Self-guided Sightseeing Tour by Train

Self-guided Sightseeing Tour by Train

Self-guided Sightseeing Tour by Train

Accommodation 11 nights in hotels and family-run hotels
Double or twin rooms with ensuite WC/shower. +
Transport Train
Meals 11 breakfasts and 4 dinners.
Staff Self-guided
Age Restriction This trip is suitable for adults and families with children at the age of 6 or more.
Group Size 2 persons and above
Operator Remarks This tour can be easily tailored depending on your preferences.
 

This slow-ride trip is the best way to discover Bulgaria’s many different faces: its painted monasteries, traditional villages, cultural landmarks and small family-run hotels, offering a warm Bulgarian welcome. And all this, independently and car-free, enjoying the dramatic landscapes of the railway roads of Bulgaria. Through the shabby train windows you will immerse in the scenic lands of 3 different mountain ranges: the Balkans, Rhodope and Rila Mountains. During this rail holiday you will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rila Monastery (10th century) and Kazanlak Thracian Tomb (4th century BC) and many iconic old towns with cobbled streets and local traditions, such as Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna, and Plovdiv.

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Free time for Sofia walking city tour
Day 2: Train ride hrough the scenic Iskar River Gorge to Vratsa town and Vratsa Nature Park.
Day 3: Morning free time for walk and 4-hour ride by train in the afternoon to the medieval Capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo, it’s worth it!
Day 4: Free day in Veliko Tarnovo. Sights of interest: Tsarevets Castle, the Craftsmen street, Sarafkina House-museum. Optional visit to Arbanassi village – architecture reserve with beautiful 18th century houses and churches.
Day 5: Spend the day exploring more of Veliko Tarnovo before heading to Tryavna town, hidden in the Balkan Mountains and famous for its woodcarving traditions.
Day 6: Free time in the morning. Recommended visit to the Woodcarving Museum, the 19th century Church, the Clock Tower, The Icon-paintings Museum. Combined bus & train ride to Kazanlak town, situated in the Valley of Roses.
Day 7: Free time in the morning. A must visit are Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, dating back to the 4th century BC and Shipka Golden-dome Church in the nearby village Shipka. Afternoon train ride to Plovdiv city – the cultural capital of Bulgaria.
Day 8: Free day to explore Plovdiv. The city is a cultural treasure and melting pot of cultures and historical monuments: Roman Amphitheatre, Old Revival-times houses, churches and mosques, all in a walking distance.
Day 9: Early morning train ride to the heart of Bulgaria – Rhodope Mountains. At 8:15 am we board on the emblematic narrow-gauge train (only 760mm wide) which will bring us to Velingrad town, famous for its hot mineral waters and pine-tree surroundings.
Day 10: We hop on the narrow-gauge train for a picturesque ride through the mountains. Our final stop is Razlog town, at the footsteps of Pirin National Park. Overnight and home-made dinner in a Green Lodge House in the mountain village Gorno Draglishte.
Day 11: Today we visit the emblematic Rila Monastery – UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight in the renovated monks' cells of the holy monastery, prepared for pilgrims and tourists.
Day 12: Free time and transfer by shuttle bus to Sofia.

Self-guided Sightseeing Tour by Train