Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sandanski - Melnik - Roupite - Rozhen Monastery - Sofia
Day 1 - 09:00 h. leaving from Sofia to Rila Monastery. Tour around the monastery. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon leaving to Sandanski. Check-in at local hotel (3* or 4*). Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2 - Breakfast. Check - out. 09:30h. leaving to Roupite. Visiting Vanga’s house and St. Petka Church. Leaving to Melnik. Lunch at local restaurant. Visiting The Kordopulovata House, wine cellar and the sand pyramids. Leaving to Rozhen Monastery. Visiting the church, museum and the yard with the bakery room. In the late afternoon leaving to Sofia. Dinner at restaurant on the way to Sofia.
Package prices in euro
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Price is per person, accommodated in single room and includes:
one night at 3* - 4* hotel on BB basis (bed and breakfast)
two lunches at local restaurants
two dinners at local restaurants
English speaking guide during the whole trip
personal car/bus with driver
wine tasting at typical wine cellar in Melnik
Price excludes entrance fees.
During this tour you will see:
Stob Pyramids near the Stob Village;
City of Sandanski;
City of Melnik;
The Roupite Nature Reserve;
Church built from the famous Bulgarin Profit - Vanga;
RILA MONASTERY - among the bosoms of Rila at the altitude of 1147m above sea level, on the right bank of the Rila River is situated the most outstanding monument of Bulgarian culture and architecture of the Revival period - the Rila Monastery, known also as the Holy Rila Retreat.
It was founded during the 10th century by Sveti Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila) - patron of Bulgaria. The Monastery was built as it stands now by Bulgarian master builders in 1816-1847.
SANDANSKI - the town of Sandanski is situated in South-Western Bulgaria, immediately to the west of Pirin Mountain, along the banks of the Sandanska Bistritsa River. The town bears the name of the great Bulgarian revolutionary Yane Sandanski who fought for the liberation of Macedonia from the Turkish rule.
The area of Sandanski has the best climate in the whole of Bulgaria and if one adds up the hot mineral springs (33C - 83C) it becomes evident why the town has turned into a resort of international significance.
MELNIK - Melnik is the smallest and one of the most fascinating town-museums in Bulgaria. Nestled amongst the lowest south-western fold of Pirin, it combines in it the memory of a prosperous past with the pastoral cosiness and the unique in its kind countryside. It dates back to Thracian times.
Key occupation of the people in the region was the production of wines of high quality, which matured in the sand wine cellars around and under the town itself.
THE ROUPITE NATURE RESERVE - one can see the hot steaming mineral springs at the bottom of the dead volcano of Kozhouh. This is an extremely beautiful and impressive place. The Bulgarian prophet Vanga lived here and helped many people in her last years. Her house and the St. Petka Church remind of her. She herself was the initiator and donator for the construction of the church.
THE ROZHEN MONASTERY is the biggest sanctuary in the Pirin region and one of the few Bulgarian monasteries of the Middle Ages, which has survived relatively intact up to present days. According to annals kept in Atone, Greece, the monastery dates back at least to 890 AC - for comparison, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, the Rila monastery, is believed to have started functioning in 917 AC. The church of the monastery, named St Birth of Virgin Mary, later gave its name to the nearby village of Rozhen (Rozhen coming from the root of the Bulgarian word for birth, ‘Rozhdenie’). During the rule of Despot Aleksii Slav, governor of the region at the time of Tzar Kaloyan (1197-1207) and Kaloyan’s nephew, the monastery’s complex was enriched with a number of buildings. The monastery was destroyed by fire in the early 17th century, but was rebuilt in the beginning of the 18th century with the financial support of wealthy Bulgarians from all over the country. The reconstruction started in 1715, with the church having been entirely renovated in 1732. The monastery saw its apogee in the 19th century when it served as a regional spiritual centre and had numerous real estate holdings in the surrounding area. The end of the monastery’s heyday was put by a famous local revolutionary, Yane Sandanski, who together with his relatives seized real estate properties of the monastery. Nowadays, the monastery is well maintained and open to visitors all around the year. The monastery’s holiday is on September 8, when people from all over the area gather to take part in the celebrations.
Distance in kilometers:
Sofia - Rila Monastery - 120 Km
Rila Monastery - Sandanski - 110 Km
Sandanski - Roupite - 10 km.
Roupite - Melnik - 15km.
Melnik - Rozhen Monastery - 3 km.
Rozhen Monastery - Sofia - 182 km.