Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

Rila monastery and Boyana church 

Tour highlights: Rila Monastery; The cave of St. Ivan Rilski the miracleworkeran and the Boyana Church 

Description: The Rila monastery – biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976, the monastery is an unique monument of the church architecture. Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila mountain, it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and keeper of the national identity trough the middle ages. The monastery museum contains some amazing examples of the best Bulgarian icon painting and woodcarving. Not far away is located the cave, where originaly lived st. Ivan Rilski, the founder of the monastery, along with his grave. It is considered, that st. Ivan was a miracleworker and is the most honored bulgarian holy man – his cave is believed to be a sacred place.

Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture – Greek cross ground-plan with dome, richly decorated facades with ceramic elements. In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun. The Boyana Church displays 89 different scenes with 240 human figures either individually or together.

This one day tour gives the unique opportunity to visit one of the supreme bulgarian sites, along with some of the highlights of the region!

Itinerary: The tour starts from your hotel. After a two hour transfer we reach the Rila monastery. A two and a half hour tour of the Holy cloister with a visit to the museum. After lunch it is time  for  transfer back to Sofia where we will visit the Boyana church. The tour ends at your hotel

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 8 hours

Price includes: All tour assistance, All transfers, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed guide, entrance fees, light lunch.

Price does not include: Gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Price: 35 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

Tour highlights: The ancient city of Plovdiv; Bachkovo monastery – second biggest monastery in Bulgaria

Description: Plovdiv, the second biggest city of Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements of Europe, with more than 7000 years of history. Home of the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and the Amphitheatre, Plovdiv is one of the main sites not only in the country, but in the Balkan peninsula. The Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium, with it,s houses from the National Revival period (18-19th century) is proclaimed an architectural open air museum.

Bachkovo Monastery was founded in the year 1083 and it’s one of the most important orthodox monuments in Bulgaria, an significant monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. It is also home of the icon of Saint Mary, considered to be miraculous.

The “Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery ” tour offers visit to some of the main landmarks of Bulgaria and travel the history of these lands, from Thracian times, trough the Roman Empire period, the national revival, till the modern age.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2 hour transfer we will reach Plovdiv, where we will visit the Ancient Roman theater, the Roman Stadium, the Forum, the Old Town. After lunch, there will be a short transfer to Bachkovo monastery and visitation of the holy cloister. Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 08:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 9 hours

Price includes: Transport with mini-van, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed guide, entrance to the Ancient Roman Theater

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, entrance to cultural-historical objects in Plovdiv Old town, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional)

Price: 35 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi 

 

Tour highlights: The Bulgarian medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo; Arbanasi revival town

Description: Veliko Tarnovo, the picturesque capital of the medieval Bulgarian empire, is situated on the northern slopes of the Balkan mountain range in the central part of the country, at 220 kilometers from Sofia. The city had it’s golden age between XII and XV century, when it was the center of orthodox christianity and the powerful Bulgarian empire. The old city is situated on the three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora, raising among the meanders of the Yantra river. Here are the imposing palace of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices, all surrounded by thick medieval walls. During the visit of the old town you will be able to see the Baldwin’s Tower, The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God, The rock of executions and much more.

Just five kilometers from here is situated one more site: Arbanasi is known for its rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th and 18th century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, which have turned the village into a popular tourist destination. With it’s magnificent frescoes, the church of the Nativity of Christ is an amazing example of the icon painting from XVI century.

Thanks to this tour you will be able to visit some of the jewels of bulgarian history, architecture and art .

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2.45 hour transfer we will reach the town of Arbanasi, where an hour and a half tour will take place. Next is short transfer to the city of Veliko Tarnovo and lunch. The tour of the old capital takes two hours. Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 08:00

Finishing time: 20:00

Duration: 9 hours

Price includes: All tour assistance, All transfers, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed guide, entrance fees.

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional)

Price: 75 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Sofia – Rural tour

Sofia – Rural tour

Tour highlights: Visitation of a local Eco Farm; tasting of local farm products

Description: Sofia, with it’s almost 2 million inhabitants, is a big city, just like most of other European capitals. This tour is designed for the ones, who want to escape from the overcrowded and noisy urban environment. Just 25 kilometers away from the capital city, nestled between hills and dense forests, the Eco farm “Elata” is situated. Here, in this beautiful scenery and ecologically clean environment, the hosts are breeding farm animals and crops in order to produce first class food products. Tasting of amazing traditional Bulgarian white and yellow cheese, milk and fresh vegetables, learning more of the maintеnance of a farm, taking a hike around the picturesque hills or just having some leisure in the sun – this tour allows you to make your one day escape from the big city and enjoy Bulgarian countryside.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After 40 minute transfer we will reach the “Elata” Eco farm. Time for tasting of the local traditional food products. Next is lunch – also prepared from the farm production. After lunch – free time for leisure. Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 17:00

Duration: 8 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: All tour assistance, All transfers, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed guide, Lunch at the Eco farm.

Price does not include: Beverages, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Price: 38 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Tour of Bulgarian royal palaces

Tour of Bulgarian royal palaces

Tour highlights: Visit to the summer royal residence “Vrana”; the ancient and medieval fortress of “Tsari Mali Grad”, the royal hunting residence “Bistritsa”

Description: Vrana palace is located on the outskirts of the capital city of Sofia, and it’s park covers an area of around 100 hectars. A modern two-storey villa, was built at the royal estate in 1906. The architectural design combines an exquisite interpretation of the Plovdiv baroque with Viennese decorative elements – the construction of the residence building was coupled with land development for farming purposes and related construction work on large areas. Greenhouses and even a small zoo were built. The Vrana park and palace in their artistic fusion represent a masterpiece of Bulgarian landscape architecture and the art of gardening.

The “Tsari Mali Grad” fortress, restored just few years ago, is a ancient and early medieval military complex and residence. It is located on a vast area, just 50 kilometers from Sofia and it guards the ancient church of  “St. Spas” along with some amazing collections, that allow the visitors travel back in time. Tsari Mali Grad was recognized as one of the important historical landmarks in Bulgaria.

Built in 1905, the hunting residence “Bistritsa” was erected in a typically Alpine style. In that time, it looked impressive with it’s stylistic expression and the way it blended in the surrounding nature. The second building – the Palace, erected between 1911 and 1914, is architectural expression  of a marvelous combination of elements and details, close to the time of Revival in Bulgaria. In its time, the Tsarska Bistritsa Complex provided a new benchmark for the national architecture in terms of modern dimensions.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After 15 minute transfer it’s time for a visit to the “Vrana” residence (2 hours). Transfer (1 hour) to the “Tsari Mali Grad” complex. After some sightseeing and lunch, transfer to Borovets resort, where “Bistritsa” royal residence is located. Tour of the hunting palace (1.30 hours). Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 18:00

Duration: 9 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: All tour assistance, All transfers, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed guide, entrance fees.

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional)

Price: 36 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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One day tour of Vitosha mountain

One day tour of Vitosha mountain

Tour highlights: Hike trough the beautiful Vitosha mountain; climb of the highest point of the mountain, visit to the Boyana waterfall

Description: The imposing Vitosha mountain stands next to the capital city of Sofia. It’s numerous alleys and paths have turned it in to the favorite park for walks and picnic for the locals. Green pine and oak forests, moraine rivers and stunning views is what’s in store for the tourists, who chose to explore this extinct volcano. This tour includes a climb of the highest point of the mountain – the Black Peak, visit to the Boyana waterfall and much more. The best day nearby Sofia for the admirers of the wild nature and the crystal-clear air.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After 20 minute transfer to the foot of the mountain, we take a lift to the high parts. After the hike to the highest peak (2 hours), it’s time for lunch. On the way down to the city we visit the 25 meter high Boyana waterfall. Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 08:00

Finishing time: 18:00

Duration: 10 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: All tour assistance, All transfers, English speaking driver, English speaking licensed mountain guide.

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Price: 33 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Plovdiv, Thracia Valley wine tasting

Plovdiv, Thracia Valley wine tasting

Tour highlights: Tour of a superb wine cellar and some wine tasting; visit of the ancient city of Plovdiv 

Description: The Thracia Valley in southern Bulgaria is very famous with it’s vineyards and fantastic wines. Surrounded by mountains, this vast plane provides the best conditions for the world famous bulgarian sorts of wine. The chance to taste some of them we will enjoy in the boutique cellar “Todoroff” – one of the best in Bulgaria. During the stay there, tour of the cellar is included, consisting of visit to the vineyards, observation of the process of the production and tasting of several types of local wine.

Plovdiv is a picturesque town, with many parks and gardens, museums and archaeological monuments. Walking along the main street, the visitor is able to feel the specific, charming mood of the town and see the typical architecture from the beginning of IXX century, combined with modern shops and cafes. Plovdiv, the second biggest city of Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements of Europe, with more than 7000 years of history. Home of the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and the Amphitheatre, Plovdiv is one of the main sites not only in the country, but in the Balkan peninsula. The Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium, with it,s houses from the National Revival period (18-19th century) is proclaimed an architectural open air museum.

Discover the secrets of the local wine and meals by participating in this magnificent one day tour. Of course all combined with the pearl of bulgarian cultural – historical heritage – the ancient city Plovdiv.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2 hour transfer we will reach the “Todoroff” cellar for a 2 hour wine tour. It will be followed by a lunch, consisting of traditional bulgarian meals. Next, after short transfer, it is time for the tour of Plovdiv: visit of the Ancient Roman theater, the Roman Stadium, the Forum, the Old Town. Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 10 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: Tour of Plovdiv, entrance fees to Ancient Roman Theater, wine tasting in wine cellar “Todoroff” in Brestovitsa, lunch, transport with mini-van, English speaking driver, licensed English speaking guide.

Price does not include: Beverages during lunch, entrance to cultural-historical objects in Plovdiv Old town, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Price: Adult – 55 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Koprivshtitsa and Starosel

Koprivshtitsa and Starosel

Tour highlights: Visit to the old town of Koprivshtitsa – an architecture open – air museum; the Thracian temple of Starosel

Description: Koprivshtitsa is a small settlement, with typical Bulgarian architecture from 19th century, situated in a picturesque valley among the mountains in the central part of Bulgaria. It is a town with special spirit, now turned into a museum, where you can feel the unique atmosphere of the Revival Period in Bulgaria. Beautiful 19th century houses, homes of some of the most eminent Bulgarians – the writers Dimcho Debelyanov and Luben Karavelov, the rebels for freedom – Georgi Benkovski and Todor Kableshkov. Outstanding ethnographic treasures can be seen together with significant historical monuments: specific architecture, original furniture, old weapons, national costumes, traditional handcrafts, precious jewellery.

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).

In Starosel you can visit a popular wine cellar and try some of the best wine sorts from the Thracia region.

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2 hour transfer we will reach the town of Koprivshtitsa for a 2 hour tour. Next, after a 30 minute transfer, it is time for the tour of Starosel: visit to the ancient settlement and the Thracian temple; wine tasting (optional). Return to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 10 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: Tour of Koprivshtitsa and Starosel; transport with modern vehicle, English speaking driver, licensed English speaking guide, entrance fees in one of the houses – museums in Koprivshtitsa

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, entrance fees to additional monuments in Koprivshtitsa, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional); Wine tasting in Starosel wine cellar 8 euro (optional)

Price: 55 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

BONUS – wine tasting

Tour highlights: the medieval Rozhen monastery, situated in the Pirin mountains; tour of the picturesque town of Melnik; Tasting session of the local types of wine – Bulgaria’s most famous export

Description: The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town, are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture.

The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting – there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink.

Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination.

Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2.30 hour transfer we will reach the town of Melnik for a 2 hour tour. Next is a visit to famous wine cellar for some wine tasting. After lunch – short transfer and visitation to the Rozhen monastery (1.30 hours). Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 08:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 11 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: Tour of Melnik and Rozhen Monastery; transportation with modern vehicle, English speaking driver, licensed English speaking guide, wine tasting in Melnik.

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional)

Price: 60 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Belogradchik Rocks and Belogradchik Fortress

Belogradchik Rocks and Belogradchik Fortress

Tour highlights: Tour of the extraordinary Belogradchik Rock formations – recognized as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe; Belogradchik medieval fortress

Description: The Belogradchik massif is a group of strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations, located on the slopes of the western Balkan Mountains. 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. They are often named after people or objects they are thought to resemble. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Nature Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region.

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. In 1st – 3rd century AD the Romans built roads across the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as some fortresses to guard them. The mission of Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (nearby today’s village of Archar, in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress, called The Citadel.

This one day tour allows you to witness one of the nature wanders of Europe and learn more about the history and culture of the picturesque Northwest Bulgaria!

Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 3 hour transfer we will reach the town of Belogradchik. The tour of the town, along with the fortress and the amazing rock formations takes 3 hours. Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 09:00

Finishing time: 19:00

Duration: 10 hours

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: Tour of Belogradchik Rocks and Belogradchik Fortress; transportation with modern vehicle, English speaking cdriver, licensed English speaking guide, entrance fees

Price does not include: Lunch, beverages, gratuities to the guide and the cdriver (optional)

Supplement: Lunch: set menu or choice from menu in a restaurant – 10 euro(optional)

Price: 60 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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Beautiful Rila Mountain – wine tasting and lunch

Beautiful Rila Mountain – wine tasting and lunch

Tour highlights: Visit to Bulgarian countryside in the foot of impressive Rila mountain; taste of traditional local wine; lunch – local cuisine; leisure

Description: At the northern slopes of Rila – Bulgaria’s highest mountain, is located the small farming town of Dolna Banya. Here, surrounded by this untouched nature and crystal – clear air, is the perfect spot to have a taste of the home – made Bulgarian cuisine and best local wine. It is a place for a pleasant walk around the nearby hills, or just for leisure and full relaxation.

Take the opportunity just to enjoy the sun, the green nature and the quality food and wine, by participating in this one day tour.

Itinerary: The tour starts from your hotel in the late morning. Transfer (1 hour) to the village of Dolna Banya, where you will participate in a lecture about Bulgarian wines and a taste of some of the best sorts. Next is a lunch with traditional Bulgarian meals. Free time. Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

Starting time: 10:00

Finishing time: 16:00

Duration: 6

Minimum participants: 2 full paying

Price includes: Transport to the village of Dolna Banya with modern vehicle, English speaking driver, lunch, wine tasting.

Price does not include: Gratuities to the driver (optional)

Price: 45 euro

* Valid for minimum 2 tourists

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