at Sofia airport. Panoramic tour around the 8500 years old city and visit to
the most interesting historical sights: Alexander Nevski cathedral,
St. Sofia church, which had given the name of the city, St.
George Rotunda and the historical and cultural center of the capital.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the centre of the city. Dinner in a typical
Bulgarian folk style restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.
Visit of the "Boyana" church - in the UNESCO list, famous for its
unique wall paintings, which initiate the Renaissance in Europe.
2 � STRUMA VALLEY REGION
After breakfast � departure for Rila Monastery. Located in 120 km
southwards from Sofia, in the heart of Rila Mountain, this is the largest
Bulgarian monastery, founded in 10th century AD. A visit to the monastery
and possibility to have lunch in a very good restaurant nearby, famous with
its dishes of fresh trout. In the afternoon, a departure for Melnik. The
town of the sand pyramids, the smallest one in Bulgaria. This is a unique
place you will never forget. Melnik is famous for its red wines, you will be
able to taste in a castle-winery in Hotovo village, situated nearby, where
you will taste a wine made from Shiroka
Melnishka Loza grape sorts. Later you will visit Rozhen monastery.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight in a 4* SPA hotel in Sandanski one
of the largest SPA centers in Bulgaria, famous for healing mineral water.
3 THRACIAN LOWLANDS REGION
After breakfast a short trip to Bansko the most prospering mountain resort
in Bulgaria. Set off for the Thracian Winery Cellar Pamidovo.
Visit to the winery and tasting of wines made from
grape sorts. Late in the afternoon arrival in Plovdiv. Accommodation in
a 3* hotel in the centre of the city. Dinner in a good local restaurant.
Overnight in the hotel.
breakfast, a city tour of Plovdiv the city of the seven hills, built in
IV century before Christ from the King Philip of Macedonia. Visit of the Old
Plovdiv with the two most remarkable museum-houses the Balabanovas
house and the house of Hindlian. Also visit of the Antique theatre, the
Roman stadium, and the oldest church St. Constantine and Elena.
In the afternoon we depart for Bachkovo monastery � the second largest
monastery in Bulgaria. Guided tour around monastery. Next comes tasting of
wines, made from Mavrud
grape sorts in a wine-cellar at the near by village of Brestovica. This is
one of the most famous wine regions in Bulgaria, producer of red wines of
high quality. Return to Plovdiv. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
5 ROSE VALLEY REGION
breakfast a morning drive to the Banya village which is located in Karlovo
district for tasting of wines made from
Misket grape sorts. The tasting is in the Rose Valley Royal
Winery famous with its high quality wines. Next is Kazanlak the capital
of the Rose valley and the Thracian Kings. In Kazanlak the tourists will
visit the Ethnographical museum, where they can see how the famous Bulgarian
rose oil (used in the perfumery) is made and the Thracian Kazanlak tomb
dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and
historical heritage of UNESCO.
Set off for
Veliko Tarnovo the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom.
Accommodation, dinner and overnight in 4* hotel in the center of the city.
6 DANUBIAN PLAIN REGION
breakfast sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo: the historical hill
Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor
Baldwins Tower. Panoramic
tour of the town, stroll along the old Trade Street Samovodska
charshia. Next comes tasting of sparking
wine and Pelin in Liaskovets winery. In the afternoon a visit
to the village of Arbanassi. It is famous for its ancient rich decorated
churches. The dinner will be in a private guest house in Arbanassi, where
you will have dinner with local home made meals. Return to Veliko Tarnovo.
Overnight in the hotel.
breakfast, a drive to Suhindol
tasting local Gamza grape
sorts of wine. Departure for Sofia, accommodation, dinner and overnight in
breakfast, free time and possibility for shopping. Transfer to the
airport and flight back home.
Price is on request:
nights in hotels 4* on HB base.
The hotel in
Plovdiv is 3* hotel in the top cente of city.
of the dinners in Arbanassi is in a private guest-house.
Dinner with folklore show in Sofia.
Visit of 6 wineries with wine tasting (according to the
A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip.
Parking fees and road taxes.
All entrance fees for the museums and churches.
Professional guide throughout.