Plovdiv Old Town
Explore the charming Plovdiv Old Town
Visit Rila Monastery
Visit Rila Monastery - a breath-taking UNESCO-listed complex
Delve into Bulgaria’s history and culture in the capital Sofia
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.
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.
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 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.
After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
Our hotel is easy 10-minute walk to city centre and close to some popular tourist sites with many bars and cafes nearby.
City Hotel houses a bar and a restaurant serving Italian and International cuisine. The sauna and massage treatments are provided at a surcharge.
Each room is equipped with a TV, coffee/ tea making facilities and a minibar. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a free WiFi.
The transfer time from Sofia Airport to your hotel in Sofia is approximately 20 minutes, depending on the 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 guided tour of Sofia, Rila Monastery & Plovdiv are included in your touring package.
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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