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7-day Train Tour: Experience the Best of Bulgaria

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7days/6 nights

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16 people

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English

Overview

Are you looking to discover Bulgaria on a train tour and to see beautiful landscapes of the country?

This railway adventure takes you on a journey that you will remember!

With that promise begins your train tour adventure on the most scenic railway lines across Bulgaria.

There are different ways to explore Bulgaria but travelling by train is undoubtedly the most exciting one. If you want to see the landscape of the country, meet friendly people, and feel the wind in your hair through an open window, then this train tour will definitely fascinate you.

This slow-ride train tour is the best way to discover Bulgaria’s painted monasteries, traditional villages, cultural landmarks and picturesque nature. And all that, independently and car-free, enjoying the railways of Bulgaria. You will explore Europe’s oldest city, the medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo and feel the spirit of the past in the museum town Tryavna. From the lively capital city of Sofia to small charming villages, we guarantee that Bulgaria will easily amaze you. You will immerse in the scenic lands of the most beautiful mountain ranges: the Rhodope, Rila and Pirin.

Join a small private guided group starting from 4 people with an English speaking guide all year round.

Hurry up! Book now and experience the best of Bulgaria in a 7-day Train Tour. Special rates are available by end of Jan 2020.

Romantic Rhodope narrow-gauge railway

You will embark on a magical train journey through one of the most romantic and beautiful railways in Europe. Known as the Alpine railway on the Balkans, the Septemvri–Dobrinishte line is the only operating narrow-gauge railway in Bulgaria. The combination of unique nature and technical decisions in the building of the railways makes Rhodope narrow-gauge railway a masterpiece and one of a kind tourist destination in Europe. The European Railway Guide ranks it as one of the “Most interesting railway routes in Europe”.

Bulgaria on a train tour brings unforgettable memories and charges you with emotions that make you appreciate the little things in life.

This will be a 7-day guided tour where your tour guide will arrange the purchase of tickets, pick-up, drop-off and all grand transfers for your convenience. All you need is to relax and enjoy your train journey.

 

Why Book with Us?

  • 100 % Guaranteed Tour Delivery
  • We have thought for every single tour detail
  • At Spa Tours Bulgaria, we guarantee best experience and quality for the budget and time you have
  • Our professional tour guide will meet you at Sofia Airport and accompany you

 

Best of Bulgaria train tour details:

  • Price: € 696 per person in a double room (min. 4 people)
    • € 629 per person in a double room (min. 6 people)
    • € 578 per person in a double room (min. 8 people)
    • € 525 per person in a double room (min. 16 people)
    • Special offers for groups over 20 people
    • Single room supplement: € 155
  • Dates: All year round – tours can also be organised at a time of your convenience
  • Travel style: Guided Groups
  • Interest: Train journey, Active, Solo Traveller, Friends
  • Activity Level: Moderate ( a good mix of train travel, walking and time spent enjoying the sights)
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Min group size: 4
  • Max group size: 16
  • Travel by train: 17 hours (606 KM/377 MI)
  • Total distance: 929 KM/ 577 MI (driving by car and transfers: 323 KM/ 201 MI)
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a trip with one of the most scenic train lines in Europe
  • Explore the wild, untouched Bulgarian nature, authentic culture and traditions
  • Visit the three capitals of Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo
  • Experience romantic time travel with the scenic Rhodope narrow-gauge railway
  • Indulge spa in Dobrinishte - a charming mountain town, famous with its hot springs
  • Walk the quaint streets of Bansko - ancient Bulgarian town and famous ski resort
  • Photograph Rila Monastery (UNESCO) – the largest Christian monastery in Bulgaria
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a professional certified tour guide

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

On arrival at Sofia Airport, a company representative will greet you and take you to your accommodation in the city centre of Sofia.

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 tour guide and fellow travel companions for the next 6 days.

Included:
• Travel by car: 30 minutes
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: N/A

Day 2: Journey to the mediaeval capital of Bulgaria, often referred as "City of Tsars"
Day 2: Journey to the mediaeval capital of Bulgaria, often referred as "City of Tsars"

At 09:15, your guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to the railway station. Travel by train to Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. It is often referred as the "City of Tsars". Your guide will pick you up to presents you one of the most picturesque historical settlements in Europe. You will enjoy a great view from the hill-fortress of Tsarevets and take some great photos before you move on to Baldwin's Tower. Take a stroll through Samovodska Charshia marketplace, with its narrow winding cobbled streets, where you will encounter various craft workshops.

Included:
• Travel by train: 4 hours and 30 minutes
• Overnight stay: Grand Hotel Yantra 4* or similar, Veliko Tarnovo
• Meals included: breakfast

Day 3: Picturesque travel to Tryavna and the Rose Valley in Kazanlak
Day 3: Picturesque travel to Tryavna and the Rose Valley in Kazanlak

Today your journey starts at 08:00, when your guide will pick you up after breakfast. Special train on the route Veliko Tarnovo – Tryavna – Kazanlak. It crosses the Balkan Mountain range at one of its highest and beautiful parts. You will explore the small picturesque town of Tryavna with your tour guide. Hidden in the Balkan Mountains and famous for its woodcarving traditions and authentic Revival architecture, Tryavna will impress you. Feel the spirit of the past and visit the wood-carved sun-ceilings of "Daskalova" house. The Clock Tower – one of the symbols of Tryavna, stands in the centre of the town. The Old Bridge is another interesting monument you will visit.

Your journey continues to Kazanlak, famous as the Rose Valley and Thracian kings. Your guide will pick you up from the train station to visit the Rose Museum. This the only museum in the world, dedicated to the oil-yielding plant – rose. You may learn interesting facts about the cultivation of Rosa Damascena, the rose harvest and the rose distillation process itself.

Included:
• Travel by train: 2 hours and 41 minutes
• Overnight stay: Hotel Palas 4*or similar, Kazanlak
• Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Exciting railway journey to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019
Day 4: Exciting railway journey to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019

On this day, your guide will pick you up at 08:00. The route Kazanlak - Plovdiv is exciting and beautiful. One of the great things about travelling by train in Bulgaria is the landscape, which is different from the one you will see if you are travelling by car. During this journey, you will enjoy huge valleys and fields that gradually turn into hills, before taking you to another fantastic city - Plovdiv.

After lunch you will enjoy a walking tour along the longest pedestrian street in Europe. Known as the City of the seven hills, it is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded about 8 000 years ago. Today’s Plovdiv is a cultural centre of Bulgaria and European Capital of Culture in 2019. Plovdiv’s appeal derives mainly from its lovely Old town, largely restored to its mid-19th century appearance. You will take a photo with the Ancient Amphitheatre, the Ethnographic Museum and you will end up visiting the fashionable Kapana art district. You will also enjoy the stunning views from the top of Archaeological Complex Nebet Tepe.

Included:
• Travel by train: 4 hours and 21 minutes
• Overnight stay: Clepsydra Residence 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals: breakfast

Day 5: Romantic time travel with the Rhodope narrow-gauge railway
Day 5: Romantic time travel with the Rhodope narrow-gauge railway

Today will be a special day for all nature lovers. You will experience one of the most romantic journeys not only in Bulgaria but also in Europe. You will embark on a magical time travel through the wonderland of Bulgaria’s wild nature, 35 tunnels, precipices, and valleys. The Rhodope narrow-gauge railway is passing through the three most beautiful mountains – the Rhodope, Rila, and Pirin. You will immerse in breathtaking scenery while being on board a comfy and warm Little train saloon.

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. The 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! Finally, you will visit the medieval fortress Tsepina, which was a famous Thracian settlement during the Middle Ages.

The rest of the day you will relax and indulge in pure pampering spa at your hotel in Dobrinishte.

Included:
• Travel by train: 5 hours and 27 minutes
• Overnight stay: Ruskovets Thermal SPA & Ski Resort 4* or similar, Dobrinishte
• Meals: breakfast

Day 6: Discover charming Bansko town and famous Rila Monastery
Day 6: Discover charming Bansko town and famous Rila Monastery

On this day you will explore the most famous winter resort in Bulgaria – Bansko. You will visit the Bansko Permanent Icon Exhibition housed in the oldest preserved buildings in the town. Next stop is the Holy Trinity church, which is a symbol of Bansko and brightest achievement of the Renaissance culture.

You will head towards Rila Monastery (UNESCO site), the largest monastery in Bulgaria, located at 1150m. Admire arcaded balconies, unique frescoes, azure fretwork, colonnades, facades combined with a fantastic panorama of mountain peaks.

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 gather for a wine tasting in the city centre. This is a wonderful chance to share your favourite memories from this amazing tour.

Included:
• Travel by car: 3 hours and 30 minutes
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals: breakfast

Day 7: Transfer to Sofia Airport and Departure
Day 7: Transfer to Sofia Airport and Departure

When it is finally time for your trip to end, you will be transferred to Sofia Airport, about three hours before your flight.

Included:
• Travel by car: 30 minutes
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast

Extras

• Single room use for 155 EUR per person (If you are a single traveller and do not wish to share a double room with another traveller of the same gender, select Single room use available on our Extras)
• Add 6 dinners (three-course meal: salad, main dish and dessert) - 99 EUR per person
• Snacks (sandwich, water and fruits) - 5 EUR per package
• Personal medical insurance for 10 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
  • Pick-up and drop off to all train stations as per itinerary
  • Transfers from/to Sofia Airport on arrival and departure
  • Welcome drink and Farewell party
  • Use of swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath
  • Licensed English speaking guide for the whole tour (the guide will be also a driver for groups up to 8 people)
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle
  • Professional driver (for groups over 8 people)
  • All train tickets as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Bonus services:
  • Wine tasting
  • Special compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal medical insurance

Tour's Location

FAQs

Is Bulgaria safe country?
Bulgaria, is completely safe. You will never feel in danger, especially in our hands. 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 a chat on WhatsApp or emergency call at +359 8888 13 413.
What about your Payment & Deposit?
All customers are required to pay the full amount of this tour in order to benefit from the special price available by 31.01.2020. Otherwise, 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 book by 31.01.2020.

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. Along with the booking confirmation you will receive a train timetable as per your itinerary.
Flights Information
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 checking with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Your travel insurance is not included in the price. It covers medical and personal accidents and it is available on our Extras. For more details, please read here: https://spatoursbg.com/medical-insurance/
Your Accommodation?
We carefully selected for you a 4-star hotel in order to assure your best experience. This accommodation offers a friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
All places have been carefully handpicked by us and their quality is regularly monitored.
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 the tour doesn't include a lot of walking during sightseeing tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk less than 2 kilometres a day.

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