Bulgaria - The cultural heritage

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Bulgaria - The cultural heritage



1 day: Sofia

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


2 day: Sofia - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Plovdiv – one of Europe’s most ancient cities, older than Athens, Rome and Constantinople. Arrival. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – a tour of the old town which consists of one of the most spectacular ensembles of town houses from the period of the Bulgarian National Revival. Visit to the Saints Constantine and Helena Church, Roman Theatre, Regional Ethnographic Museum. Free time in Plovdiv. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.


3 day: Sofia -  Bachkovo Monastery - Nesebar

Breakfast. Visit of Asenova krepost (The fortress of Asen) - a medieval fortress in the Rhodope Mountains, 3 km south of the town of Asenovgrad, 20 km from Plovdiv. Visit of Bachkovo Monastery situated at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains. It is the second largest Bulgarian Monastery, founded in the 11th century, keeping frescoes from 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the legendary wonder-working icon of Virgin Mary Eleusa from 1310. Departure for Nessebar or Sunny Beach. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Nessebar or Sunny Beach.


4 day: Sofia - Nessebar

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Nessebar – the old town, included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage (churches from the 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th centuries). Free time in Nessebar. Overnight in Nessebar or Sunny Beach.


5 day: Nesebar - Kazanlak - Shipka Memorial Church - Thracian Tomb of  Kazanlak - Sofia

Breakfast. Departure for Sofia. On the way there will be a stop at the Shipka Memorial Church in the village of Shipka. This is a Russian church built in honour of the perished Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers in the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). A visit of the monument–ossuary at the top of 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. 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; the 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 that dates back to the 4th century BC. It has been part of the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage since 1979. Continuing our road to Sofia. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Sofia.


6 day: Sofia - Rila Monastery

Breakfast. A tour of 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. Departure for the Rila Monastery. Arrival. The Rila Monastery is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. The monastery served as the centre for cultural and spiritual life of the Bulgarian people, during the centuries of foreign enslavement. The tour includes a visit to the monastery, the main church and the monastery museum. Return to Sofia. Overnight stay in Sofia.


7 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Lunch, followed by a 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. Dinner in a typical Bulgarian restaurant with a folklore program /optional/.  Overnight stay in Sofia.


8 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia airport. Departure.






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