Museums / Culture, Food and Wine, Nature and Wildlife
Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour and the sites are suitable for children of age 4+ years old.
Maximum travelers: 6
Russian (conversational), Macedonian (conversational), English (fluent), Bulgarian (fluent)
Melnik and Rozhen monastery
Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria. Yet it is famous in the whole of our country with a few things - the natural phenomenon "sand pyramides", the fantastic and very special "crazy" young wine, and with the beautifully arranaged houses with underground corridors and winecellars from 19th century.
Our route starts from Sofia. It si advisable to start not later than 9 am as this is a 3-hour drive. We will make a stop at Dupnitza - in about 55 km from Sofia and one more time as we go. Firstly, after 3 hrs. we will stop in Melnik, do some walking along the old streets, we will visit one famous mansion - "The Kordopulov's House" - a museum, showing the characteristics of 19th century houses for this region as well as its wine cellar, which most of the houses in Melnik have. After this you might want to have lunch in one of the many MEHANAs. After this - we are taking 6 km drive to the Rojen Monastery - established in year 890, having sirvived throught he Otoman's yoke ages, and giving you a spectacular view to the snowy peaks of Pirin mountain and wonderful high blue sky! After this - I am afraid we'll have to head back to Sofia and return to reality :)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Sofia, your hotel or at the airport.
End location: Sofia, your hotel or at the airport.
Duration: 11 hours
The time and/or availability of the tour may depend on the season and the weather conditions.
You wil be picked up from any location within Sofia - your hotel for example. The car I use is a Nissan Alera Tino - a comfortable airconditioned car, suitable for up to 4 travellers or a Toyota Previa 6+1 seater.
Guide/driver services are included, fuel, parking fees, daily allowances for guide/driver.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
70 BGN - This cash will be enough for a lunch, entrance fees and... one or two bottles of typical regional wine :)