Bulgaria History Trail
Travel in time as our tour takes you through diverse nature and variety of terrain, revealing the rich cultural heritage and historical delights of this magical country. Bulgaria is a country of wonders! There are traditional villages and ancient monasteries to visit, awesome Roman amphitheatres and impressive medieval towns with winding cobbled streets. Highlights of our tour include a visit to the Rila Monastery, one of the most important spiritual and cultural centres of Bulgaria and to the medieval Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo, a truly unique fortress-town with remains of ancient stone houses clinging to steep slopes. So come on board, sit back and indulge in a wealth of experiences.
The tour operates on the following dates - June: 5,19 • August: 21 • September: 11
Day 1, Sunday
Fly to Bourgas Airport where you will be met by your Tour Manager and transferred to your arrival hotel for the first night.
Day 2, Monday
Depart for Plovdiv after breakfast with en-route sightseeing and lunch stop at Stara Zagora. In Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, we immerse in its cultural heritage by visiting the wonderfully preserved Old Town and its most famous landmark, the Roman Amphitheatre.
Day 3, Tuesday
Morning journey towards Bansko is amidst peaceful scenery of the Rhodope mountain range, passing through charming local villages. There is a guided walking tour of Pirin National Park upon arrival to Bansko, with picnic lunch on the mountain. Time at leisure to explore Bansko Old Town.
Day 4, Wednesday
Full guided tour of the Rila Monastery, the largest and most impressive cultural monument of the Bulgarian Renaissance period. After lunch we continue to Bulgaria's capital Sofia, to appreciate this city's unique architecture which blends Western and Central European influences.
Day 5, Thursday
Having left the present capital of Bulgaria, it's time to get to know the old one – on route to Veliko Tarnovo we stop to explore the Etara open air museum and enjoy a traditional lunch. Continuing to Veliko Tarnovo, former seat of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, with guided tour of Tsarevets fortress. Overnight at the picturesque village of Arbanassi.
Day 6, Friday
Sightseeing of Arbanassi follows breakfast, providing insight to town's rich history and featuring outstanding historical monuments. The tour towards Varna stops briefly in the town of Shoumen for lunch and wine tasting. Once at the seaside city of Varna, we discover remains of ancient Greek colony and historic trading port.
Day 7, Saturday
The day is spent enjoying the delights of Bulgaria's most popular travel destination, Sunny Beach and the picturesque promontory town of Nessebar, linked with many ancient civilisations and justly under UNESCO preservation order as a living museum. Lunch at one of the local tavernas before ending the tour in Bourgas.
Day 8, Sunday
Transfer to Bourgas Airport for your homeward journey or hotel of your choice for extended stay.
Please note This tour requires minimum number of participants in order to operate. The itinerary is subject to amendments without prior notification.
Prices are per person sharing a twin room with shower.
Supplements (per person per night)
Single room £76.90 per person per week
What's included in the price
Return flights, transfers and accommodation in minimum 3 star hotels • Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner (picnic lunch on day 3) • Entrance fees & taxes • Services of Tour Manager
Please call our Tailor Made department on 020 7543 5569 for all travel options and flight details. For full details of this holiday, flight supplements, booking conditions and essential holiday information (all of which must be read before booking), please see relevant brochure or website pages.
Please note: Tour requires minimum numbers of participants in order to operate. In the event of tour cancellation, guests will be offered an alternative departure date with most bookings. Proposed itinerary is subject to amendments or alterations, sometimes without prior notification. The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility or walking difficulties.
BULGARIA HISTORY TRAIL EXTENDED STAY
We would be happy to offer you the opportunity to extend your stay by booking several nights accommodation from our selection of hotels in the Sunny Beach. Please call our Tailor Made department on 020 7543 5569 for prices and further details.
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