HALF DAY CITY TOUR OF NESSEBAR, DURATION: 7 - 8 h
Drive to Nessebar - one of the oldest towns in Europe, well known for its impressing monuments from the Antiquity, fascinating architecture from the Middle Ages and the National Revival period. The town is situated on a small peninsula and on the land jutted out into the sea. Its beach is considered to be the best along the Black Sea Coast. The churches of Nessebar are 41. Not all of them have preserved their full brilliance but even their present condition strongly impresses all visitors. One of the oldest sights is the Basilica situated on the sea-shore, built most probably at the beginning of 5th century. The Old Bishop`s Residence located in the centre of the town, is probably the most imposing one of all churches in Nessebar. The Old Town is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Varna is Bulgaria's third largest city. It was an inhabited place even before the Greeks established the colony of Odessos there about 580 B.C. Later, under the Romans and their successors, the Slavs, Varna became a major port trading with Constantinople, Venice and Dubrovnik. In 1393 it was captured by the Turks, who made it an important military centre. Nowadays it is the main port for both naval and commercial shipping and, adjacent as it is to the coastal resorts of Golden Sands, St. Constantine (Drouzhba) and Albena, it has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The main sights to visit are: the Ancient Roman Baths, The Catholic Cathedral dating from the seventeenth century, the Museum of History, The Sea Garden, etc.
Departure to the town of Sozopol - one of the oldest in the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. Its ancient name Apollonia, owes its origin to a temple of the Greek god Apollo. There is a famous colossal statue of 9 m in height in this temple. Stroll through the old town of Sozopol, with its Old City and its port. Today the town is known for its romantic atmosphere and is popular as a place of artists, musicians and actors.
Optionally you can add a boat trip down the river of Ropotamo, famous with its equatorial forest which is not typical for Bulgaria.
Distance from Burgas port: 7 km (about 40 min. journey by ship)
St. Anastasia Island is located in the Burgas Bay and it is the newest attraction that the city offers. It is a volcanic rock island, 12 meters high. It is the only one Island in Bulgaria where there is a church – “Ascension”, part of the monastery, which once existed there. The church sanctuary existed until 1923 when the monastery was turned into a prison, where 132 communists and farmers were exiled. Today, after the restoration and reconstruction the island looks like an ethnographic complex. The monastery is open as a museum and a hotel complex. The church of the island (12th-14th c.) is the oldest building. It is worth visiting because of the beautifil frescoes. Another interesting place of the complex is the Healing Place - a small garden on the roof where you can pick up some herbs yourself, from which your tea to be prepared afterwards in the restaurant of the island.
The island lighthouse was built by a French company in 1889. It was mounted on an iron pole and raised to 40 meters above sea level and in fair weather its light was visible at 10 miles.
The island can be reached by ship departing from the Bridge in the Sea Garden of Bourgas. Departures May-October several times a day- depands on the season and the weather.
HALF DAY CATAMARAN CRUISE AROUND THE COAST, DURATION: 4-5 h
The catamaran departs from the harbor in New Nessabar. Complimentary double decker bus is offered to collect the tourists from the hotels in Sunny Beach and drive then directly to the harbor. After a welcome from the crew, is time to start relaxing as the bar opens and drinks and snacks are served. For those who have always wanted to have a go at sailing, the captain and crew are delighted to encourage to trim sails, take the helm and generally practice what have learned from the 'Sailing Theory' manual available on board. Stop at a beautiful beach. Time for a relaxing swimming. The more adventurous can enjoy snorkeling with the fish and seahorses. Lunch is served on board, a delicious assortment of food catering for all tastes. After the lunch return back along the coast to Nessebar port.
Morning departure. Drive across the picturesque hills of the Balkan Mountains; a visit to the village of Zheravna - architectural and museum reserve with well-preserved and restored houses with decorations and exquisite wood-carvings from the Bulgarian Revival Period, narrow cobblestone alleys and lots of drinking fountains. The region abounds in springs and most of their waters spout from the fountains. 172 of the houses in the village were declared monuments of culture. Walking tour of the village and a visit to “St. Nicholas” church with an exquisite icon exhibition. Afternoon departure to the town of Sliven - an opportunity for an open-air chair-lift ride down the slopes of the Blue Rocks Nature Reserve, A short stop in the city centre of Sliven. Visit ta winery and tasting the local wines. Late afternoon return back.
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