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Royal Retro Train Tour

Royal Retro Train Tour

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Royal Retro Train Tour
AUTHENTIC TRIP BY A REAL ROYAL TRAIN 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN SOFIA

Your trip will begin in the capital city of Sofia. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be taken to your hotel to check-in for your overnight stay. A tour of the city will follow during which you will visit Sofia's main landmarks including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Holy Sophia Church, The Russian Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Maker, St. George's Rotunda, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the National Palace of Culture, Parliament Square and the National Archaeological Museum.

DAY 2 SOFIA - RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA 

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. Return back to Sofia.

 

DAY 3 TRIP WITH NOSTALGIA EXPRESS TRAIN /Sofia - Plovdiv/ - BACHKOVO MONASTERY - PLOVDIV 

Breakfast and transfer to central railway station to take Nostalgia Express train, train that belonged to the royal family. Departure by train to Plovdiv. Upon arrival in the city tour the Old Town of Plovdiv. Visitors can stroll through its narrow streets, visit the ruins of the walls and the Roman Theatre as well as picturesque houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the church of Saints Constantine and Helena, the Ethnographic Museum, etc. Afternoon visit the Monastery of Bachkovo, the second largest in Bulgaria for its size and importance. It has remarkable murals and museum and during the National Renaissance was one of the city's most important spiritual and cultural. Today is the holiest place of worship where the patriarchs are buried. In the afternoon return to Plovdiv and overnight. 

DAY 4 TRIP WITH NOSTALGIA EXPRESS /Kazanlak - Tryavna/ - OVERNIGHT IN TRYAVNA 

Morning transfer to railway station for departure by train to Kazanlak. Arrival in Kazanlak, situated in the Rose Valley. Visit the famous Thracian Tomb situated some miles away from the city center in a park. This dates from IV century BC and was discovered accidentally in 1944. Actually the tourists visit an identical replica, built in 1974 for the tourists. The tomb is covered with frescoes depicting scenes of a battle. The entire complex is Hellenistic and is the richest of all that are found in Ancient Thrace Province. The tomb is put in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. Proceed the tour by bus and visit the Russian Church in the village of Shipka. Continuing by train to Tryavna. Arrival at a hotel and accommodation.

DAY 5 TRIP WITH NOSTALGIA EXPRESS TRAIN /Tryavna - Veliko Tarnovo/ - ARBANASI - VELIKO TARNOVO 

After breakfast stroll in the old town where the tourists can visit the wood carving museum, the church "Arhangel Mihail", the Old Bridge, The Clock Tower, etc. Travel by train to Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Full day in Veliko Turnovo and the surrounding area including Tsarevets Fortress. Stroll through the medieval marketplace Samovodska Charshia. Visit by coach one of the most authentic villages - Arbanassi. Visit the Constancelieva's house that looks like a fortress and the Nativity Church "that has more than 3 500 images and scenes from the New Testament". Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

DAY 6 TRIP WITH NOSTALGIA EXPRESS /Veliko Tarnovo - Pleven/ - TROYAN MONASTERY- SOFIA

Transfer to the railway station and depart to Pleven. Upon arrival visit Panorama, which is created as a memorial monument of the most epic battle in the liberation war between Russia and Turkey. Continue by bus to Troyan where visit the Troyan Monastery. Depart to Sofia. Transfer to hotel accommodation. 

DAY 7 SOFIA

After breakfast visit Boyana Church included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The church is located 8 km from the center of the capital. The architectural complex consists of a small church built in 10th century and two floors dating from the 13th century. Its extraordinary importance as a cultural monument is due to the frescoes that were made in the year 1259. The rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Sofia. 

DAY 8 SOFIA DEPARTURE

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure to the point of origin .

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* o 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