One Day From Varna To Srebarna Nature Reserve Near Danube River

This is a one-day slow sightseeing tour by car starting from Varna, Bulgaria to the region of Silistra on Danube river and Dobrich. You will visit the following places and will stay there enough time to fully enjoy the area: Srebarna Nature Reserve and Lake Srebarna, the town of Silistra, famous with the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi” and the beautiful park alongside Danube river and finally the Old Dobrich Architectural-Ethnographic open – air museum.


Basic Information

Type:One Day From Varna To Srebarna Nature Reserve, Silistra And The Old Dobrich Architectural-Ethnographic Open-Air Museum; 
Duration: about 11 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: Srebarna Nature Reserve and Lake Srebarna, the town of Silistra, famous with the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi”, the beautiful park alongside Danube river and finally the Old Dobrich Architectural -Ethnographic open – air museum;
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: all year round;
Tour mileage: about 320 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2

More details

The tour starts at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Varna. The road is passing through the beautiful Dobrudzha region. You will arrive at Srebarna Nature Reserve (about 140 km from Varna) at about 10.30. You will start first with a walking tour around the lake Srebarna using the eco path, made around the reservation. You will also enjoy the pleasant view from the specially constructed observation platforms.

The Nature Reserve is located on the Via Pontica, a bird migration route between Europe and Africa. In 1983 the lake Srebarna was included in the list of sites of global natural and cultural inheritance of UNESCO, because of the enormous biological diversity.

The floating reed islands are an interesting attraction which can be seen in the lake of Srebarna. These islands called “kochki” by the local population never get flooded, since they follow the vertical movement of the water. The birds build their nests on these reed islands.

After spending enough time with the birds, you will continue to the Turkish fort “Abdul Medzhidi” or the so-called Medzhidi Tabiya, the only fortress with completely preserved interior and exterior belonging to the Ottoman period in Bulgaria. It was built because of the need to further strengthen the Danube cities, when the Danube river was established as a natural border of the Ottoman Empire. The fortress was built during the period 1841 – 1853 with the free labor of 300 forcefully gathered Bulgarians. The main builders were from the village of Dryanovo, and the masons were from the region of Silistra.

After the fortress you will continue to the town of Silistra on Danube River, one of the first towns to set up their own museums in Bulgaria. The History Museum in the town was opened on 11 January 1899 and comprises two exhibitions – an archaeological and an ethnographical one, situated on different places. The ethnographical exhibition includes exhibits that present the way of life and the culture of the Dobrudzha people from the Silistra Region who lived in the period from the mid-19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The archaeological exhibition comprises prehistoric, ancient and medieval monuments.

You will have lunch in a nice restaurant in Silistra, serving Bulgarian cuisine.

You will have a stroll through the city centre visiting the Kurshumlu Mosque, built during the first decades of the 17th century by Ottoman architects. It is famous for its richly painted walls and ceilings and the coloured stones used in the brickwork around the windows and the doors.

At the afternoon you will enjoy the beautiful park and picturesque river panoramas alongside Danube river.

On your way back to Varna you will stop in the Old Dobrich Architectural-Ethnographic Museum,  an open-air museum where the traditional crafts of the Dobrudzha Region since the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century are preserved, exhibited and developed. It is located in the centre of modern-day Dobrich, taking the place of what was formerly known as Odun Market. Skilled craftsmen descending from families with traditions in craftsmanship continue the centuries-long tradition of their crafts at the reconstructed old town market. Potters, blacksmiths, embroiderers, weavers, coopers, frieze weavers (producers of coarse woolen fabrics), goldsmiths, etc., make traditional products using old hand techniques and ingenious tools in more than 30 workshops.

At the evening you will sett off back to Varna and your accommodation.

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 Varna; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; 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; any expenses of a personal nature.

A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences (if needed); maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places; 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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