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Culture and Beach

On this tour we will visit three of the largest and most beautiful cities in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, and the capital city of Sofia. We will also visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Rila Monastery, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, and travel through beautiful countryside, including small mountain villages and rose fields. Eventually, we will reach the seaside and visit the sea capital of Bulgaria –Varna and one of the most famous resorts – Golden Sands.  


Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1Culture-and-Beach
Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to a hotel in Sofia. Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.


Day 2
Sightseeing tour of Sofia: visit of St Petka church, St George church – transformed in mosque
at the 15th century, the Alexandre Nevski cathedral, the museum of religious art and the






Day 3 Bulgarian-monasteries

Departure to Rila Monastery, the biggest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries, this monastery is one of the oldest in Europe. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1983. Behind its 20-metre-high walls lie impressive monastic buildings, a church and a chapel with remarkable wall paintings. Departure for Plovdiv, the second largest city in the country.


Day 4
Walking tour in the old town of Plovdiv with visits to the Ethnographical Museum, the church of
St. Constantine and St Helena and the Ancient Theatre. Lunch in a typical restaurant. An
afternoon visit to the Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest in Bulgaria lying at the foot of the
Rodopi Mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in Plovdiv.



thracian-tomb-kazanlak-2Day 5
Drive to Kazanlak the capital of the Valley of the Roses and the centre of the Valley of the
Thracian Rulers. Lunch in Kazanlak. Concert of orthodox chants at the church of St Elijah. Visit
to the replica of the UNESCO protected Thracian tomb, whose frescos are considered a
masterpiece of ancient art, dating from the 4th century BC. Continuation Varna. Dinner and overnight stay in Varna


Day 6Visit of Varna – Dinner and overnight hotel – 3-4* in Golden sands.




golden_sands1_bulgariaDay 7
Stay in Golden Sands – FB


Day 8
Stay in Golden sands – FB


Day 9
Drive to Veliko Tarnovo with tour visit of the unique village of Arbanassi. Dinner and overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo







Day 10
Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo. Tour visit of the Drianovo Monastery and the ethnographic village of Etara. Drive to Sofia. Folk dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.


Day 11
After breakfast drive to Sofia airport.