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Stunning Big Voyage

Smart Bulgaria Tour Package
Individual roundtrip: Stunning Big Voyage
Duration: 21 days/20 nights, 11 destinations
Price: 1.279 € per person incl.VAT

Intensive roundtrip where people see many different fragments of the colorful Bulgarian mosaic: past, art, lakes, caves, waterfalls, castles, Thracian tombs, small authentic towns, beaches.
Perfect match for everybody who loves different new discoveries every day and wants to see the most of Bulgaria.

Duration: 21 Days, 20 nights

Routes: For the duration of 21 days, you will travel on 11 days not considering the day trips
4 days: around 1– 1.5 hours
6 days: around 3 – 3.5 hours
1 day: around 4 hours

Mountains in the program: 4 (Rila, Pirin, Rhodope, Stara Planina)

Our style: 50 pages tour guidebook personally crafted based on your individual program stretching back to the past, rich in national traditions, curious facts and uncovering the layers of the Bulgarian identity.

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Your Smart Route:

1 Day

Our representative will welcome you at the Sofia airport and will provide you with a glimpse of your next days and some tips for the tour.
Based on your program you will have a walk with a tour guide (approximately 2 hours) who will walk you to the most famous sites in the city highlighted in a curious perspective, will show you a different angle to the traditional sightseeing spots and uncover secluded city treasures.

Accommodation in the top center of Sofia + Breakfast
• Smart Option 1: We offer accommodation in an artistically decorated apartment with a cozy atmosphere (type Airbnb) equipped with everything you will need for your stay.
• Smart Option 2: Traditional accommodation in a 4-star hotel with all classic amenities

Sofia Walking Tour

2 Day

Early in the morning, the rent-a-car will be delivered at your disposal and you can head to the very famous Red Cliffs (approximately 3 hours). They were sculpted by natural forces over a period of more than 200 million years. They vary in form and are more than 100 meters high. In the fissures of the Red Cliffs, the ancient Romans built fortifications that were later used by Bulgarians and Ottomans as a fortress.

Another natural attraction some 20 km from the cliffs is a gorgeous cave, one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. In one of the caverns, prehistoric paintings have been discovered, carved into the walls. The paintings depict the silhouettes of women, men dancing and hunting, people wearing masks, animals, stars, tools, and plants.

Accommodation in a small town close to the Red Cliffs

Belogradchik The Red Cliffs

3 Day

On your way to a small town famous as the city of the lilacs (approximately 3.5 hours), we recommend an absolutely amazing sightseeing object located in Northern Bulgaria: the Cave with the God’s Eyes. The place is one of the most famous and easily accessible caves in Bulgaria. The cave is a natural long rock bridge. It is naturally lit thanks to its large entrances and cave holes – natural holes on the ceiling. These cave holes are precisely what makes the cave unique.
A couple of movies have been shot here and the location is also very popular for climbing.

Accommodation in a small town with an architectural legacy.

Cave with God’s Eyes Prohodna

4 Day

Our tips for the day:
• We suggest visiting a very famous Bulgarian Monastery with Wonder icon, called Three-handed Virgin Mary.
• Series of waterfalls in northern Bulgaria, famous with their picturesque landscape and many travertines.
• Cave with seven different-sized holes in the ceiling, through which sunlight penetrates and illuminates the central hall and part of its two fields. It is often used these days for the shooting of Hollywood movies.
• Walk in the old city with various historical and architectural monuments of local and national significance
Second accommodation in the small town with an architectural legacy.

Devetashka cave

5-6 Day

Your next destination is Veliko Turnovo (approximately 1.5 hours), our former capital city during the Second Bulgarian Empire.

It is one of the oldest towns in the country. You can enjoy the old town, the medieval fortress Tsarevets, the St. Forty Holy Martyrs temple, some other temples nearby, the Arbanasi archeological reserve, and many more.
Walking with a tour guide in Veliko Turnovo depending on the program.

Tips for daily trips:
• Archeological Reserve with remarkable architecture located on a high plateau 4 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo
• Nature escape at a fascinating waterfall. It is a favorite destination for nature lovers and local people who come here to relax and escape from the bustle of the city life.
• Monasteries and magnificent cave in the surroundings

2 Accommodations in Veliko Turnovo (central location and authentic atmosphere).
The hotel provides romance and comfort by the banks of the river, overlooking the Sveta Gora Hill and Four-Horseman monument.

Tsarevets Veliko Turnovo

7 Day

Your next destination is a small place with Revival architecture and authentic atmosphere (approximately 1 hour)

Some of our suggestions are:
• Relaxing walk in the old town famous with the famous wood-carved suns
• Daily trip (approximately 20 min) to a village, historical and architectural reserve impressing with its well-preserved houses and public buildings from the time of the Bulgarian Revival. The time has stopped somewhere in the 19th century. If you visit it, be sure to try the local white sweets.

Accommodation in a small authentic town.

Bozhentsi Authentic Bulgaria

8-10 Day

Your next destination is the Black Sea Riviera (approximately 3 hours), where you will spend the next 3 days.

We have different options for accommodation and entertainment:
• A nature reserve where the visitors may take riverboat trip to view the region’s rich assortment of birds and plant life.
• Ancient towns, romantic atmosphere, art ambiance
• Idyllic beaches with iconic surrounding woodland

3 Accommodations at Black sea.
We will offer you 2 options for accommodation.
Family owned hotel in one of the charming ancient towns, one of the pearls at the Bulgarian coastline appealing with its art atmosphere, cobblestone streets, and pleasant restaurants.

A small hotel in secluded small sea village, surrounded by the restorative power of nature. Beautiful scenery, soul-stirring views to the picturesque river, and the excellent beaches are part of the magic of this place.

Silistar beach Sinemorets

11 Day

Your journey continues in the Valley of the Roses and Thracian Kings (approximately 3 hours).
The Rose Damascena is the greatest treasure in the region. The rose was imported into Bulgaria centuries ago, and today it is one of the nation’s symbols.
The country’s largest and best preserved Thracian tombs are found here, and they are included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are one of the most significant monuments of the Thracian culture in the Bulgarian lands.

Accommodation in a small hotel in the center of the Valley of the Roses and Thracian Kings. From there you conveniently can visit all prominent sightseeing places in the region: museums, tombs, rose distillery, and many more.

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak Valley of Roses

12 Day

We have a couple of suggestions for the day:
– Hiking at a wonderful route in the woodland (approximately 1-hour drive, 1-hour walking). It is going through a magnificent area with little bridges and a sparkling river. The way is crossing the most beautiful and wild places in the region. You hear the hum of the awesome river that arouses awe.
– Feel the revolutionary spirit from the past times in the small Revival towns in the region. Some of the biggest heroes in the Bulgarian history have been born here. Taste the traditional Bulgarian specialties and touch the Bulgarian Renaissance traditions and life

Second Accommodation in a small hotel in the center of the Valley of the Roses and Thracian Kings.

Bulgaria Hiking

13-14 Day

Your next destination is Plovdiv – one of the oldest cities in Europe (approximately 1.5 hours). Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city chosen to be European Capital of Culture. In 2019, it will celebrate the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union.
Based on your program you will have a walk with a tour guide (approximately 2 hours) who will walk with you to the most famous sites in the city highlighted in a curious perspective, will show you a different angle to the traditional sightseeing spots and uncover secluded city treasures.
You can enjoy some free time today, lingering in the cafes, chilling out on the main street Glavnata, immersing in the charming old town. You can explore Kapana artistic quarter, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Roman Stadium, Ethnographic Museum and many more on your own. More about the most stunning places in Plovdiv, you can get from our tour guidebook.

2 accommodations in Plovdiv.
Your accommodation is a family hotel designed in the style of old Plovdiv and will welcome you with the charm of old times and making your stay an unforgettable experience. It is located in the old town center of the city and minutes’ walk from the center of the modern city so you can enjoy conveniently the vivid nightlife.

Plovdiv amphitheatre Cultural Capital 2019

15 Day

You are getting today deeply in the heart of Rhodope, one of the most mystical mountains in Bulgaria.

We recommend a layover at the spectacular rock phenomenon The Wonderful Bridges (approximately 2 hours’ drive). After enjoying the magnificent marble bridges you can stop in a Rhodope village which is an Architectural Reserve (approximately 1 hour drive). It is famous for its beautiful, authentic Rhodope houses that lie amphitheatrically on both sides of the river. From there you need 1 hour to reach your next accommodation.

Accommodation in a village in the Rhodope Mountain. It combines traditional architecture and contemporary design. This is a place where the time stops and the senses are getting opened. The hotel has an offering for horse riding where you will get closer to the beauty and culture of Bulgaria and will feel the power and energy of this ancient land.

Wonder Bridges Travel in Rhodope

16 Day

Today the tour continues to the significant attraction The Devil’s Throat Cave, а real journey of discovery, touching the atmosphere of the mysterious and awe-inspiring underground kingdom where Orpheus was searching his life Eurydice. The water from the Trigrad River falls from a height of 42 meters down the cave’ “throat”, making it the highest underground waterfall on the Balkan Peninsula

You will find tips on the tour guidebook what are the interesting spots in this area (caves, hiking routes, etc.).
Your next stop is the Smallest Town in Bulgaria famous with its wine production (approximately 3 hours).

Accommodation in the smallest town in Bulgaria.
The accommodation is organized in a cozy house protected as a monument and carefully renovated. The furniture, the wine house and the restaurant resemble the spirit of the Revival period surrounded by the apocalyptic sandstone hills around the town.

Devil's throat Trigrad Orpheus

17 Day

Have a more relaxed time to go around the Smallest Town in Bulgaria. We will provide you additional suggestions for the area what to see and visit:
• Have a pleasant walk in the Revival town. Visit the Wine Museum in the smallest Bulgarian town, where you can learn interesting facts about wine history in the region.
• Explore the extraordinary geological phenomenon: The Sandstone Pyramids ( 1.5 hours). The walk is an active sport exercise, where you will walk around 30 minutes to reach the scenic panoramic site.
• Visit an area with a big concentration of cosmic energy, where the most famous Bulgarian clairvoyant has lived. The area is nestled at the doorstep of the former volcano which explains the hot mineral springs in the region.
• Trip to the closed city famous with its spa centers with mineral water and nice parks.

Second accommodation in the smallest town in Bulgaria.

Sandstone Pyramids Stob travel in Rila

18 Day

The main attraction for the day is one of the masterpieces of the Bulgarian culture and architecture: the UNESCO heritage site: Rila Monastery (approximately 1.15 hours). It is one of the symbols of Bulgaria, the biggest and most important Bulgarian monastery. Rila Monastery has always been the spiritual, educational and cultural center of Bulgaria.
From there you can drive to a small place at the foot of the Rila Mountain, where your accommodation is located (drive about 1.5 hours)

Your accommodation will be organized in a small family hotel nestled at the doorstep of Rila mountain.

Rila Monastery Unesco Heritage Bulgaria

19 Day

Today we suggest you to head to the magnificent 7 Rila Lakes.

You can shorten the distance to the lakes with a lift, from there you will have an exhilarating walk to the magical lakes (approximately 4 hours to go around them by foot). The best time to visit is from July till end of September.

Second accommodation in a small family hotel nestled at the doorstep of Rila mountain.

7 Rila Lakes Bubreka the Kidney

20 Day

Today you drive back to Sofia (approximately 1 hour). The last day in the capital is suggested for some free time, shopping or relax.
Return of the rent-a-car at the hotel.

Accommodation in Sofia (same as Day 1).

Sofia National Art Gallery Sofia Walking Tour

21 Day

Our representative will accompany you on your way to the airport during the transfer and will collect your feedback from the journey.

Airport Transfer
Individual tours in Bulgaria

“We had a great vacation and wonderful impressions from Bulgaria with Smartplanny!
We loved the 7 Rila Lakes, the old city of Plovdiv, Melnik, and Sozopol!
Bulgaria is a great and diverse country with overwhelming nature and rich heritage.
The tour had the perfect balance between: “ to see much sightseeing” and “ to have a relaxed time”. Highly recommended!”

Ralf, Switzerland, September 2018

“My experience with Smartplanny and the tour they organized for us – Adventure in Nature & History were excellent and I can recommend sincerely their services.
The hotels and accommodations were very well selected in top locations in the city centers, the staff was friendly and reliable. All city tours were very professional and inspiring.
The route was very good organized and we were amazed everywhere by the beautiful landscape and ancient relics.”

Felix, Germany, October 2018

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