Day 1: Sofia
Arriving in Sofia. Accommodation at a hotel 3* or 4* stars. Sightseeing Tour Sofia by bus, free time for a walk in the city.
Welcome dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant “Pod lipite” – taste of Bulgarian dishes, wine and brandy (“rakia”) in a pleasant atmosphere with the sound of Bulgarian bagpipe. Overnight.
Day 2: Sofia - Plovdiv
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the town of Plovdiv. Accommodation in a hotel 3* or 4* stars. Lunch in “The Old Town”. Walk about the cobblestoned streets of “The Old Town” – the Amphitheatre, houses of the Bulgarian national revival /Ethnographical museum in one of them/. Visit of the Archaeological museum near which is also situated the “Cultural centre TRAKART” which presents a permanent exhibition of ancient floor mosaics (4th-5th century AD) of the “Eirene” peristyle residential building of ancient Philippopol. Free time to explore the town and to buy souvenirs.Dinner at the tradisional restaurant with Bulgarian dishes made in front of the tourists’ eyes. Overnight.
Day 3: Plovdiv – Hissarya – Starosel - Plovdiv
Breakfast. Departure to the town of Hissarya – one of the balneological centres of Bulgaria with 22 mineral springs. Walk about the town. Visiting the Fortified Walls, the remains of the Roman baths and balneological complexes, a promenade in the park “Momina sylza” where is located a big balneological complex preserved to the roof. Visiting the Roman Tomb. Departure to the villages of Starosel and Staro Zhelezare. Lunch at the Wine-cellar Starosel, tasting wine. Visiting the unique Temple of a cult in Starosel. Departure to Plovdiv. Visiting the only one of its kind Thracian Astrological Observatory on the way to the town of Plovdiv. Namely the Sun has been the main divinity of the ancient Thracian people. Returning to Plovdiv. Free time for relaxation. Dinner, overnight – a dynamic and interesting day is coming; we are going to see divine places on the slopes of the Rhodopi Mountains.
Day 4: Plovdiv – Bachkovo Monastery – Krastova forest - Kardzhali
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Asenova stronghold. Visiting the Asenova stronghold. Visiting the Bachkovo Monastery. A short break with a cup of warm coffee and sweets next to the Chepelarska River. Here you can buy the most delicious grilled rissoles for a trip amongst the Rhodopi Mountains and a picnic in “Krustova Forest”. Departure to “Krustova Forest”. On our way we can stop for a short break /road with many curves/. The break can be made in the village of Borovo /not far away from “Krustova Forest”/ in front of the local pub, refreshment with lemonade. “Krustova Forest”, a promenade and lunch on a meadow. You can take pictures around the bizarre area. There is a possibility for a walking tour /just a short part of the whole itinerary/ because of the beautiful nature and you can drink water from the roadside fountains. Departure to the town of Kardzhali. Accommodation at the hotel “Perpericon” or “Kardzhali” hotel. Free time. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 5: Kardzhali – Perperikon - Kardzhali
Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting the town Historic museum which is located in very interesting building – former Police office and spiritual maids’ school. Departure to Perpericon and the site of Perperishka River. Visiting the bizarre rock formations “Stone mushrooms” and “Stone Wedding”. A walk about the Perpericon area. The site is very interesting with its layers of civilizations, many caves and rock formations. This place’s energy is strong and divine. Lunch. You can visit the Monastery of Father Boyan Saruev in Kurdzhali, built in 2003 thanks to many donations. Dinner. Overnight. A dynamic and interesting day is coming on the way to the old capital of Bulgaria.
Day 6: Kardzhali – Kazanluk – Veliko Tarnovo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting “Tatul” – the home of Orpheus. In the year of 2006 National Geography publishers has visited “Tatul” and they reckon it is a site that takes place right after the Egyptian Pyramids according to its uniqueness. Departure to the town of Kazanluk. Lunch at the summer garden of the “Chanovete” tavern, located next to the Thracian Tomb in Kazanluk. Visiting the Thracian Tomb /it has been on the UNESCO protected World Heritage Site list since 1979/. Visiting the Historical museum in the town where are the excavations of the Thracian tomb “Golyamata Kosmatka”. Departure to the tomb “Golyamata Kosmatka” where you can see the world famous bronze head of a man found in 2003. Departure to the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Turnovo. Accommodation at “Yantra” hotel or similar one. Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel with Bulgarian dishes and desserts. Overnight.
Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi – Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast. Visiting the Architectural – historical reserve “Arbanasi”. Lunch in Arbanasi. Visiting the Architectural – historical reserve “Tsarevets” in Veliko Turnovo. Visiting the “Samovodska charshia (bazaar)”, the most picturesque revival street Gurko and the “Sarafkina’s house”, the Regional Historical museum. Free time for a walk, shopping, SPA procedures in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo – Gabrovo - Sofia
Breakfast. Departure to the town of Gabrovo. Visiting the Open Air Museum Etara. Time for a walk, coffee boiled on sand and the typical for this region white jam and Gabrovo’s loaf of bread. Departure to Sofia. A short break on the road. Arriving in Sofia. Accommodation at a hotel 3* or 4* stars. Overnight.
Day 9: Sofia
Breakfast. Airport – departure to your home /the program may vary depending on the flight schedule/.
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