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ANCIENT CULTURE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY – SOFIA

OPTION 4

4 Days / 3 nights

3 breakfasts / 1 lunch / 2 dinners + 1 folklore night

DAY 1: SOFIA

Route: Sofia Airport - Hotel

Arrival at Sofia Airport and welcome by a licensed English language guide. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Sofia. Free time for a break or a walk. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: SOFIA

Route: Sofia – National History Museum (walking tour in the downtown)

Breakfast (07:30-08:30)

At 08:45 meeting at the lobby of the hotel

At 09:45(01:30 hours) visit the  National History Museum by transfer.

At 09:40 leaving to the downtown of Sofia

At 10:00 starts a walking tour of the central city part of the capital (2.5-3 hours). Sofia is a modern capital with 7,000 years of history and a stable ancient rule. During the Roman Empire, Sofia was ruled by Emperor Constantine the Great, who was so captivated by the riches of the Bulgarian capital that the cult phrase "Serdica is my Rome" emerges from his mouth. Today Sofia is an important economic and administrative centre of the country and one of the most ancient cities in Europe.

Till noon a tour of the most iconic landmarks of the capital: Cathedral St. Aleksandar Nevski(1912), Parliament(1928), The monument of King Liberator(Aleksandar II), Bulgaria Academy of Science(1869), National Contemporary and Foreign Art Gallery(Square 500), The old basilica St. Sofia(VI century), Russian Church St. Nikolay(1912) with crypt, The Royal Palace of Aleksandar Battenberg(nowadays National Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum), National Theatre Ivan Vazov, National Archeological Gallery, The Presidency, Rotunda St. George, Ancient Roman complex Serdika, separately The Ancient Mosaics from the Roman era, the coat of arms of Sofia, the Church St. Nedelya, the Court of Auditors, St. Andrew's Orthodox Church Petka Samardzhiyska ”(XIV c.), The Central City Bath (today the Museum of History of Sofia), the Mosque“ Banya Bashi ”(XVI c.), Halite Central Indoor Market, Synagogue (1909), Catholic Cathedral St. Joseph.

Lunch time

Free time. Back to the hotel.

Folklore evening with traditional Bulgarian dishes in a domestic atmosphere with Bulgarian folk music and Bulgarian folk dances in the vicinity of Sofia (8 pm, 3 hours). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

DAY 3: SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA

Breakfast (07:30-08:30)

At 08:45 meeting point at the lobby

At 09:00 departure for Rila Monastery "St. Ivan Rilski ”(10th c.). It is included in the list of sites designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The monastery is located in Rila Mountain. History tells that a Bulgarian ascetics from the tenth century named Ivan Rilski retired as a hermit in the Rila Mountains to live in a narrow cave. The complex has three hundred monastic cells covering an area of ​​32,000 square meters. The Rila Monastery is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. The monastery includes the Church of the Nativity, the History Museum with the most important exhibit of the Raphael Cross, which recreates 36 religious scenes with more than 600 miniature figures, the Khrell Tower (15th c.) - operates only in the summer and the Museum of the Monastery Farm. Optional visit to one of them. Free time for a walk in the courtyard and the surroundings of the monastery and eating mekitsa (traditional Bulgarian fried dough breakfast).

Departure to Stob at 12:40

At 13:00 lunch in the surroundings of the monastery in a picturesque area near the bank of the Rila River in a restaurant with a wonderful view of the river and the Rila Mountain, which offers traditional Bulgarian cuisine and fresh trout (1 h. 15 min.)

On the road near the village of Stob there is a visit to the Stob pyramids (at 15:15). They are a natural phenomenon formed by physical weathering (wind power), soil erosion and rainwater. These curious pyramids are several meters high each with various shapes. They are ocher, reddish-brown, dark yellow. Some look like a stone hat up to a meter. According to their form, the pyramid groups have different names: towers, rocky peaks, chimneys of the "selfies" (a kind of fairy-tale creatures of Slavic mythology, in human form and very beautiful.

One of the legends of the origin of the Stob pyramids is the following: It is said that many years ago a wedding party was raised in the nearby village of Kolyb for choosing a bride for a boy from a family in the village of Stob, (it seems that at that time the bride and groom had no neither the right to vote nor the choice, namely the bridegroom's relatives chose his bride and went to the market for that purpose). The bride was supposed to hide her face by covering him with a veil, but the wind lifted him and the godfather tried to kiss her. As a punishment, at that moment, all the relatives of the bride were petrified and turned into rock pyramids. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and requires comfortable sports shoes.

At 16:10 departure to Sofia. Arriving in Sofia and transfer to the hotel.

Free time

Dinner at 20:30. Overnight

DAY 4: SOFIA

Route: Hotel – Sofia Airport

Breakfast (08:00-09:00). Free time. Checking out. Transfer to Sofia Airport

Note !!! When you visit Stob Pyramids, the program is offered only in appropriate weather conditions, and in bad weather, the program remains in its classic version without visiting them. Instead, a wine tasting is organized at the Medi Valley Winery.

The program is not suitable for people with reduced mobility!

 

PRICE INCLUDES

- Welcome and dispatch from and to Sofia Airport by a licensed Spanish language guide

- Transfer from and to Sofia Airport

- Transfers by route in an air-conditioned vehicle

- Comfortable tourist transportation throughout the trip

- Licensed driver throughout the program

- Fuel taxes

- A guide with Spanish throughout the trip

- Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Sofia

- Tourist city tax

- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 nights + 1 folklore evening in Sofia

- Walking tour of the central city part of Sofia with a guide in Spanish-

- Visit the sights of Sofia:

-Orthodox Cathedral of Sts. Alexander Nevsky

-The old Basilica of St. Sofia

-The Russian Church St. Nicholas

-The St. George

Ancient Roman Complex Serdica

-The church St. Nedelya

-The Orthodox Church St. Petka Samardzhiyska

-Halite Central Indoor Market

-Catholic Cathedral St. Joseph

-Visit of Rila Monastery

-Church of the Nativity in the Rila Monastery

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

- Return and return flight ticket

- Airport taxes

- Medical and travel insurance

- Supplement for a single room

- Hotel services and use of minibar with soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

- Parking

- 1 Lunch in Sofia (second day)

- Gratuities

- Personal expenses

- Comfortable sportswear with comfortable, stable and appropriate sports shoes

- Entrance fees for sightseeing in Sofia:

-Filming at Orthodox Cathedral St. Alexander Nevsky

-The crypt of St. Alexander Nevski (Museum of Christian Art)

--National Contemporary and Foreign Art Gallery ("Square 500")

The Catacombs under the Basilica of St. Sofia

-National Ethnographic Museum

-National Archaeological Museum

-Ancient mosaics from the Roman era

-Museum of the History of Sofia

-The synagogue

-National history museum

-Visit of The Museum of History in the Rila Monastery

-The tower of hills in the Rila Monastery

-Museum of the monastery farm in the Rila Monastery

-Stob pyramids, depending on weather conditions / or Winery "Medi Valley" with wine tasting

 

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