Private Sightseeing

Bulgaria

Varna 

Varna and the Petrified Forest Half Day

Description: Often proudly called by Bulgarians the "pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea Riviera", Varna keeps a lot more beyond its sandy beaches.

Join your guide and drive for your private city exploration, starting with its magnificent Cathedral and visit its interior. After reveling the frescoes and icons in the solemn calmness of the cathedral, continue by coach to the Roman Thermal Baths, dating to the 2nd century. Take a stroll along the halls of the baths, engineered with great sophistication.

You will continue with a  visit to the Archeological Museum, housing gold treasure from the Chalcolithic Period/ 3 000 BC, evaluated to be the oldest gold ever discovered.

Rejoin your minivan for a drive through the vicinity of Varna and a visit to the 50 million old natural phenomenon, called by the locals “The Petrified Forest”. Take a few minutes to saunter amidst the peculiar stone pillars, molded by nature and discover “The Camel”, “The Stone Guardians”, “The Throne”.  Upon your return you may desire to be dropped off in town for some time on your own. Guide will escort passengers who are willing to return to ship.

Tour Duration: App. 3 hours 45 min

Walking difficulty: No strenuous walking or climbing is involved. 

Steps: 5 at Roman Baths, 40 at Archaeological Museum, 5 at The Cathedral; Pebbly and sandy surface at Petrified Forest. At the Archaeological Museum passengers may stay on first level and waive their visit to level 2, if they desire to avoid step- climbing. 

No elevators are available at any of the attractions.  

Passengers are invited to wear comfortable shoes and clothing providing covered shoulders and knees during their visit to the Cathedral.  

This order of visits may vary, as to allow optimal convenience and reduce any potential congestion with other passengers traveling in big groups. Starting time to be advised at a later stage.

Tour is inclusive of the following private arrangements

·        Professional guiding services in English language/ unless alternative language is required

·        Entrance fees to the above listed attractions

·        Transportation by AC van

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Varna- Ethnographic Museum, Madara and a Visit to a Bulgarian Family Full Day

Tour Description: Join your van for a sightseeing drive along the streets of awakening Varna and view the City Hall, the Railway station and the Sea Garden. You will visit the Ethnographic Museum of Varna, housed in a house dated to 1860’s, which belonged to a rich local merchant. View the neatly laid out exhibition of authentic agricultural tools. The upper floor of the museum offers a beautiful recall of how the house was furbished and decorated in 1860.

Scenic drive inland takes you to the village of Madara- one of ancient history and warm and hospitable people. In the vicinity of the village is one of Bulgaria’s most fascinating UNESCO enlisted sites. Take a leisurely walk along the wooded alleys, winding up to the majestic Madara rocks and discover  the 8th century relief of the horseman, revealing historical data about the military and political development of Bulgaria at the very dawn of its existence. 

Rejoin your coach for a further drive to the village, where your hosts- a local couple are expecting you at their private home. The people of Madara enjoy visitors and they will earnestly insist that you sample their local delicacies and brandies. Visit the household garden and the house’s interior! Let your hostess proudly show you around the pantry, housing Bulgarian jam- delicacies!

After warm farewell from your hosts, you will return to Varna.

 Timing

Transfer to Museum                                        app. 10 min

Ethnographic Museum                                    app. 45 min

Shopping time                                                             app. 20 min

Scenic Drive in Varna                                                 app. 15 min

Transfer to Madara                                          app. 1 hour

Madara Horseman                                           app. 50 min

Transfer to House                                           app. 10 min

Visit to Local Family                                       app. 45 min

Return Drive to Varna                                     app. 1 hour

MISC NOTES: Madara Horseman is relief, inscribed in the rocks of Madara. There is a gentle uphill way leading to the Horseman and upon return there are 300 steps visitors need to descend. Comfortable shoes recommended. Pax may remain downstairs or on minivan should they so desire. There are approximately 40 steps leading to the Ethnographic Museum. Passengers may stay on vehicle if they so desire.   

Duration: app. 5 hours 30 min

This order of visits may vary, as to allow optimal convenience and reduce any potential congestion with other passengers traveling in big groups. Passengers may need to start with their drive inland and a visit to a local family first, so that the private touch of these arrangements be well- substantiated. Starting time and order of visits to be advised at a later stage.

 Tour is inclusive of the following private arrangements

·        Professional guiding services in English language/ unless alternate language is required

·        Entrance fees to the above listed attractions

·        Transportation by AC van

·        Refreshments at the house in Madara village

Please note that timing is approximate.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.