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2014 Tour Dates:
The Republic of Bulgaria is situated in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula on the busy crossroads of different cultures. The home of the ancient Thracian race was invaded by Slavs and conquered by Alexander the Great, the Roman and Byzantine Empires. After half a century of communism modern Bulgaria is a country which is bravely struggling to adapt to European standards, while its people remain hospitable in the face of constant changes. Come with us in 2014 on our tour of this enigmatic Balkan country. Give us a call and we'll take care of all your Bulgarian travel needs.
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the city, followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour including Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, St. Sofia 6th Basilica, Parliament Square, the National Theatre and the Old City Garden, the Presidency, the ruins of Ancient Serdica, and St. George Rotunda. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)
Our morning sightseeing tour visits the National Museum of History as an introduction to Bulgaria. Continue to the Boyana Church UNESCO site. After lunch visit the Rila Monastery UNESCO site, the most important monastery in Bulgaria. Return to Sofia. Dinner with folklore performance and overnight. (B, D)
Departure to Koprivshtitsa museum town. The tour includes a visit to the National Revival Houses. After lunch proceed via Beklemeto Mountain Pass to the small town of Troyan. Check in at the hotel. Tour to the nearby Troyan Monastery, the 3rd largest in Bulgaria, and to Oreshak to see an exhibit of peoples' arts and crafts and to view demonstrations of traditional pottery and weaving or woodcarving. Return to Troyan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Departure for the open-air Arbanassi museum village. Village tour and lunch. Proceed to Veliko Turnovo, the medieval capital city of Bulgaria. Check in at the hotel. Afternoon tour to the fortress of Tsarevets Royal Hill. Walk along Samovodska Charshia, a street of crafts, workshops, and antique dealers in Veliko Turnovo. If time permits, a visit to Petropavlovski or Transfiguration Monastery nearby. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Veliko Turnovo. (B, D)
After breakfast transfer to Plovdiv. Cross the central and highest part of the Balkan mountains, which the Balkan peninsula is named after. Short stops en route to Shipka memorial church and Kazanluk. After lunch visit Goliama Kosmatka Thracian tomb (5th-3rd century BC). Early afternoon arrival in Plovdiv. Check in at the hotel. Tour of the Old Plovdiv Architectural Reserve and the Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the Ethnographic museum (Royal House), and St. Constantine and Helena Church. Dinner at Puldin 5* restaurant, built above old Roman ruins, an old Christian monastery, and an Ottoman Dervish center. Overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Transfer from Plovdiv to Sofia. Transfer to Sofia Airport.
Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy, based on 4* hotels): $1575
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Price Does Not Include:
- 5 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels on Half Board basis
- Deluxe transportation
- English speaking guide
- Transfer from/to airport
- Meals as per the program
- Entrance fees
Payment and Refund Policies
- Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
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Custom itineraries available to this or any of the destinations we travel to.
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