Day 2: Day visit to Rila Monastery (regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments).
Day 3: Train ride to Veliko Turnovo - the medieval Bulgarian capital. The route goes through one of the most scenic landscapes in Bulgaria - the Iskar gorge. City tour upon arrival including a visit to "Tsarevets" hill (the fortress of the Bulgarina kings) and a walk along "Samovodska charshia" (the old crafts street). Afternoon visit to "Nativity" church, "St's Archangels Michael and Gavril" church and "Konstancialieva" house in the village of Arbanassi.
Day 4: Day tour to the small town of Tryavna famous for the well preserved Revival architecture, where we will visit St "Archangel Michael" church, the Clock tower and "Daskalova" house. Afternoon visit to "Etara" (open air museum of ancient Bulgarian crafts).
Day 5: Train ride through the rich farmlands of the Danube plains on our way to Ruse - the most aristocratic town in Bulgaria, once called "The Little Vienna". City tour upon arrival including a visit to the Historical Museum and the near by Ivanovo rock churches included in the UNESCO heritage list.
Day 6: Train ride on our way to Varna on the Black Sea coast. City tour upon arrival including the imposing Cathedral, the Archaeological museum - showing the oldest Golden treasure in the world (over 6000 years), the mysterious "Panagia" church, the Roman baths, etc.
Day 7: Day tour to the Romanian Queen Castle in Balchik (the summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria).
Day 8: Day tour to the Old Nessebar (town museum included in World UNESCO heritage).
Day 9: Train ride across the Eastern Balkan range on our way to the Valley of Thracian Kings or also known as the Valley of Roses. City tour upon arrival including a visit to the famous Thracian tomb in Kazanlak (one of the UNESCO sites for Bulgaria), the Historical Museum and the Art Gallery and the Museum of Roses.
Day 10: Train ride across the Thracian lowlands on our way to Plovdiv. City tour upon arrival including "Nedkovich" house, the Roman theater and the stadium, 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.
Day 11: Train ride in the mountains enjoying the lush forests and scenic mountains views along the only operating narrow gauge (760 mm) line in Bulgaria.
Day 12: Train ride back to Sofia.
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