Best Way To Travel To Europe - Part III (Dazzling Cities Of Bulgaria)

Best Way To Travel To Europe - Part III (Dazzling Cities Of Bulgaria)

Whether you are a solo traveler or on a family vacation, love history or adventure, Bulgaria is a perfect destination for you. The cities and towns of this fascinating Balkan country offer a diverse insight into the European essence. So journey through this southernmost country of Europe is the best way to travel to Europe. This tour is focussed on the Bulgarian cities and is often joined by the travelers who also admire the coastal beauty of Bulgaria or the historical remains of Bulgaria. Read More

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Whether you are a solo traveler or on a family vacation, love history or adventure, Bulgaria is a perfect destination for you. The cities and towns of this fascinating Balkan country offer a diverse insight into the European essence. So journey through this southernmost country of Europe is the best way to travel to Europe. This tour is focussed on the Bulgarian cities and is often joined by the travelers who also admire the coastal beauty of Bulgaria or the historical remains of Bulgaria.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy night panoramic tour of Sofia

  • Enjoy hiking in Vitosha mountain

  • Visit Valley of Roses to see rose oil production

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of Plovdiv

  • Relax on Nessebar beach

  • Explore bustling city Varna

Tour Description

This tour is the best way to travel to Europe as you will feel the real European essence while journey through the Dazzling cities of Bulgaria.

Cherish the sights of Sofia by night before dinner and a folklore show on the first night of the tour. Take a panoramic ride around Bulgaria’s capital to view its bright houses, including the floodlit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, and more. Then, enjoy a 3-course Bulgarian dinner complemented with an exciting folklore show of traditional local music and dance.

Get an overview of Plovdiv’s famous historical sights on a private sightseeing tour. Explore the history of Plovdiv and Bulgaria from your guide as you walk through the city. Visit the Roman Stadium, the Ancient Theater, Old Town, and Djumaia Mosque. As you walk, get a feel for the laid-back nature of the city.

Vitosha is the most visited and the 4rth largest mountain in Bulgaria. It’s located just next to Sofia. According to a local legend, Vitosha was an active volcano, millions of years ago. In order to learn more about the history of this impressive mountain and to enjoy its beauty, we’ll start on a hiking tour to its highest peak - Cherni Vrah (Black peak). This tour is suitable for beginners as well as medium-advanced hikers.

In the valley of roses, we will learn the reason behind Bulgaria being famous for rose oil production

We’ll also visit Bulgaria’s medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo and historical place Nessebar before ending our tour in Varna.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1- Sofia/ Night Panoramic Tour

Welcome to Sofia, the capital and the largest city of Bulgaria.  We will drive you to the city’s downtown to reach your hotel.

There will be a group meeting at the hotel before heading out for our panoramic city tour and first banquet meal together. This is rather an orientation workshop, as you get to know your guides, your travel companions, and savor your first Bulgarian cuisine.

This tour starts with a panoramic view of the main sights of Sofia in a mini-van. You will pass by Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is the largest cathedral in Bulgaria and the second in the Balkans. After that, you will proceed to Narodno Sabranie Square. In the center of the square is located the grand statue of Tsar Osvoboditel, King Liberator. The journey continues with a panoramic ride by the Russian Church and the National Theater, the Presidency and the Council of Ministers. After that, you will visit The National Palace of Culture and the National Stadium Vasil Levski. The stadium is located in the biggest park in Sofia, Borisova Garden near Ariana artificial lake. At the end of this panoramic tour, you will go to a traditional Bulgarian restaurant, which is placed in the heart of Sofia. Here you will enjoy dinner, which comprises of typical Bulgarian meals along with a wonderful show with traditional Bulgarian dances and music.

Dy 2 - Vitosha Mountain Hiking

For Vitosha mountain hiking, often one route can be suitable for both beginners and advanced hikers. This depends on the immediate conditions in the mountain. Our adventure starts at 8:00 am when we’ll pick you up from your hotel. We head out for Golden Bridges area where we’ll begin our hike to Cherni Vrah peak. During the hike, we’ll enjoy some of the most stunning views which Vitosha mountain offer and we’ll pass by a few huts where we can relish a cup of mountain herbal tea, coffee or have our lunch. Kamen Del peak (1862m above sea level) offers the most beautiful view towards Sofia city Golden Bridges area. This is the longest stone river in Vitosha mountain Cherni Vrah peak (2292m asl) and also Vitosha’s highest peak with some amazing views toward all directions – east, west, south, and north.

Day 3 - Valley Of Roses

An early start from Sofia will take us on the scenic mountain road curving between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. We will reach Kazanlak in about 3 hours and we will visit the renowned Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we proceed towards east to the Ethnographic Complex Damascena, settled in the heart of the Valley of Roses, where you will learn what makes Bulgaria famous for rose oil production. Our next visit is symbolic Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, established between 1885 and 1902 in Russian Moskovite form, a wonderfully located Eastern-orthodox architectural gem.

Day 4 - Sofia City Tour

We’ll jump into the Bulgarian capital today, starting with an immersive walking tour of the city center. From Roman ruins and fourth-century churches to majestic works of modern architecture, you’ll get amazed with different sides of Sofia.

Explore Sofia’s various communist-era heritage sites, and the precarious status they find themselves in today. We’ll appreciate commanding monuments to the Soviet Army, as well as visit the site of demolished monuments.

After lunch, we’ll head to the Museum of Socialist Art to explore some of the statues and monuments restored from scrapyards around the country. The museum is the home to Bulgaria’s last Lenin, along with a large collection of political artwork and paintings.

Returning back to the city center, we’ll walk through Sofia’s "Borisova Gradina" park. We will pass through the Russian Embassy and Hotel Moskva, the Astronomical Observatory, and the Fraternal Barrow: a Socialist-realist memorial complex that watches impressively over the park.

Finally, we reach an outstanding communism-themed restaurant for dinner and drinks in the capital. It’s an opportunity to review what we’ve already seen, and to share our excitement over our next spot to visit.

Day 5 - Plovdiv

This tour manages to capture the essence of the history, heritage, and traditions of Plovdiv along with its main attractions, all in the span of a single day. Explore Plovdiv and walk among the remnants of ancient civilizations in its UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On this sightseeing tour, we will visit the most exciting landmarks in a town like The Old Plovdiv - an architectural and historical reserve, located on the Three Hills. Here charming houses of the National Revival period stand close to remains from antiquity and Bulgarian Renaissance churches. The Roman Theatre from the 2nd century that we encounter on our way has been reestablished and is being used even today for different events and festivals. The tour continues down to the partly open Roman Stadium and the 14th-century Djumaia Mosque. At the end walk along the long and pretty main pedestrian commercial street with several cafes and shops to feel the unique laid back atmosphere of this dramatic city.

Day 6 - Veliko Tarnovo

Today we’ll drive to Bulgaria’s medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo, with stops at a couple of impressive monuments along the way.

We will visit the Preobrazhenski Monastery. The monastery, built in the 11th century, is still standing in spite of both religious oppression and climactic landslides.

Veliko Tarnovo is simply one of the most attractive cities anywhere in the Balkans. After a delicious lunch together, you’ll get some free time to explore the Old Town area with its hopper markets, craft workshops, and the historic Tsarevets Fortress.

In the evening we’ll gather again for dinner with an inspiring view of the river valley. Afterward, we return to our hotel for the evening.

Day 7 - Nessebar

Today morning we will pick you up from your hotel drive for 30 minutes to Nessebar. Often regarded as the Pearl of the Black Sea, the historic city of Nessebar dates back to antiquity when it was established as a Thracian settlement known as Menebria. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Crusaders, and Ottomans all took curves reinforcing the ancient city, and the narrow peninsula on which it is placed. Today a stroll on its cobblestone streets will bring you to remains of some 40 brick churches, dating back as far as the 5th century. The charming city is such a great site it’s recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Nessebar has a tiny beach in the Old Town and two more large beaches in the new town, the Northern Beach and the Southern Beach. You can relax on a sunbed under an umbrella or be active at the beach. You can enjoy Kitesurfing, surfing, and scuba diving at almost every beach in Nessebar. You can also play beach volleyball or hire a boat to explore the coastline better.

Many restaurants and cafes offer fresh fish and seafood. The old fishermen were known for their fish soup which you can try today in almost every restaurant in Nessebar. Don’t miss the shark specialties or the tiny fried fish called Tsatsa. Stay fresh with the typical Bulgarian cold soup tarator made from cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, and dill. In the evening we will leave Nessebar and drive for about 2 hours to reach Golden Sands.

Day 8 - Varna

Today we will drive you a short 25 minutes to Varna, Bulgaria’s third-largest city. There’s a lot to do with loads of shops, restaurants, and entertainment lining the streets. The bustling city is packed with traditional Bulgarian charm that can be viewed through the unique customs, architecture and beautiful cathedral.

After taking in the amazing Bulgarian heritage, have a leisurely walk among the cute little shops and markets or walk down to the aquarium to see the exotic fish.

Day 9 - Departure

This morning, we’ll bid our farewells and start our journeys home. Enjoy one last breakfast at the hotel, We will drive you back to Sofia or Varna airport to catch your flight for home or you can continue your journey with us. Now you are experienced enough to suggest others the best way to travel to Europe.

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