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Bulgaria off the beaten track à partir de 1390 €

Circuit: 30 jours / 29 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.

 

This tour allows you to discover the true nature of Bulgaria, its roots, its traditions, its way of life through regions with strong cultural identity. This tour completes the one – Walk at Bulgarian taste  to discover the lesser-known regions of Bulgaria (Bulgaria  of the Northwest and Bulgaria of the South-East.


The 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 rocks of Belogradchik with its citadel and the cave Magourata

- The town of Vidin and its Baba Vida fortress

- The Monastery Glozhene (overnight stay)

- The Troyan Monastery

- The town- museum of Koprivshtitsa (overnight stay)

- The town of Kazanlak  with its UNESCO classified Thracian Tomb  (The Valley of Thracian Kings with its tombs, the Valley of the Rose)

- The Monastery of Sokolovo (overnight stay)

- The town of Veliko Tarnovo and its many relics (overnight stay  - Arbanassi)

- The region of Shoumen (Madara Horseman - UNESCO classified)

- The village of Zheravna (overnight stay)


- Discover the southern coast of the Black Sea and  the Strandzha Park

- The Village- Museum of Brachlian (overnight stay)

- The region of Kardzhali with its many cultural sites such as Perperikon, Tatul, The Thracian Tomb of Alexandrovo ...

- The Old Plovdiv and the Monastery of Bachkovo (depending on the route) or the southern  towns like  Zlatograd and Smolyan

- The Rhodopes with  their typical villages and ancestors’ traditions  (the town-museum  of Shiroka Laka and  Kovatchevitsa - overnight stay)

- Town-museum of Melnik (overnight stay)

- Overnight stay near the park of dancing bears in Belitsa and the town of Bansko

- The Rila Monastery (UNESCO classified)


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 (send us  a tailor-made tour request)

Votre voyage jour après jour

Day 1- SOFIA - Arrival in the capital

You will reach Sofia to get to your hotel. The first day you will discover the capital's historic monuments and impressive sofiotes.

You will also find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the incomparable collection of icons in the crypt, 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.
In the outskirts of Sofia, at the foot of mount Vitosha, you can visit the National History Museum to see its collections and to understand the long Bulgarian history, which will make you appreciate better what you see along your trip, as well as the Boyana Church, included in the world heritage list of the UNESCO.  You can enjoy this site for the uniqueness of the best preserved frescoes of medieval art in Eastern Europe.

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.

 

Day 2 - SOFIA > Belogradchik - The North and its nature

You will get to  the North of the country, not very visited for the moment but nevertheless worth the interest with its superb nature.
Belogradchik is best known for its natural rock formations.
The Belogradchik Rocks are a geological and geomorphological. They are 30 km long and 3 km wide and they form groups.
They are home to a fortress, whose characteristic is the incorporation of inaccessible rocks in the general system of the fortress.
The Belogradchik Rocks are named one of the "New 7 Natural Wonders of the World" and found themselves in second place, ahead of Grand Canyon in the U.S., after the City of the Devil in Serbia, in this popular ranking of the 7 new wonders of the world.
The time to reach the region, visit the site and vicinity of the small city will take you the whole day.


25 km. of Belogradchik is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria and certainly the most interesting. - Magourata .In different chambers, we can observe various mineral concretions creating an underground fairyland. In addition, there are murals dating from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age and the famous solar calendar of the Neolithic with its amazing precision. (Unfortunately, the murals are closed to visits for conservation).
 
You can also get to the city of Vidin, situated at 52 Kms, at the banks of the Danube. Vidin is the first Bulgarian port on the river. There is a ferry connection operating from Vidin to Kalafat, Romania. 
Vidin is one of the ancient cities in Bulgaria.  It appeared under the Celts and carried the name of Dunonia under the Romans that conquered it later; next the Bulgarians converted the name into Bdin to keep it finally as Vidin.
 A very beautiful riverside park along the Danube, inspired by Austrian and English gardens will makes your visit even more enjoyable .There you  will see the theatre Veda, the mosque of Pazvantoglou (with its library), the remains of the Roman wall, the Ottoman post and the citadel Baba Vida. 

The citadel Baba Vida  is situated in the north-eastern part of Vidin, at the bank of the Danube.  This is the only Bulgarian castle, dating before the ottoman conquest and is completely preserved. 

You will stay in a small family hotel in Belogradtchik.

Step - 180 kms

 

Day 3 - Belogradchik > Glojene Monastery - History of Monastery 

You go down south, passing near Montana, Vratsa, Botevgrad and arrive in the small village of Glozhene, located at the foot of Mount Lisset.
The surrounding village is impressive, but it is the monastery located on the heights which is the main asset.

Founded by Prince of Kiev Grigory Gloj and  named after him, the monastery of Sveti Georgi Probedonosets has a turbulent and mysterious history . Built in the 13th century, it was later transferred  nearby, where it is located currently. Dedicated to St George, it was partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1913.
You will have a first-hand  emotional experience while sleeping on the site. 

The area is superb for exploring the charming  exceptionally diverse nature, forests and secular  trees, steep cliffs, , waterfalls, and caves.
You can go to the small city of Teteven. Just a few kilometres beyond,in the surroundings, is the Bio reserve  "Tzatitchina".Here you can find a huge variety of over  600 kinds of plants, some of them listed in  the Red Book of Bulgaria. You  can follow the very easy tourist trail to the nearby reserves  "Boatine" and "Kosia Stena". 

The monastery lovers can go to the city of Troyan,70 km away. Built towards the end of the 16th century., it also underwent some political and religious events . It was rebuilt in 1835 and decorated in 1848 by the master Zahari Zograf.  The Troyan Monastery remains a Mecca  of Bulgarian spirituality.  This is the third most important monastery in the country . 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 occasion to buy some quality souvenirs or valuable objects. 

Step - 120 kms.
 

Day 4 - Glojene Monastery > Koprivshtitsa - a colorful city

You cross the Troyan Pass to join the colorful 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. Most houses are built of wood, painted  in bright colours and give a unique touch to this place of rest.House- museums redrawing the big history of this small town will enrich you.  
You will be able to visit house-museums like those  of Kablechkov, Debelanov, Karavelov, or Benkovski who were  revolutionary writers and are nowadays   considered as heroes.  The houses Lutov and Oslekov ,as well as the church St Nikolai are also a must-see  to give you an idea of the life there more than a century ago .
 All here is loaded with history
In  Koprivshtitsa you will sleep in a small guest house in traditional style  with only 5 rooms. Locals are famous with their kindness and hospitality.

Step - 160 kms.

 

Day 5 - Koprivshtitsa > Sokolovo Monastery - In the Central Balkan

On leaving, you will cross the town of  Kalofer, located in the heart of Stara Planina (the Central Balkan range).In symbiosis with nature, it is a place of rest and discovery.
For fans, excursions on foot or on horseback in the surroundings of astonishing landscape are available. (Another  a bit longer option would be to go through Streltcha> Starossel (the largest Thracian sanctuary in Bulgaria) and  Hissaria (spa town which preserves some vestiges of the great time of the Roman era).
You return to the Valley of Thracian kings.
You will pass through 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 was  the most powerful in Europe and the Mediterranean long before the Egyptians.
 
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.

Not far from there, in fields near the remains of Seuthopolis, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Odrysses, archaeologists have unearthed the royal tomb of Seuthes III. As it opened  to the public recently you will be able to visit it.
On the hills, visible from the tomb, by accessing the Shipka Pass, you will admire the beautiful Russian Church (Church of the Nativity) of this village built by the Bulgarians to thank the Russians for having helped them  out of the Ottoman yoke.

A few miles in from the other side of the pass, you will find the open-air museum Etara depicting the life of  the 19th century. Artisans are at work here , hammering blades, throwing pots etc. They demonstrate traditional skills and everything they make is for sale. It’s difficult not to admire the interior of the old houses, all in national awakening style and the beautiful vicinity.

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.

Step - 150 kms

 

Day 6 - Sokolovo Monastery > Arbanassi - The Bulgarian region of the Tsars

Still in the Balkan range, to get to Veliko Tarnovo, you will cross superb towns and villages such as Triavna, recommended for its atmosphere. Specialized in the decorative arts, its main street is very charming and it will allow you to buy  some original souvenirs. You must also stop in the nearby village of Bozhentsi.  Known for its architecture and its gastronomy, this is really an invigorating and likable place.  Otherwise, it is possible to do an eco-tour from Bozhentsi to Tryavna (2 hours of walking the route).

 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 reach the village of Arbanassi.

This is a big village, hiding high on a plateau, just 4 km North-East of Tarnovo and  overlooking  Tsarevets and Trapézitsa, to the south.   Classified village- museum, Arbanasi has old beautiful fortress-like stone houses and churches decorated with murals with the highest artistic value. These monuments of Bulgarian architecture and art are  subject of concern of public authorities who have taken all measures for their conservation.

The Church of the Nativity is one of the great attractions of Arbanassi .Two thousand scenes were painted on its walls containing  3500   characters.  Its visit is a must.

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.

 
Step - 50 kms.

 

Day 7 - Arbanassi > Draguoevo - A cultural heritage protection

As you go along the north slope of Central Balkan you  can reach the town of Shoumen. The city as the area offers a page of history through its historical remains and the atmosphere that prevails..
Here also you can visit the second largest mosque in the entire Balkan region and the largest in Bulgaria - the mosque Tomboul.
Its  Koranic library is the most beautiful and furnished  in the country. Its name is due to the bulbous shape of the dome 25 meters high built in Turkish. Baroque style .
The region is very rich historically and 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).
 
You can also admire 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 be accommodated in a small village in a former farm which was designed  especially for travellers. The place has  its tools, its vegetable garden and the friendly owners that  will assist you on arrival. With their permission you can visit agricultural fields, a brandy factory (the famous rakia) and feel the ordinary life of the  Bulgarian village.

 

Step - 125 kms.

 

Day 8 - Draguoevo > Geravna - An authentic village 

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 guesthouses in the village, if not the most beautiful, 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.  

 

Step - 85 kms.

 

Day 9 - Geravna > Sinemorets - The south coast of the Black Sea

Directing you to your accommodation, you'll go through Nessebar.

Founded by the Thracians at the end of the 2nd millennium BC, Nessebar has a rich and eventful history due to its strategic location.

World Heritage Site by Unesco for its outstanding architectural ensemble of Byzantine style, with its famous churches, houses of the Renaissance, its narrow cobblestone streets that give the city a great interest and a special atmosphere.

Nesebar has the privilege to offer culture, beaches of fine sand and festive mood and the proximity to other sea resorts has undoubtedly made it the most publicized of the Black sea’s attractions

Going South, you will pass through another summer resort – Sozopol.  This is a thousand-year-old city, which  history is as long and interesting as the one of  Nessebar.  You will get to the south coast of the Black sea.  This stretch of coastline offers smaller resorts of recent development, often dedicated to the Bulgarian clientele and  less crowded than  the rest of the country. They are currently experiencing an unprecedented boom, as the sunshine, unspoilt nature, the remoteness of mass tourism and its prices are reasonable.


The nature reserve of  Ropotamo (possible boat ride up river estuary) and the nearby Strandzha nearby are the ideal place to relax and unwind. These stations are also located a few kilometers from Turkey and offer the opportunity to make a trip to Istanbul why not.


We offer you to stay  in an apart-hotel in the friendly Sinemorets. A professional team will welcome you and will be ready to serve you. You will appreciate the peaceful atmosphere away from the mass tourism and the sumptuous landscape of green mountains will delight you. 

 

Step - 190 kms.

 

Day 10 - Sinemorets> BRASHLYAN - Park Strandzha

You will penetrate in a region of wild and picturesque Bulgaria-the Strandzha Nature Park . The park  is situated  70 km south of Burgas.  It counts several natural reserves.  This is a magnificent and wild place witch  stretches over 1250 sq,km. It is far from major industrial centers and mass tourism, yet the cultural and  natural attractions are abound.

The park includes more than 12 protected  areas, including the beautiful village of Brashlyan, classified architectural reserve and of other historic and archaeological monuments just as the reserve of the folklore and traditions.

The biggest city of the park is Malko Tarnovo ,situated very close to the Turkish border.  The Strandzha massif is parallel to the Black sea coast, which allows admiring very interesting and varied landscapes. On one hand the mountains cut by the rivers and on the other hand the steep coastline of the  sea. The peak of the park is the mount Gradishteto , 710 meters and the two most important rivers are Veleka and Rezoska.  You will be able to appreciate the calm, the beauty of the landscapes and discover the Bulgarian traditions.


You will be very welcome in a superb guest house, in  traditional architectural style of the region with a flower  garden. Do not miss visiting the surrounding villages, as the one of Balgari. You will get the impression that the time itself has stopped there.  Take the time to visit the house transformed in ethnographic museum, whose  owners have a big sense of hospitality. The village is famous for its bare foot on a hot coal dancing festival . It takes place every year in June, dedicated to the day of St. Constantine and Elena.  This is a ritual of Christian and pagan origin and  Balgari is the only place in Bulgaria where this ritual continues to be held. The region is home of number of Thracian, Roman and Byzantine sites. High in Strandzha is located Beglik Tazh (5 km of Primorsko), an important Thracian site of 4 sacred places, 12 dolmens and 10 necropolis.  The archaeologists consider that place as part of the "Holy Mountain" of the Thracians. 


You can also see the ruins of the ancient fortresses Azene and Urdovitsa, a medieval church in the bay St. Paraskeva.

 

Step - 90 kms.

 

 

Day 11 - BRASHLYAN > Kardzhali - Nature and Discovery

To get to the city of Kardzhali, situated 300 km away  you will need to cross The Strandzha Reserve which will take you 5 to 6 hours.  Fortunately the route is magnificent, with unspoilt scenery and small villages, ideal for a short stop.  The city of Kardzhali is situated in the heart of the eastern Rhodopes, on the two banks of the river Arda.  For three millenniums, it was a crossroad of civilizations, Thracian, Greek, Roman, then Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman. 

In addition, the city has two theaters: The Dramatic Theatre and The Puppet Theatre, an art  gallery dedicated to ancient and contemporary art  and a famous archaeological museum: the Historical Museum. Established in 1965,this is one of the most important museums of southern Bulgaria (about 30 000 objects on display). You can find  there objects coming from the Thracian sites of Perperikon and Tatul. The Holy Monastery St  John Baptist was discovered in the 1930 ,then in 2000 restored and definitely deserves a visit. The belfry of the town hall of Kardzhali is an unique attraction in Bulgaria: its bells ring   different Bulgarian revolutionary  song  every hour. Two dams surround Kardzhali.  We advise you to go to the heights of city ,where the fortress Moniak stands, to admire this exceptional landscape.  Think about parking your car before arriving on top, because the hill is very steep  The panorama is worth the detour, this is a magnificent place for a picnic as well. 
 
You will sleep in a small  village near the city, in a small family-run hotel very cosy with a swimming pool. 

In the vicinity, many cultural sites are to be visited, especially Perperikon.
This is an ancient city of Thrace built into the rock, sacred to the cult of Dionysus, a center of power comparable to Troy and Mycenae. It seems to have participated  in the Trojan War alongside the Trojans. The city is mentioned by Herodotus.
Evidences that proved the hilltop site dates back to between 5000-6000 BC have been collected ,including the circular altar. The site receives a lot of funds (Bulgarian and E.U.) for further development.


Nearby is the legendary site of Tatul.
A kilometer from the village bearing the same name, is a Thracian tomb hewn in the rock, which some regard as the tomb of the legendary Thracian singer and musician Orpheus. Nevertheless this theory is not confirmed as it is not certain if Orpheus was a personage from the history or the mythology..
For its size, the complex of Tatul is the second of its kind in the Eastern Rhodopes, after the sanctuary of stone Perperikon, located about 40 km north.

 
 Step - 245 kms.

 

 

Day 12 - Kardzhali > Devin - The Land of Orpheus

You will penetrate the Rhodopes massif, characterized by its round highlands and Pomak and Turkish villages identifiable thanks to the white minarets of their mosques.  You will have time to discover all these beauties as the road in the Rhodopes is sinuous, narrow and unique, which requires an average speed between 35 and 40 km/h
Opportunities for rest stops are plentiful, especially for natural visits.
We recommend  you to go through the town of Zlatograd.The road to get there is in very good condition. The Old quarter of  Zlatograd was recently renovated and there are representations of ancient crafts. You can also sample the local specialties at very attractive prices.
Leaving Zlatograd  to reach your destination you will pass by Smolyan and Pamporovo, one of the three ski resorts in the country. The scenery all along the route is  outstanding.

You get to Shiroka Laka Village (architectural reserve), known not only  in Bulgaria but also abroad with its original architecture, typical of the Rhodope region, its traditions and its rich musical past.
Just a few kilometres is  the village of Gela -the legendary birthplace of the mythical singer Orpheus. And to follow the music tradition the National School of Folklore Arts was founded in Shiroka laka. The town also hosts the International Bagpipe festival in August.

You will get to the city of Devin, situated 34 km of Shiroka Laka. Devin is surrounded by superb scenery and it is famous for its bottled water and the spa centres. Do not hesitate to return to the municipal swimming pool fed by mineral water.  

 You will sleep in a nice family-run hotel, newly opened and in the city-centre.  
You can reach Devin also through the city of Plovdiv. This is the second largest city which has many vestiges of the past millennium (the Old Plovdiv, the Roman theatre, the ancient stadium, the mosque Djoumaya, ...), a town very pleasant and  interesting.
Down toward Devin, you will eventually pass by The Batchkovo Monastery, the second largest in the country. This is an important place for the Bulgarian spirituality.. You will continue the road through Pamporovo, Shiroka Laka and Devin.

Step - 130 kms.

 

 

Day 13 - Devin > Kovatchevitsa - In the heart of the Rhodophes

The route is still mountainous but very spectacular. We suggest you to stay in Kovachevitsa, a small village unspoilt by the tourists. The village will allow you to discover the life to the 19th century. You will even have the feeling that the time has stopped there. Situated alongside the river Kanina, its existence dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. Bulgarians who fled the Turkish islamization settled there. Even nowadays Kovachevitsa has  preserved the atmosphere of the past thanks to its houses with  beautiful slate roofs and its “fortified” architecture.  

In the vicinity, you can pass  the Trigrad Gorge, named after the small town situated nearby. At certain places, the sheer walls overhanging the foaming river form a narrow corridor. "The worry" feeling when facing these immense cliffs will be quickly  replaced by an “astonishment” feeling in front of the breathtaking beauty of the place.  

This wild terrain abounds in caves and some of them are opened to the public. Among them are the cave of the Devil‘s Throat, near Trigrad, and the Yagodina cave, which is part of the magnificent Karst complex of the gorge of the river Buynovska.  
You will sleep in Kovachevitsa in a guest house whose  owners will offer you a dinner in their tavern.  You can ask them for a trip in the forest  in an old Jeep from the Russian era which is a great experience.  Various excursions are possible.

 Step - 100 kms.

 

 

Day 14 - Kovatchevitsa > Melnik - At the Greek border

Next you will reach the small typical town of Melnik . The natural pyramids that surround it are a unique  natural phenomenon .The strange landscape consists of sandy cliffs, cut by erosion.

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 sunset is a moment of high emotional intensity that will add a romantic touch to your stay.


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.

You can get to the monastery on foot in the morning. It is about 2 hours walk from Melnik.


You will sleep in a family-run hotel with a good tavern in the historic centre of the town.


Step - 85 kms.

Day 15 - Melnik > Dobarsko - In the Pirin

You will head for the North of the country. A few km from Melnik, in the heart of Bulgarian Macedonia you will pass through the spa resort of Sandanski. This could be a refreshing stop because of its large botanical park at the foot of the Pirin. The most talked-about  gladiator of the Roman world Spartacus is likely to have been born in the Thracian settlement formerly established on the current site of Sandanski

You will continue to enter the Alpine mountain of Pirin.

You will continue further in the Pirin massif. You will definitely pass  Bansko,  one of the 3 ski-resorts in Bulgaria.  Bansko is a small town founded in the 15th century. Although it is favourite wintry resort 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

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.

If you like you can do walks, especially to the falls Shtrokaloto. 

 

You  will sleep in a small family hotel with an excellent taverna and a swimming pool.


A few kms from Dobarsko, in Belitsa, is the park of dancing bears, or rather ex-dancers.

There is a strange attraction in Bulgaria, perpetrated by the gypsies,  which consists of making the brown bears dancing. In order to eradicate this practice a foundation largely sponsored by Brigitte Bardot was created.

The road for the park is difficult, but the encounter with the king of the animals here is a really big emotional moment.


Step - 120 kms.

 

Day 16 - Dobarsko > Sofia - Spiritual Encounter

While going back in the direction of the capital, 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 more visited place in Bulgaria and it is included in the world heritage list of the UNESCO.  It occupies an area of 8800 m² ,has  4 sections and 300 cells of 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.

 

You will arrive in Sofia, to take advantage of the last moments in Bulgaria and to finish the visits that you have not had the time to do on the first day . 


You will sleep in the same hotel 3*** that the day of your arrival.

 

Step - 210 kms.

 

Day 17 - Sofia - The departure

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

 



 
 

 




 

 

 




 

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