We will pick you up from your accommodation/hotel in Varna at 9 AM. Your first stop will be the Aladzha Rock Monastery, situated in a beautiful area 14 km north of Varna, near Zlatni Pyasatsi Resort (Golden Sands Resort), in the centre of Zlatni Pyasatsi Nature Park (Golden Sands Nature Park). Your next stop will be the park-museum “Vladislav Varnenchik”, a memorial complex and a unique park. Your next stop will be the old glass production factory in Beloslav, which preserved and developed the production technology of the Beloslav glass factory founded in 1893. You will have the chance to see live demonstrations of hand-made glassware craftsmanship. Next comes the town of Devnia, where we will visit the “in situ” museum of Roman mosaics and Ronam villa of the III –IV c. The last stop for today will be the Stone Forest, a fabulous natural phenomenon, most known with its Bulgarian name of “Pobitite Kamani”, which means “stones beaten into the ground”.
Type: one-day cultural heritage and sightseeing tour around Varna, Bulgaria by car;
Duration: about 6 – 7 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: Aladzha Rock Monastery, the park-museum “Vladislav Varnenchik”, the old glass production factory in Beloslav, Devnya and the Museum of Mosaics, the Stone Forest (Pobiti Kamani);
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, providing as much information as possible. We specialise 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 personalised proposal and quotation;.
The tour includes: services of a professionally qualified tourist guide, all entry fees and the live demonstrations of hand-made glassware craftsmanship in the Beloslav Glass Factory, pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation in Varna, a glass of wine/cup of coffee or other drinks;
The tour does not include: a lunch;
Tour dates: all year round, excl Mondays;
Tour mileage: about 120 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2
Aladzha Monastery is one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The monastery premises are carved and arranged on two levels in a limestone rock that is almost 40 m high.
Your next stop will be the park-museum “Vladislav Varnenchik”, a memorial complex and a unique park, situated at the place of the battlefield from 10.11.1444, where the Polish- Hungarian King Vladislav Yagello lost his life. In the exposition visitors can see: arms and equipment from XV century, found on the battlefield (helmets, cross-bows, swords, shields, spears, etc.); paintings, sculptures, prints and other works of art, dedicated to the battle of Varna; flags, models, tickets and coats of arms. On the complex territory there can be seen two Thracian mounds where a Thracian tomb from IV c. BC was found.
Your next stop will be the old glass production factory in Beloslav, which preserved and developed the production technology of the Beloslav glass factory founded in 1893. The factory has preserved the production of small series of unique manually manufactured items of blown glass, souvenirs and figurines offered only by the factory in Beloslav and at one more store in Sofia.
The production list includes about 400 items produced in one furnace for automated production of glass phials up to 150 ml and 3 furnaces for blown glass, clear and colour glass.
You will have the chance to see live demonstrations of hand-made glassware craftsmanship. You will learn about origins of glassware manufacture in Bulgaria, and will observe the Beloslav Glassworks technology of the craft dating from 1893. Qualified experts present to visitors the technologies employed to turn sand, calcinated soda and limestone into melted glass, as well as the tools and skills used by the craftsmen to blow and shape glassware pieces. At the demonstration hall the blowing of souvenir articles, as well as their decoration and inscription by skilled glass-blowers is observed. On request visitors can take a hand at blowing a glassware of their own.
After the factory you will have lunch in a nice restaurant in Devnya serving traditional Bulgarian food.
Next comes the town of Devnia, where we will visit the “in situ” museum of Roman mosaics and Ronam villa of the III –IV c. A big Roman building with exquisite mosaics was discovered in this place during archaeological excavations carried out in 1976. The museum was constructed over some of the foundations of this building.
The last stop for today will be the Stone Forest, a fabulous natural phenomenon, most known with its Bulgarian name of “Pobitite Kamani”, which means “stones beaten into the ground”, a name completely corresponding to the reality. The spectacular landscape of “Pobitite Kamani” is spotty spread in a North – South orientated belt about 3 km wide and 8 km long. The stones are clustered in seven large groups and several separate small areas embracing a total area of more than 7 square kilometres. Тhe main, “Dikilitash” group is the most impressive and in a best state of preservation.