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4 days: Monasteries in Bulgaria

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What to Expect
Day: 1

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. 

Day 2:

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. 

Day 3:

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. 

Day 4:

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.

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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
All hotels in Sofia and Sofia airport
Departure Time
10:00 AM
  • Guide/driver
  • Accommodation in boutique hotels for 3 nights
  • Comfortable car
  • Private tour
  • Enterence fees for the museums
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Key Details
  • Bulgarian Fairy Tale
  • Duration: 4h
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