7-day/6-night budget tour for travellers with deeper interests and limited time, who are also on a budget. Along with Sofia and Plovdiv, you will visit the mediaeval capital Veliko Tarnovo and the famous Rose valley, known also as the Valley of the Thracian Kings. All your sightseeing tours will be guided by the best local private guides.
- 3 UNESCO sites visits in Sofia
- Rila monastery
- Rose valley
- Veliko Tarnovo
Itinerary - Best of Bulgaria - 2017...on a Budget
7-day /6-night cultural tour.
Day 1: Sofia
We will meet you at the airport and assist for a private transfer to your hotel. Check in and time at leisure. Accommodation at a 3* modern, downtown hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2: SOFIA
After breakfast, morning walking sightseeing of Sofia, a city with 7000-year long history. Your Sofia highlights include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Rotunda of St George, the St Nicholas Russian Church.
Afternoon optional tour by car: visit the National History Museum, displaying the gold and silver Thracian treasures, and the Boyana Church, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, one of Bulgaria's most significant historical treasures dating back to the 13th century.
Day 3: SOFIA – Rila monastery – SOFIA
After breakfast, take a full day private guided tour to Rila Monastery. Tour the largest monastery in the Balkans. With its unrivalled architecture and murals, you’ll understand why this marvel is included in the List of World Cultural Heritage. Following lunch in a local restaurant, drive back to Sofia, where tour ends.
Day 4: SOFIA - PLOVDIV
Following an early breakfast, drive to Plovdiv. Start your afternoon sightseeing guided tour of Plovdiv, not only Bulgaria’s second largest city, but also one of the oldest in Europe. Your mainly walking tour takes you through the Old City, with stops at the Ethnographic museum and the Roman theatre. Overnight at hotel in Plovdiv.
Day 5: PLOVDIV-Rose Valley/Kazanlak–Shipka Pass–VELIKO TARNOVO
Following breakfast, enjoy a breathtaking drive through the Valley of Roses and Shipka Pass en route to Veliko Tarnovo. Stopover in Kazanlak and meet your local guide for a visit of the Thracian beehive tomb, a unique monument of the Thracian Culture, included in UNESCO's List of World Heritage. The Thracians had an extremely original culture and created an amazing civilizations. Local history museum is also included in your tour. This small museum displays one of the most precious gold artifacts, unearthed in 2004 by Prof. Kitov and his team. Proceed to Etara. The 18th – 19th century crafts and lifestyle will come to life in front of you as you visit the famous open air ethnographic museum. Next stop is Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s mediaeval capital city. Picturesquely situated on the three hills circled by the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo still preserves the typical 19th century architecture with its houses perched one above the other along the sloping hills! Overnight at hotel in Tarnovo.
Day 6: VELIKO TARNOVO – Arbanassi – VELIKO TARNOVO
Morning guided sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo (partly on foot), including stops at the historical Tsarevets Hill with the remains of the Royal Palace, the Patriarchate and the fortress gates. Stroll through the Samovodska Market Place, where you’ll be taken in as pastry cooks, master goldsmiths, potters, and carvers still pursue their crafts as they did in centuries past.
Proceed with a visit to the neighbouring museum village of Arbanassi. Apart from a spectacular view over the city of Veliko Tarnovo, there are two musts here: the 15th century Church of the Nativity, repainted in the late 17th century and the fortress-like house of Konstantsaliev’s, excellent example of the 18th century architecture at its height. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 7: VELIKO TARNOVO – Lovech - Pleven - SOFIA
Following breakfast, drive to Lovech and Pleven. Walk in the old part of the city of Lovech and see the famous “Covered Bridge “designed and built by the self-taught master-builder Kilo Fiche to. Pleven became very famous during the War of Liberation (1877-1878), when for over 5 months the Russian and Romanian troops were engaged in epic battles against the besieged forces of Osman Pasha. The fall of Pleven decided the outcome of the war, and the liberation of Bulgaria followed soon after that. Visit the Pleven’s Panorama Museum, representing the most dramatic moments of the battles during the Russo-Turkish war. Proceed to Sofia and catch your connecting evening flight.