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Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak: Your spa and cultural adventure

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8 days/7 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

52 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Discover the Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak

Would you like to celebrate one of the best festivals in Europe? The Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak was awarded with the prestigious EFFE label of European Festival in 2015/2016! It is one of the most attractive and cheerful holidays in Europe. The Plum Festival 2020 will be held on Friday, 18th September until Sunday, 20 September.

This 8-day guided tour will provide you with an unforgettable experience across ancient cities, healing thermal springs and beautiful nature. You will immerse yourselves in the uniqueness of the Bulgarian spirit, culture, habits, traditional cuisine and local crafts. During the Plum Festival, you will participate in live demonstrations of traditional plum brandy (rakia) distillations. Take part of art workshops for pottery, carving, weaving, painting and have opportunities to buy original works. Whilst listening to some of the finest musicians in the area you may dance horo (Bulgarian folk dance) with the locals, savour plum delights or rakia and taste unique milk products.

During this journey:

During this journey, you will relax, revive and indulge at the healing thermal waters of the famous Chiflik village. You will discover the Bulgarian traditions and habits during and one of the largest monasteries – Troyan monastery. Explore the only city-museum in the country – Koprivshtitsa, declared as an architectural and historical reserve. You will see the Panagyurishte treasure, perhaps the most valuable set of artefacts ever found on the territory of Bulgaria. You will visit the European Capital of Culture for 2019 – Plovdiv and explore the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, which is one of the oldest cities in Europe. This tour is specially designed to allow us to reconnect with nature, history, culture and to indulge ourselves in Chiflik’s hot springs. The Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak perfectly fits for active people, solo travellers, couples and friends.

 

Why Book with Us?

  • 100 % Guaranteed Tour Delivery
  • We’ve got everything organised and covered for you, except for your personal expenses.
  • At Spa Tours Bulgaria, we guarantee the best experience and quality for the budget and time you have
  • Our professional tour guide will meet you at Sofia Airport and accompany the group during the whole tour

 

Tour details:

  • Price: € 765 per person in a double room (min. 8 people)
    • € 625 per person in a double room (min. 16 people)
    • € 530 per person in a double room (min. 34 people)
    • € 510 per person in a double room (min. 52 people)
    • Tailor-made offers as per budget for small groups
    • Single room supplement: € 180
  • Dates: 16 September – 23 September 2019
  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights
  • Departure from: Sofia
  • Interest: Festivals, Spa & hot springs, Culture & traditions, Food & drinks
  • Travel Style: Active Holidays, Guided Groups, Solo Travellers, Friends & Family
  • Min group size: 8
  • Max group size: 52
  • Activity Level: Moderate (classic mix of driving, walking and time spent enjoying the sights)
  • Driving distance: 670 KM /416 MI
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse in the uniqueness of the Plum festival in Troyan, the local culture, music and dances
  • Indulge yourself with a dip in the hot springs of Chiflik
  • Walk the quaint streets of Koprivshtitsa, the only city-museum in the country
  • Discover the Panagyurishte treasure, symbol of the Thracian rulers
  • Journey to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019
  • Explore the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, a city with a 7000-year-long history
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a professional certified tour guide

Itinerary

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16th September 2020/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
16th September 2020/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

A company representative will meet you at Sofia Airport and transfer you to your hotel situated in the city centre.
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:
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: N/A
• Welcome drink

17th September 2020/Day 2: Visit the Troyan Monastery and see the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary
17th September 2020/Day 2: Visit the Troyan Monastery and see the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary

Your journey will start at 09:00 when you depart for the Troyan Monastery. Founded the end of 16th century, the Troyan Monastery is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is famous for its miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, the Three-handed. You will have the afternoon at your leisure to enjoy the spa and the healing thermal waters of the nearby village of Chiflik. You can also have some fun with the piano bar at the hotel.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner

18th September 2019/Day 3: Enjoy the opening ceremony of the Plum Festival in Troyan
18th September 2019/Day 3: Enjoy the opening ceremony of the Plum Festival in Troyan

This day starts with a short drive to the Museum of Folk Art Crafts and Applied Arts in Troyan. It is one of the most engaging folk-art attractions. The museum displays a colourful range of traditional pottery, crafts and tools, along with kukeri costumes, designed to scare away evil spirits.

At 11:00, you will join the Plum Festival's opening ceremony. During the two festival days, you will dance horo (Bulgarian folk dance), will participate in the street workshops or will savour the plum delights and local rakia (plum brandy).

After lunch, you will enjoy watching traditional folk dances and try again the one of a kind Troyan rakia. In the afternoon you will return to Chiflik, where you can indulge spa and hot mineral springs for the rest of the day.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner

19th September 2020/Day 4: Feel the soul of the Balkan in Cherni Osam and visit Oreshak
19th September 2020/Day 4: Feel the soul of the Balkan in Cherni Osam and visit Oreshak

After breakfast, the group head to the village of Cherni Osam, for a unique experience at the Natural Science Museum. Spending some time in the museum, watching and listening to the animals and the wild nature will be enough to inspire you and brighten your day! The soul of the Balkan Mountain Range can be felt in the museum. Over 25 species of animals are displayed: birds of prey, wild boars, bears, wolves, herbivores like deer etc. The rest of the day you will enjoy the Plum Festival in the village of Oreshak. It is famous for its craft workshops and demonstrations and you will experience a pottery lesson there.

In the afternoon you will return to Chiflik, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner

20th September 2020/Day 5: Discover the charming Koprivshtitsa & The Panagyurishte treasure
20th September 2020/Day 5: Discover the charming Koprivshtitsa & The Panagyurishte treasure

You will continue your journey with a drive to the charming town of Koprivshtitsa. It is well known for its fascinating history and authentic 19th century architecture. You will learn about the dramatic Bulgarian History from your knowledgeable guide and will get the chance to visit original houses of local heroes. You will visit the beautiful Lutova House (The Blue House) with its woollen exhibits, rugs and blankets. You will cross the Kalachev Bridge, where the April Uprising in 1876 broke out. After lunch, you will take lovely photos with the monument of the legendary Georgi Benkovski. Your next stop will be the famous Panagyurishte treasure, a masterpiece of Thracian workmanship. Founded on 8th December 1949, it consists of a phiale, an amphora and seven rhytons, all made of solid 24-carat gold. The treasure weighs a total of 6.164 kg (13.5 pounds) and is arguably the single most valuable set of artifacts ever found on the territory of Bulgaria. Such a precious metal vessels with symbols of social status are used to the ritual actions of the Thracian rulers.

Finally, you will depart for Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, where you will have a free time to explore the city on your own.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Hotel Imperial 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner

21st September 2020/Day 6: Journey to the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv
21st September 2020/Day 6: Journey to the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv

Today you will explore the ancient city known as the “City of the seven hills’’. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded 8 000 years ago. Today Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture 2019. The unique Old town boasts beautifully decorated houses, fortress walls, ancient Roman Theatre and magnificent churches. You will walk through the buzzing pedestrian street, which is the longest one in Europe. You will visit the Muslim temple Dzhumaya Mosque, next to the Ancient Roman Stadium, the Ethnographic Museum and the fashionable Kapana art district. You will enjoy the stunning views from the top of Archaeological Complex Nebet Tepe.

You will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Plovdiv at your leisure. After a day filled with fun highlights, you will enjoy a dinner at a cosy traditional restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alliance 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner

22nd September 2020/Day 7: Explore Sofia - one of the oldest cities in Europe and capital of Bulgaria
22nd September 2020/Day 7: Explore Sofia - one of the oldest cities in Europe and capital of Bulgaria

After breakfast you will depart for Sofia, to explore a city with a 7000-year-long history. Sights include one of the symbols of the Bulgarian capital city the 4th-century rotunda of St. George, the remains of the ancient city of Serdica, Banya Bashi Mosque and the mineral baths. You will have a short break at the fountains next to the famous Ivan Vazov National Theatre. You will pass by the National Assembly and take photo with the monument of King Liberator. Your tour will end with one of the most popular places in Bulgaria – the impressive Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral. It was built in Neo-Byzantine style. The shine of its golden domes attracts attention from miles away.

You will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Sofia at your leisure. You can do some shopping, relax at a café on Vitosha street or buy souvenirs. Then, in the evening, you will have one last dinner with your travel companions, a chance to share your favourite memories from the Plum Festival tour.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: breakfast and dinner (traditional Bulgarian restaurant)

23rd September 2020/Day 8: Departure from Sofia Airport
23rd September 2020/Day 8: Departure from Sofia Airport

On your departure day, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Sofia Airport at least two hours before your flight.

Included:
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast

Extras

• Tour single room use for 180 EUR per person (If you are a single traveller and do not wish to share double room with another traveller of the same gender; select Single room, available on our Extras)
• One dinner at the hotel on Day 1 for 18 EUR per person (available on our Extras)
• 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

  • 4 overnights in 4-star hotels and 3 overnights in 3-star hotel as per itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • 2 visits to the Plum Festival in Troyan and Oreshak on 18th and 19th September (Day 3 & Day 4)
  • Use of swimming pools with thermal water, sauna and Russian bath (on Day 2, Day 3, Day 4)
  • Transfers from/to Sofia Airport on arrival and departure
  • Licensed English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • Professional driver for the whole tour
  • Transportation by a/c bus for the whole trip
  • Entrance fees for all sites described as per itinerary
  • VAT and All local taxes
  • Bonus services:
  • Welcome drink on arrival day
  • Woodcarving and pottery lessons on Day 3 and Day 4
  • Special compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Medical Insurance (available at our Extras)
  • Personal expenses

Tour's Location

FAQs

Is Bulgaria safe country?
Bulgaria, is completely safe. You will never feel in danger, especially in our hands. Bansko, is a very charming town and even at night it is safe. Take into consideration that you will be welcomed at Sofia Airport. During your whole holiday, you will be in touch with us. Our company representative will be available 24/7 for chat on WhatsApp or emergency call at +359 8888 13 413.
What are our payment details?
All customers are required to pay the full amount of this tour in order to benefit from the special price available by 31.12.2019. 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/
What are our Cancellation Policies?
Please note that the deposit you paid (150 EUR) is non-refundable, even if you take advantage of our special price and booked by 31.12.2019.

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/
Your 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.
Is your Flight included?
Flights are not included in the tour price.

There are direct flights on affordable prices currently operating to Sofia with: Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Transavia, British Airways, EasyJet, Austrian Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Lufthansa, Air France, Scandinavian Airlines and many others.
Getting 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/
Your Accommodation?
We carefully selected for you 3-star and 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?
During your stay, you will share a double room with another traveller of the same gender. A single supplement is available on our Extras, if you want to have your own room.
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 1-2 kilometres a day.
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