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9 Days Classical Highlights Tour of Bulgaria

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Radostina Yotova

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9 Days Classical Highlights Tour of Bulgaria

This Bulgaria Highlights trip is the best way to discover Bulgaria’s many different faces: picturesque monasteries, traditional villages, cultural landmarks, pristine nature, and hotels offering a warm Bulgarian welcome. You also visit UNESCO sites and other significant places, enjoy dinners in authentic restaurants and get to meet the locals. Tour highlights: Rila Monastery, Boyana Church, Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, and Plovdiv.

DAY 1

Welcome to Bulgaria

Bulgaria Highlights tour begins in arrive in Sofia and meet your guide. From the airport we make a transfer to the hotel, which is in downtown Sofia. Your hotel gives you the chances to explore the city on foot. If your arrival allows and if you wish we can make a stroll in the central part of Sofia. Welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant. Night stop: Sofia Accommodation: 3* Hotel Included Meals: dinner Read more

Hotel Nicky***, 1 night
DAY 2

3 Monasteries in 1 Day

A morning visit of Dragalevtzi Monastery situated on the foot of Vitosha Mountains Nature Park. We offer an optional two-hour hike in the surrounding area. Our next site is the famous Boyana church, included in the UNESCO heritage list, which preserves valuable frescos from the year 1259. After lunch we drive to the biggest Orthodox sanctuary of Bulgaria – the Rila Monastery. We visit the biggest monastery in the country and one with over 1000 years of history, also listed in the UNSECO heritage. Worth visiting is the main church with exceptional murals, the history museum, the medieval tower, etc. Afternoon transfer to Bansko. Night stop: Bansko Accommodation: 3* hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Hotel Martin, Bansko 1 night
DAY 3

Mountain Views & Dobarsko village

Itinerary: After breakfast we walk in the Old Town where traditional houses can be seen. The symbol of Bansko is the medieval church, which we will also visit. In the afternoon we make a short transfer to Dobarsko set on the foot of Rila Mountains. There we visit a fascinating church from the 17th century. The village offers options for short walks in the surrounding areas. Afternoon transfer to Plovdiv. Night stop: Plovdiv Accommodation: 3* Hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Famous House, 1 night
DAY 4

Bachkovo Monastery & Old Town of Plovdiv

After breakfast we drive through the vast Rodopi Mountains and head to the second largest Bulgarian monastery – Bachkovo Monastery. It was founded in the 11th century and is very renown because of its miraculous icon in the main church, which attracts hundreds of pilgrims each year. We offer an optional short hike above the monastery. We walk to the sacred spring called “Aiazmo” and the rock hewn chapel above it. In the afternoon we drive to Plovdiv. It is the second largest Bulgarian city but it is the most beautiful one – no doubt! In Plovdiv we will explore the Old Town with numerous cultural monuments from different historical periods. Among them are the Roman Theatre, the Roman stadium, the Ethnographical Museum, the East Gate from the 4th century, mansions from the 19th century and more. The modern town is doted with shops and bars – a pedestrian street crosses from one end to the other. Our hotel in located in downtown. This evening your guide will show you around and suggest places for dinner. Night stop: Plovdiv Accommodation: 3* Hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Famous House, 1 night
DAY 5

Discover the Valley of the Thracian King

Transfer to the north of Plovdiv. We drive through the so-called Rose Valley, which is where millions of roses blossom from mid May to mid June. We visit a private rose garden of Encho Bonchev which will reveal the secrets of the Rosa Damascena. The region is also known as the valley of the Thracian Kings and therefore is dotted with many Thracian tombs. We visit the most spectacular one – the Kazanlak tomb, included in the UNESCO heritage list. In the afternoon we drive further north and cross the Balkan Mountains at the historical Shipka Pass. It is the place where the final battle against the Ottomans took place (1877-8). It is the place where Bulgarian Liberation was won. After a break on the top of the hill with the monument we continue and soon reach the pretty little town Triavna set on the foot of the Balkan Mountains. Night stop: Triavna Accommodation: Family-run hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Zograf, Tryavna
DAY 6

Explore Rural Bulgaria & the Charms of t

We begin the day with a walk through the Old Town of Triavna. It is a town where traditions are kept alive and we can benefit from this! The local woodcarving museum is a real treasure. Towards lunchtime we drive to Etara. It is the only Bulgarian open-air museum, which shows traditional life, architecture and crafts from the Revival Period – 18-19th century. After a visit there we drive to Sokolski Monastery, a nunnery peacefully set in hills above Etara and overlooks the valley. The monastery church is a good example of local architecture from the 19th century. Afternoon transfer to Veliko Tarnovo. Night stop: Veliko Tarnovo Accommodation: Family-run hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Gurko hotel, 1 night
DAY 7

Visit to Arbanassi Village & Veliko Tarn

Short drive to Arbanassi village. We walk in the village, which preserves several mansions and churches with traditional architecture. A visit to the tiny but very impressive church “Nativity of Jesus” is a must. This colourfully painted church is has also a valuable iconostasis. The nearby house-museum Konstanzalieva Kashta shows traditional crafts and lifestyle in Arbanasi from the 18th century. In the afternoon we drive to Veliko Tarnovo. The town was the medieval capital of Bulgaria (12-14th century). Places of interest in Veliko Tarnovo are the Tsarevets fortress (where the kings ruled and royal family lived), the church of 40 martyrs, the old market street Samovodska Charshia, and the beautiful Gurko street in the Old Town. Night stop: Veliko Tarnovo Accommodation: Family-run hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Gurko hotel, 1 night
DAY 8

Troyan Monastery & back to Sofia

Transfer to Troyan Monastery set on the foot of the Balkan Mountains. This is the third largest monastery in the country. After the visit we can make an optional walk in the vicinity. In the afternoon transfer to Sofia. Night stop: Sofia Accommodation: Hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner ransfer to Troyan Monastery set on the foot of the Balkan Mountains. This is the third largest monastery in the country. After the visit we can make an optional walk in the vicinity. In the afternoon transfer to Sofia. Night stop: Sofia Accommodation: Hotel Included Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Hotel Nicky, 1 night
DAY 9

Sofia City Tour

We will do a sightseeing walk in Sofia to see all major cultural monuments. Among them are Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, the Roman ruins, the mineral springs, the markets, etc. Transfer to Sofia Airport. Tour ends here. Included Meals: breakfast Bulgaria Highlights tour ends.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Sofia
Day 2
Location Bansko
Day 3
Location Plovdiv
Hotel Famous House
Day 5
Location Tryavna
Hotel Hotel Sezoni
Day 6
Location Veliko Tarnovo
Hotel Hotel Gurko
Day 8
Location Sofia

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • All transfers and drives according to the itinerary

Package excludes

  • meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • flight and taxes
  • museum entrance fees

More information

  • Single room supplement 120 Euro
  • This trip offers several optional walks & hikes, which will also give you the opportunity to discover plenty of Bulgaria’s pristine nature.
  • In case of full occupancy of the above mentioned hotels you may be accomodated in similar hotels.

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THE TEAM

Lubomir Popiordanov

Lubomir Popiordanov, CEO of Odysseia-In, has a huge background: master of law, mountaineer, passionate traveler, photographer, painter, author of a book, producer of films, publisher and philanthropist, freelance journalist…!

Momchil Damyanov

Momchil is a mountain guide, who has turned his hobby – trekking and climbing in the mountains – into a profession. He prefers working in the high mountains, but also likes going to all places with beautiful and well preserved nature. He speaks French.

Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa leads many of our Spanish and English groups in summer. She is an active ecologist and in the front lines of the Bulgarian organizations for nature protection. She loves flowers and all little creatures on earth.

Simeon Dimitrov

Simeon is passionate about travel and takes every opportunity to hit the road. It could be the dirt road on his bike, or the 1300steps to reach Machu Picchu, or the fresh snow up in the Mountains…He speaks English and Spanish.

Zornitsa Lasarova

Zornitsa or just "Zori" is really passionate about being in the mountains and exploring the world by hiking. She is qualified mountain guide in English and German language and works as an interpreter too.

Bilyiana Nikolova

Biliana is an experienced mountain guide. Her favorite mountain ranges are the alpine Rila and Pirin. She also has a passion for medieval art and music. Bilyana speaks German, English and Italian.

Martin Nedelchev

Martin is a very experienced mountain guide. Apart from that he is also a team-building instructor. Martin is a big fan of free riding and off piste skiing. Martin speaks Spanish, French and English.

Ivailo Katerski

Ivaylo is our wine expert - WSET® CERTIFIED Level 2 Wines & Spirits by the London Wine & Spirit School, also a certified tour guide. He speaks fluently English and German, regularly visits wine events in Bulgaria and also adores travelling.

Mihail Mihov

Mihail or just Misho is a licensed mountain leader and in the summer is usually “outdoors”. He loves working in the field of responsible tourism and education of mountain guides. Mihail speaks German and English.

Mitko Samounev

Mitko is a mountain guide with a lot of knowlidge about nature and wildlife. He has graduated the University of Forestry and leads summer and winter snowshoeing groups. Mitko speaks English and Spanish.

Stela Samouneva

Stela is is a passionate traveler, nature enthusiast and active mother. She has graduated as Bachelor in Geology and International Travel and Tourism. Her interests are: hiking, ski-touring, folklore dances and children education.

Ivan Dinkov

Ivan has climbed 18 peaks in the Alps including Montblanc and Dufourspitze. Travelling a lot across the whole Balkan Peninsula, he has climbed almost each mountain in Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Romania and Montenegro.

Odysseia-In was a visionary project for its time, founded 28 years ago by Lubomir Popiordanov.

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