16 DAYS BULGARIA and GREEK ISLAND
From SGD 5178
A two week long trip through the beautiful countries of Bulgaria and Greece will leave you completely mesmerised by the beauty of Europe. You will tour the city of Sofia and visit all the medieval citadels and monuments. You will also have a chance to enjoy the sunny beaches of Bulgaria. Nessebar and Kazanlak are some of the quint towns in Bulgaria with its old time charm. After your Bulgarian adventure, you will then transfer to Greece for a typical Greek style holiday. Visit the enchanting cities of Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. Greece is a favourite holiday destination among travelers for the diverse experiences it offers. History, Culture, islands, food – Greece has it all!
Day 01: Sofia arrival / Sofia city tour
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Sofia evening panoramic tour according to available time.
Overnight in Sofia.
Day 02: Sofia/ Sofia city tour
Half-day city tour of Sofia. Visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Roman emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, the Presidency, etc. Free time in the city centre and main shopping area around Vitosha Boulevard or Sofia Malls. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 03: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi Tour
Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo with a visit to the mediaeval citadel of the Second Bulgarian empire (12th-14th century) – Tsarevets. Free time for shopping on the old market street of Samovodska Charshiya. Sightseeing of Arbanassi, picturesque small village on the slopes above Tarnovo, famous for its fortress-houses and the beautifully decorated 16th and 17th century churches. Overnight and accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 04: Shumen – Varna Tour
Departure for Varna. On the way visit to Madara Horseman, unique stone relief amidst the rocky Madara Plateau, created by the old Bulgarians, part of UNESCO world heritage list. Arrival in Varna in the afternoon. Sightseeing tour of the town, nicknamed capital of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast: Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, Varna Clock tower, Theater and Opera House, Roman Basilica, Roman Baths (Thermae). Accommodation and overnight in Varna.
Day 05:Balchik – Nessebar / Sunny Beach Tour
Half-day tour to Balchik for a visit to the palace of the Romanian queen “Quiet Nest” with its extensive botanical garden, one of the largest on the Balkan peninsula, preserving thousands of rare plant species. Around noon departure to the South sea coast. Free time for beach and time at leisure. Accommodation and Overnight in Sunny Beach or Nessebar.
Day 06: Nessebar – Stara Zagora Tour
Sightseeing of Nessebar old town, included in the UNESCO world heritage list. In this small labyrinth you will get acquainted with magnificent Byzantine churches like St. Stephen and St. Spas, mediaeval fortifications, ancient theater and the local archaeological museum, preserving the long history of this ancient Greek colony. Free time. In the afternoon departure for the beautiful town of Stara Zagora. Evening walk in Stara Zagora around the Ancient Roman Forum. Overnight in Stara Zagora.
Day 07: Kazanlak – Plovdiv Tour
Departure for Kazanlak. Visit to the famous Thracian tomb from 4th century BC. Free time. Departure for Plovdiv. Sightseeing tour of the old town: Plovdiv – the ancient Philipopolis is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Goths, Slavs and Ottomans, whose traces have turned the town into a museum. Brilliant examples of the Bulgarian national revival period are preserved here. One can sit among the ruins of the ancient Roman theatre and feel the atmosphere of an extinct world. Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 08: Bulgaria – Bansko – Greece – Thessaloniki Tour
Departure for Sandanski. On the way stop for a visit of the beautiful Rila Monastery – the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. After tour ending, proceed to Thessaloniki. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 09: Greece – Thessaloniki – Vergina- Thermopylae – Athens Tour
After breakfast, drive to Vergina, the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant in Vergina.
After lunch drive back to Athens. On the way, make a short stop at Thermopylae where a fierce battle took place between the Persians and Greeks during the Persian invasion of 480-479 BC. The Greek force (300 strong) was very small but was determined to make a stand against the huge Persian army. Arrive in Athens early in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Greece – Athens Sightseeing Tour With Acropolis & Half Day All in One Tour
After breakfast, we will start the tour of the city of Athens, visiting Syntagma Square – the centre of modern Athens and view the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament building. On the way to Acropolis, we will have a stop to the Panathenaic Stadium-made of white marble- where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The impressive, work of Art, Stadium was the finish line of the Marathon Race of Athens 2004 Olympics. We will also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus – the largest Temple ever built in Greece. We will view the National Gardens, the Academy, the National Library, the University, and finally we will visit the most magnificent monument in the world – the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Then drive to Piraeus, Greece’s main port and continue by the costal road to Kastella, a picturesque hill area overlooking the Mikrolimano yacht harbour, having the opportunity to see numerous restaurants and cafes by the sea.
On the way to Mesoghia and the Winery, enjoy the journey through the southern suburbs of the city, along the coastal avenue of Athens riviera with its magnificent view to the sea. Arrive at the Winery* and enjoy the visit. Drive to Porto Rafti Area by the sea. Right after, drive to McArthur Designer Outlet shopping village. In continue, we drive at a Pottery workshop to see the craft of making vases and the exhibition of different products. Afterwards, drive back to hotel, passing by the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Olympic Games. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Greece – Athens to Santorini Tour
Transfer to Piraeus port for a boat to Santorini. Arrival transfer from Santorini port to hotel. Then spend the whole day at leisure. Experience the delicacies provided by the local taverns, making sure to taste the local ‘fava’ dip. You can’t come to Santorini Island without watching the sunset from picturesque Oia at the top of the island. Why not enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Oia while you’re there. Perhaps visit the pretty village of Megalochori with its 17th-century houses is also visit worthy, as is the archaeological site at Akotiri. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 12: Greece – Santorini Tour
Your stay in Santorini Island gives you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your time on the island at your own leisure. Gaze in wonder at the submerged caldera, epicenter of what is probably the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history. One side of Santorini Island is balanced on the edge of the caldera while the other side is flat and contains many beaches of which there are white, red and black! One of the main beaches is Perissa which is a black beach, be sure to check out breathtaking Red beach with its high red cliffs and hand size pebbles submerged under the clear water. From Kamari vilage, you can take a caique (traditional fishing boat) to visit Anafi isle or to join other Santorini beaches.
Experience the delicacies provided by the local taverns, making sure to taste the local ‘fava’ dip. You can’t come to Santorini Island without watching the sunset from picturesque Oia at the top of the island. Why not enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Oia while you’re there. Perhaps visit the pretty village of Megalochori with its 17th-century houses is also visit worthy, as is the archaeological site at Akotiriri. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 13: Greece – Santorini – Mykonos Tour
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Santorini port for a boat to Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos Port and transfer to the hotel. Then spend the whole day at leisure. Enjoy your day on this Cycladic island known for its great night life and the town’s Cycladic architecture. Mykonos beaches a must to experience, such as Platy Gialos, Psarou, Ornos, Paranga “Paradise”, “Super Paradise”, Elia, Kalafati, Kalo Livadi. On Mykonos western shore are Agios Stefanos, Houlakia, Tourlos, Megali-Ammos. Walk through the narrow alleyways in Mykonos town and visit beautiful churches and the famous windmills. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 14: Greece – Mykonos Tour
Day free to explore the island on your own. Mykonos Island is the most famous and cosmopolitan tourist island in the Eastern Mediterranean amongst the Cyclades, something which is not just by chance.
Expect to experience the exquisite visuals of white-washed houses, proud windmills, a multitude of chapels, busy back streets with balconies full of flowers and a multicoloured fleet of fishing boats at the port. If you’re after a bit of history and culture, the island has five museums you can visit as well as a beautiful church. The church of Panagia Paraportiani is located beyond the Delos Ferry Quay on the way to Little Venice. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 15: Greece – Mykonos – Athens Tour
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mykonos port for a boat to Piraeus. When you arrive at Piraeus port you will be transferred to Athens hotel and rest of the day is yours. Overnight in Athens.
Day 16: Greece – Athens – Tour End
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Athens International airport for a flight back home.
- Accommodation in 3 & 4 start Hotels with Breakfast
- Excursions as mentioned
- Guided Athens Sightseeing Tour
- Escorted Half All in One Panoramic Tour
- Guided Vergina Tour • Transfer for hotel to Piraeus port
- Ferry tickets to Santorini
- Fast ferry Athens – Santorini
- Transfer from Santorini Port to hotel
- Transfer from hotel to Santorini Port
- Ferry tickets to Mykonos
- Transfer from Mykonos Port to hotel
- Transfer from hotel to Mykonos Port
- Ferry tickets to Piraeus or Rafina
- Departure transfer from Piraeus or Rafina Port to Athens Airport
- Special lectures on coach during long rides
- Professional English speaking guide
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Price is per person on sharing basis
- Confirmation of package is subject to Hotel Availability
- All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
- All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions
- Prices do not include any additional Airport charges or other charges