Bulgaria - Balkan Legends

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Bulgaria - Balkan Legends

1 day: Sofia

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


2 day: Sofia - Troyan Monastery - Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. On the way a visit to the Troyan Monastery - the third biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 17th century. In 1847 the monks requested that the famous Bulgarian artist Zahari Zograf work on the decoration of the monastery. Late afternoon – arrival in Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1187-1396). Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi.


3 day: Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets hill, Samovodska Charshia. A visit to the historical village of Arbanasi - the Konstantsaliev’s House – one of the biggest and most lavishly decorated houses of the Bulgarian National Revival and at the Church of the Nativity of Christ, the oldest church in Arbanasi, unique with its frescoes. Return to Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi.


4 day: Veliko Tarnovo - Dryanovo Monastery - Etara - Shipka - Kazanlak

Breakfast. Departure for Kazanlak. A visit to Dryanovo Monastery, established in the 13th century and situated in the picturesque gorge of Dryanovo River. Visit to Bozhentsi, a pretty village at the foot of Balkan mountain, where there are numbers of preserved houses from the Bulgarian National Revival. The village has been declared an architectural reserve. This will be followed by a visit to the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, which portrays the way of life, traditions, customs and economic background of the Bulgarians during the Revival. Afterwards a visit to the peak Shipka - where in August 1877 one of the most crucial battles in the Russo-Turkish War took place. It was part of a series of battles that brought freedom to Bulgarians after five centuries of enslavement. Visit to the Shipka Memorial Church - a Russian church built in honour of the perished Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers in the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). Late arrival in Kazanlak. Overnight in Kazanlak or surroundings.


5 day: Kazanlak – Koprivshtitsa

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Kazanlak – the city of artists, roses and Thracian kings. A visit to the Rose Museum, which has unique exhibits relevant to the production of rose oil from the year 1660 until today; Iskra Museum of History (the most recently discovered gold, silver and bronze findings from the Thracian mounds are on display in the new treasury) and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The tomb is part of a great Thracian necropolis and dates back to the 4th century BC. It has been part of the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage since 1979. Departure for Koprivshtitsa – pretty little town at the heart of Sredna Gora. Tour of Oslekov’s House, Todor Kableshkov’s Memorial House, Dimcho Debelianov’s House and the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Overnight stay in Koprivshtitsa.


6 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Departure to Sofia. Arrival in Sofia. Afternoon - a visit to the National Art Gallery – a museum of art and sculpture, which holds pieces of Bulgaria’s most famous artists from the 19th and 20th century. Free time in Sofia. Overnight stay in Sofia.


7 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Visit to the National Museum of History and the Boyana Church, included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage and has preserved frescoes of an unknown artist, which date back to the year 1259. The frescoes impress with the spirituality and expressiveness of their images, created 7 years before the birth of Giotto di Bondone, considered the first Renaissance artist. Restaurant with a folklore program /optional/.  Overnight stay in Sofia.


8 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.