Mystic Bulgaria4 days & 3 nights, Spotlight Journey
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Explore the ancient city of Sofia with your private guide, who will introduce you to its historic landmarks, including the 5th-century St. Sofia church and the public baths. In the foothills of the Rila Mountains lies the 10th-century Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s oldest monastic community. Delve even further into the past in Plovdiv, the 8,000-year-old capital of Thrace.
Upon arrival at the Sofia airport, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your hotel.Grand Hotel Sofia - 3 Nights
Explore the 7,000-year-old city with your local historian and see the magnificent Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the 5th-century St. Sofia Church, Palace of the Holy Synod, Church of Seven Saints, Orthodox Theological Academy, Sofia Central Synagogue, mineral baths and the covered market. Later, drive to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's largest and most beautiful monastery, which is situated in the heart of the Rila Mountains and ringed by mighty walls. Founded in the 10th century by John of Rila, the monastery was destroyed and rebuilt several times during the centuries.Grand Hotel Sofia (B)
Your local expert takes you to Plovdiv today for a tour of one of the most ancient urban settlements in Europe. Founded about 8,000 years ago, Plovdiv was the capital of Ancient Thrace and a major trade center in the Middle Ages. The city's historic quarter boasts beautifully decorated period houses, ancient fortress walls, a Roman forum and stadium, as well as magnificent churches. In the afternoon, visit Bachkovo Monastery, which is known for its unique architecture and amazing wall paintings and icons. Return to Sofia for a traditional dinner followed by local entertainment - including fire walking - at an acclaimed restaurant in the foothills of Mount Vitosha.Grand Hotel Sofia (B, D)
Day 4Depart Sofia
Take a private transfer to the Sofia airport for your onward flight.(B)