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BEST OF BULGARIA

Available tour dates:
11-23 April, 2021 (available)
10-22 April, 2022 (available)
Our exciting home tour!
We explore diverse people: from Gagauz Turks to Lepovans and Karakachans; and diverse sights: from the Danube to the north, the mountains to the south,to the Black Sea to the east. We are happy to offer you a tour that is different every year. It's just as exciting for us to explore new places and try new things! Ask us for our latest itinerary. Our next two itineraries are likely to be Bulgaria along the Danube and Black Seas (with a short hop to nearby Romania) and Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope mountains of southern Bulgaria. Both itineraries offer a glimpse of the unknown, undiscovered and exciting Bulgaria.
13 days, 12 nights

SOFIA/1 night - RILA MONASTERY - KOVACHEVITSA/1 night - PLOVDIV/2 nights - VELIKO TURNOVO/1 night - MECHKA/1 night - OSMAR/1 night - TYULENOVO/2 nights - VARNA/1 night - ST ANASTACIA ISLAND/1 night - SOFIA/1 night
Day 1, Saturday
Day Welcome to Bulgaria!

For those who arrive early there will be a welcome pack with maps and a list of restaurants and places to see and explore on your own. Your transfer from the airport to our downtown hotel is included. Some time to rest, and an afternoon walk in Sofia, which will include the Synagogue, highlights of the National Archaeological museum (housed in the city's largest and oldest Ottoman mosque), the catacombs under the St Sophia church, and the Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Dinner in a fine restaurant.

Overnight at Arena di Serdica Hotel, Sofia, two nights. Dinner.
Day 2, Sunday
We will get up early, in order to arrive earlier at Rila Monastery, and have the place to ourselves, before any other tourists arrive. Rila is Bulgaria's largest monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasts a spectacular location deep in a mountain valley. We will look at the small monastery museum, the old kitchen, the tower, and the main church. Then we will continue to Pirin Mountain, another UNESCO site, and will have our lunch in the beautiful old village of Pirin. In the afternoon we will drive to the village of Kovachevitsa, tucked in the lower Rhodope Mountains. Dinner at our charming guesthouse.

Overnight at Lavanda guesthouse, one night. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 3, Monday
After breakfast, we will drive to the nearby crossing point of three mountains: Pirin, Rila and Rhodope. We will take the last functioning narrow gauge train from Velingrad to Varvara. We will enjoy a packed lunch onboard the train. Then we continue to Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, and 2019 European Capital of Culture. We check in at our hotel in the heart of the old town. Some time to rest, a little walk, and dinner at a fine restaurant.

Overnight at HillHouse hotel, Plovdiv, two nights. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 4, Tuesday
After breakfast we will have a tour of Plovdiv's most interesting sights: the Klianti House Museum, the Roman Amphitheatre, the recently excavated Small Roman Basilica, and the ruins of a Roman house, decorated with some fine mosaics. We will stroll along the main pedestrian street of town, and stop for lunch at a good restaurant. Free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the city on your own.

Overnight at HillHouse hotel, Plovdiv, second night. Breakfast.
Day 5, Wednesday
We drive north, towards the town of Kazanlak, the heart of the Rose Valley. We will drive along Bulgaria's Primeval Beech forests, our fourth UNESCO Site on this tour. Then we will stop at the Kazanlak Thracian tomb, our fifth UNESCO site. We will have a look at a violin maker's atelier, at the Russian church in Shipka, and have our picnic lunch atop mount Buzludja, which boasts one of the most impressive abandoned communist monuments in the world. Then we head across the Balkan mountains to Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria's medieval capital. We will have some time to rest, and in the later afternoon do a tour of Turnovo, ending the evening with dinner in a fine local restaurant, and watching the light and sound show over the medieval citadel.

Overnight at Studio hotel, Veliko Turnovo, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6, Thursday
We will depart north, with a convoy of trabants (the legendary East German vehicle, manufactured from 1957 to 1991, made of plastic, with a two-stroke engine!), to the island of Belene on the Danube river. Belene was the harshest Bulgarian communist-era concentration camp. We will visit the camp grounds, our guide being a former political prisoner, and have a look at the nearby modern-day prison. The island is connected to the mainland by a rusting old pontoon bridge. This is the poorest and eeriest part of Bulgaria. Then we continue to the city of Ruse, Bulgaria's largest town on the Danube. We will have lunch and a walk in Ruse, formerly a most prosperous city, trading with other towns along the Danube. In the afternoon we will stop to have a look at the Ivanovo Rock-Hewn churches, our sixth UNESCO site on this tour, and at the nearby village of Pirgovo, where the ladies of the village will show us how to dye Easter eggs. We will stay overnight in the village of Mechka. Mechka has a curious winery and hotel, built by a Bulgarian-American who escaped communism hiding inside a train's loo. Once in America, he was been able to achieve the American dream and become a millionaire - before eventually returning to his homeland. Dinner and wine tasting at our hotel, with some of the finest Danube river views you can get!

Overnight at Seven Generations Hotel, Mechka, one night. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 7, Friday
After breakfast we will continue east, driving along the Danube river. We will stop at the little known tekke, or shrine of Sabri Hussein, a seventeenth-century Naqshbandi holy man, born in Bukhara. Then we continue to Srebarna lake, on the UNESCO site for its rare migrating birds. We will stop at the village of Aydemir, to visit the local Lipovan, or Russian old-believer community, which escaped religious persecution in the Russian Empire. We will have lunch in a Lipovan home. Then we continue south, stopping at the remarkable Sveshtari Thracian Tomb, our eight UNESCO Site, and head to the village of Osmar, where we will stay overnight. Once upon a time Osmar prospered on its pelin, or vermouth wine. Now it's one of the most quaint non-touristy villages in Bulgaria. Dinner at our hotel, and perhaps a look at the village kazan, or distillery - where they produce rakia!

Overnight at Osmarskhi Houses, Osmar, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 8, Saturday
After breakfast we head to the nearby town of Shumen, to see the gargantuan socialist-era monument dedicated to 1300 Years Bulgaria. We may drive to the top, or hike the 1300 steps up! Then we will see the Madara rider, Europe's only early medieval rock relief - and our ninth UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we continue to the Black Sea coast. We will have our lunch at Shabla Lighthouse, the easternmost point of Bulgaria, and oldest lighthouse in the Balkan Peninsula, dating back to the 1850s Crimean War. Lunch will be cooked by the few remaining fishermen on that stormy coast. We will learn about their dangerous, disappearing craft. Then we drive to the nearby Tyulenovo village, in the wildest part of the Bulgarian Black Sea. We check in at the fine Tyulenovo hotel, overlooking a tiny fishing harbour, and have an afternoon to rest or walk along the scenic coast. Dinner at our hotel. After dinner we will go to the nearby town of Shabla to attend Easter Mass at the town's church.

Overnight at Tyulenovo hotel, two nights. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 9, Sunday
After breakfast we will head to the nearby Yaylata nature preserve, to have a walk trying to spot rare birds, rare flowers, prehistoric burial sites, the ruins of an old Roman trading fortress and winery. Then we continue to Bulgarevo village, to join a local Gagauz family - ethnic Turks who have converted to Christianity - in their Easter lunch. Free time after lunch to rest at our hotel or explore the coast. In the late afternoon we will head across the border to Romania, to the small town of Mangalia, to have a stroll along the seaside promenade, have a look at the sixteenth-century Ottoman mosque, and have a fine dinner. Then we return to our cosy hotel in Tyulenovo.

Overnight at Tyulenovo hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 10, Monday
After breakfast we depart south, stopping at scenic Cape Kaliakra to have a look at the medieval fortress and caves (once inhabited) perched high atop the rocky shore. Then we continue to Balchik, to see the palace of Romanian Queen Mary and the Botanical Gardens that have one of the world's largest cactus collections. We will take lunch in Balchik, before continuing to Varna. In Varna we will check in at the Euxinograde government residence and winery (pending permission). Some time to rest, and then a tour of the residence grounds (normally closed to outside visitors) - including the Euxinograde royal palace and the ruins of a Roman fortress. Dinner at the residence restaurant with some of Bulgaria's finest white wines and rakia!

Overnight at Graffit Gallery Hotel or Euxinograd Residence, Varna, one night. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 11, Tuesday
A morning at leisure to explore the residence park. Then we continue to Varna, stopping to see the fine Archaeological Museum, with the world's oldest human-crafted gold. We continue south along the coast, crossing once again the Balkan mountains. On the way we will stop and see an eighteenth-century German-made lemonade machine - which still works - and have lunch in a remote, picturesque village tucked in the mountains. We will stop at the old town of Nessebar for a walk, exploring the town's old Byzantine churches. That will be our last, tenth UNESCO World Heritage site in Bulgaria! In the late afternoon we will charter a boat, if the weather allows, to the small rocky island of St Anastasia. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the former monastery on the island, now refurbished into a small and cosy hotel. The only other people will be the cook, making food for us, and the two soldiers staffing the lighthouse. If the weather does not allow, we will stay overnight at the equally small and cosy St Anastasia hotel, located on the mainland, just south of Burgas, and facing the St Anastasia island.

Overnight at St Anastasia island or St Anastasia Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 12, Wednesday
Day 12, Wednesday In the morning we head to Burgas - by chartered boat if we stayed on the island, or by bus if we stayed at the shore hotel. We will visit the salt lakes on the Atanasovsko lake, and learn more about how salt has been made here since ancient times. Then we continue inland, stopping briefly at Akve Kalide, an ancient (Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman) spa town, having a look at the restored old Ottoman bathhouse. We will have lunch in the town of Yambol, at the old Ottoman covered market, where an opera singer will perform for us! In the afternoon we drive back to Sofia. Some time to rest at our hotel, and then a farewell dinner on the top floor of one of the highest buildings in Sofia.
Overnight at Arena di Serdica Hotel, Sofia, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 13, Thursday
After breakfast depart home, or where the heart takes you next.
Breakfast.
€3347 per person, sharing double or twin room, €420 single supplement.
Maximum number of travelers is10.

Price includes
  • Accommodation in carefully selected hotels.
  • All meals according to programme (13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners).
  • Transportation with an air-conditioned minibus and Bulgaria's best bus driver.
  • Airport transfers on first and last day.
  • Guide throughout the tour.
  • Domestic flight from Varna to Sofia using Bulgaria Air.
  • Mineral water on the bus and during activities.
  • Sound and light show in Veliko Turnovo.
  • A welcome package including a booklet, maps, postcards, etc.
  • The use of a wifi hotspot while on the bus.
Price does not include
  • Personal medical/travel insurance.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Any other additional personal costs: laundry, phone calls, etc.
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment

Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and submit electronically. You can also request a pdf form which you can fill in and send to office@lyuba.tours or info@lyubatours.com. A deposit, upon booking, at the amount of €500 per person is required to assure your place. The final payment is to be made no later than three months prior to the start of the tour.

Extra nights in Sofia and transfers

If you want to spend an extra night or two or more prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the hotel. We can also recommend a nearby hotel which may be cheaper. Please note that we have included transfers in the price - advice us of your arrival and departure times. Which brings us to...

... flights

We love arranging flights, but in this case, we won't.You are responsible for booking your flight ticket. We can always help you with an advice.

Tour information

Once we get your deposit, us folks at Lyuba Tours will immediately send a confirmation of space by e-mail. We will also send reading materials, music and more information about the country: what to bring, what to expect, money, weather, food and other wise. We will send all this by snail mail or email. About a month before the tour, we will send you hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-minute notes. We will be happy if you meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure we have time to post your materials. Upon arrival in Bulgaria, you will find even more stuff awaiting you: maps, phrasebooks, postcards, and more.

Customs and entry requirements

For this trip you require a passport with at least six months validity following the last day of the tour. That passport should have a blank page for a stamp. No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Bulgaria for fewer than 90 days. If you don't happen to be a U.S. citizen, please make sure you have whatever documents are necessary to enter (and exit) Bulgaria. We can help with this as well. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance

We strongly advise you to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance plan, if you don't have one already. Insurance should cover trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain travel-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Although please do read the insurance company's fine print, especially the section on 'pre-existing conditions'.

Ground transportation

We will travel across Bulgaria in a comfortable, air-conditioned private minibus. Smoking is NOT permitted on the vehicle.

Health regulations

No inoculations are required. Please see the CDC's website for recommendations: www.cdc.gov. We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster.

Health considerations

To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven or cobbled streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form.

Opportunities for adventure

This tour is designed for those interested in learning everything about Bulgaria and the Balkans. We will present you with all sorts of perspectives, and you will see many shades of Bulgaria.

Also, this is a moderately active program ('soft' adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. Don't expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy

We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We've spent months researching and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings and yourself.

Changes in itinerary

Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardize the traveler's comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travelers. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure.

Cancellations and refunds

Should Lyuba Tours cancel a departure for the reason of insufficient number of participants to operate the tour with no increase in cost, a full refund of all monies paid will be made. On the participant's part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of €500, irre-spective of reason up to 90 days before the tour. Cancellation made 89 days to 30 days before the tour will result in a cancellation fee of €750. From 29 days before the tour, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour.

Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement member cannot be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate has been assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found. Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, and if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount.

Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable.

Cancellations will only be accepted via e-mail, at office@lyuba.tours or info@lyubatours.com.

Sponsorship

A large part of what we make goes back to the community. We support disadvantaged kids and isolated, rural communities. We plan to invest even more time, effort and money on this. We also have plans to support, each year, one artist, in return for artwork we can use in our work. And not least, one day, hopefully soon, open a school for disadvanted kids.
Questions and answers
What clothes should we pack? What will the weather be like?
Weather will be pleasant: this is the best time to travel the region, not too warm, not too cold. Rain and sudden drops in temperatures are still possible, though. Make sure you dress in layers, with a water and wind proof outer layer, and good sturdy walking shoes.
Meet your guide
YURI BOYANIN
Yuri is Lyuba's son. Travel is in his blood. He's been on the road since 28 days old. Ever since, he's visited 130 countries on all continents. He is enormously passionate about the world, about art, architecture and history. He is eager to show you some of the Caucasus' and Central Asia's most splendid and least known corners, which he has explored for years. Yuri has a PhD in History.
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