The monasteries of Bulgaria

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The monasteries of Bulgaria

 


1 day:Sofia

Arrival in Sofia- the capital of Bulgaria, cultural and political centre.  Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight stay.

 

2 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Half day sightseeing tour of Sofia: the St. Nedelia Square, the St. George Rotunda, the National Theatre, Alexander Batemberg Square with Royal Palace, the Russian Church St. Nikolay, the St. Alexander Nevki Cathedral, the St. Sofia Roman Church. Free time. Visit to the National History Museum and Boyana church. Optional – folk style dinner. Overnight stay.

 

3 day: Sofia – Monastery of Troyan – Etara – Sokolski Monastery – Monastery of Dryanovo – Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Departure for the Monastery of Troyan - The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God  or, as it is more commonly called, the Troyan Monastery is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the northern part of the country in the Balkan mountains and was founded no later than the end of the 16th century. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. On the way – visit to Etara- open-air Ethnographic Museum, which shows 26 Bulgarian crafts - they have been practised in the past ages. Departure and visit of The Sokolski Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery founded in 1833 and named after its founder Yosif Sokolski. It is located 15 km southwest of Gabrovo on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains in the Bulgarka Nature Park and is close to the Sokolovo cave. Visit of Dryanovo Monastery - Bulgarian Orthodox monastery situated in the Andaka River Valley, in Bulgarka Nature Park in the central part of Bulgaria five kilometers away from the town of Dryanovo. It was founded in the 12th century, during the Second Bulgarian Empire, and is dedicated to Archangel Michael. Twice burnt down and pillaged during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, the monastery was restored at it present place in 1845. It was the site of several battles during the April Uprising of 1876. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo - the most beautiful city of Bulgaria and the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom. Overnight stay.

 

4 day: Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi - The Transfiguration Monastery – Veliko Tarnovo.

Breakfast. Visit to Tzarevetz hill: the small gate, the south wall, the Baldouin Tower and the Palace of the Patriarch.  Departure for Arbanassi- the residence of rich king families which built their big houses dating from ancient times. Visit to the Nativity church in Arbanassi. Visit to The Transfiguration Monastery, which is the biggest monastery of those located in the Veliko Turnovo region and the fourth in Bulgaria. It is a precious architectural and artistic monument in Bulgaria. It was established during the time of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 13-14th century. Originally the monastery was a cloister of the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos, but it acquired autonomy in 1360. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight stay.

 

5 day: Veliko Tarnovo – Tryavna – Kazanlak – Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Tryavna. Tryavna is a town in central Bulgaria, situated in the north slopes of the Balkan range, on the Tryavna river valley, near Gabrovo. It is famous for its textile and crafts industry and typical National Revival architecture, featuring 140 cultural monuments, museums and expositions. Visit to Daskalova House. Departure and visit of the Russian church in Shipka. Departure for the Rose Valley of Kazanlak - a beautiful region where the oil-bearing rose grows, obtaining 70% of the rose oil. Rose oil is used as a base of perfume products' making as well as lotion and cream products' making. Departure for Kazanlak. Visit to the Thracian tomb /replica/, Ethnographical museum. Departure for Plovdiv. Overnight stay.

 

6 day: Plovdiv – Bachkovo – Plovdiv

 Breakfast. Plovdiv - an old center of the country as an exterior museum of old Bulgarian architecture and decoration. It is famous for its old small streets with beautiful flowers, craftsmen workshops, and excavations made from the tourist complex. Sightseeing tour of the old city of Plovdiv - the Kuymdjiglu House /Ethnographic Museum/, the St.St. Konstantin and Elena Church, the Antique Theatre. In the afternoon – visit to the Bachkovo Monastery. Departure for Plovdiv. Overnight stay.

 

7 day: Ploddiv – Dobarsko – Bansko

Breakfast. Short scenic travel by train to Avramovi kolibi station – the highest station in Bulgaria. Departure for Dobarsko and visit to „St. Theodor Tiron and Theodor Stratilat“ church, built in 1614. It was announced as monument of culture and registered in UNESCO's list of cultural monuments. In addition, the church is one of the 100 National Tourist Sights in Bulgaria. Departure visit of Bansko. Overnight stay.

 

8 day: Bansko – Rila Monastery – Sofia

Breakfast. Departure for Rila Monastery situated at the heart of the mountain - founded in the 10th century by Ivan Rilski as a cultural center and has been the engine of Bulgarian cultural life. Visit of the Catholic Monastery St. Giovanni XXIII. Departure for Sofia. Overnight stay.

 

9 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

 

















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