The route presented below is aimed at those who wish to combine a visit to the country with time to rest at the sea. A stay of 6 nights at the sea in the middle of the trip will refresh you before continuing on with the route.
We can change the resort included in the trip at your request, but given the nature of the trip and the location of Nesebar, we consider it to be a great option.
The route, despite its short duration will allow you to visit numerous sites, such as:
- The Bulgarian capital Sofia and its architectural and historical wealth (Boyana Church – UNESCO site)
- Rila Monastery (UNESCO site)
- Overnight stay near the Park of the Dancing Bears, near Belitsa and Bansko
- Old Town of Plovdiv (overnight stay)
- Bachkovo Monastery
- The traditional Balkan village of Zheravna (overnight stay)
- Old Town of Nesebar (UNESCO site), 6 night stay
- The Shuman region and Madara Horseman (UNESCO site)
- The old capital Veliko Tarnovo, its numerous ancient monuments and the Tsarevets Fortress (overnight stay)
- Kazanlak and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO site), located in the Valley of the Thracian Kings and the Valley of the Roses
- Koprivshtitsa and its house museums (overnight stay)
The route can be changed according to places of your interest and the time you wish to spend there. You will no doubt be surprised by the wealth of the country and the diversity of cultural and natural sites. For more information, take a look at the destinations listed below. You can also download and print a detailed program of the trip by clicking on the Download button.
We remind you that the proposed trips are created by our team. Feel free to contact us if you wish to make corrections to either the route or its duration. We are at your disposal to answer all your questions about the trip or any possible changes (if you want to make changes to the trip, please fill out the Tailor-Made Request form).
Thoughts from Balkania Tour:
The trip has a good balance of cultural visits and seaside relaxation. For a more relaxed pace of travel, but without shortening the duration of the trip, you can stay less days at the sea. This option would be especially pertinent during the spring and autumn months. If you have the opportunity to extend the trip, you will certainly appreciate a few extra days in the country.
As for the sea, the trip is focused on the rich Old Town of Nesebar, which is protected by UNESCO. Depending on your tastes, we can change this selection to another resort to better align with your interests. Do not hesitate to specify your expectations and check with us on this issue when completing your request.
|Period||per person in double room||per person in single room|
|from 01 April from 30 April||690 €||1090 €|
|from 01 May from 30 June||890 €||1490 €|
|from 01 July from 31 August||990 €||1640 €|
|from 01 September from 30 September||890 €||1490 €|
|from 01 October from 31 October||690 €||1090 €|
No maximum number of participants. For groups larger than 6 people, please send us an inquiry to make you a custom offer for your group. If you do not use the designated hotels in the program, there will be no compensation and hotels will be at your expense.
A depost of 100 € to 300 € must be paid upon delivery of the car, depending on the category of the car. It will be refunded upon return of the vehicle, if there are no damages to it.
Rental car with a driver or with a driver/guide
In the case of traveling with a driver/guide, they are responsible for the vehicle, and no deposit is required.
Tour with rental car with driver
Driver services are limited according to the instructions previously specified by Balkania Tour and the customer. Drivers speak the language of the destination and English.
Tour with rental car with driver/guide
In addition to driving throughout the journey, the guide will provide you with information on the different aspects of life in the destination you are interested in, and provide you with tips for a more rational and succesful trip.
IMPORTANT: In the event of a failure or problem with a GPS during the journey, Balkania Tour does not replace the faulty unit with a new one.
The proposed hotels can be replaced with others of the same category.
The proposed route may be changed without notice in the event of unforseen circumstances, bad weather conditions, or local circumstances. During national or religious holidays, some visits may be limited or eliminated, and will not be eligible for compensation.
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
National Assembly (Parliament) Building
The Russian Church of Saint Nicolas
Ivan Vazov National Theater
Church of St. George - Sofia
East Entrance - Ulpiya Serdika
Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers
Vitoshka - Sofia pedestrian street
National Palace of Culture
The St. Sofia Church is one of the oldest Orthodox churches in Sofia. The name of the capital city of Bulgaria mostly derives from this church (The previous name originated from the Greek word Serdika). It is the largest Byzantine church outside the borders of Constantinople; built in the 6th century A.D. during the reign of Justinian. The materials used to build the church are dated back to the 5th and 6th centuries A.D. Under Ottoman rule, the church was rebuilt into a mosque, but in the 1800s the church ceased to be used due to structural damage caused by multiple earthquakes. From the year 1900 a new construction project began, resulting in the Basilica returning to its original state as an Orthodox church. After multiple restoration projects, the St. Sofia Basilica opened its doors once again during the year 2000. Today, the likeness of the church is made to very closely resemble that of its original appearance during the Middle Ages. St Sofia represents the divine wisdom not through its saintly icons in the church, but through its namesake, who stands on the top of the church above three other women, depicting: faith, hope, and love. She is an important figure in the lives of the residents of Sofia.
The first wall was made of brick and sits on a 2 meter foundation of stone. It stood at a height of around 8 or 9 meters, with a width of 2.2 meters. About 50-60 meters distance from each other, towers built for defensive purposes rise 2-3 meters above the wall. The remains of the first wall were then replaced by a new second wall in during the 4th century. The construction of this second wall utilized an ancient Roman building technique called “opus mixtum”, with 4 rows alternating between brick and stone. The new walls follow the form of the original, with the addition of stairs which enhance the thickness of the walls. In some places there were also added side exits called posterns.
During the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-566), construction of the existing wall was set in motion. This wall was surrounded with yet another barrier with a width of 1.8 meters. New triangular towers were placed between the existing ones. These triangular towers were located near the three main pentagonal entrances. Around this was built a third wall 2 meters thick with a distance of 20m from the main rampart.
Part of this wall, which was situated on the eastern border of the ancient city, was discovered under Alexander Dondukov Boulevard. They were found under the Presidential office and the Ministry building. Some reconstruction work was carried out in 1997-1999 in order to allow visitors to see the fragments of the past that are buried underneath the capital.
The Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers, dating back to the 15th century during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, was created with donations from the Saddlers guilds of Sofia, hence the name. The church was dedicated to the martyr Petka Ikoniyska. It was built on top of the ruins of an 11th century Roman temple. During this time, construction of churches was allowed, with the restriction that their height was not allowed to exceed the height of a soldier on horseback. Thus, many churches were partially constructed underground. This is a great example of one of these structures. There are some visible traces of antique frescoes in the semicircular arches (part of a three stage of a mural painted in the 15th, 17th, and 19th centuries. There is a theory suggesting that the church is the resting place of Vasil Levski, a national hero and symbol of resistance, who was arrested and hung in Sofia during 1873. A vestige of the past, miraculously preserved through time among the hulking communist buildings, this church is a great example of the rich and diverse heritage of the capital.
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral Crypt
Sofia Archaeological Museum
Rila Monastery Museum
Church of the Holy Trinity
Park of the Dancing Bears
Ancient Forum and Odeon - Plovdiv
Ancient Stadium - Plovdiv
Ancient Roman Amphitheater - Plovdiv
Saints Konstantin and Elena Church - Plovdiv
Hisar Kapia (Fortress Gate)
For the construction, the local craftsmen were greatly inspired and worked with care to make sure the church met the spiritual needs of the people and strengthened their identities. The old city center is organized around the church. It is a symbol of strength and courage of the past. Today, the city is an oasis of peace and development.
Velyanov House - Bansko
Pottery studio of Elena
Plovdiv Ethnographic Museum
Hindilyan House - Plovdiv
Fortress of Ivan Asen - Asenovgrad
Stara Zagora History Museum
Neolithic Dwellings Museum - Stara Zagora
Sliven Regional History Museum
Saint Dimitar Church
Blue Rocks Nature Park - Sliven
Rusi Chorbadzhi House - Zheravna
Sava Filaretov House - Zheravna
Church of St. Nicholas - Zheravna
Zheravna Art Gallery
Yordan Yovkov House - Zheravna
Arrival in Sozopol which welcomes you for the night.
The former city of Appollonia was the largest and richest city on the Black Sea coast. It was a great artistic and commercial center, and evidence of that time still remains. Today, Sozopol is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria and a favorite city of artists, due to its special atmosphere. It welcomes many diverse visitors, but has kept its charm with its beautiful beaches located on the small bay.
The main sites of Sozopol are many, but none of them should be seen alone, as they all add to the overall feeling of the city. In Sozopol you will find old churches from the Bulgarian Revival period, such as the St. Zosim Church and the Church of the Virgin Mary. Also, there are many old houses made from beautiful dark wood, some of which are adapted for visitors, like the house of Dimitar Laskaridis (17th century) which is now an art gallery, the Anna Trendafilova House, and many others.
You can also visit an interesting archaeological museum. One can easily picture old women sitting on the benches engaging in lively conversation on the ancient cobbled streets of the old city, while beautiful embroidered carriages pass by and local traders sell fig jam, all part of the magical atmosphere of the city that can now only be felt. Sozopol hosts many cultural events, including the Appollonia Festival of Arts, which is held in August and is a scene of Bulgarian and foreign artists and their crafts (theater, art, concerts, etc.). This is one of the most popular evens on the Black Sea. The city has many attractions for kids, dance and music festivals, workshops, various competitions and playgrounds.
Minkov Brothers Winery - Venets
Burgas Archaeological Museum
Ethnographic Museum - Burgas
Relaxation in Sozopol
Church of St. Stephen
Kamchia Nature Preserve
Varna - The Pearl of the Black Sea
Antique Beehive Tomb - Pomorie
Pomorie Natural Reservation
Salt Museum - Pomorie
Nesebar Archaeological Museum
Ethnographic Museum - Nesebar
Church of Christ Pantocrator
Church of the Holy Saviour (St. Spas) - Nesebar