Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 1 Sofia – Pravets – Varshets
For Communist Bulgaria Tour; the guide will meet you at the airport in Sofia and you will leave for the town of Pravets as the first place to visit on communist Bulgaria tour. Pravets is the birthplace of Bulgaria’s longtime communist leader Todor Zhivkov and the hometown of Pravets computers.
Varshets – the oldest spa resort in Bulgaria and founded around a mineral spring. It is famous for its curative mineral springs, mild mountain climate, beautiful scenery and 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. The place is Known throughout the country as a centre for traditional production of confectionery, halva and Turkish delight, lokum.
Kozloduy is not a big town, situated on the Danube River and it is best known for the Nuclear Power Plant, which we will visit, built in the 1970s.
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 depicts the events of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877–78 and it stands on the actual battlefield.
Check into the hotel and overnight in Pleven.
Communist Bulgaria Tour Day 3 Pleven – Lovech – Lyaskovets – Mindya – Veliko Tarnovo
We will start the day with a short journey to the town of Lovech where we will visit he first virtual Museum of Water in Europe. The old Deli Hamam bath in the town, now houses the unique water museum.
Our next stop will be Lyaskovets which is famous for the wine production. There we will visit the winery museum and it is the right place for wine tasting.
Back on the road and back to the world of communism. The village of Mindya is a beautiful place situated at the foot of the Stara Planina Mountain and 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’ is the medieval fortress Tzarevetz, situated on the homonymous peak, 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 used to be main fortress in the country. Walking along Samovodskata Charshia (the Crafts Streets), you will have the possibility to see houses built over 200 years ago, as well as to sense a completely different atmosphere.
Arbanassi – only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, the village is known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments and the place of the once private residence of communist-era Bulgarian dictator, Todor Zhivkov.
Gabrovo – ‘The World has survived because it has laughed’, the international capital of humour and satire 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. The place is known for the final battle held there between the Bulgarian rebels and the Ottoman Empire in 1868; and also as the Monument built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when 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 is dotted with dozens of Thracian burial mounds. We will visit the Thracian beehive tomb, a unique monument of the Thracian Culture included 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. We will visit communist era monuments and places like the antique market at Alexander Nevski Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, The Parliament, National Assembly, Monument of the Soviet Army, 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.