Bulgaria, Balkan & Thracian Treasures

Day 1 : Fly to Sofia
Fly to Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and take a short orientation walk. After a welcome dinner in a local restaurant, stay 2 nights at Arena di Serdica Hotel (or similar). (D)
 
Day 2 : Sofia
This morning, take a walking tour of Sofia. Visit the impressive Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, built to commemorate the Russian soldiers who fought and died in Bulgaria’s war of independence in 1877-78, and the churches of St Sophia and St George, both dating from the late Roman and early Byzantine period. Pass the former royal palace, now the National Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum. In the afternoon, visit the National Historical Museum, recently re-located to the former president’s palatial residence on the slopes of Mount Vitosha to the south of the city. The museum contains the celebrated Thracian treasures - beautiful silver and gold vessels from prehistoric Bulgaria, contemporary with classical Greece. (B)
 
Day 3 : Troyan monastery • Veliko Tarnovo
Drive north-east over the Balkan mountain range to Troyan monastery. One of the country’s most renowned, it has fine timbered courtyards and a beautiful frescoed church. In the afternoon, continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the 13th and 14th century capital of Bulgaria, where there will be time for a walk through the old streets. Stay 2 nights at Meridian Hotel Bolyarskí (or similar). (B, L, D)
 
Day 4 : Veliko Tarnovo • Arbanasi
In the morning walk up to the Tsarevets, the old royal citadel, with impressive fortifications overlooking the gorge of the River Yantra on three sides, and to the restored patriarchate at the summit. Continue to Arbanasi village, where the highlights are the Church of the Nativity, with its complete set of 17th century frescoes, perhaps the finest set in any church in Bulgaria; and the Konstantsalieva House, a ‘museum house’, formerly the home of one of the village’s wealthy merchants. In the afternoon, return to Veliko Tarnovo to visit the restored medieval Church of St Peter and St Paul. (B, L)
 
Day 5 : Shipka • Kazanluk • Plovdiv
Drive south into the Balkan range to the dramatic summit of the Shipka Pass, the site of a crucial battle in Bulgaria’s war of independence. At the foot of the mountain, pass the Shipka Memorial Church, built in colourful Russian style in memory of those who died in the struggle. Proceed to nearby Kazanluk to see the Thracian tomb with its fine Hellenistic frescoes, and visit the Archaeological Museum, where some spectacular, recently excavated finds from nearby Thracian royal tombs are displayed. Afternoon drive to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, for 2 nights at Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel (or similar) in the pedestrianised city centre. (B, D)
 
Day 6 : Plovdiv • Bachkovo monastery
Walking tour through the picturesque cobbled streets of old Plovdiv. See the remains of the Byzantine city walls and well-preserved timbered town houses dating from the end of the Ottoman period. Visit the Church of St Constantine and St Helena, beautifully refashioned in the 19th century; the restored Roman theatre, impressively situated overlooking the main city centre; and one of the elegant ‘museum houses’. In the afternoon, drive a short distance into the Rhodope mountains to the 11th-century Bachkovo monastery, an attractive ensemble of buildings, where the refectory and the ossuary will be specially opened to show the wonderful medieval frescoes. Evening visit to a local winery for wine tasting and dinner. (B, L, D)
 
Day 7 : Koprivshtitsa • Sofia
Drive to Koprivshtitsa, a conservation village situated among the wooded hills of the Sredna Gora, where the April Uprising of 1876 began. Explore the traditional streets on foot and visit one or two of the numerous 19th-century wooden museum houses. In the afternoon return to Sofia and stay 2 nights at Arena di Serdica Hotel (or similar). (B, L)
 
Day 8 : Rila monastery
Full-day visit to Rila, which is beautifully situated in a forested mountain valley to the south of Sofia. Founded in the 10th century, this monastery has a wonderful church and an imposing, arched courtyard with fine wooden galleries and balconies. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a lively folklore display and traditional music. (B, L, D)
 
Day 9 : Boyana • Departure
Morning visit to the tiny, medieval church at Boyana, on the southern outskirts of Sofia. It has a series of frescoes dating from 1259. Transfer to the airport for a flight back to your next destination. (B)
 
As per itinerary :- B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
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 Signature Experiences
  • Special access at Bachkovo monastery to see the medieval frescoes
  • Marvel at gold and silver Thracian treasures from prehistoric Bulgaria
  • See remarkable frescoes at the medieval church of Boyana
  • Special access to a Thracian tomb
  • Wine tasting & dinner at a winery
 
 What's included
  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
 
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 Payments
  • 80 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 79 - 40 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
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Cancellation charges per person
  • 80 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 79 - 60 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
  • 59 - 20 days before date of departure: 75% of total cost
  • 19 - 1 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
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  Arena di Serdica Hotel - Sofia
  Meridian Hotel Bolyarski - Veliko Turnovo
  Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium - Plovdiv
 
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