While families are encouraged to enjoy any of our tours, we’ve designed this tour specifically to delight kids of all ages. Expand your horizons together as you skip down the Yellow Brick Road, act out your favorite comedy/tragedy on the stage of a Roman amphitheatre, and stand guard while protecting a medieval castle. Watch artisans at work, hear traditional musicians, learn folk dances and sample authentic Bulgarian cuisine for a cultural experience you won’t soon forget. Unplug with an excursion to hike and swim at a waterfall. The beauty of our rustic barn is the perfect setting to enjoy early morning coffee or an evening beverage with panoramic views of the mountains while younger guests run and play in the outdoors.
$2800.00 All inclusive (flights from BOS*)
All inclusive includes:
Round Trip Airfare from Logan Intl. Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, transfers, hotels, meals, translator, Bulgarian health insurance of 30,000 euros, museum & historical sites admissions, and tour guides. *Contact us for quotes from other airports.
Day 1: Overnight flight
Day 2: Arrive in Sofia
Day 3: Tour Sofia
Day 4: Plovdiv
Day 5: Travel to Stone & Compass Center
Day 6: Etara
Day 7: Bedouin Beach Bar
Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo
Day 9: Travel to Sofia for departure
Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria’s 7,000-year-old capital, and begin your adventure with a traditional dinner.
Walk down the “Yellow Brick Road” as you pass through the historic section of Sofia. Explore the catacombs underneath St. Sofia Church and experience the contrast of old and new as you can walk on a Roman road in the Ancient Complex of Serdica right into a modern metro station. Walk through the park and shop for unique souvenirs in the open-air market.
Wake to the ancient city of Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Boasting over 200 Thracian, Greek, and Roman archaeological sites, this “city of seven hills” has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Sample traditional Bulgarian, Turkish, and Armenian fare as you walk the cobblestone streets of Ancient Plovdiv, lined with restored houses from the Bulgarian Revival period.
Travel through the Thracian Valley of the Kings and over the Balkan Mountains with a stop at the Shipka Church and Shipka Pass Monument celebrating liberation from 500 years of Ottoman rule.
Step back in time as you enter the gates of Etara, a living museum featuring a traditional craft marketplace. Wind your way along the river while the 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.
Unwind at the Bedouin Beach Bar, where activities can include swimming in the river pools complete with waterfalls, horseback riding, hiking, and relaxing in one of the many lounge areas including floating beds and hammocks. The restaurant offers refreshing drinks and savory delights to enjoy as you lounge inside or outdoors.
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. Visit a museum of local history, shop for gifts and souvenirs, or enjoy a gelato in this city where old meets new.
Awaken your senses with one last morning cup of coffee or tea in the barn. Breathe the fresh air and relish the peace and serenity that is STONE & COMPASS.
Reflect on your experience as you travel back to Sofia Airport. View the landscape and imagine when you will return . . .as you will want to return!