What To Expect
See Rila Monastery and Melnik and get introduced afterwards to Bulgarian geography, agriculture and economy during and after the communism!
Departing early morning from Sofia, we shall head to the tranquil hearth of Rila Mountains, where you will admire the impressive Rila Monastery, whose architecture and frescoes present the height of the Bulgarian Renaissance art. With 1-hour guided tour of the most treasured monuments in the inner yard and the Monastery museum, you will learn a lot of interesting facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. If you want, you may also buy souvenirs and take some photos since you'll be given a free time to explore the whole place by yourself, as you please.
Your tour continues to Melnik, where sand and clay formations await you. Known as the smallest town in Bulgaria with only 208 inhabitants, it still preserves part of its glory during the 14th- up to 19th-century, when Melnik became a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center in Europe. Today, the city is still famous for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, mild climate and internationally recognized brands of red wine.
Finally, the tour shall end in a guided walking tour of the city, with a visit to the biggest Bulgarian Revival Period style house and its tunnel-like wine cellar.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
English-speaking driver guide
Meals and drinks
Optional activity costs
Children below 2 years old are not recommended on this tour.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 7 guests.
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