Discover the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Sofia, an intoxicating mix of east-meets-west with grand onion-domed churches and imposing Ottoman mosques standing alongside modern shopping malls and a thriving scene of museums, galleries and restaurants. Compact enough to explore on foot, Sofia is an attractive city with enough culture and historic sites to keep you entertained for days.
Days 1 & 2 Istanbul - Sofia
If booking this in conjunction with one of our group tours day 1 coincides with the final day of your Turkey tour so make the most of your free day in Istanbul and explore this fascinating city further. Later on this evening we will collect you from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer you to the bus station at 10.00pm for an overnight bus journey to Sophia, Bulgaria’s charming capital. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your city centre hotel.
After hotel check in the rest of day 2 is free for you to relax or explore the city independently. Alternatively, consider an optional half day tour of the UNESCO listed Boyana Church, at the foot of Mt Vitosha, and the National History Museum, or an optional full day excursion to the 10th century Rila monastery, the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
Day 3 - Sofia City Tour
After breakfast enjoy a half day walking tour of Sofia. With large expanses of green parkland bordered by the mighty Mt Vitosha, Sofia and its vistas are best enjoyed at a leisurely pace out in the open air.
Highlights of today’s tour include the awe-inspiring Alexander Nevsky Golden- Domed Cathedral with a crypt containing a staggering collection of religious icons, and the St Sofia Church, one of the oldest churches in Europe that is still operating today. Also visit the red brick Church of St George – the earliest and best reserved building in inner Serdica, as Sofia was known during the 4th century. Ancient Serdica also offers a number of Roman period ruins to explore and we later finish the tour with a visit to the Neo-classical-style National Theatre.
Day 4 - Bye Bye Bulgaria
After breakfast and hotel check out your tour ends with a departure transfer to Sofia airport for your departing flight.
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