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10 DAYS TREASURES OF BULGARIA

Sofia, Melnik, Gela, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo & Varna

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1 trip
  • Overnight at a Relais & Châteaux family estate in Bulgaria’s wine region
  • Private folklore performance with unique bagpipe melodies
  • Authentic lunch at a Rhodopean village famed for its Slow Food technique

Standing as one of Europe’s last remaining frontiers, Bulgaria offers a wealth of terrains, ranging from the Danube Valley in the north to natural bridges and earth pyramids across the Rhodope mountains, from quaint villages, frescoed churches to sandy Black Sea coast.

For centuries, many empires have laid claim to Bulgaria, including the Romans, Ottomans and the Soviets. The long, tumultuous industry left behind a rich cultural legacy waiting for you to unpack.

From

HKD 29,980 Per Person

10 Days 9 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Sofia

Arrival in Sofia
Sofia
Nil

Arriving into Sofia, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy an afternoon Sofia orientation tour, visiting the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (one of the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals), St. George Rotunda (built in early Christian style), the National Theatre, the Presidency, the Parliament Square and the Bulgarian Archaeological Museum (one of the best displays of Thracian treasures).

Day 02 Sofia / Belogradchik / Sofia

Sofia / Belogradchik / Sofia
Sofia
Breakfast included

Today’s excursion takes 3 hours per way, but will reward us with the impressive Belogradchik Fortress. Enjoy a walk along the surreal sandstone formations of the imposing Belogradchik Rocks.

Day 03 Sofia / Rila / Melnik

Sofia / Rila / Melnik
Melnik
Breakfast included

Start the morning admiring the medieval frescoes of Boyana Church (UNESCO) and learn about the country’s communist heritage at National History Museum.

Set off to Rila Monastery (UNESCO) at the foot of Rila Mountains before continuing to Melnik, the town of Bulgarian winemakers. Stroll up to a panoramic viewpoint for sunset with a glass of wine overlooking the Melnik Earth Pyramids.

Day 04 Melnik / Gela

Melnik / Gela
Gela
Breakfast & Lunch included

As the new day beckons, head to the family-owned Villa Melnik Winery to tour the cellars and vineyards, sampling 4 different wine types. Our journey continues through the Rhodope Mountains, visiting the quaint villages of Kovachevitsa, Leshten and Dolen with its 19th century stone-and-timber houses. Enjoy authentic lunch at a local’s house to experience warm Bulgarian hospitality and regional specialties famed for the Slow Food technique.

Set off to the traditional houses of Shiroka Laka for a private folklore performance with unique bagpipe melodies typical of this area.

Day 05 Gela / Plovdiv

Gela / Plovdiv
Plovdiv
Breakfast included

Get your comfortable hiking shoes ready as we will hike into Chudnite Mostove for the natural bridges carved through erosion.

Next, head to the picturesque Bachkovo Monastery. After visiting the 12th century Church of the Archangels with its 19th century paintings, we will also visit the old monastery refectory and ossuary, unique masterpieces not usually included in standard tour itineraries.

Our last item of the day will be Asen’s Fortress, built in the Thracians period and offers gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery. Finally, we transfer to Plovdiv to rest.

Day 06 Plovdiv

Plovdiv
Plovdiv
Breakfast included

We devote the entire day to explore Plovdiv, inscribed as the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Visit the Roman Theatre and Regional Ethnographic Museum before a walk through the Old Town with its well-preserved traditional residences. Admire the Klianti House, the Basilica and head off to Nebet Hill for a panoramic view.

Day 07 Plovdiv / Veliko Tarnovo

Plovdiv / Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast included

Our journey continues through Kazanlak to admire the full-sized replica of the UNESCO-listed Thracian Tombs of Kazanlak (there is strict ban from entering the original tombs). Thereafter, visit a rose production distillery to learn about the region’s essential oils industry.

Continue through the scenic Shipka Pass with an exterior photo stop at Buzludha Monument, an abandoned curio from the communist regime in a beguiling UFO shape.

Arriving into Veliko Tarnovo, enjoy an afternoon walk along the ruins of Tsarevert Fortress.

Day 08 Veliko Tarnovo / Ruse / Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo / Ruse / Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast included

Today, we drive out to the UNESCO-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Isanovo at Rusenski Lom Nature Park where we will learn about the well-adorned medieval murals.

On your return journey, we will visit Transfiguration Monastery with its beautiful paintings and stroll the Samovodska Charshiya street where people still practice their traditional crafts.

Day 09 Veliko Tarnovo / Nessebar / St. Constantine & Helena

Veliko Tarnovo / Nessebar / St. Constantine & Helena
St. Constantine & Helena
Breakfast included

Today, we drive to the ancient seaside town-museum of Nessebar (UNESCO). Visit the Archaeological Museum, St. Stephen’s Church and stroll through its cobblestone alleys of brightly painted timber houses. Thereafter, we drive to St. Constantine & Helena to rest.

Day 10 St. Constantine & Helena / Departure from Varna

St. Constantine & Helena / Departure from Varna
Galapagos Island
Breakfast included

Depending on your flight time, if time permits enjoy a morning tour of Varna, visiting the Assumption of the Mother of God Cathedral, Museum of Archaeology and Roman Thermal Bath.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$ 39,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$ 31,980
Minimum 6 Pax HK$ 29,980
Single Supplement HK$ 7,280

Sofia Hotel Balkan • Zornitza Family Estate Melnik • Villa Gella • Gallery 37 Plovdiv • Boutique Hotel & Spa Veliko Tarnovo • Astor Garden Hotel St Constantine & Helena 

Sofia

Sofia

Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Deluxe Room)

This iconic building forms part of the President’s Palace overlooking the ancient Roman city complex, just a few steps away from key museums and attractions. (Refurbished: 2007; Rooms: 184)

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Melnik

Melnik

Zornitza Family Estate (Studio)

A cozy Relais & Châteaux property offering exquisite wine and cuisine. Many of the wine and cellar routes are within easy vicinity from the estate. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 4)

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Gela

Gela

Villa Gella (Villa)

Beautifully nestled at a sleepy hamlet 1,600 meters above sea level, this family-owned villa offers a homely environment with panoramic terrace overlooking the surrounding mountain sceneries. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 6)

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Plovdiv

Plovdiv

Gallery 37, BW Premier Collection (Standard Room)

Set at the heart of the old town overlooking the St. Dimitar temple, this boutique hotel is designed to bring out the spirit of a Neoclassic mansion with on-site canvases showcasing the works of top Bulgarian artists. (Opened: 2020; Rooms: 11)

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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

Boutique Hotel & Spa Tsarevets (Deluxe Tsarevets View Room)

Offering unique view of the Tsarevets and the Sveta Gora Hill, this boutique hotel is elegantly furnished with modern.

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St. Constantine & Helena

St. Constantine & Helena

Astor Garden Hotel (Sea View Room)

Surrounded by a spacious garden just meters away from the Northern Black Sea coast, modern furnishings and nature-inspired art spaces take center stage in this boutique hotel. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 230)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$ 42,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$ 34,980
Minimum 6 Pax HK$ 32,980
Single Supplement HK$ 9,880

Sense Hotel Sofia • Zornitza Family Estate Melnik • Villa Gella • Gallery 37 Plovdiv • Boutique Hotel & Spa Tsarevets Tarnovo • Villa Chinka St Constantine & Helena

Sofia

Sofia

Sense Hotel Sofia (Deluxe Room)

A member of Design Hotel, this boutique hotel is an upscale architectural piece offering spectacular view of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. (Opened: 2013; Rooms: 71)

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Melnik

Melnik

Zornitza Family Estate (Studio)

A cozy Relais & Châteaux property offering exquisite wine and cuisine. Many of the wine and cellar routes are within easy vicinity from the estate. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 4)

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Gela

Gela

Villa Gella (Villa)

Beautifully nestled at a sleepy hamlet 1,600 meters above sea level, this family-owned villa offers a homely environment with panoramic terrace overlooking the surrounding mountain sceneries. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 6)

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Plovdiv

Plovdiv

Gallery 37, BW Premier Collection (Deluxe Room)

Set at the heart of the old town overlooking the St. Dimitar temple, this boutique hotel is designed to bring out the spirit of a Neoclassic mansion with on-site canvases showcasing the works of top Bulgarian artists. (Opened: 2020; Rooms: 11)

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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

Boutique Hotel & Spa Tsarevets (Deluxe Tsarevets View Room)

Offering unique view of the Tsarevets and the Sveta Gora Hill, this boutique hotel is elegantly furnished with modern.

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St. Constantine & Helena

St. Constantine & Helena

Villa Chinka by Astor Garden Hotel (Suite)

Occupying an exclusive spot along the coast, this villa is designed as a modern reinterpretation of a Middle Age fortress, utilizing natural materials with modern minimalistic accent. (Opened: 2019)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Meals as stated
  • All transportation & transfer
  • Throughout English-speaking expert guide
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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