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Sofia is Bulgaria's pleasingly laid-back capital with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel, whilst Plovdiv is a 2019 European City of Culture and a melting pot of cultures and influences. Join us on this great value, culture-themed city break as we explore the magnificent historical landmarks of these fascinating cities.

Plovdiv Amphitheatre

 Why go?

  • Delve into Bulgaria’s history and culture in the capital Sofia
  • Explore the charming Plovdiv Old Town
  • Visit Rila Monastery - a breath-taking UNESCO-listed complex
  • When you visit Bulgaria, you can splurge without breaking the bank!
  • Sensational food and wine

Itinerary

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After arriving at Sofia Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration and collect our luggage before heading to our hotel in Sofia for a short break before the city tour. We will visit the old part of the city center and see the historical landmarks such as Alexander Nevski Cathedral and St. Sofia Basilica. In the evening we will have a Solos welcome drink and dinner at a local restaurant.

 

  • Accommodation 4 * City Hotel, Sofia or similar
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we will visit Rila Monastery - the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Bulgaria’s most famous monastery that has been a spiritual centre for over 1000 years. Rila Monastery’s fortress-like complex engulfs 8800 sq. m, and within its stone walls we’ll find remarkably colourful architecture and religious art. You can’t fail to be struck by its elegant colonnades, archways striped in black, red and white, and the bright yellow domes of its main church, beneath which dance apocalyptic frescoes. All this splendour, against a backdrop of mist-swirled mountains, has made Rila Monastery hugely popular among both pilgrims and curious visitors.

After light lunch we will return to Sofia.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore Sofia independently. In the evening we will have a dinner at local restaurant

  • Accommodation 4 * City Hotel, Sofia or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at our hotel we will transfer to Plovdiv where we will visit a local family and have lunch at their restaurant before our tour of Plovdiv. Like Rome, Plovdiv straddles seven hills; but as Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it’s far more ancient. It is best loved for its romantic old town, packed with colourful and creaky 19th-century mansions that are now house-museums, galleries and guesthouses. We will visit the Ancient Roman Theatre, Stadium and Odeon and the Old Town (a UNESCO site), before a visit to “The Trap” (the vibrant little district with the best cafés and art shops). In the afternoon we will return to Sofia. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation 4 * City Hotel, Sofia or similar
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation 4 * City Hotel, Sofia or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast included

ADDED VALUE: 2 Lunches are included

City Hotel or similar ★★★★

Our hotel is easy 10-minute walk to city centre and close to some popular tourist sites with many bars and cafes nearby.  

Facilities Include

City Hotel houses a bar and a restaurant serving Italian and International cuisine. The sauna and massage treatments are provided at a surcharge.

Rooms Include

Each room is equipped with a TV, coffee/ tea making facilities and a minibar. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a free WiFi.

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb 0°C, Mar 05°C,
Apr 11°C, May 16°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 22°C,
Sep 17°C, Oct 12°C,
Nov 06°C, Dec 01°C

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

Whats included:

  • Scheduled return flights London/Sofia & transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 2 lunches
  • Welcome drink
  • Guided visits of Sofia, Rila Monastery and Plovdiv
  • Solos Tour Leader

What’s extra:

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Sofia Airport to your hotel in Sofia is approximately 20 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Currency
Bulgarian lev

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Included Programme
A guided tour of Sofia, Rila Monastery & Plovdiv are included in your touring package.

Dress Code
Dressing in layers with casual evening wear is recommended with comfortable footwear and sunglasses.

Passports and visas
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Bulgaria.

For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Bulgaria Foreign Advice

If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

  • Please note
    A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required
    The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
04 Jun 2020 07 Jun 2020 3 All Ages £729 BOOK
01 Oct 2020 04 Oct 2020 3 All Ages £699 BOOK

Whats included:

  • Scheduled return flights London/Sofia & transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 2 lunches
  • Welcome drink
  • Guided visits of Sofia, Rila Monastery and Plovdiv
  • Solos Tour Leader

What’s extra:

All Our Holidays Include

ATOL protected

Sociable experience with like-minded travellers

Breakfast daily, plus meal plan

Flights and transfers for overseas holidays

Welcome drink and meeting

Accompanying Tour Leader

Regional flying options

Freedom and flexibility to enjoy new experiences

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