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Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna

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Kavarna, Bulgaria
Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Bulgaria’s spectacular Black Sea coast and countryside on a full-day trip to Cape Kaliakra and Balchik from Varna. Travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to craggy Kaliakra, a peninsula nature reserve renowned for its wild beauty. Take a stroll to witness the steep cliffs and wave-lashed coast, and explore the remnants of the cape’s ancient fortress. Then, after lunch and time at a snail farm, explore the beautiful botanical gardens at Balchik, pausing to enjoy a delicious wine tasting. Finally, stop at a fascinating medieval monastery before returning to Varna.
  • Private day trip from Varna to Cape Kaliakra and Balchik
  • Explore the ruggedly beautiful Cape Kalakria to see its cliffs and ancient ruined fortress
  • Stop at a snail farm and enjoy an included lunch in the farm restaurant
  • Visit the gorgeous botanical gardens at Balchik's Summer Palace of Queen Marie
  • Sample some local wines at the Queen’s Winery House in the gardens
  • Visit the 15th-century St Athanasius monastery and learn about its history
  • Enjoy in-depth attention and personalized commentary from a private guide
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Wine tasting
Hotel pick up and drop off (if the privately-guided option is booked)
Professional local guide (if the privately-guided option is booked)
Personalized E-guide with sights info for your convenience
Entrance fees (if the privately-guided option is booked)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Personal expenses, lunch and insurance

Departure Point

9660 Kavarna, Bulgaria

Departure Time

Privately-guided
1/1/2021 - 9/24/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Self-guided
5/19/2020 - 9/24/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your private guide in central Varna in the morning, and journey north by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, following Bulgaria’s picturesque Black Sea coast.

As you travel, soak in the scenic views, and make your first stop at Cape Kaliakra, a protected nature reserve set on a craggy peninsula that’s considered one of Europe’s most beautiful.

Enjoy a guided walk along the promontory, taking in awesome views of the steep cliffs and steppes. Scour the ruins of the cape’s ancient fortress, learn how it was used by the Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians, and hear some of the legends associated with this wild and windswept peninsula. Hear the famous story of how 40 Bulgarian girls threw themselves in the sea from the cliffs here to escape the Ottomans, plaiting their hair together to ensure their deaths.

Next, continue into the surrounding countryside to visit a local snail farm. Discover how the snails are kept and bred, and then enjoy an included lunch at the farm restaurant before traveling on to one of Bulgaria’s top golf courses.

See the course, classed as one of the five best in the world, and then head for Balchik, a Black Sea resort famous for its botanical gardens and Palace of Queen Marie, an early 20th-century villa built for the queen of Romania’s King Ferdinand.

Wander around the beautiful, differently themed gardens, including the rare giant cacti collection, and visit the quaint Queen's Winery in the grounds to sample some local wines.

Then, return to your vehicle and drive to your last stop, the atmospheric St Athanasius (Akiazala Baba) monastery. Admire this 15th-century sanctuary that’s held sacred by both Christians and Muslims, before departing for Varna, where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Kaliakra
Passing by
Stop At:  
Cape Kaliakra
Stunning sight
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dalboka The Mussel Farm
Stop for lunch (excluded from the tour) if the customer would like to
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dalboka The Mussel Farm
Stop for lunch (excluded from the tour) if the customer would like to
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Balchik
One of the most stunning Bulgarian Black Sea cities
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
One of our stops for exploration
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Queen's Winery House
One of the top sights on this tour. We shall make a small wine tasting here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ak yazula baba Mosque
One of the top sights on this tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Experience Bulgaria
Passing by superb views on the way
Stop At:  
BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas
One of the top golf courses in Europe
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lighthouse Golf
One of the top golf courses in Europe
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Varna
This is the Black Sea capital of Bulgaria
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Visit Bulgaria On

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Cape Kaliakra & the Balchik Botanical Gardens from Varna.

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Amazing Varna experience
Rose_K
, Mar 2020
Alex, our guide was very knowledgeable, personable & has a great sense of humor. Places we visited were explained clearly.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Rose, Thanks for your review. Cape Kaliakra and he Botanical gardens of Balchik from Varna is an experiece not to forget. Your wine tasting and lunch were traditional Bulgarian for which you also enjoyed part of our lifestyle and culture. We welcome you back anytime in Bulgaria. Also, coronavirus is nowhere here so all customers could be calm. Best regards, Hristo
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