The trip will allow you to discover the great treasures of Bulgaria, its roots, traditions, and way of life which crosses regions with highly developed cultural identities. You will get a taste of Bulgarian heritage and visit protected sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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)
- Glozhene Monastery
- Troyan Monastery
- Koprivshtitsa and its many house museums.
- The Thracian sanctuary of Starosel
- Hisar and its Roman ruins
- The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO site)
- The Russian Church in Shipka
- Etar Open Air Museum
- Sokolovo Monastery
- Tryavna, a town with rich traditions and history
- The old capital of Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress
- The Transfiguration Monastery
- Ivanovo Rock Monasteries (UNESCO site)
- Basarbovo Monastery
- The pretty mountain village of Zheravna
- Old Town of Nesebar (UNESCO site)
- Bachkovo Monastery
- The picturesque Rhodope village of Shiroka Laka
- Pirin National Park (UNESCO site)
- Old Quarter of Bansko
- Melnik, with great wine, nature and history
- Melnik Pyramids
- Rozhen Monastery
- Rila Monastery (UNESCO site)
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:
This trip can be viewed as an extension of the self-drive tour Walk in the Heart of the Balkans (12 days/11 nights). It is a similar route that will allow you to discover not only the Balkan region but also the Rhodopes in the South, the Black Sea in the East, and the Danube River in the North, all at a relaxing pace thanks to the duration of the trip. The additional three days are cleverly distributed along the route to let you get better acquainted with the visited regions. In addition to all Bulgarian cultural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list, you will have the opportunity to visit a number of other cultural and natural sites, the hinterland with its pretty villages and monasteries, some of which you can choose to spend the night in.
In conclusion, the proposed route has a strong cultural emphasis, and nature lovers will have some chances to take some short walks in the mountains. Because of the nature of the self-drive tour, you will have the ability to customize and adapt the trip according to your personal preferences.
|Period||per person in double room||per person in single room|
|from 01 April from 30 April||740 €||1190 €|
|from 01 May from 30 June||850 €||1370 €|
|from 01 July from 31 August||890 €||1460 €|
|from 01 September from 30 September||850 €||1370 €|
|from 01 October from 31 October||740 €||1190 €|
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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Arrival at the Bulgarian capital
Tower of the Offenders - Vratsa
Kurtpashov Tower - Vratsa
Vratsa Regional History Museum
Rogozen Thracian Treasure
St. Sophronius of Vratsa Ethnographic Complex
Kaleto Archaeological Complex
Beklemeto (The Troyan Pass)
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church - Koprivshtitsa
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church in Koprivshtitsa was built in 1817, on the location of a previous church that was burned by Kurdzhali (generally deserters from the Ottoman army who benefitted from the lack of government power and preformed attacks against the Christian population).
Local guilds received permission from the Sultan to construct the church. Architecturally, it is a basilica. The building is low, dimly lit, and painted like an ordinary house, so as to not attract attention during this tumultuous time. The iconastasis is the work of one of the greatest craftsmen of Bulgaria, Georgi Hadji of Vidin, a representative of the school of Tryavna. The church has preserved icons of great artistic value.
In the churchyard, there were once housed two convents of the Hilandar and Rila Monasteries. The followers created the first monastery schools in Koprivshtitsa.
The belfry was placed later in 1896, thanks to donations from the illustrious merchant Hadji Nencho Palaveyev, the richest Bulgarian of all time. He financed the construction of many public buildings in Koprivshtitsa and created a guaranteed fund to ensure the development of the city in the future. In 1980, the communist leaders declared that the money had run out. Nencho Palaveyev was buried in the churchyard in 1936. According to legend, his restless soul wanders the streets of Koprivshtitsa, unhappy at the loss of his fortune, which he bequeathed to the city.
Oreshak Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Kableshkov House - Koprivshtitsa
Thracian Sanctuary of Starosel
Hisarya Architectural Preserve
Valley of the Thracian Kings
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ (Shipka Church)
Etar Architectural and Ethnographic Complex - Gabrovo
The Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, more commonly known as the Shipka Church, was built in 1902 to honor the soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish war to help free Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. In the crypt of the Russian church there are seventeen marble sarcophagi containing the bones of soldiers who died in 1877.
Roman Family Tomb - Hisarya
Hisarya Archaeological Museum
Iskra History Museum - Kazanlak
Ostrusha Thracian Tomb
Church of St. Michael the Archangel - Tryavna
Daskalov House - Tryavna
Holy Forty Martyrs Church - Veliko Tarnovo
Church of St. Demetrius of Thessolaniki - Veliko Tarnovo
Samodovska Market - Veliko Tarnovo
Museum of Icons - Tryavna
Church of Saints Peter and Paul - Veliko Tarnovo
Nativity of Christ Church - Arbanasi
Ivanovo Rock Churches
There are five churches to visit in Arbanasi, but the one the most interesting one is the Nativity of Christ Church. Constructed during the 15th century, was first built with three naves and one apse. Then in the 17th century, the church was expanded and decorated with painted murals of saints by Bulgarian artists. There are 2000 saints painted on the according to calculations, representing 3500 different characters. A visit to this church is not one to pass up.
Ruins of Nicopolis ad Istrum
Medieval City of Cherven
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Tomb of Demir Baba Tekke
Marin Krastev House
Shumen Historical Museum
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.
Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral
Varna Archaelogical Museum
Kamchia Nature Preserve