Turkey and Bulgaria – SPA and history

Turkey and Bulgaria – SPA and history

14 day tour

Tour dedicated to the majestic history and culture of the ancient Turkey and Bulgaria, and also to leisure and SPA in some of the best Balneological resorts in Europe.

Itinerary

Day-1. Arriving. Arriving in Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.   Day-2. Istanbul. Breakfast in the hotel. Full day tour of the city of Istanbul. Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul’s population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe and the world. Today it is time to visit some of the main highlights of the multi-million city: the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Basilica Cistern, the Theodosian Walls, the Spice Bazaar and the world famous covered bazaar Kapili Carsi.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in Istanbul.

  Day-3. Istanbul Breakfast in the hotel. Another full day tour of the vast city of Istanbul. Today we will visit the beautiful Galata – Beyoglu district. Galata gained it’s importance by the virtue of transforming into a trade colony of the Genoese and the Venetians, beside then-Byzantine Constantinople. After Ottomans captured Istanbul, the autonomous status of Galata was left untouched, except that its city walls were razed. Visitation to the amazing Galata Tower, the commercial Istiklal Avenue, the Taksim square, Maiden’s Tower and the bridge at the Golden Horn. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in the same hotel in Istanbul.   Day-4. Istanbul – Sozopol – Pomorie. (Driving duration 4.30 hours; 380 km.) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Istanbul to the town of Pomorie in Bulgaria. On the way we will visit the old town of Sozopol. Sozopol’s Old Town was declared a museum-reserve. It includes more than 180 old style houses, constructed from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. In 2010, during archeological excavations at the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John’s) Island, researchers unearthed the holy relics of Saint John the Baptist. Spa and seaside resort Pomorie is a town and seaside resort in Southeastern Bulgaria, located on a narrow rocky peninsula at the Bourgas Bay on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The lagoon Lake Pomorie, the northernmost of the Bourgas Lakes, lies in the immediate proximity. Pomorie SPA and wellness resort is fine combination of unique nature resources and is a perfect site for all year round relaxation and medical treatment. The curative effect is a result of the complex action of chemical biological, electro dynamical and mechanical factors of the curative mud. The medical mud is sedimentary – firth, black, fat on touch, smelling of sulphur-hydrogen, and silicate – carbonate bones and low containing of gypsum. The beach is on average 5 km long and 30 m wide. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Pomorie.   Day-5. Pomorie SPA – Nesebar. (Driving duration 0.40 hours; 35 km.) Breakfast in the hotel. Short transfer and tour at the town of Nesebar. Nesebar (part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage) is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, founded 3200 years ago. During Antiquity the town was called Mesembria. Ever since it was founded, it has always been surrounded by fortified walls, some remains of which have survived to this day. Free time for SPA. Dinner upon request. Overnight in the hotel in Pomorie.   Day-6.Pomorie – Kazanlak – Starozagorski Mineral Baths. (Driving duration 3 hours; 270 km.) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Starozagorski mineral baths resort. On the way, visit to the Kazanlak Thracian tomb and the Valley of the Kings. There are many mineral water springs on the territory of the Starozagorski mineral baths. The water springs with a 12 liter per second capacity, from a depth of around 1600 m. and with a temperature of around 40° C. It is lightly mineralized, containing hydro-carbonates, sulfates, calcium, magnesium, silica and fluorine. It is used for treating respiratory, kidney and stomach problems. The biggest springs are developed into the resort’s main Thermal bath building, with a couple of mineral water fountains outside. Other springs are used for providing spa and balneotherapy services by hotels and medical centres. The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site, based on its architectural outlook, belongs to the dome tombs, typical for the Thracian funeral architecture from the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 3rd century BC. The tomb is one of the best preserved pieces of art from the antiquity in the world. The Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tomb of different kings ruled the Thracian territories during the ages – here is the tomb of the mighty Thracian king Seuthes III. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Starozagorski mineral baths.   Day-7. Starozagorski Mineral Baths SPA. Breakfast in the hotel. Free time for leisure and SPA procedures. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in the hotel in Starozagorski mineral baths.   Day-8. Starozagorski Mineral Baths – Starosel – Hisarya. (driving duration 2 hours; 155 km.). Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Starozagorski Mineral Baths to the town of Hisarya. On the way, tour to the Starosel Thracian temple. The town of Hisarya is located in the central part of the country at 360 m above the sea level. The town of Hisarya is famous for its thermal mineral waters from 22 springs with proven therapeutic properties. Hisarya is one of the most famous Bulgarian resorts with millennium-old history (since 5th century BC), closely related to the incredible combination of warm mineral waters, mild climate and strategic geographic location. This is a settlement named after the Emperor Diocletian, and well known as the beautiful big white marble town with the incredible thermal baths, some of which are operational even today. In terms of preservation and originality of the fortification system and the architecture, the Roman town of Diocletianopolis ranks among the first in Europe. In many parts the fortress wall is as high as 11 meters, and the south fortress gate is 13 m high. The mineral water from “Lilly-of-the-valley” spring is hyper-thermal – 44 oC, with total mineralization of 0.270 gr/l. It is described as hydro-carbonate, sulphate, sodium, fluorine, silicon, containing radon. It is suitable for drinking, inhalations and for external balneological therapy. The mineral water from “Momina banya” (Maiden bath) spring is hyper-thermal, 55 oC temperature, with total mineralization of 0.230 gr/l. It is described as hydro-carbonate, sulphate, sodium, fluorine, silicon, radon, containing hydrosulphide. It is suitable for drinking, inhalations and for external balneotherapy. Starosel is mainly known for it’s abundance of ancient Neolithic and Thracian remains, some dating from 5th-6th millennium BC. In antiquity, it was an important and wealthy Thracian city in the 5th century BC, as evidenced by the excavations, made in the 20th century. The largest underground temple in the Balkans, along with a mausoleum, were found under the Chetinyova Mogila. The temple, as well as the nearby Thracian king’s residence under Mount Kozi Gramadi, were likely built during the reign of Amatokos II (359-351 BC) Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Hisarya.   Day-9. Hisarya SPA. Breakfast in the hotel. Free time for leisure and SPA procedures. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in the hotel in Hisarya.   Day-10. Hisarya – Plovdiv – Bachkovo monastery – Velingrad. (Driving duration 3.15 hours; 200 km.) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Hisarya to the town of Velingrad – the SPA capital of the Balkan peninsula. On the way we will visit the ancient city of Plovdiv, Bachkovo monastery and the Asenova fortress. Plovidv is considered as one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here you will see remains of the Thracian fortress (5th century BC) and well preserved remains from Roman times to our days. The Old Town is a marvelous site, with picturesque churches, the mosque and many houses with architecture, specific atmosphere and the spirit of Bulgarian Revival period. Your guide will show you the fabulous remains from Ancient Roman Empire – Roman Stadium, Roman Forum, and Amphitheater. Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria dates from the middle ages. The monastery was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregoriy Bakuriani, who donated the land. For a long time the monastery was Georgian. Asen’s Fortress is located 3 km. from the city, on the top of a cliff, on the left bank of the Asenitsa River. The first written reference to the fortress dates from the founding of the nearby Bachkovo Monastery. Arriving in Velingrad. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Velingrad.   Day-11. Velingrad SPA. Breakfast in the hotel. Free time for leisure and SPA procedures. Velingrad is located in the West Rhodopes. The climate is typical mountainous as the resort is situated some 760 m above the sea level. Due to its 80 mineral water springs Velingrad is one of the largest health resorts. There are plenty of sanatoria, clinics and modern SPA centres and hotels. In 2009 Velingrad was announced SPA Capital of the Balkans. Velingrad is the town with the largest resource of mineral waters in the country of a total flow rate of 143 l/sec. There are 3 mineral water springs in the town and its surroundings with various physical and chemical properties, named after the area where they are situated. “Chepino” mineral water spring – Hyper-thermal water with 48°C temperature and total mineralization of 0.187 gr/l. It is described as Hydro-carbonate, sodium, fluorine, silicon, radon, containing hydrosulphide. “Ladzhene” mineral water spring – hot water, 60°C temperature, with total mineralization of 0.317 gr/l. It is described as hydro-carbonate-sulphate, sodium, fluorine, silicon, radon, containing hydrosulphide. “Kamenitsa” mineral water spring – hot water, 90°C temperature, with total mineralization of 0.551 gr/l. It is described as sulphate-hydro-carbonate, sodium, fluorine, silicon, containing hydrosulphide and radon. The mineral waters are suitable for drinking and inhalations as well as for external balneotherapy. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in the hotel in Velingrad.   Day-12. Velingrad – Rila monastery – Sofia. (Driving duration 4.15 hours; 290 km.) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Sofia. On the way, visit to the world famous Rila Monastery. Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and is also the most popular tourist destination. Throughout the centuries Rila Monastery has always been the spiritual, educational and cultural center of Bulgaria. It is part of the UNESCO list of the global heritage sites. Free time. Dinner upon request. Overnight in a hotel in Sofia.   Day-13. Sofia. Breakfast in the hotel. Next is a Full day walking and transport tour of Sofia. It starts with a visit to Boyana church (UNESCO listed site), the National Historical Museum – holding many collections of artefacts of Balkan history. Next is a visit of the Museum of Communism, and proceed to the historical city centre, across the National Palace of Culture and through the ancient St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President, the National Archaeological Museum, the 16th century Banya Bashi Mosque, St. Nedelya – old metropolitan cathedral, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, the Russian Church St. Nikolay, the National Assembly Square, where, in the middle of the square sits the impressive King Liberator monument, the Holy Synod, Saint Sofia Church, The Bulgarian National Gallery for Foreign Art, Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the biggest in Bulgaria and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia. Dinner upon request. Free time. Return to the hotel in Sofia. Overnight.   Day-14.Departure. Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Sofia airport. . .

Summary:

An amazing tour that is designed to present the real beauty, culture and traditions of the ancient Balkan peninsula.

The tour duration is 14 days and 13 nights.

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* Price: Upon request

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Included in the prices:

  • Two overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotels in Pomorie, Starozagorski mineral baths, Hisarya, Velingrad and Sofia
  • Three overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotel in Istanbul
  • Urban Adventures tour in Sofia with visiting of all main sights in the capital city.

  • Tours of Istanbul, Sozopol, Nesebar, the Kazanlak tomb, the Valley of Kings, Thracian temple in Starosel, Plovdiv, Bachkovo monastery, Asenova fortress, Leshten, Trigrad gorge, Shiroka Laka, the Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Asenova fortress, Rila monastery and Sofia.
  • English speaking guide

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

  • Arrival and departure transfer

  • Seat in modern vehicle – car, mini-van or mini-bus

Istanbul2 Beach Plovdiv-stadium spa Asen's Fortress Starosel, Thraci Complex Rila Monastery, Bulgaria Hisar

Serbia and Bulgaria – the jewels of the Balkans

Serbia and Bulgaria – the jewels of the Balkans

14 day tour

A unique tour in two of the most beautiful contries in Europe, that includes some amazing highlights.

Itinerary

Day-1. Arrivng.

Arriving in Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.

 

Day-2. Belgrade.

Breakfast in the hotel. Walking tour of the city of Belgrade.

The city is the capital of Serbia, and has a population of around 1.6 million. It is situated on several hills, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and its name translates to White city.

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. During our tour we will reach all of the highlights of the city: the Knez Mihailova street, Kalemegdan fortress, Parliament, the cathedral Saint Sava, the Natonal Theatre, the central square Nikola Pasic and much more.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in Belgrade.

 

Day-3. Belgrade – Krusevac. (Driving duration 2.30 hours; 200 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Belgrade to the town of Krusevac and walking tour.

Krusevac, which today is the seat of the Rasina region, has a long and rich history. Its central location has made it a popular stop in the Balkans since the middle Ages. Krusevac is well known for its Archaeological Park, which comprises King Lazar’s medieval city walls, the Lazarica church, and the National Museum. Tsar Lazar built the town in 1371 as a capital city and military fortress. The building of the beautiful Lazarica church signalled the beginning of the Moravian School of Masonry. The nearby Branič-kula (Defence Tower) is a partially destroyed but a nonetheless impressive 15 m structure.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Krusevac.

 

Day-4. Krusevac – Nis. (Driving duration 1.20 hours; 80 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Krusevac to the city of Niš.

Historians, geographers and writers have always called this city “the Gate between East and West”. City of Niš, one of the oldest cities in this part of Europe, stands at a crossroads of major European routes. With the birth of Flavius Valerius Constantine in Niš (in the second half of the third century), who later became a great Roman Emperor, protector of Christianity, great warrior and statesman, this town got its significant place in the world history. The tour follows the King Milan square, monument of Alexander of Yugoslavia, the Chairska Fountain, the City Hall, built as the seat of the National Bank; the Niš Fortress, located near Nishava, built in 1723, in place of which was located first Roman fort named Naissus.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Niš.

 

Day-5. Nis – Sofia. (Driving duration 3 hours; 170 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Niš to the capital city of Bulgaria – Sofia.

Arriving in Sofia. Free time. Dinner upon request. Overnight in a hotel in the capital city.

 

Day-6. Sofia.

Breakfast in the hotel. Next is a Full day walking and transport.

It starts with It starts with a visit to Boyana church (UNESCO listed site), the National Historical Museum – holding many collections of artefacts of Balkan history. Next is a visit to the Museum of Communism and proceed to the historical center, across the National Palace of Culture and through the ancient St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President, the National Archeological Museum, the 16th century Banya Bashi mosque, St. Nedelya – old metropolitan cathedral, the National Theater, the former Royal Palace, the Russian church St. Nikolay, the National Assembly square, where in the middle of the square sits the impressive King Liberator monument, the Holy Synod, St. Sofia church, the Bulgarian National Gallery for Foreign Art, the Alexander Nevski cathedral – the biggest in Bulgaria and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Return to the hotel in Sofia. Overnight.

 

Day-7. Sofia – Rila monastery – Bansko (Driving duration 3.15 hours; 220 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Sofia to the town of Bansko. On the way – half day tour to the famous Rila monastery. Tour of Bansko.

Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and also a popular tourist destination. Throughout the centuries Rila Monastery has always been the spiritual, educational and cultural center of Bulgaria. It is listed in UNESCO heritage sites.

Over the years Bansko gradually established itself as one of the leading ski resorts in the country and the region, which attracts many Bulgarian and foreign tourists. There are multiple museums and landmarks in the town. 130 architectural and historical monuments of culture are registered, seven of which are of national significance. The architecture of the typical houses in Bansko from the period of Revival (18th – 19th century) can be seen everywhere in the town.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Bansko.

 

Day-8. Bansko – Melnik – Rozhen monastery. (Driving duration 2.15 hours; 210 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Bansko to the town of Melnik. Half day tour of Melnik and Rozhen monastery. Return back to Bansko.

The first written evidences of the Melnik Fortress refer to the beginning of the 11th century. The first settlers on the territory of contemporary Melnik were the Thracians, and more particularly the Thracian tribe Maedi, of which the legendary rebel Spartacus originated. Afew centuries later the Romans lived on this ground. This is proven by the ancient Roman bridge, which is still preserved in the town of Melnik. The town offers fantastic scenery of the famous Sand Pyramids overlooking the typical houses from the Revival period. Melnik is also known as one of the centers of wine industry. Our tour includes a wine tasting experience.

Rozhen monastery is the biggest monastery in the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria. It is one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries well preserved until today. The earliest archaeological evidence of medieval life at the place is a grave with a few coins and decorations from the time of Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos (1259–1282). Some other items also date to the 13th century while the marble frieze above the central gate of the church dates to the 13th or 14th century.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Return to the hotel in Bansko. Overnight.

 

Day-9. Bansko – Kovachevitsa – Leshten – Trigrad – Devin. (Driving duration 3.30 hours; 210 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Bansko to the town of Devin. On the way we will visit the villages of Kovachevitsa and Leshten – architectural reserves and the famous Trigrad gorge.

The village of Kovachevita is an appropriate destination for the admirers of country tourism and relaxation. Besides having the option to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets, and stay in a typical Kovachevitsa house, tourists can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes and enjoy the tranquillity of the Rhodopa mountain.

The village of Leshten attracts tourists with its authentic look and the old houses, preserved since the Bulgarian Revival (18th – 19th century).

The Trigrad Gorge is a 7-kilometer defile north of the village Trigrad, beneath towering marble cliffs cut over millions of years by the Trigrad River. In places the cliffs are only separated by about 100 meters. On the western side of the gorge the cliffs rise roughly 180 meters, while on the east they are 300-350 meters high. The nearby Devil’s Throat Cave is a favorite tourist destination and one of the country’s most impressive developed caves, in part because of its huge waterfall fed by the river – a 42-meter drop.

Arriving in Devin. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Devin.

 

Day-10. Devin – Shiroka Laka – Wonderful Bridges – Bachkovo monastery – Asenova fortress – Plovdiv. (Driving duration 3.30 hours; 170 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the city of Plovdiv. On the way we will visit the village of Shiroka Laka – an architectural open-air museum, the natural phenomenon Wonderfull Bridges, Bachkovo monastery and the Asenova fortress.

Shiroka Laka was founded in the 17th century and has now become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria. The village has preserved its architecture from the Bulgarian Revival period, its musical culture, beautiful landscapes and rich history.

The Wonderfull Bridges are a rock phenonomenon, situated in a karst valley at 1450 meters above the sea level, at the foot of Golyam Persenk peak (2091 m.). In the past the bridges had been one entire cave, formed under the destructive activity of the river waters. Parts of it were collapsing with time, forming majestic marble bridges. The large bridge consists of three arches, as the largest one is 45 meters high and 40 meters wide.

Bachkovo monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria dates from the middle ages. The monastery was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregoriy Bakuriani, who donated the land. For a long time the monastery was Georgian.

Asen’s Fortress is located 3 km. from the city, on the top of a cliff, on the left bank of the Asenitsa river. The first written reference to the fortress dates from the founding of the nearby Bachkovo monastery.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Plovdiv.

 

Day-11. Plovdiv – Kazanlak. (Driving duration 1.30 hours; 110 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Half day tour of Plovdiv. Transfer to the city of Kazanlak. On the way we will visit the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak and the Valley of the Kings.

Plovidv is considered as one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here you will see remains of the Thracian fortress (5th century BC) and well preserved remains from Roman times to our days. The Old Town is a marvelous site, with picturesque churches, the mosque and many houses with architecture, specific atmosphere and the spirit of Bulgarian Revival period. Your guide will show you the fabulous remains from the Ancient Roman Empire – Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and Amphitheater.

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site, based on its architectural outlook, belongs to the dome tombs, typical for the Thracian funeral architecture from the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 3rd century BC. The tomb is one of the best preserved pieces of art from the antiquity in the world.

The Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tombs of different kings, that ruled the Thracian teritories during the ages – here is the tomb of the mighty Thracian King Seuthes III.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Kazanlak.

 

Day-12. Kazanlak – Bozhentsi – Tryavna – Veliko Tarnovo. (Driving duration 2.30 hours; 130 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Kazanlak to the city of Veliko Tarnovo. On the way we will visit the ethnographical villages of Bozhentsi and Tryavna. Half day tour of Veliko Tarnovo.

Bozhentsi – a pretty village in the area of Gabrovo, is one of the most beautiful architectural reserves in Bulgaria. There are a lot of museums there and the atmosphere is unforgettable – history and nature.

Tryavna still keeps the spirit of the Revival period even today. The Clock Tower – one of the symbols of Tryavna, stands in the center of the town. It was built in 1814 and is 21 m. high. The tower was declared an architectural – construction monument of culture of national importance.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as it’s history dates back to more than five thousand years ago. The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1421). After it’s selection for a capital in 1185, the town developed fast, as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

 

Day-13. Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi – Koprivshtitsa – Sofia. (Driving duration 4.30 hours; 280 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Sofia. On the way, visit to Arbanasi, the ethnographic complex Etara and the town of Koprivshtitsa.

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 5 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1421). At that time the Bolyari (nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the King of Tarnovo minted coins here.

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etara is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex was declared an architectural and ethnographic monument of national significance. The museum contains a total of 50 sites – houses with handcraft workshops, water installations and other buildings. On the handcrafts street the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen.

Koprivshtitsa is announced for National Town-Museum. The architecture in Koprivshtitsa reflects the historical development growth of Bulgarian traditional architecture that can still be observed in its various forms at present.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Sofia.

 

Day-14.Departure.

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Sofia airport.

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Summary:

An amazing tour that is designed to present the real beauty, culture and traditions of the ancient Balkan peninsula.

The tour duration is 14 days and 13 nights.

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* Price: Upon request

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Included in the prices:

  • One overnight on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotels in Krusevac, Niš, Devin, Plovdiv, Kazanlak and Veliko Tarnovo
  • Two overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotels in Belgrade and Bansko
  • Three overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotel in Sofia
  • Urban Adventures tour in Sofia with visiting of all main sights in the capital city.

  • Tours of Belgrade, Krusevac, Niš, Sofia, Rila monastery, Bansko, Melnik, Rozhen monastery, Kovachevita, Leshten, Trigrad gorge, Shiroka Laka, the Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Asenova fortress, Plovdiv, Kazanlak tomb, Valley of the Kings, Bozhentsi, Tryavna, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Etara ethnographic museum and Koprivshtitsa.
  • English speaking guide

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

  • Arrival and departure transfer

  • Seat in modern vehicle – car, mini-van or mini-bus

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Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch – 10 EUR per 3 course meal in local restaurant, without beverages

  • Dinner – 15 euro per 3 course meal in the hotel, without beverages

  • Accommodation in 5* – upon request

  • Single supplement – 279 EUR

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Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3* – DBL / TRPL – 20 euro / SNGL – 30 EUR

  • Hotels 4* / 5* – DBL / TRPL – 45 euro / SNGL – 70 EUR

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Notes:

Zelanos tours guarantees highest quality of the tour.

belgrade Kruševac Alexander Nevski Cathedral Plovdiv, Old Town

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria Kazanlak Tomb Tryavna-1 Wonderfull Bridges

The highlights of Romania and Bulgaria

The highlights of Romania and Bulgaria

14 day tour

Zelanos Tours gives you the opportunity to visit all the main tourist attractions of both Romania and Bulgaria in one amazing two – week tour.

Itinerary

Day-1. Arriving.

Arriving in Bucharest. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day-2. Bucharest.

Breakfast in the hotel. Walking tour of the city of Bucharest.

The town is known as the “Small Paris” because of its architecture. Arc de Triomphe – a copy of the Parisian Triumph Ark; Temple of Music “Athena” – concert and festival center, one of the symbols of Bucharest, which is distinguished by it’s dome with a height of 30 m; National Theatre – theatrical symbol of the Bohems; Parliament – the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon was built on an area of 45 acres of some 20,000 workers in the management of Nicolae Ceausescu; Patriarchal Cathedral and Palace – spiritual center of the city in an impressive classical style with Baroque elements; The University – the young heart of the capital; Square of the Revolution; Victory Square; Royal Palace. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day-3. Bucharest – Brasov. (Driving duration 2.40 hours; 185 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Bucharest to the city of Brashov and walking tour.

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. The city was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of their seven walled citadels. The tour includes visit to the old Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului) where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures; the Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest gothic church in Romania; the renaissance-style Merchant’s House; the beautiful archway of the Orthodox Cathedral and the memorial museum of the Mureseanu family.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Brasov.

 

Day-4. Brasov – Sibiu. (Driving duration 2 hours; 145 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Brasov to the town of Sibiu.

Sibiu was built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. Sibiu’s Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Sections of the medieval wall still guard the historic area, where narrow streets pass steep-roofed 17th century buildings. Sibiu is a pedestrian-friendly city – a walking tour is in our program. The Upper town is home to most of Sibiu’s historic sites, and the Lower town, lined with colourful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defence towers overlooking the river Cibin. Visit to the Great Square and Little Square, the Huet Square, the beautiful Passage of Steps connecting the upper town to the lower town, the well-known Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths’ Square, the Harquebusiers’ Tower (Turnul Archebuzierilor), Carpenters’ Tower (Turnul Dulgherilor) and Potters’ Tower (Turnul Olarilor).

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Sibiu.

 

Day-5. Sibiu – Vidin. (Driving duration 5.15 hours; 325 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Sibiu to the city of Vidin in Bulgaria.

Short visit to the medieval fortress of “Baba Vida”, situated on the bank of the river Danube and raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia. The first excavations in the fortress from uncovered remains of the Roman, Byzantine, early Bulgarian, late Bulgarian and Ottoman age. The medieval castle was declared a monument of culture, having national significance. Baba Vida is among the most preserved medieval fortification constructions in Bulgaria.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Vidin.

 

Day-6. Vidin – Belogradchik – Sofia. (Driving duration 4 hours; 250 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Vidin to the capital city of Bulgaria – Sofia. On the way we will be able to visit the amazing Magurata cave and the stunning scenery of Belogradchik.

The Belogradchik massif is a group of strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to yellow; some of the rocks reach up to 200 m. in height. Many of the rocks represent fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Nature Landmark and are a major tourist attraction. Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the town of Belogradchik among the renowned rocks. It is a fortress that existed since the Roman times.

The Magura Cave is situated at a distance of about 20 km from the town. Multiple rock drawings dating back to various periods have been found in the cave. A unique solar calendar with 366 days was found in the cave. The Magura is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria. This is also one of the most visited caves in the country.

Arriving in Sofia. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in the capital city.

 

Day-7. Sofia.

Breakfast in the hotel. Next is a Full day walking and transport tour of Sofia.

It starts with a visit to Boyana church (UNESCO listed site), the National Historical Museum – holding many collections of artefacts of Balkan history. Next is a visit to the Museum of Communism and proceed to the historical center, across the National Palace of Culture and through the ancient St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President, the National Archeological Museum, the 16th century Banya Bashi mosque, St. Nedelya – old metropolitan cathedral, the National Theater, the former Royal Palace, the Russian church St. Nikolay, the National Assembly square, where in the middle of the square sits the impressive King Liberator monument, the Holy Synod, St. Sofia church, the Bulgarian National Gallery for Foreign Art, the Alexander Nevski cathedral – the biggest in Bulgaria and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Return to the hotel in Sofia. Overnight.

 

Day-8. Sofia – Bachkovo monastery – Plovdiv(Driving duration 2.45 hours; 210 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Sofia to the city of Plovdiv. Full day tour of Plovdiv, Bachkovo monastery and Asenova fortress.

Plovidv is considered as one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here you will see remains of the Thracian fortress (5th century BC) and well preserved remains from Roman times to our days.

The Old Town is a marvelous site, with picturesque churches, the mosque and many houses with architecture, specific atmosphere and the spirit of Bulgarian Revival period.

Your guide will show you the fabulous remains from Ancient Roman Times – Roman Stadium, Roman Forum, Amphitheater.

Bachkovo monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria, dates from the middle ages. The monastery was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregoriy Bakuriani, who donated the land. For a long time the monastery was Georgian.

Asenova Fortress is located 3 km. from the city, on the top of a cliff, on the left bank of the Asenitsa river. The first written reference to the fortress dates from the founding of the nearby Bachkovo monastery.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Plovdiv.

 

Day-9. Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Sozopol – Burgas. (Driving duration 4.45 hours; 390 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Plovdiv to the city of Burgas. On the way we will visit the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak, the Valley of the Kings and Sozopol, which is one of the ancient towns and harbors on Bulgaria’s coast and one of the famous Black sea resorts.

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site, based on its architectural outlook, belongs to the dome tombs, typical for the Thracian funeral architecture from the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 3rd century BC. The tomb is one of the best preserved pieces of art from the antiquity in the world.

The Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tomb of different kings ruled the Thracian territories during the ages – here is the tomb of the mighty Thracian king Seuthes III.

Sozopol’s Old Town was declared a museum-reserve. It includes more than 180 old style houses, constructed from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. In 2010, during archeological excavations at the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John’s) Island, researchers unearthed the holy relics of Saint John the Baptist.

Arriving in Burgas. Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Burgas.

 

Day-10. Burgas – Nesebar – Kaliakra – Balchik – Varna. (Driving duration 4.30 hours; 280 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the city of Varna. On the way, Full day tour: Nesebar – the town (part of the UNESCO’s World Treasures); Aladzha Monastery, Cape Kaliakra, Balchik.

Nesebar is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, founded 3200 years ago. During Antiquity the town was called Mesembria. Ever since it was founded, it has always been surrounded by fortified walls, some remains of which have survived to this day.

Aladzha Monastery (10th – 12th c.) is a cave monastery in Bulgaria, where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The monastery premises are carved and arranged on two levels in a limestone rock, almost 40 m high.

Cape Kaliakra and the architectural reserve on its territory are situated on an oblong, narrow rocky peninsula that juts out about 2 km into the sea. The rich history, the well-preserved landscape, and the beautiful panoramic views make it one of the attractive tourist spots on the Black Sea Coast.

The Palace in Balchik is a designated archaeological and constructional monument of culture and a monument of the gardening and landscape art.

The University Botanical Garden in Balchik was established in 1955 on the territory of the park of the former summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania. Today the Botanical Garden accommodates collections with over 3500 plant species.

Varna was established in the 6th century BC under the name of Odessos by emigrants from the town of Milet. Because of its history and its economical and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Varna.

 

Day-11. Varna – Pliska – Madara rider – Preslav – Veliko Tarnovo. (Driving duration 3.30 hours; 245 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the city of Veliko Tarnovo. On the way, tour of Pliska, The Madara Rider and Preslav.

Pliska, with its incredible excavations is the oldest capital of Bulgaria and dates from the time of the Bulgarian Khans (7th century). Here the visitors can see the palace of the first Bulgarian kings (hans).

The most notable monument at the Madara reserve is the unique stone relief known as the Madara Rider. It depicts a horseman in a natural pose with a sword in his hand. At the feet of the horse is a lion, and behind the rider is depicted his hunting dog. It is a unique monument of culture in Europe and part of UNESCO list.

Preslav was known as a spiritual and literature center, where the development of the Slavic written language and Golden Age of Bulgaria during the rule of King Simeon I (893 – 927 AD) took place.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

 

Day-12. Veliko Tarnovo – Etara – Arbanasi.(Driving duration 2.15 hours; 110 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to the ethnographic complex Etara. Half day tour of Arbanasi and Veliko Tarnovo.

The Architectural and Ethnographic Complex Etara is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex was declared an architectural and ethnographic monument of national significance. The museum contains a total of 50 sites – houses with handcraft workshops, water installations and other buildings. On the handcrafts street the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as it’s history dates back to more than five thousand years ago. The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1421). After it’s selection for a capital in 1185, the town developed fast, as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 5 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1421). At that time the Bolyari (nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the King of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in the same hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

 

Day-13. Veliko Tarnovo – Ivanovo – Bucharest. (Driving duration 3 hours; 190 km.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Bucharest, back in Romania. On the way, visit to the Ivanovo rock monasteries.

The Ivanovo rock monastery “St. Archangel Michael” was founded in the year 1220 by the monk Yoakim, who later became a Bulgarian patriarch. The Bulgarian Kings Yoan Asen ІІ (1218-1241), Yoan Alexander (1331-1371) and other representatives of the royal court, were among the monastery donators, and their donor’s portrait are preserved to the present day.

Dinner upon request. Free time. Overnight in a hotel in Bucharest.

 

Day-14.Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Bucharest airport.

 

 

Summary:

A tour, which includes the highlights of Romania and Bulgaria – a true experience in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula.

The tour duration is 14 days and 13 nights.

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* Price: Upon request

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Included in the prices:

  • One overnight on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotels in Brasov, Sibiu, Vidin, Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna
  • Two overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotels in Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo
  • Three overnights on BB in high quality 4* centrally located hotel in Bucharest
  • Urban Adventures tour in Sofia with visiting of all main sights in the capital city.

  • Tours of Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Vidin, Sofia, Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery, Asenova fortress, Kazanlak tomb, Valley of the Kings, Sozopol, Nesebar, Aladzha monastery, cape Kaliakra, Balchik Palace, Univercity Bothanical Garden, Preslav, Madara Rider, Pliska, Etara ethnographic museum, Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo and Ivanovo rock monasteries.

  • English speaking guide

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

  • Arrival and departure transfer

  • Seat in modern vehicle – car, mini-van or mini-bus

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch – 10 EUR per 3 course meal in local restaurant, without beverages

  • Dinner – 15 EUR per 3 course meal in the hotel, without beverages

  • Accommodation in 5* – upon request

  • Single supplement – 269 EUR

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3* – DBL / TRPL – 20 euro / SNGL – 30 EUR

  • Hotels 4* / 5* – DBL / TRPL – 45 euro / SNGL – 70 EUR

Notes:

Zelanos tours guarantee highest quality of the tour.

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