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Individual Travel to Bulgaria: Walking in the land of Rose, 8 days Self Drive
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Walk in the Land of the Rose à partir de 390 €

Circuit: 8 jours / 7 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 great formula to make your holiday nice and different.
 
We invite you to discover the wealth of Bulgaria. Balanced steps will  leave you time to get an overview of the unexpected treasures of the country. The tour can be considered as a basis from which if the time allows, you can extend the trip with an extra stop south (to the Rila Monastery or Rhodope) ,north (towards the Danube)or east(towards the Black Sea and its sandy beaches). The tour can be considered a shorter version of the” Discovery in the heart of the Balkans “one, but with slightly shorter steps.
 
Despite its short duration the tour allows you to visit numerous sites, the most important of which are:
- The Bulgarian capital - Sofia and its sites (the UNESCO listed Boyana Church)
- The Old Plovdiv and The Monastery of Batchkovo (night nearby)
- The village of Zheravna (overnight stay)
- The region of Shoumen (Madara Horseman - UNESCO classified)
- The town of Veliko Tarnovo and its many relics (overnight stay )- possible trip North to discover the Thracian tomb of Sveshtari and the rock churches of Ivanovo (both sites are UNESCO classified)
- The town of Kazanlak  with the UNESCO classified  Thracian Tomb  (The Valley of the Thracian Kings with its tombs, the Valley of Roses) 
- The town- museum of Koprivshtitsa (overnight stay)

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.
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)

Votre voyage jour après jour

Day 1 - Discovery of the Capital 
You will be greeted at the airport by our car rental partner for the keys of your rented vehicle.
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 > Plovdiv - History and Culture
You will take the motorway to the city of Plovdiv.
The city of Plovdiv is 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 ,historical and tourist  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 antagonists 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.
In the vicinity, about twenty km. away is the village of Batchkovo , best known for its famous monastery which is an important place for the Bulgarian spirituality. Founded in 1083 by the Byzantine commander Georgian Pakuriani, it remained the favourite destination of the Bulgarian tsars.
You will stay in a guesthouse in the old Plovdiv.
(165 km)
 
Day 3 - Plovdiv > Zheravna - One of the most beautiful villages in Bulgaria 
You will travel along the south side of the Central Balkan to reach the historic town  of the "100 voivods" - Sliven and its glorious past.
The wine lovers can stop at the entrance of the city in the internationally known winery Domaine Boyar where they can enjoy some wine tasting and shopping.
Thereafter, you will return to the Central Balkan to go towards Zheravna. .In the middle of the wilderness you will have the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful Bulgarian villages. Zheravna is one of the  architectural sites protected by the country.The area is extremely well stocked with game and fish and you will notice this in your dining menu in one of the local taverns. 
You will sleep in one of the finest ,if not the most beautiful guesthouse in the village, built of wood, with its charming landscaped courtyard and  its typical decoration.
 (230 km)

 

Day 4 - Zheravna > Shoumen - The origins of the Bulgarian State

You will cross the Central Balkan, to reach the north slope  where you will discover the remains of the glorious past of the Bulgarian Khans. Indeed, in this part of the country are located the first two historical capitals of Bulgaria (Pliska and Veliki Preslav).
The town of Shoumen as well as the area offers a page of history through its historical remains and the atmosphere that prevails. Here , you can visit the second largest mosque in the entire Balkan region and the largest in Bulgaria - the mosque Tomboul .
A few km from Shoumen you will discover the Madara Horseman -bas-relief carved in stone at 23 m above the ground . It is representing a horseman whose mount is trampling a lion( symbol of Byzantium) with the assistance of a greyhound . It is world heritage of UNESCO. The symbolic power of this sculpture is so big that you can even find it on  the Bulgarian currency.
You will sleep in a small ,3*  family -run hotel  in the city centre .
(110 km)

 
Day 5 - Shoumen > Veliko Tarnovo - Via the Danube

If you are interested in history and culture, we recommend that you go through the north, with a stopover in Rousse on the Danube river.
On the way we advise you to visit the Thracian tomb of Sveshtari. Discovered near Isperih,this site dates back to the 3rd century BC .In 1985 it was included in the world heritage list by UNESCO .
You will continue to the Danube, which forms the border with Romania to discover the town of Rousse. The city is surprisingly multi-ethnic, it has the blend of ancient traditions and modern European spirit, of Bulgarian and Romanian cultures.  Its fascinating architecture, historical monuments and beautiful buildings  pay tribute to the varied mix of architectural styles: Classical, Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Rococo.  
Down towards the Central Balkan, you will  reach  the valley of  Roussenski Lom Nature Park. A complex of churches, chapels, monasteries and cells were dug into the rock near the village of Ivanovo in the12th century .These rock-hewn churches are World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In this beautiful nature park is also the Cave Orlov, which combines  both speleological and archaeological interest.
Down towards Veliko Tarnovo you will stop in The Monastery of the Transfiguration,  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 great value .
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 will sleep in a small, charming ,3 *** hotel in Veliko Tarnovo, close to the citadel.

 

(240 km)

Day 6 - Veliko Tarnovo > Koprivshtitsa - The Valley of the Thracian Kings

Before crossing the Central Balkan, you will  have the opportunity to make one of the most unforgettable visits-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.
Through  the Shipka Pass to reach the southern slopes of the Balkan,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.
Descending into the plain,you are now crossing the Valley of the Thracian Kings,where a stop in  the town of Kazanlak-a veritable repository of the Thracian civilization,is a must. Indeed, it is here that was discovered  the first royal tomb of the time-a 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.
Here you can also enjoy visiting the Museum of the Rose, which is a specialty of the country (Bulgaria is the first world producer of rose oil required for the manufacture of perfume). Besides, the valley is also called” Valley of Roses "and you'll discover the different uses of this flower.
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.
Later you will arrive in the the colourful town of Koprivshtitsa, which is part of 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.
In  Koprivshtitsa you will sleep in a small ,traditional style guest house.The locals are famous with their kindness and hospitality.

 

(160 km)
Day 7 - Koprivshtitsa > Sofia - Back in the capital

In the vicinity of  Koprivshtitsa , you can visit the ancient town of  Hisar,with its walls from Roman times and the Sanctuary of Starossel.Recently opened to the public, the biggest tumulus yet discovered in Bulgaria,is thought to be the last resting place of a powerful Odrysae king. 

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 .

 

(110 km)

Day 8 - Departure for UK
No more vacations, go to the airport for a warm goodbye.

Prix par période/ par personne/ en chambre double

1) du 01 April au 30 June 390 €
2) du 01 July au 31 August 420 €
3) du 01 September au 31 October 390 €

Prix par période/ par personne/ en chambre individuelle

1) du 01 April au 30 June 590 €
2) du 01 July au 31 August 640 €
3) du 01 September au 31 October 590 €
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 24h/24
- Accommodation in guest houses, hotels 3 stars  (double occupancy)
- The breakfast  
- The travel and vouchers with map and / or indications for hotels
- Hotline Balkania Tour 24h/24
- The return flight (check prices and book )
- Airport taxes
- The cancellation insurance, repatriation and medical expenses
- Deposit for the rented vehicle  
- Fuel

On vous dit tout

Air Flight
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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

Important
- 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 to300 € 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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