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Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour


Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour
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This tour is not just a circuit of some of the most interesting Bulgarian monasteries. It is also a journey through Bulgaria s history, since all of the featured religious buildings are monuments to everything that happened in Bulgaria over the last 700 years or so. Along with the rich history you will submerge in the green hug of the mountains (“Balkana”) and admire its outstanding nature - beautiful waterfalls, caves, rock cliffs, forests, vast meadows, rivers and valleys combined with pastoral agriculture lands. We bike along the Central part of the Balkan mountains exploring many scattered villages nestled among quiet valleys and beautiful green mountain landscapes. It seems that time has stopped here and life is quiet and peaceful - people still use the horse driven cart, look after their small herds of sheep, goats and cattle, cut the grass in the old fashion way, take care of their small vegetable gardens or just sit in front of their houses and have a chat with smiles on their faces. You will also admire at the artistic imagination and masterpieces of local woodcarvers, icon painters and house builders while exploring well preserved National Revival houses, churches, craft shops from 18 – 19c. The Balkan mountains along with the monasteries and the people living here played a big and memorable role in the Bulgarian Revolutionary movement and struggle against the Ottoman empire. It is an area that has been a stronghold of Bulgarian spirit and culture through the years and still keeps the pride and traditions of Bulgarian people.

Tour highlights:
♦ Arbanasi village is famous for its massive houses that resemble minor fortresses, several monasteries and old churches
♦ Dryanovo Monastery “St Archangel Michael” is situated in the gorge of Dryanovska River where limestone rocks rise high on all sides of the gorge as unapproachable forest walls.
♦ Tryavna has preserved its old town square, the only one left in the country, which has been proclaimed as a Monument of Architecture.
♦ Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum Master craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles right before your eyes from early morning until late at the night.
♦ Shipka monastery - built in the traditional style of 17th-century Russian cathedrals the monastery stands to the living memory of Russian soldiers and Bulgarian revolutionaries who died during the Russian-Turkish Liberation War.



Biking Tour
Meeting: Plovdiv
Airport:   Plovdiv / Sofia
Transfer: Included from Plovdiv or Sofia
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Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour
Tour Code: ZZ-BGBK03
8 days / 7 nights ~$590.00
Dates: April to Oct

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Plovdiv / Sofia
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