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Bulgaria's Hidden Heritage

8 Days from £971.10

This round trip from Bulgaria's bustling capital, Sofia, will introduce you to many wonderful sites which tell the story of the country's rich history. Discover Plovdiv's Roman amphitheatre, dating back to the 2nd century AD, then continue to the incredible city of Nessebar. UNESCO-listed and home to many ancient churches, it is a delight to explore. In Varna you'll see the oldest gold treasure in the world, while at Madara you can admire an extraordinary medieval rock relief. Watch artisans at work in the ancient town of Tryavna, learn how Bulgaria's famous rose oil is produced and journey through a scenic mountain pass to discover Kazanlak's Thracian tomb.

Departure from: May 2020 - Oct 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS
MAX 35 GROUP SIZE

Included holiday highlights

  • Dinner in Plovdiv's Old Town
  • Explore Plovdiv's Roman and Ottoman sites
  • Discover Nessebar, including the archaeological museum
  • Varna's archaeological museum and the 'Madara Horseman'
  • Tryavna & Etara
  • Visit a rose oil distillery
  • Travel through the scenic Shipka Pass
  • Discover Sofia​




Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Sofia

After your flight to Sofia we'll transfer you to your hotel in Plovdiv. This evening we'll get together and head into the Old Town where we'll enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

Day 2 Plovdiv & Nessebar

Enjoy breakfast before setting off on a day of sightseeing, which begins with a walking tour of Plovdiv. As we explore the Old Town we'll see its Roman amphitheatre, which dates back to the 2nd century AD and was uncovered during a landslide in 1972.
We'll then continue by road to Varna, with an included visit en route to Nessebar. This UNESCO-listed city is situated on a rocky peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea and is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Here you'll find remains of Roman and medieval walls and cobblestone streets lined with houses built in Bulgarian National Revival style. However, it is mostly known for its many ancient churches from different periods of history. Each has a tale to tell, from the Church of St John the Baptist with its cylindrical dome, to St Stephen's Church and its 16th century frescoes. Our tour also takes in the archaeological museum, where exhibits chart Nessebar's fascinating history.

Day 3 Varna

Today you'll visit Varna, to see the fascinating relics housed in its archaeological museum. There are thousands of exhibits from the Stone and Middle Ages, including the Gold of Varna. This is the oldest gold treasure in the world and was found in the necropolis of Varna – known as the largest prehistoric necropolis in south-eastern Europe.
The afternoon has been left free for you to explore Varna at your own pace. The city has plenty of shops and restaurants as well as art galleries and an aquarium showcasing the creatures found in the Black Sea.

Day 4 Madara & Veliko Tarnovo

You're heading to Kmetovtsi for an overnight stay, and on the way you'll pack in plenty of sightseeing. Your first stop is Madara, where you'll see the impressive Madara Horseman. This early medieval rock relief is carved into a plateau and depicts a horseman trailed by a running dog, with a lion crushed beneath the horse's hooves. The sculpture was created in the 7th century more than 20 metres up a 100-metre-high cliff and is one of Bulgaria's most famous monuments.
Next we continue to the town of Veliko Tarnovo, which is home to a reconstructed fortress and well-maintained streets lined with wooden houses. Perhaps walk up Zarevets Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over the town and the numerous monasteries that decorate the picturesque gorges of the Yantra River.

Day 5 Tryavna & Etara

The town of Tryavna, which lies at the foot of a mountain, is where you'll head today. Known as a centre of culture and crafts, the Tryavna Artistic School was established here in the 18th to 19th centuries, and you'll see evidence of craftsmanship all around as you explore. The clock tower is the first sight sure to catch your eye. This central landmark has been standing since 1814, and the whole square in which it sits is the only completely preserved complex from the Bulgarian National Revival period. You can also watch craftsmen at work and visit the Woodcarving Museum, one of many in the town, before we head to the open-air museum of Etara. In all, this museum boasts 50 sites showcasing Bulgarian life at the turn of the 19th century. So as you stroll around you can watch bell-makers, potters and other artisans at work as you relive the past.  

Day 6 Shipka Pass & Kazanlak

After breakfast today you're going to visit a rose oil distillery. The damask rose, or Bulgarian rose, has a deep and intense scent, and the country is one of the top producers of rose oil. This highly prized commodity is used to make some of the world's most famous and expensive perfumes, and to make just 1kg of oil it takes three tonnes of petals. This is why rose oil is known as 'liquid gold'. You'll see just how it is produced on your tour and you'll even get to sample products including rose water and rose and lavender oil.
Next we'll head to Kazanlak to see a Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC. Our journey here takes us via the scenic Shipka Pass, which winds through mountainous terrain. Later, we head back to Sofia.

Day 7 Sofia

This morning join your Tour Manager for a walking tour of Sofia to discover onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and many of the country's finest museums and galleries.
This afternoon, why not come with us on an optional excursion to the Rila Monastery. Founded by a hermit monk in around 927 AD, it's the largest in Bulgaria.
Tonight, we're going to head back into the capital to enjoy dinner and a traditional folklore show.

Day 8 Sofia/UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 :

Grand Hotel Plovdiv
Your hotel is located near the Rhodope mountains and close to Plovdiv's Old Town. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, nightclub, fitness centre, tennis court, billiards table, bowling hall, cash machine, lift and a wellness centre & spa with sauna, solarium, hot tub and indoor pool. Guest rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Day 2 - 3 :

Golden Tulip Varna
This hotel is well placed, in the heart of Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria. Fully renovated in 2018, facilities include a restaurant and bar. Guest rooms have en suite facillites, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and hairdryer.

Day 4 - 5 :

Hotel Fenerite
This small, charming hotel features a garden/terrace, steam room, restaurant and bar. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities.

Day 6 - 7 :

Hotel Arena di Serdica
Centrally located in downtown Sofia, this boutique hotel hosts an incredible attraction within its walls, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, so you can sightsee without even leaving your hotel. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, gym and wellness centre with steam bath, sauna and solarium. Guest rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV, hairdryer, mini-bar and tea/coffee-making facilites.


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8 days

Saturday 09 May 2020

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£920.55

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8 days

Saturday 06 June 2020

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£899.10

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8 days

Saturday 04 July 2020

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£899.10

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8 days

Saturday 01 August 2020

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£926.10

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8 days

Saturday 12 September 2020

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£983.48

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8 days

Saturday 19 September 2020

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£917.10

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Saturday 03 October 2020

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£854.10

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SAT 09 MAY 20

Manchester

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£1,198.00

£1,143.05

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Outbound
Easyjet

Saturday 09 May 2020

Departs

06:25 Manchester

Arrives

11:45 Sofia

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Saturday 16 May 2020

Departs

12:30 Sofia

Arrives

14:00 Manchester

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SAT 09 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,099.00

£1,044.05

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British Airways

Saturday 09 May 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Saturday 16 May 2020

Departs

14:05 Sofia

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15:35 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 06 JUN 20

Manchester

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£1,228.00

£1,115.10

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Easyjet

Saturday 06 June 2020

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06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Saturday 13 June 2020

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12:30 Sofia

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14:00 Manchester

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SAT 06 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,129.00

£1,016.10

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British Airways

Saturday 06 June 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Saturday 13 June 2020

Departs

14:05 Sofia

Arrives

15:35 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

SAT 04 JUL 20

Manchester

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£1,228.00

£1,115.10

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Easyjet

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Saturday 11 July 2020

Departs

12:30 Sofia

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14:00 Manchester

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Easyjet

SAT 04 JUL 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,129.00

£1,016.10

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British Airways

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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British Airways

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Saturday 11 July 2020

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14:05 Sofia

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15:35 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 01 AUG 20

Manchester

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£1,338.00

£1,222.10

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Saturday 01 August 2020

Departs

06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Easyjet - EZY

Saturday 08 August 2020

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12:30 Sofia

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14:00 Manchester

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SAT 01 AUG 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,159.00

£1,043.10

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British Airways

Saturday 01 August 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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British Airways

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Saturday 08 August 2020

Departs

14:05 Sofia

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15:35 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 12 SEP 20

Manchester

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£1,298.00

£1,202.08

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Saturday 12 September 2020

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06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Saturday 19 September 2020

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12:30 Sofia

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SAT 12 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,199.00

£1,103.08

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Saturday 12 September 2020

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13:10 Sofia

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Saturday 19 September 2020

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14:05 Sofia

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15:35 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

SAT 19 SEP 20

Manchester

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£1,248.00

£1,133.10

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Easyjet

Saturday 19 September 2020

Departs

06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Saturday 26 September 2020

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12:30 Sofia

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14:00 Manchester

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SAT 19 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,149.00

£1,034.10

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Saturday 19 September 2020

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08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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Saturday 26 September 2020

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14:05 Sofia

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15:35 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 03 OCT 20

Manchester

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£1,178.00

£1,070.10

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Saturday 03 October 2020

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06:25 Manchester

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11:45 Sofia

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Saturday 10 October 2020

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12:30 Sofia

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14:00 Manchester

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SAT 03 OCT 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,079.00

£971.10

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Saturday 03 October 2020

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08:00 London (Heathrow)

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13:10 Sofia

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Saturday 10 October 2020

Departs

14:05 Sofia

Arrives

15:35 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Bulgaria - Visit the Rila Monastery

FROM £40.00

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila was founded by a hermit monk in around 927 AD, and is the largest in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Rila Mountains and is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important historical and architectural monuments.

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