4 DAYS BULGARIA FROM SOFIA THROUGH BANSKO TO THESSALONIKI: Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Rila Monastery - Bansko - Thessaloniki


Day 1 - Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, today housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, Presidency, etc. Upon request - dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2 - Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Sofia
One day tour to the town of Koprivshtitsa. A town with a special spirit, now turned into a museum where you can feel the unique atmosphere of the Revival Period in Bulgaria. Outstanding ethnographic treasures can be seen together with significant historical monuments: specific architecture, original furniture, old weapons, national costumes, traditional crafts, precious jewellery. In the afternoon drive back to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 3 - Sofia - Rila Monastery - Bansko
Departure for Bansko. On the way stop for a visit of the beautiful Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Guided tour of the monastery complex. Visit to Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the old kitchen, the monastery museum where you can learn about the long and heroic history of the monastery, the woodcarved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyos Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Arrival in Bansko in the late afternoon. Bansko is the most famous ski resort in Bulgaria with excellent conditions for winter sports. The town also keeps a special authentic atmosphere with its old houses and traditional restaurants. Accommodation and overnight in Bansko.
Day 4 - Bansko - Thessaloniki (end of the tour)
Transfer from Bansko to Thessaloniki. End of the services

Tour Includes

Arrival airport transfer Transportation with comfortable motor coach according to the itinerary 2 nights hotel in Sofia (BB basis) 1 night hotel in Bansko (BB basis) Visit of Rila Monastery Sightseeing tour of Koprivshtitsa Walking tour in Bansko Sightseeing tour of Sofia Special lectures on coach during long rides Professional English guide

Tour Does Not Include

International flights; Insurance: All types; Bulgaria entry visa; Meals

lunch and dinner; Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry; Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section; Evening panoramic tour -Sofia by night - and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances.