Sofia & Plovdiv

3 Nights in Bulgaria
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What you can expect

Plovdiv Old Town

Explore the charming Plovdiv Old Town

Visit Rila Monastery

Visit Rila Monastery - a breath-taking UNESCO-listed complex

Bulgaria’s history

Delve into Bulgaria’s history and culture in the capital Sofia

About the trip

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.

What's included?

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

Itinerary

  • London - Sofia
  • Rila Monastery
  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia - London

Extras

  • Insurance click here

What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

London - Sofia

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.

DAY 2

Rila Monastery

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.

 

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DAY 3

Plovdiv

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.

DAY 4

Sofia - London

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

Accommodation

City Hotel or similar 4*

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.

Room Includes

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

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Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
December 23 °C 11 °C

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