Overview

Bansko - 1 night
Plovdiv - 2 nights
Burgas - 2 nights
Kmetovtsi - 1 night
(Veliko Tarnovo - 1 night 2019)
Sofia - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

DISCOVER BULGARIA

Venture into the heart of this ancient land and discover a rewarding array of monuments, monasteries and museums nestled in historic villages and towns

A world away from the busy Black Sea leisure area we have been pleasantly surprised by a rewarding array of monuments, monasteries, museums and landscapes offering good value outside the ‘Euro zone’. Bordering five countries, Bulgaria has a diverse landscape ranging from the snow-covered Rila Mountains in the southwest to the river valleys and hills of the Danubian plain in the north. Many ancient civilisations have left their mark in history, most notably the Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs and Bulgars.

The town of Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture in 2019, has remains preserved from antiquity, a fine example being Bulgaria’s largest surviving Roman construction, the Roman theatre in the old town, built in the 2nd century AD but only discovered 40 years ago due to a landslide. Bachkovo Monastery was founded in 1083 by a Georgian Byzantine military commander, and until the 14th century, Georgian traditions were preserved. To the northwest of the Rila Mountains, lies Rila Monastery with a remarkable interior displaying painted murals and woodcarvings.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide 
Group Size: 6 - 25

 

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.

We are familiar with the high standard of Jules Verne tours from previous experience, but Discover Bulgaria was an exceptionally good introduction to that country.

Stephen Kurt
Discover Bulgaria

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Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Sofia and travel south to visit Rila Monastery. Continue to Bansko at the feet of the Pirin Mountain. Spend the night at the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena (May 4-star Hotel Bulgaria).

Day 2 Visit the church in the ancient village of Dobarsko, continue to the neighbouring village Gorno Draglishte for lunch at a local family home. Travel on the narrow gauge ‘Rhodope Railway’, known as the Alpine railway in the Balkans. Continue to Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, for two nights at the 4-star Landmark Hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 Walking tour of the old town including a visit to the Roman theatre and Ethnographic Museum. Afternoon visit to Bachkovo Monastery, known for the beauty of its construction and wall paintings. (B, D)

Day 4 Depart for Stara Zagora, for a visit to the Roman Villa mosaics, Neolithic dwellings and the local museum. Continue to Burgas for two nights at the 5-star Grand Hotel Primoretz. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Nessebar for a walking tour of its old town on a peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visit to the archaeological museum. (B)

Day 6 Drive through the Rose Valley for a visit to a rose oil distillery followed by Kazanlak and a visit to the UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb, proceed over the Shipka mountain pass. Visit to the open-air museum at Etara before arriving in Kmetovtsi for overnight at the 3-star Fenerite Hotel (3-star Gurko Hotel in Veliko Tarnovo for 2019). (B)

Day 7  Drive to the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo. Walk the Tsarevets Hill for a breathtaking view and visit to the fortress. At Arbanassi village, visit the Nativity Church. Church psalms. Proceed to Sofia for two nights at the 4-star Arena di Serdica Hotel. (B)*

Day 8 Visit to National History Museum, Boyana Church, St. George’s Rotunda, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Sophia, one of the oldest churches in Europe still in use, the covered market and the mosque. (B)

Day 9 Return flight. (B)

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

Notes

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

*2019 - Day 7 - Walk the Tsarevets Hill for a breathtaking view. At Arbanassi village, visit the Nativity Church and church psalms at the church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Proceed to Sofia for two nights at the  4-star Crystal Palace Hotel. (B)

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Bulgaria Air from Heathrow

Date Price
September 14 £1245

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 16 £1195
June 6 £1225
July 4 £1245
August 15 £1245
September 12 £1225
October 3 £1195

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £295

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £245

Extension Options

Extension - Kyustendil
3 nights £255
Single supplement £55

Extra nights – Sofia
Arena di Serdica Hotel
(Crystal Palace Hotel 2019)
(per night) £70
Single supplement £50

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £20

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.

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