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 melting pot of cultures and influences. Join your fellow solo travellers and accompanying Tour Leader on this great value, culture-themed city break as we explore the magnificent historical landmarks of these fascinating cities.
After landing at Sofia airport, meet your Solos Tour Leader and local guide and transfer to our centrally located hotel. After a short break and welcome drink, we join the walking tour of the historical centre of the city, visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Basillica St. Sofia, Parliament square, National Theatre, Royal Palace, Rotunda St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia Synagogue and more.
In the evening, we feast on dinner in a local modern restaurant with nice contemporary, yet traditional meals.
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 enjoy dinner at local restaurant.
After breakfast at our hotel we will transfer to Plovdiv, the second city of Bulgaria, where we will visit the most remarkable landmarks from the antiquity. Before the tour of the city, we visit a local family and their restaurant, where we enjoy lunch.
Next is the tour of Plovdiv! The oldest city of Europe offers amazing cultural-historical monuments, including a visit to the Ancient Roman Theatre, Stadium and Odeon, a stop-off at the Old Town (a UNESCO site), and we also explore ‘The Trap’ – a vibrant little district with the best cafés and art shops). In the late afternoon, we return to Sofia and to our hotel.
In the evening, we gather for a farewell dinner together.
After breakfast, we’ll have some more free time to explore Sofia further before transferring to the airport for our return flight home.
Not far from the Parliament building and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral you will find Eurostars Sofia City, an accommodation with contemporary, colourful décor offering the best services and facilities for a few unforgettable days discovering the life and culture of Sofia.
Its designer rooms are perfect for relaxing and recharging after a day of sightseeing.
Situated near the Old Town, it is the convenient starting point for guests wanting to explore the city, enjoying a prime location close to many of the most important monuments and points of interest.
Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a tour desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi.
The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. At Eurostars Sofia City each room is equipped with bed linen and towels.
The transfer time from Sofia Airport to our hotel takes approximately 25 min, depending on weather and traffic.
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.
A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required
The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
Dressing in layers with casual evening wear is recommended with comfortable footwear and sunglasses.
A full 10-year passport is required, valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.
A visa is not required by holders of passports endorsed “British Citizen” for stays of upto 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. 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.
Compulsory vaccinations: None
All clients are responsible for acquainting themselves with up to date health information of the countries being visited and where necessary take the required precautions. We recommend that you check with your doctor prior to departure as this information can change. You can also visit the travel health website for more information; Travel Health Bulgaria
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