Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the South of Varna
This tour will take you to explore the beautiful UNESCO-protected town of Nessebar - home to many ancient civilizations and rich in archaeological and historical landmarks. On the way we pass by the riverine forests of the Kamchia Nature Reserve, we cross the easternmost part of the Balkan Mountain Range that gives the name of the whole Balkan Peninsular, and we visit the fortress at St. Atanasius Cape, featuring a reconstruction of an ancient winery and early Christian basilica. Stunning seascapes and panoramic views, inspiring history and beautiful legends are adding up to an unforgettable travel experience.
per adult from
7 to 9 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- Bottled water
What's excluded :
- Entrance fees: 3 - 5 EUR per person per site
- Entry/Admission - Museum Ancient Nessebar
- Entry/Admission - Ancient Fortress
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Kamchiya River, Kamchia Bulgaria
Leaving Varna on our way south to Nessebar we pass by the the Kamchia Nature Reserve that covers the lower stream of the Kamchia river. Because of its importance for biodiversity, the reserve is included in the global network of UNESCO biosphere reserves. The dense riverine forests are especially rich in birdlife, with the Black Sea migration flyway Via Pontica passing over.
Pass By: Cape Emine, Obzor Bulgaria
Near Cape Emine further south, we cross the easternmost part of the Balkan Mountain Range that gives the name and of the whole Balkan Peninsular. It is a picturesque drive through forests and sleepy villages, sunflower fields and charming seaside resorts.
Stop At: Museum Ancient Nessebar, Mesambria Street 2A, Nessebar 8230 Bulgaria
We start our visit to ancient Nessebar at the Archaeological Museum. It is an excellent place to get a grasp on history. With a solid collection of artefacts from the 3,000 years of the town’s existence, it covers six distinct cultures: Eneolithic, Thracian, Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Bulgarian.
Although the Archaeological Museum is not large, the quality of the collection offers an insightful look at the various stages of Nessebar’s development. The permanent exhibition "Nessebar Down the Centuries" takes you step by step through the tale of the town’s place at the crossroads of civilisations. While it displays exquisite golden jewelry, imposing marble reliefs, refined pottery, and splendid pieces of art, there’s much more to discover as you look deeper.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Nessebar, Nessebar, Burgas Province
The maze of cobblestone streets encourages aimless wandering through this historic city, contained within a small rocky peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea. Once you enter the narrow gate in the ancient fortress wall, you’ll find yourself in a remarkable neighbourhood with memories from thousands of years of civilisation. The trading atmosphere lives on with street vendors selling art and handicrafts throughout the town.
At the crossroads of culture, Nessebar was a starting line for many European concepts we take for granted today. Originally a Thracian settlement, it became a Greek colony at the beginning of the 6th century BC. But the peninsular town possesses more than the remains of an assortment of iconic and historic eras. This hub on the Black Sea changed the world because the very concept of money was invented here.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Ancient Fortress, St. Atanas Cape, Byala 9101 Bulgaria
On our way back to Varna we stop near the scenic town of Byala to visit one more attraction. The late-antiquity fortress located on Cape St. Atanas on the edge of the town is more than just a fortress - here are the remnants of a whole port city, the life in which visitors can imagine thanks to huge colorful panels with scenes from the past. The picture is complemented by several very well-preserved sections of the city. During the excavations of the fortress many of the important buildings were found - a central street with shops, studios and pubs, three ancient wineries, a public bath, kilns for the production of ceramic vessels, a church complex, residential buildings. Its location is such that a beautiful panoramic view of sea and coast spreads around.
Duration: 1 hour
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
- 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.