BU1 Bulgaria Tour
The Old Quarter of ancient Plovdiv; Famous Valley of the Roses; Breathtaking views from Tsarevets Citadel; Unsurpassed frescoes of Rila Monastery; Sofia: City tour
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 02 Aug 2019||Fri 09 Aug 2019||$2490 USD|
|Fri 04 Oct 2019||Fri 11 Oct 2019||$2490 USD|
|Fri 08 May 2020||Fri 15 May 2020||$2490 USD|
|Fri 31 Jul 2020||Fri 07 Aug 2020||$2490 USD|
|Fri 02 Oct 2020||Fri 09 Oct 2020||$2490 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $485 USD (number of singles limited).
Our Bulgaria tour reveals a land with a turbulent history that stretches back to the 7th century, a diverse topography of great beauty and an ever-welcoming people who are still in the process of trying to adapt to a capitalist framework, Bulgaria is a land of intriguing contrasts that proves a highly rewarding tour destination.
We travel across the Plain of Thrace to meander through the Old Quarter, visit the Roman amphitheatre and see typical 19th century Bulgarian architecture in the streets of Plovdiv.
We take to the countryside through the world-famous Valley of the Roses, where a mind-boggling 70 per cent of the world's rose extract is produced.
Thracian tombs, domed churches, fortress walls and Czar castles are just a few of the ancient sites that we'll be exploring en route to the highly revered, 1000-year-old Rila Monastery, wherein we find stunning frescos, and then it's on to the capital, Sophia, to finish our tour in style.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Best Western City Hotel
As part of the Best Western brand, City Hotel in Sofia features: full buffet breakfast, data ports for Internet connection ... hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, coffee/tea makers (upon request), complimentary toiletries available in all rooms and upon request. Our hotel rooms have individually controllable air-conditioning. They are equipped with telephone (in both room and bathroom), colour TV set (international satellite TV channels, as well as Pay-TV are available), hairdryer, music system, in-room electronic safe, a stocked mini-bar, magnetic card lock.
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Novotel hotel offers 321 rooms with:
luxurious bathroom with a separate toilet; air conditioning; Mini bar; Colour TV with satellite ... direct dial phone; possibility for internet connection; 24 hour room service. Hotel offers: indoor swimming-pool; jacuzzi; solarium; bowling hall; pool hall; fitness-room.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer and fall the most popular of which is are spring and fall when temperatures are relatively mild and crowds thinner. Showers quite possible in spring and fall, somewhat less so in summer though can occur any time. Summers can be humid though long daylight hours maximize exploration.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. There may not be porters available in all locations. We also make use of public transit in some cities in order to maximize sightseeing where vehicles are impractical (most people quite enjoy this insight into daily life).
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. Many are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available; you MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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