Thracian secrets - private tour

Day 01– Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day02 – Full-day sightseeing of the capital town – St. Sofia statue, St. Petka church, St. George Rotunda, Ruins of Serdica, Archeological museum, Russian church, Al. Nevski Cathedral with icon exhibition, and St. Sofia church. In the afternoon entrance to the National History museum and to the Boyana church (10th C.). Overnight.

Day03 - Departure to Rila Monastery - visit of the largest and one of the oldest Bulgarian monasteries (10th C.), included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with medieval defence tower from the 14th C. and fine frescoes. Departure to Plovdiv across the magnificent nature of the Rhodope Mountains. Overnight at hotel in Plovdiv.

Day04 – Sightseeing of the old part of the town with beautiful old houses from the Bulgarian Revival period (18th – 19th C.). Entrance to the St. Konstantin and Elena church and to the Roman Theatre. Visit of the Bachkovo monastery (11th C.), located 30km away from Plovdiv, the second biggest in the country with frescoes from the 17th C. Stop at Asenova fortress. Overnight at same hotel.

Day05 – Departure to the town of Kardzali located in Eastern Rhodope Mountains. Entrance to the History - archeological museum with it’s rich exhibition of the most valuable finds from the ancient holy city Perperikon. Drive to the remains of the ancient holy city Perperikon – the most remarkable archeological place in Bulgaria, where the famous temple with the oracle of God Dionysus was located. Back to Plovdiv. Overnight.

Day06 – Departure to Kazanlak. On the way visit of Starosel tomb and tempel. The grave and its surroundings are thought by archaeologists to have been an important religious site for Thracians dating from the stone age. Visit of the town of Hisarya – famous spa resort. In the afternoon entrance to the History museum of Kazanlak with exhibition of gold Thracian treasure found in 2004 and to the Thracian tomb – replica. Overnight.

Day07 – Entrance to the original Thracian tombs near by Kazanlak, located in the Valley of the Thracian kings – Ostrusha, Kosmatka and Svetitsata. Drive to Veliko Turnovo via Shipka Pass. Visit to the Shipka Memorial church with golden domes. Entrance to the Outdoor ethnographic museum Etura with its 18th  -19th C. crafts. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo.

Day08 - Sightseeing of the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (12th -14th C.), picturesquely situated on the hills at the banks of the meandering river Jantra. Visit of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets hill Sightseeing of Arbanassi – 17th C. fortified village; entrance to Konstanzaliev’s house (17th C.) and Jesus Christ’s Nativity Church which interior is covered in frescos depicting 2000 scenes. Drive to Sofia.  Overnight.

Day09 – Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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