The tour passes through regions with a high concentration of monasteries. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to visit the ones of your choosing. We also offer you a memorable and spiritual experience of sleeping in a monastery for three nights.
The route, despite its short duration will allow you to visit numerous sites, such as:
- The Bulgarian capital Sofia and the Boyana Church (UNESCO site)
- Glozhene Monastery (overnight stay)
- Troyan Monastery
- The previous capital Veliko Tarnovo, its various antiquities and the Tsarevets Fortress (overnight stay)
- The architectural reserve village of Arbanasi
- Kazanlak and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO site), located in the Valley of the Thracian Kings and the Valley of the Roses
- Old Plovdiv and the Bachkovo Monastery (overnight stay nearby)
- Rhodope Mountains, with their typical villages and ancient traditions (Shiroka Laka and Kovachevitsa, overnight stay)
- Melnik, immersed in wine, nature, and history (overnight stay)
- Rozhen Monastery
- Rila Monastery (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).
|Period||per person / in double room||per person / in single room|
|from 01 April from 30 June||530 €||720 €|
|from 01 July from 31 August||590 €||780 €|
|from 01 September from 31 October||530 €||720 €|
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
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral Crypt
National Assembly (Parliament) Building
The Russian Church of Saint Nicolas
Church of St. George - Sofia
East Entrance - Ulpiya Serdika
Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers
You will be greeted at the airport and provided with the rental vehicle.
After you arrive, on your first day you will be able to explore the capital of Sofia. You can go on a panoramic walking tour and see the main sights and most beautiful historic buldings of the city.
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.
National Museum of History - Sofia
Kaleto Archaeological Complex
Tower of the Offenders - Vratsa
Kurtpashov Tower - Vratsa
Vratsa Regional History Museum
Rogozen Thracian Treasure
St. Sophronius of Vratsa Ethnographic Complex
Oreshak Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Nativity of Christ Church - Arbanasi
Church of St. Demetrius of Thessolaniki - Veliko Tarnovo
Holy Forty Martyrs Church - Veliko Tarnovo
Samodovska Market - Veliko Tarnovo
Covered Bridge in Lovech
Regional History Museum - Lovech
Hisarya Fortress of Lovech
Daskalov House - Tryavna
Etar Architectural and Ethnographic Complex - Gabrovo
Church of St. Michael the Archangel - Tryavna
Museum of Icons - Tryavna
Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ (Shipka Church)
Valley of the Thracian Kings
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Ancient Forum and Odeon - Plovdiv
Ancient Stadium - Plovdiv
Saints Konstantin and Elena Church - Plovdiv
Hindilyan House - Plovdiv
Hisar Kapia (Fortress Gate)
Pottery studio of Elena
Ancient Roman Amphitheater - Plovdiv
Shipka National Park-Museum
Royal Tomb of Seuthes III (The Great Kosmatka)
Ostrusha Thracian Tomb
Rose Museum - Kazanlak
Iskra History Museum - Kazanlak
Kazanlak Art Gallery
Ethnographic Museum - Shiroka Laka
Church of the Assumption - Shiroka Laka
Pamporovo enjoys an exceptional climate, mild winters, and 120 sunny days during the ski season. The average temperature during the season is -3 Celsius, and 5.5 Celsius annually. The many slopes in Pamporovo are ideal for both beginners and advanced riders. All runs have been checked for safety, and are maintained in excellent condition. Over 100 high-level instructors fluent in several languages are available for beginner skiers and snowboarders.
The runs in Pamporovo are located at an altitude of 1444 to 1930 meters, east and west of Snezhanka Peak, with the toughest track called The Wall. The longest run is 5.1 kilometers and the maximum height is 476 meters. There are 9 ski lifts and 6 chair lifts available, as well as a track that is illuminated at night by 28 spotlights. The Snezhanka 2, with a length of 1176 meters and a width of 60 meters, allows riders to experience a different feeling. Snowmobiles are also available.
Pamporovo is recommended for family holidays or for those seeking a relaxing vacation in the mountains. Activities besides skiing in Pamporovo begin much earlier than sunset. The Rhodope Mountains are renowned for their local cuisine and folk traditions. Most of the hotels in the resort have at least one restaurant and bar. At the station and near the tracks, you will find various types of restaurants, each serving their own specialties. Don’t forget to try the culinary delights of the region, such as Kavarma, Banitsa, and Cheverme, and if you still have energy, the resort offers lots of night life.
Although Pamporovo is known mainly for its winter attractions, it also offers many activities in the summer. There are many marked hiking trails in the vicinity. The Tava trail for instance leads to Shiroka Laka, which can be reached on foot or by bicycle. There is also horseback riding. The Buynov Gorge, Trigrad, Yagodina and Devil’s Throat caves, Uhlovitsa, Rozhen Observatory and Planetarium, Shiroka Laka, Gela, Stoykite, Smilyan, and Arda are some of the many attractions that make the region popular during the summer season.
Karst Museum of the Rhodopes - Chepelare
Snezhanka Television Tower
Eagle's Eye Panoramic Terrace
Kordopulov House - Melnik