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BULGARIAN MONASTERIES

VISIT THE JEWELS AMONG BULGARIAN MONASTERIES!

SOFIA - ZEMEN - RILA MONASTERY - PLOVDIV - BACHKOVO MONASTERY - SHIPKA - SOKOLSKI MONASTERY - ETARA - DRYANOVO - VELIKO TARNOVO - KILIFAREVO - PREOBRAZHENSKI MONASTERY - TROYAN MONASTERY - GLOZHENE - SOFIA

PRICES AND DATES

DAILY PROGRAM

DAY 1

Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Visit to the medieval Boyana Church, included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Optional dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.

DAY 2

Breakfast. Drive to the town of Zemen. Visit to Zemen Monastery, established in the 11th century. The monastery church is an outstanding monument of the Bulgarian architecture, single temple of such form in the country. The wall paintings are among the few well-preserved ensembles from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XIV c.). Drive back to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.

DAY 3

Breakfast. Drive to Rila Monastery. It is the largest and the most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, built in the 10th century. Visit to the monastery church Nativity of the Virgin. One of its greatest treasures is the wooden iconostasis, along with some 14th and 15th century icons and wall paintings, made by the famous artist Zahari Zograf. Walk around the monastery - Hrelyo’s Tower, the old kitchen, and the history museum. Free time. Drive to the town of Plovdiv. Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv.

DAY 4

Breakfast. Drive to Bachkovo Monastery. Tour of the monastery, which dates back to 11th century and is one of the most important and well-preserved Bulgarian monasteries. It is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith. Visit to the monastery church Virgin Mary (dating from 1604), which treasures the wonder-working icon of Virgin Mary Eleusa from 1310. Drive back to Plovdiv and sightseeing tour of the Old town, including visit to the church of St. Constantine and Helena. Free time in the city centre. Overnight in Plovdiv.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Drive to the town of Shipka. Visit to Shipka Memorial Church, designed in a 17th century Moscow style. It has been raised in memory of the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers, who gave their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-1878. Drive to Sokolski Monastery (built in 1833) and tour of the monastery. Its chapel treasures icons painted by Zahari Zograf. The eight-spouted fountain constructed by Kolyo Ficheto is in the middle of the monastery courtyard. Visit to the ethnographic open-air museum Etara near Gabrovo. Drive to Dryanovo Monastery of St. Archangel Michael, located amidst beautiful mountain landscape. During the April revolt in 1876 the monastery was the scene of a heroic battle between the Bulgarian revolutionaries and the numerous Turkish army. Accommodation and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

DAY 6

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Kilifarevo Monastery situated to the south of the town of Kilifarevo. Nikola Fichev reconstructed the church of the monastery in 1840, while the icon screen is a masterpiece of woodcarving of the representatives of the Tryavna Artistic School. Return to Veliko Tarnovo, sightseeing tour and free time in the old town. Drive to Preobrazhenski Monastery in the vicinity of Veliko Tarnovo. The monastery is a remarkable example of Bulgarian Revival art. When it was reconstructed in 1825, the master builder Nikola Fichev did the construction of the church, while the great painter Zahari Zograf is the author of the wall paintings. Drive back to Veliko Tarnovo. In the evening, upon request, audio-visual show "Tsarevets in Sounds and Lights". Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

DAY 7

Breakfast. Drive to Troyan Monastery in the village of Oreshak. The monastery is remarkable for the miraculous icon Three-handed Virgin, kept in its church. Drive to Glozhene Monastery and sightseeing of the complex perched on top of a cliff with magnificent panoramic view. Drive to Sofia. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.

DAY 8

Breakfast. Free time for shopping in the city centre. Transfer to the airport and departure.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

Arrival and departure airport transfers;
7 nights accommodation on BB basis at 3* or 4* hotels in Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo;
Transportation with an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle;
All excursions mentioned in the itinerary except for optional tours;
Entrance fees for the monasteries visited in the itinerary;
Professional English-speaking guide;

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

International flights;
International travel insurance;
Personal expenses, meals (lunch and dinner) and drinks, entry taxes for museums visited individually;
Optional dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances in Sofia;
Audio-visual show "Tsarevets in sounds and lights" in Veliko Tarnovo;
Porterage, tips to the guide and the driver;
Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Bulgaria;

USEFUL INFO

Please check visa requirements for Bulgaria for your country.
This tour operates for a group of minimum 15 tourists.
Depending on weather conditions or other circumstances, changes to the program can be done.
You will be asked to supply your flight details in case you are booking your international flights individually.

 

No medical or health conditions associated with the travel.
Bulgarian citizens traveling to the country need to have a valid identity card.

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