UNESCO Heritage, Bulgaria
Bulgaria In A Week
Day 1: Sofia
Meet and greet with your tour guide in the hotel in Sofia. Night in Sofia.
Day 2: Sofia - Rila Monastery - Bansko (220 km)
Sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visit the Boyana Church – one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of Eastern European Medieval art (11th - 19th century). Drive to the majestic Rila monastery (10th century) in the mountains – symbol of the Slavic cultural identity and center of strong spiritual and artistic experience over the Eastern Orthodox world during the medieval period (11th -14th c.). Continue to Bansko – a well-known ski resort. Sightseeing tour of the old Bansko along the Holy Trinity temple, Velyan's house, Nikola Vaptsarov museum. Night in Bansko.
Day 3: Bansko - Plovdiv (150 km)
Drive to Plovdiv, former European capital of culture (2019). This city, built on seven hills, embodies cultural and architectural traits from Antiquity, Middle Ages and the Bulgarian revival period. It is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list. Sightseeing tour of the Old Plovdiv and visit the Roman theater (UNESCO). Constructed during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD), today this is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters, still in use. Visit the Ethnographic Museum to get acquainted with the traditional crafts, culture and lifestyle of the region. Wine tasting in the city center. Night in Plovdiv.
Day 4: Plovdiv - Nessebar (290 km)
Drive to Nessebar (UNESCO)– the city of 40 churches. The city was founded 3000 years ago on a picturesque semi-peninsula on the Black Sea Coast, as a Thracian settlement and since then numerous civilizations have left intangible traces which harmoniously fit in with nature. The urban structure reflects the stages in development of the architectural style on the Balkans and the entire East Mediterranean region. Night in the region of Nessebar.
Day 5: Nessebar – Varna - Madara - Russe (310 km)
Departure to Varna and sightseeing tour of the maritime city, along the Roman thermae, the Maritime garden and Varna Cathedral. Continue to Madara Horseman (UNESCO), a large rock relief that presents the pagan Bulgarian art dating back to 710. Drive to Ruse on the Danube river. Night in Ruse.
Day 6: Russe - Ivanovo - Veliko Tarnovo - Kazanlak (220 km)
Ruse is known as the “Small Vienna” - located on the Danube river, the city played an important role in the Bulgarian history. Nowadays, this is a major connection point with Romania, as well as an industrial center. Only few kilometers from the city are located the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo. The frescoes are a remarkable achievement of the Christian art of South-Eastern Europe in 14th century. Set out for Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom. Within the period 12th -14th century it was the most unconquerable Bulgarian fortress, cultural and intellectual center of Bulgaria. Walking tour along the cobbled streets of the old town. One of the most charming is Samovodska street with its artisan shops and galleries. Drive through the Balkan Mountains towards the Valley of Roses and Kazanlak. Night in Kazanlak.
Day 7: Kazanlak - Sofia (240 km)
Visit the Museum of Roses and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (4th century BC), (UNESCO) . The latter is regarded as a masterpiece of the Thracian creative spirit, located near the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III and part of a large Thracian necropolis. Departure to Sofia. Night in Sofia.
Day 8: Sofia
Check-out at the hotel and departure.