Best of Bulgaria - 5 Days

  • Description
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Departures and Prices
This tour is developed for those travelers who wish to experience the most memorable sites of Bulgaria in a short time. We have combined the most important landmarks of the country including the capital city of Sofia, the spiritual and religious sanctuary of the Bulgarians – Rila Monastery and Plovdiv – the second largest city elected as a European capital of culture for 2019.
 
Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN SOFIA. CITY TOUR
Get to know the highlights of Sofia including the gold-domed Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the onion-shaped church of st. Nicolas, the church of St. Sophia which gave the name of the city, the monument of Tsar Liberator, The Rotunda of St. George, which is the best preserved Byzantine building in the country, the medieval chapel of St. Petka, Ottoman- time mosques, the ruins of ancient Roman Serdica and some more. You will visit one of Sofia's newest museums housed in the city former public baths - the History Museum of Sofia.
Day 2 - SOFIA RILA MONASTERY PLOVDIV
After breakfast we drive to Rila mountains (the highest on the Balkan Peninsula) to see one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria - The Rila monastery. It is definitely a must see for every visitor of the country. Nestled amidst the centuries old forests of Rila National Park, this monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by St. Ivan of Rila it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries. See the monastery church with its amazing frescoes painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from 19th c. In the afternoon proceed to Plovdiv. Overnight. /B/
Day 3 - PLOVDIV - KAZANLAK - VELIKO TARNOVO
Plovdiv is Bulgarias second largest city, declared European capital of culture for 2019. This is a city with millennium old history, contemporary to Troy and Mycenae. It has preserved ruins from Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival period. See the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman theatre dating back to the 2nd AD. Visit two of Plovdiv finest museums - The Ethnographic Museum, The house of Hindliyan, Old Pharmacy or an Art Gallery. Walk along the tiny cobbled streets of the old town surrounded by beautiful Revival houses and churches. After lunch, continue to Veliko Tarnovo via Kazanlak and The Valley of Roses. Arrive in Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight. /B/
Day 4 - VELIKO TARNOVO - ARBANASI - SOFIA
Explore the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Visit the most famous market street - Samovodska Charshiya where people used to sell their home-produced goods. Visit Tsarevets stronghold - a residence of the Bulgarian Kings and Patriarch during the Middle Ages. Drive to nearby village of Arbanassi founded in the 15th c. by Bulgarians, Greeks and Albanians. The town is well known for its rich history and large number of historical monuments. Among the most attractive landmarks are the Konstancalieva house from the 17th c., the church of Nativity of Christ with its well preserved murals depicting over 2000 Old and New Testimonial scenes. Drive back to Sofia for an overnight. /B/
Day 5 - SOFIA DEPARTURE
Morning free at leisure. Departure transfer to Sofia airport for your flight back home /B/

 
City Hotel Nights
Sofia Hotel Budapest 3* 2 BB
Plovdiv Hotel Odeon 3* 1 BB
Veliko Tarnovo Hotel Gurko 3* 1 BB 
Dates and prices:
Price for minimum 6 participants - per person twin room sharing 349
Price for minimum 4 participants - per person twin room sharing 468
Price for minimum 2 participants - per person twin room sharing515

Supplements:
Single supplement per person:55

Price includes:
  • Accommodation on BB basis in below mentioned hotels (or similar depending on the availability)
  • Entrance fees: Sofia History Museum; Rila monastery; Roman Theatre, House of Hindliyan (Plovdiv); Rose Museum (Kazanlak); Tsarevets Fortress (Veliko Tarnovo)
  • English/German/Spanish speaking guide throughout
  • Transport by private car / minivan throughout
Price excludes:
  • Porterage fee in / out hotels and airport
  • Camera and guide fees at museums
  • Tips for guide and driver

Note on prices:
  • Optional dinner with folklore show in Sofia - 25.00 eur / pax
  • Optional wine tasting in Starosel - between 15.00 and 20.00 eur / pax depending on the option
  • Optional visit to Rose Distillery near Kazanlak - 8.00 eur / pax 


Atlantic Tour is a member of BCCCI (Bulgarian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry)