$135 - $245 / person
We will start our tour with a visit of Boyana Church – UNESCO site, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture. In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun.
Then we will proceed to Zemen Monastery “Saint John the Evangelist”. The monastery had been founded sometime during The First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 CE). In 1334, Deyan, the ruler and despot of the Velbazhdosko Empire, donated funds to redecorate the monastery church that had been erected sometime during the 11th-12th centuries.
During the middle of the 19th century, living quarters for monks were also constructed. When the Ottoman Empire fell in 1878, a small bell tower was added to the monastery complex. There are still a few elements left in the church that date to the 12th century. Also preserved are portraits of the church’s founders, the despotic ruler Deyan and his wife Zoya, which date from the 14th century.
Afterword we will head toward the
|Tour type||Group tour|
|Age requirement||All ages accepted|
|Your group size||Minimum 1 person|
Transport with luxury vehicle (Mercedes E class, Infinity Q50, Mercedes Vito V class); English speaking guide; Entrance fee for Boyana church and Zemen monastery; Traditional lunch; Bottle of mineral water; Special Souvenir from Bulgaria and Zelanos Tours;
Gratuities to the driver and guide (optional)
Explore the Macedonian capital – Skopje, during your stay in Sofia and see the breathtaking oldest artificial lake in the country – Matka canyon.