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7 Day | Jewish Tour of Bulgaria

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5 nights' accommodation at select hotels

4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners

Portage at the hotels

Day One: Wednesday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday

  • Arrive at the Sofia International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 5:30 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Enjoy a panoramic introductory tour of the city.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator, followed by a concert of the Bulgarian women's choir “Cosmic Voices”.

Overnight: Sofia

Day Three: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Experience history and present-day life in the capital of Bulgaria, one of the largest cities in the European Union and one of the oldest settlements in Europe, in the past known as Serdica. Explore the sites:
    • Visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the biggest Orthodox basilica in Bulgaria and one of the most notable symbols of Sofia, and the Basilica of St. Sophia, which gave the city its present name.
    • View the monument of Alexander II, the Parliament Building and the former King's Palace.
    • Explore the Russian Church St. Nicholas, St. George's Rotunda, which is Sofia's oldest building, and the ruins of ancient Serdica.
  • Delve into the past and present of Bulgaria's Jewish community through a visit to the Central Synagogue, the largest synagogue in the Balkans and one of the largest in all of Europe.
  • Meet with a local community representative and discuss Judaism's rich history in Bulgaria.
  • Meet with the community's young leadership at the JCC center, adjacent to the synagogue, where you will also learn more about Jewish life in present day Bulgaria.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Program at the Chabad Center and discover more about the Ladino culture.
  • Continue to the Boyana Church, a medieval Orthodox church, a UNESCO patrimony and National History Museum to learn more about Bulgarian culture.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner along with a folklore show at a restaurant.

Overnight: Sofia

Day Four: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • An Inside Look into Bulgarian Politics & Society: Dialogue with a prominent journalist.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to the Rila Mountains, the highest on the Balkan Peninsula, to see one of Bulgaria's most famous sites - the Rila monastery. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by St. Ivan of Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries and is included in the UNESCO world heritage list.
  • Visit the monastery church with its amazing frescos painted by the most famous Bulgarian artists from the 19th century.
  • Explore the monastery museum which houses a rich collection of exhibits connected with the history of the monastery and the spread of Christianity in Bulgaria.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city with millennium-old history.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Plovdiv

Day Five: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Bachkovo to see one of the oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe - explore the monastery churches, refectory and ossuary.
  • Wine tasting at the monastery.
  •  Continue to the ethnographic village Shiroka Laka to visit the house of exarch Stephen, who played a key role in the salvation of Bulgarian Jews.
  • Walk around the village, which is known for its beautiful, authentic Rhodope houses arranged in tiers on both sides of the river.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to Plovdiv and explore the old town, where you will see beautifully decorated houses, magnificent churches, the ancient fortress wall and charming paved streets.
  • Further explore the city's past by visiting the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman amphitheatre, dating back to the 2nd century AD.
  • To further delve into Bulgaria's history, you may visit some of the most interesting museums in Plovdiv, such as the Ethnographical Museum, the House of Hindliyan, Balabanova house and more.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Plovdiv

Day Six: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Visit the Zion Plovdiv Synagogue, dating back to the 3rd century, and currently one of the only two remaining active synagogues in Bulgaria (along with the Sofia Synagogue).
  • Depart Plovdiv and travel to the village of Starosel, known for its abundance of ancient Neolitic and Thracian sites.
  • View the largest underground temple in the Balkans, found in the area under the Chetinyova Mogila (tumulus), along with a mausoleum.
  • Continue through the rose fields to Hissarya, a town with a rich history, mineral water springs and contemporary SPA complexes.
  • Discover the best preserved Roman fortress in Bulgaria, the southern gate is known as "The Camels", because it was broken in the middle and looked like two camels facing each other, before it was partially restored in the early 20th century.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Travel to the town of Kazanluk to the area known as ‘The Valley of the Thracian Kings' due to the numerous Thracian tombs discovered in the surroundings. Visit one of the finest examples, a replica of the oldest discovered Thracian tomb listed in UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Return to Sofia and check into your hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Sofia

Day Seven: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer on own to Sofia International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Intercontinental Hotel

Overlooking Narodno Sabranie Square and offering breath-taking views of Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, InterContinental Sofia is the capital’s ultimate 5-star hotel.

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Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Sunny Beach is a modern and luxurious four-star hotel, enjoying a central waterfront location in the very heart of the biggest summer resort in Bulgaria – Sunny Beach.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.