Day 1: Sofia
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Optional dinner at Indian restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2: Sofia
Breakfast. Visit to the National History Museum and the mediaeval Boyana Church, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 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; St. George Rotunda, the Mosque, Central Halls (covered market), St. Sophia Basilica, National Theatre. Free time in the city centre and main shopping area around Vitosha Boulevard. Optional dinner at Indian restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 3: Sofia – Rila Monastery - Sofia
Breakfast. Drive to Rila Monastery - 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. Drive back to Sofia. Optional panoramic tour “Sofia by night” and dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 4: Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo
After breakfast, drive to Veliko Tarnovo. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo - visit to the historical Tsarevets Hill, which served as a primary fortress of the capital town during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Drive to the village of Arbanassi, famous for its well preserved 17th and 18th century churches and the typical Revival architecture of its houses. Drive back to Veliko Tarnovo. Optional dinner at hotel. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak - Plovdiv
Breakfast. Departure for Plovdiv. On the way visit to the ethnographic open-air museum Etar, representing the Bulgarian customs, culture and craftsmanship. The park features typical Bulgarian Revival houses and tourists are able to see how locals use original old instruments in crafts such as wood carving, pottery, coppersmith, needlework, etc. Walk around the museum complex. Drive to the town of Kazanlak via Shipka Pass. Visit to Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, which dates back to the 4th century BC and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its murals and paintings are Bulgaria’s best preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period. Visit to the Rose Museum or the Ethnographic complex. Drive to Plovdiv. Accommodation. Optional dinner at Indian restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 6: Plovdiv
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv - European capital of culture 2019. Sightseeing tour in the Old Town, including the Roman Ancient Theatre, which was built in the 1st century AD and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Stadium, St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Free time in main walking street, Kapana creative district and city garden. Optional dinner at Indian restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 7: Plovdiv – Starosel – Hissar - Sofia
Breakfast. Departure for Starosel and Hissar. Visit to the Thracian tomb complex in the village of Starosel. In the afternoon, drive to Sofia. Optional dinner at Indian restaurant or at hotel. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
Day 8: Sofia
Breakfast. If time permits - shopping tour in the city centre. Transfer to the airport and departure.