Bulgaria Nature Meet the Rhodopes

Price
$486 per person
Duration
8 Days
Travellers
1+
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Departure Location
in front of your hotel
Return Location
in front of your hotel
Price includes
  • 6 lunches;
  • 7 dinners;
  • Air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore program and dances;
  • Insurance
  • Professional English speaking guide
Price does not include
  • All entry taxes and service charges for the visited in the itinerary tourist sites.
  • 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. Transfer to Plovdiv. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Breakfast. Departure for the Red Wall Botanical Reserve. 38 classes of plants, included in the Red Book of Bulgaria are found in the reserve. 5 of them are categorized as plants “in danger” and the rest – as “rare”. Species, typical for Bulgaria – Marubium frivaldskyanum, Verbascum decorum and Chondrilla urimovii; species, typical for the Balkans – Tracheliim jacqunii, Scabiosa rhodopensis, Haberlea rhodopensis, Alkanna srtibrnyi, Onosma rhodopaea, Viola grisebachiana, Saxigraga ferdinandii-coburgi and Latheraea rhodopaea; rare species and species in danger: Morina persica, Valeriana montana, Daphne laureola, Daphne oleoides, Linum uninerve, Cypripedium calceolus and Goodyera repens. Lunch. Sightseeing tour of Bachkovo Monastery. Departure for Smolyan. Dinner and overnight in Smolyan.

Day 3

Breakfast. Departure for the Red Wall Botanical Reserve. 38 classes of plants, included in the Red Book of Bulgaria are found in the reserve. 5 of them are categorized as plants “in danger” and the rest – as “rare”. Species, typical for Bulgaria – Marubium frivaldskyanum, Verbascum decorum and Chondrilla urimovii; species, typical for the Balkans – Tracheliim jacqunii, Scabiosa rhodopensis, Haberlea rhodopensis, Alkanna srtibrnyi, Onosma rhodopaea, Viola grisebachiana, Saxigraga ferdinandii-coburgi and Latheraea rhodopaea; rare species and species in danger: Morina persica, Valeriana montana, Daphne laureola, Daphne oleoides, Linum uninerve, Cypripedium calceolus and Goodyera repens. Lunch. Sightseeing tour of Bachkovo Monastery. Departure for Smolyan. Dinner and overnight in Smolyan.

Day 4

Breakfast. Trip to Smolyan Lakes. Rare species in the district – Asplenium cuneifolium, Sparganium minimum. Carex limosa, Trollius europaeus, Aquilegia vulgaris, etc. Free time for lunch in the village of Momchilovtsi. Drive to Smolyan. Dinner and overnight in Smolyan.

Day 5

Breakfast. Departure for the village of Trigrad. On the way – visit to Shiroka Laka. Sightseeing in the region of Trigrad Gorge and visit to the Devil’s Throat Cave. Lunch. Species, typical for Bulgaria – Secale rhodopaeum, Arenaria rhodopaea, Seseli rhodopaeum, Verbascum nobile and Veronica austriacasubsp. Tenuissima: species, typical for the Balkans – Sideritis scardica, Saxifraga ferdinandii-coburgii, Malcomia serbica and Aquilegia aurea; rare species and species in danger – Lepidotus inundata, Lilium jankae, Drosera rotundifolia and Corsuta muthioli. Free time in the village of Teshel. Accommodation in a family hotel in Trigrad or Devin. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Breakfast. Departure for Beglika Reserve. On the way – visit to the village of Borino. Species, typical for Bulgaria – Geum rhodopaeum, Viola rhodopaea and Veronica rhodopaea, Spirea salicifolia, Ribes nigrum, Potentilla fruticosa, Potentilla palustris, Astragalus centralpinus, Pulmonaria mollissima, Soldanella carpatica. Lunch. Drive to Velingrad. Dinner and overnight in Velingrad.

Day 7

Breakfast. Drive to Sofia. Visit to the Botanical Garden of Sofia University. Accommodation. Free time. In the evening- dinner at a traditional retaurant with music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Half day sightseeing tour of Sofia. Lunch. Visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; the Rotunda St. George, the Church St. Sophia, built by emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, today housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, the Presidency, etc. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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Highlights:

  • Plovdiv
  • The Red Wall Botanical Reserve
  • The Smolyan Lakes
  • Trigrad
  • Trigrad gorge
  • Shiroka Laka
  • Beglika Reserve
  • Borino Teshel
  • Velingrad
  • The Botanical Garden of Sofia University

 

Price per person:

1 pax 2-3 pax 4-8 pax 9-15 pax 16-24 pax 25-48 pax
967 € 683 € 676 € 547 € 497 € 468 €

Distance:

  • 640 km round trip
  • Discounts:

    • Children up to 12 years in their parent’s room– 63 EUR;

    Supplements:

    • Single room supplement - 149 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 be also a driver;

 

 

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      Meet the Rhodopes

      Price
      $486 per person
      Duration
      8 Days
      Travellers
      1+

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