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

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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 remained 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

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.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Sofia. Transfer to 4-star Crystal Palace Hotel for overnight.

DayMorning tour of Sofia including 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. Travel south to visit Rila Monastery, a symbol of the 19th-century Bulgarian Renaissance and spiritual centre of the country. Continue to Bansko at the foot of the Pirin Mountain for overnight at the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena (Hotel Bulgaria for Oct 2022). (B)

Day 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 driving to the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo for overnight at the Gurko Hotel. (B)

Day 8 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 one night at the 4-star Crystal Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Visit to National History Museum and Boyana Church. Return flight. (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
British Airways to Heathrow

Date Price
October 8 £1395


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

Date Price
June 10 £1475
September 16 £1475
October 7 £1465

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £295 (2023 £325)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe - On request

Extension Options

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

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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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