Embark on a 2-week private tour of Bulgaria and discover its rich culture and extensive history. Visit famous Bulgarian monuments and cities, marvel at its many UNESCO World Heritage protected sites, and explore many different and exiting museums.
What to Expect
Discover the riches of Bulgaria in two weeks! Explore its vast history and culture as you visit the capital Sofia, the elegant architecture of Plovdiv, Nesebar, and the Roman Therms at Varna by the Black Sea.
Wander around the biggest mosque on the Balkan Peninsula and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Ivanovo rock-hew churches with its well-preserved mural paintings, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak dating back to the 4th century BC, and Sofia’s Boyana Chruch.
Explore the ancient capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire Veliko Tarnovo and learn about Bulgaria’s exiting past and culture at the numerous different museums on this tour such as the Rose Museum in Kazanlak and the Archaeological Museum of Varna exhibiting 6000 year old processed gold: the oldest in the world.
Upon arrival at Sofia airport take your transfer to your hotel and enjoy a relaxed overnight stay.
Head to Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. Admire this center of cultural and spiritual life before departing for Plovdiv, an ancient European city older than Athens, Rome, or Constantinople.
Embark on some sightseeing in Plovodiv, including one of the most spectacular ensembles of town houses from the Bulgarian National Revival period. Visit the Saints Constantine, Helena Church, the Roman Theatre, and Regional Ethnographic Muesum. Wander to the foot of the Rhodope Mountains and see the Bachkovo monasterys’ wonderful frescoes.
Depart for Nesebar, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage, and stroll around ist 10th to 14th century churches. Enjoy your overnight stay here or at Sunny Beach.
Continue to Varna, Bulgaria’s’ Black Sea capital. Discover the Theotokos Cathedral and Roman Therms. Visit the Archaeological Museum to see the oldest processed gold in the world: the famous, over 6000 year old, Varna golden treasure.
Enjoy the day in Varna and surrounding area at your own leisure. Choose to visit Sveti, Sveti Konstantin, Elena, or the Golden Sands resorts.
Journey to Ruse, the Bulgarian capital of Danube. En-route discover Shumen and its mosque Tombul, the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula. Don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage listed Madara Rider dating back to the First Bulgarian Empire and majestically situated on the Northwest slope of the Madara Plateau. Visit Ivanovo rock-hew churches and marvel at their well-preserved mural paintings, also under the patronage of UNESCO.
Explore Ruse, also known as ‘Little Vienna’. Discover its elegant architecture from the Baroque, Rococo, and Gothic periods in the centre of the city.
Head to Veliko Tarnovo once the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1187-1396). Visit Tsarevets hill, Samovodska Charshia, and the historic village of Arbanasi. Marvel at the Konstantsaliev’s house in Arbanasi, one of the biggest, most lavishly decorated houses of the Bulgarian National Revival. Choose to stay the night in Veliko, Tarnovo, or Arbanasi.
Depart to Gabrovo and visit 13th century Dryanovo Monastery on the way, situated in the picturesque gorge of the Dryanovo River. Stop by at Bozhentsi, a pretty village at the foot of the Balkan mountain and a declared architectural reserve. Visit Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex and learn about the way of life, traditions, customs, and economic background of the Bulgarian Revival period. Spend the night in Gabrovo or surroundings.
Visit the Shipka Memorial Church, a Russian church built in honor of the perished Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers in the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), en-route to Kazanlak, famous for its award-winning rose oil. The only territory in Bulgaria with favorable conditions, roses have grown here since being brought here from India through Persia, Syria, and Malaysia. Visit the Rose Museum, Iskra Museum of History, and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. Dating back to the 4th century BC the tomb is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Return to Sofia. On the way back stopover at Koprivshtitsa, a pretty little town at the heart of Sredna Gora Mountain. Tour the Oslekov’s House, Todor Kableshkov’s Memorial House, Dimcho Debelianov’s House, and the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos.
Stroll around Sofia and discover the St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, the Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Museum of History, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater. Visit the UNESCO listed Boyana Chruch and gaze at its preserved frescoes by an unknown artist dating back to 1259.
Take your transfer to the airport for departure.
- 13 nights stay incl. breakfasts in selected guesthouses, a family-run hotel, a farmhouse, or 2 or 3 star hotels (3 nights in Sofia, 2 in Plovdiv, 1 in Nessebar or Slanchev Briag, 2 in Varna or surroundings, 2 in Ruse, 1 in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi 1 in Gabrovo or surroundings, 1 in Kazanlak or surroundings)
- Entrance fees to specified museums
- All transfers and transport with a minivan or car with driver
- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek or Turkish speaking guide throughout the trip
What's Not Included
- Personal expences