Sofia - 1 night
Bansko - 1 night
Plovdiv - 2 nights
Burgas - 2 nights
Veliko Tarnovo - 1 night
Sofia - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets


Across Bulgaria’s beautiful landscapes, monasteries, monuments, and museums mark thousands of years of historic heritage. From the Rila Mountains to river valleys and Black Sea shores, this beguiling tour visits stately cities, intriguing towns, and tiny villages

An enthralling journey through Bulgaria’s history and haunting landscapes, the tour is bookended by its capital, Sofia, where parks, boulevards, and romantic river bridges complement onion-domed churches and the Ottoman mosque. From here, a circling of the country visits the secluded mountain monastery of Rila; Byzantine Bansko, amid the lakes and pine woods of Pirin National Park; and a medieval church in the village of Dobarsko; and includes a scenic, ‘slow-mo’ journey on the old-world carriages of the Rhodope Railway. One of the oldest cities on earth, Plovdiv has its roots in Neolithic times, its focus on Roman ruins, and its spirit firmly in the present; while nearby Bachkovo Monastery is big and beautiful, architecturally and artistically; and Stara Zagora, in ancient Thrace, exhibits 9,000 years of history in its streets and museums. On the Black Sea shore, Burgas is a smart city and busy fishing port, in contrast to UNESCO listed Nessebar, its cobbled streets cloaking the coastal peninsula. Turning inland, we tour the Rose Valley, visit Thracian tombs, and travel the Shipka mountain pass to the ‘living museum’ of Etara; the country’s 13th century capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the picturesque, plateau hamlet of Arbanassi.  

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide

Special Event

Church Psalms in Arbanassi

Enjoy a short private performance at the Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Arbanassi. Singers in cassocks perform church psalms in old Slavonic language. The church is the largest in Arbanassi, built in the 17th century, modest from the outside but impressive with it’s splendid internal wall-paintings.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Sofia and transfer to the 4-star Crystal Palace Hotel for overnight. An afternoon tour of Sofia includes the red-brick St. George’s Rotunda; the multi-domed confection of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; St. Sophia Church and the Roman ruins of the 4th-6th century in the heart of the city.

Day 2 A morning visit to the National History Museum; and the UNESCO listed Boyana Church. Travel south to Rila Monastery, built over the tomb of a 10th-century hermit. Continue to Bansko for overnight at the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena. (B)

Day 3 Visit the ancient village of Dobarsko. Continue to neighbouring Gorno Draglishte for lunch at a local family home; and enjoy a trip on the narrow-gauge Rhodope Railway. Continue to Plovdiv for two nights at the 4-star Landmark Hotel. (B, L)

Day 4 Bulgaria’s second-largest city, Plovdiv is known for its six hills, captivating Old Quarter, medieval towers, and Ottoman mosques. A morning walking tour includes a visit to the Roman Theatre; and to the Ethnographic Museum. This afternoon, visit the Bachkovo Monastery, founded a thousand years ago. (B, D)

Day 5 Travel to Stara Zagora to view ancient relics displayed in the very contemporary Regional History Museum, which features on its lowest floor; the Neolithic Dwellings Museum, with the remains of a two-storey house from the 7th-millennium BC; and the fine mosaics of the Roman Villa. Continue to the coast at Burgas for two nights at the 5-star Grand Hotel Primoretz. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Nessebar, spread across a scenic Black Sea promontory, where historic ruins include Byzantine fortifications, the 5th-century church of St. Sofia, and 11th-century church of St. Stephen, visit the archaeological museum and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. (B)

Day 7 Drive through the Rose Valley, famed for the Damask rose. Visit a rose-oil distillery enroute to Kazanlak to view the UNESCO listed, Thracian Tombs. Journey over the Shipka mountain pass to Etara. An open-air museum of centuries of the country’s customs, culture and lifestyle crafts. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo for overnight at the 4-star Yantra Hotel or Bolyarski Hotel. (B)

Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo is crowned by the medieval citadel/fortress atop Tsaravets Hill, which we visit on a walking tour. A very short drive takes you to Arbanassi. We visit the Church of the Nativity adorned with 3,600 frescoes. Return to Sofia for overnight at the 4-star Crystal Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Transfer to Sofia airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines. 


per person in a twin/double room
Bulgaria Air from Heathrow / British Airways to Heathrow

Date Price
September 16 £1745
October 7 £1595


Click here for 2024 departures

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £325

Flight Options

British Airways Business Class - On request

Extension Options

Extra nights – Sofia
Crystal Palace Hotel
(per night) £85
Single supplement £60

Tour Only

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £35

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Booking Form

Please complete this form and a member of our sales department will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your booking and take payment. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm

Discover Bulgaria

Please enter all passenger details (names as per passport)

Please supply a first name Please supply a surname Please supply an email address Please supply an address Please supply a postcode
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please supply a first name Please supply a surname
Please select a travel date
Please complete all mandatory fields.

Please consider Fitness to Travel, Disabilities and Mobility advice which we give for this tour and confirm that all members of your party are fit and able to take this tour. Please complete the ABTA checklist if you need to declare any disabilities or mobility issues.

  • Please accept the Terms and Conditions

To confirm your booking you will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit payment, or full payment if within 61 days of departure.

From time to time, we may send you details of Jules Verne products (including new brochures), services, and news that we believe will be of interest to you.