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Highlights of Southwestern Bulgaria

Highlights of Southwestern Bulgaria

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Highlights of Southwestern Bulgaria
UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE, NATURAL PHENOMENA AND SACRED PLACES 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN SOFIA

Your tour begins with an overnight stay in the capital city of Sofia. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be taken to your hotel to check-in. A tour of the city's main landmarks including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Holy Sophia Church and the Russian Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Maker concludes your stay.

DAY 2 SOFIA - RILA MONASTERY- BANSKO 

After breakfast we are heading for a daily trip to the Rila Monastery - the most famous and fascinating monastery in Bulgaria, under the UNESCO protection. The entire complex is quite impressive for its size. The 4-floor residential part consists of no less than 300 monks’ cells, 4 chapels, an abbot’s room, a kitchen, a library and guestrooms for donors. The kitchen is particularly interesting for its really huge cooking vessels. The exterior of the monastery is no less intriguing for its high and severe stone walls (reaching 4 floors and even more at some places) cut through by small windows – reminding of a military fort rather than a monastery. Once in the complex, it is worth visiting the monastery’s museum, which hosts a unique work of art, namely The Raphael’s Cross. The cross is made of a whole piece of wood (81cm x 43cm) and is named after its creator. Afternoon arrival in Bansko - the most modern ski resort in the country. Bansko has an atmosphere of its own: an exciting combination between the magnificent nature of Pirin Mountain and the ambience of an old Bulgarian small town.

DAY 3 BANSKO - ROZHEN MONASTERY- PLOVDIV  

Breakfast. Departure for the Rozhen Monastery and visit of the complex - the only monastery restored during the first centuries of Ottoman rule which has survived to the current time. It owes its fame, above all, to its carved iconostases and lecterns. Continue to Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria, famous for the unique sandstone pyramids, traditional architecture, and delectable wines. Tour of the town with visit to the Kordopoulov's - the biggest residential building on the Balkans from the Revival Period, housing extraordinary mural paintings and an enourmous wine-cellar. Evening arrival in Plovdiv. 

DAY 4 PLOVDIV - SOFIA 

Breakfast. Tour of the Old Town of the city of Plovdiv - an imposing open-air museum, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. Visit to the Ancient Theatre (a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre), Ethnographic museum and other interesting sites. Return to Sofia. Overnight.

DAY 5 SOFIA, DEPARTURE TO THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure. 

Economy Series

Our Economy Series are oriented to all our clients who are on a budget but still want to experience and enjoy Bulgaria.

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Transfer
Arrival Transfer Airport – Centre of Sofia, sharing, one way only

Guide
English-speaking local guides

Hotels
2-3* hotels, with private bathroom; breakfast included; regardless the location, all hotels are conveniently located next to public transport stations with good connections to the city centre

Meals
Breakfast

Entrance
Not included

Transport
Air-conditioned vehicles; For parties up to 5 persons – the guide is also a driver

Standard Series

For those looking for the best value for their money.

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Transfer
Roundtrip Transfer Airport – Hotel - Airport, no assistance only driver

Guide
English-speaking escort guide throughout, excluding the transfers

Hotels
3* hotels, buffet breakfast included; the hotels are located in the central area of the town

Meals
Breakfast

Entrance
Included

Transport
Modern air-conditioned vehicles; For parties up to 5 persons – the guide is also a driver

All Inclusive Series

These Series were created in terms of meeting the expectations of our most demanding clients.

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Transfer
Roundtrip Transfer Airport – Hotel - Airport, with English-speaking assistance

Guide
English-speaking escort guide throughout

Hotels
4* or 5* hotels, buffet breakfast included; top central location; porterage service included

Meals
Half board – lunch or dinner according the clients preferences

Entrance
Included

Transport
Modern air-conditioned vehicles; For parties up to 5 persons – the guide is also a driver

Contacts

Office 11-12, 6th floor, 40, Pop Bogomil Str. 1202 Sofia, Bulgaria
E-mail: office@alexandertour.com
Tel / Fax.: (+359 2) 983-52-58, 983-52-80
Air Tickets: 983-30-90, 983-55-68

Working time

Our working time is:
Monday-Friday
from 09:30 till 18:30