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Day 1  Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.

 

Day 2  Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Lunch. A visit to the Boyana Church, which is included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. It has preserved frescoes of an unknown artist, which date back to the year 1259. The frescoes impress with the spirituality and expressiveness of their images, created 7 years before the birth of Giotto di Bondone, considered the first Renaissance artist. Free time. Dinner at a typical Bulgarian restaurant with a folklore program. Overnight in Sofia.

 

Day 3  Breakfast. Departure for Rila Monastery.– the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. The monastery served as the center for cultural and spiritual life of the Bulgarian people, during the centuries of foreign enslavement. The tour includes a visit to the monastery, the main church and the monastery museum. Lunch. Departure for Plovdiv – one of Europe’s most ancient cities, older than Athens, Rome and Constantinople. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Plovdiv.

 

Day 4  Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – a tour of the old town which consists of one of the most spectacular ensembles of town houses from the period of the Bulgarian National Revival (middle of the 18th century until the end of the 19th century). Visit to the Saints Constantine and Helena Church, Roman Theatre. Visit of the Ethnographic Museum offering a wide range of objects from furniture and jewellery to traditional handicrafts and housed in an exceptional house built in 1847 by the Greek merchant Argir Koyumdjiuglu.

Afternoon visit to the Bachkovo Monastery – the second big in the country from the 11th century with some marvelous murals from different periods of its long history. In the monastery there are extremely valuable frescos of biblical subjects from 16-th century. The Icon of Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the monastery, is considered as miraculous.

 

Day 5  Breakfast. Departure for Turkey. Arrival in Edirne and visit of the Selimiye Mosque, Turkey’s prettiest mosque, completed from 1568 until 1574. It is considered to be the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan – turkey’s most famous architect. Lunch. Departure for Istanbul. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 6  Breakfast. Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

City tour in Istanbul -  visit the ancient Hippodrome where the chariot races held during the Byzantine Empire period, see the German Fountain, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Walled Column.

Continue to visit: the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet mosque) with its 6 minarets, 16 balconies and 266 windows. One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest; Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople; St. Sophia - the magnificent Byzantine Church of all times, one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world; Underground Cistern

After lunch, visit the famous Topkapı Palace - the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, dresses of Ottoman Sultans, Kiosks and gardens with Bosphorus view can be visited during your two hours journey in the palace. Last visit to the world famous Grand Bazaar with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. Shopping opportunity. Return to your hotel. Overnight

 

Day7  Breakfast. From Europe to Asia continent.

Panoramic tour of Istanbul – the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus, a tour of the Asian part of the city. Lunch. A visit to Dolmabahce Palace, official residence of the sultans since its completion from 1853 until 1922. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 8  Breakfast. Transfer to Istanbul Airport and flight back home.

 

These tours are customizable guided cultural tours tailored upon request. Price may vary depending on the type of hotel accommodation, transportation and guide service. Special discounts apply for tour groups.