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Jazz Festival Bansko, 5-11 Aug: jazz music, spa and nature

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7days/6 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

34 people

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Languages

English

Overview

  • Dates: 5-11 August
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Departure from: Sofia
  • Interest: Jazz, Spa, Active, Culture
  • Travel style: Guided Group, Solo Travellers, Friends
  • Min group size: 8
  • Max group size: 34
  • Activity Level: Moderate ( a good mix of driving, walking and time spent enjoying the sights)
  • Driving distance: 800 KM/ 500 MI

Are you looking for something off the typical jazz festival?

“Discover the Jazz Festival Bansko, 5-11 Aug, 2019: jazz music, spa and nature” is more than a tour for you!

Discover the Bansko region, relax with spa and visit the Jazz Festival. This will be 7 days guided tour of a lifetime for all Jazz music lovers.  The beauty of this trip is the right combination between jazz music, relaxing spa and expertly guided excursions. Prepare for witnessing breath-taking landscapes, walking down centuries-old cobblestone streets and exploring the Bulgarian traditions. You’ll taste local delicacies, experience a unique travel journey on a mountain narrow gauge train and even touch a life-sized model of a mammoth. Like nothing you’ve ever done before! In the afternoon, you will have at your disposal the hotel spa facility to relax and enjoy yourself.

Why International Jazz Festival Bansko 2019?

The International Jazz Festival Bansko 2019 is the biggest summer musical event in Bulgaria and will take place from 6th to 10th August, 2019. The evening concerts draw huge crowds to the open-air stage in downtown Bansko. This year main stars are Maceo Parker and Tony Momrelle & Vanessa Haynes. Please click here to review the programme of the festival: http://banskojazzfest.com/en/the-program

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  • Our professional tour guide will meet you at Sofia Airport and accompany the group during the whole tour
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Listen to jazz music and relax with spa at the foot of the Pirin Mountain in Bansko
  • Photograph the Rila Monastery, which is the largest Christian monastery in Bulgaria
  • Taste the famous wine of Melnik and enjoy an amazing scenery and authentic atmosphere
  • Journey with the Rhodope narrow gauge train through the Rhodope and Pirin Mountain
  • Enjoy the Bulgarian cuisine with local and fresh ingredients
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a professional certified tour guide

Itinerary

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5th August 2019/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
5th August 2019/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

On arrival at Sofia Airport, you will be greeted by a company representative who will take you to your accommodation in Sofia.

For those who arrive early, we recommend to join a 2-hour guided sightseeing tour of Sofia, starting at 17:30 from the lobby of your hotel (available on our Extras). You will explore a city with a 7000-year-long history. Tonight, you dine on your own, before the drink meet up.

At 21:00, the group will meet up in the hotel lobby and go for a welcome drink with the tour leader. This is a perfect occasion to meet up with your fellow travel companions for the next 7 days.

Included:
• Transfer from Sofia Airport to your accommodation
• Welcome drink with your tour leader and all travel companions
• Company compliment
• Overnight stay: Central Hotel Sofia 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: N/A

6th August 2019/Day 2: Photograph Rila Monastery - the largest monastery in Bulgaria
6th August 2019/Day 2: Photograph Rila Monastery - the largest monastery in Bulgaria

At 9.00, you will depart for Rila Monastery (UNESCO). This is the largest Christian monastery in Bulgaria. It played a key role in preserving our culture and language during the centuries.

Then you will continue to Bansko - the most famous winter resort in Bulgaria.
At the hotel, you may enjoy the Spa before you go to the first day of Jazz Festival Bansko.

Included:
• Transfer, entrance fee to Rila Monastery and guided tour
• Overnight stay: Saint George Palace Aparthotel 4* or similar, Bansko
• Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

7th August 2019/Day 3: Explore the charming towns of Bansko & Razlog
7th August 2019/Day 3: Explore the charming towns of Bansko & Razlog

Staring at 10:00, you will visit the Bansko Permanent Icon Exhibition, housed in the oldest preserved building in Bansko. Your next stop will be the symbol of Bansko - the Holy Trinity Church.

Afterwards, there will be a short drive to Razlog, a town situated between three mountains - Rila, Pirin and Rhodope Mountains. The town charm comes from the combination between the nature, rich culture, ancient history and very friendly people. You will reach the hill of Golak and the 12 meters tower for an amazing 360° panoramic view towards the mountains. Nevertheless, there is something really unique in Razlog – the Ancient Solar Calendar. According to the historians, it was used in 8 BC, even before the Chinese calendar!

Second visit to the Jazz Festival.

Included:
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Permanent Icon Exhibition in Bansko
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Holy Trinity Church in Bansko
• Guided walking tour of Razlog including transfers
• Overnight stay: Saint George Palace Aparthotel 4* or similar, Bansko
• Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

8th August 2019/Day 4: Taste the wine of Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria
8th August 2019/Day 4: Taste the wine of Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria

You will dedicate this day to explore Melnik, which offers an amazing scenery. You will spend some time in the downtown to taste the famous wine of Melnik and to visit the Kordopulov House. Built in the 1700s, the house boasts of an impressive underground wine cellar - typical in this region.

You will head back to the hotel for a spa break, dinner and take part of the third day to the Jazz Festival.

Included:
• Guided walking tour of Melnik including transfers
• Entrance fee to Kordopulov House and wine tasting
• Overnight stay: Saint George Palace Aparthotel 4*or similar, Bansko
• Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

9th August 2019/Day 5: Journey through the Rhodope Mountains with a narrow gauge train
9th August 2019/Day 5: Journey through the Rhodope Mountains with a narrow gauge train

On this day, you will start your journey at 10:00.

It will be a present for all nature lovers. You will experience an amazing trip on the narrow gauge train through the Rhodope Mountains. It makes its way over magnificent vistas and provides you with unforgettable memories of nature. You will be picked up at Костандово (Kostandovo) station to visit a workshop for hand-woven carpets making their way on the scene of Harry Poter movie.

Next stop is a step back in time with the largest paleontological site in the Balkans. In the centre of the exhibition hall you can see the towering life-sized model of a mammoth – a truly impressive sight!

You will head back to the hotel for dinner and take part of the fourth day to the Jazz Festival.

Included:
• 3-hour narrow gauge train journey including transfer
• Pick up from station Kostandovo (Костандово)
• Entrance fee and guided tour of workshop for hand-woven carpets
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Pliocene Museum in Dorkovo
• Overnight stay: Saint George Palace Aparthotel 4*or similar, Bansko
• Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

10th August 2019/Day 6: Discover the church of Dobarsko and see Jesus Christ in a rocket
10th August 2019/Day 6: Discover the church of Dobarsko and see Jesus Christ in a rocket

Undoubtedly, the most interesting and extremely well-kept historical monument in the whole region is the church of St. St. Theodore Tiron & Theodore Stratilat, built in 1614. The church is unique for its abundance of original frescoes and icons, some are portraying Jesus Christ in a rocket.

Now, let's immerse ourselves in the uniqueness of the Bulgarian spirit, traditional cuisine and dances! The Dobarsko’s Grannies declared as living human treasures of Bulgaria will provide us with an unforgettable show.

You will head straight to the hotel to indulge in the pampering spa facility of before the last day of Jazz Festival Bansko.

Included:
• Transfer, entrance fee and guided tour of Dobarsko Church
• A cappella singing show with Dobarsko’s Grannies
• Overnight stay: Saint George Palace Aparthotel 4*or similar, Bansko
• Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

11th August 2019/Day 7: Departure from Sofia Airport
11th August 2019/Day 7: Departure from Sofia Airport

When it is finally time for your trip to come to an end, you will be transferred to Sofia Airport, leaving Bansko at 7.00. The bus will arrive at the airport at 9.30.
As a compliment, you will have an extra stop at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, for all travellers having late flights.

You can take advantage of some last minute shopping at Vitosha street, explore Sofia or have a coffee and enjoy the last moments of this amazing journey.

Included:
• Transfer to Sofia Airport and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast

Extras

• Whole tour single room use for 120 EUR per person (select a single room accommodation instead of sharing double room, available on our Extras)
• Guaranteed seats close to the stage during all days on the Jazz Festival for 130 EUR per person (available on our Extras)
• Enjoy a 2-hour guided sightseeing tour of Sofia on arrival day for 10 EUR per person (available on our Extras)
• Whole tour personal medical insurance for 12 EUR per adult up to 65 years (available on our Extras). For adults aged 65 and above, please contact us by email.

Included/Exclude

  • 6 overnights at 4 star hotels as per itinerary
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Transportation by a/c bus for the whole
  • Licensed English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • Use of swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath
  • 5 visits to the Jazz festival Bansko (6th-10th August 2019)
  • Entrance fees for all sites described as per itinerary
  • Special daily activities as per itinerary (wine tasting, trip with narrow gauge train, visit a workshop for hand-woven carpets, a cappella singing show, etc.)
  • Compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Porter service at hotels and during the whole tour

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Deposit and Payment
All customers are required to pay the full amount if want to benefit from the special price available by 25 July 2019. Alternatively, a non-refundable deposit or the full amount will be required at the time of booking, depending on when the booking is made, as in this case the General Terms and Conditions will be applied (https://spatoursbg.com/new/terms-conditions/ ).
Booking Confirmation
By purchasing this tour online on our website www.spatoursbg.com or by the staff of the Company you are making a booking request. In both cases, an email confirmation along with an invoice for the ordered services will be sent to you. A booking will exist as soon as we issue our booking confirmation (the “Booking Confirmation”).
Cancellation Policy
Please note that the deposit you paid (150 EUR) is non-refundable. No additional cancellation fees apply besides the deposit, if you cancel the tour 40 or more calendar days prior departure. No refund applies for cancellations within 14 or fewer calendar days prior departure and we will retain all funds paid by you. For more information, please read our General Terms and Conditions: https://spatoursbg.com/terms-conditions/
Flights Information
Flights are not included in the tour price.

There are direct flights on affordable prices currently operating from Europe to Sofia with: British Airways, EasyJet, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and Bulgaria Air.
Visa & Travel Insurance
For this tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Spa Tours Bulgaria highly recommend having a valid insurance covering medical and personal accidents. In case you didn’t get one yet, take advantage of our personal medical insurance available on our Extras. For more details, please read here: https://spatoursbg.com/medical-insurance/
Accommodation
We carefully selected for you 4-star hotels in order to assure your best experience. All places have been carefully handpicked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We selected accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. Exact accommodation details will be provided to you upon booking confirmation.
I am a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?
A single supplement is available on our Extras if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveller and do not wish to book a single room, you will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender.
What about the pace and the activity level?
The pace will be standard for a sightseeing tours and our guide will wait for everyone, regardless of their age. Please note that tour doesn't include a lot of walking during sightseeing tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk less than 1 kilometre per day.
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