Visit the mouth of the Kamchia River, the Kamchia Reserve, the Ovech Fortress in Provadia, the Museum of Mosaics in the town of Devnya and many other highlights on this day tour from Varna.
What to Expect
This is a one-day guided tour that takes you to west of Varna. Pick-up will be at 09:00. In about a 30 - 40 minute drive southwards you'll reach the mouth of the Kamchia River and the Kamchia Reserve, which covers the lower valley of the Kamchia River. The area is remarkable for its unique flooded forests called "Longoz", wide beaches with sand dunes and old riverbeds. 245 species of higher plants, 39 fish species and 258 bird species have been found in the region. You will have a 30 minute boat trip as well.
The trip continues to the rock phenomenon “The Wonderful Rocks”, a massif consisting of about ten beautiful rock needles, 40-50 meters high, shaped like castle towers. The rocks were formed directly by the banks of the Tsonevo dam, where they are steepest and vertical. The phenomenon consists of three massifs. Three tunnels are dug along their entire length, where an automobile road made of crushed stones passes.
The next stop is the Ovech Fortress, a stone stronghold located on a rocky cliff overlooking the town of Provadia and its surroundings. Archaeological research established that the fortress was used in periods from the 3rd century to the first decades of the 7th century, and then from the 10th-11th centuries until the end of the 17th century. The fortress was inhabited successively by Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, and Turks. Stop for lunch in a nice restaurant in Devnya serving traditional Bulgarian food.
After lunch, continue to the the Museum of Mosaics, located in the town of Devnya. This is an in situ museum that is housed in a specially constructed building whose purpose is to preserve archaeological discoveries. A big Roman building with exquisite mosaics was discovered in this place. Five of the rooms and the portico are covered in multi-coloured floor mosaics – some of the best examples of Roman mosaic art found in the territory of Bulgaria. Three of the mosaics are exhibited in situ in the rooms where they were discovered.
The last stop will be the Stone Forest, a fabulous natural phenomenon known by its Bulgarian name of "Pobitite Kamani", which means "stones beaten into the ground", a name completely corresponding to the reality. The spectacular landscape of "Pobitite Kamani" is clustered in seven large groups and several separate small areas embracing a total area of more than 7 square kilometers. Тhe main, "Dikilitash" group is the most impressive and in the best state of preservation.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Entrance fees
- Services of a professionally qualified tour guide
- Transportation by A/C vehicle
- Fuel and parking expenses
- Pick-up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation
- Glass of wine/cup of coffee
- Lunch expenses (in winter instead of a boat ride on the Kamchia River)
What's Not Included
- Lunch expenses
- Any personal expenses