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Un tour in completa libertà che vi permetterà di scoprire panorami, architetture, siti Unesco.
Day 1 Arrival in Sofia, transfer & orientation 16.00 - 18.00
The modern capital of Sofia has a long history literally hidden beneath it. Visit the now revealed Roman ruins in the heart of the city and contrast this with the imposing Soviet buildings atop. Not just a historic city, Sofia embraces the modern and chic. You can stock up for the tour in Prada, Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss. Sink a few Guinness in JJ Murphy's lively Irish boozer, before whiling away the wee small hours in the bohemian Candle Bar, short on electricity, long on atmosphere. Whatever you choose to do, we are on hand to see you safely there and back.
Day 2 Sofia - Veliko Tarnovo 9.00 - 15.00
Veliko Tarnovo (VT) the ancient Capital of Bulgaria, has a rich history, cobbled streets, houses perched impossibly on the edge of the river Yantra, and an imposing fortress. Allow time for a walk around the old town and market. VT provides us with the ideal jumping off point for our morning drive traversing the Shipka Pass, a thoroughly absorbing and exciting drive around hairpin bends up to an altitude of 3820ft. It is famous in Bulgarian culture as the site of a crucial struggle between Bulgarians in their fight for liberation from the Ottoman Empire.
Day 3 Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv 9.00 - 14.00
Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv, is also considered by many to be its most interesting and attractive. It's no surprise therefore that it has the honour of vying for European Capital of Culture in 2019. It has variously been invaded by Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Huns, Crusaders Turks and now us! Plovdiv provides us with the perfect setting to cut loose and enjoy our final night. There's a host of things to see in Plovdiv, both old and new. This UNECSO heritage site, particularly the amphitheatre, remains a 'must see'. Ask us for directions and restaurant recommendations, or you'll be bamboozled by what's on offer!
Day 4 Plovdiv - Sofia 9.00 - 11.00
After a hearty last breakfast, we drive back to Sofia for final farewells to new friends, vehicle handover and transfers to the airport.
Collection point - Sofia airport* 1.30pm**
Drop off point - Sofia airport* 12 midday**
*Or other specified nearby point depending on individual traveller plans and by prior agreement
**Exact times to be depended on traveller flight schedules.
6 nights accommodation (3 nights for Bulgaria Blitz) including arrival and departure days
7 days touring the best of the Balkans (4 days for Bulgaria Blitz) including arrival and departure days
Flexible routes to allow for personalised itinerary
Parking fees (where applicable)
iPhone - including local SIM, translation tool and points of interest mapping
All vehicle insurances and necessary legal documentation
What's not included:
Other meals and drinks
Site entrance fees (where applicable)
Experience the very best of the Balkans from the driving seat of an iconic Trabant. An average of 2.5 hours driving each day along stunning country roads, takes you from one fabulous destination to another. Regular pauses along the way allow time to soak up amazing vistas, architecture, UNESCO heritage sites, and lazy lunches. Staying only in the best hotels available, our overnight stops are selected to offer a wide choice of food and drink, a vibrant evening culture, and local colour. Travel at your own pace, even on your own route if you so choose, and have your own Balkan adventure. We will be close at hand, to guide you throughout your stay, but all you really have to do is slow down, wind down the window, and soak up the magic of the Balkans.
Contingency and Support:
All tours are accompanied by a 4x4 Jeep support vehicle with tour Host and Mechanic, and our national tours include a further support vehicle with sufficient expertise and spares for roadside repair should the need arise. Additional vehicles are kept in reserve in the event of a serious mechanical failure, and our back office staff are on standby for additional support for the duration of each tour.
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