14 Days Itinerary - Private Guide Bulgaria

The Ultimate Bulgaria

14 Days Tour Around Bulgaria

Discover the beauty of Bulgaria with this 10 days custom round tour.  The program of the Bulgaria round tour is example and can be changed at any time. It’s combine history + wine tasting + nature sights + UNESCO sight + culture and is good for any time of the year. If you have something in mind I can include it in the program at any time.

We can easily tailor this tour around your dates and interests – and send you a free, personalized quote.
Let us know if you would like to start and finish in different cities, add or remove an attraction, add a day for rest.

You choose the places and the pace.
See everything. Go everywhere. The Ultimate Bulgaria Tour lets you meet the real Bulgaria:

From Nessebar town, the Pearl of the Black Sea to the inland bulwark of medieval Veliko Tarnovo. From the capital of Sofia to tiny mountain villages. Modern sites like the Buzludzha Monument to incredibly ancient Thracian Tombs.

Your personal tour guide will help you meet the local people, guide you to the best local sites and generally help you get the very most out of your Ultimate trip to Bulgaria.

At a Glance

  • Total Distance: 2013 km
  •  Tour Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights
  •  Best period: All year
  •  Price:  Depends on your personal needs and preferences

Highlights

  • The tour combine famous historical, cultural and nature sights, wine and food tasting, UNESCO sights, beach side and local life
  • Visit 4 sights listed in the UNESCO heritage list
  • City tours, light hiking and driving through the most beautiful parts of Bulgaria
  • Get closer to the local life by meeting local people, taste traditional food and travel off the beaten path
  • We promise that you will fall in love with our country

The Ultimate Bulgaria Tour 14-Day Itinerary:

We can easily tailor this tour around your dates and interests – and send you a free, personalized quote.
Let us know if you would like to start and finish in different cities, add or remove an attraction, add a day for rest.

 


You choose the places and the pace!

DAY 1: SOFIA

Sofia
→ Airport transfer to your hotel OR pick up from your hotel
→ Walking city tour in the morning (2-3 hours)
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.
→ Free time in Sofia at the afternoon

Overnight in Sofia

DAY 2: SEVEN RILA LAKES

Rila LakesThe second day of our tour in Bulgaria we will devote ourselves to the nature and the world famous Seven Rila Lakes, situated in the highest mountain in the Balkan Peninsula – Rila. Light hiking, fresh air, sun and smell of herbs are the things which most accurately describe this day.

→ Departure early in the morning. (08:00)
→ Transfer to the beginning of the Seven Rila lakes  (1:30-2:00 hours)
→ Taking a chair lift or SUV to the upper lift station.
→ Three – four hours hiking around the Seven Rila lakes
→ Going down with a lift or SUV
→ Transfer to Sapareva Banya (30-40 min)

Overnight in Sapareva Banya

DAY 3: RILA MONASTERY AND MELNIK

Rila Monastery
Visit to the most important Bulgarian cultural and historical sight – the Rila Monastery. We then continue to Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgaria, which is also known as the country’s wine capital. In the late afternoon, we visit a local winery and taste five different types of wine from the region.

→ Depart from Sapareva Banya after breakfast
→ Transfer to the Rila monastery (1-1:30 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 Capital of Wine) (2 hours)
Sightseeing and wine tasting in local winery (optional)

Overnight in Melnik

DAY 4: WEST RHODOPE MOUNTAINS

Kovachevitsa
We spend the next day discovering the authentic Bulgarian villages of Kovachevitsa and Leshten, but before that will visit the 3rd big monastery in Bulgaria – Rozhen monastery. On the way we’ll take a short walk in the forest around the village of Kovachevitsa. In the evening we’ll enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine and homemade drinks. We’ll spend the night in a traditional house and enjoy homemade local food.

→ Transfer to Rozhen monastery after breakfast
→ Explore the monastery complex with beautiful views of Pirin and Rhodope mountains.
→ Transfer to Rhodope mountains (2 hours)
→ Visit traditional mountain villages Leshten and Kovachevitsa and meet local people on the way
→ Try Bulgarian homemade jam and delicious local food
Transfer to Dospat Dam (1:30 hours)
→ Free time at the afternoon for walk or relax

Overnight in a hotel Dospat area with lake view

DAY 5: EAST RHODOPE MOUTAINS

Rhodope moutains
This day you will visit the East part of Rhodope mountains. the city of Smolyan, Pamporovo resort and the villages of Shiroka Laka, Momchilovtsi and Smilyan. This day there is a possibility for different workshops as cooking class, herb picking, yogurt making etc. If you are interested in workshops and activities let us know and we will organize it for you.

→ Transfer to Smolyan area (1:30 – 2 hours)
Visit a local farm and traditional villages with possibility for different workshops and activities according to your interests.

Overnight in a house in the mountain

DAY 6: BASHKOVO MONASTERY AND PLOVDIV

PlovdivDeparture to Plovdiv – the must see city in South Bulgaria, winner of the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019. Before that we’ll pass the medieval Asen’s fortress and Bachkovo monastery , located in Rhodope Mountains. Then we will have a walk through the old city of Plovdiv, some of the old houses, the mosque and the ancient theater. After the Plovdiv city tour we’ll have free time to discover the city on our own.

→ Depart after breakfast
→ Transfer to Bachkovo monastery ( 1.5-2 hours)
→ Explore the 2nd big monastery in Bulgaria
→ Transfer to Plovdiv, The European Capital of Culture (40 min)
→ 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 7: KOPRIVSHTITSA AND KAZANLAK (ROSE VALLEY)

KoprivshtitsaOur multi-day tour around Bulgaria will continue with visiting the city of Koprivshtitsa, famous with the traditional architecture, and after lunch you’ll drive through the rose valley and the city of Kazanlak, (best time for the roses is in May and June) and the Thracian Tomb.

→ Depart from Plovdiv after breakfast
→ Transfer to Koprivshtitsa mountain village (2 hours)
→ Walking city tour of Koprivshtitsa
Visit the exterior of Dimcho Debelyanov 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.
→ Stop for lunch in traditional Bulgarian restaurant
→ Transfer to Kazanlak (The Rose Valley)(1.5 hours)
→ Visit the Russian memorial church, the Thracian tomb “Golayma Kosmatka” and a local rose oil distillery
→ Free time in Kazanlak for dinner

Overnight in SPA hotel in Kazanlak area

DAY 8: SOZOPOL AND NESSEBAR

NessebarThis day will continue to the Black sea coast when you will have the opportunities for many beach activities, exploring hidden beaches or just relax under the umbrella with a cocktail in hand. After Lunch will continue to the old coastal town listed in the UNESCO heritage list – the amazing Nessebar. 

→ Depart from Kazanlak after breakfast
→ Transfer to Sozopol (2.5 hours)
Free time for beach activities and relax
→ Transfer to Nessebar after lunch  (1.5 hours)
→ Walking city tour of Nessebar old town
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.
→ Free time in Nessebar for dinner

Overnight in Nessebar

DAY 9: KALIAKRA CAPE, BALCHIK AND VARNA

KaliakraOnce we have seen the most interesting sights in the southern coast we will head north. We will pass Varna, where will come back later for the night, Balchik and the northernmost point of our tour around Bulgaria – Kaliakra cape. For lunch we’ll visit the mussel farm on our way back to Varna, where we’ll spend the night.
→ Transfer to the Kaliakra cape in the morning (3 hours)
→ Explore the beautiful landmark
Visit a local snail farm and have free time for lunch
→ Transfer to Balchik (30 min)
→ Visit the Balchik Palace
Explore the beautiful architectural complex of Balchik and its Botanical Gardens with its castle within, enjoy the flora of the garden with over 3000 types of plants and flowers from all over the world.
→ Transfer to Varna (40min)
→ Free time in Varna for dinner

Overnight in Varna

DAY 10: VARNA FREE DAY

VarnaThis day we will have a free day to relax and enjoy the beautiful Black sea coast. varna offers a lot of opportunities for walking, sports, shopping and SPA.

→ Free time in Varna to explore the Sea Garden, The port, The main shopping street ad the Pedestrian area
Overnight in Varna

DAY 11: SHUMEN AND MADARA RIDER

Madara Rider
→ Transfer to Shumen area after breakfast(1.5 hours)
→ Visit the Shumen monument “300 Years Bulgaria” and the UNESCO protected monument “Madara rider”
→ Transfer Veliko Tarnovo after lunch (1.5 hours)
Free time in Veliko Tarnovo to explore the craft street and have dinner

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

DAY 12: VELIKO TARNOVO

Veliko Tarnovo
→ Visit the Tsarevets fortress in the morning
Transfer to Etara Ethnographic complex and explore the open air traditional museum
Stop for lunch in Gabrovo
Visit Interactive museum of the industry and go back to Veliko Tarnovo
Transfer to Sofia (3 hours)
→ Free time in the afternoon

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

DAY 13: TROYAN AND DEVETASHKA CAVE

Pottery→ Transfer to Devetashka cave  (1 hour)
→ Explore the Natural landmark
→ Transfer Troyan area (1 hour)
→ Visit a local traditional pottery workshop (Optional depending on working time), the traditional pottery museum.
→ Stop for lunch in traditional restaurant
→ Visit the Troyan Monastery
→ Transfer to Sofia (2 hours)
→ Drop off at any location in Sofia

Overnight in Sofia

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to the airport in Sofia (SOF)
END OF THE TOUR

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

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    Includes

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

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    • Food and drinks
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses

    Good to Know

    Wear comfortable clothes and shoes is recommended
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    What your tour price includes

    • Extensive knowledge and care – your friendly, fully licensed guide is there to care for you throughout your trip around Bulgaria. They can advise, offer local insight and knowledge and translate and interpret at any time.
    • Flexible travel and stops – do you want to stop somewhere else en route? How about being collected or dropped off at an airport or a different city? We can customise your tour to make things easier for you.
    • Pay only what you see – we always clearly quote all costs associated with your tour in the free quote we provide upfront. It’s only usually your personal expenses, food and drinks which we don’t cover.
    • Personalised small group tours – get a friendly guide and personal care throughout your trip. We also cater to large group bookings of up to 50 people.
    • Roomy, modern, air-conditioned transport – you’ll travel in the comfort and safety of a modern minivan. You’ll also be in charge of the temperature and music!

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