This trip will allow you to discover the true nature of Bulgaria, its roots, traditions and way of life, mainly in two regions with a strong cultural identity – Balkan and Rhodope. Extending the trip with 2-3 days (or more) on the Black Sea fits very nicely into the route and will satisfy those who want more rest and relaxation.
The route, despite its short duration will allow you to visit numerous sites, such as:
- The Bulgarian capital of Sofia and its architectural and historical wealth (Boyana Church – UNESCO site)
- Troyan Monastery
- The traditional village of Bozhentsi (2 nights here will allow you to get acquainted with the treasures of the region)
- The previous capital Veliko Tarnovo, its numerous ancient sites and the Tsarevets Fortress
- The architectural reserve village Arbanasi (overnight stay)
- The Shumen region and the Madara Horseman (UNESCO site)
- The pretty mountain village of Zheravna
- 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 many house museums
- Old Plovdiv and the Bachkovo Monastery
- The picturesque village of Kosovo (overnight stay)
- The Rhodopes, and their traditional villages with ancient traditions (Shiroka Laka and Kovachevitsa, overnight stay)
- Melnik, immersed in wine, nature and history
- Overnight stay near the Park of the Dancing Bears, near Belitsa and Bansko
- Rila Monastery
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 crosses regions filled with many interesting sites to visit. Some days are very busy and require good organization in selecting the sites.
One or even two additional nights in Plovdiv would be a good decision, and brings more balance and relaxation to the journey.
The trip’s emphasis is on authenticity and nature, which is why the Black Sea is not included, but it can be at your request. We kindly ask you to specify this in your inquiry.
|Period||per person / in double room||per person / in single room|
|from 01 April from 30 June||550 €||740 €|
|from 01 July from 31 August||620 €||810 €|
|from 01 September from 31 October||550 €||740 €|
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
Covered Bridge in Lovech
Regional History Museum - Lovech
Hisarya Fortress of Lovech
Etar Architectural and Ethnographic Complex - Gabrovo
Church of St. Michael the Archangel - Tryavna
Museum of Icons - Tryavna
Holy Forty Martyrs Church - Veliko Tarnovo
Church of St. Demetrius of Thessolaniki - Veliko Tarnovo
Samodovska Market - Veliko Tarnovo
Nativity of Christ Church - Arbanasi
Church of Saints Peter and Paul - Veliko Tarnovo
Monastery of the Transfiguration of God
Shumen Historical Museum
Pliska National Archaeological and Historical Reservation
Veliki Preslav Archaeological Reserve
Georgi Stoykov Rakovski Pantheon - Kotel
Sava Filaretov House - Zheravna
Yordan Yovkov House - Zheravna
Church of St. Nicholas - Zheravna
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.
Valley of the Thracian Kings
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ (Shipka Church)
Blue Rocks Nature Park - Sliven
Thracian Tomb of Karanovo
Neolithic Dwellings Museum - Stara Zagora
Stara Zagora History Museum
Iskra History Museum - Kazanlak
Kazanlak Art Gallery
Rose Museum - Kazanlak
Ostrusha Thracian Tomb
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