This is a one day guided tour that takes you to the famous Buzludzha Monument, National Park-Museum Shipka and the town of Kazanlak from Sofia. You will be picked up from your accommodation/hotel in Sofia at 8 AM. At the late afternoon we will sett off back to Sofia, where we will arrive at about 20.00 pm.
Type: a guided or a self-drive tour;
Duration: about 10-11 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: Buzludzha Monument, National Park-Museum Shipka and the town of Kazanlak.
Price: We specialise in tailor-made travel to Bulgaria and our travel suggestions are individually designed to suit your personal requirements. If you would like us to contact you with a proposal for this tour, please use the form at the end of this page or the other communication channels on our contacts page.
Tour dates: round the year;
Tour mileage: about 600 km from Sofia;
Minimum number of travellers: 2
Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria, 1,441 m high. The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was 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 with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. It is no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government and it has fallen into disuse. The building exemplifies the brutalist architectural style common to many state constructed communist buildings.
National Park Museum Shipka is located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains. The park comprises of 26 monuments, the reconstructed battle positions, artillery batteries and dugouts of the defenders of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish War from 1877 – 78. The Liberty Memorial is among the largest of the monuments in the park. Its outline resembles a medieval Bulgarian fortress and can be seen from dozens of kilometers. It was built with donations from the people from all over Bulgaria and was inaugurated on 26 August 1934. It is 31.5 m tall and 890 steps lead up to it. The powerful bronze lion – symbol of the Bulgarian state – guards the entrance to the Memorial. The other three walls of the monument bear the names Shipka, Sheinovo and Stara Zagora – the battlefields in defence of the Pass. On the ground floor under a marble sarcophagus rest the remains of Shipka’s defenders. The sarcophagus stands on four prone stone lions and above it as honour guards stand the statues of a Bulgarian Opalchenets (member of the voluntary Bulgarian army units) and a Russian solder. The other seven floors of the museum display personal effects of the solders and volunteers, medals, photos, weapons and documents related to the battles fought over Shipka. The highest platform of the Liberty Memorial affords a beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings.
The town of Kazanlak is located in the center of Bulgaria, in the western part of the Kazanlak basin. Kazanlak is the center of the Valley of the Roses, the home of the Thracian kings, and an attractive tourist destination. This tour includes only a short sightseeing walk in the town. A separate tour is dedicated to this pictures region.
Guided and self-drive tours
A guided tour shall include: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; accommodation; transfer from/to airport and all other services you might need.
A guided tour does not include: international air fares; personal medical or travel insurance; food; any expenses of a personal nature.
A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences; maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places/hotels; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences; extensive pre-arrival information and services and all other services you might need;
Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights to/from Bulgaria; fuel, food; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
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