Sofia Airport transfer / 20 km and 20 minutes driving time
Welcome to Sofia Airport. We will meet you at the airport and if your flight hasn’t arrived too late we’ll do a welcome walk in Sofia. We love Sofia and will show you its charm and most amazing spots with the best views and places in the city.
You’ll feel the spirit of the city about which Constantine the Great was saying often – “Serdika is my Rome” and was wondering if he should turn it into a capital of his empire. Visit the remains of the ancient fortress Serdika, Aleksandăr Nevski Carthedral, Rotunda of St. George (II century), considered the oldest building in Sofia.
There also the Sofia Synagogue – the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe, one of two functioning in Bulgaria and the third-largest in Europe. Visit Banya Bashi mosque, built in 16th century is the only surviving mosque from Ottoman Empire standing in the centre of Sofia.
Overnight in Sofia. Hotel 3*, 4* or 5* depending on your choice.
Depart to the Northwest Bulgaria where you will visit one of Bulgaria’s most famous natural landmarks – the Belogradchik Rocks. The grand rock ensemble is represented by imposing rock monuments, including The Horseman, The Madonna, The Dervish, The Metohot, The Schoolgirl, Adam and Eve, Haydut Velko, The Cuckoo. There are also over 100 caves in the Belogradchik Rocks. Here is also Belogradchik Fortress, also called Belogradchik Kale, which were built among the inaccessible Belogradchik Rocks when the Bulgarian state was not formed and the Balkan Peninsula was within the Roman Empire.
Only 25 km from the town of Belogradchik is located the unique and protected by UNESCO natural landmark – the Magura Cave. It resembles an underground cathedral and is one of the most striking tourist attractions in Eastern Europe. Visit and explore this spectacular place!
Depart to Vidin. Located on the right bank of Dunabe river this city is one of the oldest towns along the Bulgarian Danube bank. It appears as the Roman fortress of Bononia on the foundations of a Thracian settlement.
Overnight in Anna – Kristina Hotel 3*.
Start your day with a walk along the Danube River.
Visit and explore Vidin’s main touristic sight – Baba Vida fortress. The fortress is located in a park on the bank of the river and was raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia. It is among the most preserved medieval fortification constructions in Bulgaria and is dates to the period from the 10th to the 14th century.
Depart to Kladovo, Serbia. Arrival in Kladovo by noon.
After lunch walking tour of the city center. Nearby are numerous cultural and historical monuments from the Roman era – the remains of the bridge of Traian and Trajan’s Gate, the Roman fortification Diana, the fortress Fetislam.
Visit Fetislam – Kladovo fortress (medieval-Ottoman fortress), was rebuilt by the Ottomans, the remains of which still exist today. Video HERE
Visit Diana fortress. A Roman and early Byzantine fortress (town, necropolis, road) from the period 102-103 AD, on a dominant hill near the banks of the Danube, being one of the largest Roman-Byzantine fortifications. Video HERE
Tekija – Traina Tabula – Statue of king Decebal – Tekija
Optional* (performed under suitable meteorological conditions / 1 or 2 hours depending of the boat and group size.)
We start our day with a visit to the Jerdap I Hydroelectric Power Station, which is one of the four largest hydroelectric power plants in the world.
Afterward departure for Romania and Drobeta. The settlement on the site of the present-day city existed during the time of the Roman emperor Domitian and is considered to be the oldest Roman settlement in the territory of present-day Romania. It is also known by the Dacian name Drobeta. The city was founded by the Hungarian king Laszlo I and is located opposite Kladovo on r. The Danube.
Walking in the city. You will explore archaeological park administered by the Iron Gate Region Museum.
Visit Museum of the Iron Gates Region. Situated in the immediate vicinity of the Roman castles, the Museum – whose bases have been laid since 1912 – houses an important collection of artefacts, including a Roman lapidarium. Besides, three of the nine rooms of the History-Archaeology section are dedicated to the Roman age, namely the Dacian-Roman wars, the Roman antique monuments, and the spiritual life in the ancient Drobeta settlement.
Explore Roman camp Drobeta. The castles and the settlement of Drobeta were founded during Emperor Trajan, when the bridge over the Danube was also built.
Explore remains of the first bridge on the Danube, Trajan Bridge, was built between 103 and 105, probably by Apollodorus from Damascus, at the orders of Emperor Trajan. Built of stone and wooden beams, the purpose of the bridge was to allow the transport of the Roman troops and supplies necessary for the second military campaign to conquer Dacia. Today, a single pillar is visible on the Romanian Danube bank, near the Drobeta roman castrum. The pylon is an integral part of the archaeological park administered by the Iron Gate Region Museum.
Visit Severin Medieval Fortress. Video HERE.
Departure to Zajecar in the late afternoon. On the way, we can stop at the widely known wine cellars in Raiats. The area is known for its rich vineyards from ancient Roman times and for its old stone wineries that retained their authentic 18th and 19th-century atmosphere, offering excellent local wines, among which are those made from the local grape variety. incense. The settlements were named “beer houses”, so the locals in the area around Negotin called the wineries. Rajaz Wine Cellars is a unique cultural and historical monument worldwide. They are built in honor of the wine and the vine.
Overnight in hotel Hotel Albo 3* or similar.
( 220 km., 4 hours transfer)
Your day will begin with a walking tour of Zajcar and a visit to Gumzigrad (Felix Romuliana) on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A visit to a museum displaying exclusive mosaics from the residence of Emperor Galerius.
Just 11 km from Zaichar, a late Roman archaeological site preserves the remains of the ancient city of Felix Romuliana.
The complex consists of the remains of the late Roman fortified palace and at the same time a memorial complex of the Roman emperor Galerius. Its area is 6.5 hectares and its construction was commissioned by Emperor Kai Valery Galerius Maximian at the end of III and the beginning of the IV century. His name was Felix Romuliana, after the Emperor’s mother. The site is surrounded by firewalls with twenty towers and encompasses fortifications, including lobbies, vestibules, thermal baths, floor mosaics, marble forms, sculptures and objects made of pink granite and green porphyry from Peloponnese.
Departure for Sofia.
Overnight in Sofia. Hotel 3*, 4* or 5* depending on your choice.
Start our day with with a walk in the National History Museum where you’ll see many collections of artifacts from Bulgarian and Balkan history.
Visit one of Bulgaria’s historical symbols – The Boyana church “St. Nicolas and St. Panteleimon” which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
We can spend some shopping time if we have it and then – transfer and departure from Sofia airport
OR an extension of the tour.