The Complete Bulgaria Tour – 10-days

Enjoy 10 days in Bulgaria and experience a tour that’s truly once-in-a-lifetime. You’ll be able to see major sights like Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture and natural wonders like the Rhodope Mountains as well as smaller sights and places of local cultural significance which most visitors to Bulgaria won’t get to see…

Your fully licensed and cheerful guide is there to make sure you have a resource to call on. They will give you a deeper understanding of the local people, history and culture – and they’ll be able to introduce you to the locals so you get a flavour of the real Bulgaria.

Here’s what you’ll see:

Highlights

Sofia, 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, Thracian Tomb, Shipka pass and Church, Buzludzha monument (optional), Veliko Tarnovo, Koprivshtitsa, Varna, Shumen monument, Madara rider, Nessebar Old town and Sozopol.

Your 10-Day Bulgaria Tour Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive in Sofia
→ Transfer from the airport to the hotel

→ City tour of Sofia and free time
Visit the: St. Nedelya square; Nedelya church; St Sofia Monument; St. Petka Church; The old Serdika Ruins; The mineral springs; The council of ministers; The Rotunda “Saint George”; The Presidency; The mosque “Banya Bashi”; The National archaeology museum (not going inside); The National Bank of Bulgaria; Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Square; The King’s palace; The Russian church; St. Sofia Church; The National Theater; The Monument of the “unknown soldier”; The Alexander Nevski Memorial Church; The city garden; The museum of Sofia.

Overnight in Sofia

Day 2:

→ Depart from Sofia in the morning

→ Transfer to the Rila monastery (2-2:30 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 Wine Capital)
Sightseeing and wine tasting in local winery (optional)

Overnight in Melnik

Day 3:

→ 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 4:

→ 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 5:

→ 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 6:

→ 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

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 7:

→ Transfer to Shumen area (2 hours)

→ Visit the Shumen monument “300 Years Bulgaria” and the Madara rider

→ Transfer to Varna (1-1:30 hours)
Free time in Varna

Overnight in Varna

Day 8:

→ Walking city tour of Varna in the morning
Visit the “The Dormition of the Mother of God” Cathedra; The Roman Thermaes, St. Nikolas church The sea garden, The port, The main shopping street.

→ Free time in the afternoon

Overnight in Varna

Day 9:

→ Transfer to Nessebar (2-2:30 hours)

→ Explore the Nessebar Old Town included in the UNESCO list of world heritage
Visit the Nessebar Archaelogical museum, the “Hagia Sophia” church, the church of Christ Pantocrator; the church of St Stephen, the church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the church of St John Aliturgetos.

→ Transfer to Sozopol (1:00-1:30 hours)
Free time in Sozopol

Overnight in Sozopol

Day 10:

→ Transfer to Sofia

→ Drop off at any location in the city or at the airport

End of the tour

What your tour price includes

  • Attentive personal care – your friendly professional guide is there to make sure your Bulgarian trip goes ahead smoothly. They will recommend, translate, interpret, guide and more.
  • Your unique Bulgaria experience – choose to do your tour in reverse, get collected from the airport, add exploration days – whatever you want to make your tour unique and perfect for your preferences.
  • All costs included – the only things we don’t normally cover are your personal expenses, food and drinks. Everything else will be clearly marked on your quote. There are never any hidden charges.
  • The perfect vehicle for your tour – our modern minivans cater to most of our tours, but we can also source vehicles for large group bookings of up to fifty people.
  • Plenty of space and air conditioning – the standard vehicle for your trip is spacious, fitted with air conditioning and has a sound system which you’ll be in charge of.

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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