Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 1 Sofia – Pravets – Varshets
Start for private tours Bulgaria. For Communist Bulgaria Tour the guide will meet you at the airport in Sofia. Then you will leave for the town of Pravets as it is the first place to visit on communist Bulgaria tour. Pravets is the birthplace of Bulgaria’s longtime communist leader Todor Zhivkov. It is also the hometown of Pravets computers.
Then, Varshets, which is the oldest spa resort in Bulgaria. It is founded around a mineral spring. Varshets is famous for its mineral springs, mild mountain climate, beautiful scenery and also a large well-kept park.
Overnight in Varshets.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 2 Varshets – Yablanitsa – Kozloduy – Pleven
In the morning we will leave for the small town of Yablanitsa. Bulgarians know the place as the centre for traditional production of confectionery, halva and Turkish delight, lokum.
Then comes Kozloduy. It is not a big town situated on the Danube River. However, it is best known for the Nuclear Power Plant built in the 1970s. A visit to the plant.
Next, our journey will proceed to the town of Pleven where we will visit the “Pleven Epopee 1877” Panorama Museum. It is the only monument of the kind on the Balkan Peninsula. It not only depicts the events of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877–78 but it also stands on the actual battlefield.
Check in into the hotel and overnight in Pleven.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 3 Pleven – Lovech – Lyaskovets – Mindya – Veliko Tarnovo
In the morning, a short journey to the town of Lovech where we will visit the first virtual Museum of Water in Europe. This is the the old Deli Hamam bath in the town which now houses the unique water museum.
Our next stop will be Lyaskovets. The town is famous for the wine production. So, a visit to the winery museum. Therefore, there will be wine tasting.
Back on the road and back to the world of communism. The village of Mindya is a beautiful place at the foot of the Stara Planina Mountain. It houses the first Museum of Communism in Bulgaria.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 4 Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi – Gabrovo – Kazanlak
In the morning, as part of communist Bulgaria tour, we will visit the most significant monument of culture in the ‘City of the Tsars’. It is the medieval fortress Tzarevetz, situated on a peak with the same name, surrounded on three sides by the river Yantra. When, in the times of the Second Bulgarian State, the town of Veliko Tarnovo was the capital, Tzarevetz was the main fortress in the country. Walking along Samovodskata Charshia (the Crafts Streets), you will have the possibility to see houses over 200 years old, as well as to sense a completely different atmosphere.
Then comes Arbanassi – only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo. The village has rich history and as a result, a large number of historical monuments. People also know it as the place of the once private residence of communist-era Bulgarian dictator, Todor Zhivkov.
Last but not least for the day is Gabrovo – ‘The World has survived because it has laughed’. Gabrovo is the international capital of humour and satire. It will welcome you with the Museum House of Humour and Satire built during the communism regime.
Overnight in Kazanlak.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 5 Kazanlak – Buzludzha – Kazanlak
We will start the day with a visit to the historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Buzludzha. Bulgarians know the place for the final battle held there between the Bulgarian rebels and the Ottoman Empire in 1868. (Istanbul daily tours) Also as the Monument built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891. Then the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev, assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement.
Kazanlak is a town in The Rose Valley and The Valley of Thracian Kings. The region around the town has dozens of Thracian burial mounds. We will visit the Thracian beehive tomb, a unique monument of the Thracian Culture. It is in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage. It was accidentally discovered in 1944 by soldiers while digging an entrenchment in Kazanlak.
In the town we will also visit a representative shop of the local Arsenal plant for manufacture of AK’s.
Overnight in Kazanlak.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 6 Kazanlak – Pernik – Sofia
We will leave Kazanlak for the town of Pernik, a centre for coal mining and heavy industry in Bulgaria. There we will see the Museum of Mining which is the only one of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula.
Communist Bulgaria tour will end in Sofia. Therefore, it is time for sightseeing Sofia.We will visit communist era monuments and places like the antique market at Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the National Palace of Culture, The Parliament, the National Assembly. Also, the Monument of the Soviet Army, the Theatre of the Bulgarian Army, Park “The bells”, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Headquarters, and more.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 7 Sofia
End of the tour. Transfer to the airport.