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Bulgaria self-guided tour (culture & history)
The duration of our self-guided tours in Bulgaria may vary from 5 to 15 days, depending on your wishes or available period.
May - October recommended, All year round is possible
Usually 2-4 hours per day.
Yes, fairly accessible
Comfortable shoes, Driving licence (if self-driven)
Sample Itinerary 7 Days Around Bulgaria
On your first day you will make your first stop in Boyana to see this 13th century church art masterpiece under UNESCO protection since 1979. Then you will head straight South to the next UNESCO site - Rila Monastery. After a 2 hour visit you can try the local specialty fresh grilled trout. Then you have another 1h 20min drive to a small village in Razlog valley where you will meet a local family and check-in in their own house. If you wish you can have a donkey ride around the village all the way to the water well. In the evening our hosts will show how they prepare their food, how they live and have fun (singing and dancing). They will serve you home made food and a glass of rakia (grape brandy) to welcome you and invite you to join their dances.
In the morning after a nice breakfast you say good bye to our hosts and we will visit the church in Dobarsko, a 10 minute drive from the village. Then you head to Plovdiv across some part of the Rodopi Mountain inhabited by an interesting minority called Pomak. You will spend the rest of the day in Plovdiv and you will enjoy its ancient and Roman ruins, its respective mosque and its charming shopping central street and outdoor cafes and restaurants. You will check-in into our beautiful hotel right next to the old town.
You will start early today because we have so many interesting places to discover. In about 30 min drive youe will be at Bachkovo Monastery for a quick visit of the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Then you will drive to Perperikon where you will discover a holy town from 5000 years B.C., equal in historical value to the discovery of Troya and Mikena! A marvelous temple, shrine, palace, necropolis and crypt from 18th-12th century BC can be observed in an amazing condition. After Perperikon you will drive East to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast - Nessebar, a UNESCO monument and famous sea resort. Overnight in Nessebar.
On this 4th day you will have a walk in the old town of Nessebar. The town is one of the oldest towns in Europe and the most abundant with medieval architectural monuments in Bulgaria. It inherits an ancient Thracian settlement established 2000 years BC. Nessebar holds nearly 60 houses from the Revival period in Bulgaria (18th-19th century) and more than 40 churches. Adjacent Sunny Beach will fascinate you with its 8 kilometer long fine sand beach and blue water. Your drive today will continue up north to the Sea Capital of Bulgaria - Varna, where the oldest golden treasure in the world has been discovered. Overnight in Varna.
This 5th day you will dedicate to our Black Sea north coast - Balchik and Kavarna and its beautiful rocks, but before this you will pay a visit to the Varna historical museum. You will then have an hour drive to visit the Palace in Balchik and its gardens, built by the Romanian Queen Marie in 1937, then have lunch in a restaurant called The Shell Farm, where you can have some fresh clams and other sea fruits and fish. Then you will go to Kaliakra cape where dolphins and cormorants might be seen. Overnight in Varna.
You bid farewell to the Black Sea and head back west to Veliko Tarnovo, the Medieval capital of Bulgaria. Some evenings there is a unique Sound and Light show performance over the fortress and if you get lucky, you can watch it. Your first stop will be in Arbanassi village in the afternoon for a visit of the Nativity of Christ Church with its beautiful frescoes from 1632 and one of the oldest preserved iconostasis from wood. The mural paintings include the life of St. John the Baptist, patron of the church, and the wheel of life with the 12 zodiac signs. Some free time in the afternoon to enjoy the town and views over the hills. Then after a very short drive you start our climb of the Tsarevets hill fortress - the city of Bulgarian Tsars in the 13th and 14th centuries. After that you can have a nice walk around the old Samovodska Street to buy a souvenir and grab some lunch. Then you will go for a well deserved relax in our hotel with a great view over the monument of Assen Dynasty of Kings. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
On this very last day of our most popular tour in Bulgaria you will pack our luggage and set on short drive to Etara where you can see some local crafts in action. If the weather permits, you can enjoy an outdoor terrace for lunch and then continue our drive to Koprivshtica, a historic town which brings people back in the 19th century, a turbulent time in Balkan history, time of brave heroes and revolutions. You will visit 2 or 3 houses-museums and breathe some fresh Balkan mountain air before you drive back to Sofia (2 hours).
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This wonderful 7-Day tour of Bulgaria will give you enough time to explore, enjoy and feel most of the country's interesting sightseeing attractions as well as a number of hidden and off-the-beaten-track places. The tour has been carefully designed by V Travel professionals to give you the best variety of sightseeing, cultural, historical, natural and religious monuments and places. The 7 day itinerary will show you Pirin and Rila mountains, Plovdiv, Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Veliko Tarnovo, Koprivshtitsa and many more. In our tours we have included accommodation in our chosen 2* or 3* hotels, where we have confidence in the quality of service. Whenever possible, you can upgrade to 4* and 5* hotels or opt for a more budget accommodation. The tour can be easily customized (we can remove, add or change places for visit or overnight stay) according to your own wishes. The tour can also be combined with your trip to or from neighboring Romania or Greece, a pick-up can be organised from Bucharest, Thessaloniki or other points. Please find below our example itinerary and feel free to E-mail us or fill our Quick Tour Request Form and we will respond to you within 3 working days.
The tour price will be offered after you submit a request and includes: door to door transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia or Sofia Airport, rental car, camper van or vehicle plus fuel and driver throughout the trip, nights and breakfasts in double room hotels 2* and 3*. Personal expenses, meals, drinks, hotel upgrade and tips are not included. Private customised tour just for your party.
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Two UNESCO sites the very first day.
A night in a village house to experience the hospitality of the Bulgarians, try homemade meals and drinks.
Scenic drive through Rodopi Mountain range.
Explore Europe's Capital of Culture for 2019- Plovdiv with it's Roman remains and Revival period houses.
Visit a holy city established 5000 BC and admire the skill of the ancient ones living in these lands.
Spend a day in the Old Capital of Bulgaria- Veliko Turnovo and the village of Arbanasi.Admire the beautiful Black Sea Coast with some of its most precious gems- Balchik Botanical Garden, Cape Kaliakra and the UNESCO site Nessebur.
Visit some of the most beautiful Eastern Orthodox Monasteries and learn about the Christianity in Bulgarian lands.
Learn about the way of life and crafts during the Revival period of Bulgaria in Etara Open Air museum and the historical village of Koprivshtica.
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