4 Days Culture tour itinerary for Sofia, Plovdiv & Rila Monastery: Escape To Bulgaria's Most Emblematic Tourist Sites
Sofia, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery
Get to know the capital of the country - a vivid and youthful city, the first Bulgarian city elected a European capital of culture for 2019 and the UNESCO listed Monastery of St. Ivan of Rila - a symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox church.
Arrival in sofia. city tour.
Welcome to Sofia.
Transfer to Sofia city center and check-in your hotel after 14:00.
In the afternoon, start a comprehensive city tour of Sofia with your Sofia tour guide and get to know the highlights of the capital. Among the most impressive sites are the gold-domed Alexander Nevski Cathedral dominating the city, the church of St. Sophia which gave the name of the city, the Monument of Tsar Liberator dedicated to the Russian Tsar Alexander II, the Rotunda of St. George, which is the best-preserved Byzantine building, the Russian church st. Nikolas, the ruins of ancient Roman Serdica, the Parliament buildings and some more.
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In the morning, drive to Rila Mountains (the highest on the Balkan Peninsula) to see one of Bulgaria’s most visited sites – the Rila monastery included in UNESCO Patrimony. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by St. Ivan of Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries. You shall see the monastery church with its amazing frescoes painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from 19th century and the monastery museum housing a rich collection of exhibits connected with the history of the monastery and the spread of Christianity on the Bulgarian lands.
In the afternoon, drive back to Sofia.
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After breakfast, depart to Plovdiv - Bulgaria’s second-largest city. This is a city with millennium-old history, contemporary to Troy and Mycenae. It has preserved ruins from Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival period.
During your city tour, you will see the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman theatre dating back to the 2nd AD.
Visit one of Plovdiv beautiful Revival houses.
Walk along the old town where you will see beautifully decorated houses, ancient fortress walls, and revival churches with your Plovdiv tour guide.
Drive back to Sofia.
Transfer to Sofia Airport for your flight back home.
Entrance fees: Sofia city tour (no museums); Rila Monastery (church and museum); Roman Theater, House of Hindliyan (Plovdiv)
English speaking Bulgarian tour guide from Day 1 until Day 3
Transport by private car or minivan throughout
Transfer to/from airport
Hotel accommodation in Sofia - please contact for the best hotel deal available
Gratitudes for the guide/driver
Camera/video fees at museums
Any other entrance fees not mentioned above
Escape to Bulgaria for 4 days
This tour will introduce you to Bulgaria's most emblematic tourist sites. You will get to know Sofia - the capital of the country - a vivid and youthful city; Plovdiv - the first Bulgarian city elected a European capital of culture for 2019; the UNESCO listed Rila monastery - a symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox church.
Sofia, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery
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