Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the North of Varna
This is a full day private tour that takes you to the north of Varna to explore a region with exceptional natural beauty, very rich in birdlife, archaeological and historical landmarks. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will reach the northernmost point of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Durankulak Lake, home to one of the most ancient civilizations in Europe. You will explore the rugged beauty of Cape Kaliakra and hear the legends it has inspired. A visit to the charming bohemian residence of a Romanian queen and the adjacent botanic garden in Balchik, is another highlight of this tour. The garden is famous for its unique collection of big cacti, second biggest of its kind in Europe, exotic trees and seasonal flower collection. You will be treated to a free wine tasting in the Queen's cellar, while enjoying the story of her turbulent life.
per adult from
7 to 8 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Binoculars or viewing scope
- Bottled water
- Private transportation
- Air-conditioned vehicle
What's excluded :
- Entrance fees: 3 - 5 EUR per person per site
- Entry/Admission - Balchik Palace
- Entry/Admission - Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
- Entry/Admission - Lake Durankulak
- Entry/Admission - Cape Kaliakra
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Balchik Palace, Balchik 9600 Bulgaria
The tour starts at 8 a.m. from Varna or any of the nearby resorts. A half-an-hour drive will take us to the picturesque coastal town of Balchik, where we visit a beautiful park with the summer residence of Romanian Queen Maria from the early 20th century. Along the coast, the steep terrain is traversed with terraces - gardens, interconnected by steep stairs, green tunnels and arches. The villa itself, reflecting the original personality and spirit of the Queen, is the work of Italian architects now functioning as a museum.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, West of Town 2 km 1 Acad. Daki Yordanov Str., Balchik 9600 Bulgaria
As part of the palace, in 1926 Swiss botanist Jules Jani designed and built a park complex. Later Sofia University established a botanical garden there. Today, more than 2,000 plant species from 85 families and over 800 genera are grown here. The collection of palm trees, for example, includes 33 species, some of which are more than 50 years old. Here you can see rare and exotic trees such as rubber tree, candy tree, paper tree, ancient ginkgo biloba, large-flowered magnolia and others.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Lake Durankulak, Durankulak Bulgaria
We drive north to reach our next stop, Lake Durankulak, which is located in the northernmost part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Here the green plain gradually rolls on towards the coastal sand dunes and beaches. An old riverbed cuts the lowland. Its former estuary is now occupied by the lake of Durankulak. The area is a nature reserve and is very rich in birdlife in all seasons. The bigger of the two islands in the lake is also known as "The Bulgarian Troy". It holds is the largest prehistoric necropolis in the world, featuring the oldest stone constructions in Europe. Visiting the region of Durankulak you will learn a lot about the seven thousand years old European culture that thrived there and the world's first processed gold.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Cape Kaliakra, 12 km from Kavarna, Dobrich 9660 Bulgaria
Our next stop is the picturesque nature and archaeological reserve at Cape Kaliakra. As we approach, the plain flows steeply towards the expanse of the sea and at the cape itself the sea cliff towers up to 70 m. The kaleidoscopic hues of the wild peonies, irises and adonises in spring, the silver-green tints of the absinthe and thristles in summer and the light movements of the feather-grass in autumn, gracefully sweeping among the remnants of the ancient fortress of Kaliakra, create the special appeal of this area. The promontory itself stretches 2 km farther into the sea, giving rise to various legends and tales that complement the site’s rich history.
Cape Kaliakra is a convenient point for watching birds and dolphins and in calm weather any of the three dolphin species occurring in the Black Sea – the Common Dolphin, the Bottle-nosed Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise - may be seen playing or chasing fish shoals.
An hour drive will take us back to your accommodation.
Duration: 2 hours
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Most travelers can participate
- 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.