Day 1: Arrival Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to your hotel. Free time. In the evening, dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with folklore show. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2: Sofia – Rila monastery – Plovdiv
Following breakfast, you will proceed to the Rila monastery (UNESCO site) - the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery complex is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. You will visit the main church of the monastery, famous for its unique frescoes and its gold-plated iconostasis, and the monastery museum, known for housing Rafail’s Cross. Enjoy trout menu at a local restaurant. After lunch, take a scenic drive through the mountains to one of the most historically rich cities in Europe - Plovdiv. On the way, photo stop at Borovets - the oldest mountain resort in the country. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 3: Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Starosel – Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast. Morning city tour of Plovdiv’s Old town. During this tour you will see numerous preserved historical sites of different ages and revival houses - the Roman theatre (early 2nd century BC) and Stadium (late 2nd century BC), the St. St. Constantine and Elena Church, the Ethnographical museum. Depart to the famous valley of Roses. On the way, you will stop to see Starosel Tharcian tomb. Lunch and wine tasting (optional) in the Starosel winery complex. Then, entrance to the Thracian tomb and the History museum in Kazanlak. Continue through Shipka pass to visit Shipka memorial church. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo, famous as the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The town is located on three historical hills along the shores of the Yantra River. Dinner and overnight. Optional – Sound & Light Show.
Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo – Troyan monastery - Sofia
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo, including visit to Tsarevets hill and Samovodska Charshiya Street in the Old Town. You’ll also take a short walk in the village of Arbanassi, situated 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants in the architectural reserve. Continue on by bus to the Troyan monastery – famous for the holiest icons of the Bulgarian Orthodox – the Three-handed Virgin. The monastery is built in the 17th century and is the third biggest monastery in the country. In the evening, return to Sofia. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Sofia
After breakfast city tour of Sofia – a 7000 year-old city. Strolling through the capital city, you will see the St. Sofia Church, built in the middle of the 6th century under the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, that gave the city its name; the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world; the former royal palace; the Parliament and many more interesting places. Also you will visit the Rotunda St. Georgi, the remains of the medieval city walls, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the National Theatre.
Depending on departure time, you can also visit Boyana church (UNESCO World heritage site).
Transfer to Sofia airport for your flight back home.
- Wine tasting in Starosel
- Hear an Orthodox choir performance in the church in Kazanlak
- Cooking lessons in Arbanassi
- Light & Sound Show at Tsarevets hills in Veliko Tarnovo
- Make your own souvenir in one of the craft’s shops along Samovodska Charshiya.
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