One day private tour from Sofia to Kyustendil city and the cherry festival and Zemen monastery by car.
Duration: about 9 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: Cherry festival in Kyustendil (only during the festival days 22/23 June); Roman Therms; Historical museum; The medieval church “St. George”; Ahmed Bay mosque; Zemen Monastery;;
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 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;
The tour includes: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; entry fees for the cave; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation, soft drinks/cup of coffee/tea;
The tour does not include: lunch expenses; any personal expenses;
Tour dates: 22/23 June for the cherry festival and also all year round;
Tour mileage: about 250 km;
Minimum number of travellers: 1
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Sofia. Just an hour driving distance from Sofia, we will arrive at Zemen monastery. The Zemen Monastery “Saint John the Evangelist” is located 1.5 km from the village of Zemen and 70 km southwest of Sofia. Archeologists discovered that it had been founded sometime during The First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 CE). The church has a cruciform dome and three apses. The present dome was built during the 19th century, when the church was restored after lying in ruins for many years. During the middle of the 19th century, living quarters for monks were also constructed. When the Ottoman Empire fell in 1878, a small bell tower was added to the monastery complex. The monastery has been granted the status of a museum site because of its valuable frescoes.
We continue and after half an hour we will arrive at Kyustendil also called “The fruit garden of Bulgaria” because of the many orchards in the area. You will be able to join the cherry festival, which takes place only two days of the month of June. Celebrating the fruit orchards started in the town of Kyustendil in 1896 when the first national fruit growing exhibition was founded and the city proudly received the title “Mother of the Bulgarian Fruit Gardens”. The art of cherry is exposed throughout the city, and the hard-working hands of local cooks create beautiful cakes, sweet, cherry syrups for the city’s guests. Уou will be able to taste different varieties of cherries and cherry products. Finally, the winners of the show for the best and most attractive performance are awarded.
We will also visit the Roman Therms, the Historical museum, The medieval church “St. George” and Ahmed Bay mosque in the city. After that we will set back to Sofia and your accommodation.