Classic Bulgaria Self-Drive Tour

Start: Sofia Finish: Sofia

Visiting: Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna, Plovdiv, Bansko


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: CB-SD-9

Tour operator: Across Europe

Group size: 2 - 4

Age range: 21-99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: 0

Tour Overview

Although Bulgaria is a small country, it has unique nature, ancient history, favourable climate, attractive holiday opportunities, affordable prices and most of all – amazing cuisine and hospitable people. The tour itinerary proposed covers some of the most visited locations in Bulgaria – combination of modern cities, traditional villages, UNESCO sites, crafts and architecture, ancient sites, unspoilt nature. You will be free to chose you own comfortable travel pace with time to explore and absorb the visited regions. We will take care for each detail of your trip and provide local support during all your travel.

Highlights

  • iconEtur Open Air Ethnographic complex
  • iconVeliko Turnovo - the medieval capital city of Bulgaria
  • icon Tryavna museum town, main centre of wood carving and icon painting in Bulgaria
  • iconPlovdiv - the oldest inhibited city in Europe, European capital of culture in 2019
  • iconRila Monastery UNESCO site

Places You'll See

Countries:
Cities & Attractions:
Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral
Ancient Theare, Old Plovdiv
Shipka Memorial Church
Bezbog, Pirin Mountain National Park ( UNESCO )
Old Veliko Turnovo, Gurko Str.
Melnik Pyramids

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Sofia

Location: Sofia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Sofia – arrival at the airport, private transfer from the airport and check in at your hotel.

icon Day 2 : Sofia - Veliko Turnovo

Location: Veliko Tarnovo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Car delivery to your hotel and departure to central Bulgaria and Veliko Turnovo – the medieval capital city of Bulgaria, picturesquely located on 4 hills above Yantra river. Meet your ptivate tour guide and time to explore the place on a 2 h walking tour. Approximate mileage 250 km ( 4 h drive ).

icon Day 3 : Veliko Turnovo - Tryavna

Location: Tryavna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Possible visits of the monasteries around Veliko Turnovo ( Transfiguration, Petropavlovski ) and departure via Gabrovo and Etura to Tryavna museum town. Enjoy the cozy old town with its cobblestone streets and many workshops of local icon painters or woodcarvers. Overnight in Tryavna. Approximate mileage: 45 - 70 km

icon Day 4 : Tryavna - Etura - Shipka - Kazanlak - Plovdiv

Location: Plovdiv

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Cross the central and highest part of the Balkan mountains via Shipka mountain pass and memorial peak. You will enjoy breathtaking views of mountain peaks and the Upper Thracian plain. Possible stops en route at Etura Open Air ethnographic complex, Shipka, Kazanluk - the centre of the Valley of Roses, known as well as the Valley of the Thracian kings ( Kazanluk Thracian tomb, Ostrusha, Goliama Kosmatka, Museum of Roses, etc ). Arrival in Plovdiv and check in at your hotel. Approximate mileage: 150 - 170 km

icon Day 5 : Plovdiv

Location: Plovdiv

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day dedicated to Plovdiv to explore the oldest permanently inhibited city in Europe, European Capital of culture in 2019 – the Old Plovdiv architecture reserve with the many museum houses, galleries, churches, the Ancient Theatre, the old pharmacy, Kapana – the artistic neighbourhood of Plovdiv, the longest pedestrian street of the world, etc. etc. Possible visits with the car to Assenova Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery ( 2nd largest in Bulgaria ), etc., located within 1 h drive from Plovdiv.

icon Day 6 : Plovdiv - Bansko

Location: Bansko

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Depart along mountain roads to Bansko museum town. En route possible stop to Velingrad and Kleptuza – the largest karst lake in Bulgaria. Approximate mileage: 179 km

icon Day 7 : Pirin Mountain

Location: Bansko

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day to enjoy Pirin mountain ( National Park, UNESCO site ) and its surroundings – walking/ hiking/ trekking, or departure south, just next to the Greece border to visit to Melnik Museum town famous for its wines. Bansko – Melnik is 105 km. Return to the hotel in Bansko.

icon Day 8 : Bansko - Rila Monastery - Sofia

Location: Sofia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Departure to Sofia. En route - stop for a visit of Rila UNESCO site with local guide. Rent-a-car drop off at your hotel in Sofia. Approximate mileage 200 km

icon Day 9 : Sofia - departure

Location: Sofia

Meals: Breakfast

Free time and departure.

What's Included

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    Accommodation

    Family-run hotels, 3* hotels

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    7 days rent-a-car ( delivery on Day 2, Drop off on Day 8 evening at your hotel ), with delivery and drop off charges

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    Maps and useful information

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    Private local guides - Veliko Turnovo, Rila Monastery

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    Arrival transfer Sofia Airport

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Rent-a-car deposit: 200-250 EUR.

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    Entrance Fees

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Low Deposit

    Across Europe requires a deposit of 0% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 7 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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