From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Melnik and Rupite
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
The day starts at 8:00 AM with pickup from your accommodation in Sofia. Travel approximately 2.5-hours to Rupite and explore the sanctuary associated with the famous Bulgarian prophet, Vanga. See where Vanga spent the last years of her life and visit the church of Saint Petka, with its different styles of frescoes and icon paintings. Next, cross the border into North Macedonia and visit the Swan Lake complex. Explore the lush park and try the local cuisine while admiring the natural surroundings. On the return journey, you will stop one more time on the Bulgarian side to see the remains of the medieval King Samuil's fortress. Learn about the tragic battle between the Bulgarians and Byzantines in 1014 and explore the very site where it happened. Return to the bus for the trip to Sofia. Hotel drop-off will be provided at around 7:00 PM.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Sofia and discover the charm of the Bulgarian countryside on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Sofia, begin the journey to Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria, nestled in the Southern slopes of Pirin mountain and famed for its red wine production. Spend some time exploring Melnik's unique buildings, museums, and churches before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the nearby Rupite area, a place considered as a sanctuary because of its associations with the Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga, who famously predicted Brexit and 9/11. Visit the house where Vanga spent the last few years of her life, as well as the church she built, before beginning the journey back to your hotel in Sofia.
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