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Sofia Sightseeing

Sofia Sightseeing

Full Day (11 hrs) Small Group Combination Tour To The Two Must-See Towns Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa

TOUR LOGISTICS
Pickup:
around 8:30 from you accommodation in Sofia (please indicate in your booking form).
Expected time to return to Sofia is 18:00 – 18:30 pm.Total Transfer time:
5 hrs in total

Sightseeing time:
5-6 hrs

Tour offered:
Every Saturday & Sunday during the period between 01 Apr-31.Oct.

ITINERARY
A 1.5-hour drive from Sofia will take you to the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city and one of its oldest towns. Within 2-3 hours of walking along the city you will discover history and culture behind an 7000-year old settlement, written by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations. You can enjoy sightseeing in the Old Town with its museums, historical monuments, revival period houses, lined with souvenir shops cobbled streets or get impressed by the rich Ethnographical Museum and the ancient Roman Theater. Feel the atmosphere of this artistic and trade center and enjoy a lunch at the local restaurants. The amusing mixture of traditions, culture, and architectural masterpieces are a must-see for every culture-hungry traveler.

Next stop on your way back is the charming town of Koprivshtitsa with its fascinating history and authentic 19 th-century architecture. Spend the rest of the day in the leisure of this small and picturesque city situated in central Bulgaria, spread amongst the slopes of Stara Planina Mountains, that carries a specific spirit of tranquility and eternity. Once scene of battles for the liberation of Bulgaria, now the city is turned into museum of the Revival Period of Bulgaria. Here you can visit the homes of some of the most eminent Bulgarians, writers and rebels, admire the vast collections of ethnographical treasures, including ancient weapons, intricate national costumes and stunning jewelry.

The price includes:
English speaking guide-driver, pickup/drop off from your hotel in Sofia (only for fully paid online bookings) and transportation with modern vehicle equipped with A/C.

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses and entrance fees (entrance fees are optional – 5 BGN/ 2.5 Euro for all Koprivshtitsa’s museum houses and 10-15 BGN/5-8 Euro for the attractions in Plovdiv), a 3-course lunch usually comes up to 10-15 BGN/5-8 Euros)

Price:
45 Euro per adult
30 Euro per child

Full Day Private Sofia Tour

Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe, founded 7,000 years ago by the Thracian tribe Serdi. Later, Sofia was the capital of the Roman province of Inner Dacia in 29 A.D. Through the ages, the city played role as an important trading center in the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. Under Ottoman rule, Sofia was the center of Rumelia province. Sofia became the capital of restored Bulgaria in 1879, with a population of only 20,000. Today many streets, buildings, parks, and even whole neighborhoods preserve the architectural style from the turn of the century. We will explore the compact city center, Boyana Church (UNESCO) and the National History Museum – one of the largest on the Balkans.

ITINERARY
The day starts with a short transfer to the National History Museum, occupying the residency of the former communist ruler Todor Zhivkov at the outskirts of Sofia. We will have a guided tour of the rich museum collection, with special attention drawn to the key dates, facts and exhibits. Close by is the Boyana Church, which we will visit to unravel the global importance of its proto-Renaissance frescoes. The afternoon will be for gentle walking tour of the center, where you will learn about the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia Church, Sofia’s oldest building – St George Rotunda (from the 3rd C), The houses of the Council of Ministers, presidency and the former communist party headquarters, the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika (dating from the 5th-6th C), the National Palace of Culture, the main shopping streets of Sofia etc.

Pick-up (tour start):
9:00 am from you accommodation in Sofia (please indicate).

Tour offered:
01.03.2013-30.11.2013

Tour duration:
6-7 hrs

Tour language:
English

The price includes:
Private English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees, pickup/drop off from your hotel in Sofia, transportation with modern vehicle equipped with A/C and entrance fees to Boyana Church and National History Museum.

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses

Price per person:
1 pers. – 90 Euro; 2 pers. – 48 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 37 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 30 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. – 28 Euro/pers.;

Full Day Tour (7-8 Hrs) From Sofia To Rila Monastery And Boyana Church

Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see if you are a tourist with a free day in Sofia. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes – a work of one of the most famous Bulgarian Revival Period painters, the gilded iconostasis, the fabulous mountain views… and the unique combination of them all makes the visit to the monastery extraordinary and memorable one. You will have at least two full hours of free time at the Rila Monastery to explore the most visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria, enter the main church and take photos of the narthex’s gallery, admire the exhibits in the History Museum of the Monastery, try the tasty “mekitsi” (Bulgarian donnuts) with delicious buffalo’s yogurt (local specialty) or even have a short walk in the area;The Boyana Church’s frescoes bring epochal change in the mural painting and are considered predecessors of the European Renaissance. The majority of more then 240 figures depicted there have individuality, vitality and psychological dept.

11:20 – the expected time of arrival at Rila Monastery.
13:30 – starts the transfer from Rila Monastery to Boyana Church.
15:30 – the expected time of arrival at the Boyana Church (here you will have appr. 30min to visit the church)
16:30-17:00 – you will be back at Alexandar Nevski Cathedral (or in your hotel for the period November-March).

The price includes:
All transportation costs along the route: Sofia > Rila Monastery > Boyana Church > Sofia, English speaking driver-guide, VAT and parking fees;

Admission fees (not included):
8 leva (appr. 4 Euro) for the Rila Monastery Museum, 10 leva (appr. 5 Euro) for the Boyana Church

Price:
25 Euro per person (35 Euro per person for November-March)

Full Day Tour Koprivshtitsa, Starosel & Plovdiv

Highlights
– A tour that combines many tourist attractions in Southern Bulgaria, enjoy it in a small group with personalized attention;
– Let our experienced guide reveal the history of Plovdiv – one of the most ancient cities in Europe;
– Explore the colorful Renaissance Architectural Ensemble of Koprivshtitsa;
– Visit the biggest Thracian Temple in Bulgaria (4th century BC);The tour has an intensive itinerary with an extended time for sightseeing. It’s an ideal way for people with limited time in Bulgaria to receive as much impressions and treasured memories of the country as they can in just in one day. The program is a combination between the classical daily trips to Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv with en route stop at the biggest Thracian Cult Complex near the village of Starosel. The tour includes private ground transportation, English speaking guide throughout the journey, on foot sightseeing in the charming towns of Koprivshtitsa and the famous old neighborhood of Plovdiv and a bonus visit to the largest underground Thracian temple on the Balkans at Chetinyova Mound near the village of Starosel.

Pickup at:
8:00 from your accommodation in Sofia (please indicated). Expected time to return in Sofia – 18:30 pm

Transfer time:
6hrs

Best time:
all year

The price includes:
English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees (Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, museum-houses in Koprvishtitsa and Starosel Temple) and transportation costs;

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses

Price:
1 pers. – 180 Euro; 2 pers. – 99 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 80 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 65 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers – 60 Euro/pers.;

Full Day Tour Koprivshtitsa

Highlights:
Koprivshtitsa is a museum-town, which preserves 250 types of architecture, which date back to the 19th century;
Visit a number of houses-museums, which preserve the authentic atmosphere of the craftsmen and freedom fighters, which lived in them and exhibit outstanding ethnographical treasures, weapons, national costumes and embroidery;
You will enter churches with precious woodcarvings and icons;
Tranquility of the easy-going life, where horses and donkeys are still used for transport;
Exceptional natural sights of the Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountains.
The town of Koprivshtitsa is located at 1060 m a.s.l. some 110 km south-east of Sofia. It is a 2-hour transfer along a road, which passes via small valleys and traces the southern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Probably, the best way to understand the roots of the Bulgarian Renaissance Period, is to learn more about Koprivshitsa’s 19th houses with their colorful courtyards, surrounded with high stone walls and gates, the disorderly built curved and narrow cobblestone little streets and plots and the numerous stone fountain contribute to the attractiveness of the little town. Many of these houses are turned into museums, but each one has its own identity, which correspond to the main business and the size of the family of its owner. Another place of interest is the church “The Assumption of the Virgin” and the “Mausoleum – Ossuary – 20 th April” devoted to those who died during the April Uprising. The walking tour is about 2-hours and you will also have free time for lunch and shopping. On the way back to Sofia, you will travel through a different route, which will goes throught the valley of Strelcha, famous for its rose oil yielding rose bushes, exceptionally picturesque during May and June.

Pickup:
9:00 from you accommodation in Sofia (please indicate). Expected time to return to Sofia is 17:00 pm.

Transfer time:
4 hrs in total

Sightseeing time:
2-3 hrs

Tour offered:
all year

The price includes:
English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees, pickup/drop off from your hotel in Sofia and transportation with modern vehicle equipped with A/C.

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses.

Price:
1 pers. – 110 Euro; 2 pers. – 60 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 49 Euro/pers.; 4-8 pers. – 46 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. – 43 Euro/pers

Full Day Tour Rila Monastery & Melnik

Highlights
– Get more of your holiday by booking an intensive small group guided tour to the hightlights of southwest Bulgaria;
– Visit the overwhelming Rila Monastery and let the guide relive its history and enlight you on its present day status;
– Admire the priceless frescoe masterpieces of most notable 19th century Bulgarian painters
– Enrich your experience by tasting local delicacies and in this way involving all your sences;
– Enjoy sights of the tranquil Bulgarian countryside and its sleepy villages, while your guide introduces you to Bulgarian everyday countryside life;
– Tour the smallest Bulgarian town, famous for its architecture, stunning surroundings and wine production.
– The Melnik Pyramids are fantistic phenomenon. Use wisely the recommended photo stops! :)
– In Melnik discover the impressive Rivaval Period style house of Kordopoulo’s family and peek into its tunnel-like wine cellar.
– This 11-hour guided small group tour is naturally with a strong accent on the highlights (Rila Monastery and Melnik), but it is more rewarding than that. You will be also introduced to nature conservation, Bulgarian geography (as you will see two of the highest mountains on the Balkans), agriculture and economy during and after the communism and plenty of other interesting themes you will may wish to discuss with our experienced guides.Depart in early morning from the busy Bulgarian capital and head to the tranquil hearth of Rila Mountains, where you can admire the impressive Rila Monastery (UNESCO)- its architecture and the frescoes present the apogee of the Bulgarian Renaissance art. With an about 1-hour guided tour of the most treasured monuments in the inner yard and the Monastery museum, you will learn the most fascinating facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have free time to buy souvenirs, make more photos or to continue to explore it by yourself.
Your tour continues south to Melnik (about 1.5-hour drive). When you get there allow your imagination to be provoked by the strangely shaped sand and cley formations. Now the smallest town in Bulgarian with only 208 inhabitants, Melnik still preserves part of its glory from 14th till19th-centuriy, when it had been a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center, whose fame was spread by local merchants to many European countries. Today, the city is famous for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, mild climate, internationally recognized brands of red wine. You will have a guided walking tour through the city and enter the biggest Bulgarian Revival Period style house and its tunnel-like wine cellar.

Pickup:
08:00 am from your accommodation in Sofia. Expected time for your return in Sofia – 18:30 pm;

Total transfer time:
6 hrs total

The price includes:
English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees to the Rila Monastery museum and Kordopulov’s house (Melnik) and all transportation costs with a comfortable, A/C quipped vehicle.

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses not included

Best period:
April-November

Price:
1 pers. – 180 Euro; 2 pers. – 99 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 80 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 65 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. – 60 Euro/pers

Full Day Tour Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi

Highlights
– Enjoy a one day tour of many highlights perfectly presented by our professional guides;
– Take a walking tour around the medieval hill-fortress of Tsarevets – the capital of Bulgaria from 12th till 14th century;
– Visit the astonishing Nativity of Jesus Church with an unique frescoes depicting 2000 biblical scenes and over 3500 images of saints;
– See the scenic architectural reserve of Arbanassi, located on a plateau granting visitors with superb views of the Balkan Mountains and Veliko Tarnovo;
– Discover the way of life of 16-19th century Bulgarian merchants and craftsmen;
Veliko Tyrnovo is a trap, which will teleport you back in time, to make you a spectator of the rise and fall of the mighty capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom (12-14 century). By walking on the winding cobble streets, you will learn and feel how its proud population lived under the Turkish oppression, developing fabulous architectural masterpieces and established cohesive and powerful craftsmen’s guild. The legends and stories, the interesting history and picturesque location of Arbanassi and Veliko Tyrnovo had gained them numerous fanatical admirers in Bulgaria and abroad, making the region a top tourist attraction on the Balkans. Despite the long transfer time, our intensive itinerary makes every minute worth it. The tour includes the most important sights: Tsarevets architectural and museum reserve (medieval stronghold), Samovodskata charshia (lively craftmen’s street), Assens’ monument and the museum village of Arbanassi – famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ, with well preserved murals depicting over 2000 Old and New Testiment scenes.

Pick up:
7:30 am from your accommodation in Sofia.
The exected time of return in the Bulgarian capital is 19:00 pm.

Total transfer time:
6hrs

The price includes:
English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees (Tsarevets Fortress, Nativity Church, Konstantseliev’s house-museum) and transportation costs.

Not included:
Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses.

Best time:
April-November

Price:
1 pers. – 180 Euro; 2 pers. – 99 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 80 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 65 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. – 60 Euro/pers.

Rila Monastery - Private Tour

HIGHLIGHTS
– There is plenty of history, priceless art and mysteries át the world-renowned Rila Monastery (10th century)
– Rila Monastery Museum will pleasently surprise you with rich exposition of medieval documents, icons, religious vestments and the famous Rafael’s cross
– Travel through picturesque landscapes and small sleepy village while your guide explains about Bulgaria’s agriculture, wildlife and way of living
– See the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin (appr. 12th century), which keep relicts of 32 saints, one of them of Mary Magdalene
– If weather allows have a walk in the pristine beech forest of Rila Monastery Nature Park
– Taste true organic masterfully prepared Bulgarian delicaciesITINERARY
Leave the bustle of Sofia and travel the 110-km road through tranquil countryside to the heart of Rila Mountains – the highest mountain on the Balkan. The legends, history, beautiful nature and art are all abundant in and around Rila Monastery (UNESCO). From your guide you will learn everything about them in an informative and entertaining way. Your guide will trace and illustrate the history of the biggest Bulgarian monastic complex with the lecture in the monastery museum. In the courtyard, while admiring the vivid frescoes of the main church, you will understand about the worldview and morals of the most notorious Bulgarian painters of the 19th century. Inside the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin church, you will see the biggest gilded iconostasis on the Balkans, the grave of the last Bulgarian monarch (who played a significant part in saving the Bulgarian Jews during the WWII) and much more. You will have plenty of free time to also explore the monastery yourself. Lunch can be arranged a nearby restaurant, where the tasty local delicacies have their own interesting colloquial stories.
Small group tour, which other people may join (we try to limit the number of participants up to 8, but we also handle larger groups upon request):

Transfer time:
4 – 5 hrs total (2.5 hours each way)

Pickup from your hotel:
9:00 am

Tour offered:
all year

The price includes:
guidance in English throughout the tour, entrance fees (Rila Monastery Museum), pickup and drop off from your hotel and transportation with modern equipped with A/C vehicle (car or minivan).

The price does not include:
Meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses

Price:
1 pers. – 150 Euro; 2 pers. – 80 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 75 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 60 Euro/pers.

Sofia by night with folklore show

Tour Sofia by night and see the main tourist attractions without the crowds and enchanted with a different light. Enjoy delicious Bulgarian dishes in combination with spectacular folklore performance.
?After being pickup from your hotel you will be driven to Alexandar Nevski Cathedral – the biggest Orthodox basilica in Bulgaria and one of the most notable symbols of Sofia. It is the starting point of the guided walking city tour. The route transects the compact and colorful city center and passes by the Holy Sinod, St. Sofia Church, the Monument of Alexander II, the Parliament, the Russian Church St. Nicolas, the former King’s Palace, the Presidency, St. George Rotunda and St. Nedelia Church. From here you will be transported to one of the most famous restaurants in Sofia to taste typical Bulgarian food (3-course menu) and enjoy a nestinary show (UNESCO) or join attractive Bulgarian dances named hora.

The price includes:
door-to-door transportation, guided tour of Sofia, folklore evening with entry and 3-course menu (a glass of wine is also included);

Price:
1 person – 95 Euro; 2 persons – 65 Euro/person; 3 persons – 60 Euro/person; 4-7 persons – 55 Euro/person; 8-12 pers. – 50 Euro/person

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