Photograph tour

 

 

Belogradchik fortress

Belogradchik fortress

 

Day-1

Sofia – Belogradchik rocks – Belogradchik / about 165 km/

08:50 – arriving in Sofia

10:00 – departure from Sofia airport to Belogradchik

13:00 – arriving in Belogradchik , accommodation in the hotel Skalite 4* – www.skalite.bg  (or similar) and lunch

16:00 – transfer to Belogradchik Rocks for photo. Shooting: landscape

21:30 – dinner in the hotel Skalite 4*

 

Day-2

Belogradchik – Krushuna waterfall – Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets Fortress – Arbanasi /about 341 km/

06:30 – breakfast

7:30 – departure from Belogradchik

13:15 – transfer to restaurant for lunch11:30 – arriving in Krushuna.

Krushuna waterfall

Krushuna waterfall

Photo stop in Krushuna waterfall .Shooting: nature, waterfalls, lanscape

13:30 – lunch in a local restaurant

14:30 – departure to Veliko Tarnovo

16:00 – arriving in Veliko Tarnovo. Photo stop in Tsrevets Fortress . Shooting: landscape , panoramic photo,

architecture, culture

18:30 – transfer to hotel in Arbanasi and accommodationin hotel Izvora 3*www.izvora.com (or similar)

20:30 – transfer to Tsarevec Fortness for special compliment show “Sound and Light”. Shooting: occasion

                                                       21:30 – transfer to the hotel and dinne

Tsarevets Fortress

Tsarevets Fortress

                                                                  

 

Day-3

Arbanasi – Plovdiv old town – Plovdiv / about 220 km/

07:30 – breakfast

Amphitheatre in Plovdiv

Amphitheatre in Plovdiv

         

09:00 – departure from the hotel and transfer to Plovdiv

12:30 – arriving in Plovdiv. Lunch and accommodation in hotel Ramada 4* (or similar)

14:00 – Sightseeing of Plovdiv Old Town. Shooting: architecture

21:00 – special dinner in restaurant “Spices”23:30 – transfer back to the hotel18:00 – motorbike shooting and

quad (optional )

Old quarter in Plovdiv

Old quarter in Plovdiv

  Day-4                                                                                  

Plovdiv – Asen’s Fortress – Bachkovo Monastery – Devin

 

09:00 – departure from the hotel07:30 – breakfast

09:40 – arriving in Asen’s Fortress for photo stop . Shooting: landscape , architecture

Asen's Fortress

Asen’s Fortress

 

11:30 – departure and transfer to Bachkovo Monastery. Shooting: culture, architecture

13:30 – Lunch

15:00 – departure and transfer to Devin

16:30 – arriving in Devin. Accommodation at hotel Persenk 5*www.persenk.eu  (or similar) /  free time                  

20:00 – Diner with folklore program

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

Day-5

Devin – Siroka Poliana – Dolen – Leshten – Kovachevica – Bansko / about 215 km/

03:30 – departure from the hotel and transfer to Siroka Poliana Reservoir (breakfast – cold package)

05:15 – Photo stop in Shiroka Poliana Reservoir. Shooting: nature, sunrise, landscape

Leshten

Leshten

08:00 – departure to village Dolen

09:15 – arriving in Dolen and photo stop. Shooting: portrait

11:00 – departure for villages Kovachevica and Leshten

12:00 – lunch in Kovachevica at a local restaurant

13:00 – Photo stop in Kovachevica: Shooting : portrait of local inhabitants and ancient architecture

14:30 – departure for Leshten and photo stop. Shooting: portrait of local inhabitants

16:00 – departure for Bansko

17:00 – arriving in Bansko and accommodation at Premier Resort 5* - www.banskohotelpremier.com (or similar)

Kovachevica

Kovachevica

20:00 – dinner

                                                                                     

Day-6

Bansko – Rila Monastery – Sofia /about 210 km/

07:30 – breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                                 

09:00 – Jeep Safari with lunch picnic style, the safari will be with duration about 4 hours!

13:30 – departure from Bansko to Rila Monastery

Bansko

Bansko

15:00 – arriving in Rila Monastery for photo stop. Shooting: architecture, culture, people

18:00 – departure to Sofia

20:00 – arriving in Sofia. Accommodation at hotel Radisson BLU 5*www.radissonblu.com  (or similar) and dinner

23:00 – transfer to night club in Sofia

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

 

     

                                                                                          

 

Day-7

Sofia

08:00 – breakfast

09:00 – sightseeing of Sofia                                                                                                                                                                                

13:00 – transfer to the hotel and lunch

21:00 – transfer to the airport

Sofia center

Sofia center

 

 The price include:

  • 1 overnight in hotel Skalite 4 or similar on BB in Belogradcnhik on day 1
  • 1 overnight in hotel Izvora 2* or similar on BB in Arbanassi on day 2
  • 1 overnight in hotel Ramada 4* or similar on BB in Plovdiv on day 3
  • 1 overnight in hotel Persenk 5* or similar on BB in Devin on day 4
  • 1 overnight in hotel Premier Mountain Resort 5* or similar on BB in Bansko on day 5
  • 1 overnight in hotel Radisson BLU 5* or similar on BB in Sofia on day 6
  • Hotel insurance and city tax in the hotels
  • Transfers trough out the route
  • English speaking guide during the whole tour
  • Folklore dinner in Devin on day 4
  • 7 Lunches according to the program
  • 5 dinner in the restaurants of the hotels
  • Show “Sounds and lights” in Veliko Tarnovo
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the program

 

Price is exclusive of:

  • Any camera and video fees
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Any additional meals
  • Porterage fee in / out of the hotels

 Price: Upon request

 

Conditions:

  • There are not blocked rooms in the hotels
  • The shown rates are net

 

 

 

Bulgarian Castles and Fortresses

Castles and Fortresses

This tour will present you the spectacular, well preserved Bulgarian fortresses, dating from many centuries ago.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. FD tour to Belogradchik fortress, constructed during the time, when the region was part of the Roman Empire and Belogradchik Rocks, with their incredible landscape. Tour of Vidin, where you will visit the famous Baba Vida Fortress. Overnight.

Belogradchik Rocks

Belogradchik Rocks

  The Belogradchik Cliffs, an unique nature phenomenon, are roughly 30 km long and 6-7 km wide.

They were sculpted by natural forces over a period of more than 200 million years.

The Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the

Belogradchik Fortress

Belogradchik Fortress

town of Belgradchik among the renowned rocks.

The fortress has existed since Roman ages. In 1st – 3rd century AD the Romans built roads in the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as fortresses to guard them.

Baba Vida Fortress

Baba Vida Fortress

  The Babini Vidini Kuli fortress, also known as Baba Vida Fortress is situated on an area of 9.5 square km. on the bank of the  Danube river, in the northern part of Vidin.

The fortress was raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia. The construction of the medieval castle began during the second half of the 10th century, but during the Second Bulgarian Empire (the end of the 12th – 14th century) the basic construction was performed. The last Bulgarian king before the falling of Bulgaria under the Ottoman dominion, Ivan Sratsimir (1324– 1397) lived in the fortress.

Day-3

Breakfast. Transfer to Lovech – one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. On the way we will stop for lunch in Pleven. Tour of Lovech fortress. Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo – the Town of Tsars.

Lovech-Hisarya  The Lovech Fortress lies on the two terraces of the beautiful and picturesque Hisarya Hill, in the old part of Lovech. The fortress was built in Roman times, but it is best known as the place, where the Lovech Peace Treaty with the Byzantine Empire was signed in 1186. It marked the birth of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Day-4

Breakfast. FD tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi, which has special role in the National Revival.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

  Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archaeological excavations.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well 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.

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1393). At that time the Bolyari (nobles) living in the capital Tarnovo used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-5

Breakfast. FD tour of Pliska, which is the first capital of Bulgaria, Shumen fortress, Madara Rider, which dates from the time of Khan Tervel and Preslav – the second capital of Bulgaria. Overnight in Shumen

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

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

Shumen Fortress was probably first built by Thracians and was later

Shumen fortress

Shumen fortress

completed and reconstructed by Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgarians. It is believed, that the first fortification built in this place is 3200 years old, which makes it one of the oldest in Bulgaria.

 

Madara Rider - The most notable monument at the Madara reserve is the  unique stone relief known as the Madara Rider. The relief 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.

Madara Rider

Madara Rider

One legend has it that a Roman emperor was hunting on the plateau when he fell off the cliff and died. His relatives memorialized him by engaging a master to carve his image on the cliff.

Old Capital, Pliska

Old Capital, Pliska

  Pliska, represents some incredible excavations of the oldest capital of Bulgaria. The big and the summer palaces of bulgarian rulers can be seen, as well as the royal temple and the fortification walls.

Day-6

Breakfast. Transfer to Plovdiv. HD tour. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

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

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

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

Day-7

Breakfast. Visits to the Asen’s Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery , the Agushevi Konatsi which date from the time of the Ottoman Empire. Transfer to the town of Gotse Delchev. Overnight.

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

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

Asen's Fortress

Asen’s Fortress

  Asen’s Fortress is the most interesting and often visited tourist attraction in the Asenovgrad region. It is located three kilometers 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. At that time the Byzantine military commander Grigori Bakuriani dedicated the monastery and bequeathed to it the Petrich Citadel and the village next to it.

Agushevi-konatsi  The largest late medieval feudal castle on the Balkan Peninsula – the Agushevi Konatsi – is situated in the Rhodope mountain.

The building complex was built by three masters for some 20 years – from 1820 to 1840, for the rich Turkish feudal Salih Aga and his three sons. The castle has 221 windows, 86 doors and 24 chimneys.

Day-8

Breakfast. HD tour Melnik – the smallest town in the country, famous for its red wine, Rila Monastery –  the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. Transfer to Sofia. Overnight.

Melnik Fortress, Bulgaria

Melnik Fortress, Bulgaria

  The first written evidences for 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. Few centuries later the Romans lived on this ground. This is proved by the ancient Roman bridge, still preserved in the town of Melnik.

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

  Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex, which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity, during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

Day-9

FD tour of Sofia, where you will enjoy the ancient and the modern city. Overnight.

Sofia, National Theater

Sofia, National Theater

  Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, National Theater, Kings’ Palace

Day-10

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 9 BB

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Boyana church and National Historical Museum

Grand tour – architecture and history

Bulgarian Architecture Tour

Bulgaria has unique, well preserved monuments of the architecture, dating back from the antiquity till the 18th and 19th century. This tourwill give you the chance to witness the amazing and unique historic heritage, hidden in the Bulgarian villages, monasteries and town-museums.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to the city of Blagoevgrad. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. HD tour to Rila Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and is located in the beautiful Rila Mountains. Transfer to Melnik. Tour of Melnik, – the smallest town in Bulgaria and the nearby sandstone Pyramids, which are famous tourist destination, because of the beautiful landscape. Overnight

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

  Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of the Slavic cultural identity during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

The first written evidences for the Melnik Fortress refer to the beginning of the 11th century.

Melnik, Bulgaria

Melnik, Bulgaria

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 originates. A few 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.

Day-3

Breakfast. HD tour – Kovatchevitsa and Leshten – situated in a remarkable valley between  the mountains, these old villages are famous for their old houses and specific architecture. Transfer and tour at Shiroka Laka. Overnight.

 

Kovachevitsa village

Kovachevitsa village

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 tranquility of the Rhodope mountain.

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

Shiroka Laka

Shiroka Laka

  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.

Day-4

Breakfast. Transfer to Plovidiv, visit of Bachkovo Monastery, which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in Bulgaria and has a interesting and beautiful architecture. HD tour of Plovdiv – visit of the Old Town and the ancient theater, which are famous for the specific medieval architecture. Overnight.

Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria which dates from the middle ages.

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

The monastery was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregoriy Bakuriani, who donated the land. For a long time the monastery was Georgian.

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

Plovdiv, Old Town

Plovdiv, Old Town

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

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

Day-5

Breakfast. Tour of Koprivshtitsa, best known for its architecture and main role in the National revival period. Transfer to Zheravna – a little village in the mountains with really special architecture for the region. Tour. Overnight.

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

  Koprivshtitsa is announced for National Town-Museum. The architecture of the town reflects the historical development growth of Bulgarian traditional traditions.

Zheravna - The region of the village has been inhabited ever since Zheravnathe ancient times. In the 17th century Zheravna became a big handcraft and culture center with a population of a couple of thousand people, a main street and lots of shops. The main occupation of the local people was sheep breeding, together with different handcrafts.

Day-6

Breakfast. 2 hours walking tour. Visiting Elena and Arbanasi. HD tour of Veliko Tarnovo, which is known as The Town of Tsars. Overnight.

Elena-town  Elena – Among the most interesting landmarks of Elena is the architectural ensemble “The Five Houses of Razsukanov”, built by the wealthy Harzhi Dimitar Razsukanov in the end of 18th century and the beginning of 19th century. Each of the houses has it’s own architecture by which it differentiates from the others, but the fasade of each of them is harmoniously connected to the neighboring houses. The symbol of the town of Elena is the Clock Tower, which is situated at the highest place in the center of the town. It was built in 1812 and it’s one of the first in the country.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as it’s history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archaeological excavations.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection fot a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

  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 – 1396). At that time the Bolyari (nobles) living in the capital of Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-7

Breakfast. Visiting of Tryavna, Bozhentsi, Etara – the ethnographic museum. Transfer to Sofia.

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

  The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex was established in 1964 and was declared an architectural and ethnographic monument of national significance. The museum contains of a total of 50 sites – houses with handcraft workshops, water installations and other buildings. The only collection in Bulgaria of technical installations driven by water – filling mills, water mills, grindstones, etc., are situated here. 16 houses can be seen on the handcrafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etar, which are exact copies of buildings existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the crafts street, the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple handcrafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc.

Bozhentsi – a pretty village in the area of Gabrovo and one of the most beautiful architectural

Bozhentsi

Bozhentsi

reserves in Bulgaria. Here one can discover an unforgettable atmosphere – history and nature combined.

Tryavna-1  Tryavna still keeps the spirit of this period even today. The Clock Tower – one of the symbols of the town, stands in the center of the town. It was built in 1814 and rises to 21 m of hight. The tower was declared an architectural-construction monument of national importance

Day-8

Breakfast. HD tour of Sofia where you can enjoy the ancient and the modern city. Overnight.

King's Palace, Sofia

King’s Palace, Sofia

Sofia, National Theater

Sofia, National Theater

  Sofia – panoramic tour on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, National Theater, Kings’ Palace

Day-9

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 8 BB

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Boyana church and National Historical Museum

Grand Monastery Tour

Grand Monastery Tour

This tour presents all Bulgarian important Monasteries, which were built from 10th to 18th century, were used as schools and keep remains from Bulgarian history, handcrafts and culture.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to the city of Blagoevgrad. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Visit to the Rila Monastery, which is the biggest one in Bulgaria and is located in the Rila Mountains. Lunch. Transfer to Plovdiv. Two hours walking tour Old Plovdiv.

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

  Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and is 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.

Plovidv is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here you will see some remains of a Thracian fortress (5th century BC) and well preserved

Roman Stadium, Plovdiv

Roman Stadium, Plovdiv

remains from the Roman times to our days.

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

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

Day-3

Breakfast. Tour to Kuklen Monastery, Arapovski Monastery and Bachkovo Monastery, which is one of the biggest in Bulgaria. Lunch. Transfer to Shipka Monastery, which was founded in honor of the victims of the Russian – Turkish Liberation war. Overnight in Tryavna.

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

  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.

Kuklen Monastery – Most valuable is the church wall-painting, parts of which can be seen from the outside on the west wall of the first vestibule and in three of the outer gabled bays of the building. Best preserved is the image of Archangel Michael in the southern bay.

Arapovo Monastery – The wall-paintings in the temple are extremely interesting, because they are the first to break away from the canon related to the way the lives of St. Cyril and St. Methodius are depicted: the two saints are portrayed as preachers and Baptists of the Bulgarian people.

Shupka Monastery

Shupka Monastery

  Shipka Monastery - Here, on the sanctuary walls and in the outer galleries, there are 34 marble plaques listing the names of officers and volunteers, who died during the Russian-Turkish war of 1887-88. Some of these heroes died in the war’s most brutal battle on Shipka Pass not far from the town of Shipka. To the west of the church, there is a 53 meter high bell tower,  containing a total of 17 bells, the largest of which weighs 1,643 kg.

Day-4

Breakfast. Sokolski Monastery, Dryanovo Monastery, Kilifarevo Monastery,  Arbanasi village which has main role in the National Revival. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Sokolski-Monastery

Sokolski Monastery

  Sokolski Monastery of the Assumption is located in Sokolova Cave Area, 15 km southeast of Gabrovo and 4 km away from the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex.

For centuries the Dryanovo Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” has been one of the centers of development of the Bulgarian Christianity and

Dryanovo Monastery

Dryanovo Monastery

culture, and nowadays it continues to attract worshipers and tourists. The museum exposition “Archeology and Revival” is placed in the Dryanovo Monastery. The relics, found in the area of the monastery are exhibited here, describing the development of the region.

Kilifarevo Monastery

Kilifarevo Monastery

  Kilifarevo Monastery was founded in 1350 by Saint Teodosiy Tarnovski (Saint Theodosius of Tarnovo, a Bulgarian hermit monk canonized as a saint), under the patronage of Tsar Ivan Alexander (reign 1331-1371).

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 – 1396). At that time, the Bolyari (nobles) living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-5

Breakfast. FD tour to Ivanovo Monastery, which is part of the UNESCO World heritage, Basarbovo Monastery, Patriarchal Monastery, Transfiguration Monastery. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

  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 tsars 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.

Basarbovski Rock Monastery “St. Dimitrius Basarbovski” was Besarbovski-Monastery-2 established during the existence of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The most famous inhabitant of the monastery was St. Dimitrius Besarbovski, who was born in 1685 in the village of Besarbovo, and spent his entire life in the holy monastery.

Patriarch Monastery

Patriarch Monastery

  The Patriarchal Monastery of the Holy Trinity is located 6 km north of Veliko Tarnovo. It is situated in a beautiful area at the foot of an inaccessible rock. The monastery was the centre of Tarnovo Literature School during the time when Evtimiy was there. The monastery continued to flourish even after 1375 when Evtimiy was elected Patriarch.

Day-6

Breakfast. HD tour Veliko Tarnovo – the town of tsars,  and Bulgarian Monasteries around the city. HD tour of Troyan Monastery. Overnight in Troyan.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back for more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archeological excavations.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marke the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Troyan Monastery

Troyan Monastery

  Troyan Monastery, which is the third in size complex in Bulgaria, is a remarkable culture monument of national significance. According to the historical documents, the monastery was first founded in 1600 and reconstructed in the period 1830 – 1865 in its present look. As an architectural style of the buildings it is associated with the School of Revival.

Day-7

Breakfast. Visit of Cherepishki Monastery, Osenovlashki Monastery, Kremikovski Monstery. Overnight in Sofia.

Cherepishki Monastery

Cherepishki Monastery

  The Cherepishki monastery “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” is located 29 kilometers southeast of the city of Vratsa, at the bank of the Iskar river.

The monastery was built during the reign of tsar Ivan Shishman (reigned 1371 – 1395). A legend says, that the name of the monastery (Bones Monastery) originates from the bones of those, who died in the battle between tsar Ivan Shishman and the Ottoman soldiers in the end of the 14th century.

Osenovlashki-Monastery

  The Osenovlashky monastery is also known as the monastery of the Seven Altars. It was founded in the 11th century and was a cultural and educational center over the centuries – books and manuscripts were re-written in it, and in the end of the 18th century Sofroniy of Vratza, a Bulgarian cleric and national Revival leader, resided there.

During the Ottoman Slavery the Kremikovtsi Monastery was an important literature and cultural center for Sofia’s residents and many liturgical books have been transcribed here. After the martyr’s death of St. Georgi Sofiiski (i.e. George of Sofia), some of his relics have been transferred in the monastery.

Day-8

Breakfast. Visit to Dragalevski Monastery, Boyana church which is part of the UNESCO world heritage, St. Alexander Nevski, the biggest Cathedral in Bulgaria and second largest on the Balkans, St. Nedelia, St. Sofia from where the name of the capital originates.

Dragalevski Monastery

Dragalevski Monastery

  The Dragalevtsi monastery, named “Virgin Mary of Vitosha”, is located about 3 km kilometers south of the capital city. The monastery’s establishment dates back to the year 1345, the time of the Second Bulgarian State (which ended with the Ottoman invasion in Bulgarian lands at the end of the 14th century) and the reign of the Bulgarian King Ivan Alexander (1331-1371). In contrast to most other Bulgarian monasteries, Virgin Mary of Vitosha was saved from destruction by the Ottoman conquerors.

Boyana church, Sofia

Boyana church, Sofia

  Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon is situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. The eastern part of the church is a small single-apsed, cross-in-square building with built-in supports that form a cross. The first layer of wall-paintings that covered the entire eastern part of the temple dates as far back as the 12th century. The second two-storey part of the church that belongs to the two-floor tomb-church type was built in the 13th century thanks to a donation made by Sebastocrator Kaloyan and his wife Desislava, who ruled the Sofia (Sredets) Region during that period.

The cathedral temple “St. Alexander Nevski” is considered a symbol of the Bulgarian capital. It is

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

located in the center of Sofia, at the eponymous square. The reflection of its golden domes attracts attention from miles away.

The temple was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878.

St Sofia Church

St Sofia Church

  The church “St. Sofia” (God’s Wisdom) is situated in the center of Bulgaria’s capital, in close proximity to the Monumental Temple “Alexander Nevski”. It is one of the oldest churches in Sofia and it’s history is closely related to the capital’s history. Nowadays the temple is considered to be one of the symbols of Sofia.

Day-9

Breakfast. Transfer to the hotel.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

Bulgarian Wine Regions

Bulgarian Wine Regions

Bulgaria is famous worldwide with it’s wines. The wine traditions here are dating since 5th century BC from the thracian period. Here it was a cult and drink of the Gods. Bulgaria is the land of the God of wine Dionysus and mythical musician Orpheus.

This tour will give you the opportunity to taste different sorts of wine from all Bulgarian regions.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel in the city of Blagoevgrad. Overnight.

Wine Regions in Bulgaria

Wine Regions in Bulgaria

Day-2

Breakfast. Visit at the Rila monastery- the biggest in Bulgaria. Transfer to Damyanitza for some wine tasting. Melnik tour and wine tasting. Overnight in Melnik

Struma Valley Region (South Western Region). This Bulgarian region includes the southwestern parts of the country. It is not large in size, but it possesses some specific climatic features, which are very similar to the Mediterranean regions. Along the valley of the Struma river, a unique Bulgarian varietal “Broad Leaved Vine of Melnik” (Shiroka Melnishka) is cultivated for the production of dry and semi-dry red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pamid varietals are also grown in the area. The local wines are characterized by full taste, with spicy southern tones

 

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex, which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity, during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

The first written evidences for the Melnik Fortress refer to the beginning of the 11th century. The earliest settlers on the territory of contemporary Melnik were the Thracians, and more particularly the

Melnik, Bulgaria

Melnik, Bulgaria

Thracian tribe Maedi, of which the legendary rebel Spartacus originated. A few centuries later the Romans lived on this ground. This is proved by the ancient Roman bridge, which is still preserved in the town of Melnik.

Day-3

Breakfast. Wine tasting in Harsovo. Tour of Bansko, which is the biggest winter ski resort in Bulgaria. Wine tasting in Brestovitsa. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Bulgarian wines

Bulgarian wines

Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko, Bulgaria

  Bansko gradually established itself as one of the leading winter 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 the 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 in the rest of the museum complex on the territory of the town.

Day-4

Breakfast. Half day tour of Plovdiv. Transfer to Stambolovo. Wine tasting. Transfer to Mezek. Wine tasting and program in the region.. Overnight in Svilengrad.

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

  Thracian Valley (Southern Region). It includes around 35% of the vineyard massifs and is characterized by a moderate continental climate and good distribution of precipitation during the vegetation period.

Plovidv is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Here you will see remains of a Thracian fortress (5th century BC) and well preserved

Plovdiv, Old Town

Plovdiv, Old Town

remains from the Roman times to our days.

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

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

Day-5

Breakfast. Wine tasting in Mezek. Transfer to Pomorie. Wine tasting. Half day tour of Nessebar. Overnight.

Nesebar, Old Town

Nesebar, Old Town

  Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Mesebria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The town’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, the temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when here was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. The wooden houses, typical for the Black Sea architecture, are built in the 19th century.

Black Sea Coastal (Eastern Region). This region has around 30% of the vineyards and includes three sub-regions (Northern sea coast, Internal sub-region, South sea coast)

Day-6

Breakfast. Transfer to Preslav. This town excavations, date from the foundation of the Bulgarian kingdom. Wine tasting. Visit Madara Rider, which dates from the time of the Bulgarian Khans and is squared in the rock. Tour of Arbanasi. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

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

The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high cliff near the village of Madara in northeast Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First

Madara Rider

Madara Rider

Bulgarian Empire before the conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions beside the sculpture tell of events that occurred between AD 705 and 801.

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 5 km from the city of

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo.

It is known, that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1393). At that time the Bolyari (nobles) living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-7

Breakfast. Half day tour of Veliko Tarnovo – the Town of Tsars, where you can feel the spirit of the Bulgarian bolyars. Wine tasting in Lyaskovets. Wine tasting in Suhindol. Lyaskovets and Suhindol are one of the famous regions, which produce the famous Bulgarian red wine.  Transfer to Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria, where you can feel the modern and the ancient city where Thracians have lived

Bulgarian wines

Bulgarian wines

thousands of years ago. Sofia is also famous for its mineral springs and the Ski resort Vitosha Mountain. Overnight.

Danube River Plains (Northern Region). This region has around 30% of the vineyards in the country and includes three sub-regions. (Eastern, Central, Western)

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

  Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by the archaeological excavations.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and Balkan peninsula.

Day-8

Breakfast. Walking tour of Sofia. Free time. Overnight.

Sofia, National Theater

Sofia, National Theater

Sofia – panoramic tour on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace

Day-9

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 8 BB in quality 3* centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

  • Wine tasting tours in 11 cellars all over Bulgaria

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Boyana church and National Historical Museum

Bulgaria Grand Tour

Bulgaria Grand Tour

Discover all Bulgaria –  from the small medieval villages, through 8 UNESCO heritage listed sites, well preserved thracian remains dating from 5th century BC, old Bulgarian capitals, fantastic nature – beautiful Black Sea coast and green mountains

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel in Blagoevgrad. Overnight

Day-2

Breakfast. Visit at the Rila Monastery, part of UNESCO world heritage and the biggest in Bulgaria and the second largest monastery in the Balkans. Overnight in Bansko, best known for its nice ski slope, that make it the biggest winter resort in Bulgaria and the region.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

 Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex, which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

Bansko gradually established itself as one of the leading winter ski resorts in the country and the region, that attracts many Bulgarian and foreign tourists. There are multiple museums and

Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko, Bulgaria

landmarks in the town. 130 architectural and historical monuments of the 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 in the rest of the museum complex on the territory of the town.

Day-3

Breakfast. Visit of Kovatchevitsa and Leshten – some old style mountain villages, know for their architecture and old houses, Dospat – the little town in the Rodopi mountains situated near the biggest dam in Bulgaria, Yagodina cave – one of the prettiest caves in Bulgaria. Overnight in Devin – situated in the heart of the Rodopi mountains and well known for its mineral springs.

Kovachevitsa village

Kovachevitsa village

 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 some traditional Bulgarian dishes and enjoy the tranquility of the Rhodope mountain. Leshten-1

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

The Yagodina Cave is located in the Buynovo Gorge near the

Yagodina Cave

Yagodina Cave

Rhodoope village of Yagodina. It is one of the most famous and most-visited caves in Bulgaria. Its galleries extend to a length of 8,501 meters, which makes it the 4th longest cave in Bulgaria and the longest in the Rhodopes. The Yagodina Cave is a multi-level complex, primarily marble.

Day-4

Breakfast. Visit of Plovdiv. Located on the river Maritsa, this city is best known for its Old Town and the ancient theater. Bachkovo monastery – located in the mountains and the second largest in Bulgaria, Asenova Krepost – which is named after the great Bulgarian Tzar Asen , and dating from the early thracian times,, half-day tour of Plovdiv. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria, which dates from the middle ages.

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

The monastery was founded in the year 1083 by the Georgian Gregoriy Bakuriani, who donated the land. For a long time the monastery was Georgian.

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

Roman Stadium, Plovdiv

Roman Stadium, Plovdiv

 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, Amphitheater.

Day-5

Breakfast. Visiting Starosel, Koprivshtitsa which is the town with one of the main roles in the National Revival, village Shipka. Overnight in Kazanlak – the town of the famous Bulgarian Rose.

Starosel, Tracian Cult Complex

Starosel, Tracian Cult Complex

  The Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel covers six underhill temples, four of which are unique,  as well as a few royal burials. The entire hill is surrounded by a wall made of processed granite blocks. Its length is 241 meters and its height reaches 3.5 meters. The wall is called krepis and outlines a circle which according to the Thracian religious believes symbolizes the Sun. The entrance of the temple has a parade staircase and two pedestals, on which statues of lions were sitting.

Koprivshtitsa is announced for National Town-Museum. The architecture

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

in Koprivshtitsa reflects the historical development growth of Bulgarian traditional architecture that can still be observed in its various forms at present.

Shupka Monastery

Shupka Monastery

 The Shipka Monastery “The Nativity” is located on the outskirts of the city Shipka.

The idea to found the monastery began with the Russian diplomat Count Ignatiev and Olga Skobeleva, mother of General Skobelev. The monastery was Russian Orthodox until 1934, when the Soviet government transferred ownership to Bulgaria. Today the Shipka Monastery is part of the Shipka-Buzludzha park and museum complex.

Day-6

Breakfast. Visiting Kazanlak tomb, part of UNESCO world heritage and Thracian Kings Valley which are best known for their excavations of treasures. Wine tasting in Sliven region. Transfer to Sozopol. This town is one of the oldest in Bulgaria and situated on the beautiful Black Sea Coast. Overnight.

Kazanlak Tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

 The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site is based on its architectural outlook, it 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 Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tomb of different kings ruled the Thraci territories during the ages

Day-7

Breakfast. Full day tour Sozopol, Burgas – one of the largest cities in Bulgaria, Nesebar best know of its Old town, part of UNESCO world heritage and ancient excavations. Overnight.

Sozopol, Old Town

Sozopol, Old Town

 Sozopol’s Old Town was declared a museum-reserve. The reserve includes more than 180 residences, constructed from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Houses in the Old Town are built of stone and wood and conform to the so-called Black Sea school of architecture. In 2010, during archeological excavations of the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John’s) Island, researchers unearthed holy relics of Saint John the Baptist. Today these invaluable relics are in the care of authorities at The St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church and attract pilgrims from all over the world. Old Sozopol and the relics of Saint John the Baptist were voted the most important of “Bulgaria’s Wonders” in 2011.

Nesebar, Old Town

Nesebar, Old Town

 Nesebar is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, founded 3200 years ago. During Antiquity the town was called Mesembria, in the Middle Ages it was known as Mesemvria, and it was later renamed to Nesebar. Numerous archaeological finds provide evidence of the centuries-old history of Old Nesebar. Ever since it was founded, the town has always been surrounded by fortification walls, some remains of which have survived to this day.

Day-8

Breakfast. Full day tour Aladzha Monastery – The rock monastery, Kaliakra cape where dolphins can

Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery

 be seen, Balchik, Golden Sands – one of the largest Black sea resorts, Varna which is the capital of the Black sea coast. Overnight in Varna.

Aladzha Monastery is one of the few cave monasteries 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 that is almost 40 m high. There are no reliable historical records as to when the monastery was established, but there is evidence that it already existed in the 10th – 12th centuries.

Kaliakra Cape

Kaliakra Cape

 Cape Kaliakra and the architectural reserve on its territory are located 12 km southeast of Kavarna. It is an oblong, narrowing rocky peninsula that juts out about 2 km into the sea. The rich history, the well-preserved landscape, and the beautiful panoramic views make Cape Kaliakra one of the most attractive tourist spots on the Black Sea Coast.

The Palace in Balchik is the former summer residence of the Romanian

Balchik, Queen's Palace

Balchik, Queen’s Palace

Queen Maria Alexandrina Victoria de Edinburg (1875 – 1938). It is situated approximately 2 km south-west of Balchik in a beautiful locality between the Balchik rocks and the sea. The Palace is a designated archeological and constructional monument of culture and a monument of the gardening and landscape art. Just next to the terraces is formed beautiful waterfall, high 25meters. Another smaller waterfall lours from “Allah’s garden” through thick wall to three-flow fountain into deep stone pool.

Balchik, Botanical Garden

Balchik, Botanical Garden

 The University Botanical Garden in Balchik was established in 1955 by Acad. Prof. Daki Jordanov on the territory of the park of the former summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania. Today the Botanical Garden spreads over an area of 190,000 m² and accommodates collections with over 3500 plant species.

Zlatni Pyasatsi (Golden Sands) is one of the oldest and largest Black Sea resorts in Bulgaria. It is situated at a distance of 17 km north from Varna city, in close proximity to the breezy forests of the natural park “Golden Sands”.

The name of the resort comes from the wonderful golden sand. According to a local legend, pirates buried a golden treasure here, and in order to avenge them nature turned it into fine golden sand. The beach line here is 3.5 km long, and in some places its width reaches 100 meters.

Varna was established in the 6th century BC under the name of Odessos by emigrants from the town of Milet in Asia Minor. For a short time it turned into a polis and one of the most important ports and commercial centers on the Black Sea. Because of its history and its economical and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria.

Day-9

Breakfast. Visiting Madara Rider which is located on a rock and is part of UNESCO world heritage, Sveshtari – one of the oldest tombs in Bulgaria, part of UNESCO world heritage, Ivanovo Monastery – part of the UNESCO world heritage. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Madara Rider

Madara Rider

Madara Rider - The most notable monument at the Madara reserve is the unique stone relief known as the Madara Rider. The relief 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. One legend has it that a Roman emperor was hunting on the plateau when he fell off the cliff and died. His relatives memorialized him by engaging a master to carve his image on the cliff.

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

  Thracian Royal Tomb in Sveshtari was constructed in the first quarter of the 3rd century BC and represents a unique monument of the Thracian tomb architecture. It has significant size. Its length is 7.5 m, its width at the façade is 6.5 m, and the height of the tomb chamber (on the inside) is 4.45 m. The tomb was constructed by large limestone blocks. It consists of a dromos (corridor) and three premises-chambers, as each chamber is covered by an individual arch.

Day-10

Breakfast. Full day tour Veliko Tarnovo – the Town of the Tsars and Arbanasi. Wine tasting in Lyaskovets. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

  Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by archaeological excavations.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1393). In 1185 the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, who declared the end of the Byzantine dominion, which continued for 167 years.

After its selection to be a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria.

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 4 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1393). At that time the Bolyari living in the capital Tarnovo used it as a summer residence. According to legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-11

Breakfast. Tour to Etar – the ethnographic museum, Cherni Osam, Troyan Monastery. Transfer to Sofia. Overnight.

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

  The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Architectural and Ethnographic Complex Etar was established in 1964 and was declared an architectural and ethnographic monument of national significance. The museum contains a total of 50 sites – houses with craft workshops, water installations and other buildings. The only collection in Bulgaria of technical installations driven by water – filling mills, water mills, grindstones, etc., are situated there. 16 houses can be seen on the crafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etar, which are exact copies of buildings existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the crafts street the visitors can watch in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple crafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc.

Troyan Monastery

Troyan Monastery

  Troyan Monastery as a monastery complex is the third in size in Bulgaria, a remarkable monument of culture of national significance. According to the historical documents, the monastery was first founded in 1600 and reconstructed in the period 1830 – 1865 in its present look. As an architectural style of the buildings it is associated with the School of Revival.

Day-12

Breakfast. Full day tour of Sofia with the center, Boyana church which is part of the UNESCO World

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Heritage, National historical museum, Pancharevo lake. Overnight

Day-13

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 12 BB in quality 3* centrally located hotels

  • Wine tasting in Sliven region and in Lyaskovets

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Pomorie

  • Tour by boat in Ropotamo Reserve

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Boyana church and National Historical Museum

Best of Bulgaria tour – 9 days

Best of Bulgaria

Bulgaria is the pearl of the Balkans. Hear plenty of remains from the thracian tribes (5th century BC) can be discovered, through medieval ages till our days. This tour combines most important Bulgarian sites, some of them part of UNESCO world heritage, some important for Balkan history, but all of them well preserved, interesting and fascinating.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Tour of Rila Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and the second largest on the Balkans, and Plovdiv – know for its Old Town and the ancient theater. Overnight.

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

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

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

The Old Town is a marvelous site, with itspicturesque 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 of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, the Roman Forum, the Amphitheater.

Day-3

Breakfast. We start with a tour to Kazanlak tomb – the jewel of the Valley of Thracian Kings, know for its golden treasures. Transfer to Sozopol which is one of the ancient towns and harbours on Bulgaria’s coast and one of the famous Black sea resorts. Overnight.

Kazanlak Tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site is based on its architectural outlook, it 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 Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tomb of different kings ruled the Thraci territories during the ages.

Day-4

Breakfast. Half day tour of Sozopol. Half day tour of Nesebar – the town is part of the UNESCO’s World Treasures. Overnight.

Sozopol, Old Town

Sozopol, Old Town

Sozopol’s Old Town was declared a museum-reserve. The reserve includes more than 180 residences, constructed from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Houses in the Old Town are built of stone and wood and conform to the so-called Black Sea school of architecture. In 2010, during archeological excavations of the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John’s) Island, researchers unearthed holy relics of Saint John the Baptist. Today these invaluable relics are in the care of authorities at The St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church and attract pilgrims from all over the world. Old Sozopol and the relics of Saint John the Baptist were voted the most important of “Bulgaria’s Wonders” in 2011.

Nesebar is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, founded 3200 years ago. During Antiquity the town was called Mesembria, in the Middle Ages it was known as Mesemvria, and it was later

Nesebar, Old Town

Nesebar, Old Town

renamed to Nesebar. Numerous archeological finds provide evidence of the centuries-old history of ancient Nesebar. Ever since it was founded, the town has always been surrounded by fortification walls, some remains of which have survived to this day.

Day-5

Breakfast. Full day tour: Aladzha Manastir, which is a rock monastery known for being located in caves, Cape Kaliakra – dolphins can be observed here, Balchik, Varna – the capital of the Black sea coast. Overnight in Varna.

Aladzha Monastery is one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria, where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The monastery premises are carved and arranged on two

Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery

levels in a limestone rock that is almost 40 m high. There are no reliable historical records as to when the monastery was established, but there is evidence that it already existed in the 10th – 12th centuries.

Cape Kaliakra and the architectural reserve on its territory are located 12 km southeast of Kavarna. It is an oblong, narrowing rocky peninsula that juts out about 2 km into the sea. The rich history, the well-preserved landscape, and the beautiful panoramic views make Cape Kaliakra one of the most attractive tourist spots on the Black Sea Coast.

The Palace in Balchik is the former summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria Alexandrina Victoria de Edinburg (1875 – 1938). It is situated approximately 2 km south-west of Balchik in a

Balchik, Queen's Palace

Balchik, Queen’s Palace

beautiful locality between the Balchik rocks and the sea. The Palace is a designated archeological and constructional monument of culture and a monument of the gardening and landscape art. Just next to the terraces is formed beautiful waterfall, with a height of 25 meters. Another smaller waterfall lours from “Allah’s garden” through thick wall to three-flow fountain into a deep stone pool.

Balchik, Botanical Garden

Balchik, Botanical Garden

The University Botanical Garden in Balchik was established in 1955 by Acad. Prof. Daki Jordanov on the territory of the park of the former summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania. Today the Botanical Garden spreads over an area of 190,000 m² and accommodates collections with over 3500 plant species.

Zlatni Pyasatsi (Golden Sands) is one of the oldest and largest Black Sea resorts in Bulgaria. It is situated at a distance of 17 km north from the city of Varna, in close proximity to the breezy forests of the nature park “Golden Sands”.

The name of the resort comes from the wonderful golden beach sand. According to a local legend, pirates buried a golden treasure here, and in order to avenge them nature turned it into fine golden sand. The beach line here is 3.5 km long, and in some places its width reaches 100 meters.

Varna was established in the 6th century BC under the name of Odessos by emigrants from the town of Milet in Asia Minor. For a short time it turned into a polis and one of the most important ports and commercial centers on the Black Sea. Because of its history and its economical and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria.

Day-6

Breakfast. Visiting of Pliska – the first capital of Bulgaria, Madara Rider who is chiseled in the rock, Shumen, Preslav – the second capital of ancient Bulgaria, Arbanasi – an old village and HD. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Old Capital, Pliska

Old Capital, Pliska

Pliska, which has incredible excavations and is also the oldest capital of Bulgaria, Madara Rider, UNESCO heritage listed site, which is located near Shumen and dates from the time of the Bulgarian Khans.

Madara Rider - The most notable monument at the Madara reserve is the unique stone relief known as the Madara Rider. The relief depicts a

Madara Rider

Madara Rider

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. One legend has it, that a Roman emperor was hunting on the plateau when he fell off the cliff and died. His relatives memorialized him by engaging a master to carve his image on the cliff.

Shumen Fortress was probably first built by Thracians and was later completed and reconstructed by Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgarians. It is believed that the first fortification, built in this place is 3200 years old, which makes it one of the oldest fortifications in Bulgaria.

Preslav was known as a spiritual and literature center, where the development of the Slavic written

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

Old Capital, Veliki Preslav

language and the Golden Age of Bulgaria during the rule of Tsar Simeon I (who reigned in the period 893 – 927) took place.

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

 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 – 1393). At that time the Bolyari (nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-7

Breakfast. Tour of Veliko Tarnovo which is the Town of Great Bulgarian Tzars, Etar – the ethnographic museum. Transfer to Sofia. Overnight.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by the archeological excavations made here.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

 

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex Etar was established in the year 1964 and 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. The only collection in Bulgaria of technical installations driven by water – filling mills, water mills, grindstones, etc., are situated here. 16 houses can be seen on the handcrafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etar, which are exact copies of buildings, existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the handcrafts street the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple handcrafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc.

Day-8 

Breakfast. Walking tour of Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria, which combines the ancient and the modern city in one . Overnight.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Sofia – panoramic tour on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace

Day-9

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days 

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 8 BB in quality 3*, centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  1. Hotels 3*

  2. Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Pomorie

  • Tour by boat in Ropotamo Reserve

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Boyana church and National Historical Museum

UNESCO heritage in Bulgaria

UNESCO heritage in Bulgaria

There are a lot of UNESCO world heritage listed sites in Bulgaria. They are trully amazing and attract thousands of tourists each year. Explore 8 UNESCO heritage sites in 8 days.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to your hotel in Sofia. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Full day tour of Sofia, including Boyana church, which is part of the UNESCO heritage, National historical museum, Archeological museum, sights in the city center. Overnight in Sofia.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

  Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace

Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon is situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, in Boyana Housing Estate in Sofia. It is one of the few medieval monuments of Christian art that have survived until the

Boyana church, Sofia

Boyana church, Sofia

present day. It was built in three stages: first stage – 11th century, second stage – mid-13th century, and third stage – mid-19th century. Boyana Church owes its global fame mainly to the wall iconpaintings, originating from the year 1259, which demonstrate the exceptional achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. Each of more than 240 figures depicted in the church has unique individuality and high artistic value.

Day-3

Breakfast. Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo. Tour of Tsarevets – the Town of Tsars. Lunch. Veliko Tarnovo – Ivanovo. Visiting of Ivanovo Monastery which is part of UNESCO treasures. Overnight in the city of Ruse, located on the Danube river. Overnight.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by some archeological excavations.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

  The Ivanovo Rock Monastery was founded in the year 1220 by

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

Ivanovo Rock Monastery

the monk Yoakim, who later became a Bulgarian patriarch. The monastery joins a number of complexes of rock premises. Wall-paintings, which show the specifics of Bulgarian church art in the 13th – 14th century, are preserved in six of the temples. During the Second Bulgarian Empire (12th – 14th century) the monastery was established as a great spiritual and educational center. Wall inscriptions in the cells provide information about important historical events.

Day-4

Breakfast. Visiting of Sveshtari tombs (UNESCO heritage listed site) – some of the oldest tombs in Europe, Madara Rider (UNESCO heritage listed site), Varna Cathedral. Overnight in Nessebar/ Sunny beach – the biggest Black sea resort.

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

  Discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, this 3rd-century BC Thracian tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of the Thracian cult buildings. The tomb has a unique architectural decor, with

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

Sveshtari Thraci Tomb

polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The 10 female figures, carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decoration of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of their type found so far in the Thracian lands. It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getes, a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers.

Madara Rider

Madara Rider

  The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100 m high cliff near the village of Madara, in north-east Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First Bulgarian Empire before the conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions beside the sculpture tell of events that occurred between AD 705 and 801.

Day-5

Breakfast. Half day tour of Nessebar (UNESCO heritage listed site) – including the Old town with the incredible excavations from the Roman times. Visit to Zheravna, which is a popular tourist destination with its old houses and beautiful landscape. Transfer to Kazanlak – the famous town of the Bulgarian rose. Overnight.

Nesebar, Old Town

Nesebar, Old Town

  Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Mesembria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The town’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from

Nesebar, Old Town

Nesebar, Old Town

the Thracian fortifications. Among the other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period.

The region of the village has been inhabited ever since ancient times. In the 17th century Zheravna became a big handcraft and culture center with  Zheravnaa population of a couple of thousand people, a main street and lots of shops. The main occupation of the local people was sheep breeding, together with different handcrafts. Nowadays Zheravna has turned into an architectural museum and reserve with well-preserved and restored houses with decorations and exquisite wood-carvings from the Bulgarian Revival Period, narrow cobblestone alleys and lots of drinking fountains. The region abounds in springs and most of their waters spout from the fountains. 172 of the houses in the village were declared monuments of culture.

Day-6

Breakfast. Half day tour of Shipka Monastery, which was founded in memory of the victims of the Russian – Turkish liberation war, Kazanlak tombs (UNESCO heritage listed site), The Valley of the Tracian Kings. Tour of Plovdiv. Transfer to Plovdiv, half day tour which includes the Old town and the ancient theater. Overnight.

Kazanlak Tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

  Kazanlak Tomb and the Valley of Thracian Kings – Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.

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

Plovdiv, Old Town

Plovdiv, Old Town

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

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

Day-7

Breakfast. Tour of Bansko, which is one of the biggest winter ski resort in the Balkans, situated in Pirin National Park (UNESCO heritage listed site), Rila Monastery (UNESCO heritage listed site) – the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. Transfer to Sofia.

Pirin-mountain  Pirin National Park – Spread over an area of over 27,000 ha, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains, southwest Bulgaria, this site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly pine forests.

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity during the centuries of Otoman occupation.

Day-8

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 7 BB in 3* centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Preslav or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

Medieval Heritage – 6 days

Medieval Heritage

Bulgaria has a specific location and history. This tour will present to you the architecture, traditions, mood of 18th, 19th century, when Bulgarian Revival period took place.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to Koprivshtitsa. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Tour of Koprivshtitsa, the town where you can see the lifestyle and architecture of the times of  the National Revival. Tour of Plovdiv – best known for the Old Town and the ancient theater.

Plovdiv, Old Town

Plovdiv, Old Town

Koprivshtitsa was proclaimed National Town-Museum. The architecture of Koprivshtitsa reflects the historical development growth of Bulgarian traditional arts, that can still be observed in their various forms at present.

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

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

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

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

Day-3

Breakfast. Visit to Kazanlak Thracian Tomb – one of the oldest of the area, Etar – the ethnographic museum and Bozhentsi. Overnight in Bozhentsi.

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site is based on its architectural outlook, it 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.

Kazanlak Tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex Etar was established in 1964 and 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. The only collection in Bulgaria of technical installations, driven by water – filling mills, water mills, grindstones, etc., are situated here. 16 houses can be seen on the handcrafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etar, which are exact copies of buildings, existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the handcrafts street, the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple handcrafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc.

Bozhentsi – a pretty village in the area of Gabrovo, is one of the most beautiful architectural reserves in Bulgaria. Plenty of museums and unforgettable atmosphere is what can be found there  – history and nature.

Day-4

Breakfast. Full day tour in Veliko Tarnovo, which is the Town of the Tsars, Arbanasi – an old village, which has a special role in the National Revival, Troyan Monastery. Overnight in Apriltsi / Cherni Osam.

Bozhentsi

Bozhentsi

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by some archaeological excavations.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle, Veliko Tarnovo

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 – 1396). At that time the Bolyari (Nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Troyan Monastery, as a monastery complex, is the third in size in Bulgaria, a remarkable monument of culture of national significance. According to the historical documents, the monastery was first founded in 1600 and reconstructed in the period 1830 – 1865 in

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Arbanasi, Bulgaria

its present look. Its architectural style of the buildings is associated with the School of Revival.

Day-5

Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia. Tour of Sofia, where you can enjoy the ancient and the modern city. Overnight.

Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace.

Sofia, National Theatre

Sofia, National Theatre

Day-6

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 5 BB in 3* hotels, centrally located

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Visit of Boyana Church, UNESCO world heritage site in Sofia

Great Orthodox Heritage – 6 days

Great Orthodox Heritage

The main religion in Bulgaria is the orthodox christianity since the year 865. Bulgarian monasteries and churches were cultural and educational centers for all Bulgarians, during the ages and especially during the Ottoman rule. In our days there are many remarkable monasteries, with typical architecture, keeping a lot of icons and other christian relics and symbols.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to Blagoevgrad. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Tour of Rila Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and second in the Balkans. Transfer to Plovdiv, which is best known for its Old Town and the ancient theater.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and is 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.

Day-3

Breakfast. Visit to Bachkovo Monastery, tour of Plovdiv, transfer to Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight.

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

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

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

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

Your guide will show you the fabulous remains from the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, the Roman Forum, the Amphitheater. Bachkovo-Monastery-1

Day-4

Breakfast. Tour of Patriarch Monastery, Transfiguration Monastery, Arbanasi, Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight.

Patriarch Monastery and Transfiguration Monastery are two of the most spectacular monasteries in Bulgaria.

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau at 5 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. Patriarchal-Monastery

It is known, that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1396). At that time the Bolyari (nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archaeological excavations made here.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Day-5

Breakfast. Visit to Troyan Monastery. Transfer to Sofia. Tour of Sofia, with a visit to Boyana church, which is part of the UNESCO treasures.

Troianski manastir

Troyan Monastery

Troyan Monastery, as a monastery complex, is the third in size in Bulgaria, a remarkable monument of culture of national significance. According to the historical documents, the monastery was first founded in 1600 and reconstructed in the period 1830 – 1865 in its present look. Its architectural style of the buildings is associated with the School of Revival.

Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will be able to see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace

Day-6

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 5 BB in 3* centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Visit of Boyana Church, UNESCO world heritage site in Sofia

Bulgaria Express – 5 days

Bulgaria Express

There are many remarkable sites in Bulgaria. In this tour you will see the three most important for Bulgarian history towns.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to Plovdiv. Overnight.

Day-2

plovdiv-amphitheather

Roman Thetre, Plovdiv

Breakfast. Half day tour of Plovdiv, which is one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, known for its Old  Town and the ancient theater. Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo and, on the way, visit to the Ethnographic  Complex Etar, Valley of the Thracian Kings. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

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

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

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

Kazanlak-tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site, which is 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.

Etar-3

Ethnographic Complex Etar, Gabrovo

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The Complex Etar was established in 1964 and 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. The only collection in Bulgaria of technical installations driven by water – filling mills, water mills, grindstones, etc., are situated there.  16 houses can be seen on the handcrafts bazaar (the central commercial street) in the Etar, which are exact copies of buildings, existing in the past in Gabrovo and the region. On the handcrafts street, the visitors can observe in real time the work of the craftsmen. Multiple handcrafts are presented – bell-making (manufacturing of wrought bells for animals), pottery-making, sugar-making (manufacturing of sugar articles), furriery, manufacturing of copper vessels, etc.

Day-3

Veliko-Tarnovo-2

Kings’ Palace Tsarevets

Breakfast. Half day tour of Veliko Tarnovo – the town of Great Bulgarian Tsars, where you can enjoy the spirit of the Bulgarian bolyars (nobles). Panoramic tour of Arbanasi. Transfer to Sofia – the capital of  Bulgaria. Overnight in Sofia.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archaeological excavations made here.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, that continued for 167 years.

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Arbanasi-2

Arbanasi

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 – 1396). At that time the Bolyari (Nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.

Day-4

Breakfast. Half day tour of Sofia, where you can enjoy the ancient and the modern at once. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Sofia

Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace.

Alexander Nevski

Alexander Nevski

Day-5

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 4 BB in 3* centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, send request for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Visit of Boyana Church, UNESCO world heritage site in Sofia

  • Full day tour of Rila Monastery and Bansko

All Bulgarian Capitals – 6 days

All Bulgarian Capitals

Bulgaria has a long, long history as a country. In the year 681 the state was established by Khan Asparuh and since then it had an interesting story. In this tour you will explore all of the Bulgarian capitals, starting from the first one, Pliska and finishing with Sofia.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival. Transfer to Plovdiv. Overnight. Plovdiv-stadium

Day-2

HD tour of Plovdiv – including the incredible Old Town of Plovdiv and the ancient theater. Transfer and tour of Preslav, which is one of the oldest towns of Bulgaria and also the second Bulgarian capital. Overnight in Shumen.

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

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

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

Preslav was known as a spiritual and literature center, where the development of the Slavic written Preslav-1 language and the Golden Age of Bulgaria during the rule of Tsar Simeon I (who reigned in the period 893 – 927) took place.

Day-3

Breakfast. Full day program – Shumen, Pliska, Madara Rider, Arbanasi. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Shumen Fortress was probably first built by Thracians and was later completed and reconstructed by Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgarians. It is believed that the first fortification, built in this place is 3200 years old, which makes it one of the oldest fortifications in Bulgaria. Shumen-fortress

Madara Rider - The most notable monument at the Madara reserve is the unique stone relief known as the Madara Rider. The relief depicts a horseman in a natural pose with a sword in his hand. At the feet of the horse lies a
lion, and behind the rider is depicted his hunting dog. One legend has it, that a Roman emperor was hunting on the plateau, when he fell off the cliff and died. His relatives memorialized him by engaging a master to carve his image on the cliff. Madara-rider

Pliska, where incredible excavations can be seen, and is also the oldest capital of Bulgaria, Madara Rider, UNESCO heritage listed site, which is located near Shumen and dates from the time of the Bulgarian Khans.

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 – 1396). At that time, the Bolyari (nobles), living in the capital Tarnovo, used it as a summer residence. According to the legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here. Pliska-1

Day-4

Breakfast. Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and the Tzarevets Fortress. Transfer to Sofia and walking tour, where you will enjoy the ancient and the modern city. Overnight.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years, which is proven by the archaeological excavations made there.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396). In 1185 the town was declared capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, which marked the end of the Byzantine dominion, wthat continued for 167 years.  Veliko-Tarnovo-2

After its selection for a capital, the town developed fast, as within the period 12th – 14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, as well as a cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula.

Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace.

Day-5

Breakfast. Free time to explore Sofia by yourself, or to book additional tour, offered by your tour manager. Overnight. National Art Gallery

Day-6

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Overnight.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL

  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 5 BB in 3 star centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Rates upon request

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Brestovitsa or Preslav or Lyaskovets

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Visit of Boyana Church, UNESCO world heritage site in Sofia

  • Full day tour of Rila Monastery and Bansko

Thracian Heritage – 5 days

Thraci Heritage

The Thracian tribes inhabited the territory of Bulgaria 4th – 5th century BC. They are considered to be one of the first civilizations in Europe. In our days, there are many remains of their life all over Bulgaria. This tour will present you in 5 days the most interesting of them.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the city of Kardzhali. Overnight.

Day-2

Breakfast. Full day tour of Perperikon, Mezek, Alexandrovo. Overnight in Stara Zagora.

Perperikon, Kardzhali

Perperikon, Kardzhali

Perperikon – Religious activity at the top of the cliff began in the 5th century BC. It is associated with the beliefs of the Copper Age people, who started the cult of the sun god. Here they established the first sanctuary and started leaving food containers for the gods.

Mezek (where the famous wine Mezek is made) – The Thracian Beehive Tomb is dated 3rd – 4th century BC

Alexandrovo tombs – some of the oldest tombs. This Thracian tomb are some of the most important archeological discoveries, ever made in Bulgaria.

Thracian Tomb, Alexandrovo

Thracian Tomb, Alexandrovo

They were built during the second half of the 4th century BC as a final resting place for a wealthy Thracian ruler, whose name is not known.

Day-3

Breakfast. Transfer to Kazanlak – the town of the famous Bulgarian Rose. Full day tour of Kazanlak Tomb, Valley of  Thracian Kings – known for its tombs and golden treasures,  Starosel, Strelcha. Overnight in Plovdiv.

The Kazanlak Tomb, UNESCO world heritage site, based on its architectural outlook, it 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.

Mezek Beehive Tomb

Mezek Beehive Tomb

The Valley of the Kings is full of remains. There you will see different tomb of different kings, that ruled the Thracian territories during the ages

The Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel covers six underhill temples, four of which unique, as well as few royal burials. The entire hill is surrounded by a wall, made of processed granite blocks. Its length is 241 meters and the height reaches 3.5 meters. The wall is called krepis and outlines a circle, which, according to the Thracian religious believes, symbolizes the Sun. The entrance of the temple has a parade staircase

Kazanlak Tomb

Kazanlak Tomb

and two pedestals, on which statues of lions were sitting.

Day-4

Breakfast. Half day tour of Plovdiv, best known for its Old town and the ancient theater. Tour of Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Overnight in Sofia.

Roman Amphiteater, Plovdiv

Roman Amphiteater, Plovdiv

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

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

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

Sofia – panoramic tour with transport and on foot, during which you will see the main sights – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace.

King's Palace, Sofia

King’s Palace, Sofia

Day-5

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Additional Days

You may add more days to your tour at special price for accommodation to explore Sofia by yourself or to join Zelanos one-day tours.

Prices: Upon request

  • Person in DBL / TRPL
  • Person in SNGL

  • Child 2 – 11.99 y.o.

  • Infant 0 – 1.99 y.o. – FREE

Included in the prices:

  • 4 BB in quality 3* centrally located hotels

  • Arrival, departure transfer

  • Seat in luxury mini-van or mini-bus

  • English speaking guide

  • English speaking chauffeur

  • All entrances in the sites visited during the tour

Supplements – optional:

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Accommodation in 4* and 5*  hotels supplement per person in DBL / TRPL room

Additional nights in Sofia, per person, per night:

  • Hotels 3*

  • Hotels 4* / 5*

Notes:

Please, ask for rates

Optional excursions:

  • Wine tasting in Mezek

  • Folklore Dinner in Plovdiv

  • Folklore Dinner in Sofia

  • Visit of Boyana Church, UNESCO world heritage site in Sofia