Visit the former residence of the Queen of Romania at Balchik Palace and explore the archaeological reserve of Kaliakra on a day trip to the Black Sea from Varna. Look out for dolphins and rare birds in Tuylenovo. See the cove of Bolata Bay and more.
What to Expect
Following pick-up from your accommodation in Varna at 08:00, travel to the Black Sea coastal town of Balchik. Located 42 kilometers northeast of Varna, the seaside town sprawls along hilly terraces that descend from the Dobruja Plateau to the sea.
Balchik Palace was constructed for Queen Marie of Romania between 1926 and 1937. The palace complex consists of residential villas, a smoking hall, wine cellar, power station, monastery, holy spring and chapel. Today, the park is a state-run botanical garden.
Continue to the nature and archaeological reserve of Kaliakra and discover one of the most beautiful and historic capes in Europe. Marvel at vertical cliffs up to 70 meters high. Look for dolphins and cormorants, along with many rare and migrant birds in the spring and autumn. Much of the coastline is home to rare breeding birds, such as the Pied Wheatear and European Shag. Kaliakra also has remnants of fortified walls, a water-main and baths. The former residence of Despot Dobrotitsa dates from the short-lived Principality of Karvuna's medieval capital.
Next go to picturesque Bolata Bay. The small, perfect semi-circle cove is a protected area and features a sandy beach. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at Dalboka in Kaliakra Bay. Dalboka is one of the region's most charming restaurants. Kaliakra was home to the first mussel farms in Bulgaria. The farms specialize in the cultivation of ecologically-clean Black Sea mussels from the muthilus gallaprovincialis species.
Continue to the protected archaeological reserve of Yaylata, just south of Kamen Bryag. Admire its rare, natural beauty and the remains of ancient civilizations. See prehistoric cave homes, Thracian tombs and ancient cellars. Other sights include a sanctuary, altar stones, a fortified wall, semi-obliterated inscriptions, stone icons and crosses engraved on cave walls.
The last stop will be the picturesque village of Tuylenovo, home to a fishing harbor and small beach. Dolphins can be seen from the coast and often come nearer to land in the early morning or late afternoon. The caves in the cliffs were used as dwellings. Nowadays, backpackers set up camp inside them to enjoy the free accommodation!
Depart for Varna in the late afternoon and benefit from drop off at your accommodation.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Entrance fees
- Services of a professional guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Fuel and parking fees
- Pick-up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation
- Glass of wine/cup of coffee
What's Not Included
- Lunch (own expense)
- Any personal expenses