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Melnik Day Tour from Sofia - Forgotten villages & Mystic Wine Traditions

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USD 169.05
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What to Expect
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Stop At: Museum House 'Vanga', 2863 Petrich, Bulgaria

We will enter the protected area of Rupite where we cannot miss the unique church of St. Petka, dedicated to the world-famous Bulgarian herbalist and prophetess- Baba Vanga. Keep your ears open for the stories of the local people to understand more about her mysterious life. Surprisingly, the church now serves as a repository for the paintings of one of the most famous Bulgarian modernists – Ivan Rusev. You will get the chance to learn more about Bulgarian modern art history from your guide, being an art historian herself.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rozhen pyramids, 2820 Sandanski, Bulgaria

The thread of mystery does not end up here. We will head east to a long forgotten village nestling among the surrounding sand pyramids. Less than 20 people are living there today. The only way to get there is by driving through a 40m sand tunnel dug by the local population back in the 60s. This was the only channel for communication with the rest of the world for them. You will be hosted by a local family which will introduce you to the unique tastes of Bulgarian dishes and the different varieties of real homemade wine. Be prepared, it’s a strong one!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rozhen Monastery, Rozhen, Melnik 2820 Bulgaria

On our way back, you will have the opportunity to admire the splendid 16th-century frescoes of the biggest monastery in Pirin mountain and to catch a glimpse of its unique iconostasis. Your guide, who is by profession an art historian, will be able to reveal the deepest secrets behind the symbolism of the medieval wall paintings in the church, showing you its history in a completely different perspective.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Pirin Planina, Melnik Bulgaria

As our tour leans towards its end, you can enjoy the tranquility of the smallest city in Bulgaria- Melnik and stroll around its old cobbled streets, traditional houses and authentic atmosphere.

Duration: 1 hour
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Airbnb, Rental Apartments
Departure Time
9:00 AM
  • Lunch
  • Degustation of Homemade Wine and Rakiya
  • Rozhen Monastery
  • Rupite & St. Petka Church
  • Visit of a Forgotten Village
  • Professional Guide Services
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance Fees Melnik (optional)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
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