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  2. Varna
  3. Day Trips

From Varna: Full-Day Shumen Monument and Madara Rider Tour

Product ID: 213462
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Learn about Bulgaria's ancient past and its more recent communist history with a private day trip to the unique and strange Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria in Shumen, and the ancient UNESCO-listed Madara Rider relief.
About this activity
Duration 12 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Your hotel or accommodation in Varna.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit one of the largest communist monuments in the world
  • Take incredible photos with this fantastic opportunity for urban exploration photography
  • Learn about the only rock relief in Europe from the 9th century
Full description
Experience the most unique parts of Bulgaria on this private full-day tour. After pickup in Varna, cross the Balkan mountains and part of the Danube plains to Shumen to visit the incredible Founders of Bulgarian State monument. Opened in 1981, the monument is built in a communist art style that is huge and impressive, and also considered by many to be extremely strange. 

After the monument the tour continues to Madara, a small village nearby. Here you can see the UNESCO World Heritage Madara Rider, a rock relief carved into a cliff face. The relief depicts typical riders from Asian nomad states, and the only example in Europe of such a carving from the early medieval era. Learn about the inscription in ancient Greek that honors the Bulgarian Khans.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages

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Important information
What to bring
  • Food
Know before you go
• There are 50 steps to reach the Madara Rider
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