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Day 3: Sofia - Rila Monastery - Plovdiv

Leaving Sofia in the morning, after breakfast. We will continue our way to Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery of the Balkan peninsula. Visit one of the oldest Bulgarian monasteries (10th C.), included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with medieval defense tower from the 14th C. and fine frescoes.

We move further to Plovdiv – the second biggest town of Bulgaria, and one of the oldest cities in Europe (contemporary of Troy), across the magnificent nature of the Rila and Rhodopi Mountains. Plovdiv is Homer, Herodotes and other ancient authors describe the life, traditions and the rich culture of the Thracians, who are the oldest population in the Balkan Peninsula. Sightseeing tour in Plovdiv: we will walk in the old part of the town with beautiful old houses from the Bulgarian Revival period (18th – 19th C.): visit St. Konstantin and Elena church, the Roman Theatre, The Amphitheatre, Ethnographic Museum, Cuma Mosque.

Overnight in Plovdiv.