6 days, 5 overnights
1st day: Arrival at Varna. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight accommodation.
2nd day: After breakfast - departure to the town of Kazanluk. Kazanluk valley is well-known as the Valley of Roses, where the Rose festival is held annualy at the begining of the rose-picking season in June. In the one of a kind Museum of roses in Kazanlak traditional rose-growing has been traced from its beginning to the present days and rose jam and rose liqueur can be tasted. Lunch. In the afternoon - a visit to the Thracian tomb Golyamata Kosmatka, one of the several tumuli, in which sarcophagi of Thracian rulers have been found, and which describe the region as the Valley of the Kings. Numerous artefacts and vessels made of bronze and silver, golden cups and an exquisite golden wreath with oak leaves are exhibited in a special hall in the museum and show the wealth of Thracian culture in our lands. A dinner on a picnic with a folk show. Overnight accommodation.
3rd day: Breakfast. During the journey through the Shipka pass - a visit to the golden-domed church with a crypt-vault in the village of Shipka and the memorial on the Shipka mount. Lunch at the ethnographical museum Etara. Characteristic feature of Etara is its bustling life: small shops and craftsman's workshops, houses with stone-slate roofs bring us back to 19th century and its authentic, old fashioned life. Craftsmen's machines work on water power and the skillful masters' hands create exquisite objects and finery on them, right in front of the guests' eyes. Dinner and overnight accommodation in the town of Tryavna.
4th day: Breakfast. Sightseeing around Tryavna - a town from the Bulgarian Revival period, acknowledged as an architectural reserve with more than 140 monuments of Culture. A visit to the museum of wood-carving and icon-painting, the museum of Tryavna icon-painting school with icons from 17th and 18th centuries. A real masterpiece is the church St. Archangel Mikhail from 1819 with wood-carved iconostasis, an example of the Tryavna school. Lunch. Departure to Bozhentsi. While walking along steep pebbled streets, a person has the feeling of being back in the romantic 18th century. Under the shadow of wide eaves and in the yards full of flowers, we want the time to stop. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Dinner. A visit to the show Sound and light. Overnight accommodation.
5th day: Breakfast. Sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria, magnificently situated on the picturesque banks of the river Yantra. The town reached its zenith during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, when it became a political, religious and cultural centre of Bulgaria. The impressive history of the town can be felt best on the hill Tsarevets. A well preserved fortress wall goes round the hill, enclosing a great number of archaeological excavations from different eras. A splendid panorama is opened from the fortress towers to the numerous basilicas and churches in the town. The view of the town is formed by the buildings in typical 18th - 19th century architecture, situated in terraces on the hills around river Yantra. A walk along Samovodska Charshiya (street), one of the busiest commercial streets of the town in 19th century, engulfs us in the spirit of Bulgarian Revival. It is a live museum of crafts, in which old technology and original tools have been used. One of the most attractive Bulgarian villages - Arbanasy is visited, with its characteristic architectural style, well preserved houses, churches and monasteries from 16th - 17th centuries. A lunch with dishes from typical cuisine of the region. Departure to Varna. Dinner. Overnight accommodation.
6th day: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and departure.