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Better Moment Bulgaria - Small Group Guided Tours
Travel South-West & Central Bulgaria
Travel South-West & Central Bulgaria

Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Experience all the best from the cultural, historical and natural sides of the south-west and central part of Bulgaria.

 

For 8 days (7 nights) you will travel from experience to experience. From natural sandstone pyramids, Rilski Monastery, a hike in the mighty Pirin Mountains and the cultural capital Plovdiv, to exploring caves, walking under the Chudnite Mostove Wonder Bridges, train ride with the only left-over narrow-gauge train in Bulgaria, and historical and cultural (mountain) villages as Leshten, Shiroko Laka and Gela.

 

Of course, we also have a sightseeing in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and you will experience fantastic mountain viewpoints and enjoy the great hospitality and the tasteful kitchen of this Balkan country. And what about a visit to, and a tour through The Dancing Bears Park where around 30 former “dancing bears” have a good life and pension.

 

This all and more in this trip!

Cultural Heritage tour of Bulgaria - Better Moments Bulgaria
Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria - Better Moments Bulgaria
Itinerary

ITINERARY

Day 1 (ca. 225 km)

Sofia – Rila Monastery – Stob sandstone Pyramids - Bansko

  • Meeting at Metropolitan Hotel Sofia

  • After morning-introduction tour departure

  • Rila Monastery

  • Visit the biggest Monastery of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Walk to Stob Pyramids formation

  • Amazing sandstone formation

  • Overnight in cozy family hotel Bansko

  • Get the feeling with the locals & enjoy the food (incl.)

Day 2 (ca. 60 KM)

Bansko – Banderitsa Café – Hike around Banderishki Lakes – Bansko

  • 1st day visit Pirin Mountains National park

  • Short drive to beautiful Pirin Mountains National Park.

  • Banderitsa Cafe at 1820 m.

  • Hiking to Vihren Hut 1915 m / Mountain-lakes with beautiful surroundings up until ca. 2400 m.

  • Visit Banya Hot Springs

  • Perfect spot to relax after a day of mountain hiking.

  • Overnight in cozy family hotel Bansko

  • Get the feeling with the locals & enjoy the food (incl.)

Day 3 (ca. 120 KM)

Dobarsko – Dancing Bears Park – Narrow gauge train back to Bansko

  • Dobarsko Basilica
    One of the oldest churches without restoration since year 1122

  • Meeting Dancing Bears Park 
    Over 30 bears in national rescue center

  • Train ride in region of Yakoruda to Bansko
    Amazing tour of 1.5 hour in narrow gauge train incl. “refreshments

  • Overnight in cozy family hotel Bansko
    Get the feeling with the locals & enjoy the food (incl. cooking class).

Day 4 (ca. 185 KM)

Bansko - Leshten – Devil’s Throat cave - Devin

  • Visit Leshten
    One of the most picturesque mountain villages

  • Devil’s Throat Cave excursion
    A guided tour in an impressive short/steep cave

  • Devin Spa village
    A mineral hot spring town in middle of Rhodope Mountains

  • Overnight in cozy family hotel Devin

Day 5 (ca. 175 KM)

Devin – Chudnite Wonder Bridges – Shiroka Laka – Gela – Devin

  • Chudnite Mostove Wonder Bridges
    A unique rock phenomenon, known as Skalnite Mostove

  • Shiroka Laka Architectural Reserve
    A typical mountain town built at one side of the valley

  • Visit Gela mountain-area
    One of the oldest settlements near impressive Rhodope peak Perelik (2191m

  • Overnight in cozy family hotel Devin

Day 6 (ca. 160 KM)

Devin – Yagodina – Bachkovo – Asen’s Fortress - Plovdiv

  • Yagodina Cave - Visit amazing cave (or optional Jeep tour to Eagle’s Eye Point)
    Exciting Jeep ride and amazing viewpoint. Do you dare to join?

  • Visit Bachkovo Monastery incl. guided tour
    2nd biggest Monastery of Bulgaria

  • Visit Assen’s Fortress
    Medieval Fortress high on a rock above the river incl. short guided tour

  • Visit Cultural Capital of 2019 Plovdiv 

  • Visit and walk to historical Plovdiv-center, overnight in hotel Plovdiv

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE

Day 7 (ca. 175 KM)

Plovdiv (free time) – Sofia (City Sight Seeing)

  • Have a morning stroll in beautiful the Old Town of Plovdiv
    Take a look at Roman Stadium, Ethnographic Museum, the Mosque etc.

  • Early afternoon drive to Capital of Bulgaria, Sofia
    Walking tour to the highlights of Sofia with get-together dinner

  • Farewell dinner in Sofia

       incl. 2 (soft) drinks (wine/beer)

  • Overnight in Metropolitan hotel in Sofia 

Day 8 (Sofia)  - Transfer to the airport or stay some extra days in this surprising city

DEPARTURE DATES

17th June, 22nd July, 26th Aug, 30th Sept, 4th Nov* 2023

(*Changes may be made due to snow conditions on these dates)

TOUR PRICE

€995 (Double) €1225 (Single) per person

 

Extra Nights in Metropolitan Hotel in Sofia

DOUBLE ROOM €108 per night

SINGLE ROOM €93 per night

RECOMMENDATION

Easy, average fitness level applicable

If you have guests with disabilities, please check with us.

INCLUDED

  • 7 x overnights in single or double room 

  • 7 x breakfasts

  • Dinner/ Lunch on the days mentioned in the itinerary

  • Guiding, transfers &  parking costs 

  • All itinerary activities & entrances 

  • During the 5 hiking days in the mountains, a professional and licensed mountain guide will be guiding us through the mountains. So, we will be in good and safe hands!

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Bulgaria (or other transport)

  • Optional tours/ activities/ entrances

  • Dinners/ lunches not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Personal expenses during the whole tour

  • Tips

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