Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria’s 7,000-year-old capital, and enjoy a traditional dinner.
Day 3: Tour Sofia
Walk down the “Yellow Brick Road” as you pass through the historic section of Sofia and view sites from the time of Constantine the Great to post-communism and through to the modern day. Walk on a Roman road in the Ancient Complex of Serdica, see iconography of the Eastern Orthodox church at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and shop for unique souvenirs at the antique flea market.
After touring Sofia travel to Stone & Compass Center in Stolat at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.
Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo, Tsarevets Fortress
Explore Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Second Bulgarian Empire. Climb the steps of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets for panoramic views of this city and the river that winds around it. Inside the reconstructed church atop the fortress you will see unique modern frescoes reflecting the long history of this site.
Visit the studio of a traditional pottery maker, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy a gelato in this city where old meets new.
Day 5: Etara
Step back in time as you enter the gates of Etara, a living museum featuring a traditional craft marketplace. Waterwheels power machinery used for woodcarving, pottery, weaving, and silversmithing, among others. Try traditional apple pastry from the bakery or Turkish coffee brewed over hot sand while you watch the artisans at work and shop for unique handcrafted items.
Day 6: Free day & cultural dinner
Relax in the serene setting of our Center, which sits on 1500 acres with views of the Balkan mountains. Reflect on your experiences, enjoy games or the outdoors with your travel companions making lasting connections that are the foundation of Stone & Compass tours.
End the day with a traditional dinner complete with Bulgarian performers sharing music, song, and dance.
Day 7: Arbanasi and Nicopolis ad Istrum
Overlooking Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi is a quaint village that rose to prominence as a trading center in the 17th century. Visit the 15th century Church of the Nativity of Christ where an experienced guide will explain the unique and unusual murals and icons not typically seen in other churches.
Nicopolis ad Istrum
Nicopolis ad Istrum is an active archaeological excavation of a town founded by the Roman Emporer Trajan. The ancient roads lead you through remains of the cannonade, theatre, public baths, and buildings around the agora.
Day 8: Tryavna
Savor your last full day in the colorful mountain town of Tryavna. See traditional architecture from the town square’s picturesque clock tower to the bridge to the pedestrian walkway. Recharge yourself in one of the outdoor cafés that line the streets and browse the vibrant array of shops.
Day 9: Last day
Have one last morning coffee in the barn and enjoy the view before traveling back to Sofia for departure home.