again about the year 1600.
A spot of great interest is the wonderful monastery main church which was painted by Zahari Zograph in 1847-1849. He is famous for his wonder-working icon “Three Handed Virgin Mary”. A well known center of literature in the past, it still has a rich and valuable library. In the times of national struggle for liberty the Troyan monastery has been a real revolutionary center. Visit to the 'St. Nikola' chapel in the late afternoon. Built by outlaw and hidden on a top of a hill in the forest, this small chapel will sure fascinate you! Dinner. Overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast and then visit to the biggest Museum of natural science in Bulgaria in the village of Cherni Osum (large collection of animals, birds and reptiles), the National Arts and Crafts Exhibition and the private gallery of the famous Veska Hadjiiska - one of the best Bulgarian craftsmen carving wood. Departure in the late afternoon!
My price is 10 Euro per hour + petrol costs (air-conditioned car)
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