The Heart Of Bulgaria Duration: 5 days  

Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv


This is a classic tour of Bulgaria and a great chance to explore one of Europe's oldest lands. A land where races have perpetually overlapped and frontiers have been seldom natural and never permanent. A country in the middle of the ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria has seen many twists and turns in its long and fascinating history. Our programme includes Bulgaria’s most important historical and cultural centres as well as some other curious sights. Join us to explore the heroic Veliko Tarnovo, drive through the Balkan Mountains, stop at the Rose Valley and visit the ancient town of Plovdiv.

The Heart Of Bulgaria
Day 1

Morning city tour of Sofia - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 4-th century St. George Rotonda, the Mosque, the Synagogue, the Old quater, etc. After lunch we drive to the foot of Vitosha mountain and visit the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage listed Boyana church. Welcome dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant.

Day 2
Veliko Tarnovo

Morning departure to Veliko Tarnovo - the city served as a capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom when it became the most important political, economic and religious centre in South East Europe. Here we visit Tsarevets Fortress, the Crafts Street (Samovodska Charshiya), St. Peter and Paul church. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 3

Morning departure to Plovdiv. We pass the Balkan Mountains at 1150 m above sea level to arrive in the Rose valley and the town of Kazanlak. Here we visit the UNESCO's Thracian tomb of Kazanlak and Shipka Memorial Church. Also visit Etura open-air ethnographic complex. Late arrival to Plovdiv and walk in the Old town. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 4

Today we do a sightseeing tour of Plovdiv. Here we enter some of the old houses, visit the Ethnographic Museum of Plovdiv, the Ancient Theatre. After lunch we drive back to Sofia for dinner and overnight or transfer to Sofia airport depending on flight schedule.

Day 5

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

Grand Hotel Sofia   , Sofia  

Settled in the heart of the city Grand Hotel Sofia is a deluxe business and tourist hotel that has been the natural home for many international travellers. It is located in the very city centre, overlooking the City garden, on the doorstep of the National Theatre and the City Art Gallery, within walking distance from Bulgaria Concert Hall and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Grand Hotel Sofia features 105 spacious rooms of over 50 sqm, all elegantly appointed and offering luxury, style and comfort on a 5-star level. At guests' disposal are also 17 comfortable suites including 2 Grand suites and 3 Panorama suites with extensive terrace. The hotel has an elegant Shades of Red Gourmet Restaurant offering international cuisine, great local specialties and exquisite "A-la-carte" suggestions. The Health Centre features Fitness room, Sauna, Steam bath, Solarium, Massage, Infrared cabin, Jacuzzi, Beauty parlour.


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.


Grand Hotel Yantra   , Veliko Tarnovo  

The building of Yantra Grand Hotel is a cultural monument with a unique location at the heart of the Old Tarnovo Town. The hotel offers a marvellous panoramic view to Veliko Tarnovo University, Arbanassi architectural reserve, the historical hill of Trapezitsa and Tsarevets Stronghold. Yantra Grand Hotel provides year-round opportunities for recreation, educational and cultural and historical tours. Hotel has 71 elegant apartments and rooms, part of which with a view to Tsarevets Fortress. The hotel also incudes luxury restaurant serving typical Bulgarian as well as international cuisine, ViennaCafé, Lobby bar with a splendid view of Tsarevets Stronghold and a casino. The luxurious Yantra SPA and wellness centre offers a variety of classic and exotic SPA treatments and wellness programs with high-end cosmetics.

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