Bulgarian Rose Festival Tour!
Sofia, Veliko Turnovo, Pliska, Madara,
Varna, Balchik, Nessebar,
Kazanluk, and Plovdiv
Cultural enrichment, history, art, wine tasting,
folk dancing, and adventure!
When: May 25 – June 6, 2019
Led by: George Vishegonov
★ Visit 4 UNESCO cultural sites: Rila Monastery, Nessebar, Madara Rider,
and Ancient Plovdiv
★ Visit historic Bulgarian cities and villages
★ Taste traditional cuisine and exotic wines
★ Enjoy and participate in folk dancing entertainment
★ Visit Coziest Villages and monasteries in Bulgaria
★ See the best Bulgarian Black Sea resorts
★ See the Architectural Treasures of Bulgaria
★ Visit museums, handcrafted gift stores, architectural and historic sites
★ Enjoy a spa treatment at the Mineral Spa Center
★ Our price includes round-trip airfare, city tours, transfers, hotels, three meals daily, and our own private bus
Price: Land Only: $2995
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Day 0: Friday
Overnight flight from Newark airport in Newark, New Jersey to European airline hub and catching connecting flight to Sofia International Airport.
Day 1: Saturday: SOFIA
Arrival at Sofia International Airport. Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Check in and time for refreshing and rest after the long journey. Chance to accommodate to the difference in time. Welcome dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.
Day 2: Sunday: SOFIA
After breakfast, morning sightseeing tour of the capital – includes visits to the Rotunda of St. George (4th century), National Archaeological Museum, National Theater, Russian Church of St. Nicholas, Parliament Square, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with the most valuable collection of icons. Lunch in a restaurant and return to the hotel. Free time for a few hours. Late afternoon transfer and visit to the Boyana Church (included in UNESCO list) which consists of three buildings. The Eastern Church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two story building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of East European medieval art. On the way to the hotel we will stop for a dinner and glass of wine at nearby traditional restaurant “Vodenitzata”, with folk entertainment.
Day 3:Monday: SOFIA – VELIKO TURNOVO
After breakfast, departure to Veliko Turnovo. On the way we will stop for wine tasting and lunch at one of the most famous wineries in Bulgaria. Upon arrival at Veliko Turnovo, we will check into the hotel. Time to rest. This afternoon we will visit one of the most authentic villas – Arbanasi and the house of Constanceliev that has a severe appearance as a fortress but inside are closed beautiful gardens. An interesting site is the church of “Birth of Jesus Christ” that owns more than 3500 images and scenes of the New Testament. Departure to the city of Veliko Turnovo and travel through one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria founded in 4000 BC. It is considered heiress of a Thracian prehistoric millennial culture. In the year of 1185 the town became the most important center of the insurrection against the Byzantines and then became the third capital of the medieval Bulgarian state. During the 12th and 14th centuries it was a solid fortress as well as the most important center of political, cultural, and religious life. We will visit the Royal Hill of Tsarevets and the Fortress and stroll through the medieval craft market. Optional: Sound and Light Show’ (Veliko Turnovo). Visit to the unique performance of ‘Sound and Light’ show in Veliko Turnovo, reproducing the glorious and tragic history of the second Bulgarian Empire. The show is held for minimum of 30 participants if the weather permits (it is not held in case of heavy rain or storm). The show is upon request. Individual tourists (or small groups) can join only in case there had been a group request for the specific day. Price per person: $ 15 . Overnight stay in Veliko Turnovo.
Day 4: Tuesday: VELIKO TURNOVO – PLISKA – MADARA – VARNA
Breakfast. Departure to the first capital of the Bulgarian Kingdom – Pliska and the remains of the fortification. Later, visit to the Madara Rider (included in the list of UNESCO). Afternoon arrival in Varna – the third Bulgarian city in terms of its size and importance.
Overnight stay in Varna.
Day 5: Wednesday: VARNA
Breakfast. Tour of the cosmopolitan city of Varna. It emerged as a Greek colony, under the name Odesos, and passed through several periods of dominion: Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Turkish. Varna has beautiful gardens and historical monuments from different eras. Visit Ancient Baths Romanesque, the Catholic Cathedral dating from the 17th century, the History Museum, the Maritime Garden. Rest of the afternoon – free time. Overnight stay in Varna.
Day 6: Thursday: VARNA – BALCHIK – VARNA
Breakfast. Departure to the town of Balchik, located 30 km north of Varna. It was founded in 15BC. The city is famous for the largest and richest botanical garden in the Balkans and the palace of the Romanian Queen Mary. The palace : The New Challenge complex consists of a central palace with a tall tower, many buildings in a typical style of that time, park with terraces, stone alcoves with wonderful columns and sea view. In the afternoon – visit to Cape Kaliakra and its Fortress. Return to Varna. Overnight stay in Varna.
Day 7: Friday: VARNA – NESSEBAR
After breakfast departure and lunch on the way to the city of Nessebar. The Old Town occupies a peninsula in the middle of the sea. It is famous with more than 41 churches, the oldest of which dates from the fifth century. It is considered that this city possesses the best beaches in Bulgaria. It was also Thracian settlement before Ecome, a Greek colony, and the remains of the Hellenistic period include an acropolis, the temple of Apollo and a canvas of the Thracian fortifications. There are medieval remains of the Metropolis and the Fortress dated to that period. Amongst the countless churches stands St Stephen’s Church, whose interior is covered with fabulous frescoes dating back to the 16th century. Rest of the afternoon-free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Nessebar.
Day 8: Saturday: NESEBAR – KAZANLUK
Breakfast. Free time in the morning. After late lunch we will depart to the city of Kazanluk and on our way visit the replica of the famous Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk. In the afternoon we willcheck in at the hotel in Kazanluk. Free time until dinner.Overnight stay in Kazanluk.
Day 9: Sunday: KAZANLUK – PLOVDIV
Breakfast and early departure with bus to the rose plantations, a few kilometers outside Kazanluk. On your way on both sides of the road you would see people picking the petals of the flowers. The tourists participate in the collection of roses – each receives a basket of cardboard in which he/she puts the petals in. The ritual is accompanied by songs and folk dances. Later follows a visit to a factory producing rose oil. Demonstration of the process of distillation, testing of ethereal essences, tasting of the traditional Bulgarian “banitza”, liqueurs, and jams of roses. At lunch time we attend a carnival procession in the central street of Kazanluk, where all the people are gathered to celebrate the festival. BBQ lunch – with folk program after which we depart to the city of Plovdiv. Arriving in Plovdiv we will have a short pedestrian visit to the Old Town. Here tourists can stroll through narrow alleys, visit the ruins of the walls and the Roman Theater, as well as picturesque 17th and 18th century houses, the Church of Saints Constantine and Helene, the Ethnographic Museum, the Hindliyan Museum Houses, and Balabanov. Tickets are included for the Roman Theater and the Ethnographic Museum.Dinner. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.
Day 10: Monday: PLOVDIV – MONASTERY OF RILA – SOFIA
After breakfast the route continues towards the Monastery of Rila, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is the largest and most important of the 120 monasteries in Bulgaria. It has the shape of a fortress with 2 entrances. It was founded at the beginning of the tenth century by the hermit Ivan. At that time they had remained only as witnesses to the Tower of Crelio and the Monastery Kitchen. The visit to the Monastery begins with the Museum where ancient icons, gospels, silver relics, vaults, objects of worship, etc. are exposed. Afternoon arrival in Sofia and checking in at the hotel. Rest and free afternoon. In the evening get ready for
our farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with entertainment. After the dinner some of you may choose to embark on a tour of night life HOT spots of the capital. Overnight stay in Sofia.
Day 11: Tuesday: SOFIA
Breakfast. A free day to explore and shop at Sofia’s fashionable malls where you will find superb prices and bargains of brand name designers. Lunch and dinner on your own. Another overnight stay in Sofia.
Day 12: Wednesday: Departure
Breakfast, free time, getting ready for your transfer to Sofia International Airport for catching a flight to the point of origin.
Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Single supplement: $495. Additional charges: $85 hotel taxes and service. Gratuities and drinks during meals not included. Program subject to change without notice. Cancellations 45 days prior to departure: Refund 50% of total price. Less than 30 days: No refund. Travel insurance recommended.
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