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Founded in 1083, Bachkovo Monastery is one of the largest and most important pilgrimage sites in Bulgaria, and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument. The historic monastery also boasts a magnificent setting, perched in the hills around Asenovgrad and overlooking the Chepelare River.

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Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour

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Save yourself miles of walking and hours on cramped public buses when you book this convenient small-group tour to historic Plovdiv, with its spectacular Roman theater, and Bachkovo Monastery, known for its gorgeous murals and frescoes. Onboard Wi-Fi lets you stay connected as you travel, your guide puts Bulgaria’s long history in context, and transfers from your accommodation are included for larger groups.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.20
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$60.20
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Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

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Escape the tourist trail and discover Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains on this private guided day tour. Explore the 13th-century castle, Asen’s Fortress, and the 11th-century Bachkovo Monastery with its murals and frescoes, then admire the naturally carved bridges known the Wonderful Bridges. Tour includes door-to-door round-trip transportation and a private guide but excludes the affordable entrance fees.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.44
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$81.44
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Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour from Sofia

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour from Sofia

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Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a full-day excursion from Sofia to Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery. Spend the morning exploring the Roman ruins in Plovdiv Old Town, then see the gorgeous icons in one of Europe’s oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries. This 9-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Sofia hotels as well as entrance fees at the Plovdiv Roman Theater, and it’s the perfect introduction to Bulgaria’s rich history and culture.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.86
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$71.86
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Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

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Knowing the best spots to experience Bulgaria’s rich and varied cultural heritage can be tricky for visitors on limited time in the capital. Tick off Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress, and Bachkovo Monastery in just 1 day on a small-group tour from Sofia. Save time with seamless round-trip transfer between landmarks, and learn about their Roman, Ottoman, and modern history from your professional guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.62
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Best of Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, 7 Rila lakes in 2 day tours

Best of Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, 7 Rila lakes in 2 day tours

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Skip the car hire costs and see so much more than you could by bus on this great-value small-group guided tour with onboard Wi-Fi. On day 1, explore historic Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with monuments spanning 2,000 years. On day 2, discover UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery and capture gorgeous photos at Seven Rila Lakes (chairlift own expense). Transfers are included for larger groups.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.61
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$121.61
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Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress - private day tour from Plovdiv

Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress - private day tour from Plovdiv

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Get out of the city and explore the notable religious sites around Plovdiv on this private day tour. Travel with a guide towards the Rhodope Mountains and visit King Asen's Fortress in Asenovgrad. Stop at the 11th-century Bachkovo Monastery and learn about its history. Choose to take a walk in the Red Wall Nature Reserve.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.88
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Bachkovo Monastery & Wine Cellar Tasting & Lunch

Bachkovo Monastery & Wine Cellar Tasting & Lunch

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Take a break from the city without the hassle of navigating on a private day trip through the Plovdiv countryside. In addition to providing round-trip hotel transport, your guide offers background and historical anecdotes at each stop on the itinerary. Tour a winery and sample their selection, chat over a traditional Bulgarian lunch, and round off the day with a stop at the historic Bachkovo Monastery.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.96
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$123.96
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Private Day Trip to Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

Private Day Trip to Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery

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Save yourself the self-drive hassles but enjoy the flexibility of independent travel on this door-to-door private guided tour. Discover the historic town of Plovdiv, with its Roman ruins, Christian mosaics, and gorgeous Old Town. Then explore Bachkovo Monastery, first established in the 11th century. Make the most of free Wi-Fi as you travel.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.77
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$119.77
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Bulgaria: el mejor tour en 8 días y con Guía de habla española

Bulgaria: el mejor tour en 8 días y con Guía de habla española

Este viaje de 8 días / 7 pernoctas le permitirá conocer lo mejor de Bulgaria, tanto ciudades milenarias como Sofía y Plovdiv, como sus pueblos tradicionales con su exótica arquitectura, su rica gastronomía y una mezcla de culturas eslavas, búlgaras, otomanas, mediterráneas, etc. que es única en Europa. Sin olvidar sus míticos monasterios ortodoxos enclavados entre boscosas montañas... Para su comodidad estarán acompañados de un guía de habla española en las visitas turísticas y en los traslados por carretera.
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  • 8 days
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$1,612.26
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$1,612.26
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8 Days Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia & Kosovo on a Motorbike

8 Days Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia & Kosovo on a Motorbike

With this tour, you will experience some of the best from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Kosovo. It is very rich in historical, archaeological and natural sites. It will make you understand the complexity and the delicacy of the region. You will learn a lot from all the conflicts and turbulences in this relatively small area, but which is having such an intense and long history. Except for the ancient periods, we will cover one of the most controversial and dramatic modern history periods - the collapse of Yugoslavia. Your adventure will be guided by one of our highly educated and professional guides. You will ride on carefully selected roads and stay in recommended 3* hotels.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,826.46
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$1,826.46
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Full Day Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv - Bachkovo, Shiroka Laka and Vacha Dam

Full Day Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv - Bachkovo, Shiroka Laka and Vacha Dam

Embark on this journey through one of the most picturesque roads in the Rhodopes. Visit the second biggest monastery in the country and hear the incredible stories that are hiding within its confines. This tour will give you a unique opportunity to indulge in the traditional lifestyle of Rhodope people and to experience their food culture. Stopping at Shiroka Laka village, you will be introduced to the authentic architecture of the houses there. Our hosts will welcome you to take a look at the beautiful wood carved ceilings adorning the interiors of these monuments of history. Shiroka Laka is also famous as the birthplace of the unique folklore Rhodope music. After enjoying your specially prepared organic lunch, we will head back to Plovdiv passing through the scenic road of Vacha Dam. There, you will have the time to relax and drink your afternoon cup of tea/coffee while admiring the breathtaking view of the dam in front of you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.95
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$163.95
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Day Tour from Plovdiv full with History, Nature & Forgotten Village Experiences

Day Tour from Plovdiv full with History, Nature & Forgotten Village Experiences

Discover the ancient history and stunning nature of the Rhodope Mountains within an hour drive from Plovdiv. This tour will not only introduce you to the area's most prominent architecture examples - Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery, but also will lead you deep into the roots and traditions of the local people. You will visit a village which locals refer to as 'the village where time has stopped'. Not visited by many tourists today, this place still preserves the authentic lifestyle and architecture of its dwellers. You will get the chance to taste the most delicious specialities of the region made by our lovely hosts who have prepared a bag of stories for you. Your adventure ends with the magnificent natural phenomena - The Wonder Bridges, which fascinated its visitors with its grandeur beauty and mystical energy.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.66
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$158.66
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Private Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery & Assen's Fortress Day Trip from Sofia

Private Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery & Assen's Fortress Day Trip from Sofia

Cover ground that’s only really possible with a professional at the wheel and check off three key Bulgarian attractions in just one day on this convenient guided tour. Soak up the architecture and Roman ruins of Plovdiv Old Town, the 17th-century murals at Bachkovo Monastery, and 13th-century Asen’s Fortress. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.59
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$106.59
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4 days: Monasteries in Bulgaria

4 days: Monasteries in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria there are more than 120 monasteries! The interest in them we can explain with their role in the historical and cultural evolution of the Bulgarian nation. They survived the cruelty times of the middle ages and the Ottoman period, the vandalism, the natural disasters. They were the source of light in the dark ages of the people, making literally schools for education, science and religion.  Some of them are like open-air museums, still keeping their secrets. Join us to solve some of their mysteries, to see the biggest ones like Rila, Bachkovo, Troyan. Feel the spirit of the orthodox temples and look over the monks and the nuns. See the incredible frescos and icons, made by the different painting schools. Come to understand why these things are little pieces of heaven. 
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  • 4 days 4 hours
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$838.37
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$838.37
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10 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Urban & Sea Experience

10 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Urban & Sea Experience

Roundtrip with a rent-a-car. Longer stays (2 days) at every location and day trips to close attractions. Ramble around the cobblestoned streets of the old towns, enjoy a refreshing walk in the woods, immerse in the luring waters of the Black Sea.
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  • 10 days
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$883.21
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$883.21

Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 15 days

Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 15 days

Magnificent sceneries… fine sand beaches, sea and sun… beautiful mountains and pristine natural places… pure water… delicious food, remarkable wines and spirits… authentic native hospitality… beautiful folk dances, unique in rhythm and sound… lots of fun all the time… This is the tour! Bulgaria is World famous for its folklore and unmatched variety of folk dances. It is quite common on various occasions the Bulgarians to stand up and dance having fun, trying to give the best of themselves, instead of just sitting and watching for fun the dancers to perform. Be part of this adventure! Sure you can! Taaa – Taaa – Ta-ta… Yeehoo! :)
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  • 15 days
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$3,301.30
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$3,301.30

Horse Riding in the Heart of the Rhodope Mountains - Hvoyna

Horse Riding in the Heart of the Rhodope Mountains - Hvoyna

This is an unique product offering you to experience horse riding in the Rhodopean village of Hvoyna - at the heart of the Rhodope mountains. Jump on a horse and get guided for your best trek ever in the area.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.73
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$34.73
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The most essential Bulgarian highlights

The most essential Bulgarian highlights

During the tour you will see the most essencial historical and archaeological places, some UNESCO sites, present day capital Sofia, some traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 6 days
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$1,735.10
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$1,735.10

Local Adventures in the Rhodope Mountains

Local Adventures in the Rhodope Mountains

Choose among an extensive amount of activities you want to try while in the Rhodope mountains provided by a professional local guide: herbs collecting, truffles hunting, kayaking, buggy or quad bike riding, local food and drinks tasting, hiking and trekking, meeting with local people, mountain biking, road cycling or just merging with the local culture. Just choose one or some, pay the deposit amount and we shall organize it for you with the flexibility to pay any outstanding amount on spot upon arrival. Great flexibility and the best choice of local activities guided by our professional local guides in the Rhodope mountains.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.73
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$34.73
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Private Tour with a Local Experiencing With You the Gems around Plovdiv

Private Tour with a Local Experiencing With You the Gems around Plovdiv

Nearby Plovdiv is located Asenovgrad town, better known as the Bulgarian Jerusalem.  It is also called the city of brides, but its symbol is the medieval fortress named after the Bulgarian king Ivan-Asen II. Asen’s fortress still controls the passage through the Rhodope Mountains, leading us to the Bachkovo monastery – the second biggest in Bulgaria and the most impressive with its miraculous stories. Once entered in this area, you’ll definitely hear about Mavrud – man, hero or wine? – Many legends are speaking about one fabulous wine – the Mavrud from Asenovgrad!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.66
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$70.66
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Day-Trip to Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

Day-Trip to Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

A tour that encompasses the rich culture and history of Bulgaria's Rhodopes - a mountain known for its gorgeous scenery and fascinating traditional rural villages. Asen's Fortress (13th century) is located only 25 minutes from Plovdiv and offers a glimpse at Beulgarian history during medieval times. Nearby is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo Monastery, a stunning work of architecture. It is home of the Miracle Working Icon of the Holy Virgin, an icon that is said to heal ailments and bring good fortune. The road up to the monastery is lined with market stalls selling local herbs, spices, jams and honey, and the restaurants offer some of the best traditional cooking in the country.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.22
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$62.22
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Private 1-day Trip To Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo-Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

Private 1-day Trip To Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo-Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

Our private tour brings you to the top spots around Plovdiv at your own pace and starting time from Plovdiv. Your private local guide is also your driver with the comfortable vehicle. All entrance fees are included in the privately-guided option. Wonderful Bridges are a natural phenomenon, which is believed to had formed during the collapse of former cave formed in Proterozoic marbles from the waters of a small river deep gully probably an earthquake. Bachkovo monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno" was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregory Bakuriani, who made a donation to the building. Asen's Fortress - one of the most preserved fortresses in Bulgaria. Truly breathtaking scenery, views and history behind it!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.71
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$46.71
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5 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Wine, Nature and Traditions

5 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Wine, Nature and Traditions

This tour suggestion is oriented towards riders with limited time, who are crossing Bulgaria or are near it. In these 5 days, you will ride on beautiful scenic roads and mountain passages, during which you will be introduced to our history, archaeology, and culture. Your experience will be guided by our highly professional and educated Biker Guides. To make this tour an experience we are offering you to stay in a guest house, in a village where you will taste the real homemade food, typical for the South part, to hear and learn the local songs and dances. In addition to that during the 5 days, you will ride in the Trigrad Gorge, sleep in a hotel surrounded only by natural beauty and horses, visit the Bulgarian most famous wine region. We hope that you will enjoy it!
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$620.64
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$620.64
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Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 12 days on FB

Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 12 days on FB

Magnificent sceneries… fine sand beaches, sea and sun… beautiful mountains and pristine natural places… pure water… delicious food, remarkable wines and spirits… authentic native hospitality… beautiful folk dances, unique in rhythm and sound… lots of fun all the time… This is the tour! Bulgaria is World famous for its folklore and unmatched variety of folk dances. It is quite common on various occasions the Bulgarians to stand up and dance having fun, trying to give the best of themselves, instead of just sitting and watching for fun the dancers to perform. Be part of this adventure!
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  • 12 days
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$3,227.59
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Bachkovo Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 35 Bachkovo Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Bachkovo Monastery costs USD 10.78. Guided Bachkovo Monastery tours start around USD 10.78 per person. See all 35 Bachkovo Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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