Sofia & Plovdiv Tour
4 Nights/5 Days
25th Apr 2023
Join us on our fantastic tour to the undiscovered Bulgaria. This tour will appeal to those who prefer to see the real Bulgaria. We are staying for 4 nights in the Capital city of Sofia. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. The skyline of Sofia is dominated by the impressive Vitosha Mountains. It is also the most affordable Capital City in Europe.
We depart Dublin on our direct flight to Sofia. On arrival you will be met by Frank Mackin our tour leader and your local tour guide then transferred by coach to our hotel in Sofia. We are based for 4 nights in the 4 star Festa Hotel. Our hotel is in the most upmarket part of the city close to the biggest shopping mall in Sofia and facing the Bulgaria boulevard.
After breakfast we go on a panoramic coach tour around Sofia and visit the most fascinating places of interest: the forum of Ancient Serdica (the old name of the city) with archaeological discoveries from Roman times. We visit the St. Nedelya square, where 4 places of worship of the main religions in Bulgaria are located next to each other. These are the Orthodox Church of St. Nedalya, the Roman Catholic Church, the Synagogue, and the Mosque. They form a quadrangle, symbolizing the peace between different religions in Bulgaria. Our tour continues with the Alexander 1 square where the Royal Palace and the National Theatre are located, the Sofia University and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (the biggest Orthodox Church on the Balkan Peninsula. The afternoon is free to enjoy this charming city.
A free day to enjoy at your leisure.
After breakfast we travel by coach to Plovdiv, Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, even older than Rome. The journey time is approximately 2 hours. Today Plovdiv is the cultural centre of Bulgaria and was the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Our guide will do a short walking tour of the Old town with its cobbled streets, ancient theatre, fortress walls, and the Roman Stadium. Our clients particularly enjoyed the pedestrianised shopping centre with very reasonable prices. We return to Sofia late afternoon giving you plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful city.
After breakfast we go on a half day excursion to the Vitosha Mountain range where we visit the 10th century Boiana Monastery. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then take a stunning drive through the Vitosha mountain range. We will then make our way back to Sofia Airport in time for our return flight to Dublin.
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but can sometimes change due to situations outside our control.
✓ Direct return flights from Dublin to Sofia
✓All taxes and airport charges
✓4 nights B&B plus 3 evening meals in the 4 star Festa Hotel Sofia
✓ Coach tour of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, visiting the major attractions
✓Coach tour of the Vitosha Mountains and Boiana church
✓Day trip by coach to Plovdiv, the oldest city in Europe
✓Services of our local Bulgarian tour guide
Services of our tour leader Frank Mackin
Single room supplement
All Available Dates
25 Apr 2023
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