UNESCO HERITAGE IN BULGARIA
World heritage list of UNESCO has 936 sites, which are located in 153 countries.
The main objective is to promote and protect places or objects, which are unique.
Monuments of UNESCO
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and also the largest city. Prehistoric settlements date back before the 7th century BC, when Thracians established their city around a hot spring, which exists to the present day. Sofia has had several names in the different periods of its history. Its ancient name, Serdika, derives from the local Celtic tribe who inhabited the region around the 1st century BC. Later, it became a Roman city within the territorial holdings of the Roman Empire. In the middle Ages, it was one of the major commercial centers of the Bulgarian Empire. In 1879, Sofia was declared Capital of Bulgaria after the Liberation from Ottoman rule.
The Statue of St. Sophia
The official workplace of the President of Bulgaria
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral the St. Sophia Church
The National Assembly
The Russian Church
At the dinner you can enjoy traditional folk music and dance, and try typical Bulgarian kitchen. Overnight in Sofia.
After breakfast we head to the museum-
Overnight in Kazanlak.
After breakfast we head for the city of Veliko Tarnovo. On the road to the city is planed an examination of architectural and ethnographic complex “Etar”. An open-
“Tsarevets” fortress, Holy Forty Martyrs Church, Samodovska bazaar-
In the evening await visit the unique light show “Sound and Light”, which is presented to the hill-
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Seeing the sights of Arbanassi. (4km. from Veliko Tarnovo)
Arbanassi is a real paradise for visitors with its monumental National Revival architecture of the houses and the churches in the 16-
Visit of Ivanovo rock churches, included in UNESCOS’s World Heritage in 1979 under № 45. They are located in about 20 km from Ruse. Created in XII century monastery complex they form nearly 20 medieval churches, chapels and cells in which archeologists discovered more than 300 rooms. Preserved frescoes and inscriptions testify to the great flowering of monastic colony in 13-
The city is the largest Bulgarian port on the Danube and one of the economic centers in Northern Bulgaria. The downtown area is known for its Neo-
Overnight in Ruse.
Day 5 Ruse-
After breakfast we are going to visit the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, which is located 34 km northeast of Razgrad. It is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.
The next object on the UNESCO World Heritage List is Madara Rider. It is located 5 km east of Shumen. Only in Europe monument stone relief in the beginning of the 8th century. The relief depicts a majestic rider 23 m above ground level in an almost vertical 100 m high cliff.
It depicts the triumphal scene of a horseman, who is thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse’s feet. This scene symbolized the greatness of the Bulgarian ruler and the power of the Bulgarian state.
We are going to the city of Varna. Through the road is considered the unique natural phenomenon Pobitite Kamani which has no analogue in the world. It consists of several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 7 km². The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look like they are stuck into the surrounding sands, which give the phenomenon its name.
It is claimed that the area Pobiti Kamani is a very strong energy region and this is one of the messages of the nature to us.
Accommodation and overnight in Varna.
Day 6 Varna-
Varna, called the pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian part of the Black Sea coast and the third largest city in Bulgaria. The port of Varna is the largest in Bulgaria. Walk through the city center and sight seeing of:
• “Dormition of the Theotokos” Cathedral
• The temple “Saint Nicholas“
• Aquarium Varna and “Black Sea” museum
• Dolphinarium Varna
• Varna Archeological Museum
Travel to Nessebar-
It is located on a small peninsula, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. One of the oldest cities in Europe founded more than 3,000 years as a fortified Thracian center under the name Mesebria. They are preserved valuable cultural and historical monuments-
Transfer to Burgas and accommodation.
Day 7 Burgas-
After breakfast we head to the city of Plovdiv-
Next is a walking tour through Plovdiv-
Travel to Brestovitsa, and to wine cellar TODOROFF, which is the first boutique winery in the country. Gourmet dinner with wine tasting, where you will enjoy a rich menu of culinary masterpieces of European cuisine and local dishes, combined with elite wine from the cellar. Overnight in Brestovitsa, TODOROFF Wine and Spa Hotel.
Day 8 Borovets-
Our next visit is to the famous ski resort Borovets and Rila Monastery, included in UNESCO list in 1983. Borovets is the oldest ski resort, 1350 meters above sea level on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain, at the foot of highest peak Musala (2925m). Old pine forests, cloudless sky, silence of the mountain, and aromatic cup of herbal tea will charm you here.
Rila Monastery is one of the most important cultural, educational and literary centers in Bulgarian history. The monastery is located in the southwest of Bulgaria 117 km from Sofia and 1147 meters above sea level, in inaccessible part of the majestic Rila Mountain, among beautiful nature.
The largest monastery complex in the Balkans (outside Mount Athos), It is important Christian, cultural and educational center. It is majestic monument of Bulgarian medieval and renaissance architecture and painting. It was founded by Bulgarian saint Ivan Rilski and his followers in the 10th century. Its walls are richly decorated with frescoes, characterized by a high artistic value and original iconographic quality. Visit the monastery complex and its museum display.
Transfer to Sofia and accommodation at hotel.
Depending on the flight schedule you will have the opportunity for a walk in the centre of the city, and also go shopping in a large commercial center. Transfer to the airport.
The tour includes:
• Transfers from and to the airport
• Transport by luxury bus. In all the time the group will be accompanied by a Chinese-
• Overnights in 4-
• Full board-
• Visit the 7 monuments under UNESCO protection in Bulgaria-
• Admission to museum
• Medical insurance