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THE GREAT TOUR OF BULGARIA - EXTENSION

Duration: 6 days

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Departures: on demand

DAY 1 Bucharest – Arbanassi – Veliko Tarnovo
 
In the morning, leave the Romanian Capital headed South to the Bulgarian border. It takes about one hour drive to the border and another two hours to get to Arbanassi, a very picturesque village, where the Bulgarian rich people had their residences at the beginning of the 17th century. Before the visits of Konstantsalieva  House and The Nativity Church, have lunch in a Bulgarian “mehana” of  the village. Afterwards, arrive to Veliko Tarnovo, the Capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and visit Tsarevets Fortress, destroyed by the Ottomans in 1393 and partially rebuilt during the communist era. Accommodation in a hotel in the old town area.
 
DAY 2 Veliko Tarnovo – Shumen – Varna
 
In the morning leave Veliko Tarnovo and we drive to the scenic Bulgarian Coast. On the way to Varna, make a stop in Shumen to visit the Medieval fortress, probably built or enlarged by Vlad the Impaler. Nearby Shumen, close to a small village called Madara, there is an old sculpture in the mountainrock known as the Madara Horseman. The frieze depicts a majestic horseman 23 m (75 ft) above the ground level on an almost vertical 100 m (328 ft)-high cliff. The horseman, facing right, is thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse's feet. An eagle is flying in front of the horseman and a dog is running after him. The scene symbolically depicts a military triumph. The monument is dated back to circa 710 AD and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. In the afternoon arrival to Balcik, where we visit the summer residence of the queen Maria of Romania and the picturesque botanic garden around the Palace. Evening arrival to Varna, followed by accommodation in a centrally located hotel.
 
DAY 3 Varna – Nessebar – Plovdiv
 
In the morning head South, along the Bulgarian coast for about 50 Miles. South of Varna we reach the exquisite town of Nessebar. This old town had on several occasions found itself on the frontier of a threatened empire, and as such it is a town with a rich history. The ancient part of the town is located on a peninsula (previously an island) connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made isthmus, and it bears evidence of occupation by a variety of different civilisations over the course of its existence. Its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nessebar in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1983. In the afternoon we arrive in Plovdiv, the second largest Bulgarian city and visit the old town where you can admire the unique Bulgarian Revival Architecture, but also the impressive ruins of the Roman time. Walking tour in the old town, layed on the highest hill of the area. Visit The Roman Arena, The Roman Amphitheatre, St Constantine and Helen Church and the Ethnography Museum. Overnight in Plovdiv.
 
DAY 4 Plovdiv – Bachkovo Monastery – Rila Monastery – Sofia
 
Today we visit the two most beautiful Bulgarian Monasteries: Bachkovo and Rila, both of them being Unesco World Heritage Sites, both of them painted by one of the greatest Bulgarian painters, Zahari Zograf. Start the day with the Bachkovo Monastery, located 30 Miles south of Plovdiv.  Afterwards drive through the mountains to Rila Monastery, the greatest symbol of the Bulgarian culture, art, architecture and religion. Built for the first time at the end of the XIth century, Rila Monastery managed to survive in spite of the 500 years of Ottoman occupation and two serious attempts to destroy it - first one during the XVth, second one during the XIXth century. Make sure you don’t skip the museum of the monastery, where you can see incredible religious items like: old icons, books, costumes and the outstanding cross carved by the monk Rafail, at the end of the XVIIIth century. Evening arrival to Sofia, accommodation in a hotel close to the city center. 
 
DAY 5 Sofia
 
In the morning, have a walking tour of the city center of the Bulgarian capital city. During the tour you’ll see the Presidency of Bulgaria, St George Church (also known as Rotonda) - the oldest in Sofia – The National Theatre, the Russian church of St Nicholas and the impressive cathedral Alexandr Nevski. During the tour, you will visit the best two museums of  Bulgaria: the Archeology Museum, located in the city center, in a former mosque, and the National History Museum, located in the former house of the Bulgarian dictator, Todor Jivkov. Depending on the time, you can also visit the only UNESCO World Heritage Site from Sofia, Boyana church, located close to the History Museum. Accommodation at the same hotel in Sofia.
 
DAY 6 Sofia – transfer to the airport / end of our services
 
 
Our services include:
 
- 5 nights accommodation in 3*** or 4**** star hotels
- 5 breakfasts
- 1 dinner (farewell dinner in Sofia (+ folk show)
- The entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the program
- Transportation for the entire tour (car, mini van or van – depending on the size of the group)
- Transfer to the airport
- English speaking guide for the entire tour
 
 
Not included:
 
- Other meals than mentioned
- Photo fees
- Tips
 
Price:
 
695 EUR / person, based on double room occupancy, for 3*** star hotels
 
785 EUR / person, based on double room occupancy, for 4**** star hotels
 
Single room supplement: 150 EUR / person for 3*** star hotels
                                            215 EUR / person for 4**** star hotels
 
This price is valid and the departure is guaranteed for a group of minimum 2 persons