PLOVDIV - SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY – RUPITE - MELNIK - 2 DAYS

A two-day trip for those who want to get to know the riches of Bulgaria - history, architecture, cultural traditions and nature. Tour of Plovdiv - center of many civilizations and cultures. Tour of the administrative and cultural center of the capital Sofia.

Visit to the Rila Monastery, which is sacred to the Bulgarians, preserving religious and cultural relics. Its architecture will captivate you with its beauty. It is nestled in the heart of the highest Rila mountain. Overnight in a hotel next to the monastery in the majestic forest and with the opportunity to visit the monastery worship service in the early morning.

The culmination of the excursion is the encounter with the history and life of the Bulgarian prophetess Vanga - a visit to the Rupite area, sacred to her - an energetic place with healing springs.

Then, as a finale, you will have the opportunity to visit the smallest town in Bulgaria - Melnik, located among bizarre rock formations. There you will enjoy beautiful architecture and the best wine in Bulgaria.

Program:

1. DAY:
06.00 Departure from Sunny Beach.
Arrival in Plovdiv– walking tour through the old town.
Departure to Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria.
Panoramic walking tour along the Holy Synod, the square "Knyaz Alexander I", the National Assembly, the Monument to the Tsar Liberator, the Presidency, the Russian Church; visiting the memorial temple "Alexander Nevski".
Free time.
Departure for Rila Monastery – the oldest and the most important cultural monuments in Bulgaria under the protection of UNESCO, founded in the tenth century by St. Ivan Rilski.
Check-in in the hotel/ 4*/. Dinner. Overnight.
 
2. DAY:
Breakfast - check out.
Sightseeing tour in the monastery.
Free time to explore the monastery complex – the church "Virgin Mary", the grave of Tsar Boris III, fortress tower, historical museum with Rafail's Cross.
Departure to the mystical region Rupite, situated near to the dead volcano “Kozhuh”.
Visiting the complex, built by the famous Bulgarian soothsayer and healer Vanga – the church "St. Petka", the grave of Vanga, the house in which she lived and met people in need, the thermal hot springs and the rock cross, built at its behest.  
A walking tour in Melnik – the smallest town of Bulgaria.
Lunch.
15.00 Departure to Sunny Beach and arrival about midnight.

The price includes: 

  • transport with A/C bus,
  • 1 overnight in a hotel 3* nearby the Rila monastery,
  • 1 breakfast,
  • 1 lunch,
  • 1 dinner,
  • walking tours in the old town of Plovdiv and Sofia and guide.

The price does not includes: 

  • supplement for singleroom – 30 leva;
  • personal expenses.

Thursday

Price: adults - 237,- BGN

children up to 12 years - 134,- BGN

children up to 2 years - free

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