This tour will start from Sofia with a welcome meeting at your hotel. We will stay one more day in Sofia. Afterwards we will head to Svishtov, located on the Danube River bank – the first place on our photo route inside Bulgaria. After shooting the river Danube, we will continue to the northern Black Sea coast, where we will visit Shabla Lighthouse, the abandoned pier; the fishing village Karia, the rocky beach “Little sea”, Tyulenovo rock formations, Kaliakra, Balchik and the summer capital of Bulgaria – Varna. The next stop will be Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria. We will finish our tour in Sofia.
Type: a guided tour or a self-guided tour;
Duration: 8 nights/9 days;
Price: Please send us your enquiry! If you would like us to contact you with a proposal for this tour, please complete the form at the end of the page or use e-mail/phone or other communication channels – http://thousandvoyages.net/contacts/, providing as much information as possible. We specialize in tailor-made travel to Bulgaria and our travel suggestions are individually designed to suit your personal requirements, so the more detail you can provide us with, the better. One of our specialist Travel Consultants will then contact you in order to provide you with a personalized proposal and quotation;
Guided Tour (English)
The guided tour includes: group transportation in a tour van/microbus; fuel/road taxes/parking fees; tour guide/driver (English); an accommodation depending on your preferences; entry fees; any additional services, excursions or places to be visited depending on your requests; extensive pre-arrival information and services.
The guided tour does not include: international air fares; airport transfers (can be arranged depending on your arrival and departure time and the place of arrival ); lunches and dinners; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
Our self drive tours offer a flexible touring experience that allows you to discover Bulgaria in its diversity at your own pace.
Typically a self-guided tour includes: hotel reservations depending on your preferences; maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places/hotels; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences and car insurance; extensive pre-arrival information and services.
Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights to/from Bulgaria; airport transfers (can be arranged depending on your arrival and departure schedule and the place of arrival); fuel, lunches and dinners; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
Tour dates: all year round;
Tour mileage: about 1,300 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2
Day 1 Arriving
We will meet you at Sofia Airport and will transfer you to your hotel. A welcome meeting will be held at the hotel, where you will receive detailed information for places of interest, maps and itinerary description. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2 Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria
Today we will visit some of the main attractions in Sofia, like St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – one of the largest orthodox churches worldwide, Banya Bashi Mosque – a rebuilt bathhouse, the Largo – an architectural ensemble of three Socialist Classicism edifices in central Sofia and many other. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 3 Sofia – Svishtov and Danube River (235 km)
We will departure for Svishtov. After checking in the hotel we will have a walk along the Danube river bank and will visit some of the attractions in the city. Overnight in a hotel with a stunning view over the river.
Day 4 Svishtov – Northern Black Sea Coast (Shabla Lighthouse, the abandoned pier; fishing village Karia, the rocky beach Little sea, Tyulenovo rock formations) (300 km)
In the morning we will head to the Black Sea coast eastwards. Today we will visit the Shabla Lighthouse, the abandoned pier; the fishing village Karia, the rocky beach Little sea and Tyulenovo rock formations.
We will have enough time for short stops at the villages of Kamen Bryag and Tyulenovo, where from the high plateau you can shoot superb seascapes. Overnight in the region.
Day 5 Kaliakra – Balchik – Varna (290 km)
After the breakfast we will continue to cape Kaliakra, renowned for its dramatic history and archeological remains, as well as for its extremely impressive rock coasts and cliffs with dizzy height.
At the afternoon we will visit the town of Blachik. The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea. Here are the impressive Quiet Nest Palace, constructed between 1926 and 1937 for the needs of Queen Marie of Romania. We will visit also the Botanical Garden at the Palace, the largest in Bulgaria and the Balkans.
At the end of the day we will head to Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria. Overnight in Varna.
Day 6 Varna
After the breakfast we will have a sightseeing walk around the city and its major attractions like Varna’s centre, rebuilt in late 19 th and the earlier half of the 20th century with local interpretations of Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Baroque, Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
At the afternoon we will visit at the Pobiti Kamani, literally “the rocks which got hit” – a bunch of gigantic rocks, standing up, in the middle of nowhere. The rocks are said to radiate energy and a lot of hippies stop by. Overnight in Varna.
Day 7 Wonderful Rocks
Today we will visit the rock phenomenon – Wonderful Rocks, near the village of Asparuhovo, about 65 km west from Varna. The Wonderful Rocks is a massif consisting of about ten beautiful rock needles, 40-50 meters high, shaped like castle towers. They were formed by the effect of water and wind on limestone. The rocks had formed directly by the banks of Tsonevo dam, where they are steepest and vertical. Overnight in Varna.
Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo (250 km)
Early in the morning we will head to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria. We will arrive at about 10.00 AM and will have photo sessions the whole day.
In Veliko Turnovo, we will be shooting the castle of the old Bulgarian capital – Tsarevets and the old city – a collection of traditional renaissance houses scattered over the hills around the river Yantra. At the late afternoon or in the evening we will head to Sofia (250 km). Overnight in Sofia
Day 9 Transfer to the airport and departure