This is a one-day private sightseeing tour by car starting from Varna, Bulgaria. You will visit the following places and will stay there enough time to fully enjoy the area: the gorge of Suha Reka (“The Dry River”) and the archaeological findings around – ancient settlements, rock monasteries, skates etc; the Sacred Valley of Zalmoksis near the village of Strelkovo; the town of Silistra with a boat trip on Danube River, the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi”, the Durostorum – Drastar – Silistra Archaeological Reserve and the history museum with its ethnographic collection.
Type: a guided tour;
Duration: about 9-10 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: the gorge of Suha Reka (“The Dry River”) and the archaeological findings around – ancient settlements, rock monasteries, skates etc; the Sacred Valley of Zalmoksis near the village of Strelkovo; the town of Silistra with a boat trip on Danube River, the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi”, the Durostorum – Drastar – Silistra Archaeological Reserve and the history museum with its ethnographic collection.;
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The tour includes: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; entry fees for the museums mentioned in the program; one hour river boat trip; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation, glass of wine/cup of coffee;
The tour does not include: lunch expenses; any personal expenses;
Tour dates: Summer;
Tour mileage: about 400 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2
The tour starts at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Varna.
Your first stop will be the picturesque gorge of Suha Reka (“The Dry River”) and the archaeological findings in the river canyon – old settlements, rock monasteries, skates etc. The most popular is the Rock Monastery in the area called Shan Kaya over the dam Onogur, nearby the village of Onogour. You will have a chance to look inside the rock monastery and also to take a stroll around the dam and the canyon. At that particular place they are really stunning. Here are located some of the earliest rock monasteries, not only in Bulgaria and the Balkans, but also in Europe. They are believed to have been established in the 5th – 6th c. and declined around the beginning of the 11th century. In Suha Reka valley, which is also a protected area, there are more than 460 plant species, 16 of which are listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria, as well as a large number of endangered animal species.
The next stop will be the Sacred Valley of Zalmoksis near the village of Strelkovo, not far from the town of Silistra. There is a picturesque canyon here between the hills, surrounded by rocks with plenty of caves. The most significant of the rock sanctuaries in the area is called “Badjaliata”, a 20 meters high rock on the eastern bank of the river Taban. The rock cult complex found here includes rock sanctuaries, alters and cult platforms.
Your next stop will be the town of Silistra, a port city on the southern bank of the lower Danube river on the Bulgaria-Romania border.
Here you will visit first the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi” or the so-called Medzhidi Tabiya fortress. It is the only fortress with completely preserved interior and exterior from the Ottoman period in Bulgaria. It was built on the eve of the Crimean War (1853 – 1856). There is a very nice museum exhibition inside the fortress.
Then you will have lunch at the restaurant “Drastar” with a beautiful panorama view over the river and delicious Bulgarian food served.
After the lunch you will have a nice walk along the river bank, where you will visit the Durostorum – Drastar – Silistra Archaeological Reserve with the remains of a Roman urban villa from the 2nd – 4th centuries, a bishop’s palace and a basilica from the end of the 4th – 6th centuries.
If you are interested you can also visit the ethnographical exhibition with artefacts presenting the culture of Dobrudzha people from the Silistra region in the period from the mid -19th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
Silistra is a beautiful town and you will have time enough to fully enjoy it.
At the evening you will departure back to Varna.