We offer you a fascinating tour of Bulgaria, which will allow you to discover its rich culture and traditions, unspoiled nature and rural charm, filled with a peculiar calm way of life. Embark on an unforgettable immersion in the heart of the Balkans.
A trip on the border between East and West, you will find numerous historic sites left from the heritage of civilizations that lived in these lands, wonderful natural phenomena, and a rich tasting authentic cuisine reflecting the generosity and hospitality of the Bulgarian people. This trip will allow you to familiarize yourself with Bulgaria, discover its important landmarks, filled with folklore and traditions that will grab your interest.
The route, despite its short duration, will allow you to visit numerous sites, such as:
- Sofia, the Bulgarian capital
- Troyan Monastery
- Veliko Tarnovo, the previous capital (over-night stay)
- The Shumen region and Madara Horseman (UNESCO site)
- Bulgarian Black Sea coast
- Varna Archaeological Museum
- Walk through the Kamchia Nature Preserve (optional)
- Nesebar Old Town (UNESCO site) (overnight stay)
- Kazanlak and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO site) located in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Roses.
- Plovdiv Old Town (overnight stay)
- Bansko, optional visit to the Park of the Dancing Bears in Belitsa
- Rila Monastery (UNESCO site)
- Small charming hotels with good service and high rating.
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:
A rich and varied program that will allow you to familiarize yourself with the little-known treasures of Bulgaria (typical villages, monasteries, historic sites, traditions etc…) in only one week. Passing through the Black Sea coast will bring a little more variety and freshness to the route, but on the other hand increases the total duration of the trip and the amount of travel, due to there being more destinations. The total duration of the trip is about 1600 km.
Accomodation is in our opinion one of the strengths of the trip, with a selection of independent and cozy hotels.
We remind you that this trip is also available as a Group Tour.
Have a nice trip through Bulgaria in the rows that follow!
|Period||per person / in double room||per person / in single room|
|from 01 April from 30 June||490 €||770 €|
|from 01 July from 31 August||540 €||820 €|
|from 01 September from 31 October||490 €||770 €|
|from 01 November from 30 November||450 €||750 €|
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.
Oreshak Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Nativity of Christ Church - Arbanasi
Monastery of the Transfiguration of God
Lyutov House - Koprivshtitsa
Varna - The Pearl of the Black Sea
Pliska National Archaeological and Historical Reservation
Veliki Preslav Archaeological Reserve
The remains of many monuments in the walled old section of the town reveal its long history. The museum preserves valuable objects found in archaeological excavations. It is a fascinating visit for people interested in history and ancient stones.
The Museum of Mosaics is located in the town of Devnya. This museum is “in situ”, and is housed in a building specially made for the protection of the items discovered there. In 1976, a large Roman building with beautiful mosaics was unearthed there during an archaeological excavation. The museum is situated one part of the foundations of the ancient building, which is believed to be from the reign of Emperor Constantine I at the end of the 3rd or early 4th century. The building is a large urban villa, and occupied an entire neighborhood in the ancient Roman city Marcianopolis, which was one of the largest Roman cities in this part of the empire. Typical of the houses of this era, it features a courtyard surrounded by residential buildings and colonnades on three sides. Five of the rooms and the entrance are covered with colorful mosaics that are among the best examples of mosaics in the Roman era found in Bulgaria. Three of the mosaics in the museum are still in the rooms that they were found in, and the other two were moved onto a new support base after a partial restoration. The mosaics are made of small pebbles, cubes of marble, limestone, clay and 16 different colors of glass. The museum is an enriching place to visit and discover more about this ancient art, represented here in all its glory and beauty.
Aladzha Rock Monastery
Varna Archaelogical Museum
Kamchia Nature Preserve
You can start the day with a visit to the Aladzha Monastery.
Roman Baths (Thermae) - Varna
Nesebar Archaeological Museum
Church of the Holy Saviour (St. Spas) - Nesebar
Church of Christ Pantocrator
Valley of the Thracian Kings
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ (Shipka Church)
Ancient Forum and Odeon - Plovdiv
Ancient Stadium - Plovdiv
Saints Konstantin and Elena Church - Plovdiv
Hisar Kapia (Fortress Gate)
Pottery studio of Elena
Neolithic Dwellings Museum - Stara Zagora
Kazanlak Art Gallery
Stara Zagora History Museum
Iskra History Museum - Kazanlak
Rose Museum - Kazanlak
Ostrusha Thracian Tomb
Royal Tomb of Seuthes III (The Great Kosmatka)
Hisarya Architectural Preserve
Roman Family Tomb - Hisarya
Thracian Sanctuary of Starosel
Red Church - Perushtitsa
Velyanov House - Bansko
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.