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Arrival in the capital, Sofia. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation in Sofia.
Sofia is the largest and most populous city in the country. Sofia's population is just over 1,2 million people and is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.
After breakfast transfer to the city of Koprivshtitsa (108 km, 2 hours approx.). It is a population it seems anchored in time and has magnificent examples of the Bulgarian Revival houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries belonging to the wealthiest families of the time. It is called museum city because they have declared no less than 383 monuments and buildings and artistic heritage of Bulgaria. If they accept our proposal will recommend later the museum houses more interesting places to visit among all there in this small town…
In the afternoon after eating at some of the traditional Bulgarian food restaurants in Koprivshtitsa, Transfer to the vicinity of the town of Karlovo (55 km, 1 Approx.) where they will stay on the outskirts of town in a small hotel-winery surrounded by vineyards grown to produce wine in that cellar. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel-winery 3***.
In the town of Karlovo may have an approach to the famous “Rose Valley”, The valley is known for the massive cultivation of roses for rose oil production, which Bulgaria is the world's largest producer, and exporting for making perfumes (like Channel No. 5 and others). Karlovo you can visit a couple of houses where the old museum distillation process of rose oil is shown from rose petals. You can also visit a factory distillation of rose oil and buy several products rose: perfumes, soaps, sweets, drinks and more…
After transfer to the city of Plovdiv (65 km, 1 h 10 min.). Visit this city is declared European City of Culture 2019, It is the second largest city in the country and the oldest in Europe 6.000 years of history, older than Rome and Athens, Istanbul even so after Sofia is imperative to question the city sights in Bulgaria . The remains of the Thracian civilization (the oldest civilization of Europe and Bulgarian ancestors of today) They mingle with Roman monuments, while the old Ottoman mosques add an oriental flavor to a city, where civilizations that followed have made a unique and original city. Accommodation: Plovdiv.
After breakfast at the hotel, taking advantage of the cool morning will stroll through the Old Town of Plovdiv and visit its museum-houses, the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Amphitheater, etc…
Let the inner Bulgaria to reach the Black Sea, specifically the city of Burgas (254 km, 2 h 30 min. ).
From Burgas you can make two trips, toward the south to the typical village of Sozopol and one towards the north to the resort of Pomorie.
Sozopol (a 34 km, 30 me from Burgas) It has a population of about 5000 people. It is next to Nesebar, one of the oldest cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country. The beautiful Old Town and its romantic atmosphere attract many tourists from around the world. The city is divided into old and new part and also has 2 good white sand beaches. Sozopol's Old Town is one of the favorite places for romantic walks along ancient cobblestone streets and houses. In the new part of town many hotels are concentrated, restaurants and entertainment venues.
For its part Pomorie (a 20 km, 25 me from Burgas) is famous for the mud baths that visitors can freely in the lagoon next to the city, applying them on the body. Pomorie also has good sandy beaches and the Black Sea maintains a pleasant temperature water bath. It is a rest day halfway through the trip to relax on the beach or take a fun mud baths. It is a people destined mainly to the summer beach tourism.
In the evening return to Burgas and overnight in the same hotel Burgas.
Transfer to the ancient coastal town of Nesebar (some 2 hours, 100 kilometers from Burgas). Nesebar is one of the oldest cities in Europe, fOUNDED 3.200 years. Currently the old town is a warren of pedestrian streets amid the quaint old village style houses and churches of Byzantine style, As a result Nesebar is a city World Heritage of UNESCO. It is one of the most visited tourist places in the country.
In the afternoon transfer to the city of Varna (101 km, 2 hours approx.) and hotel accommodation in Varna.
The strategic location of Varna on the map of South-Eastern Europe turned the city, since ancient times, in one of the largest settlements in the Black Sea, you can see many monuments on this exposed in the Archaeological Museum of the city. Its impressive collection includes remains of the Chalcolithic Necropolis of Varna: which highlights the oldest gold treasure World found to date, which it has more than 6.000 years.
Another of the most interesting places in the city are the Roman Baths, which they are the largest Roman bath Balkan Peninsula, with an area of 7.000 square meter. The baths occupy fourth place in the list of the largest spas in Europe, after Diocletian Baths of Caracalla in Rome and Trevira (Germany). They were used until the late third century.
In the afternoon transfer to the town of Veliko Tarnovo (222 km, 3 h. approx from Varna). Hotel accommodation Arbanasi (district of Veliko Tarnovo).
The city of Veliko Tarnovo was the old capital of Bulgaria during medieval times. It is currently the main university town in the country which provides a lively and youthful life to the city. Once there you can take a walk through the center of Veliko Tarnovo, o visitar la Fortaleza Medieval de Tsaravets. Accommodation and overnight in the same hotel the previous day Arbanasi.
After breakfast, In the morning you can stroll through the quiet streets of Arbanassi to know its old houses, that they were owned by wealthy merchants in the seventeenth century, you can visit one that has been restored as a museum-houses. The remaining houses are large mansions of the wealthy families of the neighboring town of Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi what makes a luxury residential complex, but the houses keep all the aesthetics of old houses with natural stone walls…You can also visit here two famous churches of medieval times with fresh murals of great artistic value.
Finally move to a small town in typical Bulgarian architecture near the town of Tryavna ( a 53 km, 1 h. 10 min Arbanasi). In our personal opinion it is one of the most beautiful villages of traditional architecture nationwide.
Hotel accommodation in traditional rural style Bulgarian. Here there are several terrace restaurant , ideal for a good dinner outdoor summer testing recipes typical Bulgarian.
After breakfast at the hotel amid the tranquility of the mountains, short walk to the air by the people, which it is a small town that seems frozen in time, the time of the nineteenth century, with its cobbled streets and houses with roofs of large slates.
After short drive to reach the town-museum of Etara, 22 km, 40 min. Visit to "Etara" - An open-air museum that reproduces the environment, the crafts and traditions of the nineteenth century where artisans sell their products directly in their workshops open to the public.
After transfer to the center of the Cordillera Central Balkan (101 km, 1 h 40 min aprox.). Hotel accommodation in the town of Troyan.
Visit the Monastery of Troyan. Troyan Monastery is an important center of cultural and spiritual life during the time of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Also he gave shelter to rebels fighting the Bulgarians against the Ottoman occupiers in the nineteenth century. It was founded in the late sixteenth century and is the third largest country. Within the complex Troyan Monastery you can visit 2 courtyards, the church, belfry, the cemetery, ossuary, a museum and 3 gift shops… Outside there is a couple of restaurants where you can taste the rich river trout grilled, typical of this mountainous region.
Adjacent to the monastery is in the best Bulgarian Crafts Museum with a well-stocked shop crafts and gifts, at prices more reasonable than in cities…
Transfer to Sofia (180 km, 2 h 20 min. aprox.). Hotel accommodation in Sofia.
Stroll through the downtown Sofia to know the highlights of the extensive cultural heritage of the Bulgarian capital: We see the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevski, We observe the Sveta-Nedelya Square, Roman rotunda of San Jorge, dating from the fourth century and is one of the oldest in the Balkans, the churches of St. Nicholas, classic Ivan Vazov theater building. the mosque, the synagogue, sources of natural hot springs, etc… At the time indicated by flights transfer to Sofia Airport. Delivery of the car at Sofia Airport.
And this would be the summary outline of our circuit:
” What to see in Bulgaria 12 days ?”
And we have not forgotten jewel of Bulgarian Orthodox monasteries, Rila Monastery, which it is UNESCO World Heritage. So for not superstitious you can leave your visit for the day 13 program…, It is located south of Sofia, and requires the full day to go, visit and return to Sofia. So if you can extend my stay one more day and I like to visit such places do not miss it. More information Rila Monastery here.