Bulgarian monasteries Duration: 7 days  

Sofia, Sandanski, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Troyan


This tour is designed not only for those interested in religion and history. It is a great cultural experience for everyone who would like to learn more about Bulgaria, its land, people and traditions. Bulgarian monasteries since the very beginning have been related to the historical fate of the Bulgarian state and nation. They acted as key educational and cultural centers, gave birth to new and original art forms and achieved wide international recognition. Built in some of the most picturesque parts of the country, the Bulgarian monasteries are masterpieces of creativity and imagination.

Bulgarian monasteries
Day 1

After arrival we start our tour with a city walk of Sofia, visit the National History Museum and Boyana church - one of the most complete and well-preserved monuments of Eastern European mediaeval art, UNESCO site. Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.

Day 2

In the morning we drive to Rila Mountain to see the magnificent 10-th century Rila Monastery, the biggest in Bulgaria, one of Europe's oldest and included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. After lunch we continue our journey south to Melnik and Rozhen Monastery where we take on a guided tour around the area. Afternoon transfer to our Spa hotel in Sandanski to have some rest from travelling. Dinner and overnight in Sandanski.

Day 3

Today we set off early and take a long drive through the beautiful Rhodope Mountains. Late afternoon arrival in Plovdiv and transfer to hotel for rest. In the evening we’ll go for a pleasant walk in the Old town of Plovdiv where we have dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo

Today we visit the 11-th century Bachkovo Monastery - the second largest Bulgarian monastery. We take on a guided tour inside the monastery. Later we continue to the town of Kazanlak located in the heart of the Rose Valley. Here we visit Shipka Memorial Church and have lunch. Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo and visit Tsarevets Fortress. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 5

After breakfast we drive to the village of Arbanasi and the Church of the Nativity of Christ - a precious example of 15-th century orthodox wall painting art. We continue our trip to the  picturesque plateau near Veliko Tarnovo to see the famous Transfiguration monastery. After lunch we drive to the town of Troyan where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Today we visit the 16-th century Troyan Monastery - the third largest and one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bulgaria. After lunch we proceed to Koprivshtitsa - a museum town with fine National Revival architecture. Afternoon arrival in Sofia for a farewell dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7

Free morning. Depart hotel for Sofia Airport (time to be advised).

Grand Hotel Plovdiv   , Plovdiv  

Grand Hotel Plovdiv is located on the northern bank of the Маritsа river, in close vicinity to the International Plovdiv Fair, the centre of the town and the Ancient Town.

The hotel disposes of 330 rooms and suites with an impressive view, equipped in line with the most modern standards for comfort, style and elegance. On the first floor is located a vast foyer housing restaurants, cafe-halls, conference halls, sports facilities and shops, offering goods under trade names made known for their elegance and superior taste. The two parking lots of the hotel provide over two hundred and fifty parking places. Grand Hotel Plovdiv has two restaurants “a la carte”, a ball hall, a Vienna hall, cafeterias and a lobby bar. For the comfort of its guests the hotel offers indoor swimming pools for adults and children, fitness, bowling, SPA complex with relaxing and refreshing procedures, steam bath. Swimming pool – 6 corridors, 25 m., swimming lessons: individual and in groups.


Interhotel Sandanski   , Sandanski  

Interhotel Sandanski is conveniently situated in the town of Sandanski, at the foot of the Pirin Mountain, 160km  south from Sofia and only 20km away from the Greek border. The hotel has a perfect central location at the entrance of the picturesque city park. The hotel has a 76°С mineral water spring on site providing water for all hotel rooms and both outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Here you will find excellent conditions for treatment of locomotory system problems, asthma, allergies, prophylaxis for children and adults as well as indulging procedures for body revitalization and stress-relief, slimming and stimulation.

The hotel has 180 Double Standard rooms and 82 Double Luxury rooms with a Queen-sized bed or twin beds. Sandanski Restaurant is the biggest restaurant in Sandanski with a capacity of up to 320 seats. The hotel also has Mediterranean  Restaurant and Bulgare Tavern ofering home-made traditional delicacies. There are pool bar, lobby bar and a snack bar.


Ramada Sofia   , Sofia  

Ramada Sofia Hotel is a luxurious 4-star property conveniently located near the centre of Sofia. It is 12 kilometers from Sofia Airport, 500 meters from the train station and just a 15-minutes walk form Sofia city center. Local tourist attractions such as Banya Basha Mosque, Sofia Public Mineral Baths and Central Sofia Market Hall are aslo not far.

Ramada Sofia Hotel offers 600 superior rooms, a health centre and spa, Meridian restaurant, two bars and a casino. There is also an indoor swimming pool at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the following spa and wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Beauty services as well as body and facial treatments on request. The hotel features a well-equipped business centre and a grand casino. High-speed wireless access is complimentary.


Hotel Meridian Bolyarski   , Veliko Tarnovo  

Hotel Bolyarski is perfectly located in the very heart of the Old City of Veliko Turnovo, just off the major historical and cultural landmarks of the town. The hotel has unique architecture of 15 floors, which amphitheatrically ascend from the picturesque Gurko up to the City Central Street, to grant guests a quick access to the city. 

Bolyarski Hotel features 57 elegantly-designed single and double rooms, 3 studios, 7 suites and 2 VIP Suites, with splendid Old City and Yantra River views. Guest rooms are furnished in pastel color combinations of yellow, tranquil green, brownish and red hues. Each room is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, direct telephone line and free internet access. Sports facilities include: Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Two saunas and Turkish bath, Fitness hall, Solarium, Traditional and special massages, acupuncture, acupressure.

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