ROUND TOUR “HISTORY, SPA & GOURMET IN BULGARIA”

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Discover three different mountain regions in Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin, and Western Rhodopes, and enjoy “History, Spa & Gourmet”. Experience the magic of the healing mineral water, the unique Bulgarian cuisine and the spirit of the millennial tradition of wine making.

Your trip starts in Sofia and ends in Sofia. Includes a luxurious tour of Rila Monastery, Bansko – the ski capital of Bulgaria, Velingrad – the SPA capital of the Balkans, Plovdiv – the capital of culture and Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. We offer you an 8 day package of experiences, which will acquaint you with nature three mountains and another 4 other destinations.

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DAY 1

Rila Monastery

Meeting at Sofia Airport with your professional guide, who will take care of you during all the time. Departure for Bansko. Visiting the symbol of Bulgaria – Rila Monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lunch in Blagoevgrad at the Cardinal Restaurant Arrival in Bansko. Accommodation in boutique hotel Campanella. Welcome drink, free time. Dinner at the Campanella Boutique Hotel’s restaurant
DAY 2

Bansko

A walk with a lift in the Pirin mountain and a light pedestrian crossing to Banderitsa hut and Baykusheva Mura – you can see and touch an exciting natural creation that has resisted the natural disasters for about 1 300 years. Lunch at the Molerite Tavern – a local-entertainment restaurant A walk through the old town of Bansko, founded in the 15th century. Although a relatively small town, Bansko is among the settlements, contributing significantly to the cultural progress of Bulgaria. Today the cobblestone streets and the preserved old houses tell us about the enterprising and patriotism of the former inhabitants of Bansko; about their sense of beauty. Wine degustation and dinner at La Foret Restaurant Visiting the Perun Casino – if desired
DAY 3

Velingrad

Departure to Velingrad – SPA capital of the Balkans. On the way we will visit the church in the village of Dobarsko and will proceed to the highest station on the Balkan Peninsula – Avramovo – 1267 meters above sea level. We will experience the romance with a “journey back in time” on the unique functioning narrow-gauge railway line. Arrival in Velingrad Lunch in “Tom and Nezi Classic” – awarded with the prize “Restaurant of 2009” by the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association Accommodation in Villa Vuchev or five-star hotel. Welcome with a refreshing drink, and after you can immerse yourself into the bliss of the mineral water. According to your wishing, we may organize a panoramic tour of Velingrad, a visit to the church of St. Trinity and mineral water springs. Free time at the hotel’s spa. Dinner at the restaurant with selected ecological products from the region.
DAY 4

Dospat Dam

Departure for the town of Surnitsa. A walk with a catamaran – restaurant across Dospat Dam is waiting for us. We will eat trout from the dam, seated on comfortable benches, around tables, decorated with marine accessories. On the second floor of the catamaran you can relax on sun loungers, enjoying the beauty of the picturesque Dospat dam. Leisure and spa treatments Dinner in the Omar Tavern – a local-attraction restaurant with Rhodope cuisine and a musical-artistic program.
DAY 5

Plovdiv

Departure for Plovdiv – a city of more than 4000 years, and the cultural capital of Bulgaria Visit of the Bessa Valley winery. Welcome to Bessa Valley and enjoy the taste of the Enira wines. The owners will tell us about the winery and wine production. Degustation of different wines and varieties with professional sommelier. Accommodation in Boutique Hotel Hebros Residence The hotel is in a Renaissance house, built about 200 years ago by a rich Plovdiv merchant of textile and leather. Lunch in the restaurant “At Rumen” We immerse in the magic of the Old Town – architecture, museums and picture galleries. The old town is situated at the crossroads between the West and the East, in the fertile Thrace, where history and modernity go hand by hand. Here the culture and the art from ancient times to now a day flourish in a varied multitude of forms, styles and colors. Dinner at the unique Hebros Restaurant – winner of the Bacchus Magazine “Restaurant of the Year 2003”, and continues to be among the best in the country. The restaurant’s menu includes dishes from Bulgarian and international cuisine, prepared with seasonal products. We will taste Bulgarian wines, presented by a specialist and combined with appropriate dishes. Hebros Restaurant is a place that has established itself as a stage for the performance of famous musicians and artists. The wine list is extremely rich and occupies 40 pages. Visit of Trimoncium Casino if desired
DAY 6

Bachkovo Monastery

Visit to Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest and most important Bulgarian monastery. Wine degustation at the Dragomir Winery – a dream that has become a reality. The creation of the Dragomir Winery is realized by the dream of two Bulgarian oenologists to change the ideas of the Bulgarian wine – attractive, interesting, with constant quality over the years, variety in the tastes of the individual brands. Lunch in the luxurious “Landmark Creek” Garden-Restaurant – gastronomic masterpieces, selected beverages, pleasant music and refined ambience. Walking and shopping in the modern Plovdiv –on the longest pedestrian street in the world. Dinner in Eleya Restaurant – Mediterranean cuisine
DAY 7

Sofia

Traveling to and arrival in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Walk in Sofia – one of the oldest European capitals. Her history can be traced back to Neolithic times. Remains of several Neolithic settlements are found on its territory (around today’s Palace, dating back to 5000 BC). In the 7th century BC to the north of the warm mineral spring a Thracian town emerged, named Serdonpolis or Serdika. For a short period of time in the 4th century BC the town has been ruled by Philip II, and after by his son Alexander of Macedonia. Lunch in the restaurant “Pod Lipite” (“Under the linden trees”) – a place that has kept its magic for almost a century. It is a favorite place of famous and unknown fans of traditional Bulgarian cuisine and drinks. The dishes and appetizers are prepared from products almost entirely grown on the restaurant farm. The most remarkable places to visit in Sofia: Cathedral-Memorial “Sveti (St.) Alexander Nevsky” – St. “Alexander Nevsky” Cathedral has gold domes and was built in the early 20th century It is one of the largest Eastern European Orthodox churches in the world. It is 45 m high and the bell itself is 50, 52 m high. Square “Tsar Osvoboditel” (“Tsar Liberator”) and the National Assembly Building Church “Sveti Nikolay Tchudotvorets” (“St. Nicolas the Wonderworker”) – The church “Sveti Nikolay Tchudotvorets”, known mostly as the Russian Church, is an Orthodox church in the Bulgarian capital, one of the emblematic buildings of the city. It was built in 1914 in honor of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. In the crypt of the temple is the tomb of the archbishop Seraphim Sobolev, considered by many Orthodox Christians as a “wonderworker”. The Sofia Mineral Bath – is located in the city center and was built in the beginning of the 20th century on the site of an old Turkish bath. Church “Sveti (St.) George” – beginning of the 4th century. The church was built on the foundations of several older churches from the time of the Roman city of Serdica, destroyed by the raids of Goths and Huns. In the second century there was a Roman theater, and in the following centuries several temples were erected. It is a cruciform basilica with a narthex, three naves and three-aisled apse. Church “Santa (St.) Sophia” – IV century. The church was built on the foundations of several older churches from the time of the Roman city of Serdica, destroyed by the raids of Goths and Huns. In the 2 second century there was a Roman theater, and in the following centuries several temples were erected. It is a cruciform basilica with a narthex, three naves and a three-aisled apse. Church “Sveti (Saints) Sedmochislenitsi” – 1528 – “Saint Sedmochislenitsi” is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in the capital Sofia, located in the garden between the streets “Tsar Ivan Shishman”, “Graf Ignatiev”, “September 6” and “General Parensov”. During excavations in 1901, remains of an ancient Christian temple of the V-VI century and an even older sanctuary of Asclepius were found. Between 1901 and 1903, the building was rebuilt into a church, sanctified on July 27, 1903. Church “Saint Nedelya” – 1863 – St. Nedelya is a medieval church that suffered several destructions over the years and was then reconstructed. The most notorious attack was in 1925, when more than 150 people died. Church “Sveta (St.) Petka Samardziiska” – XI century – The church (chapel) is small, located in the center of the city and was built in the 11th century. The crypt is much older, which means there was a previous ritual building. The church is named at St. Petka Iconiiska, who was the patron of the masters of saddlers (Samardziiska means master of saddlers). During the Middle Ages the saddler masters neighborhood was in this area. The church is a small one-story building, partly buried in the ground. Walking on the Boulevard Vitosha – Shopping Accommodation in Casa Boyana Boutique Hotel – The charming Casa Boyana Boutique Hotel is located near the Boyana Church in a picturesque residential area, a 10-minute drive from the center of Sofia. The hotel has a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The rooms have a wonderful view of the Vitosha Mountain or the city of Sofia. Dinner at Casa Boyana Boutique’s restaurant. The elegant restaurant serves first-class dishes of choice. The menu is approved by the Culinary Institute of Modena – Italy and consists of Mediterranean, Italian and international specialties. • visit to Radison Casino – if desired
DAY 8

Boyana Church

Depending on the time of the flight, we will visit Boyana Church. Boyana Church “St. St. Nicholas and Panteleimon” is a medieval Bulgarian church in the Boyana district of Sofia, located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. It was built as a courtyard of the local feudal lord. It is one of the cultural symbols of Bulgaria and in 1979 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural monument. Transfer to Sofia Airport and departure.

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