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Rural Bulgaria - Europe as It Used to Be

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 4 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 10 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 10 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive to the village of Oreshak close to the legendary Troyan Monastery. Visits to the Troyan Monastery, The National Arts and Crafts Exhibition and the workshops of some of the local masters of wood and copper. Overnight in a typical village house.

Day 2: Visits to Ethnographic complex "Etara" (open air museum of ancient Bulgarian crafts), Tryavna (St. "Archangel Michael" church, the Clock tower, "Daskalova" house), Bozhentsi (superb examples of 19th century dwellings). Overnight in the heroic Drianovo Monastery.

Day 3: Morning departure to Veliko Turnovo - the medieval Bulgarian capital. City tour upon arrival. Visits to Arbanassi, the Roman ruins of Nicopolis ad Istrum and Ivanovo Rock Monastery - one of the best preserved rock monasteries all over Bulgaria. Overnight in a typical village house.

Day 4: Drive to The Thracian Tomb in Sveshtari (the most impressive antique sight in Bulgaria), Demir Baba Teke (the tomb of the Alian saint Demir Baba) and visit the Roman town of Abrittus on the way. Continue the trip to the quaint and lovely village of Jeravna, where, if you get up early enough you can watch the goats and the sheep being taken out to the fields, and jostle with the cows who are coming into the main square for a morning drink. Overnight in a typical 300 years old house in Jeravna.

Day 5: Departure to Mezek village. Visits to the X century rock church in Mihalich village, the legendary Bukelon fortress, the Thracian tomb in Mezek (IV B. C.) and the 11th century Byzantine fortress. Overnight in Mezek village. Our route for this day goes through the in-famous "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe for more than 50 years and you will have the rare possibility to visit some of the Cold War defensive structures and trenches.

Day 6: Morning departure to Kazanlak. Visits to the Thracian tomb in Alexandrovo, Valley of Thracian Kings, the famous Thracian tomb in Kazanlak (it is a UNESCO sight) and the Russian church in Shipka. Overnight in Kazanlak.

Day 7: Departure to Kalofer. This is where we will take a 3 hours horse riding tour to the Paradise Fall (over 125 m. high). Overnight in "Rai" hut.

Day 8: 3 hours morning horse riding back to Kalofer. Departure to Plovdiv. Old Plovdiv tour upon arrival including "Nedkovich" house, the Roman amphitheater, the "St. Constantin and Helena" church, "Trakart" private museum (where you can see the famous Millefiori glass work technique applied on Thracian ritual vessels for drinking wine), the Archaeological museum showing the Panagyurishte golden treasure, etc. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 9: Morning visit to "Starata Izba" winery. Departure to Dolen village. Visits to Wonder bridges, Trigrad gorge and Devil's throat cave (all natural wonders) on the way. Live bagpipe music in the evening. The Bulgarian word for "bagpipe" is "gaida" and it is very traditional musical instrument for the Rhodope mountains area. Overnight in a typical village house.

Day 10: Drive to Dobarsko village and visit the old church having a ride in a horse buggy. In the evening you will have the chance to enjoy a personal concert of ancient traditional songs by the world-famous "Singing Grandmothers of Dobarsko". Overnight in Dobarsko.

Day 11: Visit to Rila Monastery (regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments). Departure to Sofia.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price includes:
- Customized itinerary
- Personal tour guide service
- English/Spanish speaking guide
- Driving service.

Price excludes:
- Petrol costs
- Accommodation costs
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks.


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