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Bulgarian villages and monasteries: Balkania Tour> Individual Tours Bulgaria> Self Drive Tours Bulgaria - 13 days
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Bulgarian monasteries and typical villages à partir de 490 €

Circuit: 13 jours / 12 nuits base 2 personnes

Les points forts du voyage

The taste of freedom is

- You leave when you want
- You visit what you like
- You eat what you like
- You stop whenever you like
- You organize it as you feel it
Your only constraint – to be in the hotel at night. It is a formula to make your holiday nice and different.

You will be offered the discovery of the authentic Bulgaria and its folklore. You will visit the most beautiful villages in the country, will sleep in typical  accommodations, with several nights in monasteries to feel the Orthodox spirit of the traditional and  true Bulgaria. A rich and surprising discovery, being immersed in a world of traditions and spirituality, a world that is as dear as distant.


Despite its short duration this tour allows you to visit  many sites, the most important of which are:
- The Bulgarian capital - Sofia and its sites (the UNESCO listed Boyana Church
- The town- museum of Koprivshtitsa and its many traditional houses
- The Troyan Monastery and of Glozhene
- The city of the Bulgarian Tsars - Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi and the Monastery of the Transfiguration
- The  Monastery of Dryanovo, the village of Bozhentsi and the ethnographic complex Etara
- The Monastery of Sokolovo
- The town of Tryavna, Kilifarevo Monastery and the town of Elena
- The town of Kotel and the village of Zheravna
- The Valley of  the Thracian Kings and the Rose Valley with the town of Kazanlak with its  UNESCO classified Thracian tomb. 
- The town of Kalofer
- The Old Plovdiv  with its houses, museums and ancient theatre
- The Monastery of Bachkovo
- The town of Bansko, the village of Dobarsko, depending on interest visit of the Park of the dancing bears in Belitsa
- The town of Melnik and its surroundings
- The UNESCO classified Rila Monastery
- You also have the opportunity to cross the major Bulgarian mountain ranges - the Balkans, Rhodopes, Rila and Pirin (UNESCO classified) and discover their natural phenomen
- Accommodation in guest houses, family hotels and monasteries


This list is indicative and depends on your interests and time you want to spend on each visit. You may be surprised by the country's wealth and variety of tours, both natural and cultural. For more details, please see below “ Your Trip Day By Day“. You can also download and print the travel sheet on the bottom of this page by clicking Download the detailed program.

We remind you that we have total control of our products. Therefore, if some details of the tour suit you more than others, we can make changes on both the duration and itinerary.

Our team is at your disposal to answer all your questions relating to this tour and / or  its possible modification (please don’t hesitate to send us  a tailor-made tour request)


Balkania Tour‘s advise:

Much of the queries we receive relate to the country's cultural heritage which  is also our speciality. That's why we decided to launch this tour that has similarities with the trip- Walk of Bulgarian taste but we can say that it goes further in the authentic approach. This will give you more choices and ideas for your possible request for a  tailor-made  trips. It is unnecessary to assure you that the visits along the route are many and varied, which despite the very reasonable steps will oblige you to make choices based on your interests.

Accommodation is a very important point with a selection of guest houses, family hotels and monasteries for a maximum contact with the locals. This is probably the best way to discover Bulgaria and its touching and warm side.

We remind you that this trip is also available in Group version with a starting date for 2011 - from 18 to 30 June. Click here to learn about the conditions for the tour Typical  Villages and the Bulgarian Monasteries

Bon voyage in Bulgaria with the lines that follow



Votre voyage jour après jour

Day 1 - SOFIA - Discovery of the Capital

You will be greeted at the airport by our car rental partner for the keys.
Depending on your arrival time, the first day you will discover the capital and the Sofiotes. You will do a panoramic tour or walking downtown  in order to discover the most beautiful historic buildings in the capital..
You will also find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the incomparable collection of icons in the crypt(dating from the 12th to 19th century), , the Russian Church St. Nicolas, St. George Rotunda, the Basilica of St. Sophia, the Church of St. Petka Paraskeva , the Parliament located in the city centre, the Banya Bashi Mosque, built in 1576.

You will stay  in Sofia in a 3 *** hotel located in the residential suburbs of Sofia, Boyana, opposite the church carrying  the same name. At the foot of Vitosha, the hotel has only 6 rooms but they are nice and spacious.You have the added benefit of internet,free parking and present on site owner available to answer your first questions(in English)


Day 2 - SOFIA > Koprivshtitsa - The colourful town

In the morning you will visit the National Museum of History to see its collections and  to help you understand the long history of Bulgaria, which will make the rest of your journey more enjoyable. Visit also  the Boyana Church , World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you can enjoy  the uniqueness of the best preserved frescoes of medieval art in Eastern Europe.


In the afternoon, you can depart for the small colourful town of Koprivshtitsa, which played a major part in the Great Revolution of April 1876 for the liberation from Ottoman rule.

Preserved in its authentic appearance, nestled in the mountains, it is a page of Bulgarian history which deserves to be told. Most houses are built of wood, painted  in bright colours and give a unique touch to this place of rest.House- museums redrawing the glory history of this small town will enrich you.  

The houses of Lutov and Oslekov  are great examples for a typical Koprivshtitsa’s house if you do not have time or do not want to visit them all.

You will stay in a traditional guest house built in the style of the region.

Stage: 110 km


Day 3 - Koprivshtitsa > Glozhene - The Monasterie of Central Balkan

In the morning you will cross the Central Balkan by the current pass of Troyan (The Romans had designed this road - Via Traiana linking  Moesia and Thrace to the Aegean Sea- and reach the town of the same name.

The foundation of the city dates back to the early 15th century when Bulgarians settled in this very inaccessible place to escape from the power of the Ottomans. Pottery and woodcarving crafts were among the most developed and allowed the enrichment of the city where talented masters have created beautiful models of the Bulgarian ecclesiastical architecture in the city and the region: for example, The Church of the Assumption in the Monastery of  Troyan  ,once the refuge of Vassil Levski.

Just next to it  is located an  exposition of the arts and trades of the master craftsmen in  the country.  We advise you to visit it because this is also an opportunity to buy some quality souvenirs or valuable objects

You will eventually reach the small village of Glozhene, located at the foot of Mount Lisset.
The village’s surroundings are impressive, but it is the monastery located on the heights which is the main asset.
Founded by Prince Grigory Gloja Kiev, whose name it bears, the monastery of Sveti Georgi Pobedonosets has a turbulent and mysterious history.

The area is superb for exploring the charming , exceptionally diverse nature, forests and secular  trees, steep cliffs, , waterfalls, and caves.

Nearby, in the Biosphere Reserve "Tzatitchina" we can find a huge variety of over 600 kinds of plants, some listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria. .  You  can follow the very easy tourist trail to the nearby reserves  "Boatine" and "Kosia Stena".

After having dinner prepared by the monks,by staying overnight you will have rich in emotions , first hand experience of the monastery.


Stage: 160 km

Day 4 - Glozhene > Veliko Tarnovo > Arbanassi - The city of the Bulgarian Tsars

Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire between the 12th and 14th century was considered the most beautiful city in the Balkans after Constantinople.Destroyed by the Turks in 1393, we can still admire the fortifications.
The city tour is impressive because of  its rich history, natural beauty of the site, its houses hanging above the Yantra River, all in a medieval setting. The visit of the citadel - Tsarevets is a must to enjoy this slice of history.
You can also visit the Church of the Forty Martyrs,which was founded by Tsar Ivan Asen II to commemorate his victory over the Byzantines on Forty Martyrs’ Day in 1230,or the Church of Sveti Dimitar,probably the best-looking of the surviving medieval churches,where during the consecration of the church the bolyari Petar and Asen announced their rebellion against Byzantium,and St Demetrius became the patron saint of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
The shopping street of the city is a place full of life

After lunch, depart for the Classified village- museum of Arbanassi.Hiding high on a plateau, 4km northeast of Tarnovo,and overlooking Tsarevets and Trapezitsa to the south,Arbanassi is one of Bulgaria’s most picturesque villages.It has old beautiful fortress-like stone houses and churches decorated with murals from a high artistic value. You can visit one of the finest of Arbanasi’s old houses,the Konstantsaliev house,named after the family who build and owned the house.Following restoration work in 1958, the building houses a museum of the lifestyle of the local population in the nineteenth century.  
The beautiful Church of the Nativity from the 15th century and its incredible iconostasis of 3500 characters painted in the 16th to the 18th century is a recommended visit,as is the Monastery of the Transfiguration. Located 6 km from Veliko Tarnovo on a peak,it  is an outstanding example of architecture and icon painting from the period of the Bulgarian national awakening . You will see the  "Judgement Day" and the "life cycle", two compositions of extraordinary value .
You will stay  for the night in a Guest house in the heart of Arbanasi. This is a typical  for the region half-stone, half-wood  house with flower garden and summer BBQ.


Stage: 140 km


Day 5 - Arbanassi > Sokolovo - Traditions and Spirituality
Upon entering the Balkan you pass near the monastery of Drianovo which restful ambience makes the place a worthwhile visit. Destroyed and rebuilt many times it is a fine example of the unbreakable spirit of  believers under the Ottoman occupation.
You must also pass the nearby village of Bozhentsi. The village is well known for its preserved architecture, its restored houses with tiled roofs and in "national awakening" style nestled in a natural setting. The local cuisine is also famous - taverns with rich menus and friendly staff.
After lunch, you will stop in the picturesque open-air museum of Etara. It is an ethnographic village created in 1964 which recounts the lifestyle of the region in the 18th and 19th centuries.Within the village craftsmen (blacksmiths, carpenters, wheelwrights, potters, silversmiths, weavers, woodcarvers,bakers, confectioners, ...) exercise - according to the methods of the time - various trades of  the past…..
Here you will be able to purchase souvenirs or handicrafts.
We will make the end of the day a little bit special, thanks to the encounter and the visit of the Monastery of Sokolovo, located just 4 km away.
Built in 1833, in a true corner of paradise, it is richly decorated with frescoes and  it shelters valuable icons .
The master Kolio Fitcheto also contributed to its beauty by building a fountain, a true masterpiece. The tranquility that prevails and the breathtaking view will help you rise above the material world.

You will spend the night on site to give emotion to your trip and to make your experience  unusual, despite the  spartan conditions.
Since there is no restaurant on site, you must first dinner in a tavern in the small village nearby .


Stage: 80 Kms

Day 6 - Sokolovo > Tryavna > Elena - Nature and Traditions  

We suggest you to start your day with a visit to the small town of Tryavna.It attracts tourists from Bulgaria and abroad for its rich cultural and historical heritage and for its architecture in the style of the Bulgarian National Revival.Specialized in the decorative arts, its main street is very charming and it will allow you to buy  some original souvenirs.
You will visit some museum houses -Daskalov (1804), Kanchev, Raikov (1846), pass near the school of Slaveikov (1836) with its permanent exhibitions, the Museum of Icon-painting and Woodcarving,the Clock Tower (1814)and the church of  St. Archangel Michael (1819). Lunch.
Continuing further along the Central Balkan Massif,situated about 5 km.south of the village of Kilifarevo you will visit the monastery-"Nativity of the Blessed Virgin."
Once a favourite retreat for the tsars of the Second Kingdom,it was also the site of the famous college established by Theodosius of Tarnovo in 1350,which translated literary works from Greek and Hebrew into Slavonic script,making them legible to scholars far beyond Bulgaria.Although the monastery was surrounded by walls of solid stone,it was destroyed and burned down several times during the Ottoman era. Its last restoration took place around 1830, with the participation of master  Kolyo Fitcheto. The latter was the residential wing and the church "St. Demetrius of Salonika" (1844).


Then you will continue your way towards the coquette ,nineteen-century National Revival-crafts town of Elena,located on the north side of the pre-Balkan.
Although Elena has not been renovated to the same extent as other National Revival towns,the peaceful atmosphere,the breath-stopping nature and the enchanting medieval heritage makes a visit here worthwhile.
The town has 147 monuments, including 7 of national significance.
The National Revival complex is grouped around the mid-nineteenth-century church of the Assumption.However the real star of the complex is the much smaler Church of Sveti Nikola,a seventeen-century structure,rebuilt in 1804 after being burned by marauding Kardzhali, which is enlisted in the National Heritage List for its frescoes.

You will stay in a beautiful 18th century house, which is a real small ethnographic museum of  the Balkan by itself. The rooms are very comfortable,the tavern-one of the best in the region and last but not least the couple who takes care of this house are real history-lovers and eco-friendly in their approach. They also have horses for walks in the neighborhood. Very welcome.


Step: 80 Kms


Day 7 - Elena > Zheravna - One of the most beautiful villages in Bulgaria

The next step of the trip will allow you to discover one of the most beautiful Bulgarian villages, picturesque and  typical, just  in the middle of the wilderness. Zheravna is one of the  architectural sites protected by the country. You will appreciate its countryside atmosphere, its house-museums, its warm taverns and the hospitality of the local people.  You will be able to visit the church St Nicolai  and its collection of icons from 16th and 17th century. To discover the traditional style of the region you may visit the house-museum of Yordan Yovkov and also the one of Rusi Tchorbadji that has  a small collection of carpets or the one of Sava Filaretov.  Excursions on foot  in the region are possible to discover its wildlife and its flora.  The area is extremely well stocked with game and fish and you will notice  it in your dining menu in one of the local taverns. 

You will sleep in one of the finest , if not the most beautiful guesthouses in the village, built of wood, with its charming landscaped courtyard and  its typical decoration. The rooms are absolutely splendid and this visit will bring you closer to the mountain spirit that prevails here.

In the region, many villages  could   be visited as those of Ichera, Katunichte, Gradets and Medven or  Kotel, town  specialized in the making of rugs and carpets.  There is a museum of the rugs that we advise you to visit. 


Stage: 90 Kms


Day 8 - Zheravna > Kazanlak > Kalofer - The Valley of the Roses 

Following the south side of the Central Balkan you will descend into the plain,where you will stop in the town of Kazanlak,a veritable repository of Thracian civilization. Indeed, it is here that was discovered  the first royal tomb of the time. It is world heritage of UNESCO.
Its visit is highly recommended  to  discover this little-known people, which were  the most powerful in Europe and the Mediterranean long before the Romans.
The frescoes in the dome of the tomb are the best preserved of all we have been able to uncover up to date in Bulgaria and Europe in connection with the culture of the Thracians and their art.
In the hallway is painted a battle scene and in  the death chamber is shown the scene of the farewell supper to the noble dead  king  There are also three chariots with horses galloping. These paintings reflect the beliefs of the Thracians and in particular the existence of a life beyond. Still in the main room you'll see scenes of the deceased hero during his lifetime  with his wife, currently participating in a funeral supper.

Just 12 km North of Kazanlak,located on the heights of the Shipka village is one of the places you should not miss. The beautiful Russian Orthodox church (Church of the Nativity) was built by the Bulgarians to thank the Russians for having helped them out of the Ottoman yoke.Here you will have a beautiful view of a portion of the Valley of the Thracian Kings and outlined several Thracian mounds including the royal tomb of Seuthes III - The Great Kosmatka.
The Rose Valley
You are at the heart of this valley, also called Valley of the Roses.
A worldwide-known festival takes place here in  the first weekend of June. This date coincides with the flowering period, just before the harvest, when the rose fields are the most beautiful  That's really the time to visit the region if the rose industry fires your imagination.
Flowers, colours, ethnic dances and festive events are the ingredients of this event, whose highlight is the crowning of the Rose Queen.
The secret of the”nowhere equaled” quality of  the Bulgarian rose comes from years of development and production.The soil and climate are very favourable too.
The rose oil is called "the liquid gold" of Bulgaria, because it is a very expensive product used by many brands of perfume, chocolate, liqueur and jam. The rose oil is three times more expensive than gold. One litre of rose oil is extracted from 3,000 kg of rose. All flowers are hand picked and carefully preserved for distillation.

Crossing the Staga ridge,which joins the Balkan range to the Sredna Gora,the road enters the small town of Kalofer.Nestled in a lovely valley,and cut through by the river Tundzha, in symbiosis with nature, it is a place of rest and discovery.
This small mountain town  has a  very strong traditions which is certainly inherited by its history and its famous "children" including the legendary poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev.
A heroic-modernist statue of Botev overlooks the main square from the foothills of the highest peak in the Balkan Range(2376),which now bears his name,while Botev’s exploits are detailed in the National Museum Hristo Botev ,where you can see his birthplace,and also an exhibition of documents and personal objects of this extraordinary character.

The town is famous nationwide for its ecotourism and was rewarded by the European Union for its discovery programs. They offer tours or excursions on foot or on horseback ,so one can discover the beauty of the surrounding nature.
A small office in the town is available for this.

You will sleep  in a family-run hotel overlooking the forest, with a relaxing summer terrace . The owners are very friendly and you will have the opportunity to taste the Madame’s cuisine.

Stage: 170 km


Day 9 - Kalofer > Plovdiv > Bathkovo > Debrachtitsa - An ancient city

You go down to the south to enter the city of Plovdiv for lunch. Located in the Thracian plain, on the banks of the River Maritsa and on seven hills,this is the second largest urban centre of population, by area and by its place as a cultural and historical  centre.  
The Old Plovdiv, called the architectural reserve of the 18th and 19th centuries is admired by all visitors. The remains of the Thracian civilization mingle with Roman  monuments, while the old Turkish mosques add an oriental flavour to a city where successive  and sometimes antagonist civilizations have managed to combine the best of what they had to offer  to create the original  personality of Plovdiv .
But above all the exceptional group of houses from the era of the national awakening in the "Trimontium" or Old Plovdiv are these  that gives this young and lively city its unique charm.
 A walk along the central pedestrian street of Prince Alexander of Battenberg with its neo-baroque facades will take you to the Church Sts. Constantine and Helena with its icons of the master Zahari Zograf, Djoumaya Mosque, the Roman amphitheatre and the Old Plovdiv.
In the afternoon you will head south,across the Thracian plain to reach the foot of the Rhodope massif and the village of Bachkovo.

Bachkovo is best known for its famous monastery which is an important place for the Bulgarian spirituality. Founded in 1083 by the Georgian Pakuriani, Byzantine commander it remained the favourite destination of the Bulgarian tsars.
 “Asleep” under the Ottoman empire, the Monastery continued to receive support and donations from the christian population. The beautiful church St. Mary in the courtyard was built in 1604 and keeps a few sculptures from the 17th century. The last renovations took place in the years 1830 - 1840 with frescos from Master Zahari Zograf and his disciples. You can also admire the "miraculous" icon of the Virgin ,which legend claims to be an authentic portrait of Mary ,painted by the Apostle Luke. The icon plays a central role in celebrations of the name day of the Assumption of the Virgin(August 15),and a ritual procession  to a chapel in the nearby hills 25 days after the Orthodox Easter.

You will continue your drive to reach the village of Debrachtitsa, located 15 kms away from the town of Pazardzhik (the headquarters of Balkania Tour).
We suggest you to enjoy a rest in a guest house built in the traditional for Bulgarian villages style with  a small swimming pool  to soak and relax.
The beauty of the mountains, the fresh air of the region and the peace that prevails will make your stop even more enjoyable. Also, the tavern of the house is  one of the best known in the region.


Stage: 170 km



Day 10 - Debrachtitsa > Bansko > Dobarsko - In the Pirin

To reach your next stop-the small town of Bansko,you will cross a national nature reserve-the Pirin National Park,which covers most of the Pirin mountains in southwestern Bulgaria and is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Bansko is a small town founded in the 15th century,which manages to mix traditional Bulgarian architecture with holiday-resort flair.This is the newest and the most dynamic of  the Bulgaria’s winter sports resorts which holds the record for snow in both quantity and duration as you can ski here from December 15 to May 15. At an altitude of 925 m,located in the highest and also the most beautiful part of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko offers a stay in a wintry resort where the local people have managed to preserve the originality of its traditions, of its cuisine and craft industry and there are  many cultural events all year around .Its name comes from the old Bulgarian word "ban", which means"master."
The style of Bansko is representative of the rural landscape of  the 18-19 centuries.Unique in their kind fortified houses, are silent witnesses of the independent nature of its former inhabitants. The timber-framed stone houses which hide behind thick walls with stout double doors and loopholes in the walls used for protection are also “home” to one or more of secret hiding places.
Some of these houses are now converted to restaurants(mehana)where dinner is often a show, mixing live music,culinary delights and ancient customs.
Stroll around the old neighbourhood . Visit the typical for Bansko Veljanov house with its magnificent murals. Also, stop at the church of St. Trinity(a great example of the Bulgarian Renaissance in 1885 )and admire its imposing tower.
 Decorative art - painting, woodcarving, was so well developed here that during the Bulgarian Renaissance the town gave birth to its own style.

After 17 km you will arrive at your accommodation, in a quiet and authentic village.
Dobarsko is a small friendly village, surrounded by nature. It offers superb views of the Pirin mountains.
Besides the beautiful scenery, the friendliness of its inhabitants, Dobarsko houses one of the 100 Bulgarian heritage monuments: St. Theodore's Church which dates back  to 1614.
Ecology, nature and authenticity are the words that best describe this village

You  will be accommodated  in a small(2*),family-run  hotel with a large tavern where the locals gather-a good opportunity to meet and  talk to these  genuine people,and get a refreshing glimpse of their lifestyle and customs.

Stage: 130 km


Day 11 - Dobarsko > Melnik > Rila - A spiritual encounter

Heading south  you will reach the small town of Melnik . The natural pyramids that surround it are unique  natural phenomenon .The nature as a prime contractor has created a picture that reminds us of an unusual succession of pyramids, formed at the mercy of the weather.

The town is centered around a single main street running  alongside the riverbed from where you can admire the special architectural style of this region. You can visit house- museums, especially the one of Kordopulov; also stop in the friendly taverns and leave yourself to be carried away by this detached atmosphere.

Melnik is a town with traditions in wine-making. The winery of Damyanitsa will offer you full-bodied red wine which will surprise you by its quality..  

Nearby, the entirely wooden monastery of Rozhen deserves to be seen. The 10m long dining room, the vines overhanging its yard and the faded frescoes will thrill you to bits.


After lunch in a typically beautiful local tavern, you will head north in the direction of the capital, where you will have a tremendous encounter of the Rila  Monastery. This is the  emblematic symbol of the Bulgarian orthodoxy protected by the UNESCO for the quality of its iconostases, its architecture and its history.  The monastery is built on the right bank of the river Rilska in the Rila National park. This is the most-visited place in Bulgaria  It occupies an area of 8800 m² ,has  4 sections and 300 cells for monks.  .

The monastery was founded by St. John of Rila in 930, but its structure as we know it dates back to 1335 under the regency of Hrelio whose interior defensive tower still bears his name.

Its arches, columns, woodwork and paintings are of exceptional beauty. The church of the Dormition of the Virgin is regarded as the best decorated in frescoes in Bulgaria. Its carved wooden iconostasis is unique in its kind.

The Monastery Museum introduces us to its long history with objects of great value: icons, holy books, altar crosses  among which  the exceptional Cross of the monk Raphail, sculptured on wood that took him 12 years to finish, glagolitic manuscripts from the 19th century, the Gospels on parchment from the 13th century.

The monastery is the conservatory of the Bulgarian identity, an emblem of resistance, located in a beautiful setting of forested mountains. Impressive.

To experience completely the-most beautiful monastery in the country you will have the privilege of sleeping on site.

Option: Depending on your time and preferences, it is possible to make a detour through the village of Belitsa and specifically  its Park of the Dancing Bears,or rather ex-dancers instead of going down south to Melnik.The road to the park is long and quite difficult,but an emotional encounter with the Bulgarian King of the mountain in an environment as close to its natural habitat as possible will be the reward for your efforts.


Stage: 220 km


Day 12 - Rila > Sofia - Back in the capital
Back in Sofia take advantage of your last moments in Bulgaria  to finish the visits that you have not had the time to do on the first day or why not do a little bit of  shopping .
After dinner,you will sleep in the same hotel 3*** that the day of your arrival .


Stage: 120 km


Day 13 - Sofia - Back in UK

After returning back your vehicle, you will fly home to get back to your normal life after this lovely break in Bulgaria.



Prix par période/ par personne/ en chambre double

1) du 01 April au 30 June 490 €
2) du 01 July au 31 August 540 €
3) du 01 September au 31 October 490 €

Prix par période/ par personne/ en chambre individuelle

1) du 01 April au 30 June 720 €
2) du 01 July au 31 August 790 €
3) du 01 September au 31 October 720 €
Le prix comprend Le prix ne comprend pas

- Filing Fees

- The delivery and recovery of the rental car at the airport in Sofia

- Renting a vehicle Economy Class (2 pax), intermediate (3 pax) or higher (4 pax) in unlimited mileage,  insurance and road taxes, assistance 24/7

- Accommodation in guest houses,family hotels 2 and 3 stars (double occupancy)

-  Breakfast

- The travel and vouchers with map and / or indications for hotels

- Hotline Balkania Tour 24 / 24

- The return flight ( check prices and book )

- Airport taxes

- The cancellation insurance, repatriation and medical expenses
- Fuel

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Air Flight
You can always check the price of airline tickets and book through the functionality available to you on our website. Click ticket from the home page.
Discounts for children

- Children under 2 years - free. The child does not have a seat reserved for the transport and sharing with 2 adults (extra bed)
- Children from 2 to 12 years - 20% discount. The child shares the room with 2 adults (extra bed)
- The number of children sharing room with 2 adults is limited to 2

Book early, pay less

- For bookings made at least three months in advance a discount of 5% will apply


- No minimum number of participants. For groups over 5, thank you for contacting us so that we can make you an offer  for your situation.

- If you do not sleep in the accommodation provided, no refund will be considered and your night will be charged to you.

- Upon delivery of the vehicle, a deposit of 100 to 300 € depending on the class of vehicle will be required. It will be returned when the vehicle is returned if no damage has occurred.

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