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Authentic Bulgaria (Standard)

8 days - Privately Guided Tailor-Made Tour

Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv – Leshten – Melnik – Sandanski – Rila Monastery – Sofia

Inclusions: 6 nights in 4 star accommodation, 1 night in a Leshten rural house, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 3 lunches, services of an English-speaking Tour Manager, portergae, transport by air-conditioned vehicle, return airport transfers, train journey in Rhodopes mountain, entrance fees as specified in itinerary, wine tasting in Melnik.

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

Day 1 Sofia
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel.
2019 This evening join your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D
2020 Welcome dinner not included

2019 Stay at
Best Western Thracia Hotel (4 star)
2020 Stay at
Rosslyn Thracia Hotel (4 star)

Day 2 Sofia
After breakfast embark on a panoramic city tour of Bulgaria’s capital. Highlights include the 5th century St. Sofia Basilica, National Parliament; the ruins of the Roman Serdica and the medieval Boyana Church on the slopes of Mt. Vitosha. In the afternoon you have free time to further explore Sofia with a wander through the Vitosha Art Boulevard, with its boutiques, shops and cafes, recommended. Tonight, opt to have dinner at a Bulgarian folk style restaurant with a folklore show. B

Day 3 Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo
This morning depart for Arbanassi, famous for its ancient, richly decorated churches and magnificent architecture. After a delicious home-cooked lunch with a local family depart for Bulgaria’s former capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Here, a city tour will show you historic Tsarevets Hill as well as the Patriarchal Church and Emperor Baldwin’s Tower. This evening enjoy some free time with a walk along the old trade street ‘Samovodska Charshia’ where there is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs. BL

Stay at
Grand Hotel Yantra (4 star)

Day 4 Veliko Tarnovo - Kazanluk - Valley of the Roses - Plovdiv
After breakfast visit the Etara Open-Air Museum where you will discover over 300 years of Bulgarian traditions, and then travel over the Shipka Pass to Kazanluk. A city tour of Kazanluk will visit the Historical Museum which houses the 4th century Thracian Kazanlak Tomb. Following the tour travel through the Valley of the Roses and stop at the Ethnographic Museum to learn about the production of Bulgarian rose oil, before continuing to Plovdiv. BD

Stay at
Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel (4 star)

Day 5 Plovdiv – Leshten
This morning discover Plovdiv’s highlights on a walking tour through the beautiful Old Town and marvel at the 18th century Bulgarian architecture, Orthodox churches, Muslim mosques and 2nd century Roman amphitheatre
Depart to Dorkovo, famous for its pre-historic fossil remains, and visit the Paleontological Museum. Afterwards, you will visit a local carpet factory, before travelling by narrow gauge railway to Avramovo which offers magnificent views of the Rhodopes Mountains. Continue by road through lovely highland villages that have retained their 19th century charm to Leshten. Enjoy dinner and overnight at a traditional Bulgarian tourist house where you will experience a unique atmosphere. BD

Stay at
Traditional Bulgarian Tourist House (3 star)

Day 6 Leshten - Melnik - Sandanski

After breakfast, travel through the picturesque Pirin Mountains to Bulgaria’s most famous wine growing region, the Struma River Valley. Here you will visit a family run vineyard and have the opportunity to sample some of the regions wines. Leave the Struma Valley for beautiful Melnik to see its natural ‘sand pyramid’ rock formations, and visit the Kordopulova Museum, built in the Bulgarian revivalist style, before a drive to the town of Sandanski, birthplace of Spartacus and now one of the biggest spa resorts in the country. BL

Stay at
Interhotel Sandanski (4 star)

Day 7 Sandanski - Rila Monastery - Sofia
A morning departure for Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest spiritual centre. This 10th century monastery contains a rich collection of icons, wall-paintings and rare books and is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Sofia for a final evening at leisure. BL

Stay at
Best Western Premier Thracia Hotel (4 star)

Day 8 Sofia
Your Authentic Bulgaria tour concludes with breakfast and a departure transfer for your onward journey. B

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