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A different trip through Bulgaria.

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This trip will allow you to know the interior Bulgaria, both ancient cities such as Sofia and Plovdiv, like its traditional villages with their exotic architecture, its rich gastronomy and a mixture of Slavic cultures, Bulgarian, Ottoman, mediterranean, etc. in perfect harmony.

Viaje por Bulgaria fuera de las rutas habituales

Travel around Bulgaria off the beaten track

But what makes this a journey different and special for Bulgaria is that we have prepared a program that allows you to know some places that do not appear in the usual tourist circuits of Bulgaria, but that are surprising and very picturesque for the tourist with curiosity and lover of adventure, of course we also include some essential places such as the Rila Monastery and the city of Plovdiv.
It will be an unforgettable life experience and you will get to know a very picturesque country compared to what is usual in the rest of Europe in terms of architecture, traditions, gastronomy, etc… In addition, we will pass near beautiful mountain ranges with a rich fauna and flora, mountains that are a stronghold in Europe of unspoiled nature, still unexploited.
To make this trip we reserve the accommodations, and to do the tour, a Spanish-speaking driver-guide takes care of transfers in one of our vehicles, it also helps travelers with the language in hotels, restaurants, museums, etc… and provides tourist information on the places of interest that are being visited.

Itinerary.

This is the proposed itinerary for the trip to Bulgaria outside the usual routes. Either to travel alone or to travel in a group and either to travel on your own or with an accompanying guide, Write us your travel dates and we will make you an offer to suit you:
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Day 1:
Travel by plane and arrival in the capital, Sofia. Directly from the airport we leave for the city of Koprivshtitsa (98 km, 1h 35 min).

 

Day 2:
Koprivshtitsa is a town with magnificent examples of Bulgarian Renaissance houses from the 18th and 19th centuries belonging to the wealthiest families of the time and the birthplace of some of the country's most representative personalities. It is called a city-museum because nothing less than 383 monuments and buildings as artistic heritage of Bulgaria. The center of the village is made up of cobbled streets and old houses of unique architectural style in Europe. We will visit the most outstanding house-museums and begin to taste traditional Bulgarian cuisine in one of the taverns (called "Mejanas") from the city.

 

House-museum of Koprivshtitsa

House-museum of Koprivshtitsa

In the afternoon short transfer from 47 km, 1 time, to visit the complex of Thracian Temples of Starosel, the Thracians were an advanced civilization for their time and predecessors of today's Bulgarians. It is not proven but there are historians who relate them to the later cultural development that the Egyptians reached.… You can visit the Thracian Temple of Starosel, In this temple religious ceremonies associated with the cult of the Great Mother Goddess were held, his son the Sun and Orpheus, and also the Horizont temple, scarce 2 km from the previous one and formed by 10 early doric style columns. Being far from the big cities they are hardly visited and hopefully we will be the only ones to enter that day inside and feel chills by the History transmitted by its ancient stones…

 

Access to the Starosel mausoleum

Access to the Starosel mausoleum

Thermal spring fountain in a public park in Hisaria

Thermal spring fountain in a public park in Hisaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally transfer of 23 km, 30 min, to the city of Hisaria for the night. Hisaria is a city famous for its thermal water spas and the open-air hot springs in its lush parks.

Day 3:
After breakfast, trasfer of 87 km, 1 h 35 min. up to the Buzludzha monument, an abandoned building that was a luxurious congress center to celebrate communism and that today is a ghostly building at the top of the mountain, learn more about its history here.

 

Buzludzha Building in Winter

Buzludzha Building in Winter.

 

Traditional style tavern in Bansko

Traditional style tavern.

 

In the afternoon transfer to the city of Plovdiv, 161 km, 2 h 10 min. for overnight. Optional: dinner in traditional style restaurant in Plovdiv with live music and folk show.

 

 

 

Day 4.
Visit to the city of Plovdiv. The history of the city of Plovdiv dates back to 6.000 years before Christ, being the oldest inhabited city in Europe, more than Athens and Rome, even and older than Istanbul. There you can visit its well-preserved old town with its 19th century Bulgarian Renaissance houses., the amphitheater and other roman ruins, the ottoman mosque, etc. Plovdiv is declared a European City of Culture 2019. Learn more here.

 

Plovdiv Old Quarter

Plovdiv Old Quarter.

Interior of the Dzhumaya Mosque

Interior of the Dzhumaya Mosque in Plovdiv.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon transfer to Belchin, 150 km, 2 h, to stay in a hotel 4**** It has an outdoor and indoor pool with spring thermal waters as well as a free access Spa.

 

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After breakfast we can optionally visit the old Belchin Spa, very close to the hotel where you stay, which is a spa of the years 50 which is practically in the same condition as when it was built, with antique furniture and rooms, old, but with an excellent source of thermal water, an experience and a journey back in time. It is a spa that tourists do not frequent, only the villagers. Learn more about this popular spa here.

 

Then transfer to Rila Monastery to 86 km, 1 h 30 min. On the way we will be able to stop in the town of Sapareva Bania to take some curious photos of the geyser of thermal water that expels jets of steam intermittently in the center of town.
The Rila Monastery is the most famous exponent of the Bulgarian Orthodox monasteries. This monastery is located isolated within the Rila National Park, surrounded by wooded hills, It is the most respected in Bulgaria and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Courtyard of the Rila Orthodox Monastery

Courtyard of the Rila Orthodox Monastery

The current complex is considered the most important cultural and religious center of the Balkan Peninsula and has great architectural value in its various buildings. Learn more about this monastery here.

Soviet-style buildings in Pernik

Trolleybus and Soviet-style buildings in Pernik

In the afternoon return to Sofia (127 km) but on the way we will pass through the city of Pernik, a city that no tourists visit, where we will see the impressive residential buildings from the communist era, gray concrete, some neighborhoods seem abandoned as if it were the ghost town of Chernobyl in Ukraine, but this is not the case because families do live here. Optionally you can visit the Mining Museum that allows you to visit the original galleries where coal was extracted until a few years ago. Arrival in Sofia, dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 6:
Visit the center of the capital, then transfer to Sofia airport and farewell.

Antiques market next to the Cathedral

Antique flea market in Sofia.

Catedral ortodoxa Alexander Nevsky

Catedral ortodoxa Alexander Nevsky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a typical itinerary, if you want more travel days to see more picturesque places in the country, that there are and there are many, or do you want a more conventional trip, You can contact us and we will prepare a trip for you, either traveling alone or in a group…

1 commentary

  1. Luis Manuel Reply at

    Hi there, I liked this blog and all the comments you make, I have taken quite a few notes. We are a group of about fourteen people who will go to Bulgaria in August, about fourteen days. More or less we have been making a route to go from Sofia to Varna by car, and from there return to Spain. But if you can advise us a route or places of interest, apart from all those who have commented, in case we missed something, I would appreciate.
    Well nothing, thanks and greetings.
    Luis

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