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From frescoed domes to cubist concrete horseman, Bulgaria is a nation where ancient and modern collides in a truly dramatic way. This unique and varied tour takes in Roman ruins in Plovdiv, beautiful medieval monasteries and three of the largest communist monuments in the world. With free time to enjoy the mountain air and the sandy shores of the Black Sea.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Sofia with British Airways. Transfer to the
Rosslyn Central Park Hotel for 2 nights. Free time
to explore the city. Evening welcome drink. (N)
Morning walking tour including a visit to the
Roman ruins of Serdica and the multi-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Afternoon at
leisure. Perhaps visit the National Historical
Museum, with its collection of Thracian
treasures of gold and silver. (B)
Full-day visit to the Rila monastery. This
Unesco-listed 10th-century complex consists
of a church decorated in colourful medieval
frescos and an imposing courtyard of wooden
galleries and balconies. Continue to Plovdiv,
Bulgaria’s second-largest city and European Capital of
Culture for 2019. Stay at the Ramada Plovdiv
Trimontium for 2 nights. (B)
Walking tour of Old Plovdiv. As Europe’s oldest
continuously inhabited city, it is an intriguing mix
of ancient Roman ruins, 19th-century mansions
and modern coffee houses. A highlight is the
second-century Roman amphitheatre, discovered
after a freak landslide in 1972. Afternoon visit to
the 10th-century Bachovo monastery, followed
by wine tasting and dinner in the nearby village
of Brestovitsa. (B, D)
Early departure from Plovdiv to the Black Sea
and the pretty, historical town of Nessebâr.
Located on an islet just off the coast, it is
known for its collection of ruined churches.
Transfer to the city of Varna, staying overnight
at the Modus Hotel or similar. (B)
Morning sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s maritime capital, including the Dormition of the
Mother of God Cathedral, the Archaeological
Museum and the huge Monument of
Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, high above the
city. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Transfer to Veliko Târnovo via Shumen and
the Monument to 1,300 Years of Bulgaria. This
colossal cubist monument was completed
in 1981 and depicts kings and heroes from
Bulgarian history. Continue to Veliko Târnovo,
staying at the Meridian Hotel Bolyarski for 2
Morning walking tour of Veliko Târnovo,
including Tsarevets fortress, citadel of the
Second Bulgarian Empire, and a visit to the
village of Arbanassi. Afternoon at leisure to relax
and enjoy this laid-back university town. (B)
Return to Sofia via the Shipka Pass, visiting the
ghostly Buzludzha monument. This huge saucershaped
building at the summit of Buzludzha
peak was originally conceived as a socialist
assembly hall. Built between 1974 and 1981,
during the height of Soviet influence in Bulgaria,
it now lies abandoned and crumbling. Overnight
in Sofia at the Rosslyn Central Park Hotel. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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BHY2019: 9 Nights