The Best of Bulgaria

INCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Transfers
  • City Tour
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing
  • Tour Code : THPL00024

    Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days

    Stay Plan: Sofia - Rila Monastery - Plovdiv

    Advantages : Pre-planned itineraries with fixed transport (departure and return), stay & sightseeing, with only minor changes allowed

  • Bulgaria was founded in the year 681, but now is not the time to discuss its Medieval history. Later we will also speak of the ancient Thracian, Greek, and Roman civilizations which each left their mark on these Bulgarian lands. At this moment, we must concern ourselves with understanding the nature of Bulgaria today and will quickly summarize key events of more recent times.

    Inclusions

    • Arrival and departure airport transfersy
    • 5 nights’ accommodation on BB basis at 3* or 4* hotels in Sofia
    • Tour of Vitosha Mountain
    • Evening panoramic tour 'Sofia by night' and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances
    • Sightseeing tour of Sofia with professional English guide

    Exclusions

    • Personal expenses and entry taxes for museums
    • One-day tour to Rila Monastery
    • One-day tour to Plovdiv

    Destination

    Bulgaria's pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the coast or the ski resorts, but they're missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it's a largely modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Recent excavation work carried out during construction of the city’s metro unveiled a treasure trove of Roman ruins from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called 'Serdica'. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria's finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further.

    Rising out of a forested valley in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria’s most famous monastery has been a spiritual centre for 1000 years. Rila Monastery’s fortress-like complex engulfs 8800 sq m, and within its stone walls you’ll find remarkably colourful architecture and religious art. Visitors can’t fail to be struck by its elegant colonnades, archways striped in black, red and white, and the bright yellow domes of its main church, beneath which dance apocalyptic frescoes. All of this splendour, against a backdrop of mist-swirled mountains, has made Rila Monastery hugely popular among both pilgrims and curious visitors.

    Right in the heart of the city you will find the Old Town, which is a tentative Unesco World Heritage Site. It is a true jewel in the crown of European and world history. When you are in the Old Town, everything worth seeing is within walking distance. Whether you strictly follow and check your list of sights or just walk the narrow ancient cobblestone streets until you get lost just to see another ancient relic right around the corner, you will never forget this experience. The Old Town has its very own charisma that has stood the brunt of ages – it feels ancient, beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring, all at the same time. It is a place where art meets history.

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    CANCELLATION


    In the event that a tour participant cancels his / her booking OR a group booking is cancelled, the following fees become payable. Note: the above will hold good only on presentation of the original receipt. Transfer from one tour to another will be treated as a cancellation. (Note: All cancellations must be received in writing and signed by the tour participant, who made the booking). In case you have to withdraw from a tour after it has begun for reasons such as illness, be sure to obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that we are not able to make refunds for absences from a tour or for any missed sightseeing. Costing and airfare for all tours is based on departure from Mumbai, unless mentioned. Passengers opting for boarding flights from other places will have to pay the airfare difference (if any), and will have to bear expenses of airport to hotel and vice-versa transportation with no reduction in this price on this account. The facility of offering the option of boarding the flight from other places will be solely at our discretion. We, in no circumstances, will be liable for any loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, travellers cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by the passenger while on tour, however caused. No refund is permissible on partially unutilized air tickets or ground arrangements.


    Cancellation charges:


    90 days prior : Rs.10,000/-

    30-21 days :10% or Rs.10,000/- whichever is higher

    21-15 days :25% or Rs.10,000/- whichever is higher

    15-07 days :50% or Rs.10,000/- whichever is higher

    07-01 days :100%

    Terms & Conditions


    All the passengers are hereby requested to read all these conditions carefully, as he/she shall be bound by them.


    YOUR CONTRACT


    All tours in this brochure are operated by Trance Holidays Pvt Ltd. When a booking is made, which is accepted by us, it constitutes a contract between you and Trance Holidays Pvt Ltd. All bookings are taken on the basis that you accept these terms and conditions. We are travel organisers only. We do not control or operate any airline, neither do we own or control any shipping company, coach or coach company, hotel, transport or any other facility or service mentioned in this brochure. We take care in selecting all the ingredients in your holiday, but because we only select and inspect them and have no other control in their running we cannot be held responsible for any injury, death, loss or damage, or deficiency in services which is caused by the act or default of management or employees of an independent contractor arising outside our normal selection and inspection process. (The contract and the disputes, if any, will be subject to the jurisdiction of Delhi courts only.)


    BOOKING AND PAYMENT


    A non-refundable and interest-free deposit of '' 10,000/- per person is required to be paid by the passenger at the time of booking which should be done at least 90 days prior to the date of departure. Full payment should be made 30 days prior to the date of departure. The registration amount is non-adjustable against any other tour or service.


    VALIDITY


    Itineraries, resorts, hotels, airlines, cruise, rail, and prices published are subject to change any time without prior notice.


    PRICES


    Any increase in air/rail fare or taxes prior to the date of departure or change in exchange rates or increase in visa fees will have to be borne by the passenger.


    ACCOMMODATION


    All tours, planned itineraries and package plans are based on using twin or double accommodation. In order to keep our price as low as possible, tour holidays are based on efficient use of transport and hotels and these arrangements are planned many months in advance. To maintain this efficiency, it may be necessary on occasion to make some alterations to your holiday arrangements.


    TAXES


    In case of group tours, taxes are inclusive. Certain hotels charge a security deposit on check in, which is refundable on check out after deducting any expense incurred by the passengers. All passengers are liable to pay this deposit.


    NOTE


    The company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, death, delay, breakdown or irregularity which may occur in carrying out the tour arrangement. (In the event of a passenger falling ill or suffering any accident during the journey, all hospital expenses, doctor’s fees and any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of his/her illness/accident are the responsibility of the passenger.) Management reserves the right to claim any additional expenses due to delay or changes in train, airplane, bus, ship or other service, weather conditions, strikes, war, quarantine or any other cause whatsoever and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the passenger.

    The Azerbaijan Online e-Visa is an electronic visa for travelers to Azerbaijan, issued via an online application system. It was introduced in 2013 to facilitate visa processing for foreigners wishing to enter Azerbaijan for a maximum of 30 days.

    The Azerbaijan e-Visa, also known as the ASAN visa, can be obtained by completing the online application with personal information, travel details, passport data and some security questions before requiring payment via credit or debit card. The approved e-Visa for Azerbaijan is then sent to the applicant’s e-mail address within 24h, and in some cases up to three (3) business days.


    Azerbaijan e-Visa Conditions


    The following important information relates to the e-Visa for the Republic of Azerbaijan, available for eligible foreign nationals to request online:

      The electronic visa for Azerbaijan allows its holder to visit the country for a maximum duration of thirty (30) days.

      The e-Visa is a single-entry visa that allows its holder to enter and exit Azerbaijan only once.

      The e-Visa for the Republic of Azerbaijan is usually processed within 24 hours but could take up to three (3) working days.

      The Azerbaijan e-Visa is valid for a period of ninety (90) days.


    Terms of Eligibility for Azerbaijan e-Visa


    To visit Azerbaijan with the e-Visa, foreign nationals must meet the following requirements:

      All applicants must be citizens of one of the eligible countries as stated in the list below.

      When applying applicants must be outside Azerbaijan.

      Have a valid email address where he/she will receive the approved e-Visa.

      The applicant must also have a valid credit/debit card to make the online visa fee payment.

      Passports of e-Visa holders must be valid for at least six (6) months from the arrival date in Azerbaijan.


    Additional Information about the Azerbaijan Online e-Visa


      e-Visa holders must print out at least one copy of their e-Visa for Azerbaijan.

      Upon arrival travelers will be requested to present their e-Visa at the border control checkpoint.

      Travelers are recommended to keep their printed copy of the e-Visa with them at all times during their stay.

      Once the validity period has passed, the e-Visa becomes invalid and can no longer be used to enter Azerbaijan.

      The duration of stay of the e-Visa holder may not exceed the designated 30-day period.

      If the period of stay of the e-Visa holder exceeds 10 days, he/she must ensure that they are registered with the State Migration Service for free, usually done via tourist accommodation.

      Day 1: Sofia

      Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, Free time in the city centre and main shopping area around Vitosha Boulevard. Evening panoramic tour “Sofia by night” and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.

      Day 2: Rila Monastery

      Breakfast. Free time in Sofia for shopping and visiting of museums or, optional one day tour to Rila Monastery. Rila Monastery is the most exquisite example of monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Visit of Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miraculous icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the Monastery kitchen, the museum, keeping the long and heroic history of the monastery and the wonderful wood-carved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyu’s Tower. Tour duration – approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Sofia.

      Day 3: Sofia

      Breakfast. A free day in Sofia for shopping and visiting museums. Overnight in Sofia.

      Day 4: Sofia Surroundings

      Breakfast. Tour of Vitosha Mountain (approx. 3 hours duration). Overnight in Sofia.

      Day 5: Plovdiv

      Breakfast. A free day in Sofia or, optional one-day tour to Plovdiv. Sightseeing tour the Old Town, including a visit to the Roman Ancient Theatre, which was built in the 2nd century AD under the rule of the Roman Emperor Trajan and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Stadium, St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Tour duration - approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Sofia.

      Day 6: Sofia

      Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport and departure.


    Tentative Itinerary

    Please Note: There might be changes to the above-mentioned Itinerary however, smaller might be but it will be aimed to enhance and optimize your experience with us.


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