Individual tours - Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi

The modern and the old capitals of Bulgaria

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5 nights

date 01.03.2014

date 31.10.2014

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PRICE  IS PER PERSON

ESCORTED TOUR WITH DRIVER 

 5 NIGHTS/ 6 DAYS 

 

Program:

 

Day 1 – Arriving at Sofia airport and transfer to  hotel.

Accommodate, dinner  and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel.  Meeting in the lobby for the beginning of the city tour of Sofia.

Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe. You will discover the magic of combination of busy modern capital with blossoming trees and ancient history. We will start with walking tour around the center of Sofia – the famous “ yellow brick” where is the National Assembly’s building and the Council of Ministers and other historical and emblematic buildings . In this part of town you will see an ancient religious complex, discovering accidently in 2011. Then we will visit the National Historical Museum and Boyana Church. The museum is the biggest in Bulgaria and have an unique collections of treasures  from centuries. Boyana church – situated in the foothills of Vitosha mountain the church is included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural and historical heritage. Its frescoes dating from 1259, are among the most valuable works of medieval art.

In the afternoon - departure to Arbanasi.

Accommodate and dinner. Overnight in Arbanasi. 

 

Day 3 – Breakfast at hotel. 

Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Walking tour around the city with english speaking guide.

Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Back to Arbanasi, dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 4 -  Breakfast at hotel. Free day in Arbanasi or optional excursion

 

Day 5 – Breakfast at hotel.  Free day in Arbanasi or optional excursion.

 

Day 6 - Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Sofia for flight back to home.

 

 

Price is per person and includes:

 -  hotel accommodation  during the program - 1 night in Sofia; 4 nights in Arbanasi;

  -  all transfers mentioned in the program – airport hotel in Sofia; Sofia – Arbanasi; Arbanasi - Tarnovo; Sofia

 -  tours and excursions – Sofia tour, Veliko Tarnovo tour.

 -  Insurance Medical assistance  

 -  English speaking driver

 

Price excluded:

 -  All optional excursions

 -  Lunches and dinners

 -  Flight  tickets to Bulgaria

 -  All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches

 -  Tips and  Personal expenses

 

Optional excursions:

 

All day - Bozhetsi and Architectural . Ethnographic complex Etar and Sokolski Monestry - 45 euro per person

The price includes all transportation with driver. All taxes and entrance, english lectures and parking fees;

 

Bozhentsi – a pretty village in the area of Gabrovo, is one of the most beautiful architectural reserves in Bulgaria. It is located 15 kilometers east of Gabrovo and impresses with its well-preserved houses and public buildings from the time of the Bulgarian Revival.

According to an ancient legend, the village was founded by a noblewoman from Tarnovo, called Bozhana, who settled in the town after her husband died during the conquering of the capital Turnovo by the Ottoman Turks. Thence came the name of the village.

You could have lunch in one of the  many traditional restaurants in the village. 

The Architectural And Ethnographic Complex Etar is situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. It is an open air museum. The purpose of which is to present the architecture and the style of life in Gabrovo and the region during the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.

The Architectural and Ethnographic Complex Etar was established in 1964 and was declared an architectural and ethnographic monument of national significance in issue 101 of the State Gazette of 1971.

Sokolski Monastery of the Assumption is located in Sokolova Cave Area, 15 km southeast of Gabrovo and 4 km away from the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex. The monastery is connected to the Etar Complex by a tourist trail passing through a beautiful area and taking approximately two hours to cover. There is a good asphalt road connecting the monastery with the town.

 

All day - Bacho Kiro Cave, Dryanovo Monestry and charming Tryavna - 45 euro per person;

The price includes all transportation with driver, all entrances and fees and an english lecture in Tryavna.

 

Bacho Kiro Cave is cut in a 25 m-high vertical limestone rock and is situated at an elevation of 335 m..Bacho Kiro is an intricate 3600 m-long maze of cave rooms and forking passages. There are two routes for visitors to take in the cave. 

The Dryanovo Monastery was established in the 12th century during the time of Tsar Kaloyan (1168– 1207). For the first time the monastery was built 2 km from the place where it is situated now. In 1393 the Ottoman Turks burned it down to ashes; in 16th century the local people restored it on the other bank of the river, but this time the holy monastery was also demolished.

According to historical data the region around the modern-day town was inhabited by Thracian tribes. A settlement had existed there as early as the 18th century, and by the 19th century the town had already become a cultural and craft centre. During the Bulgarian Revival Period (18th – 19th centuries) Tryavna Artistic School was established in the town.

Tryavna still keeps the spirit of this period even today. The Clock Tower – one of the symbols of Tryavna, stands in the centre of the town. It was built in 1814 and is 21 m high. The tower was declared an architectural-construction monument of culture of national importance by virtue of publication in State Gazette, issue No 96 of 1967.

You could have lunch in one of the many traditional restaurants in the town. Have a walk and buy souvenirs.

 

We could offer  flight tickets from your country to Bulgaria.

 

We could offer special prices for groups  travelling together.

The price should be confirmed for each booking.