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8 days/7 nights

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Group Size

34 people

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Languages

English

Overview

  • Dates: 19 September – 26 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: 18
  • Activity Level: Moderate (classic mix of driving, walking and time spent enjoying the sights)
  • Driving distance: 670 KM /416 MI
Discover the Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak

Would you like to celebrate one of the best festivals in Europe – The Bulgarian Plum Festival in Troyan & Oreshak? This 8-day guided tour will start on 19th September and ends on 26th September 2019. It will provide you with 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, jewellery making, painting and have opportunities to buy original works. Whilst listening 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 indulge spa and 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 artifacts ever found on the territory of Bulgaria. You will visit the European Capital of Culture for 2019 – Plovdiv and end the tour with the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, which is one of oldest cities in Europe. This tour is especially designed to allow us to reconnect with nature, history, culture and to indulge ourselves in Chiflik’s hot springs. The Plum Festival perfectly fits for active people, solo travellers, couples and friends.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse in the uniqueness of the Plum festival in Troyan, the local culture, music and dances
  • Indulge 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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19th September 2019/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
19th September 2019/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

A company representative will welcome 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 8 days.

Included:
• Transfer from Sofia Airport to your accommodation
• Welcome drink with your tour leader and all travel companions
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals & drinks included: dinner

20th September 2019/Day 2: Visit the Troyan Monastery and see the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary
20th September 2019/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:
• Transfer from Sofia to Troyan Monastery
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Troyan Monastery
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort Chiflika 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

21nd September 2019/Day 3: Enjoy the opening ceremony of the Plum Festival in Troyan
21nd 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:
• Transfer to Troyan Monastery and Troyan
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Museum of Traditional Crafts and Applied Arts
• Woodcarving lessons are included
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort Chiflika 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

22nd September 2019/Day 4: Feel the soul of the Balkan in Cherni Osam
22nd September 2019/Day 4: Feel the soul of the Balkan in Cherni Osam

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 lessons there.

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

Included:
• Transfer to Cherni Osam and Oreshak
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Natural Science Museum
• Pottery lessons are included
• Overnight stay: Hotel Alfaresort Chiflika 3* or similar, village of Chiflik
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

23rd September 2019/Day 5: Discover the charming Koprivshtitsa & The Panagyurishte treasure
23rd September 2019/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 famous with 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 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:
• Transfer from Chiflik to Plovdiv
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Lutova House
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Panagyurishte History Museum
• Overnight stay: Hotel Imperial 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

24th September 2019/Day 6: Journey to the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv
24th September 2019/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 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:
• Entrance fee and guided tour of the Ancient Roman Theatre
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Ethnographic Museum
• Guided tour of the famous Old Town of Plovdiv
• Overnight stay: Hotel Imperial 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner (traditional Bulgarian restaurant)

25th September 2019/Day 7: Explore Sofia - one of the oldest cities in Europe and capital of Bulgaria
25th September 2019/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 our travel companions, a chance to share your favourite memories from the Plum Festival tour.

Included:
• Transfer from Plovdiv to Sofia city centre
• Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Sofia
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals & drinks included: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner (traditional Bulgarian restaurant)

26th September 2019/Day 8: Departure from Sofia Airport
26th September 2019/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:
• Transfer from the hotel to Sofia Airport
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast

Extras

• Tour single room use for 195 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 13 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, 6 lunches, 6 snacks and 6 dinners
  • 2 visits to the Plum Festival in Troyan and Oreshak on 21st and 22nd 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 and professional driver for the whole tour
  • Transportation by a/c bus for the whole trip
  • Woodcarving and pottery lessons on Day 3 and Day 4
  • Entrance fees for all sites described as per itinerary
  • Special compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

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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 a 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?
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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