Bulgaria revealed

10 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Melnik | Rozhen monastery | Kovacevica | Trigrad gorge | Batak | Plovdiv | Koprivshtitsa |Thracian Tombs at Starosel, Kazanlak and Sveshtari | Tryavna | Veliko Tarnovo | Arbanassi | Ivanovo | Madara Horseman | Varna | Balchik | Nessebar

Begin in Sofia, then explore Boyana Church and Rila Monastery before traveling to Melnik.
Tour Rozhen Monastery and Kovacevica, then journey to Dospat Lake, Trigrad Gorge, and Yagodinska Cave.
Visit historic Batak; explore traditional carpet-making in Kostandovo; and take guided walking tours of Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa. At Starosel and Kazanlak, investigate the Thracian tombs. Traverse the Shipka Pass, and tour the outdoor museum at Etara.
Explore traditional crafts at Tryavna and Veliko Tarnovo; stroll through the village of Arbanassi. Visit the Madara Horseman, Ivanovo, and Sveshtari. Tour Varna, Balchik Palace, and Aladzha Cave Monastery; enjoy a day on magnificent Nessebar. Continue reading

Best of Bulgaria

8 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Veliko Tarnovo | Arbanassi | Ivanovo Rock churches | Thracian tombs at Sveshtari, Kazanlak and Starosel | Madara Horseman | Varna | Balchik | Aladzha monastery | Nessebar | Plovdiv | Bachkovo monastery | Koprivshtitsa

In Sofia, stroll along the celebrated gold-paved streets. Tour Boyana Church, Rila Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Ivanovo Churches, Sveshtari Thracian Tomb, and Madara Horseman.
In Varna, view the world’s most ancient gold treasure. Relax on the beach, or explore Balchik Palace and Aladzha Monastery.
In Nessebar, you’ll find beautiful old cobblestoned streets and delightful restaurants with views of the sea. In Kazanlak, visit the copy of the Hellenistic Thracian Tomb.
Walk through the Old Town in Plovdiv, visit Bachkovo Monastery and Asenovgrad Fortress, and tour ancient Starosel, Bulgaria’s largest Thracian complex. Continue reading

Bulgaria at a glance

4 nights
Sofia | Boyana church | Rila monastery| Plovdiv | Kazanlak Thracian Tomb| Veliko Tarnovo | Arbanassi | Sofia

Begin your tour in Sofia, where you’ll explore major landmarks and fascinating traditional markets. Discover the Boyana Church, then the Rila Monastery. In Plovdiv, tour the Roman Stadium before visiting the 4th-century B.C. Thracian Tomb.
Drive through the Shipka Pass and visit the soaring Tsarevets Fortress. In Veliko Tarnovo, explore Samovodene Street, a center for folkloric Bulgarian arts and crafts.
Tour Arbanassi and Konstantzalieva House; here, you’ll explore the daily realities of a well-to-do 17th-century family, and enjoy an enchanting view of the town, river, and surrounding area.
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