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Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour

Itinerary for Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to your hotel.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Sofia

Day 2. Arnabasi to Veliko Tarnovo
Transfer to the architectural reserve of Arbanasi village and St. Virgin Mary monastery where we start cycling. Today we start with a visit of the picturesque Transfiguration monastery near Veliko Tarnovo. Then we reach the beautiful Hotnitsa waterfall and eco trail. After a short walk we continue biking near Hotnista gorge until you reach the main road to Sofia. You get on the car for short transfer and start biking again to Buria (Storm) village among beautiful hilly landscapes with nice views to Dryanovo rock cliffs. You finish cycling near Dryanovo town. Then we go for sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo.
Cycling distance: 34 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 3. Merdanski monastery & Kapinovo monastery
Transfer to Dragizhevo village where you start biking. Enroute you pass by Merdanski Monastery and continue in direction to Plakovo and Kapinovo monastery.
Transfer back to Veliko Tarnovo for overnight.
Cycling distance: 33 km (or 53km with possible extension) 
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 4. Kilifarevo monastery & Dryanovo monastery
After short transfer you start cycling through the villages Plakovo, Golemanite and Natsovtsi to Kilifarevo monastery. After lunch and a visit of the monastery you continue with a short but challenging ascent to Ialovo village. Then you cycle along Dryanovska River to Dryanovo town. From there you are transferred to Dryanovo monastery where we stay overnight. Optional visit of the nearby Bacho Kiro cave.
Cycling distance: 34 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Dryanovo monastery

Day 5. Bojentsi architectural reserve to Tryavna
In the morning we have a short transfer and then start cycling up and down to Bojentsi village where we spend some time for sightseeing. After a short transfer back, you start cycling near Tsareva livada village on isolated village roads to National revival town of Tryavna, where we stay overnight.
Cycling distance: 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Tryavna

Day 6. Tryavna to Etura
Cycling from Tryavna up to a mountain pass and then downhill to Gabrovo. The next stop is the open-air ethnographic museum of Etura. Its 18-th-19-th century water driven machinery, crafts and lifestyle come alive before the eyes of the visitors. From here you have four more kilometers to the picturesque Sokolski Monastery and cycling back to Etura where we stay overnight.
Cycling distance: 28 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Etura

Day 7. Shipka monument & monastery
After breakfast we go for a transfer to the historic Shipka pass and memorial. You get on the bikes for a 10 km up/down ride in beautiful beech forest to the historic Buzludza area. A supreme downhill ride on the Southern slopes of the mountains awaits us. You continue biking to Shipka town where we visit the richly decorated Shipka monastery and church. Transfer to Sofia, where we stay for the last night.
Cycling distance: 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sofia

Day 8. Departure
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for departure
Meals included: Breakfast

Tour info:
All bikers receive a detailed roadbook and map. The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route. The guide is also responsible for the technical support of the bikes. Bikers can always skip some harder stages using the supporting vehicle.

Arbanasi village is famous for its massive houses that resemble minor fortresses on the outside, with high, solid walls and heavy
gates and secret hiding-places, but which are spacious and comfortable, richly decorated and furnished on the inside.
Veliko Turnovo (210 m a.s.l.), being the former Bulgarian capital, is regally situated along the historical hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora on the two banks of Yantra River.

Petropavlovski Monastery “St. St. Peter and Paul” was founded in 10th century on the site of a Roman fort.
Merdanski Monastery The Merdanski Monastery of “St. 40 Martyrs” is a part of the Veliko Turnovo eparchy. The monastery was built in 13 century during the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and was renovated in 19 century.

Kapinovo Monastery was recently restored with a lovely yard the monastery was founded in 1228 by Tsar Ivan Assen II

Kilifarevo Monastery "St Birth of Virgin Mary", built between 1348 and 1350, lies in the valley of the Belitsa River.

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.

Bozhentsi - is an architectural reserve consisting of some 100 houses from The Bulgarian National Revival Period.

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.

Sokolski Monastery During Ottoman times the monks offered succour to Bulgarian outlaws and used to provide the local rebels with an assembly point during the Rising of 1876.

Shipka memorial - built on the main ridge of the Balkan mountains honors those who died
for the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Battles of Shipka Pass in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

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.

Plovdiv - the second Bulgarian city in population and size after the capital, Plovdiv is famous for the Old Town with charming houses decorated with colourful ornaments.
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Bulgarian Monasteries History Cycling Tour
Tour Code: ZZ-BGBK03
8 days / 7 nights ~$605.00
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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