Bulgaria Monastery Best of Bulgarian Monasteries

Price
$499 per person
Duration
8 days
Destination
Rila Monastery
Travellers
1+
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Departure Location
in front of your hotel
Return Location
in front of your hotel
Price includes
  • 6 dinners;
  • 6 lunches;
  • Air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • All entry taxes and service charges for the visited in the itinerary tourist sites.
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Evening panoramic tour “Sofia by night” and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances;
  • Insurance
  • Professional English speaking guide
Price does not include
  • Audio-visual show “Tsarevets in Sounds and Lights” is a subject of additional request, confirmation and payment;
  • Flight tickets to Bulgaria
  • Personal expenses
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Visit to the medieval Boyana Church, included in UNESCO World Heritage List. In the evening panoramic tour “Sofia by night” and 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 considered as an outstanding monument of the Bulgarian architecture, because it is the only existing church of that form. The wall paintings are among the few well-preserved ensembles from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XIV c.). Lunch. Drive back to Sofia. Dinner. 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, some 14th and 15th century icons, wall paintings, made by the famous artist Zahari Zograph. Walk around the monastery - Hrelyo’s Tower, the old kitchen, and the history museum. Walk around the monastery and free time. Lunch. Drive to the town of Plovdiv via Borovets Resort. Dinner 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. Walk around the monastery. Lunch. Drive back to Plovdiv. Free time in the city centre and the Old town. Dinner and 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. The monastery chapel treasures icons painted by Zahari Zograf. The eightspouted fountain constructed by Kolyo Ficheto is in the middle of the monastery courtyard. Stop at the ethnographic open-air museum Etar near Gabrovo. Lunch. Drive to Dryanovo Monastery of St. Archangel Michael. During the April revolt in 1876 the monastery was the scene of a heroic battle between the Bulgarian revolutionaries and the numerous Turkish Army. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 6

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Kilifarevski 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. 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 of the same church. Drive back to Veliko Tarnovo. Lunch. In the evening, upon request, audiovisual show “Tsarevets in Sounds and Lights”. Dinner and 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 visit to the monastery. Lunch. Drive to Sofia. Dinner and
overnight in Sofia.

Day 8

After breakfast, time for shopping in the city centre. Transfer to the airport and departure

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Highlights:

  • Sofia
  • Boyana Church
  • Zemen Monastery
  • Rila Monastery
  • Borovets
  • Plovdiv
  • Bachkovo Monastery
  • Shipka Memorial Church
  • Etar
  • Sokolski Monastery
  • Dryanovo Monastery
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Kilifarevo
  • Preobrazhenie Monastery
  • Troyan Monastery
  • Oreshak
  • Glozhen

 

 

Price per person:

1 pax 2-3 pax 4-8 pax 9-15 pax 16-24 pax 25-48 pax
1 249 € 825 € 764 € 592 € 536 € 499 €

Distance:

  • 1200 km round tripDiscounts:

    • Children up to 12 years in the room of their parents – 25 EUR;

    Supplements:

    • Single room supplement - 205 EUR;

    Additional information:

    • Prices may be subject to change without prior notice;
    • Advanced booking is required;
    • The hotel reservations are guaranteed as a rule, when they are made more than 20 days prior to arrival; For requests made less than 20 days prior to arrival, additional confirmation of hotel reservations is needed;
    • Additional confirmation of hotel reservations is needed at National Holidays/ Events and Official Orthodox Holidays, such as Christmas, New Years Eve, Easter, Rose Festival /1st week of June/, 6th May, 6th September, 22nd September, etc;
    • For groups up to 4 persons, the guide could also be a driver;
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      Best of Bulgarian Monasteries

      Price
      $499 per person
      Duration
      8 days
      Destination
      Rila Monastery
      Travellers
      1+

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