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BULGARIA HIGLIGHTS TOUR

velingrad

11 days/10 nights

Day 1   Sofia

Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2   Sofia

Explore the city with 7000-year long history. Visit the National History Museum and the Boyana Church. Find one of Bulgaria’s most significant historical treasures.Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Rotunda of St George, the Russian Church. See the Banya Bashi Mosque and the Great Synagogue.

Day 3   Sofia – Rila Monastery (90 km/2 h) – Sandanski (80 km/90 min) – Melnik

Departure to the famous Rila Monastery, the biggest spiritual and cultural centre in Bulgaria. Continue to the picturesque town of Sandanski, the best Bulgarian spa resorts. Arrival in Melnik, an architectural reserve.

Day 4   Melnik – Bansko (100km/2h) – Velingrad (70 km/90 min)

Departure to Bansko, a beautiful town and famous ski resort. Continue to Velingrad, one of the most popular balneological resorts.

Day 5   Velingrad – Plovdiv (80 km/90 min)

Drive to Plovdiv, one of the oldest and most colorful towns in Bulgaria. Enjoy a walk in the Old Town. Explore the 2000 years old Roman Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum, the Byzantine and medieval fortifications.

Day 6   Plovdiv – Kazanlak (140 km/2 h) – Sozopol (220 km/3 h)

Travel to Kazanlak, the main city of the famous Rose Valley. Visit the Rose museum. Continue to the Thracian beehive tomb, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Departure to the sea town of Sozopol. Explore the Old town, the Church, the Amphitheater.

Day 7   Sozopol – Nesebar (70 km/1 h) – Varna (100 km/90 min)

Travel to the beautiful Nesebar, full of medieval churches. Departure to Varna, the major Bulgarian city on the coast of Black Sea. Walk in the Sea Garden. Visit the Aquarium, the Dolphinarium. Visit the Archaeological Museum and the large and well preserved Roman Baths.

Day 8   Varna – Veliko Turnovo (230 km/3 h)

Explore the capital of Medieval Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo. Get to the Tsarevets Royal hill above the river Yantra. Go to the Samovodska market place and continue to Arbanassi museum village, a genuine gallery of art.

Day 9   Veliko Tarnovo – Etara (50 km/1 h) – Gabrovo – Veliko Tarnovo (50 km/1 h)

Visit the open-air Etara Ethnographic Museum that presents the Bulgarian culture. Continue to Garbrovo and the House of Humour and Satire, which covers the reputation of the locals for being skinflints. Travel to Shipka pass and the Shipka Memorial Church. Back to Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 10   Veliko Tarnovo – Troyan (100 km/90 min)  – Sofia (170 km/150 min)

Travel to the Troyan Pass. Visit the Troyan Monastery. Back to Sofia

Day 11

Transfer to the airport.