Meet your private guide in central Varna in the morning, and journey north by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, following Bulgaria’s picturesque Black Sea coast.
As you travel, soak in the scenic views, and make your first stop at Cape Kaliakra, a protected nature reserve set on a craggy peninsula that’s considered one of Europe’s most beautiful.
Enjoy a guided walk along the promontory, taking in awesome views of the steep cliffs and steppes. Scour the ruins of the cape’s ancient fortress, learn how it was used by the Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians, and hear some of the legends associated with this wild and windswept peninsula. Hear the famous story of how 40 Bulgarian girls threw themselves in the sea from the cliffs here to escape the Ottomans, plaiting their hair together to ensure their deaths.
Next, continue into the surrounding countryside to visit a local snail farm. Discover how the snails are kept and bred, and then enjoy an included lunch at the farm restaurant before traveling on to one of Bulgaria’s top golf courses.
See the course, classed as one of the five best in the world, and then head for Balchik, a Black Sea resort famous for its botanical gardens and Palace of Queen Marie, an early 20th-century villa built for the queen of Romania’s King Ferdinand.
Wander around the beautiful, differently themed gardens, including the rare giant cacti collection, and visit the quaint Queen's Winery in the grounds to sample some local wines.
Then, return to your vehicle and drive to your last stop, the atmospheric St Athanasius (Akiazala Baba) monastery. Admire this 15th-century sanctuary that’s held sacred by both Christians and Muslims, before departing for Varna, where your tour concludes.