Bulgaria – 5-Day Mountains, Bridges and Culture Tour

What makes Bulgaria, “Bulgaria”? The culture? The mountains and rivers? The people? On this 5-day tour, you’ll see it all…

From the Rhodope mountains to the monasteries at Rila and Bachkovo, the quaint villages of Gela and Shiroka to some of the most incredible ancient towns Bulgaria has to offer – Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture, Melnik the Capital of Wine and more.

All in one 5-day tour with a friendly and helpful, fully licensed local guide to help you get the history behind the beauty.

Here’s what you’ll see:

Highlights

Rila Monastery, Melnik, Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery, Asen’s Fortress, the mountain villages Gela and Shiroka Laka, the Rhodope Mountains, the Marvelous Bridges, the Rose Valley, Kazanlak, the Thracian Tombs, Shipka Pass and Church, the Buzludzha Monument (optional), Veliko Tarnovo and Koprivshtitsa.

Bulgaria 5-Day Mountains, Bridges and Culture Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart from Sofia in the morning
→ Transfer to the Rila Monastery (2-2.5 hours)

→ Guided tour of the monastery
Visit the Rila Monastery museum and complex

→ Transfer to Melnik (the smallest city in Bulgaria a.k.a. The Bulgarian Capital of Wine)
Sightseeing and wine tasting in local winery (optional)

Overnight in Melnik

Day 2:

→ Transfer to Plovdiv, The European Capital of Culture (4 hours)

→ Walking city tour of Plovdiv
Visit The Old Town (dating from the 19th century); the exterior of the Ethnographic museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theatre of Philippopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philipopolis; the St. Constantin and Elena church; the Djumaya Mosque and square; the building of the Regional Historical Museum; Saint Ludvik Cathedral; the Agara (Marketplace); the famous main pedestrian street; “The Trap” neighbourhood and Nebet Tepe.

→ Free time in Plovdiv in the afternoon
Overnight in Plovdiv

Day 3:

→ Depart from Plovdiv after breakfast

→ Transfer to Bachkovo Monastery (30-40 min)
Explore the monastery complex

→ Visit the Asen’s Fortress

→ Transfer to the mountain villages of Gela and Shiroka Laka

→ Visit the marvelous bridges on the way back

Overnight in Plovdiv or in a traditional house in a mountain village

Day 4:

→ Transfer to the Rose Valley and Kazanlak area
Explore the Thracian Tomb in Kazanlak

→ Transfer to Koprivshtitsa mountain village (2 hours)

→ Walking city tour of Koprivshtitsa
Visit the exterior of Dimchodebelyanov house, Uspenie Bogorodichno Church, the first Bulgarian school from 1843, The Forestry House, the exterior of the Georgi Benkovski House, the library, Todor Kableshkov’s house from the outside, the liberation square and the “First Gun” bridge.

Overnight in Koprivshtitsa.

Day 5:

→ Depart after breakfast from your hotel in Koprivshtitsa

→ Transfer to Veliko Tarnovo via Shipka pass (1.5- 2 hours)

→ Short city tour of Veliko Tarnovo
Visit the Tsarevets Fortress and the famous craft street

→ Transfer back to Sofia (3-3.5 hours)

End of the tour

What your tour price includes

  • The ideal local guide – your cheerful guide can translate local signs and interpret your conversations with local people as well as offer deep insight into the culture and history.
  • A personally crafted experience– you can easily tailor your tour to start and finish in places which will line you up to continue your travels in the Balkans. You can add stops, remove sites and more.
  • No hidden costs – we’re always upfront about the price of your tour. Get a clearly quoted rate first – and know that there are never any hidden fees.
  • Book a tour for a larger group – we think that a smaller group creates a more personal experience, but we also often handle large group bookings of up to 50 people.
  • A spacious vehicle and full control – you’ll be travelling in a spacious, modern air-conditioned vehicle. You control the music and the temperature inside.

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Benefits

Private tour! No other tourists!
Friendly local tour guide
Starting point and time at your convenience
Breaks and photo stops at your convenience
Pay cash at the end of the tour

Private tour! No other tourists!
Friendly local tour guide
Starting point and time at your convenience
Breaks and photo stops at your convenience
Pay cash at the end of the tour

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Includes

  •  Licensed local tour guide
  • Entrance for the museums (upon request)

Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Good to Know

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes is recommended
Don’t forget your camera