Sofia- Rila monastery-Plovdiv
Welcome to Sofia. Today we’ll see two UNESCO sites – Boyana church and Rila monastery. Transfer to Boyana – 30 minutes. The church is famous with its layers of paintings dated from 11th, 13th. and 19th. century. Transfer to Rila monastery – 2 hours. Rila monastery is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. A guided tour of 1 hour and free time for lunch. Transfer to Plovdiv – 2 hours and 30 minutes. Plovdiv is the second largest city and the cultural capital of Europe for 2019. Accommodation in a boutique hotel in the center of Plovdiv. Guided tour in the old part of Plovdiv.
Plovdiv-Bachkovo monastery- Shipka- Sokolski monastery -Veliko Turnovo
9.00. Hotel check-out. Transfer to
Bachkovo monastery – 40 minutes. Bachkovo monastery is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and it is a candidate of the list of UNESCO heritage. Guided tour and free time. Transfer to
Arapovski monastery – 30 minutes. Transfer to
Shipka monastery – 2 hours. Transfer to
Sokol monastery – 1 hour. A guided tour. Transfer to
Veliko Turnovo – 1 hour. Veliko Turnovo was the capital of Bulgarian kingdom in 12th to 14th. century.
Accommodation in a boutique hotel with a panoramic view to the King’s hill, where is the fortress.
Veliko Turnovo – Patriarch’s monastery-Arbanasi- Kupinski monastery- Preobrajenski monastery- Veliko Turnovo
9.00. After breakfast, a guided tour in Veliko Turnovo. Visit the fortress and feel the history of the place. Transfer to Patriarch’s monastery – 30 minutes. Transfer to Arbanasi to see the church “The Nativity of Jesus” – 30 minutes. Transfer to Kupinski monastery – 40 minutes.
Transfer to Preobrajenski monastery – 1 hour. Transfer to Veliko Turnovo – 15 minutes. Night in Veliko Turnovo.
Veliko Turnovo- Troyan monastery- Glodjene monastery- Sofia
9.00. Hotel check-out. Transfer to Troyan monastery – 1 hour and 30 minutes. Troyan monastery is famous as the biggest monastery in North Bulgaria and with its miracle icon, which saved a lot of pilgrims. It was a hideout of Vasil Levski, the national Bulgarian hero, who made a big conspiracy inside the Ottoman empire. Transfer to Glodjene monastery – 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfer to Sofia– 2 hours. End of the program.