Belgrade And Sofia
Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital of Serbia, and has a population of around 1.6 million. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe.
Arrival in Belgrade. Transfer and check-in at hotel. The rest of the day is free for time at leisure. Overnight Belgrade.
02 BELGRADE - NOVI SAD
Breakfast. Walking tour in Belgrade from the Republic Square along the main pedestrian street (“Knez Mihaylova”) to Kalemegdan Park and the Belgrade Fortress with its picturesque panorama to the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers. In the afternoon optional tour to Novi Sad. Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, known as the Serbian Athens for its great role in the Revival of the Serbian people – here is the seat of some of the most important Serbian cultural institutions, including Matica Srpska. Here, on the shore of Danube River, you can witness one of the most impressive fortresses in Europe – Petrovaradin, called “Gibraltar on Danube” – masterpiece of the fortification construction of the 18th century. Return to Belgrade in the evening. Overnight in Belgrade.
Breakfast. A free day in Belgrade for shopping, visit Zemun for time at leisure. On request – traditional Serbian dinner in local restaurant – “kafana”, with live music. Overnight in Belgrade.
04 BELGRADE – SOFIA
Breakfast. Departure for Bulgaria. Arrival in Sofia in the afternoon. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, Presidency, etc. Accommodation at hotel. Optional dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
05 SOFIA / RILA MONASTERY
Breakfast. A free day in Sofia or, optional tour to Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Guided tour of the monastery complex. Visit to Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the old kitchen, the monastery museum where you can learn about the long and heroic history of the monastery, the woodcarved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyo’s Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Tour duration - approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Sofia.
06 SOFIA / PLOVDIV
Breakfast. A free day in Sofia or, optional to Plovdiv – European capital of culture 2019. Sightseeing tour in the Old Town, including the Roman Ancient Theatre, which was build in the 1st century AD and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Stadium, St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Drive back to Sofia. Tour duration - approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
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Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.7°F (24.3°C) and 48.5°F (9.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Sofia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 80.5°F (26.9°C) and 49°F (9.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Sofia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 51.7°F (10.9°C) and 37.8°F (3.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.