Blagoevgrad Province
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From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

1. From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

Meet your driver in Bansko and board the air-conditioned vehicle to travel to Rila Monastery. Relax during the 1.5-hour drive as you admire the beautiful Bulgarian landscape. Arrive at the monastery at approximately 3 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore the complex inside and out. Admire its balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostasis and enjoy the fabulous mountain views. Stop at one of the 2 restaurants in the complex to have something to eat or drink. Take the opportunity to discover more at the museum, or purchase souvenir icons and other items in the nearby shops. The departure time from Rila Monastery will be between 5 and 5:30 PM. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Bansko.

Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

2. Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

You'll begin by arriving to the meeting point, where you'll meet your driver and board your vehicle. Following a 25-minute drive, you'll arrive to the nearby small village of Gorno Draglishte. This village is a place filled with history, tradition, and culture. The starting point of your activity is the guest house of Deshka, where you'll be greeted by the cheerful and energetic babi (grandmothers). You will then participate in traditional local dances, weave a razboi, and dress in traditional local nosii (folk costumes). There's going to be plenty of traditional local dishes to eat, which will guarantee you won't stay hungry. There's also going to be locally brewed rakia, which is a traditional Bulgarian alcoholic drink.

Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

3. Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Тake a two-hour walking journey throughout Bansko's historical district. Absorb the culture while reliving the lifestyle of the 18th century. By exploring the hidden corners of the Old Town, you will explore its history, legends, and the unique architecture of its fortified houses. Experience daily life in the Old Town, feel the spirit of the past, and dive into the local cuisine by hearing about local recipes shared from generation to generation. Admire the hand-painted murals of the Holy Trinity Church to discover the local art of Bansko. Learn about the first days of Bansko's history as a ski resort and how it reached the popularity of today, while finishing up the tour at the newest pedestrian street in the town.

From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Melnik and Rupite

4. From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Melnik and Rupite

Escape the hustle and bustle of Sofia and discover the charm of the Bulgarian countryside on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Sofia, begin the journey to Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria, nestled in the Southern slopes of Pirin mountain and famed for its red wine production. Spend some time exploring Melnik's unique buildings, museums, and churches before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the nearby Rupite area, a place considered as a sanctuary because of its associations with the Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga, who famously predicted Brexit and 9/11. Visit the house where Vanga spent the last few years of her life, as well as the church she built, before beginning the journey back to your hotel in Sofia.

Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik

5. Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik

This 11-hour guided small-group tour focuses on the highlights of Rila Monastery and Melnik. You will be also introduced to nature conservation, Bulgarian geography, as you will see two of the highest mountains on the Balkans, agriculture and economy during and after  communism. There are plenty of other interesting themes that you can discuss with your experienced guide while on the road.  Depart early in the morning from busy Sofia and head to the tranquil heart of the Rila mountains, where you can admire the impressive Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Its architecture and the frescoes represent the apogee of Bulgarian Renaissance art. In a one-hour guided tour of the most treasured monuments in the inner yard and the Monastery museum, you will learn the most fascinating facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. Enjoy free time to buy souvenirs, take photos or to continue to explore it by yourself. Your tour continues south to Melnik (about a 1.5-hour drive). Admire the strangely shaped sand and clay formations. Now the smallest town in Bulgarian with only 208 inhabitants, Melnik still preserves part of its glory from the 17th to 19th centuries, when it was a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center. Today, the city is famous for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, mild climate and of course internationally recognized brands of red wine. You will have a guided walking tour through the city and enter the biggest Bulgarian Revival Period style house and its tunnel-like wine cellar.

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wonderful evening with warm and welcoming hosts. go hungry because there's A LOT of food!