From  £1265
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Small Group tour - minimum 8 persons/maximum 16 persons
  • No single room supplement
  • Spend time in Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture in 2019
  • Enjoy lots of delicious local cuisine
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Landscapes & Traditions of Bulgaria

8 Day Tour, from £1265 per person
Itinerary Dates
2020
30 May  -  06 Jun

On this new tour for 2020, gain an invaluable insight into the history and culture of Bulgaria as you journey between some of the country’s most famous sites, from Sofia’s historic centre to enigmatic Asen’s Fortress. Explore UNESCO-listed tombs, wonder at ancient frescoes, follow some stunning roads through dramatic landscapes, and take a guided tour of the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Plovdiv. This tour combines the most magnificent natural and historical landmarks of Bulgaria, with the secrets of the traditional local culture and cuisine in a fantastic eight day itinerary – the best of Bulgaria.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SOFIA
FLY TO SOFIA

Fly to Sofia and on arrival, meet your driver and guide for the transfer to the hotel. Check in for an overnight stay. Set out on a walking tour of the historic centre of Bulgaria’s capital city. Some of the highlights include Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque and the National Theatre. Settle in for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

DAY 2
SOFIA TO VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASI
SOFIA TO VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASI

After breakfast, leave Sofia and head to Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria. On the way, stop at Troyan Monastery, Bulgaria’s third largest monastery built in 1600 by some hermit monks. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a traditional restaurant and then explore Veliko Tarnovo with your guide. Learn about the city’s dramatic past and its main highlight - Tsarevets, the castle of the Bulgarian kings. Visit the Palace, the Patriarch’s complex and Baldwin’s Tower to enjoy stunning views of the “Throne City”. Leave Veliko Tarnovo and head to Arbanasi, a nearby village that serves as an open-air museum to Bulgaria’s National Revival architecture. Here, enjoy a traditional dinner and stay for two nights in a charming, rustic hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
RUSENSKI LOM NATIONAL PARK & CHERVEN CASTLE
RUSENSKI LOM NATIONAL PARK & CHERVEN CASTLE

Head out from Arbanasi for a busy day of sightseeing. Start at the famous rock-carved monasteries at Ivanovo and then move on to Rusenski Lom National Park, with its stunning landscapes, curving river and the UNESCO-listed frescoes painted onto sheer rocks. It is also a good spot for avid twitchers with 174 species recorded here including lesser kestrels, Egyptian eagles and eagle owls. Stop for lunch in the city of Ruse, on the banks of the Danube, and then visit 13th-century Cherven Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Bulgaria. Return to Arbanasi for dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
KAZANLAK TO PLOVDIV
KAZANLAK TO PLOVDIV

This morning stop at the exquisite Russian-style Shipka Memorial Church before continuing to Kazanlak. Here, visit the Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the “Jewel of the Valley of the Kings”. Tour the Rose Museum to learn about its 300 year old rose oil production and then have lunch in a traditional tavern. Move on to the nearby town of Kalofer where you will to meet a local family and learn about their life out here. Later, head to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city that was European Capital of Culture in 2019. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
PLOVDIV
PLOVDIV

Spend the day exploring Plovdiv, starting with a guided tour of the ancient parts of the city including the 5th-century BC Thracian fortress remains and many Roman ruins including the forum and amphitheatre. Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore its romantic old town, packed with colourful old 19th-century mansions. Overnight in family-run guesthouse. (B,L)

DAY 6
PLOVDIV TO TRIGRAD
PLOVDIV TO TRIGRAD

Start heading to Trigrad in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. En route, stop off at stunning Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery, where you’ll find some of the finest frescoes in Orthodox Christianity. Drive through modern, sprawling ski resort Pamporovo and carry on to the famous open-air museum village of Shiroka Laka. Sample traditional Rhodope cuisine during lunch and then press on through the mountains to the stunning village of Trigrad. After dinner, enjoy a special presentation of the Rhodopes’ legendary folklore. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
TRIGRAD TO MELNIK
TRIGRAD TO MELNIK

Wonder at Trigrad Gorge with its 250m overhanging cliffs and see the “Devil’s Throat”, a deep cave containing the largest underground waterfall in the Balkans. Another cave is next on the agenda: Yagodina. Emerge back above ground and begin the journey through the south west Rhodopes to the charming, ancient town of Melnik, the wine capital of Bulgaria. Take a short walk through the fantastical Melnik pyramids, sand towers that stand an incredible 150m tall. Enjoy a tasting of some of the famous local red wines and then have a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant Overnight in Melnik. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK

Journey to UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery and take a tour, hidden deep in the heart of the mountain. Transfer to Sofia and onwards to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1265 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Bulgaria
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in four-star hotel as specified
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Excursions with English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

Good news for our solo travellers or for those whose travel companion snores - there is no single room supplement on this group tour to Bulgaria


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
30 May 2020
-
06 Jun 2020
£1265 £0

Tour Route Map


  1. Bulgaria, Sofia
  2. Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo
  3. Bulgaria, Arabanassi
  4. Bulgaria, Kazanlack
  5. Bulgaria, Plovdiv
  6. Bulgaria, Melnik
  7. Bulgaria, Rila
  8. Bulgaria, Sofia

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