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Monasteries of Bulgaria

Monasteries of Bulgaria

Bachkovo MonasteryPlovdivBrestovitsaRila Monastery, 3 days/2 overnights


Day 1

Visit Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It was founded far back in 1083 by Georgian Grigoriy Bakuriani, whose will it was that the monastery be never governed by Byzantines. At its foundation, the two donors – the brothers Grigoriy and Abaziy Bakuriani – made generous gifts to it, but without any doubt the flowering of the monastery came under Tsar Ivan Assen II and especially under Tsar Ivan Alexander, who was a generous donor and considerably extended the monastery. Among the remarkable art works in the monastery is the church icon of the Holy Virgin, brought from Georgia. Famous for “its wonder-making” power, the icon is characterized by its exquisite patterns in relief, the wonderful interlacing patterns on the dress of the Holy Virgin and the silver repousse cover from 1310. A museum has been established with the Monastery. Sleeping accommodations are also provided

Free time for sightseeing and taking photos. Departure to the Old Town of Plovdiv. The Renaissance town of Old Plovdiv was built during the 19th century. Today it has survived as a unique architectural ensemble on the three hills. Its houses reveal the remarkable urban culture of Bulgarian builders, as well as their sense of harmony and their creative power. The brilliant architecture with its noble, stylish simplicity could be called rightfully the Baroque of Plovdiv. The Bulgarian people have always been proud that Old Plovdiv was restored and preserved as a large open museum in order to stay for future generations. Today Old Plovdiv is an autonomous area within the modern town with a municipality of its own.

It is declared an architectural museum reserve with over 150 monuments of culture – buildings from the National Revival period. Its magnificent houses are turned into museums, galleries, workshops, restaurants, and pubs, such as “Puldin”, “Trakijski Stan”, “Alafrangite”, “The House of Ritora”, and “The Old House”. There are also parlours and studios of painters and wood-carvers.

The most distinguished examples of the Baroque of Plovdiv are the house of Koiumjioglu(now an ethnographical museum), the house of Balabanov, the house of Georgiadi (now the Renaissance museum of the national struggle),the house of Nedkovich (the municipality), the house of Chomaka (the gallery of the renowned Bulgarian painter Zlatyo Boyajiev), the house of Lamartin (the house of writers) where the French poet Alfonse de Lamartin lived during his diplomatic mission in Turkey.

Continue to Todoroff Wine and Spa. Free time for wine tasting and dinner. Overnight.  .

Day 2

Breakfast. Departure to Rila Monastery. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and it is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe as a whole. It is traditionally thought that the monastery was founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila, whose name it bears, during the rule of Tsar Peter I (927-968). The hermit actually lived in a cave without any material possessions not far from the monastery’s location, while the complex was built by his students, who came to the mountains to receive their education. The monastery complex, regarded as one of the foremost masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since 1991 it has been entirely subordinate to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Free time for taking photos, sightseeing or leisure. Departure to Sofia. Accommodation at a hotel 4*.

Day 3

Breakfast. Walking tour of Sofia – Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the biggest in Bulgaria, Sofia University – the oldest institution in Bulgaria, Parliament, National Assembly Square, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Boyana Church( UNESCO site) and National History Museum – the biggest museum in. Departure to St.Vlas.


  • 2 overnights at 3/4* hotels on BB basis
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide service
  • Travel insurance

Not included in the price:

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Wine tasting at Todoroff Wine and Spa
  • Personal Expenses