Sofia – Stob’s pyramids-Rila monastery
Meeting at your accommodation or Sofia airport. Welcome to Sofia – one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria and its capital. Walking tour to taste the spirit of the city with its thermal springs and churches. Lunch in one of the traditional restaurants and free time. Transfer to the village of Stob (approx. 1,5 hours), where we’ll see the sandstone phenomenon, made by the artist, called Nature. Walking in the area – 1 hour.
Dinner and accommodation in the area of Rila monastery.
Rila monastery- Rozhen monastery-Melnik-Sandanski
9.00. Breakfast. 10.00. Hotel check out. Sightseeing of Rila monastery – the biggest one in Bulgaria, situated in the heart of Rila mountain. Walking tour and visiting the cave of St. Ivan from Rila.
Transfer to Rozhen monastery – 2 hours. Sightseeing of Rozhen monastery – the biggest one in the area of Pirin mountain. It’s surrounded by Sandy pyramids. Optional – walking in one of the eco trails to see the beautiful sceneries. Transfer to Melnik – 15 minutes.
The town of Melnik is the smallest one in Bulgaria with Revival architecture from the XVIII-XIX century, famous with the cellars with one of the best wines in the country. Optional – eco-trail to the plateau to see the fortress and the archbishop’s church from the Middle Ages. Walking tour of Melnik and visiting the Kordopulova house and the museum of wine.
Transfer to Sandanski – an ancient city and spa resort. Accommodation in one of the spa hotels in the city. Dinner in the hotel.
Sandanski-Bansko- Bunderishka hut-Banya-Gorno Dragliste-Banya
11.00 Hotel check out. Transfer to Bansko, which is the most famous ski resort in Bulgaria – 2 hours. Transfer to Bunderishka hut -30 minutes. Visit the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria, which was a witness of its foundation. Short walking in the area of Vihren hut and enjoy the views of Pirin mountain. Pirin mountain is a part of UNESCO for its rare species of trees and wildlife. We call it the mountain of beauty.
Back to Bansko. Walking tour and free time. Transfer to Banya. Check-in a guest house. Transfer for a traditional dinner in the village Gorno Dragliste- 30 minutes. Night in Banya.
Banya- Belitsa- The park for dancing bears- Velingrad
12.00 Hotel check-out. Transfer to Belitsa – 1 hour. Walking to the park of dancing bears. Guided tour. Free time. Transfer to Velingrad – less than 2 hours. Crossing the mountain ridge Jundola, which is between Rila mountain and Rhodope mountains.
Velingrad is the spa capital of the Balkan peninsula. Hotel check-in and dinner.
Velingrad-Dorkovo- Tsepina fortress- Sofia
12.00 Hotel check out. Time for lunch. Transfer to Dorkovo village – 20 minutes. Visiting the Pliocene museum, where fossils of prehistoric animals have been found, including Mastodons. Transfer to Tsepina fortress, which dated from XIIth. century. Visiting the fortress and walking in its quiet forest.
Transfer to Sofia – 2 hours. Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
End of the program.