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Art and Cultural tour / with performances of Sofia Opera house and State Opera- Plovdiv/

Art tours give you a unique experience and memories for a life time.  It mixes the glitter of luxury with the authentic, local character of the places.

Experience the magical atmosphere of Bulgaria's culture and music performances. 

 

 

 

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

 

Day 2 Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – Visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia's symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sofia Church, built by the roman emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, the Presidency, etc. Free time in the city centre and main shopping area around Vitosha Boulevard. Visit to the National Museum of History.Advanced booking is required. National Museum of History in Sofia is one of the largest history museums on the Balkans with 650.000 exhibits and the largest archaeological and historical archive. The Museum's collections are its greatest treasure. They comprise materials from Prehistoric ages till nowadays. The National Museum of History was established on 1973.Overnight stay in Sofia.

Option: Visit to a performance at the The National Opera and Ballet.



Day 3  Breakfast. Departure to Rila Monastery(UNESCO)- the largest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. Rila Monastery is the most exquisite example of monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Visit of Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miraculous icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the Monastery kitchen, the museum, keeping the long and heroic history of the monastery, the wonderful wood-carved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyu's Tower and many spectacular views of the mountain and the surrounding nature. Departure to Plovdiv – one of Europe’s most ancient cities, older than Athens, Rome and Constantinople. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.Antique Theatreq Plovdiv



Day 4  Breakfast. Sightseeing 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. Visit of the museum of Zlatyu Boyadzhiev – one of the most eminent Bulgarian postwar painters. Dinner. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.

Option: Visit to an open air performances at the Antique Theatre, Plovdiv

 


Day 5 Breakfast. Departure to Kazanlak .Visit of Kazanlak – the city of artists, roses and Thracian kings. Visit to the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO).The tomb is part of a great Thracian necropolis that dates back to the 4th century BC. It has been part of the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage since 1979. Visit to the Kazanlak Rose Museum, which has unique exhibits relevant to the production of rose oil from the year 1660 until today.Rose Museumis  the only one in the world, visit to the Ethnographical complex in Kazanlak. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Arrival. Overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo.

 


Day 6  Breakfast. Sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets hill, Samovodska Charshia. A visit to the historical village of Arbanasi - the Konstantsaliev’s House – one of the biggest and most lavishly decorated houses of the Bulgarian National Revival and at the Church of the Nativity of Christ, the oldest church in Arbanasi, unique with its frescoes. Return to Veliko Tarnovo. Dinner. Possibility to attend the “Sound and Light” show on Tsarevets hill (additional payment). Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Boyana Chirch

Day 7   Breakfast. Departure toSofia.Visit to the Boyana Church (UNESCO). Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the Boyana Suburb, near Sofia. The monument is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This site is one of the most completely and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art. The frescoes in the church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings

 

Day8  Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia airport. Departure.

 

The program includes: 7 nights on BB basis – 3 nights in Sofia, 2 night in Plovdiv, 2 nights in Veliko Tarnovo; transfer with an air-conditioned minivan, minibus or coach; English speaking guide throughout the entire trip, visit to a performance in Sofia Opera house and the State Opera Plovdiv

 

10.05.2015 – AIDA - Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

07.06.2015 – TURANDOT - Opera by Giacomo Puccini

14.06.2015  –LA CENERENTOLA - Opera by Gioachino Rossini

21.06.2015 –GISELLE - Ballet by Adolphe Adam

 


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.

Antique Theatre ,Plovdiv

 

Classical tour comprising the most visited places of Bulgaria. You will admire the beautiful Rila monastery(UNESCO), the ancient Plovdiv, the historical Veliko Tarnovo,  the Tracian tomb (UNESCO) and many stunning views while driving. A perfect combination of beauty and nature garnished with traditional taste

 

 

 

 

Day 1. Start with walking tour of Sofia. Visit the Saint Nedelya Church, the Council of Ministers, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and St. Rotonda Church dating from 4th century AC, the Russian Church, the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- the biggest and the most impressive on the Balkan Peninsula, the Saint Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name. Few steps ahead you will see the Parliament square and the Monument of Tzar Liberator. Dinner. Overnight.

 

Rila MonasteryDay 2. Full day tour to the Rila Monastery – the richest historical and architectural monument of the Orthodox enclave, founded in 10th century and transformed to the most important spiritual and cultural center of Bulgaria. The Rila Monastery is located in 1147 meters altitude in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain. It is a complex of cultural, dwelling and farming buildings which take about 8800 square meters. The Rila Monastery has an unique architecture and is included in the list of UNESCO. Departure to Plovdiv. Overnight.

 

Old Plovdiv

Day 3. Visit to the Old Town of Plovdiv. It is declared an architectural museum reserve with over 150 monuments of culture. Its magnificent houses are turned into museums, galleries, workshops, restaurants. There are also parlous and studios of painters and wood-carvers. Visit to the Ancient Roman Amphitheater (2nd century A.C) and the Roman Stadium.  Departure to Bachkovo Monastery /20km from Plovdiv/ – the second largest monastery after the Rila Monastery. The complex and its neighborhoods have grown into a developed tourist site where dozens of small shops, stalls, and restaurants stand on both sides of the walkway to the gates and appeal with their variety to visitors. Here you can buy rare herbs, homemade honey and products made of buffalo’s and sheep’s milk. Return to Plovdiv. Dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with folklore program and dances. Overnight.

 

Day 4. Departure to Veliko Turnovo. On our way we will visit the Kazanlak Tomb - a Thracian tomb (UNESCO) dating back to the end of the 4th- the beginning of the 3rd century BC. The frescoes in the burial chamber and in the corridor are of extreme artistic value (1979). Continue to the village of Shipka situated at the foothills of Stara Planina Mountain. Visit to the Memorial Shipka Church which was built in living memory to the Russian soldiers and Bulgarian revolutionaries who died during the Russian-Turkish Liberation War of 1877-1878. Cross the Shipka Pass. Dinner. Overnight.

 

Day 5. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo – capital city of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom. City tour and visit to “Tsarevets” - a mediaeval stronghold located on a hill with the same name. It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire’s primary fortress and strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. 47 churches and 400 residential houses have been discovered in the whole complex. Fortified walls and defensive towers surround the city. The tower of Baldwin is the most famous and is an evidence for the power of the Bulgarian Kingdom. Only 4 km from Veliko Turnovo is Arbanassi, a charming village with an eventful history and fascinating architecture. Thirty six of its 80 houses and the five local churches have been declared for national monuments of culture. Departure to Sofia. Overnight.

 

Day 6 Optional: Visit of the Museum of History and Boyana Church – UNESCO site - one of the most valuable memorials of Bulgarian and European culture. The church boasts frescoes, acclaimed by specialists as “the best examples of eastern medieval art during its twelve century history”.

Boyana Chirch

 

 

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.