Last modified: November 12, 2021

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Bulgaria


  • 7 UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage sites
  • Boyana Church
  • The Rila monastery
  • Thracian beehive tomb in Kazanlak
  • Nesebar
  • Madara Horseman
  • Thracian Royal Tomb in Sveshtari
  • Ivanovo Rock churches
  • The oldest man-made gold displayed in Varna Historical Museum

Itinerary - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Bulgaria

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage tour is a 12-day/11-night private tour. It reveals Bulgaria's rich cultural heritage, dating as far back as the dawn of European Civilization. UNESCO World Heritage tour starts in Sofia and visits the famous Boyana Church UNESCO cultural heritage site. Summing up, this tour covers all 7 UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites in Bulgaria.

Day 1: UNESCO World Cultural Heritage tour starts in Sofia

Arrival to Sofia. We will meet you at the airport and assists for a transfer to your downtown hotel. Check in and time at leisure to overcome jet lag.

T, Accommodation in a 3*modern, centrally located hotel.

Day 2: Sofia

Ar first, you will enjoy  a morning sightseeing tour of Sofia. This is a city with 7000-year long history. Sofia is green and friendly, with lots of open spaces. Walk along the main streets and see the most important landmarks in the city centre. To list some: Alexander Nevski Memorial Church and St. George Rotunda, St.Nedelya Square.  You will pass by St. Petka of the Saddlers, the Synagogue, the Central Baths, the Mosque, the underpass outside the President's Office, Alexander Battenberg Square, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, the Russian Church, St. Sophia Church and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier . Your guide will make you feel the atmosphere of this city which history dates back to the ancient times.

Sofia City Tour

Sofia city tour proceeds with panoramic sightseeing of the National Library, Sofia University, Borisova Garden, and the National Palace of Culture. In the afternoon - visit the National museum of history and the 900 years old Boyana Church (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site). Enjoy the remarkable murals, painted by an unknown artist in the 13th century. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner in a local tavern with folklore music and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

B, D, Overnight in Sofia.

Day 3: SOFIA - Rila Monastery  - PLOVDIV (350 km)

After breakfast UNESCO World Cultural Heritage tour proceeds to Rila monastery (UNESCO List of Cultural Heritage).  Rila monastery is located some 120 km to the south of Sofia, in the heart of the Rila Mountain. Founded in the 10th century, it has been the biggest spiritual and cultural centre in Bulgaria for hundreds of years. The visitor's first sight of Rila monastery huge towering walls gives the impression of a fortress. The Rila monastery is the largest in the Balkans and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1983. Tour of the monastery includes a visit to the Monastery Church, which is of particular artistic value. It was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of painting and woodcarving. Afterwards, in the afternoon you will depart to Plovdiv.

B, Accommodation in a 3* centrally located hotel.

Day 4: PLOVDIV - KAZANLAK (120 km) UNESCO Cultural Heritage Tour

First is breakfast. Later you will enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Plovdiv (mainly on foot).  You will discover the rich cultural heritage of this ancient city, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Stop for lunch in the Old Town at the famous Paldin restaurant and taste the local Thracian Valley cuisine.

Later,depart North to Kazanlak, the main city of the Rose Valley. Visit the Thracian beehive tomb in Kazanlak, a unique monument of the Thracian Culture (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site). The region around Kazanlak is dotted with dozens of Thracian burial mounds. Here, in summer 2004 Prof. Kitov and a team of fellow archaeologists unearthed an ancient gold funeral mask that they say is as important a discovery as the treasures of Agamemnon and Tutankhamen. This extremely precious discovery is displayed in the local museum.

B,L, Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kazanlak.

Day 5: KAZANLAK - NESSEBAR (250 km) UNESCO World  Heritage Tour

Following breakfast you will drive east, to the Black Sea and Nessebar. The museum town of Nessebar, picturesquely situated on a small rocky peninsula, is another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Stop for a tour of the town, where different civilizations have left their marks on the tiny peninsula.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Nessebar.

Day 6: NESSEBAR - VARNA (100 km)

In the morning UNESCO World Cultural Heritage tour proceeds to Varna, one of the largest Black Sea cities.Varna was founded as a Miletian colony in the place of an old Thracian settlement already during the 6th c. B.C. Enjoy the city sightseeing of Varna, visit the History museum, where the world's oldest gold (45000-42000 B.C.) is displayed. Dinner and overnight in Varna or surroundings.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Varna resort area.

Day 7: VARNA ( 50 km)

Take a full day tour to the Black Sea coast North to Varna, visit Balchik and Cape Kaliakra. Drive back to Varna for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: VARNA - Madara – Sveshtari – ROUSSE (250 km)

Early morning departure to Sveshtari. En route you will visit the Madara national historic and archaeological reserve. This is where you will see the Madara Horseman, a unique bas-relief hewn into the sheer rock, included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage. Time and weather permitting, stop for a visit to Pobiti Kamani ("Petrified Forest") geological/natural phenomena. Drive north to Razgrad. Tour proceeds to Sveshtari. Visit the Thracian Royal Tomb, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, which is one of the most sensational discoveries during the past decades, dating back to the 4th-3rd century B.C.

B, Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Rousse.

Day 9: ROUSSE - Ivanovo Rock churches  - Arbanassi - VELIKO TARNOVO (120 km)

After breakfast take a short sightseeing tour of Rousse. The city is the largest river port in Bulgaria and one of Bulgaria's cities with years-long European cultural traditions. You will visit the archaeological reserve Ivanovo Rock churches (13th-14th c), UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1979. Six of the monastery churches and chapels preserve frescoes from 13th-14th C. Admire the famous frescoes at the "Holly Mother" church, created in the middle of the 14th c by an anonymous Bulgarian author.

Tour proceeds to Veliko Tarnovo via Arbanassi.  Stop for a visit to this beautiful museum village and admire its fortress-like houses and extremely interesting churches.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 10: VELIKO TARNOVO (30 km)

The capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XII-XIV c) is situated on three hills, mirrored in the waters of the Yantra River winding down below. Tzarevets Hill is a genuine outdoor museum with its royal buildings, churches, fortress walls and towers.

Enjoy a half-day city sightseeing tour, including visits to Tzarevets Royal Hill and the Church of SS Peter and Paul. Here you will see original Mediaeval frescoes (XIII c AD) of great artistic value.

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 11: VELIKO TARNOVO – Troyan - SOFIA (280 km)

Following breakfast you will proceed to Sofia via Troyan. This small village is famous for its traditional ceramics and.... the best plumb brandy in Bulgaria. The name of the village derives from Via Trayana, the ancient Roman road. It used to connect the two Roman Provinces - Thracia and Moesia. You will visit the Museum of traditional crafts and applied arts, followed by a demo in a local master's workshop. Reach Sofia in the late afternoon. Check in and evening at leisure.

B, Accommodation in a 3*modern, centrally located hotel.

Day 12: Sofia

At last, after breakfast our guide and driver will see you off to the airport, where tour ends.

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