Bulgaria And Macedonia One Day Tour From Sofia

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The tour starts from your hotel. The first stop will be Boyana Church, which is situated in Sofia. Afterwards, head towards the Zemen Monastery, were you will arrive after approximately one hour and a half drive. After enjoying Zemen Monastery, you will continue towards Osogovo Monastery in Macedonia. After approximately two hours transfer you reach your destination. You will have the chance to enjoy the Holy Cloister and have a traditional lunch in the nearby restaurant. Transfer to Sofia- the tour ends at your hotel.

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Begin with pickup from your Sofia hotel and travel to your first stop of Boyana Church: a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, this exquisite church follows the Byzantine architectural pattern of consisting of three parts: a Greek cross ground-plan, dome, and richly decorated facades with ceramic elements.

On arrival, head inside to admire the stunning interior. The walls and ceilings are adorned with several layers of paintings dating from the 11th, 13th, 15th to 17th, and 19th centuries, which together feature 89 scenes and240 human figures depicted either individually or together.

Its main claim to fame are its 13th-century murals, created in 1259, which echo and represent key movements and moments in Bulgarian medieval culture. According to experts, the style of these glorious frescoes resembles, yet predates the Renaissance.

Having explored here, continue to the Zemen Monastery of St. John the Evangelist. Founded during the First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 AD), this splendidcomplex consists of a church and monastic living quarters, the latter dating from the mid-19th century, together witha bell tower added on the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1878.

Learn how the church was built sometime during the 11th or 12th century, and hear how Deyan, the ruler and despot of the Velbazhdosko Empire, donated funds in 1334 to have it restored. Head inside to see some of the church's 12th-century elements and view the portraits of its founders, including the despotic ruler Deyan and his wife Zoya, dating from the 14th century.

Afterward, enjoy a roughly 2-hour drive into Macedonia to visit Osogovo, an Orthodox complex established in the 12th century and dedicated to Saint Joachim Osogovski.

Perched highin the lush forests of the Osogovo Mountains, this stunning monastery is considered one of Macedonias most beautiful and consists of a small 14th-century and larger, 19th-century church, together with old dormitories and other buildings.

Admire the churches and their frescoes, and learn how the monastery has withstood an earthquake, Ottoman damage, and the ravages of time.

Refuel with a light lunch at a nearby restaurant and then return to Sofia where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Inclusions for Bulgaria And Macedonia One Day Tour From Sofia

  • Transport by modern vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees for Boyana Church and Zemen Monastery
  • Light lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Bulgaria And Macedonia One Day Tour From Sofia

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Excellent tour by a safe and knowledgeable guide/driver. Highly recommended!

  • Tour guide was really good

  • This trip was great! Chimy, my guide, was very informative and accommodating. The monestary in Macedonia is incredible with the views. I highly recommend this!

  • Ci Ci was an amazing guide, Knowledgeable, Accommodating, Insightful and can share her experiences in life as a proud Bulgarian in a modern world. Her experience as a guide helped us achieve time to enjoy all the most important sights on our list. We were more than satisfied with our tour.

  • Thank you to our most excellent guide Maria for a wonderful day exploring Bulgaria and Macedonia - we appreciated all the insightful information and the chance to get to know so much more about the people and country. I'm sure the cats at the monastery in Macedonia will not forget our visit. Aaron, Jay and Dan.

  • This is a really good day-trip if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Sofia and have an appreciation for religious treasures. This tour takes you through the Bulgarian and Macedonian countryside, which when I travelled was full of lush, green trees and fields of sunflowers. My guide and driver did their best to ensure I was comfortable throughout the journey, and provided me with insightful information about the monasteries that we visited. The border crossings were painless, and the guide and driver took care of everything - very professional!

    The light lunch that is included is not exactly light, but very tasty! I had brought snacks for the journey, but these weren't needed. Bringing some water is recommended.

    One thing I would recommend to anyone on this tour is to bring something for motion sickness, should you be prone to this. The roads aren't horrible, but there is a lot of twists and turns in the road that might make some not feel so great.

  • I enjoyed this one day tour to Macedonia. Our tour guide Chimi provides us all the information on our way to our destination. She has loads of information to share. She gives us interesting stories of the monasteries. It's a private tour just for the two of us and very affordable. Lunch included.

  • I had a fantastic trip. The ride was nice, and I get to see more of Bulgaria. I highly recommended this tour if you don't have enough time and would like to see more of Bulgaria and a little bit of Macedonia.

    Maria was an exceptional tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and welcoming. She explained to us about the history, politics and economy of Bulgaria as well as Macedonia, in addition to the three monasteries we stopped. They are fascinating, and it makes visiting these important sites much more special. A small group tour means there were only three of us, in addition to the guide that we got to ask as many questions as we want and we did!

  • The tour was amazing with so much to learn about the frescoes and the country. I loved the knowledge of the tour guide and the ways he was able to bring it to life with so many stories. I also liked the time to just talk in the car and learn more about the country and so many interesting facts. He was very considerate and helped me understand. It was such an extraordinary visit and opportunity. Thank you.

  • Definitely worth doing if you want to tick off a visit to Macedonia. The drive and border crossing takes quite a long time, but you still get plenty of time to see the sites you visit.
    Included lunch was very nice.
    Tour guide seemed good but it was the first time he and #39;d been to any of the places!!

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